27th February 2020 – Current Affairs
Staff Reporter | 20-02-28

? Jawed Ashraf, 1991 batch IFS officer, has been appointed as the next Indian ambassador to France. He earlier served as the High Commissioner of India to Singapore.

? Sudanese president has appointed Minister of Defense Awad Ibn Oaf as first vice president of the country.

? The Indian Space Research Organisation will launch satellite “GISAT-1” from the second Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

? According to the Hurun Global Rich List -2020, Jeff Bezos remains the world’s richest person. His net worth is USD 140 billion. The list ranked Mukesh Ambani as the ninth richest person in the world.

? Jyotika Dutta of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, won the epee gold in the fencing competition of the inaugural Khelo India University Games.

? The National Conference on Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (CDRR&R) 2020 was held in New Delhi.

? A 28 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be levied on lotteries from March 1.

? The US has surpassed China to become India’s top trading partner, showing greater economic ties between the two countries.

? BIMSTEC is working on a project of connecting about 3,000 kilometre-long power grid from Myanmar-Thailand to India.

? Adline Castelino has been crowned as the winner of LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2020 competition.

? The department of Youth and cultural Affairs, Government of Gujarat has organised cultural festival “Vasantotsav” at Sanskruti Kunj in Gandhinagar.

? India and the United States has finalized defence deals of worth 3 billion dollars.

? Serbia’s Ognjen Stojanovic and Barbara Riveros of Chile emerged victorious in the men’s and women’s sections respectively in the NTT ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup.

? Microsoft has announced a partnership with State Bank of India to train differently-abled people to find jobs in the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) sector.

? Indian golfer Honey Baisoya earned an Asian Tour card by finishing T-23 in the gruelling five-round 2020 Asian Tour Qualifying School.

? India’s Jitender Kumar settled for the silver medal after losing to Kazakhstan’s defending champion Daniyar Kaisanov in the 74kg final of the Asian Wrestling Championships.

? Losar festival which is celebrated on the 1st day of the lunisolar Tibetan calendar, was celebrated at Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.

? Ansal Yadav claimed the men’s singles title while seventh seed Ira Sharma caused an upset to emerge the women’s singles champion at the All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament.

? National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) has announced the appointment of Abhay Kumar Singh as the company’s Chairman & Managing Director.

? Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova bid adieu to tennis at the age of 32 on February 26, 2020. Maria Sharapova is currently ranked 369. She won her first Grand Slam title – Wimbledon in 2004 at the age of 17.

? National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has launched an industry campaign named “UPI Chalega” to promote UPI as Easy, Safe, and Instant mode of payment.

? The first anniversary of the iconic National War Memorial was observed on 25th February 2020. The National War Memorial is situated in New Delhi.

? Andhra Pradesh Government has recently launched Anti-Corruption Toll Free Helpline Number. Badminton world champion PV Sindhu has been appointed as the brand ambassador for this helpline number.

? Andhra Pradesh government has launched ‘Jagananna Vasthi Deevena’ scheme for students pursuing various post-Intermediate courses to meet hostel and mess expenses.

? Madhya Pradesh has become the 1st state in the country to introduce the unified vehicle registration card.

? India’s 13-year old Grandmaster D Gukesh emerged champion in the 34th Cannes Open in Cannes, France, beating Harutyun Bargseghyan of the host nation in the final round to end with 7.5 points.

? The Union Government will be organizing India’s maiden Artificial Intelligence summit- “RAISE 2020” from April 11-12, 2020 in New Delhi. The RAISE 2020 stands for “Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020”.

? Canadian doctors successfully performed a surgery using a robot to treat a 64-year-old female patient with brain aneurysm. Brain aneurysm is ballooning of a blood vessel in the brain. It can leak or rupture and cause bleeding into the brain.

? The government has decided to lift the six-month old ban imposed on the export of onions. The move was taken to protect farmer interests as prices of the crop are likely to fall sharply due to bumper rabi crop.

? India exchanged 10 MoUs with Myanmar on February 27, 2020 in different fields including energy, infrastructure, health, transport and communication and conservation of Tigers and other Wildlife.

? TOP crops include three major vegetables- Tomato, Onion and Potato. The centre recently launched a new Market Intelligence and Early Warning System to monitor the prices of TOP crops.

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