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Current Affairs 23rd February 2020

1. India ranks 77th on sustainability: UN Report
  • India ranked 77th on a sustainability index that considers per capita carbon emissions
  • 131st on a flourishing ranking
  • the best chance at survival and well-being for children.
  • Report was commissioned by WHO, UNICEF & Lancet medical journal
  • Report assessed the capacity of 180 countries
2. GSI discovers gold deposits of over 3,000 tonnes in U.P
  • Geological Survey of India has discovered gold deposits to the tune of around 3,000 tonnes in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh,
  • almost 5 times India’s current reserve of the yellow metal.
  • Work on finding gold reserves was started almost 1992-93 by GSI
  • Gold deposits were found in Son Pahadi & Hardi areas
3. Pragyan Ojha announces retirement from international, 1st-class cricket
  • Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha announced retirement from international and first-class cricket
  • He played 24 Tests between 2009 and 2013 in which he took 113 wickets.
  • From 18 ODIs, he grabbed 21 wickets
  • 2023 Cricket World Cup will be hosted by India
4. Department of Telecommunications launches ‘5G Hackathon’
  • DoT has launched ‘5G Hackathon’ in association with government, academia and industry stakeholders
  • Minister of State for Communications, E&IT : S. Shamrao Dhotre
5. National Museum hosts ‘Historical Gastronomica – The Indus Dining Experience’ exhibition
  • National Museum in New Delhi
  • Hosting a unique exhibition on India’s ancient food history called “Historical Gastronomica”
  • Historical Gastronomica is The Indus Dining Experience that goes back to over 5000 years ago.
  • Exhibition will end 25th of this month.
  • Event is jointly curated with One Station Million Stories
6. Retired IAS officers Amarjeet Sinha, Bhaskar Khulbe appointed as Advisers to PM
  • The appointments are made on contractual basis initially for a period of 2 years
  • Chairman Economic Advisory Council to PM: Bibek Debroy
7. 15 clusters in Jharkhand selected under Phase 3 of Rurban Mission
  • which includes Saradu cluster under Tandwa block of Chatra district.
  • Saradu cluster encircles Tandwa, Saradu, Gadilong, Kabra-koyad and Kasiyadih gram panchayats.
  • Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission launched in 2016
8. Ministry of MSME launches national level awareness programme
  • MSME = Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Has launched a National Level Awareness Programme (NLAP) 2020.
  • Objective = to spread awareness about schemes & activities undertaken by the Ministry & its attached organisations.
  • MSME Minister of State: Pratap Chandra Sarangi
9. Railway customers can now converse in Hindi through ‘ASKDISHA’ chatbot
  • To resolve queries of railway passengers,
  • (IRCTC) = the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited has now powered voice-enabled ‘ASKDISHA’ to converse with customers in Hindi language
  • Railways had introduced AI-based ‘ASKDISHA’ chatbot in 2018
10. Chitra Bharati Film Festival organised in Ahmedabad
  • 3rd edition of the Chitra Bharati Film Festival organised by Bharatiya Chitra Sadhana in Ahmedabad
  • Inaugurated  by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani
  • A total of 141 films, divided into 4 categories: short film, documentary, animation and campus film,
  • Gujarat Governor: Acharya Devvrat
11. Tripura’s Seven-time MP Bajubian Reang passed away
  • Tripura seven-time CPI-M parliamentarian, Bajubian Reang passed away at the age of 79 years.
  • He represented East Tripura LS seat as Member of Parliament
12. President Kovind inaugurates the Huddle 2020 event in Bengaluru
  • President Kovind inaugurated the 4th edition of The Huddle,
  • The Hindu’s annual thought conclave, in Bengaluru.
  • The 2-day event would feature 15 sessions & 32 speakers, from the world of politics, business, academics, sports, entertainment and the arts
  • 14th President of India: Ram Nath Kovind
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