Daily Current Affairs 19 February 2020: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 19 February 2020. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 19 February 2020. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 19 February 2020 Current affairs test.

National News

1. Book ‘ChanakyaNiti: Verses on Life and Living’

  • Book ‘ChanakyaNiti: Verses on Life and Living’ is translated from the original Sanskrit by long-time career diplomat A N D Haksar.
  • Aditya Narayan Dhairyasheel Haksar is a well-known translator of Sanskrit classics into English. Born in Gwalior, central India, he is a graduate of The Doon School, Allahabad University and Oxford University.
  • Chanakya was an ancient Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor. He is traditionally identified as Kauṭilya or Vishnugupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the Arthashastra, a text dated to roughly between the 2nd century BCE and the 3rd century CE.

2. Soil Health Card Day

  • The Soil Health Card Day is observed on 19th of February.
  • PM Modi had launched the Soil Health Card (SHC) Scheme on 19th February 2015 at Suratgarh in Rajasthan.
  • Under the scheme, the government plans to issue soil cards to farmers which will carry crop-wise recommendations of nutrients and fertilisers required for the individual farms to help farmers to improve productivity through judicious use of inputs.
  • All soil samples are to be tested in various soil testing labs across the country. Thereafter the experts will analyse the strength and weaknesses (micro-nutrients deficiency) of the soil and suggest measures to deal with it. The result and suggestion will be displayed in the cards.

3. Performance Regulation Act for Power Department

  • Uttar Pradesh has become first state to enforce Performance Regulation Act for Power Department.
  • Uttar Pradesh: Chief minister– Yogi Adityanath || Governor– Anandiben Patel

4. Peninsula Command

  • Chief of Defence Staff General BipinRawat has mentioned that there are plans to create a Peninsula Command with Eastern Naval Command and Western Naval Command under it.
  • General BipinRawat is a four star general and the current Chief of Defence Staff of India. On 30 December 2019, he was appointed as the first Chief of Defence Staff of India and assumed office from 1 January 2020.

International News

1. Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety 2020

  • The 3rd edition of the Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety was held in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Theme: ‘Achieving Global Goals 2030’.
  • Sweden: Capital: Stockholm || Currency: Swedish krona.

2. Barakah Nuclear Power Plant

  • The United Arab Emirates has issued reactor license for first Arab nuclear power plant ‘Barakah Nuclear Power Plant’.
  • UAE: Capital: Abu Dhabi || Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham || President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

3. The 3rd most spoken language in the world

  • The 22nd edition of the world language database Ethnologue has been released.
  • 1. English with 1,132 million speakers
  • 2. Chinese Mandarin with 1,117 million speakers.
  • Hindi is the 3rd most spoken language of the world in 2019 with 615 million speakers.

Business News

1. Earth Observation Satellites by ISRO

  • ISRO will launch 10 Earth Observation Satellites in 2020-21.
  • It will include categories such as the first Geo Imaging Satellite, GISAT-1 along with communication satellites and navigation satellites.
  • ISRO Director: K. Sivan || Headquarters: Bengaluru || Established: 1969.

2. Microsoft India Development Centre

  • Microsoft has set up a new ‘Microsoft India Development Centre’ (IDC) in Noida which is similar to IDC facilities in Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
  • Microsoft: CEO: Satya Nadella || Founded: 4 April 1975 || Headquarters: Washington, United States || Founders: Bill Gates, Paul Allen

3. Himmat Plus app by Uber and Delhi Police

  • Delhi Police along with Uber launched the Himmat Plus app at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport.
  • Delhi: Chief Minister -Arvind Kejriwal || Governor- Anil Baijal.

Sports News

1. Asian Wrestling Championship

  • Asian Wrestling Championship will begin at the KD Jadhav Hall of Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi.
  • The Championship will begin with Greco-Roman events, followed by women wrestling and men’s freestyle.

2. Javelin Thrower Amit Dahiya

  • National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has banned Javelin Thrower Amit Dahiya for four years.
  • The National Anti-Doping Agency is the national organisation responsible for promoting, coordinating, and monitoring the doping control program in sports in all its forms in India.
  • CEO: Navin Agarwal || Founded: 24 November 2005 || Chairman: Minister of Sports (India) || Motto: Play fair || Purpose: Anti-doping in sports || Headquarters: New Delhi, India

3. FIFA U-17 Women’s Football World Cup

  • The FIFA Under-17 Women’s Football World Cup will be kicked off in November 2020 in India.
  • Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju launched an event in New Delhi to unveil the five host cities Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Kolkata and Navi Mumbai for the same

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