20th February 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of twentieth February 2021 protecting the next information headlines: Soil Health Card Day, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Indian Naval Ship Pralaya.

Agreements News

1. CSIR inks MoU with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advertise well being analysis

  • The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help the event, conduct and promotion of well being analysis in India.
  • Gates Foundation and CSIR will work collectively to determine alternatives to provoke scientific and technological collaborations. These will deal with creating and testing new preventions, therapies and interventions that may assist to resolve main well being issues that have an effect on India and different creating nations.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • CSIR Head: Shekhar C. Mande.
  • CSIR Founded: 26 September 1942.
  • CSIR HQ: New Delhi.

Defence News

2. Indian Navy Ship Pralaya Participates in NAVDEX 21 and IDEX 21

  • Indian Naval Ship Pralaya reached Abu Dhabi in UAE to take part within the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX 21) and International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 21) from February 20 to 25, 2021.
  • NAVDEX 21 and IDEX 21 is likely one of the main worldwide naval and defence exhibitions of the area. Participation of INS Pralaya will showcase the strengths of India’s indigenous shipbuilding, according to the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s imaginative and prescient of ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat’.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh.
  • Indian Navy Founded: 26 January 1950.

3. India efficiently test-fires Helina, Dhruvastra anti-tank guided missiles

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation has efficiently carried out joint person trials of indigenously developed Helina and Dhruvastra Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) from the Advanced Light Helicopter on the Pokhran deserts in Rajasthan.
  • Helena is the Army model and Dhruvastra is the Air Force model of the ALH. The missile programs have been designed and developed indigenously by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The Helina and Dhruvastra are the third era, “Lock-on-Before-Launch (LOBL)” hearth and neglect ATGMs that may have interaction targets each oblique hit mode in addition to prime assault mode.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Defence Research and Development  & Chairman DRDO: Dr G Satheesh Reddy.
  • DRDO Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • DRDO Established: 1958.

Summits and Conferences News

4. India-Australia round Economy Hackathon (I-ACE)

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the valedictory operate of the India Australia Circular Economy Hackathon (I-ACE) through videoconferencing.
  • A round financial system implies reusing waste again into the manufacturing cycle to make new merchandise as a substitute of losing such supplies with embedded sources.
  • The I-ACE was collectively organized by Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, Government of India and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia. More than 200 individuals in 39 groups from India and 33 groups from Australia took half.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Prime Minister of Australia: Scott Morrison.
  • The foreign money of Australia: Australian greenback.
  • Capital of Australia: Canberra.

Science and Technology News

5. Perseverance rover has efficiently landed on Mars

  • The NASA Perseverance rover safely landed on Mars after its 292.5 million-mile journey from Earth. The rover has been on a virtually 300 million-mile journey because it left Earth greater than 6 months in the past.
  • Perseverance and her groups lived as much as the namesake, overcoming the challenges of making ready for the journey’s remaining phases throughout a pandemic. The angle management system is answerable for pointing the rover within the path it must be and likewise helps determine the place the spacecraft is oriented in area.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Acting Administrator of NASA: Steve Jurczyk.
  • Headquarters of NASA: Washington D.C., United States.
  • NASA Founded: 1 October 1958.

Awards News

6. Bhim Army’s Chandra Shekhar Azad named in TIME’s record

  • Bhim Army Chief Chandra Shekhar Aazad and 5 Indian-origin personalities have been featured within the 2021 TIME100 Next. TIME100 Next 2021 is the second version of the annual record of Time journal’s 100 ‘emerging leaders who are shaping the future.’
  • Bhim Army is a Dalit rights organisation primarily based in Uttar Pradesh to assist Dalits escape poverty via training. It was based by Satish Kumar, Vijay Ratan Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad in 2015.

The 5 Indian-origin individuals in Time100 Next record are:

  • Twitter lawyer: Vijaya Gadde
  • UK’s Finance Minister: Rishi Sunak
  • Instacart founder and CEO: Apoorva Mehta
  • Get Us PPE government director and physician: Shikha Gupta
  • Founder of nonprofit Upsolve’s: Rohan Pavuluri

7. Hyderabad Recognised as ‘2020 Tree City of the World’

  • Telangana’s capital, Hyderabad has been acknowledged as a 2020 Tree City of World, by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Arbor Day Foundation, for its dedication to rising and sustaining city forests.
  • Hyderabad is the one metropolis from India to have been acknowledged as a Tree City, thus far. With this recognition, it has joined a community of like-minded international cities that recognise the significance of timber in constructing wholesome, resilient and blissful cities.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization Head: Qu Dongyu
  • Food and Agriculture Organization Headquarters: Rome, Italy.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization Established: 16 October 1945.

Sports News

8. Manika Batra Wins Singles Title at 82nd National Table Tennis Championship

  • India’s top-ranked desk tennis participant Manika Batra beat Reeth Rishya, 4-2, within the girls’s singles remaining, to win the 82nd Senior National Table Tennis Championship, on the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula, Haryana.
  • It was Manika’s second Nationals title. She received her maiden nationwide title in 2015 in Hyderabad.

9. Sri Lanka pacer Dhammika Prasad quits worldwide cricket

  • Sri Lanka quick bowler Dhammika Prasad has introduced his retirement from worldwide cricket. He represented Sri Lanka in 25 Tests and 24 ODIs, bagging 75 and 32 wickets respectively.
  • He additionally performed alone T20 International towards Australia in 2011. Prasad final performed a Test match in October 2015 towards the West Indies.

Important Days

10. World Day of Social Justice noticed globally on twentieth February

  • World Day of Social Justice is well known yearly all around the world on 20 February. The International Labour Organization unanimously adopted the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization on 10 June 2008.
  • This 12 months theme of World Day of Social Justice is“A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy”.
  • Social justice is an underlying precept for peaceable and affluent coexistence inside and amongst nations. We uphold the rules of social justice once we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice once we take away obstacles that folks face due to gender, age, race, ethnicity, faith, tradition or incapacity.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Headquarters of International Labour Organization: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Director-General of International Labour Organization: Guy Ryder.
  • International Labour Organization Founded: 1919.

11. World Pangolin Day 2021: 20 February

  • World Pangolin Day is well known on the “Third Saturday of February” yearly. In 2021, the annual World Pangolin Day is being celebrated on 20 February 2020. It marks the tenth version of the occasion.
  • The day goals to boost consciousness about these distinctive mammals and velocity up conservation efforts. Pangolin numbers are quickly declining in Asia and Africa.

12. sixth Soil Health Card Day Observed on 19 February 2021 

  • Every 12 months India observes the Soil Health Card Day on 19 February to commemorate the launch of the Soil Health Card (SHC) Scheme, and create consciousness about the advantages of the scheme.
  • 2021 marks the sixth 12 months of the launch of the SHC Scheme. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Soil Health Card (SHC) Scheme on nineteenth February 2015 at Suratgarh in Rajasthan.
  • The scheme goals at issuing soil well being playing cards to farmers each two years in order to supply a foundation to deal with dietary deficiencies within the soil. The scheme ensures further earnings to farmers by a rise in yields and it additionally promotes sustainable farming.