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Current Affairs 25th February 2020

1. US surpasses China to become India’s top trading partner
  • According to the Commerce Ministry data,
  • The bilateral trade between the US and India
  • USD 88 billion in 2018-19 FY
  • India’s trade with China was at USD 87.1 billion.
  • US is one of the few nations with which India has trade surplus.
2. Riek Machar swears in as first Vice President in South Sudan
  • Transition govt will serve for 36 months.
  • South Sudan Capital – Juba.
  • Currency- Pound.
3. NITI Aayog organizing Sustainable Development Goals Conclave 2020
  • Partnerships, Cooperation & Development of North Eastern states, in Guwahati from 24 February.
  • NITI Aayog has the mandate of overseeing the adoption and monitoring of SDGs at the national and sub-national level.
  • NITI Aayog plans to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
4. Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi completes one year
  • Under the Scheme, an amount of  Rs 6000 per year
  • in three equal instalments of 2000 rupees in every four months
  • directly into the bank accounts of the farmers.
  • PM Modi launched the scheme on 24 February 2019 at Gorakhpur.
5. Delhi, Ahmedabad top in consumption of added fat: ICMR
  • Delhi and Ahmedabad topped
  • Hyderabad is at the bottom
  • A recent survey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research on the food habits of citizens.
  • Men daily eat fat at 34.1 gm/person
  • Women daily eat fat at 31.1 gm/person
6. Temperature controlled largest Terminal to store Agro & Pharma Products launched at Mumbai airport
  • The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai
  • Run by a joint venture between Airports Authority of India & GVK,
  • Announced the launch of the world’s largest temperature-controlled Terminal for processing and storage of agro and pharma products.
  • Export Cold Zone can hold over 700 tonnes of cargo at one time.
7. CSIR-CDRI Scientist Dr. Niti Kumar gets SERB Women Excellence Award-2020
  • Senior Scientist from Division of Molecular Parasitology & Immunology,
  • CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow has received SERB Women Excellence Award-2020.
  • Award will be conferred by the Indian President.
  • During National Science Day Celebrations on February 28.
  • SERB-Science and Engineering Research Board.
8. 1st ever Ladakh winter conclave 2020 concluded in Leh
  • 3-Day Ladakh winter conclave 2020 concluded.
  • Ladakh Lieutenant Governor RK Mathur
  • Mathur appealed the tourism industry to strengthen the border villages to showcase the development
  • Also said that 40 tourism themes are possible in the Ladakh region.
  • Conclave aimed at attracting tourists in the winter season.
9. 3-day International Conference on ‘Ensemble Methods in Modelling & Data Assimilation’ in Noida
  • Organised by NCMRWF, MoES in Noida.
  • To provide a platform for discussions & deliberations on the present status, future prospects & optimum use of EPS,
  • EPS- Ensemble Prediction System.
10. Advisor to LG J&K, Farooq Khan flags off youth exchange programme ‘Watan Ko Jano’
  • A group of students from across Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh Union Territories.
  • For a ten-day tour ‘Watan Ko Jano’, a youth exchange programme.
  • 200 students are participating in the ‘Watan Ko Jano’.
  • Lieutenant Governor of J&K : Girish Chandra Murmu.
11. Govt aims to make Chhattisgarh a steel hub of the country: Dharmendra Pradhan
  • Union Minister for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel : Dharmendra Pradhan
  • Steel industry plays an important role.
  • For making India a five trillion-dollar economy by 2024.
  • He said this in the visit to Bhilai Steel Plant, Chhattisgarh.
12. India wins one silver, two bronze medals in Asian Wrestling Championships
  • Asian Wrestling Championships in New Delhi on 23 February.
  • India secured total 20 medals
  • Including 5 golds, 6 silvers & 9 bronzes
  • India’s highest tally of medals in the history of the Championship.
  • Ravi Dahiya’s gold in the 57 Kg is the first on the list.
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