Daily GK Update 20 February 2020: Read Daily GK-Current Affairs Update

Read the daily GK update of 20 February. In today's GK Update we are covering the following news headlines: AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022, Jeff Bezos, CCPA, National Democracy Day and many more. Read the daily GK update for upcoming competitive exams in 2020.

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 20 February 2020 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

National News

1. The constitution of “22nd Law Commission of India” receives Cabinet’s approval

The constitution of “22nd Law Commission of India” receives Cabinet’s approval. The commission will function for a duration of 3 years from its date of inception. This Commission will be responsible for giving recommendations on different aspects of law which are entrusted to it.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Law and Justice: Ravi Shankar Prasad.

2. Central Consumer Protection Authority would be set by the GoI

The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) would be set up by the Government of India by the first week of Aprill 2020. The authority would be set up under the Consumer Protection Act 2019. It will address various issues related to consumer rights, unfair trade practices, misleading advertisements and imposing penalties for selling spurious and adulterated products.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution: Ramvilas Paswan.

3. 2nd phase of Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen gets Cabinet’s approval

the 2nd Phase of the Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen has received the Cabinet’s approval. The 2nd phase will last till 2024-25 and ensure that everyone uses a toilet. The 2nd phase of the mission has a total estimated budgeted financial implication of 52 thousand 497 crore rupees and would focus on “Open Defecation Free Plus (ODF Plus)”.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Jal Shakti: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

4. Nritya Gopal Das elected as the president of Ram Mandir Trust

Mahant Nritya Gopal Das has been elected as the president of the Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust along with Champat Rai who would serve as the general secretary of the trust. New Delhi hosted the first meeting of the Ram Mandir Trust to oversee the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • UP Present CM: Yogi Adityanath, Governor: Anandiben Patel.

5. New Delhi hosts Symposium on Emerging Opportunities for Indian Textiles and Crafts

New Delhi hosts the Symposium on Emerging Opportunities for Indian Textiles and Crafts which was chaired by Union Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development Smriti Zubin Irani. Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts under the aegis of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India organized the Symposium on Emerging Opportunities for Indian Textiles and Crafts.

International News

6. “Bezos Earth Fund” launched by Jeff Bezos to combat climate change

The “Bezos Earth Fund” has been launched by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The fund will aim to to help preserve and protect the natural world against the climate change. He has committed to contribute $10 billion through the fund.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • CEO of Amazon: Jeff Bezos.
  • Amazon was established on 5th July 1994.
  • Headquarters: Washington, USA.

7. 70th National Democracy Day celebrated by Nepal

The 70th National Democracy Day was celebrated on 19th February by the Nepal government. The day is being celebrated every year on Falgun 7 to commemorate the attainment of democracy from the 104-year long autocratic Rana Regime.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Prime minister of NepalKP Sharma Oli.
  • President of NepalBidhya Devi Bhandari.
  • Capital of Nepal: Kathmandu; Currency of Nepal: Nepalese rupee.

State News

8. Arunachal Pradesh celebrates Statehood Day on 20th of February

The 34th Statehood Day was celebrated by Arunachal Pradesh on 20th February 2020. On this day the state became the full-fledged state in 1987. It was known as the North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA) till 1972 but gained the status of Union Territory on January 20, 1972.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Governor of Arunachal Pradesh: B. D. Mishra.
  • Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh: Pema Khandu.

9. Tripura Tea Board organizzes ‘Run for India Tea’ event

Tripura hosts the “Run for India Tea” which was organized in collaboration by Tripura Tea Development Corporation (TTDC) and Tea Board of India. The event aims to further promote and popularise Tripura tea alongside India tea and to boost the tea industry in the state. The event was followed by a colourful tableau procession which featured the participation of large number of tea workers wearing traditional dresses.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Tripura: Biplab Kumar Deb.
  • Governor of Tripura: Ramesh Bais.

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Agreements/MoUs

10. SBI signs MoU with Govt of Gujarat to facilitate MSME loans

The government of Gujarat has signed an MoU with State Bank of India (SBI) which aims to facilitate approval of loans to entrepreneurs in the MSME sector with ease and within a short time-frame. As per the MoU, the bank will provide theoretical approval to the project within 15 days of making an application.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

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

Ranks and Reports

11. Hindi becomes 3rd most spoken language in the World

Hindi has become the 3rd most spoken language of the world in 2019 with 615 million speakers while English stood at the top of the list with 1,132 million speakers as per the 22nd edition of the world language database Ethnologue. Chinese Mandarin stood at the second position with 1,117 million speakers.

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Important Days

12. 20th February globally observed as World Day of Social Justice

20th of February has been observed globally as the World Day of Social Justice with the theme for year 2020 as “Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice”. The ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization was adopted by the International Labour Organization unanimously on 10 June 2008.

Sports News

13. India to host AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2022

India to host the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Asian Cup in 2022, as per the announcement made by Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, Trans Stadia Arena in Ahmedabad and Fatorda Stadium in Goa have been selected to host matches.

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.

Defence News

14. Dhaka hosts the Seminar on Indian Defence Equipment

The High Commission of India in Bangladesh organized the Seminar on Indian Defence Equipment in Dhaka which was attended by 12 Indian firms. Aim of the seminar was to pursue further cooperation between India and Bangladesh in the field of defence technologies.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Prime Minister of Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina; Capital: Dhaka; Currency: Taka.
  • High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh: Riva Ganguly Das.

Books and Authors

15. Prakash Javadekar releases reference annuals ‘Bharat 2020’ & ‘India 2020’

Prakash Javadekar, Information and Broadcasting Minister has released the Reference Annual Bharat 2020 & India 2020 in New Delhi along with the E-version of the yearbooks. The books carry exhaustive and comprehensive information about the country and the activities, progress and achievements of various Central Government Ministries.

Miscellaneous News

16. Meeting on Active Pharmaceuticals Ingredients Industry organized by NITI Aayog 

Meeting on Active Pharmaceuticals Ingredients (API) Industry was organized by National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) which was chaired by NITI Aayog’s CEO Amitabh Kant. The meeting aimed to induce growth in the API industry.

17. Services of Kashi Mahakal Express begins from Varanasi

The services of Kashi Mahakal Express i.e. the 3rd private train of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) begins from Varanasi. The train service will link the three Jyotirlinga: Omkareshwar near Indore, Mahakaleshwar, in Ujjain and Kashi Vishwanath in Varanasi. This is also the first overnight journey train run by IRCTC.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

    • Chief Regional Manager of IRCTC: Ashwini Shrivastava.
    • Headquarters of IRCTC: New Delhi.
    • Union Minister of Railway: Piyush Goyal.

18. Mansukh Mandaviya lays foundation stone of lighthouse in Rameswaram

Mansukh Laxmanbhai Mandaviya, Union Minister of State for Shipping has laid the foundation stone for a 50-metre high modern lighthouse at Dhanushkodi in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. The 5th lighthouse in the region is located opposite to the old church that was destroyed in a cyclone in 1964.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Governor of Tamil Nadu: Banwarilal Purohit.
  • Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu: Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami.
  • Capital of Tamil Nadu: Chennai.

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