Current Affairs 06 February, 2020


1. Bhutan ended free entry for Indian Tourists.

  • The Government of Bhutan, Thimphu decided to implement a daily fee of Rs.1200 ($17) for “regional tourists” from India, the Maldives, Bangladesh from July 2020. The fee is called SDF “Sustainable Development Fees” in order to regulate a new tourism policy (tourism facilities, better infrastructure).
  • The decision was passed by the National Assembly(lower house of Bhutan) as a “Tourism Levy & Exemption Bill of Bhutan 2020”. Children under the age of 5 from India, Maldives, Bangladesh will not have to pay the tax and between 6 to 12 years will be required to pay Rs.600.
  • The SDF fees is lower than foreign tourists ($65), also charged a compulsory flat cover charge of ($250) per day, Dorji Dhradul, Bhutan’s Tourism Council Director, mentioned SDF was to provide better facilities for regional tourists. SDF cancels the free entry of Indian tourists to Bhutan.

Foot Notes:
About Bhutan
Prime Minister (PM): Lotay Tshering.
Currency: Ngultrum.

2. Pop singer Lord J launches his Autobiography Book “Lord J: Lord of Anonymity”.

  • Lord J is the 1st and only Anonymous singer in the world. Lord J was born in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, Lord J is a Self-Taught singer and Lyric writer in an Anonymous way, and he is a world-famous celebrity without revealing his identity to the world. The Name Lord J was given to him by an LA(Los-Angeles)-based fan.
  • Albums: Lord J has done Lip Locks, Love Me for Me, Roger That and Beside Me.

Foot Notes:
About the book Lord of Anonymity

  1. The book is an autobiography penned by Lord J himself about his initial days of understanding the value of music, lyrics, concepts of videography and making music videos, and it also speaks about hardships that he faced on the transition of global pop singer, from dream to achieve it.
  2. The reason behind making the book is, it will motivate anyone who wants to chase their goals in life and willing to take risk to achieve it.

3. Cabinet approved 2020 IIIT Laws Amendment Bill.

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi approved the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The Bill will approve the formalization of IIITs at Agartala, Bhagalpur, Bhopal, Raichur, and Surat. The institutions will now be covered under the IIIT (PPP) Act, 2017.
  • The Bill aims to promote higher education and research in the field of Information Technology. The Bill declares the remaining 5 IIITs-PPP (IIITs at Agartala, Bhagalpur, Bhopal, Raichur, and Surat) as Institutions of National Importance along with the other 15 IIITs established under the scheme in PPP mode.
  • The Bill empowers the institutes to award degrees. It will entitle the Institutes to use the nomenclature of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) or Master of Technology (M.Tech) or Ph.D. degree as issued by an Institution/University of National Importance.

4. International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation observed on 6 February.

  • International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is observed on 6 February. The day is observed to end the practice of FGM. It creates awareness about FGM which is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
  • On this day, a campaign titled 'A Piece of Me' is organized by the UNFPA to celebrate three survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) to raise awareness to end FGM.
  • The theme for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM for the year 2020 is "Unleashing Youth Power: One decade of accelerating actions for zero female genital mutilation". The theme focuses on mobilizing youth around the eliminations of harmful practices including FGM.

5. Jaipur received UNESCO World Heritage City certificate.

  • Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay presented the 'World Heritage City' certificate to the Pink City – Jaipur on February 05, 2020. Minister of Urban Development Shanti Dhariwal received this award in a ceremony held at Albert Hall.
  • The UNESCO team visited the Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Mansingh Mahal, and the Amer Fort. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has described Amer Fort as a mesmerizing reminder of the past.

Foot Notes:
Paris, France
Head: Audrey Azoulay
Founded: 16 November 1945, London, United Kingdom
Formation: 4 November 1946

6. India ranked 40th in Intellectual Property Index.

  • Global Innovation Policy Centre (GIPC) of the US Chamber of Commerce released the International IP (Intellectual Property) Index. According the ranking, India was at position 40 of the 53 economies.
  • The report released by GIPC says that India remains to be the most challenging but still promising market for IP-intensive industries. The hurdles mainly remain in patent eligibility and enforcement.
  • This year India scored 16.22 in Intellectual Property Index. India’s score has shown improvement by 7% as compared to the previous year reporting of GIPC. However, based on relative performance, India was pushed four ranks backwards. In 2019, India was at 36th rank improving from 44th position in 2018. It was the highest gain for any country in 2019.

Foot Notes:
With a score of 42.66 US ranked first followed by UK, Sweden, France, Germany and Ireland.

7. Karnataka launches Janasevaka scheme for home delivery of govt services.

  • State Government of Karnataka launched Janasevaka scheme. The Government aims to provide doorstep government services under the scheme. Also, it intends to digitize several services and make these services easily available to the citizens through the scheme.
  • Under the scheme, the government has launched an exclusive mobile number (080-44554455), a website ( and mobile application. People can check around 53 services in the site.
  • The scheme offers to provide health card, ration card, marriage registration certificate, identity card, etc. at the door steps under the scheme. A Jan Sevak is appointed to deliver the services under the scheme

Foot Notes:
About Karnataka
Chief minister:
B. S. Yediyurappa
Capital: Bengaluru

8. Cabinet approves to set up Vardhavan port in Maharashtra.

  • Union Cabinet approved to set up the Vardhavan port in Maharashtra. The port is to be developed in “Landlord Model”. The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust will act as the lead partner in developing the port.
  • With the development of Vardhavan port, India will enter into the category of countries with top 10 container ports in the world. The Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP) is the biggest container port in India and 28th in the world. The port handles more than 5.1 million TEUS (Twenty-foot Equivalent units).

Foot Notes:
About Maharashtra
Bhagat Singh Koshyari
Capital: Mumbai

9. “Spartacus” actor Kirk Douglas passes away.

  • The legendary Hollywood actor, Kirk Douglas passed away at his family home in Beverly Hills. He was 103.
  • Kirk Douglas was the father of Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker Michael Douglas and one of the last surviving superstars of Hollywood cinema’s golden age. He has acted in iconic films like the Spartacus, Paths of Glory and Champion.

10. Donald Trump acquitted of all impeachment charges.

  • US President Donald Trump was acquitted of the two impeachment charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in the Republican-majority Senate. This culminates the historic impeachment trial.
  • The Republican-majority Senate voted to acquit Trump in both the impeachment charges- by 52-48 to acquit him of abuse of power and by 53-47 to acquit him of obstruction of Congress. The Democrats needed two-thirds of votes to impeach Trump in the Senate but they failed in their attempt as they did not have the required majority.
  • The ruling Republican party has 53 seats in the 100-member Senate, while the Democrats have 47 seats. The opposition will now have to wait for nine months to challenge Donald Trump, as US Elections 2020 are due in November.

Foot Notes:
About US
Capital: Washington, D.C.
President: Donald Trump

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