Daily GK Update 5 February 2020: Read Daily GK-Current Affairs Update

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National Current Affairs

1. India’s biggest rural technical festival ‘Antahpragnya 2020’ kicks off

India’s biggest rural technical festival titled ‘Antahpragnya 2020’ held in Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT), Basar, Nirmal District, Telangana. The theme for the year 2020 was “Spot and encourage rural tech innovators”.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Telangana: K. Chandrashekar Rao.
  • Governor of Telangana: Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan.
  • Capital of Telangana: Hyderabad.

International Current Affairs

2. 72nd Independence Day celebrated by Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka celebrated its 72nd Independence Day on 4th February 2020. On this day, Sri Lanka became an independent nation after getting independence from Britain. Military parades and air shows were the most attractive points of the Sri Lankan Independence Day celebrations held in Colombo.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Currency of Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan rupee.
  • Prime minister: Mahinda Rajapaksa.
  • President: Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Appointments

3. Gopal Baglay becomes India’s next Ambassador to Sri Lanka

Gopal Baglay has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. He will replace Taranjit Sandhu.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Currency of Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan rupee.
  • President of Sri Lanka: Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
  • Prime Minister of Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajapaksa.

4. Deepa Malik becomes president of Paralympic Committee of India

Para-athlete and India’s lone woman Paralympic medallist Deepa Malik has been elected as president of Paralympic Committee of India. She was elected unopposed as president in the PCI polls held in Bengaluru.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of Paralympic Committee of India: Bengaluru, Karnataka.

5. Pramod Agrawal takes over as Coal India Chairman

Pramod Agrawal assumed charge as the new chairman and managing director of Coal India Ltd. He was the successor of Anil Kumar Jha who retired on 31st January 2020.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarter of Coal India: Kolkata, West Bengal.

Defence

6. India hosts Defence dialogue between India and South Korea

India hosted the Ministerial-level Defence dialogue between India and South Korea in New Delhi. The Ministerial-level Defence dialogue aimed to deepen bilateral defence cooperation between the two countries.

Ranks and Reports

7. TTCSP releases 2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report

Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania has released the 2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. India’s Observer Research Foundation (ORF) has been ranked at 27th position among 176 global think tanks (U.S. and non-U.S.). It was ranked at 118th position in the 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

For More Information of 2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report: Click Here

Sports

8. Australia Open 2020: Complete List of Winners

Australian Open is the first of the four annual Grand Slam events among the world’s major tennis championships. The grand slam Australian Open is held annually at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Here is the complete list of winners:

S.No. Category Winner Runner Up
1 Men’s Singles Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Dominic Thiem (Austria)
2 Women’s Singles Sofia Kenin (USA) Garbine Muguruza (Spain)
3 Mixed Doubles Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic) & Nikola Mektic (Croatia) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) & Jamie Murray (United Kingdom)
4 Men’s Doubles Rajeev Ram (United States of America) & Joe Salisbury (United Kingdom) Max Purcell (Australia) & Luke Saville (Australia)
5 Women’s Doubles Timea Babos (Hungary) & Kristina Mladenovic (France) Su-Wei Hsieh (Chinese Taipei) & Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic)

9. World Cancer Day observed globally on 4 February

The ICC Under-19 World Cup Cricket 2020 taking place in South Africa. Indian team played under the captaincy of Priyam Garg. The final of the tournament will be played on Feb 09 at JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Below is the list of top 10 highest wicket-takers of ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2020 (Till Now):

Sl. No. Player (Country) Matches Wickets
1. Akhil Kumar (Canada) 5 16
2. Tanveer Sangha (Australia) 5 15
3. Ravi Bishnoi (India) 5 13
4.       Dilshan Madushanka       (Sri Lanka) 6 13
5. Lewis Goldsworthy (England) 6 12
6. Shafiqullah Ghafari (Afghanistan) 4 12
7. Hamidullah Qadri (England) 6 12
8. Kartik Tyagi (India) 5 11
9. Aryan Lakra (UAE) 6 11
10. Rakibul Hasan (Bangladesh) 4 10

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of ICC: Shashank Manohar; Chief Executive: Manu Sahney; Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

10. NADA suspends two Indian athlete

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has suspended weightlifter Ramshad AR for a period of 2 years after being found guilty of violating the anti-doping rule. He was examined by the Doping Control Officer of NADA during the 71st Men’s National Weightlifting Championship. In addition to this, NADA has also banned Indian wrestler Ravinder Kumar for 4 years for failing a dope test.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Director-General of NADA- Navin Agarwal.
  • Founded of NADA- 24 November 2005; Motto- Play fair.
  • Headquarters of NADA: New Delhi.

11. Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2020: List of Highest Run Scorers

The ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2020 is taking place in South Africa. 16 teams are participating in the 13th edition of the tournament from all over the world.

Indian batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal is presently leading the list of highest run scorers of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2020.

Below is the list of top 10 run scorers of ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2020 (Till Now):

S.No. Player (Country) Innings Runs
1. Yashasvi Jaiswal (India) 5 312
2. Ravindu Rasantha (Sri Lanka) 6 286
3. Bryce Parsons (South Africa) 5 259
4.     Tadiwanashe Marumani (Zimbabwe) 6 257
5. Dan Mousley (England) 5 241
6. Emmanuel Bawa (Zimbabwe) 5 232
7. Luke Beaufort (South Africa) 5 210
8. Rhys Mariu (New Zealand) 4 205
9. Milton Shumba (Zimbabwe) 6 205
10. Sam Fanning (Australia) 4 198

Important Days

12. World celebrates “World Wetlands Day” on 2nd of February

World Wetlands Day is annually celebrated globally on 2nd of February. The day aims to raise the awareness about the crucial role played by wetlands for people and our planet. The theme of World Wetlands Day 2020 is “Wetlands and Biodiversity”.

Obituaries

13. Sahitya Akademi Awardee Jaswant Singh Kanwal passes away

Eminent Punjabi writer and Sahitya Akademi Awardee Jaswant Singh Kanwal passed away. In 1996, he was bestowed the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship award for his book ‘Pakhi’ (Hand Fan) and two years later in 1998, he received the Sahitya Akademi award for his novel ‘Taushali Di Hanso’.

14. Odia revolutionary poet Rabi Singh passes away

Renowned Odia revolutionary poet and freedom fighter Rabi Singh passed away. He was popularly known as ‘Biplabi Kabi’ (the revolutionary poet) for his patriotic writings.

Miscellaneous

15. GoI unveils new vaccine to control classical swine fever

The government of India unveiled a new indigenously developed vaccine for controlling classical swine fever (CSF). CSF is a highly contagious fatal pig disease. The new vaccine, developed by Uttar Pradesh-based Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), will be much cheaper than the existing one.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • ICAR Founded: 16 July 1929.
  • ICAR Director: Dr Trilochan Mohapatra.
  • ICAR Headquarters: New Delhi, India.

16. Mo O’Brien becomes the 1st deaf person to row Atlantic Ocean

Mo O’Brien (60 years) has become the first deaf person on record to row an ocean by finishing a 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic with her daughter Bird Watts, and their friend Claire Allinson.

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