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1. Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as CM of Delhi 

Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as Chief Minister of Delhi for the third consecutive time in Ramlila Maidan. Mr. Kejriwal had earlier taken the oath of Chief Minister in 2013 and 2015 in the Ramlila Maidan. Ramlila Maidan served as the battleground for the 51-year-old bureaucrat turned-politician during India Against Corruption movement in 2011. Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr. Kejriwal and his Cabinet colleagues.

2. PM Modi to inaugurate UN Convention on Migratory Species

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The theme of the Conference is “Migratory species connect the planet and we welcome them home.”

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Gujarat CM: Vijay Rupani; Governor: Acharya Dev Vrat; Capital: Gandhinagar.

3. 65th Amazon Filmfare Awards 2020 Announced

The 65th Amazon Filmfare Awards 2020 hosted in Awesome Assam on 15th February 2020. The event was hosted by Karan Johar (film director), Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal and Varun Dhawan. Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy’ won Best Actor and Actress trophy.

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4. Donald Trump to inaugurate world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad

The World’s Biggest Cricket Stadium, the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad renamed as the Sardar Vallabhbhai Stadium will be inaugurated by US President Donald Trump during his visit to India. The stadium has a capacity of 1.10 lakh people.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Gujarat CM: Vijay Rupani; Governor: Acharya Dev Vrat; Capital: Gandhinagar.

5. 5-day working week for Maharashtra govt employees

The Maharashtra government has announced 5-day working week for state government employees. The decision was taken at the state Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The new system will be applicable from February 29 onwards.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

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

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6. BioAsia Summit 2020 begins in Hyderabad

The Government of Telangana hosting Bio-Asia Summit 2020 in Hyderabad between February 17, 2020, and February 19, 2020. The main objective of the summit is to explore the capabilities of Life Science Companies and their investments. The theme of the Summit is Theme: Today for Tomorrow.

7. Shri Badrinath and Shri Kedarnath temple committee launches its web portal

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat launched the web portal of Shri Badrinath and Shri Kedarnath temple committee. The web portal has been developed by Uttarakhand state National Informatics Centre.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Shri Badrinath and Shri Kedarnath temple Committee Chairman: Mohan Prasad Thapliyal.
  • Vice-President of Committee: Ashok Khatri.
  • Chief Executive Officer of Committee: BD Singh.

8. Sebi constitutes Municipal bonds development committee

Markets regulator Sebi has constituted a Municipal Bonds Development Committee headed by Sujit Prasad. This committee will suggest on policy matters pertaining to the development of municipal debt securities and facilitate municipalities for issuance of such bonds.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • SEBI Headquarter: Mumbai, Chairperson: Ajay Tyagi.

9. 9th World Pangolin day 2020

World Pangolin Day is celebrated on the 3rd Saturday of February. This international effort raises awareness about pangolin species and mobilizes various stakeholders to speed up conservation efforts. The 9th World Pangolin day was observed on February 15, 2020.

10. IFAD Governing Council 2020 held in Rome, Italy

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 43rd Governing Council meeting was held in Rome, Italy. The 43rd sessions will focus on the overarching theme “Investing in sustainable food systems to end hunger by 2030″. The theme highlights how IFAD’s role and experience in supporting sustainable, inclusive, nutritious and efficient food systems uniquely place it in a position to contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG2).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • IFAD Establishment: 1977.
  • IFAD President: Gilbert F. Houngbo.
  • IFAD Headquarters: Rome, Italy.

11. South Central Railways zone becomes 1st in India to have energy-neutral stations

The Indian Railways South Central Railways (SCR) zone has become the 1st zonal railway in the country to have functional “energy neutral” railway stations on the network. The South Central Railways has converted a total of 13 railway stations into “energy neutral” stations, which is the highest amongst all the zones across the Indian Railways network.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Railways: Piyush Goyal.

12. Indian-origin minister Alok Sharma to lead UN climate summit

Indian-origin Alok Sharma was named the new UK Minister in charge of the crunch UN climate talks to be hosted by Britain. He has been promoted to the post of Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet reshuffle.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Prime Minister of United Kindom: Boris Johnson.
  • United Kingdom Capital: London.
  • United Kingdom Currency: UK Pound.

13. Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa Clinched 77th Senior National squash championships

Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa won the 77th Senior National squash championships in Man’s and woman’s category respectively in Chennai. The top-ranked Indian players justified their billing to bag the men’s and women’s titles for a record 13th and 18th time respectively.

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