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11 February, 2020

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1st Hornbill festival was celebrated in Tripura on Feb 8, 2020

The Hornbill festival was celebrated in Tripura, Agartala. Chief Minister (CM) Biplab Kumar Dev inaugurated the 2 day hornbill festival at Baramura hill (in western tripura).
The festival was celebrated for the 1st time in Tripura.
Aim: The aim of the festival is to raise awareness among people for bird conservation & to boost tourism.

BBIN Nations deliberated on MoU to implement Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA)

BBIN(Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal) member nations discussed the proposed MoU (Member of Understanding) to implement Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA) for regulation of the passenger, personal & cargo vehicular traffic among the countries.
The meeting was held in New Delhi, India, to discuss the cargo protocols that give effect to MVA among BBIN nations, in which agreement signed on June 15, 2015.

4th EAS conference on maritime security cooperation 2020 held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu

A 2-day long 4th edition of EAS (East Asia Summit) Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation 2020 was held in Chennai , Tamil Nadu (TN) from February 6-7 2020. The conference was jointly organised by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India (GoI) in association with the governments of Australia and Indonesia.

An 18-day Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat Campaign begins across India to promote cultural unity

An 18-day long “Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat Campaign”has has commenced across India with the aim of bringing various states into the thread of cultural unity.
The campaign is being organised by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, till 28th February 2020.

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs pairs up 20 best performing smart cities with poorly performing 20 cities

The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has paired up the 20 best performing cities with the 20 bottom cities. The top 20 smart cities of the country will work as “sister city” & tasked to help make the most backward 20 cities smart cities.

Economy

GSTN formulates panel to improve IT system

Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN),a non-profit, non-government organization which manages the entire IT (Information Technology) system of the GST portal has formed a consultation committee to give feedback on new functionalities in the GST system and adoption of new information technology (IT) platforms.

Sports

ITF women’s tennis event 2020 in Thailand: India’s Ankita Raina wins 18th career doubles title

Ankita Ravinderkrishan Raina(27), an Indian professional tennis player along with her partner Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands, won the finals of the ITF (International Tennis Federation )Women’s doubles event against the pair of Miyabi Inoue of Japan and Jia-Qi Kang of China with a 6-2, 3-6, 10-7 scores held in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
The winner pair, won $ 25,000,earlier clinched their 1st doubles title together in Belgium in 2017.

Australia clinches ICC women’s championship trophy 2020 for the 2nd time

Australia were awarded the ICC (International Cricket Council) Women’s Championship trophy 2020, which they maintained by winning victories in the eight-team one-day championship between 2017 and 2020

Overview of 13th ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2020 held in South Africa

13th edition of 2020 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, an international limited-overs cricket tournament was held in South Africa from 17 January – 9 February 2020. It was administered by International Cricket Council (ICC) & 16 teams participated in the cricket tournament with a total of 48 matches played between the teams.
Winner: The Finals were held at the JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom, South Africa between Bangladesh & India. Bangladesh’s youth team defeated India by three wickets in a thrilling match in the final. With this, the Bangladesh team won the under-19 World Cup title for the first time.
i.Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali was adjudged Man of the Match for the match-winning innings, while India’s Yashasvi Jaiswal, who scored the highest 400 runs in the tournament, was adjudged Player of the Tournament.

Miscellaneous

The International Olympic Committee selects Gopichand for the Lifetime Award

Pullela Gopichand, the Chief National coach for the Indian Badminton team has received the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award in Male Category of the year 2019 on the 3rd edition of International Olympics Committee Annual Awards, He is the 1st Indian coach to be Honoured with this Lifetime award by the Olympics Committee.

Kaamya Karthikeyan, Mumbai Youngest Girl in World to climb South America’s Highest Peak Mt. Aconcagua

Kaamya Karthikeyan, 12 years old, a class 7 student of Navy Children School (NCS) in Mumbai, Maharashtra, became the youngest girl in the world to climb Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina, (highest peak in South America).

The International Olympic Committee selects Gopichand for the Lifetime Award

Pullela Gopichand, the Chief National coach for the Indian Badminton team has received the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award in Male Category of the year 2019 on the 3rd edition of International Olympics Committee Annual Awards, He is the 1st Indian coach to be Honoured with this Lifetime award by the Olympics Committee.

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