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Important News – State

1. The Mukyamantri Parivar Samridhi Yojana scheme has been launched by ______Haryana.

➢ Chief Minister Mr.Manohar Lal Khattar and Deputy Chief Minister Mr.Dushyant Chautala of Haryana jointly launched the scheme.
➢ The scheme is about providing financial assistance of Rs.6000 to the families below the poverty line. and the amount will be transferred through DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) to Bank accounts.

2. Which state unveiled an initiative of setting up 1,000 ‘Kudumbashree’ hotels to provide subsidised meals at Rs 25 ____Kerala.

➢ While presenting budget for 2020-21, Kerala’s Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac has unveiled an initiative of setting up 1,000 ‘Kudumbashree’ hotels to provide subsidised Kerala meals at Rs 25.
➢ In this regard, a budget hotel in each of the 1034 local bodies will be set up.
➢ Kudumabshree has also entered into an agreement for manufacturing products such as umbrella, coconut products and curry powders on cluster basis and selling it through the outlets of the Civil Supplies Corporation.

3. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy has launched the 1st Disha Police Station in the State at ____Rajamahendravaram.

➢ The Disha Police station has been established to provide speedy justice to female victims of sexual assaults and other heinous crimes under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
➢ The CM also launched an app for women in distress to get immediate response from the police.
➢ The new police station will deploy counsellor, mobile kits to gather medical and scientific evidence, and care takers to help the victims who come to the station.

4. First Helicopter Services under UDAN Scheme has been launched by ____ Uttarakhand.

➢ Chief Minister of Uttarkhand Trivendra Singh Rawat along with Shri Pradeep Singh Kharola , Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) jointly Inaugurated the 1st ever Helicopter services from Dehradun’s Sahastradhara helipad to Gauchar and from Sahastradhara to Chinyalisaur.
➢ This was launched under the Regional Connectivity Scheme-Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik of Government of India.
➢ The main objective of this Helicopter Services is to Improve the Aerial Connectivity of the Hilly areas in the Country.

5. To inculcate reading habits among students ‘Reading Mission’ has been launched by ____Haryana.

➢ Kanwar Pal, Haryana education minister, launched ‘Reading Mission- Haryana’ to inculcate reading habits among students.
➢ The mission has been launched based on the Central Government’s “Reading Mission -2022” & aims to address the lost glory of reading books.

6. Which becomes the 28th district of the Chhattisgarh ___ Gaurela-Pendra-Maewahi.

➢ Bhupesh Baghel, Chief Minister (CM) of Chhattisgarh, inaugurated Gaurela-Pendra-Maewahi as the 28th district of the state.
➢ The new district, carved out of Bilaspur, has 3 tehsils (taluq) & 3 development blocks namely Gaurela, Pendra and Marwahi.
➢ The new district comprises 166 gram panchayats, 222 villages and two nagar panchayats with an area of 1,68,225 hectares.

7. Name the region Tamil Nadu to be declared as Protected Agricultural Zone ____ Cauvery Delta Region.

➢ Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi K. Palaniswamy announced that special team will be formed to produce special law to make the Delta region as a Protected Zone.
➢ Districts like Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Delta regions of Trichy, Karur, Ariyalur, Cuddalore and Pudukkotai are included in the Protected Zone.
➢ Only Agro based Industries are allowed in the Protected Zone.

8. To improve the falling level of ground water the Ground Water Act-2020 has been approved by ____Uttara Pradesh govt.

➢ The cabinet has also approved the provisions of penalty and punishment against the person who contaminate the ground water level.
➢ Under this new act, online registration will be mandatory to install submersible pumps.
➢ Domestic consumers and farmers will not have to pay any fee for this registration.

9. To establish revolutionary changes in the agriculture sector through technology & sustainable increase in farmers’ income using organic and natural farming processes an MoU has been signed with 11 agricultural institutions in the country by ____Andhra Pradesh.

➢ Chief Minister Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy supervised the exchange of MoUs in Amaravati, AP, between the state Agriculture Department and institutions, the Indian Council Agricultural Research (ICAR), National Institute of Plant Health Management, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Central Fertiliser Quality & Training Institute, National Seed Research & Training Institute.
➢ CM also announced 11,158 Rythu Bharosa Kendras will be set up across the state by June 2020, which will be administered by agriculture, horticulture, veterinary and aquaculture assistants to guide farmers in best practices.

10. Which becomes the 1st UT to pass resolution against CAA, NRC, NPR in Assembly ____ Puducherry.

➢ The Puducherry Legislative Assembly has passed a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR).
➢ Chief Minister (CM) of the Union Territory Puducherry,Velu Narayanasamy moved the resolution & demanded the withdrawal of these legislations from the Central Government. Assembly Speaker VP Sivakolundhu said that the proposal has been unanimously accepted.
➢ With this, it has become the first Union Territory (UT) to pass a resolution against the CAA.

11. To implement the municipal financial accounting system a Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) was signed with eGov foundation, Bengaluru by _____Uttar Pradesh.

➢ The MoU was signed by Sanjay Kumar Singh Yadav, Special Secretary, Urban Development, Govt. of UP and Viraj Tyagi, CEO (Chief Executive Officer), e-Gov foundation.
➢ The main aim is to digitize the accounting operations & efficient interactions between citizens and city administration for the transparency in the system.
➢ eGov foundation will provide the accrual-based double-entry financial accounting application of DIGIT- India’s largest open source platform for urban governance.

Important News – World

1. The United Nations has released USD 30 million for humanitarian operations in _____Syria.

➢ Syria’s Idlib province has received additional USD 30 million for the humanitarian operations from United Nations’ (UN) Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
➢ It has been informed by UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock UN Security Council meet in New York, United States (US).

2. The rank of Indian Institute of Management Bengaluru (IIMB) in the Global Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Business School Rankings 2020 is ____third.

➢ This is the first-ever Business School rankings based on the provision of MOOCs.
➢ MOOCLabs published ranking for the business schools globally who are providing MOOC courses.
➢ 16 business schools across the world offers open online courses on 3 major MOOC platforms- Coursera, edX and Futurelearn.

3. Fifth Edition of Joint Military Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2020 is conducted between India and ______ United Kingdom (UK).
➢ 120 Army Individuals each from Indian and United Kingdom Armies will participate in this Exercise and the Next Edition will be conducted in India, vice-versa.
➢ The Main Aim of this Exercise is to conduct Joint Training Operations with High number of Soldiers and also giving Special Importance on Counter Terrorists operation in Urban and Semi Urban Areas.
➢ Training on handling of Modern Weapon Systems and Equipment and Simulator based Training have also been Planned.

4. The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially renamed Coronavirus as ____ ‘COVID-19.

➢ “co” stands for “corona”, “vi” for “virus” and “d” for “disease”, while “19” was for the year, as the outbreak was first originated in China’s Wuhan area in December 2019.
➢ Earlier the WHO had given temporary name for the virus as”2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease” & China’s National Health Commission named it as”novel coronavirus pneumonia” or NCP.
➢ The new name had been picked to avoid references to a specific geographical location, animal species or group of people and was pronounceable and related to the virus.

5. The 43rd session of the annual Governing Council meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 2020 was held in ____ Rome, Italy.

➢ The theme of this year is “Investing in sustainable food systems to end hunger by 2030”.
➢ The event,opened by President of the Republic of Mali , Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, witnessed interactive sessions on how IFAD’s role and experience in supporting sustainable, inclusive, nutritious and efficient food systems place it in a unique position to contribute to eliminate hunger.

6. Name the astronaut returned to Earth after record stay in space ____ Christina Koch.

➢ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s astronaut Christina Koch has returned to Earth after her record stay in space.
➢ With her 328 days stay in space, she has surpassed Peggy Whitson’s record for an American woman on a single spaceflight at 289 days.

7. The Mobile World Congress was cancelled due to coronavirus fears which was scheduled to be held in ____ Barcelona.

➢ The Mobile World Congress, the annual telecoms industry gathering that draws more than one lakh visitors to Barcelona, was cancelled over coronavirus fears.
➢ The event was hosted by the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) telecoms association.
➢ The decision comes after dozens of tech companies and wireless carriers dropped out, with the latest cancellations by Nokia, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom and Britain’s BT.

8. Who has been appointed as the Finance Minister of the United Kingdom ____ Rishi Sunak.
➢ He will replace Pakistani Chancellor Sajid Javid. Now three Indian origin Members of Parliament are a part of Britain’s most diverse cabinet led by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
➢ Along with Rishi Sunak, Priti Patel has been appointed as the Home Minister and Alok Sharma has been appointed as the Business Secretary in the British Cabinet.

Honor & Awards

1. 1st Indian to receive International Olympic Committee’s Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award ____ Pullela Gopichand.

➢ This was the 3rd edition of International Olympics Committee Annual Awards.
➢ He is the 1st Indian coach to be Honoured with this Lifetime award by the Olympics Committee.
➢ Gopichand is a former Indian Badminton player, he founded the Gopichand Badminton Academy in 2008.
➢ He trained, players like Saina Nehwal (Bronze medalist in 2012 summer Olympics), P.V. Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap, Srikanth Kidambi and etc.

2. Who becomes the youngest Girl in the World to climb South America’s Highest Peak Mt. Aconcagua ____ Kaamya Karthikeyan.

➢ Kaamya Karthikeyan, 12 years old, a class 7 student of Navy Children School (NCS) in Mumbai, Maharashtra, became the youngest girl in the world to climb Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina, (highest peak in South America).
➢ Mount Aconcagua is the highest peak outside Asia which ranges about 6962 metres.
➢ Kaamya reached the mountain peak on February 1, 2020 and unfurled the Indian tricolour flag.

3. Who clichéd the best actor trophy at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony 2020 _____ Joaquin Rafael Phoenix.

➢ American actor, producer, and environmentalist Joaquin Rafael Phoenix (45) clichéd the best actor trophy for his performance in “Joker“, whereas American actress ,Renée Kathleen Zellweger (50) won the best actress for “Judy”.

4. Who clichéd the best actress trophy at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony 2020 ____ Kathleen Zellweger.

➢ American actor, producer, and environmentalist Joaquin Rafael Phoenix (45) clichéd the best actor trophy for his performance in “Joker“, whereas American actress ,Renée Kathleen Zellweger (50) won the best actress for “Judy”.

5. Which film has been bestowed with best original screenplay award at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony 2020 _____Parasite.

➢ For the 1st time Bong Joon Ho created history by becoming the first Asian and South Korean filmmaker to bag the Academy Award for best original screenplay for his genre-defying “Parasite”, while filmmaker Taika Waititi bagged the Oscar in the adapted screenplay category.

6. Who named as the ‘captain of the year’ at the 13th edition of the Annual ESPNcricinfo Awards 2019 ____Eoin Joseph Gerard Morgan.

➢ Eoin Joseph Gerard Morgan was named as the ‘captain of the year’ for leading England to win the World Cup Title against New Zealand.
➢ Ben Stokes was awarded the ‘ODI (One Day International) batting performance of the year’.

7. Who has been conferred with the Genome Valley Excellence Award of BioAsia 2020 ______ Dr. Vasant Narsimhan.

➢ The award will be given in a function organized by the Telangana government annual global biotechnology & life sciences forum.
➢ Dr. Narasimhan has been selected for his new vision in the pharmaceutical business in digital technology and healthcare.
➢ He also worked in the development of 20 novel medicines, including advanced cells, gene therapy as well as vaccines and also worked on the public health issues particularly in developing countries.

8. The President of India Ram Nath Kovind awarded President’s Colour to _______ INS Shivaji.

➢ The award was received by Nishan Adhikari, INS Shivaji and A special cover marking the Platinum Jubilee of INS Shivaji (completed 75 years of service) was released by the President.
➢ The ceremonial parade was organized by INS Shivaji consisting of 130 officers, 630 sailors of the Indian Navy, 150 men Guard of Honor and was commanded by Commodore Ravnish Seth.
➢ The award ranks high among the honour bestowed upon a military unit in recognition of the exceptional service rendered to the nation, in peace or war.

9. Who has been bestowed with Indian Achievers Award (IAA) _____Rajendra Indraman Singh.

➢ Founder & Chairperson of Priyadarshini Group of Schools & Colleges has been awarded the Indian Achievers Award (IAA) in recognition of his “Outstanding Contribution to Indian Education”.
➢ The award was presented by Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union HRD (Human Resource Development) Minister, in a special ceremony at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, India.

10. Who has been selected as the FIH Men’s Player of the Year 2019 _____Manpreet Singh Pawar.
➢ The captain of India men’s national field hockey team selected for the award by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).
➢ With this he becomes the 1st Indian to receive this honor.
➢ At the same time, Netherlands women”s captain Eva de Goede (30) has been named as FIH Women”s Player of the Year 2019

Sports News

1. Name the American tennis player who has been banned for 22 month for doping by the International Tennis Federation(ITF) ______Abigail Spears.

➢ The ban was announced on spears after she failed the doping test from the 2019 US (United States) open match.
➢ The ban which was started from November 07, 2019, will end at midnight on September 6, 2021.
➢ Prohibited substances such as prasterone and testosterone were found during the test.
➢ Spears has won 21 women’s doubles titles in her career and has also won the mixed doubles title of 2017 Australian open.

2. 13th edition of 2020 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup won by _____Bangladesh.

➢ 13th edition of 2020 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, an international limited-overs cricket tournament was held in South Africa from 17 January – 9 February 2020.
➢ It was administered by International Cricket Council (ICC) & 16 teams participated in the cricket tournament with a total of 48 matches played between the teams.
➢ The Finals were held at the JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom, South Africa between Bangladesh & India.
➢ Bangladesh’s youth team defeated India by three wickets in a thrilling match in the final.

3. ICC Women’s Championship trophy 2020 won by ____Australia.

➢ The Australia’s team was led by Meghann Moira Lanning (also known as Meg Lanning), which also won this trophy last time(ie 1st edition 2014–16).
➢ With this, Australia making it to the Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand 2021.
➢ The ICC Women’s Championship has given hosts New Zealand and four top teams a direct place in the World Cup 2021.

4. Who won the men’s title in the Indian National Billiards & Snooker Championship 2020 ____Aditya Mehta.

➢ Indian snooker player, Aditya Mehta has won the men’s title in Indian National Billiards & Snooker Championship 2020 held at PYC Hindu Gymkhana in Pune , Maharashtra.
➢ Aditya Mehta, who represented the Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB),has defeated several-time world champion Pankaj Advani with 6-2 scores and won the title.

5. Who won the women’s title in the Indian National Billiards & Snooker Championship 2020 ____ Vidya Viswanathan.
➢ Indian snooker player, Vidya Viswanathan has won the women’s title in Indian National Billiards & Snooker Championship 2020 held at PYC Hindu Gymkhana in Pune , Maharashtra.
➢ in the women’s snooker finals, Karnataka’s Vidya Pillai defeated Amee Kamani of Madhya Pradesh with 3-2 scores.
➢ This is the 10th National Snooker title of Pillai.

6. Who made a new world record in pole vault by jumping a height of 6.17 meters _____Armand Mondo Duplaints.

➢ Mondo Duplaints jumped a height of 6.17 meters on his 2nd attempt at the World Athletics Indoor Tour meeting in Torun, Poland.
➢ Duplaints was born on 10 November 1999, at Lafayette, Louisiana, United States (US).
➢ Renaud Lavillennie’s, french-player, record was 6.16 meters in February 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

7. Name the cricketer who retained his top position in the International Cricket Council Men’s test ranking 2020 released on 11th February 2020 ____Virat Kohli.

➢ Pakistan batsman Babar Azam, who scored a century in the first Test match against Bangladesh, has jumped two places to 5th in test batting rankings with 800 points.
➢ Cheteshwar Pujara has dropped one place to 7th position from 6th .
➢ At the same time, David Warner (Australia) has come in 6th place.
➢ Ajinkya Rahane remains in the top 10 and holds the 9th position.

8. The 54th All India Bombay Gold Cup Hockey Tournament title was won by ____Indian Navy.
➢ Indian Navy, Mumbai (Maharashtra) has defeated South Central Railway (SCR), Secunderabad.
➢ The tournament was organised by Mumbai Hockey Association Limited (MHAL).

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