Daily GK Update: 14th February 2020

Kovind awards President’s Colour, highest military honour, to INS Shivaji

  • President Ram Nath Kovind presented the President’s Colour to INS Shivaji in Lonavala, Maharashtra, today, 13 February. INS Shivaji houses the Naval College of Engineering which trains officers of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard.
  • The President said that INS Shivaji has distinguished itself with stellar service to the nation over the years. It has a proud record of professional excellence, and has discharged its responsibilities with distinction, Kovind remarked, adding that the nation salutes INS Shivaji for its dedication and devotion to duty. We are all proud of the achievements of INS Shivaji and appreciate its remarkable contribution to the Indian Navy, the President said.

Source: Indusdictum

9 medical colleges, 2 AIIMS sanctioned for Jammu and Kashmir: Jitendra Singh

  • Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh on Thursday performed “bhoomi poojan” ceremony of AIIMS building here. Speaking on the occasion, Singh said that Jammu and Kashmir has been allocated two AIIMS – one in Jammu and other in Kashmir.
  • According to an official press release, Singh said that nine medical colleges have also been sanctioned in Jammu and Kashmir in addition to the two AIIMS.Source: India Today

India, Portugal ink seven pacts after Modi-Sousa talks

  • India and Portugal on Friday signed seven agreements to boost cooperation in a range of areas after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa held extensive talks.
  • The pacts provide for cooperation in areas of investment, transport, ports, culture and industrial and intellectual property rights.
  • Portugal is an important country for India in Southern Europe, and bilateral ties have witnessed a steady progress in the last 15 years.

Source: The Economic Times

Antarctic temperature rises above 20C for first time on record

  • The Antarctic has registered a temperature of more than 20C (68F) for the first time on record, prompting fears of climate instability in the world’s greatest repository of ice.
  • The 20.75C logged by Brazilian scientists at Seymour Island on 9 February was almost a full degree higher than the previous record of 19.8C, taken on Signy Island in January 1982.
  • It follows another recent temperature record: on 6 February an Argentinian research station at Esperanza measured 18.3C, which was the highest reading on the continental Antarctic peninsula.
Source: The Gaurdian

Climate change impact on agriculture: 50 million to be poor by 2030, says UN body

  • The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has said that climate change would push 100 million people into the abyss of poverty by 2030. Close to half of these would be due to climate change’s impacts on agriculture.
  • Global development and government representatives from across the world made an appeal to urgently spend more on rural development to avoid a catastrophic situation arising out of the climate emergency during IFAD’s 43rd Governing Council meeting in Rome.

Source: Down to Earth

Portugal’s President to pay 4-day visit to India from Feb 13

  • Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will pay a four-day state visit to India from January 13, the Ministry of External Affairs announced on Thursday.
    Marcelo Rebelo is visiting the country on the invitation of his Indian counterpart President Ram Nath Kovind. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at his weekly press briefing.
  • This will be Marcelo Rebelo’s first visit to India. The last visit by a Portugal President to India was in 2007.

Source: Business Standard

Manpreet Singh Wins FIH Player of the Year Award, Hockey India Congratulates Captain

  • Hockey India on Thursday congratulated the Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh on winning the FIH Player of the Year award. Manpreet Singh, who completed 250 international matches for India during the FIH Men’s Hockey Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019, successfully led India to victory beating South Africa in the Final of the event in June last year.
  • He was also instrumental in India’s performance at the FIH Olympic Qualifiers in November last year where they edged out Russia to earn their ticket to 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Source: New 18

India offers to open up poultry, dairy markets for trade deal with Trump

  • India has offered to partially open up its poultry and dairy markets in a bid for a limited trade deal during US President Donald Trump’s first official visit to the country this month, people familiar with the protracted talks say.
  • India, the world’s largest milk-producing nation, has traditionally restricted dairy imports to protect the livelihoods of 80 million rural households involved in the industry.
  • But Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to pull all the stops for the US president’s Feb. 24-25 visit, aimed at rebuilding bonds between the world’s largest democracies.

Source: Business Standard

Centre to hold 3-day organic food festival

  • India’s organic market is set to grow to Rs 75,000 crore by 2025, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said ahead of the first organic food festival with special focus on women being organised by her ministry to unleash India’s organic food potential.
  • “With an aim to empower women and promote organic produce, Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) is organising the national organic festival with a special focus on women entrepreneurs,” said Badal.

Source; The Tribune

25 envoys from EU, Gulf countries to visit Jammu today

  • The second batch of 25 foreign envoys from European Union and Gulf countries will visit Jammu today. They will meet Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu and top officials of the union territory. The batch includes envoys from Germany, Canada, France, New Zealand, Mexico, Italy, Afghanistan, Austria, Uzbekistan, Poland, as well as envoys of the European Union.
  • Yesterday, they visited Srinagar to get first-hand information about the ground situation after the abrogation of Article 370 in August last year. The delegation reached Srinagar yesterday as part of their two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

Source: New Services Division

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