Current Affairs 13 February, 2020


1. World Radio Day: 13 February.

  • World Radio Day is observed every year on 13 February.
  • The day is observed every year on this date to raise greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio and to encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio.
  • Radio is a low-cost medium specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people.
  • It also plays a crucial role in emergency communication and disaster relief.
  • Theme:  "Radio and diversity".

2. Amit Shah inaugurated Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking for BIMSTEC partner nations.

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated a two-day Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking for BIMSTEC Partner Nations in New Delhi.
  • The conference is being organized by the Narcotics Control Bureau.
  • This platform will provide an opportunity to all the member nations to deliberate on the increased threats posed by drug trafficking.
  • The BIMSTEC is a regional organization comprising seven Member States lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal - Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand besides India.

Foot Notes:
Headquarters location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Founded: 1997

3. President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to arrive in New Delhi on a 4-day visit to India

  • President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will arrive in New Delhi on a four day visit to India.
  • This will be President Marcelo’s first visit to India.
  • The last visit by a President of Portugal to India was in 2007.
  • During the visit, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan followed by a visit to Rajghat.
  • President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will also travel to the states of Maharashtra and Goa during his visit.

Foot Notes:
About Portugal
Currency: Euro

4. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurates the 2nd BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise-2020

  • Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the 2nd BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise hosted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in Bhubaneswar.
  • The theme of this year’s exercise is “A cultural heritage site that suffers severe damage in the earthquake and flooding or storm.”
  • Five-member countries namely, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal are participating in this three-day-long exercise.
  • Two other member countries Bhutan and Thailand are not participating in the exercise this year.

Foot Notes:
About Odisha
Governor: Ganeshi Lal

5. UP Govt launched toll free helpline numbers for students.

  • Taking a unique initiative to solve the queries of students ahead of the Board Examinations starting next week, the Uttar Pradesh Government has launched toll-free helpline numbers.
  • The helpline numbers will remain active from 8 am to 8 pm.
  • In case students have any queries regarding the board exams they can contact at the helpline numbers, 1800-180-5310 and 18001805312.
  • Experts of different subjects including English, life sciences, geography, general science, Hindi, Sanskrit, chemistry will be available on call on these numbers.

Foot Notes:
About U.P
Anandiben Patel

6. Mobile World Congress cancelled due to fear of coronavirus.

  • The Mobile World Congress, the annual telecoms industry gathering that draws more than one lakh visitors to Barcelona, was cancelled after a mass exodus by exhibitors due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The GSMA telecoms association that hosts the get-together said it had cancelled the Feb 24-27 event despite assurances from local and national health officials.
  • The decision comes after dozens of tech companies and wireless carriers dropped out, with the latest cancellations by Nokia, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom and Britain's BT.

7. Ministry of Finance to release new one rupee note soon.

  • The Government of India is set to introduce a new Rs 1 currency note soon.
  • The new one rupee notes will be printed by the Ministry of Finance, unlike the other denomination notes which are printed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
  • The new Re 1 note will come with the words 'Bharat Sarkar', above the words 'Government of India'.
  • They will have the bilingual signature of Atanu Chakraborty, Secretary, Ministry of Finance.

Foot Notes:
About Ministry of finance
New Delhi
Founded: 29 October 1946

8. Atul Kumar Gupta will be the new President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAI) for the year 2020-21.

  • Nihar Niranjan Jambusaria has been elected as the Vice President of the ICAI for 2020-21.
  • Atul Gupta, who has served the chartered accountancy profession for about two decades, was the Vice President of ICAI for the term 2019-20.

Foot Notes:
About ICAI
New Delhi
Agency executive: N. D. Gupta (President)

9. Veteran journalist Nandu Kulkarni passes away.

  • Veteran journalist Nandu R Kulkarni died of a heart attack.
  • The Mumbai bureau chief of "The Statesman" was 70.
  • Having started his career as an intern with 'The Indian Express' in 1976, Nandu as he was known in journalistic circles used to report on economic offences.
  • Nandu joined "The Statesman" in 1992 and as the bureau chief, he would report on a wide range of subjects including politics and business.

10. Dharmendra Rai launched his book  “The Thin Mind Map Book”.

  • Dharmendra Rai, a Mind Map & Brain Literacy pioneer just launched his book “THE THIN MIND MAP BOOK”.
  • The book is designed to make anyone an expert in mind mapping by devoting two full days to reading and doing all the experiential exercises mentioned in the book.
  • Dharmendra Rai has trained over 1,900 startups in Mind Mapping.
  • He has over 25 Years work experience in training, sales & marketing with companies like Xerox, Morgan Stanley, Alliance Capital & Karvy.
  • Dharmendra Rai is the first person in the world to talk on TEDx on Creativity & Mind Mapping.
  • He was recently nominated for an award by Forbes. He recently received an UN Award for Mind Mapping & Brain Literacy. Previous winners include Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India & Amul’s Verghese Kurien.

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