March 8, 2020

February 2020

Here are some Important Bullet Points on February Month 2020 Current affairs:-

  1. Indian women captain Rani Rampal becomes the first-ever hockey player to win the prestigious World Games Athlete of the Year award. The World Games announced the winner after 20 days of polling in January this year by sports fans worldwide.

  2. Haryana govt. is to organise 34th Surajkund International Crafts Mela from February 1 to 16. Himachal Pradesh is the ‘theme state’.

  3. Nepal has set an all-new Guinness World Record for the highest altitude fashion show event ever held. Mount Everest Fashion Runway, organized by RB Diamonds & KASA Style in support of Nepal Tourism Board, was held at 5340 metres height at Kala Patthar.

  4. Rubigula, Flame-Throated Bulbul unveiled as the official mascot for the Goa 2020 National Games. The Flame-Throated Bulbul is the state bird of Goa. The mascot Rubigula will generate the interest of people towards the National Games. The mascot incorporates the best elements and characteristics of Goa and the Goa people.

  5. Pakistan declares national emergency to battle locusts destroying crops.

  6. Maldives officially rejoins Commonwealth more than three years after quitting over criticism of its human rights record.

  7. Australian Open tennis: Sofia Kenin (US) wins women’s singles title; Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic) & Nikola Mektic (Croatia) win mixed doubles title.

  8. As part of the ongoing Indo-Bangladesh defence cooperation, a joint military training exercise SAMPRITI-IX will be conducted at UMROI, Meghalaya, India from February 3 to February 16, 2020.

  9. IBM (International Business Machines Corp.) named Arvind Krishna as chief executive officer, replacing longtime CEO Virginia Rometty. Krishna, 57, is currently the head of IBM’s cloud and cognitive software unit and was a principal architect of the company’s purchase of Red Hat, which was completed last year.

  10. Odisha government has recently launched a virtual police station to provide more ease to its citizens. People can lodge complaints about vehicle theft without visiting a Police Station. This virtual police station (e-police station) will operate under the State Crime Records Bureau in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha.

  11. Sandeep Mathrani an Indian-American now charged with the tough work of relaunching WeWork, which had been one of America’s most commended new businesses that put a mammoth impression in the business land of significant urban communities around the world. Its breakdown prompted Neumann’s flight and cost the primary investor, wealthy Japanese person Masayoshi Son, billions of dollars.

  12. Novak Djokovic won his 17th Grand Slam title by winning his eighth Australian Open men’s singles championship.The victory over Dominic Thiem in five sets gave Djokovic his 17th Grand Slam singles title, and allowed him to reclaim the No. 1 ranking.

  13. World Cancer Day is observed on 4th February every year to create awareness about cancer. The theme for the year 2020 is ‘I am and I will’. Cancer occurs due to the uncontrolled, abnormal growth of cells in the tissue or organ of the body.

  14. World War I drama 1917 has won the award for best film at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards (BAFTAs), with director Sam Mendes picking up honors for best director at glamorous ceremony in London.

  15. The Karnataka government launched the Janasevaka scheme in a few municipal corporation wards to ensure home delivery of various services like ration cards, senior citizen identity and health cards. The scheme, which was launched by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, will pertain to 53 services involving 11 departments.

  16. India ranked 40th on a global International Intellectual Property (IP) Index. It was released by the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) of the US Chambers of Commerce. GIPC conducted the survey for 53 countries.India scored 38.46% (19.23 out of 50) in 2020. In 2019, it scored 36.04% (16.22 out of 45).

  17. The governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Shaktikanta Das awarded as ‘National Banker of the Year 2020 – Asia-Pacific’ by The Banker magazine.

  18. Emami Group will sell its cement business to Nirma group arm for Rs 5,500 crore. The Kolkata-headquartered conglomerate announced on that it has entered into a binding agreement with Nuvoco Vistas, part of the Nirma Group for divesting its 100% equity in Emami Cement for an enterprise value of Rs 5,500 crore.

  19. On February 7, 2020, the most trafficked mammal of Asia, Pangolin was identified as the host of the virus by the researchers of China. According to them, the outbreak that killed around 636 people in China has started from a market in Wuhan city through Pangolin.

  20. “Toy Story 4” has won the Academy Award for best animated feature for Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera – a decade after “Toy Story 3” took the prize. It’s the 10th Pixar title to take an Oscar since the category was created in 2001.

  21. Brad Pitt has won the best supporting actor Oscar for his role as Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at the 92nd Academy Awards. Pitt saw off strong competition from Al Pacino and Joe Pesci for The Irishman, Tom Hanks for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Anthony Hopkins for The Two Popes.

  22. South Korean film-maker Bong Joon-ho has become the second director of a foreign-language film to win the best director Oscar at the 92nd Academy Awards. Bong follows Alfonso Cuaron(who won for Roma in 2018) as a foreign-language winner with Parasite, seeing off competition from the likes of Quentin Tarantino (for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Todd Phillips for Joker and the pre-ceremony favourite Sam Mendes (for 1917).

  23. South Korean film Parasite has been named best picture at this year’s Oscars, becoming the first non-English language film to take the top prize. Renee Zellweger won best actress for playing Judy Garland in Judy.

  24. Joker star Joaquin Phoenix has won the best actor Oscar at the 92nd Academy Awards, for his performance as Batman’s nemesis. Phoenix was the overwhelming favourite, seeing off competition from the likes of Marriage Story’s Adam Driver and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s Leonardo DiCaprio.

  25. Renee Zellweger was crowned best actress at the Oscars for her portrait of Hollywood legend Judy Garland in “Judy,” a biographical drama exploring the singer’s personal and professional turmoil at the end of her life.

  26. The World Health Organization (WHO) has now officially named the new coronavirus, which has killed more than 1000 people so far, as Covid-19. It is the shortened version of coronavirus disease 2019.

  27. Rishi Sunak, the man who in a stunning turn of events was appointed United Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer less than a month before the first budget of Boris Johnson’s new government. His appointment, and the dramatic circumstance in which his predecessor quit, have created a stir and raise questions about the direction of economic policy on the heels of Brexit.

  28. The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee announced the motto for the year’s Olympics. The motto for Olympics 2020 is “United by Emotion“. The motto reflects the universal values and unifying power of sport. The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held from 24 July to 9 August at New National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan.

  29. President Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan’s presidential election.He has been elected for the second term. The election results were announced by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) five months after the voting took place amid the threat of violence and concerns over electoral fraud. Ghani won 50.64% of the vote on 28 September 2019. He defeated Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah who secured 39.52% of votes.

  30. Shree Cement to replace YES Bank in Nifty50 from Mar 27; surges 6% Shares of Shree Cement surged 6 per cent to Rs 25,199.9 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) on February 19 after the exchange announced its inclusion in the benchmark Nifty50 index with effect from March 27, 2020.

  31. A senior agriculture scientist from the state, Govinda Rajulu Chintala has been named as next chairman of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). Govinda Rajulu is presently serving as deputy managing director of the Nabard based at Mumbai.

  32. The mega event Namaste Trump is to be held at cricket stadium Sardar Patel Stadium, also known as Motera Stadium, in Ahmedabad on 24 February 2020.The Donald Trump Nagarik Abhivadan Samiti (Citizen Felicitation Committee for Donald Trump) will organize the high-profile public event which will feature cultural performances.

  33. The Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2020 were held in Mumbai. Actor Ravi Dubey served as the host of the evening and many celebrities attended the glamorous event from the film and television industry. Best actor award was won by Hrithik Roshan for ‘Super 30’.

  34. The 5th edition of joint military Exercise Ajeya Warrior 2020 concluded at West down Camp, Salisbury Plains Training Area, UK. The exercise was held between India and the United Kingdom. Brigadier Tom Bewick, Commander of UK 7 Infantry Brigade and Brigadier Gavin, Defence Attache of the UK in India attended the closing ceremony of the event. The exercise was aimed to conduct company-level joint training with an emphasis on counter-terrorist operations in urban and semi-urban areas.

  35. Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is retiring from professional tennis at age 32. Maria Sharapova quietly walked away from tennis at the age of 32, ending a career that featured five Grand Slam titles, time at No. 1 in the WTA rankings and a 15-month doping ban.

  36. National Science Day (NSD) is celebrated on 28 February in India. The day is celebrated every year to commemorate the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’ by the Indian physicist Sir CV Raman. The main objective of the day is to raise awareness to people about the importance of science in daily life. The day aims to encourage people by popularizing Science and Technology.Theme: The theme of 2020 National Science Day is ‘Women in Science’.