Daily GK Update 13 February 2020: Read Daily GK-Current Affairs Update

Daily GK updates are incorporated with the important news that made the current affairs headlines for banking or other competitive exams. Daily GK Update is the complete bag of the important news that held all day long. One should have complete knowledge about the banking terms, current affairs news, etc. So, here is the GK update of 13 February 2020 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

National News

1. National Workshop on e-office held in New Delhi

National Workshop on e-office was inaugurated in New Delhi by Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh. During the National Workshop on e-office, Centralized Public Grievance Redress And Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) Reforms also launched by the minister.

2. BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise 2020 begins in Bhubaneswar

BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise 2020 has been started in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is organizing the BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise 2020 on behalf of the Government of India. The BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise was inaugurated by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

International News

3. Mobile World Congress cancelled over coronavirus fears

The Mobile World Congress, the annual telecoms industry gathering that draws more than one lakh visitors to Barcelona, was cancelled over coronavirus fears. The event was hosted by the  Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) telecoms association.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • GSMA chief executive: John Hoffman.
  • Headquarters of GSMA: London, UK.

4. UK’s start-up launches 1st big batch of satellites

The UK-based OneWeb company has sent 34 satellites into orbit on a single Soyuz rocket, from Baikonur port, Kazakhstan. The aims are to have the full network in operation by the end of 2021.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • OneWeb company CEO: Adrian Steckel.
  • OneWeb company Headquarters: London, England.

State News

5. Largest air quality monitoring network of India to be installed in Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has approved the setting up of an air quality monitoring network of 90 stations in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Maharashtra: Uddhav Bal Thackeray; Governor of Maharashtra: Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
  • Capital of Maharashtra: Mumbai.
  • Deputy Chief Minister (DCM) of Maharashtra: Ajit Anantrao Pawar.

6. Haryana launches ‘Reading Mission’ initiative

The state government of Haryana has launched an initiative called ‘Reading Mission- Haryana’. The initiative was launched to encourage reading habit among the young students of the state. The scheme is on the lines of the ‘Reading Mission 2022’, launched by the central government. Under the state’s initiative, monthly book review sessions and mass book reading are to be organised by students in educational institutions.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Governor of Haryana: Satyadeo Narayan Arya.
  • Chief Minister (CM) of Haryana: Manohar Lal Khattar.


7. President Kovind presents President’s Colour to INS Shivaji

President Ram Nath Kovind presented ‘President’s Colour’ to the INS Shivaji at a ceremony in Lonavala, Maharashtra. The Presentation of Colour or Standards by the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces is an acknowledgement of the unit’s meritorious service. INS Shivaji was commissioned in 1945.

8. South Indian Bank bagged two awards at the Banking Technology 2019 awards by IBA

South Indian Bank has bagged two awards at the Banking Technology 2019 awards instituted by the Indian Banks’ Association. This event was held in Indian Bank Association’s 15th Annual Banking Technology Conference, Expo and Awards held in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The South Indian Bank emerged the winner in the ‘Most Customer-Centric Bank Using Technology’ category and runner up in the ‘Best Payments Initiative’ category amongst small Banks’.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • South Indian Bank MD &  CEO:  V.G. Mathew.
  • South Indian Bank headquarters: Thrissur, Kerala.
  • South Indian Bank founded: 1929.
  • South Indian Bank Tagline: Experience Next Generation Banking.


9. Finance Ministry notifies ‘Printing of One Rupee Currency Notes Rules, 2020’

The Union Ministry of Finance has notified ‘Printing of One Rupee Currency Notes Rules, 2020’ vide Gazzette Notification G.S.R. 95(E) dated February 7, 2020. “The One Rupee notes shall be printed at the note printing presses for issue under the authority of Government of India for circulation.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs: Nirmala Sitharaman.

Summit and Conferences

10. Mumbai will host “Disaster Risk Financing, Insurance and Risk Transfer” Workshop

National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) will organize the “National Workshop on Disaster Risk Financing, Insurance and Risk Transfer” in partnership with Insurance Institute of India. The workshop will be held in Mumbai, Maharashtra.


11. DRDO developing new strike range Pranash ballistic missile

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has started developing a 200-km strike range tactical ballistic missile ‘Pranash’. The missile is an advanced version of the 150-km strike range Prahar missile which was being developed for tactical missions. The surface-to-surface ballistic missile will be of use for the Air Force and Army. It is a solid-propellant surface to a surface missile which can travel at the speed of Mach 2.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • DRDO Chairman: G Satheesh Reddy; Established: 1958.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi.

Important Days

12. UN celebrates World Radio Day on 13th of February

The United Nations annually celebrates World Radio Day on 13th of February. The United Nations observes World Radio Day to raise greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio. It also encourages the decision makers to establish and provide accessibility to information through radio. It also aims to enhance the networking and international cooperation among broadcasters.

Most Important takeaways for upcoming competitive exams:

  • Secretary General of United Nations: Antonio Guterres.

Books and Authors

13. Dharmendra Rai’s book “The Thin Mind Map Book” launched

“The Thin Mind Map Book” authored by a mind mapping & brain literacy pioneer Dharmendra Rai, was launched recently. The book aims to give people an experience in mind mapping and making them expert through reading and doing all the experiential exercises mentioned in the book.


14. Veteran Journalist Nandu R Kulkarni passes away

Veteran journalist Nandu R Kulkarni passed away recently. He was serving as the Mumbai bureau chief of “The Statesman” since 1992. He started his career in 1976 with ‘The Indian Express’ and worked there for 16 years. He reported on various subjects like economic offences, politics and business during his long career.

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