Current Affairs

4 February, 2020

International

India and Maldives inks 4 MoUs to establish Addu tourism Zone

India & Maldives signed 5 MoUs (memorandum of understanding) to establish Addu tourism Zone on 5 islands of Addu Atoll in Maldives with a project cost of $2.49 million. In addition, an MoU to set up a bottled water plant at Hoarafushi, an inhabited island in Maldives was also signed.

Counterpoint data: India surpassed US to become 2nd largest smartphone market globally; China tops

According to the recently released Counterpoint Research’s Market Monitor service report, India surpassed the United States(US) for the first time to become the 2nd largest smartphone market in the world. India recorded 158 million shipments in 2019 with 7% year-on-year growth which was mainly due to Chinese smartphone brands that were introduced. The list was topped by China.

Maldives readmitted and becomes 54th member of Commonwealth family

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Maldives announced that Maldives has once again become a member of the Commonwealth family after the meeting between Abdullah Shahid, Foreign Minister of Maldives & Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth.
The Maldives became the 54th family member of the Commonwealth family.

National

3-day Narmada Mahotsav was celebrated on Madhya Pradesh (MP)

In Madhya Pradesh (MP), Bhopal, 3-day Narmada Mahotsav was celebrated on 31st January to 2nd February 2020, on the plains of Amarkantak, MP, on the occasion of Narmada Jayanthi.

Prakash javadekar inaugurates World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) 2020 in New Delhi

Shri Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) was inaugurated a 3-day long World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) 2020 based on the theme “Towards 2030 Goals: Making the Decade Count” at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi from 29-31 January, 2020.

The summit was organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), a research institute specializes in the fields of energy

India banned export of all kinds of personal protection equipment

Export of all kinds of personal protection equipment, like clothing and masks for protecting people from airborne particles including coveralls and N95 masks were banned by India with immediate effect. The move has been taken assuming that there could be a growing demand for such products due to the recent outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (nCoV).

President of India Inaugurated 34th Surajkund International Crafts Mela in Surajkund, Haryana from Feb 1 – 16, 2020.

President of India Shri. Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 34th edition of Surajkund International Crafts Mela in Haryana.
The Mela is organized by the Surajkund Mela Authority & Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs.

Indian Navy conducts 5-day coastal security exercise, ‘Matla Abhiyaan’ in Kolkata, West Bengal

Indian Navy, the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces, has carried out a 5-day long coastal security exercise called, ‘Matla Abhiyaan’ at Sunderban region in Kolkata, West Bengal with the aim to create awareness about the coastal security to the local community & understand the navigational complexities in the Sunderban delta waters.

Economy

NSO revises India’s GDP growth rate for 2018-19 to 6.1% from 6.8%

National Statistics Office (NSO) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) in its 1st revised estimates for Fiscal year-FY19, has revised the India’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth rate for the FY 2018-19 to 6.1 % as against the earlier forecast of 6.8 % due to a decrease in mining, manufacturing and agriculture.

GDP growth: According to the revised statistics, the real GDP or GDP at constant prices (base year 2011-12) stood at Rs 139.81 lakh crore and Rs 131.75 lakh crore in 2018-19 and 2017-18 respectively. Similarly, the growth rate was 6.1 % in 2018-19 and 7 % in 2017-18.

Fiscal deficit reached 132.4 % of budget estimate for 2019-2020 till December: CGA

According to the data released by the Controller General of Accounts (CGA), the fiscal deficit reached 132.4 % of the full fiscal target in December 2019 itself due to the slow pace of revenue collection in the current financial year-FY 2019-2020.

As per the data, in the first 9 months of the current FY, the fiscal deficit i.e. the difference between expenses & receipts stood at Rs 9,31,725 ​​crore.While, the government in its Medium Term Fiscal Policy (MTFP) Statement presented with the Budget 2019-20, had set a target of limiting the fiscal deficit to Rs 7,03,760 crore, or 3.3 % of gross domestic product (GDP), in the current FY ending March 2020.

Sports

Overview of 108th Australian open 2020 held in Melbourne, Australia

Australian open 2020, a Grand Slam tennis tournament was held from 20 January – 2 February 2020 at Rod Laver Arena, a multipurpose arena located in Melbourne Park, in Melbourne, Australia.The tournament marks the 108th edition of the slam and the 52nd edition in the Open Era.
The prize money of the tournament was AUD 71 million (USD 49.1 million) and comprised singles, doubles and mixed doubles play.
List of Winners:

Event Winners Runners
Men’s Singles Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Dominic Thiem (Austria)
Women’s Singles Sofia Kenin (US) Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco (Spanish-Venezuelan player)
Men’s Doubles Rajeev Ram (US)
Joe Salisbury (United Kingdom) Max Purcell (Australia)
Luke Saville (Australia)
Women’s Doubles Kristina Mladenovic (France)
Timea babos (Hungary) Hsieh Su-wei (Taiwan)
Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic)
Mixed Doubles Nikola Mektic (Croatia)
Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic) Jamie Robert Murray (United Kingdom)
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (US)

NADA suspends Weightlifter Ramshad AR for 2 year & Wrestler Ravinder Kumar for 4 years

The National Anti-Doping Agency(NADA) banned Indian weightlifter Ramshad AR for a period of 2 years after he was found guilty of violating the anti-doping rule. Similarly, Indian wrestler Ravinder Kumar was banned for a 4-year period by NADA for failing the dope test.

Rubigula state bird of Goa declared as official Mascot for 36th National Games in Goa

The Flame-Throated Bulbul or Rubigula bird the state bird for Goa, which is officially declared as the Mascot for the 36th National Games going to held in Panaji, Goa.
The Mascot was unveiled by the Union Minister of State Independent Charge for Ministry of Sports and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Minister of State for Ministry of Minority Affairs Mr.Kiren Rijiju and the Mascot has been designed by Sharmila Coutinho (Goa based Artist). Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant also present in the unveiling ceremony.

Miscellaneous

ISRO to unveil low-cost satellite launch vehicles

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced preparing low-cost launch vehicles where the first launch is expected to take place in the next four months in 2020. The cost of the launch vehicles ranges from Rs. 30-35 crores each and weighs 500kgs.

BCCI inducted Madan Lal, R.P. Singh & Sulakshana in Cricket Advisory Committee

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the appointment of its 3-member Cricket Advisory Committee(CAC). The committee comprises Madan Lal, Rudra Pratap Singh and Sulakshana Naik and the term of appointment is 1 year.

Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi appointed as new PM of Iraq

Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, 65 years old, was appointed as the Iraq’s new Prime Minister (PM) by its President Barhim Salih. He was the successor of Adil Abdul-Mahdi who resigned in November 2019 due to anti-government protests.
Iraq Protests:
i.Allawai was appointed as New PM after long protests, in which more than 480 had died & more than 30000 have been wounded since the rallies began in October,2019.
ii.The Protests were against state corruption, unemployment, low wages, Anti-American sentiment, Anti-Iranian sentiment and poor public services.
iii.The 2019 Iraq Protests was also named as Tishreen revolution (October revolution) or Iraqi Intifada.

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