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Daily Current Affairs 2 February 2020: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 2 February 2020. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 2 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 2 February 2020 Current affairs test.

National News

1. India’s first Snow Leopard conservation center

  • Uttarakhand will open India’s first snow leopard conservation center.
  • It will be built under central government scheme ‘SECURE Himalaya’.

2. Foreign Secretary of India

  • Harsh Vardhan Shringla took charge as new foreign secretary for a two-year term, succeeding Vijay Gokhale.
  • He previously served as the Ambassador of India to the United States, the High Commissioner to Bangladesh and Ambassador to Thailand.

3. Book ‘Calcutta Nights’

  • Rajat Chaudhuri has written the book named Calcutta Nights which is an English translation of Bengali fiction, ‘Raater Kolkata’.
  • Rajat Chaudhuri is an Indian novelist and short story writer. He is the author of the critically acclaimed works Hotel Calcutta, a short story cycle; The Butterfly Effect, the novel Amber Dusk and other books.

4. Tushar Kanjilal passes away

  • Social worker Tushar Kanjilal has passed away.
  • Tushar Kanjilal was an Indian social worker, political activist, environmentalist, writer and headmaster of Rangabelia High School.

International News

1. USMCA North American Trade Deal

  • US President Donald Trump has signed the new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) North American trade pact with Canada and Mexico into law.
  • United States President: Donald Trump || Capital: Washington.

2. Sanjana Kapoor to receive ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’

  • Sanjana Kapoor received the prestigious French honour of ‘Chevalier dans lOrdre des Arts et des Lettres’ (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters).
  • She was awarded for her outstanding contribution to the field of theatre.
  • The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres is an Order of France established on 2 May 1957 by the Minister of Culture. Its supplementary status to the Ordre national du Mérite was confirmed by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963.

3. Oscars’ first female Orchestra Conductor

  • Irish composer Eimear Noone will be the first woman to conduct an orchestra at the Oscars.
  • Eímear Noone is an Irish conductor and composer, best known for her award-winning work on video game music. She has conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, l’Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne, the Sydney Symphony, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and several other national orchestras.

4. World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative

  • Sri Lanks has been ranked first in a survey conducted by the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative on Breast Feeding support Policies and Programs.
  • President: Gotabaya Rajapaksa || Capitals: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte || Currency: Sri Lankan rupee || Prime minister: Mahinda Rajapaksa

Business News

1. Google to promote News Literacy in India

  • Google has announced $1-million grant to promote news literacy in India.
  • Building a strong network of senior reporters and journalists to counteract fake news in India.
  • Google CEO: Sundar Pichai || Founded: 4 September 1998.

2. NASSCOM with Japan External Trade Organisation

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  • National Association of Software and Services Companies and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) have teamed up to match startups and tech firms with Venture Capitalists.
  • The National Association of Software and Services Companies is a trade association of Indian Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing industry. Established in 1988, NASSCOM is a non-profit organisation.
  • NASSCOM: Chairperson: Keshav R Murugesh || Headquarters location: New Delhi || Founded: 1 March 1988 || Founders: Dewang Mehta, Nandan Nilekani

3. Pine Labs Paper PoS

  • Pine Labs has announced the launch of Pine Labs Paper PoS for its merchants.
  • It will be an all-in-one solution for accepting multiple forms of UPI and Bharat QR payments through a single merged static QR at the point of sale.

4. Economic Outlook Survey by FICCI

  • Economic Outlook Survey by FICCI has projected the India’s GDP Growth for 2019-20 at 5.0% and to improve to 5.5% in FY21.
  • The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry is an association of business organisations in India. Established in 1927, on the advice of Mahatma Gandhi by GD Birla and Purushottam Das Thakurdas, it is the largest, oldest and the apex business organization in India.
  • Headquarters location: New Delhi || Founded: 1927 || Founders: Ghanshyam Das Birla, Purshottamdas Thakurdas || Key people: Sangita Reddy (President)

Sports News

1. National Games 2020

  • The 36th National Games of India will be held between 20 October and 4 November 2020 in Goa, India.
  • The 36th edition will host 37 sporting disciplines.
  • Flame-Throated Bulbul ‘Rubigula’ has been unveiled as the official mascot for the Goa 2020 National Games.

2. MCC’s World Cricket Committee

  • Former England Cricketer Alastair Cook and ex-West Indies team manager Ricky Skerritt became new members of MCC’s World Cricket Committee.
  • Marylebone Cricket Club is a cricket club founded in 1787 and based since 1814 at Lord’s Cricket Ground, which it owns, in St John’s Wood, London. The club was formerly the governing body of cricket in England, Scotland and Wales, and still holds considerable global influence.

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