Daily GK Update: 11th February 2020

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2020

  • On 11 February, the United Nations, partners worldwide, women and girls will mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrating the theme, ‘Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth.’
    The Day focuses on the reality that science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. However, long-standing biases and gender stereotypes are steering girls and women away from science related fields.
  • ccording to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), fewer than 30% of researchers worldwide are women and approximately 30% of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education.


U.S. State dept. nod for sale of air defence system to India

  • The potential sale, being processed via the Foreign Military Sales route, is now before U.S. Congress for consideration.
  • The U.S. Department of State has approved the potential sale of a $1.867 billion Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS) to India.
  • The potential sale, which is being processed via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route, is now before the U.S. Congress for consideration, with a 30-day window for Congress raise any objections to the sale.

Source: The Hindu

Patnaik inaugurates BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise in Bhubaneswar

  • Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday inaugurated Seven Nation BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise – 2020, which will take place from February 11 to 13.
  • The exercise is being organised by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in Odisha, on behalf of the Government of India.
  • Representatives of BIMSTEC member countries from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and India participating in the exercise, Bhutan and Thailand are not participating this time.

Source: Business Standard

BSNL, Air India, MTNL highest loss-making PSUs in FY19; ONGC most profitable: Survey

  • ONGC, Indian Oil Corporation and NTPC were the top three profitable PSUs in 2018-19, whereas BSNL, Air India and MTNL incurred highest losses for a third consecutive year, according to a survey tabled in Parliament on Monday.
  • The Public Enterprises Survey 2018-19, which maps the annual financial performance of all central PSUs, revealed that the top 10 companies in the red claimed a whopping 94.04 per cent of the total losses made by all the 70 loss making CPSEs during the year.
  • The top three profit making PSUs including Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Indian Oil Corporation and NTPC contributed 15.3 per cent, 9.68 per cent and 6.73 per cent, respectively to the total profit earned by all profitable CPSEs.

Source: Business Today

Amazon to set up two data centres in Telangana with USD 1.6 billion investment

  • In what is being seen as a massive investment by Amazon in Telangana, the tech giant has sought environmental clearance for the construction of two data centres at a cost of Rs 11,624 crore ($1.6 billion).
  • The data centres are expected to come up at two locations on the outskirts of Hyderabad in Ranga Reddy district. More than 90 per cent of the investment would go towards the high-end computer and storage equipment that would be housed at these two data centres. They would help in developing an Amazon Web Services region in Telangana.
  • While one data centre is proposed at Chandanvelly village in Shabad mandal, the other is proposed at Meerkhanpet village in Kandukur mandal, which is already part of the land parcel under Hyderabad Pharma City project of the State government.

Source: The New Indian Express

Web Portal for Star Rating of Mines

  • In order to promote green, safe and sustainable mining practices using technology as a tool, Ministry of Coal (MoC) has launched a web portal for star rating of coal mines.
  • The portal enables all operational coal mines across India for self-rating, their subsequent validation by Coal Controller’s Organization (CCO), further evaluation and finally award of star rating.
  • All the mines will be given an official certificate by the CCO mentioning their star rating and the particular reporting year.
Source: NEO IAS


United Nations World Pulses Day celebrated in New Delhi

  • On February 10, 2020 the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare inaugurated the celebrations of World Pulses Day in New Delhi that aims to increase the production of pulses.
  • In 2018-19, India produced 22 million tonnes of pulses.
  • It is now working to achieve the target of 26.30 million tonnes by 2018-19.

Source: The World News Monitor

Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2020 won by Bangladesh for the first time

Bangladesh claimed the title for the first time with victory by three wickets over India at Potchefstroom on Sunday but an ugly brawl broke out after Rakibul Hasan hit the winning runs and his team mates ran on to the field to celebrate.
Source: First Cricket

India, UK to hold joint military exercise from Feb 13

  • The fifth edition of joint military exercise ”Ajeya Warrior 2020” between India and the United Kingdom will be conducted at Salisbury Plains in the UK from February 13 to 26.
  • According to an official release, the exercise will comprise of 120 soldiers each from the two armies who would be sharing their experiences gained during various counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations in the past.
  • The aim of the exercise is to conduct company-level joint training with emphasis on counter terrorist operations in urban and semi urban areas. Training on modern weapon systems, equipment and simulator training has also been planned.

Source:  Outlook India

First ‘Jerusalem-Mumbai Festival’ to be held in Mumbai on Feb 15, 16

  • The first ‘Jerusalem-Mumbai Festival’ will be held in the capital of Maharashtra this week to showcase the special links between the two cities and to promote ties between India and Israel, a municipal official here has said. The two-day festival starting on February 15 will seek to promote artistic cooperation in the diverse fields of culture, such as culinary art, music and dance.
  • On the first day, people with invitation will be allowed to participate while the festival will be open to the public on February 16.

Source: The Economic Times