Daily GK Update 19 February 2020: Read Daily GK-Current Affairs Update

Read the daily GK update of 19 February. In today's GK Update we are covering the following news headlines: Kala Kumbh, Presidential elections of Afghanistan, 20th Laureus Awards and many more. Read the daily GK update for upcoming competitive exams in 2020.

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National News

1. Delhi’s IGI Airport has become the first single-use plastic-free airport of India

“Indira Gandhi International Airport” of Delhi has been declared by the Delhi International Airport Ltd as India’s first single-use plastic-free airport. The airport is also certified as single-use plastic-free airport by the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development.

2. Kala Kumbh exhibition organised by the Ministry of Textiles  in New Delhi

The “Kala Kumbh” exhibition was recently organized by the Ministry of Textiles in New Delhi.  The exhibition was held to promote Geographical Indication (GI) craft and heritage of India.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Textiles: Smriti Zubin Irani.

International News

3.  The Presidential elections of Afghanistan won by Ashraf Ghani

The independent Election Commission of Afghanistan has announced Ashraf Ghani as the winner of the Presidential elections of Afghanistan. He has won the Presidential elections of Afghanistan for the 2nd time. He defeated his closest opponent Abdullah Abdullah after winning the 9,23,592 votes or 50.64% of the total votes.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Afghanistan: Kabul; Currency: Afghan Afghani.

4. Bangladesh to sign Free Trade Agreement with Nepal

Bangladesh will sign Free Trade Agreement with Nepal to improve the trade between the two countries. Bangladesh has also allowed Nepal to use its Saidpur airport located in its northernmost district of Nilphamari close to Nepal.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Prime Minister of Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina; Capital: Dhaka; Currency: Taka.
  • Prime minister of NepalKP Sharma Oli.
  • President of NepalBidhya Devi Bhandari.
  • Capital of Nepal: Kathmandu; Currency of Nepal: Nepalese rupee.

5. EAM to inaugurate Indian Pavilion at 70th Berlin International Film Festival

The Indian Pavilion at 70th Berlin International Film Festival will be inaugurated by External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar in Germany. The festival aims to establish multiple international collaborations in the space of distribution, production, filming in India and development technology through its participation at Berlinale-2020.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Germany: Berlin; Currency of Germany: Euro.
  • Chancellor of Germany: Angela Merkel.

Business News

6. JSW Steel allowed by NCLAT to acquire Bhushan Power

The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal has allowed the Rs 19,700 crore resolution plan of JSW Steel to take over the bankrupt Bhushan Power and Steel.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of National Company Law Appellate Tribunal: Justice Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya.
  • Headquarters of National Company Law Appellate Tribunal: New Delhi.
  • JSW steel Founded: 1982.
  • JSW steel Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • JSW steel Founder: Sajjan Jindal.

Economy & Banking News

7. India becomes 5th largest economy

As per the “World Population Review” report, India overtakes United Kingdom and France to become the 5th-largest world economy in 2019. India’s economy is the fifth-largest in the world with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $2.94 trillion.

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Summits and Conferences

8. “Chintan Shivir” held in Gujarat

“Chintan Shivir” was held at Kevadia in Gujarat and was chaired by the Union Minister of Coal and Mines Shri Pralhad Joshi who stated that India will put an end on importing thermal coal by the Financial Year 2023-24.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Coal and Mines: Pralhad Joshi.
  • Chairman of Coal India Limited: Anil Kumar Jha.

Appointments

9. Australia appoints Barry O’Farrell as new high commissioner to India

Barry O’Farrell has been appointed by Australia as the next high commissioner to India. He will succeed Harinder Sidhu as the high commissioner to India.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Australia Capital: Canberra; Currency: Australian Dollar.
  • Prime Minister of Australia: Scott Morrison.

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Important Days

10. 19th February observed as Soil Health Card Day 

19th February is celebrated every year as Soil Health Card Day. The Soil Health Card (SHC) Scheme was launched on the day in 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Suratgarh in Rajasthan. The scheme aims to issue soil health card to farmers every two years to provide a basis to address nutritional deficiencies in the soil.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare: Narendra Singh Tomar.

Obituaries

11. Harry Greg the former Manchester United goalkeeper passes away

Harry Gregg, the former Manchester United goalkeeper passed away. He represented the club 247 times, including a victory in the FA (Football Association Challenge Cup) match against Sheffield. He was also awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 New Year Honours.

12. Mickey Wright the legendary golfer passes away

Mickey Wright, the Legendary women’s golfer who won 82 titles of Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour during a professional career lasting from 1954 to 1969, passed away.

13. Former TMC MP and Veteran bengali actor Tapas Pal passes away

Tapas Pal, the former Trinamool Congress MP and veteran bengali actor passes away. He started his career in Bengali cinema at the age of 22 and shot to fame with his debut film Dadar Kirti, which was critically acclaimed, in 1980.

Sports News

14. India to host FIFA U-17 Women’s Football World Cup 2020

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has unveiled the 5 host cities for the FIFA Under-17 Women’s Football World Cup 2020 which includes Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Kolkata and Navi Mumbai.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • FIFA Women’s Chief Football Officer: Sarai Bareman.
  • President of All India Football FederationPraful Patel.
  • Headquarters of All India Football Federation: Dwarka, Delhi.

15. AFC gives AIFF “Grassroots Charter Bronze Level” membership

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has been allotted the Asian Football Confederation’s “Grassroots Charter Bronze Level” membership which will allow the national body to promote its basic-level events as AFC recognised.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • President of AIFFPraful Patel.
  • AIFF founded: 23 June 1937.
  • FIFA affiliation of AIFF: 1948.
  • Headquarters of AIFF: Dwarka, Delhi.

16. India to host the Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup 2021

The Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup 2021 will be held in India as per the announcement made by International Hockey Federation (FIH) at Lausanne in Switzerland. This is the second time that India will be hosting the prestigious tournament which was held in 2016.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief executive Officer of International Hockey Federation (FIH): Thierry Weil.
  • President of Hockey India: Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad.

Miscellaneous News

17. To ensure passenger’s safety Delhi Police integrates “Himmat Plus app” with app of ride hailing company Uber

The Delhi Police has launched its “Himmat Plus App” to ensure safety and security of people travelling in cabs at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport. Delhi Police has integrated the app with the app of ride hailing company “Uber”.

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