Daily GK Update 29 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 29 February 2020 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

National News

1. Niti Aayog & Nasscom roll out AI modules in schools

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), in collaboration with Niti Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), launched an artificial intelligence (AI) based module for students of Indian schools.The AI-Base Module will be implemented across 5,000 Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL), empowering 2.5 million students.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • NITI Aayog: National Institution for Transforming India.
  • NITI Aayog CEO: Amitabh Kant, Vice Chairman: Rajiv Kumar.
  • Chairman of NASSCOM: Keshav Murugesh.

2. Ministry of Corporate Affairs launches SPICe+ web form

Ministry of Corporate Affairs has been launched ‘SPICe+’ Web Form (pronounced ‘SPICe Plus’) to offer 10 services by 3 Central Government Ministries/ Departments and of State Government of Maharashtra in a single web form. The three department/govt ministries are the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Labour & Department of Revenue in the Ministry of Finance.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Corporate Affairs: Nirmala Sitharaman.

3. MoFPI approves Rs 162 cr under Operation Greens scheme

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries(MoFPI) has approved Rs 162 crore under Operation Green scheme which has an outlay of Rs 500 crore to stabilize the supply of tomato, onion and potato (TOP) crops and to ensure their availability round the year without price volatility. The aim of the scheme is to enhance TOP Crops value chain & promote Farmer Producers Organizations (FPOs), agri-logistics, processing facilities and professional management.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Food Processing Industries: Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

State News

4. Kerala High Court bans all forms of strikes in schools, colleges

The Kerala High Court recently passed an order and banned all types of political movements in the college and school premises. Banning various forms agitations like gherao and sit-in in the campuses, the High Court also said no one can be persuaded to participate in such protests.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Kerala: Pinarayi Vijayan
  • Governor of Kerala: Arif Mohammed Khan.
  • Capital of Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram.

5. UP cabinet renamed Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Urdu, Arabi-Farsi University

The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has approved a proposal to change the name of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Urdu, Arabi-Farsi University in Lucknow. The Cabinet has decided to rename the university as Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Languages University. For this, the State University Act – 1973 will be amended.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh: Yogi Adityanath.
  • Anandiben Patel is the current Governor of Uttar Pradesh.


6. Abhishek Singh becomes India’s next Ambassador to Venezuela

Abhishek Singh has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. He is currently serving as Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India in Kabul, Afghanistan. He will succeed Rajiv Kumar Napal, who passed away recently. He is a 2003-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Venezuela: Caracas.
  • Currency of Venezuela: Petro Bolivar Soberano.
  • President of Venezuela: Juan Gerardo Guaido Marquez.


7. HDFC Bank launches co-branded credit card with IndiGo

HDFC Bank joined hands with the country’s largest airline IndiGo to launch a co-branded credit card, which will effectively work like a loyalty programme for the carrier. Its first travel credit card named ‘Ka-ching’- powered by Mastercard.


8. Jadav Payeng honoured with Swami Vivekananda Karmayogi Award 2020

Forest Man of India Jadav Payeng will be awarded Swami Vivekananda Karmayogi Award 2020 in New Delhi. He was awarded the 6th Karmayogi Award for his consistent efforts in creating a real man-made forest through massive reforestation. The award is composed of a trophy, a recitation and a reward of Rs 1 lakh.


9. “ICGS Varad” commissioned as Indian Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Vessel

The Indian Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Vessel “ICGS Varad” has been commissioned by the Union Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) & Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya. The minister also accorded the ‘Guard of honour’ parade as part of commissioning ceremony of ICGS Varad which was held in Chennai.

10. Rajnath Singh inaugurates new Helicopter Production Hangar at HAL

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the new Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Production Hangar at Helicopter Division in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Complex at Bengaluru, Karnataka. LCH is a 5.5-tonne class combat helicopter designed and developed by HAL. It is powered by two Shakti engines and inherits many technical features of the Advanced Light Helicopter. LCH has the distinction of being the first attack helicopter to land in forwarding Bases at Siachen, 4,700 mts above sea level with 500kg load.

Summits and Conferences

11. New Delhi hosts 11th National Krishi Vigyan Kendra Conference 2020

The 11th National Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Conference 2020 on ‘Empowering Youth for Technology Led Farming’ has been inaugurated in New Delhi. The conference was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar. A number of Krishi Vigyan Kendra publications and various products developed by the Krishi Vigyan Kendras were also released during the conference. The conference was organized by Indian Council of Agricultural Research.


12. World’s oldest man Chitetsu Watanabe passes away

The world’s oldest man, Chitetsu Watanabe of Japan, has passed away at 112. He was born on March 5th, 1907. He received his Guinness World Record certification on February 12, 2020. With the death of Chitetsu Watanabe, Britain’s oldest man, Bob Weighton, who is 111, has now become the oldest person in the world.


13. Mumbai Airport launches ‘Export Cold Zone’ to Store Agro, Pharma Products

The Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) has launched the world’s largest airport-based temperature-controlled facility known as the ‘Export Cold Zone’ for processing and storage of agro and pharma products. The exclusive terminal can hold over 700 tonnes of such cargo at one time with a combined annual capacity of 5.25 lakh tonnes. Mumbai airport, run by a joint venture between Airports Authority of India and GVK.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation: Hardeep Singh Puri.

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