Current Affairs 20 February, 2020


1. Bangladesh signed Free Trade Agreement with Nepal.

  • Bangladesh and Nepal have agreed to sign a Free Trade Agreement to enhance trade between the two countries.
  • Bangladesh has also agreed to allow Nepal to use it Saidpur airport located in its northernmost district of Nilphamari close to Nepal. Bangladesh exports commodities worth $38 million to Nepal and imports goods worth around 18 million dollars.
  • Talking to media persons The Nepal Foreign Minister expressed the hope that Nepal will be able to provide 500 MW of hydroelectric power to Bangladesh once the Indian Company GMR completes its project in Nepal.

Foot Notes:
About Bangladesh
Currency: Bangladeshi taka
Prime minister: Sheikh Hasina

About Nepal
Prime minister: KP Sharma Oli
Currencies: Nepalese rupee, Indian rupee

2. Sub-group of terror financing watchdog FATF recommends continuation of Pak in ‘Grey List’.    

  • A sub-group of the global terror financing watchdog FATF recommended the continuation of Pakistan in the 'Grey List' for its failure to check terror funding. The decision was taken at the meeting of the FATF's International Co-operation Review Group (ICRG), held at the ongoing Paris plenary.
  • The final decision will be taken on friday when the FATF takes up issues concerning Pakistan.
  • The FATF meeting is being held a week after an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan sentenced Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack, to 11 years in two terror financing cases.
  • Pakistan was placed on the 'Grey List' by the FATF in June 2018.

Foot Notes:
About FATF
FATF Headquarters:
Paris, France
Founded: July 1989

3. Hindi is 3rd most spoken language in the world with 615 million speakers after English and Mandarin.

  • Hindi is the 3rd most spoken language of the world in 2019 with 615 million speakers. The 22nd edition of the world language database Ethnologue stated English at the top of the list with 1,132 million speakers.
  • Chinese Mandarin is at the second position with 1,117 million speakers. Bangla has been ranked as the 7th most spoken language of the world. Bangla has 228 million native speakers.
  • Ethnologue brings out an yearly database of living languages of the world since its establishment in 1951.

4. IDSA to be renamed as “Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses”.

  • The Union Government has decided to rename the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, IDSA as Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. The decision has been taken to honour the commitment and legacy of late Manohar Parrikar.
  • It will align the vision and aspiration of the premier defence institute with the contribution of the former Defence Minister and Padma Bhushan awardee. He was Defence Minister from 9th November 2014 to 14th March 2017.
  • An autonomous body under the Ministry of Defence, IDSA was established as a registered society in New Delhi in 1965, dedicated to objective research and policy-relevant studies on all aspects of defence and security.

Foot Notes:
About IDSA:-
11 November 1965
Leader: Sujan R. Chinoy

5. Highest ever Budget for Uttar Pradesh of over Rs 5 lakh crore tabled in State Assembly.

  • The Uttar Pradesh Government presented the state's largest-ever annual budget in the State Legislature. The budgetary demands of 5 lakh 12 thousand 860 crore rupees was tabled in Assembly by Finance Minister Suresh Khanna in the presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
  • This is the fourth budget presented by the Yogi Adityanath Government. There are new schemes of 10 thousand 967 crore 87 lakh rupees included in the budget.
  • A fund of three thousand 300 crore rupees has been given for Piped drinking water in Bundelkhand and Vidya area. An amount of 510 crore rupees has been allocated for the development under Purvanchal  Nidhi and Bundelkhand Nidhi.
  • The government has emphasized on Metro Rail transport and 844 crore rupees have been given for Agra, Kanpur and Gorakhpur projects.The government has allocated 5 ,791 crore rupees for the Swachh Bharat Mission.

Foot Notes:
About Uttar Pradesh
Chief minister:
Yogi Adityanath
Governor: Anandiben Patel
Capital: Lucknow

6. Greatest woman golfer, Mickey Wright dies at 85.

  • Mickey Wright, often described as the greatest woman golfer of all time, died. Her haul of 13 major victories included four US Women's Open titles and four US Women's PGA Championships.
  • Wright had accumulated 82 titles of Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour titles during a professional career which stretched from 1954 to 1969.
  • She won the 1954 World Amateur Championship before turning professional the following season. Her retirement in 1969, which came at the relatively early age of 34, shocked women's golf.

7. Sachin Tendulkar's 2011 world cup moment becomes Laureus best sporting moment.

  • Sachin Tendulkar being carried on the shoulders of his teammates following India's world cup triumph in 2011 was voted as the Laureus best sporting moment in the past 20 years. Former Australian captain Steve Waugh presented the trophy to Tendulkar, after Tennis great Boris Becker announced the winner at a ceremony.
  • First held in 2000, the Annual Laureus Sports Awards honour the greatest and most inspirational sporting triumphs of the year.
  • On the 20th anniversary of the awards, the Laureus sporting moments award allowed people to vote for the most inspiring sporting moment of the past 20 years.

8. Sunil Kumar wins gold in 87-kg Greco Roman category in Asian Wrestling Championships.

  • Greco Roman wrestler Sunil Kumar opened India's medal account in the Asian Wrestling Championships at New Delhi by winning a Gold. The seasoned grappler beat Azat Salidinov from Kyrgyzstan in the final of the 87 kg category.
  • Sunil Kumar had reached the final by a victory over Kazakh opponent Azamat Kustubayev to finish the semi-final about 12-8.
  • Last year also, Kumar had made it to the final and ended with a silver medal.

Foot Notes:
About Asian Wrestling Championship
Host city:
New Delhi, India
Dates: 18–23 February
Stadium: Indira Gandhi Sports Complex

9. NITI Aayog will organize SDG(Sustainable Development Goals) Conclave 2020 in Assam.

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Conclave 2020: Partnerships, Cooperation and Development of North Eastern States has been scheduled to be held from 24-26 February at Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati, Assam. The conclave will be a part of NITI Aayog's continuous efforts towards fostering partnerships at the sub-national level.
  • The conclave will be organized by NITI Aayog in association with North Eastern Council, Assam government, Tata Trusts, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS).
  • The conclave will host technical sessions that pertain to SDG localization in the northeast, climate adaptive agriculture, economic prosperity, and sustainable livelihoods, health, and nutrition, education and skill development and entrepreneurship, infrastructure development & inequality and exclusion. The sessions are expected to take stock of progress and discuss and deliberate on the way forward for the region in the aforesaid areas.
  • NITI Aayog will review the adoption and monitoring of SDGs at the national and sub-national levels.

Foot Notes:
About NITI Aayog
1 January 2015
Headquarters: New Delhi
CEO: Shri Amitabh Kant
Chairperson: Narendra Modi

10. India & Norway signed LoI(Letter for intent) for collaboration on blue economy for sustainable development.

  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan along with Norway’s Minister for Climate and Environment, Mr Sveinung Rotevatn have jointly inaugurated the ‘India-Norway Task Force on Blue Economy for Sustainable Development’ at the 3rd meeting of the Task Force.
  • The 2 countries also signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) & agreed to support and work together on Integrated Ocean Management & Research. The LoI was signed in the presence of Mr. Ratan P. Watal, Member Secretary, EAC to PM & Mr. M. Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India among others.
  • It was launched jointly by the Indian Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi, and the Norwegian Prime Minister (PM) Ms Erna Solberg, during her visit to India in January 2019. It primarily aims to promote and undertake joint initiatives between the two nations. It enables respective stakeholders from both the countries at the highest level. It will also ensure continued commitment and progress across ministries and agencies.

Foot Notes:
About Norway
Currency: Norwegian krone
Prime Minister: Erna Solberg

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