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National News

1. Coal Ministry launches Web Portal for Star Rating of Mines in India

Ministry of Coal (MoC) has launched a web portal for star rating of coal mines to promote the green, safe and sustainable mining practices with the help of technology. The web portal for star rating of coal mines enables all operational coal mines across India for self-rating, their subsequent validation by Coal Controller’s Organization (CCO), further evaluation and finally award of star rating.

Coal Controller’s Organization will also issue an official certificate to all the mines mentioning their star rating. The Star Rating Policy for Coal Mines in India are:

  • The mines that score from 91 to 100% will get 5 star
  • The mines that score from 81 to 90% will get 4 star
  • The mines that score from 71 to 80% will get 3 star
  • The mines that score from 61 to 70% will get 2 star
  • The mines that score from 41 to 60% will get 1 star
  • The mines that score from 0 to 40% will get no star

State News

2. India’s 1st glass floor suspension bridge to be built in Rishikesh

The Uttarakhand Government has approved the design of a glass floor suspension bridge, the first of its kind in the country to have a floor made of toughened transparent glass. This bridge will be built across the River Ganga in Rishikesh. The bridge is as an alternative to the iconic Lakshman Jhula, almost 94 years old, which was closed in 2019 due to safety reasons. The bridge design has been prepared by the Public Works Department (PWD).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Uttarakhand Chief Minister: Trivendra Singh Rawat; Governor: Baby Rani Maurya.

3. Tripura organises its 1st-ever “Hornbill Festival”

The 1st-ever Hornbill festival of Tripura was celebrated in Agartala. The aim to conserve the striking forest bird “Hornbill” and to boost the livelihood of the people through tourism. Chief Minister (CM) Biplab Kumar Dev inaugurated the festival at Baramura hill (in western Tripura).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Tripura: Agartala.
  • CM of Tripura: Biplab Kumar Deb.
  • Governor of Tripura: Ramesh Bais.

Awards

4. Pullela Gopichand honoured with lifetime achievement award by IOC

The Chief National coach for the Indian Badminton team Pullela Gopichand honour with Coaches lifetime achievement award by International Olympic Committee’s (IOC). He is the 1st Indian coach to be Honoured with this Lifetime award by the Olympics Committee.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • International Olympic Committee Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • International Olympic Committee President: Thomas Bach.
  • International Olympic Committee Director General(DG): Christophe De Kepper.
  • International Olympic Committee Founded: 1894 in Paris, France.

Defence

5. India and UK to hold joint military drill ‘Ajeya Warrior’

India and the United Kingdom will conduct their 5th edition of joint military exercise ‘Ajeya Warrior-2020’ at Salisbury Plains, the United Kingdom from February 13-26. The exercise is being held from 2005.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • 28th Chief of Army Staff: General Manoj Mukund Naravane.

Summit and Conferences

6. ‘Engiexpo 2020’ to be held in Vadodara, Gujarat

The 6th edition of the mega industrial exhibition ‘Engiexpo 2020’ is being organised in Vadodara, Gujarat from February 15 to 17, 2020. The three-day mega exhibition will be organised by the Federation of Small Scale Industries (FSSI), to promote ‘Made in India’ products. Over 10,000 industrial products will be showcased in more than 300 stalls. Several companies from Uzbekistan are also participating in the exhibition.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Federation of Small Scale Industries President: Dhankesh Patel.
  • Federation of Small Scale Industries Headquarters: Vadodara, Gujarat.

7. Mumbai hosts National Conference on E-Governance

National Conference on e-Governance 2020 was held in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The Mumbai Declaration was adopted on the concluding day of the National Conference on e-Governance. The theme of the conference is: India 2020: Digital Transformation. The National e-Governance Awards 2020 were also presented during the conference.

For more Information of National Conference on E-Governance: Click Here

8. 33rd African Union (AU) summit held in Ethiopia

African Union (AU) summit 2020:

The 33rd edition of the African Union (AU) summit was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The 33rd edition of the African Union (AU) summit was held with the theme “Silencing the Guns: Creating conducive conditions for Africa’s development”.

Heads of the states and the government officials from across Africa gathered in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa and focused on ways to end the regional violence, including the conflicts in South Sudan and Libya.

For more information of African Union (AU) summit 2020: Click Here

Sports

9. Australia presented with ICC Women’s Championship trophy

Australia was awarded the ICC (International Cricket Council) Women’s Championship trophy 2020, which they maintained by winning victories in the 8-team one-day championship between 2017 and 2020. Australia’s team was led by Meghann Moira Lanning, which also won this trophy last time(ie 1st edition 2014–16).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of ICC: Shashank Manohar; Chief Executive: Manu Sahney; Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

10. Kaamya Karthikeyan becomes youngest girl to climb Mt Aconcagua

Kaamya Karthikeyan has become the youngest girl in the world to summit Mt Aconcagua. Mt Aconcagua is the highest peak in South America and outside of Asia. Kaamya Karthikeyan is a class VII student and summited Argentinian mountain which is 6962 meters tall.

11. Armand Duplantis breaks Pole Vault World Record

Sweden’s Pole Vaulter, Armand Duplantis has break the Pole Vault World Record set by Renaud Lavillenie of France in 2014. Armand Duplantis break the world record with a jump of 20 feet 2.9 inches or 6.17 metres at Copernicus Cup in Torun, Poland.

Renaud Lavillenie set the previous world record of 6.16 metres in February 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

12. Aditya Mehta & Vidya Pillai wins National Snooker Championship

Aditya Mehta & Vidya Pillai has won the National Snooker Championship held in pune, Maharashtra. Aditya Mehta defeated the world champion Pankaj Advani to win the men’s title of the National Snooker Championship. While representing the Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB), he defeated Pankaj Advani with a score line of 6-2.

Books and Authors

13. Vice President releases the book ‘A Child of Destiny’

The Vice President of India Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu released a book titled ‘A Child of Destiny’ an autobiography penned by Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao. K. Ramakrishna Rao was an Eminent Scholar, Author, Researcher, Scientist and Gandhian, He was born in the coastal region in Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The Government of India awarded him “The Civilian Honour of Padma Shri in 2011”.

Important Days

14. International Day of Women and Girls in Science observed globally on 11 February

International Day of Women and Girls in Science is observed globally on 11 February. International Day of Women and Girls in Science to recognize the critical role of women and girls play in science and technology. In December 2015, the United Nations adopted a resolution to celebrate February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Obituaries

15. Padma Shri awardee Giriraj Kishore passes away

Hindi novelist and Padma Shri awardee Giriraj Kishore passed away. He was best known for his novel ”Pehla Girmitiya” that was based on Mahatma Gandhi”s stay in South Africa. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the President of India and was the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi award. He was also conferred the Vyas Samman in 2000, and an honorary PhD by Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University in 2002.

16. Veteran cricket journalist Raju Bharatan passes away

Noted cricket journalist and film historian Raju Bharatan passed away. Bharatan, who wrote on Indian cricket and Bollywood music, worked for a weekly features magazine, The Illustrated Weekly of India, and an Indian films weekly newspaper, Screen.

Miscellaneous

17. NIFM, Faridabad to be renamed as Arun Jaitley National Institute of Financial Management

National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), Faridabad will be renamed as Arun Jaitley National Institute of Financial Management (AJNIFM). The renaming of the institution is decided by the Government of India to align the vision and aspiration of the Institute for the future with the vision and contribution of Late Shri Arun Jaitley. Late Shri Arun Jaitley was the former Union Finance Minister of India. The National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), Faridabad was established in 1993.

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