Daily GK Update 21 February 2020: Read Daily GK-Current Affairs Update

Read the daily GK update of 21 February. In today's GK Update we are covering the following news headlines: BS-VI, Pier Bridge, FATF Grey List, Ra'ad-II and many more. Read the daily GK update for upcoming competitive exams in 2020.

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National News

1. ‘Namaste Trump’ Event: All You Should Know About It

The President of the United States (POTUS) Donald Trump is arriving on a two-days visit to India on 24th February 2020. He will be accompanied by the First Lady of the United States Melania Trump along with other US delegates. As a welcome gesture, the Government of India is hosting an event named as ‘Namaste Trump’ at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and is expected to be similar to the ‘Howdy Modi’ event which was held last year in Houston, US.

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2. Donald Trump’s India Visit: Check Complete Details Here

President of the United States (POTUS) Donald Trump is arriving on a two days visit to India on 24th February 2020. He will be accompanied by the First Lady of the United States Melania Trump along with other US delegates. During this official visit, POTUS will explore the Indian culture and traditions complemented with the scheduled visit to some key places including Taj Mahal at Agra, Sabarmati Ashram as well as Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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3. India to switch to world’s cleanest diesel and petrol from April 1

From 1st of April 2020, India will be switching to the world’s cleanest petrol and diesel as the nation is heading towards transitional shift from Bharat Stage-IV grade to Bharat Stage-VI grade. The BS-VI grade has only 10ppm of sulphur and its emission standards are as good as that of CNG.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas: Dharmendra Pradhan.

4. India’s tallest pier bridge built by Northeast Frontier Railway in Manipur

India’s tallest railway pier bridge which is 100 m tall has been constructed by the Northeast Frontier Railway Construction Organisation. The bridge has been built across Makru river in the Tamenglong district of Manipur. The bridge has been constructed at the cost of Rs 283.5-crore.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Manipur: Imphal; Governor of Manipur: Najma Heptulla.
  • Chief Minister of Manipur: N. Biren Singh.

5. 4th Anniversary of Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission observed today

The 4th Anniversary of the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM) was observed today. It was launched on 21st February 2016 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to transfor the Rurban clusters by stimulating local economic development, enhancing basic services and creating well planned Rurban clusters.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Rural Development: Narendra Singh Tomar.

International News

6. Pakistan to remain on the FATF Grey List

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has decided to keep Pakistan on the FATF Grey List till June 2020. The decision was taken during the group’s meeting and plenary in Paris. The anti-money laundering watchdog decided to keep Pakistan on its Grey List for failure to curb transfer of funds to terror groups Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and others.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • The headquarters of FATF is in Paris, France.
  • FATF was founded in July 1989.

7. “Ra’ad-II” an air-launched cruise missile was successfully tested by Pakistan 

The flight test of the air-launched cruise missile Ra’ad-II has been successfully completed by Pakistan. Ra’ad-II missile having a range of 600 km, is aimed to be attached with Mirage aircraft or F-16 fighter jets of the Pakistan Air Force.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Prime Minister of Pakistan: Imran Khan.
  • President of Pakistan: Arif Alvi.
  • Capital of Pakistan: Islamabad.

State News

8. 1st edition of Bharat-Bangla Paryatan Utsav commenced in Agartala

The 1st edition of the Bharat-Bangla Paryatan Utsav-Tourism festival has commenced in Agartala, Tripura to promote tourism in Tripura. The festival has been organized in memories of the contribution of Tripura in 1971 Bangladesh liberation war as well as to boost the tourism sector of Tripura.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

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

9. Atal Kisan – Majdoor canteens to be openend by Haryana Goverment

The Atal Kisan – Majdoor canteens will be opnened by the Government of Haryana across the state. These canteens aims to provide provide affordable and cheap meals to farmers and labourers at a concessional rate of RS 10 per plate in all mandis and sugar mills.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

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

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10. HDFC Bank ties up with Mastercard & SAP concur for spending management services

HDFC Bank has teamed up with Mastercard and SAP Concur for spending management services for the corporate sector. Various services like corporate credit card for business travellers, providing a one-stop solution for payment and expense management during business trips will be offered by HDFC Bank.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Managing Director of Housing Development Finance Corporation HDFC: Aditya Puri.
  • Tagline of HDFC: We Understand your World.
  • President of Mastercard South Asia: Porush Singh.


11. Sanjay Kothari appointed as new Central Vigilance Commissioner

Sanjay Kothari has been appointed by a high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the new Central Vigilance Commissioner. He was currently serving as the Secretary to the President. In other appointments, Bimal Julka has been appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Central Vigilance Commission formedFebruary 1964.
  • Central Vigilance Commission Headquarters: New Delhi.

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Important Days

12. 21st February globally observed as International Mother Language Day

UNESCO celebrated the International Mother Language Day 21st February with a theme of “Languages without borders”. The day was celebrated to make people aware about the language, cultural diversity and multilingualism all across the world.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
  • Director-General of UNESCO: Audrey Azoulay; Headquarters: Paris, France.
  • UNESCO established: 16 November 1945.

Sports News

13. Pragyan Ojha announced retirement from all forms of cricket

Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha has announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket. He represented India in 24 Tests between 2009 and 2013 in which he took 113 wickets. In 18 ODIs he played, grabbed 21 wickets. He also played six T20 Internationals.

14. IPL 2020: Schedules, Venues & Teams of IPL

The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League 2020 has been announced by BCCI. The tournament will commence on March 29 and will conclude on May 24 after lasting for a duration of 57 days.

The 8 Teams participating in IPL 2020 are:
  • Chennai Super Kings
  • Delhi Capitals
  • Kings XI Punjab
  • Kolkata Knight Riders
  • Mumbai Indians
  • Rajasthan Royals
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • BCCI President: Sourav Ganguly; Headquarter of BCCI: Mumbai.

15. ESPN India Awards 2019 announced

The ESPN India Awards 2019 have been announced to recognise the best individual and team performances in Indian sport across 10 categories on a calendar-year basis.

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Ranks and Reports

16. India ranked 77th on Sustainability Index

According to the report commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Lancet medical journal and backed by United Nations, India has been ranked at 77th position in the Sustainability Index 2020 and 131st on the Flourishing Index 2020.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
  • Director-General of UNESCO: Audrey Azoulay; Headquarters: Paris, France.
  • UNESCO established: 16 November 1945.


17. V L Dutt former FICCI president passed away

V L Dutt, the former Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) president has passed away. He headed the federation in 1991-92 and also served as the chairman of the India Vietnam Joint Business Council of FICCI.

18. Computer scientist Larry Tesler passed away

Larry Tesler, the computer scientist who introduced the cut, copy and paste commands passed away. The concepts he introduced were instrumental in the development of text editors and early computer operating systems.

Miscellaneous News

19. Ahmedabad to host Chitra Bharati Film Festival

The Bharatiya Chitra Sadhana will organise the 3rd edition of the Chitra Bharati Film Festival at Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The prime objective of the Chitra Bharati Film Festival is of establishing a ‘Bharatiya’ narrative in Indian cinema.

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