4th February 2020 – Current Affairs
Staff Reporter | 20-02-05

? The Union Government has proposed five archaeological sites to be transformed into iconic sites with on-site museums. The five sites include Rakhigarhi in Haryana, Hastinapur in UP, Shivsagar in Assam, Dholavira in Gujarat and Adichanallur in Tamil Nadu.

? The new Income Tax Rate for those falling in the salary bracket of Rs 5-10 lakh would be 10 percent, as per Union Budget 2020.

? Madhya Pradesh has bagged the first position for the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana.

? World Cancer Day is observed on February 4th every year across the world. It aims to create awareness about cancer. The day emphasizes to identify the disease on early state with focus on the treatment of cancer.

? The Union Government has set up a task force which consists of Dr Harsh Vardhan, S Jaishankar, G Kishan Reddy and Hardeep Singh Puri, to stop the Novel Coronavirus outspread in India.

? The Government has allocated Rs 99300 crore for the education sector.

? Sri Lanka has topped a new survey conducted by the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) on “Breast Feeding support Policies and Programs”.

? The SAMPRITI-IX, an annual joint military exercise between India-Bangladesh, recently began in Umroi, Meghalaya. This exercise can play an important role in enhancing bilateral defence cooperation between India and Bangladesh.

? Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the Ekushey Book fair at Bangla Academy premises in Dhaka.

? The Kerala government has declared Coronavirus outbreak as a ‘state disaster’ after confirmation of three cases. The virus infection first broke out in China’s Wuhan city and has so far taken the lives of about 425 people.

? Gopal Baglay has been recently appointed as the India’s next high commissioner to the Sri Lanka. He is 1992 batch IFS officer. He succeeded Taranjit Singh Sandhu who was recently appointed as the ambassador to the USA.

? Sri Lanka has become the first country to achieve the “Green” nation status from World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative in supporting breastfeeding women.

? The United Arab Emirates has discovered huge shallow natural gas reserves between the Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The new gas field contains about 80 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

? A new state-of-the-art DNA Analysis Centre has been set up in Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Chandigarh. The centre has been set up under the Nirbhaya Fund scheme with an allocation of Rs 99.76 crores. It holds the annual capacity to examine 2000 forensic cases relating to sexual assault, homicide and paternity check.

? The central government on February 4, 2020 ruled out disinvestment of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). The Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur stated in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha that the government has not taken any decision for strategic disinvestment and privatization of BHEL.

? The pair of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury defeated the pair of Max Purcell and Luke Saville in the Men’s Doubles final to win the Australian Open title.

? Serbia’s Novak Djokovic defeats Dominic Thiem to win the Australian Open title.

? Sofia Kenin defeated Garbine Muguruza in the women’s singles final to win the Australian Open title.

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