15th February 2020 – Current Affairs
Stuff Reporter | 20-02-16

? The Economist Intelligence Unit has revised downwards its global growth forecast for 2020 from 2.3% to 2.2% citing new risks that emerged after the outbreak of novel coronavirus in China.

? A 5-members panel constituted by the Fifteenth Finance Commission on “defence & internal security” will be headed by the Chairman of the Fifteenth Finance Commission N K Singh.

? The Government of India has renamed the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra as Sushma Swaraj Bhavan. It is a cultural centre which reflects India’s connection with its diaspora around the world.

? The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has awarded India’s midfielder Vivek Sagar Prasad with the “FIH Male Rising Star of the Year” award.

? The Cabinet has given its nod to Major Ports Authority Bill that will replace a 1963 law governing country’s 12 major ports.

? The scientists from Rochester Institute of Technology has discovered the nearest-known ‘baby giant planet’ which is named as “2MASS 1155-7919 b”.

? The National Organic Food Festival will be jointly organised by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) and Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI).

? Retail inflation jumped to over five-and-a-half-year high of 7.59 per cent in January on persistently high prices of vegetables, pulses and protein-rich meat and fish.

? IndusInd Bank tops list of ‘Highest increase in brand value’ among global banks in the “Banker’s Top 500 Banking Brands 2020” report.

? The Department of Military Affairs, headed by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, will have three joint secretaries from the Army, Navy and the Air Force.

? The National Organic Food Festival is going to be held for women entrepreneurs in New Delhi.

? The Government of India has renamed the Foreign Service Institute as Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service. The Foreign Service Institute is an institution where the training of the diplomats takes place.

? India has banned the Electronic-Cigarettes and all forms of Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) in both domestic and international flights as well as at airports.

? The Fifteenth Finance Commission has formed a 5-members panel on defence & internal security. The members are: N K Singh, T V Somanathan, Ajay Kumar, AN Jha & Ajay Bhalla.

? State government of Manipur has launched ‘Anganphou Hunba’ (Early Paddy Crop) programme at Arapti Mayai Leikai in Imphal East.

? The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) elected Atul Kumar Gupta as its new president.

? The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has organised the two days BIMSTEC’s Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking in New Delhi.

? Ajay Patel will succeed P R Venketrama Raja as the new president of the All India Chess Federation (AICF) after being elected unopposed along with incumbent secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan.

? The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has awarded Indian men’s hockey team captain & midfielder Manpreet Singh with “Player of the Year for 2019” award.

? Former Indian Cricket all-rounder Robin Singh was appointed as director of cricket of the United Arab Emirates.

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