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Daily Current Affairs 21 st Feb 2020

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PowerPoint PresentationSub-group of terror financing watchdog FATF recommends continuation of Pak in ‘Grey
List’. FATF is headquartered in ________.
- FATF ‘ ’
FATF ________
A. Switzerland
B. France
C. Russia
D. China
According to Ethnologue database, Which of the following is the second most spoken
language in the world after English?
A. Hindi
B. Mandarin
C. Spanish
D. Arabic
annual budget of _______ in the State Legislature.

A. Sunil Kumar
C. Sushil Kumar
D. Yogeshwar Dutt
Who among the following has won gold medal in 87-kg Greco Roman category in Asian
Wrestling Championships?
Which of the following country’s Football Federation has recently received the "Grassroots
Charter Bronze Level" membership of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)?
() "
" ("Grassroots Charter Bronze Level") ?
A. Bangladesh
C. India
D. Nepal
Which of the following basketball legend won the Lifetime Achievement Awardat 2020 Laureus
Sports Awards?
A. Steve Nash
B. Kristaps Porzingis
C. Dirk Nowitzki
D. Vince Carter
Which of the following became the first airport to be free of single-use plastic usage?
- ?
A. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata
B. Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi
C. Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru
D. Chennai International Airport
Lithium reserves of 14,100 tonnes have been found in which city?
14,100 ?
A. Mangalore
B. Chennai
C. Bengaluru
D. Hyderabad
Which edition of Berlin International Film Festival is to start in Berlin soon?
A. 68th
B. 70th
C. 72nd
D. 74th
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses has been renamed after which person?
A. Manohar Parrikar
B. Arun Jaitley
C. Digvijay Singh
D. Sushma Swaraj
is a U.S. federal government commission created by the International
Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1998.
USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the leadership of
both political parties in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
USCIRF's principal responsibilities are to review the facts and circumstances
of violations of religious freedom internationally and to make policy
recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and the Congress.
International Religious Freedom Alliance
International Religious Freedom Alliance
The United States recently launched the International Religious Freedom
Alliance, which is aimed at protecting and preserving religious freedom across
the world.
The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the formal launch of
the alliance. As many as 27 countries have joined the alliance and the
prominent countries among them are Australia, Brazil, the United Kingdom,
the Netherlands and Greece. He also announced that the next ministerial to
Advance Religious Freedom will be hosted by Poland in Warsaw, in July
Kate Webb (24 March 1943 – 13 May 2007) was a New Zealand-born
Australian war correspondent for UPI and Agence France-Presse. She
earned a reputation for dogged and fearless reporting throughout the Vietnam
War, and at one point she was held prisoner for weeks by North Vietnamese
troops. After the war, she continued to report from global hotspots including
Iraq during the Gulf War.
The Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd. (DFCCIL) has opened the
more than 300-km section between Rewari, Haryana to Madar, Rajasthan, for
commercial trial runs. This is the first section to be opened on the under-
construction 1,500-km western freight corridor.
About Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC):
It is a broad gauge corridor.
The 1,504-km western freight corridor begins at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh and stretches till
the country’s largest container port — Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, near Mumbai.
In October 2006, a dedicated body, the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of
India (DFCCIL) has been established to carry out the project.
The project will be funded by a soft loan of $4bn provided by Japan International
Cooperation Agency under special terms for economic partnership (STEP).
Important places in this route:
It passes through Vadodara,Ahmedabad, Palanpur, Phulera and Rewari.
Passing through P., Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Nepal celebrates 70th National Democracy Day on 19 February
19 70
• A special ceremony was held at the
Nepal Army Pavilion Tudikhel in
Kathmandu to mark the occasion.
• Every year, Falgun 7 of the Nepali
calendar is commemorated as the
National Democracy Day in Nepal.
• In 2007 Bikram Sambat, on this day,
democracy was established in the
Himalayan nation ending over a
century old autocratic Rana regime.
• 19 70

• , 7

• 2007

Rana dynasty is a Kshatriya (Rajput-Chhetri) dynasty from the Indian
subcontinent that ruled the Kingdom of Nepal from 1846 A.D until 1951 A.D,
reducing the Shah monarch to a figurehead and making Prime Minister and
other government positions held by the Ranas hereditary.
Rana dynasty is historically known for the iron-fisted rule.
This changed after the Revolution of 1951 with the promulgation of a new
constitution, when power shifted back to the monarchy of King Tribhuvan
Bangladesh to enhance Mongla Port Capacity

proposal to enhance the capacity of the Mongla port.
• India has extended a line of credit for the expansion of
the Mongla Port capacity.
• Out of the total estimated project cost of Tk 6014 crore,
India will provide Tk 4459 crore equivalent to $ 530
million as Line of Credit for the project.
• With the enhancement of the capacity of the Mongla
port it would be able to handle 15 million tons of cargo
and 4 lakh shipping containers of a standard 20 feet
size called TEUs.
Nepal) region.
• It will also boost trade with India, Bhutan and Nepal.
• India and Bangladesh had signed a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) on the use of Chattogram and
Mongla ports in 2015.
June 2024.

• Tk 6014 ,
Tk 4459
$ 530
• 15
TEUs 20 4

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• 2015

India overtakes UK & France to become 5th largest world economy 5
- Business Today
UK and France, as per a report by US-
based think tank World Population
world with a gross domestic product
(GDP) of $2.94 trillion, overtaking the UK
and France in 2019 to take the fifth spot.
• The size of the UK economy is $2.83
trillion and that of France is $2.71 trillion.
• India's service sector is the fast-growing
sector in the world accounting for 60 per
cent of the economy and 28 per of


, ()
$2.94 , 2019

• $ 2.83
$ 2.71

60 28

India jumps five ranks to 35th in Worldwide Education for the Future Index
2019 , 35
- BusinessLine
2019, as per a report published by The
Economist Intelligence Unit.
The index assesses countries based on
their abilities to equip students with skill-
based education.
followed by Sweden.

Educating for the Future Index-WEFFI)
2019 35
• 2018 41.2
• -

The Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI) is produced annually
by The Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by the Yidan Prize
The index ranks 50 economies based on their abilities to equip students with
skill-based education, based on three pillars of education systems:
policy environment,
teaching environment and
overall socio-economic environment.
The theme of the index 2019 is “From Policy to Practice”
Govt to launch Tilhan Mission to boost oilseed production
The government will launch the Tilhan Mission to
make the country self-reliant in oilseed
Soil Health Card Day. Soil Health Card Day was
celebrated all over India on February 19, 2020.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said,
the government is seriously working on
enhancing the oilseed production in the country.
The government has also decided to create 10
thousand Farmers Producer Organisation (FPO)
across the country for which an assistance of
over 6,000 crore rupees will be provided.
He also said, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana
will not be mandatory for farmers and it will be
voluntary for them.

• (Soil Health
Card Day) 19 ,

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Arunachal Pradesh celebrates 34th Statehood Day on 20 February
20 34 - Livemint
Arunachal Pradesh celebrated its 34th
Statehood Day on 20 February.
Arunachal Pradesh attained statehood
on February 20, 1987.
20 January 1972.
slew of projects on the occasion.
He will launch the Arunachal Pradesh
Industrial and Investment Policy, 2020,
inaugurate the Joram-Koloriang Road
stone of the new headquarters of the
state police and along with other
• 20 34

• 20 , 1987

• 20 1972

, 2020 ,

PM-led panel names President's secretary Sanjay Kothari as next CVC, ex-
IAS officer Bimal Julka to be CIC

, - - AIR
Sanjay Kothari, the Secretary to the
President, has been selected as the new
Chief Vigilance Commissioner.
Administrative Service officers.
corruption watchdog with autonomous
constituted under the Right to Information
Act and has the jurisdiction over all central
public authorities.

(Chief Vigilance
• ,

Two new bird species found during Great Backyard Bird count in Ladakh
In Union Territory of Ladakh, two new bird
species have been found during the Great
Backyard Bird count.
Water Redstart have been found for the
first time in Ladakh Region.
The three-day exercise undertaken by the
Wildlife Conservation and Birds Club of
Ladakh concluded.
Ladakh region earlier than usual.
A three-group birders and wildlife experts
have counted and recorded a total of 87
various species of birds in Ladakh.
• ,

• ,

Explained: How will inflight Wi- Fi work?
Vistara to offer inflight Wi-Fi

News Source: Indian Express
In-flight connectivity on Indian airlines could soon be a reality as domestic carrier Vistara gears up to launch its broadband service by March-end after approval by Department of Telecommunications (DoT) last year. As of now, only data services will be offered and voice calls could be introduced later.
- (DoT) - ,
What is in-flight connectivity?
• In-flight connectivity essentially allows those onboard aircraft to access voice, video and data services after the aircraft has attained an altitude of 3,000 meters.
• In-flight connectivity for aircraft flying over Indian airspace was approved by the DoT in May 2018.
• - , 3,000 ,
• - 2018 DoT
How does in-flight connectivity works?
How much will in-flight connectivity cost?
The airlines are free to decide the tariff, as the
DoT has not regulated that aspect.
The airlines will have to incur high cost of
installing equipment, including the installation
of antenna on aircraft.
MB in First and Business class on its India-
bound flights, while Emirates offers 20 MB of
free data to passengers, beyond which it
charges up to $ 9.99 (Rs 666) for 150 MB and
$ 15.99 (Rs 1,067) for 500 MB.


, 20
, 150
$9.99 (666 ) 500 $ 9.99

Know The Braves Of Motherland
Rani Lakshmibai
Born and Early Life • Rani Lakshmibai, one of the warriors of India's struggle for Independence, was
born as Manikarnika Tambe in 1828 in Varanasi. • She lost her mother at the age of four and was raised in an unconventional way
by her father who worked as an advisor in the court of Peshwa • He supported her in learning horsemanship, archery, self-defense, and shooting • In 1842, Lakshmibai got married to Gangadhar Rao Newalkar, the Maharaja of
Jhansi and got the name of Rani Lakshmibai.
• , 1828

• , , • 1842 ,

Background of rebellion in Jhansi • Few years after marriage, in 1851, Manikarnika gave birth to a boy but
he couldn't survive and died after four months • Then Lakshmibai and Gangadhar Rao adopted Rao's cousin's son,
Anand Rao, who was later renamed as Damodar • Soon after they adopted Anand, Maharaja died due to an illness in
1853. Rani Lakshmibai was just 18 at that time. • The East India Company took advantage of the Maharaja's death and
applied the Doctrine of Lapse. • , 1851 , ,
• ,
• , 1853 18
• Doctrine of Lapse
Doctrine of Lapse
• The Doctrine of Lapse was an annexation policy followed widely by Lord Dalhousie when he was India's Governor-General from 1848 to 1856.
• According to this, any princely state under the direct or indirect control of the East India Company where the ruler did not have a legal male heir would be annexed by the company.
• - 1848 1856
• , ,
The revolt of 1857
• Rani Lakshmibai was determined to not give up on the Dominion of Jhansi and hence started assembling an army of rebellions, including women. She was supported by Tantia Tope and Nana Sahib.
• After a fierce war, when the British army entered Jhansi, Rani Lakshmibai, tied her son Damodar Rao to her back and fought bravely using two swords in both her hands.
• She then departed to Gwalior and a fierce battle was fought between the British and Lakshmibai's army.
• She died on June 17, 1958, martyring her life for India's freedom. •

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• • 17 , 1958
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Important Questions
Government has announced the launched ‘Tilhan Mission’ to boost oilseed production on
Soil Health Card Day. This day was observed on ________.
' '
A. 17 February
B. 18 February
C. 19 February
D. 20 February
20 ________

A. 1954
B. 1987
C. 1966
D. 1991
Which of the following countries will host the AFC Women's Asian Cup
in 2022?
C. Nepal
D. India
B. Canada
C. Finland
D. France
Which of the following country has topped the ‘Worldwide Education for the Future Index
(Worldwide Educating for
the Future Index-WEFFI) 2019 ?
Which of the following airline will become the first airline to offer in-flight wi-fi services in India?
- -
A. SpiceJet
D. Air India Express
Government is planning to facilitate the doubling of Milk Processing capacity from 53.5
million metric ton to 108 million metric ton by which year?
53.5 108
A. 2022
B. 2023
C. 2024
D. 2025
Answer: Option D
India will stop the import of thermal coal from which financial year?
A. 2021-22
B. 2022-23
C. 2023-24
D. 2024-25
Who has been appointed as Australia's next high commissioner to
A. Marise Payne
B. Linda Reynolds
C. Barry O'Farrell
D. Harinder Sidhu
C. Iran
D. Israel
Which countryhas recently approved to operate its first nuclear power plant called
Barakah nuclear power plant?

Which of the following has been chosen as the motto of the 2020 Tokyo
2020 ?
A. United by Freedom
B. United by Nations
C. United by Emotion
D. United by People