2nd February 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of 2nd February 2021 protecting the next information headlines: India International Silk Fair, Chief of Staff of NASA, Myanmar, Facebook, UN World Tourism Organization.

National News

1. Smriti Irani inaugurates eighth India International Silk Fair

  • The Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated the eighth India International Silk Fair on Virtual Portal on thirty first January 2021.
  • The 5 days occasion is being held on the Indian Silk Export Promotion Council’s digital platform as a consequence of COVID-19 pandemic. The truthful is taken into account to be India’s greatest silk truthful.
  • More than 200 abroad consumers and an equal variety of their representatives in India are collaborating to work together with greater than 100 famend and massive Indian firms manufacturing and buying and selling silk and silk blended merchandise.
  • India is the one nation on this planet which produces all of the 4 main kinds of silk, that are Mulberry, Eri, Tassar, and Muga.


International News

2. Indian-American Bhavya Lal appointed Acting Chief of Staff of NASA

  • Indian-American Bhavya Lal was appointed by NASA because the Acting Chief of Staff of the US area company.
  • She served as a member of the Biden Presidential Transition Agency Review Team for the company and oversaw the company’s transition beneath the administration of President Joe Biden.
  • Lal brings intensive expertise in engineering and area expertise, serving as a member of the analysis workers on the Institute for Defence Analyses Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) from 2005 to 2020.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

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

3. Aung San Suu Kyi detained as military grabs energy in Myanmar

  • In Myanmar, a navy coup was put in place on 1st February 2021, after the nation’s navy detained State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi together with President Win Myint and different members of the ruling get together.
  • Myanmar navy (also called the Tatmadaw), took this step as a result of they declared the November 2020 Myanmar basic election outcomes fraudulent, by which Aung San Suu Kyi gained a landslide victory in Parliamentary election 2020 to type subsequent Government.
  • The navy has handed over the ability to navy chief Min Aung Hlaing and declared a state of emergency for one yr. Apart from this, former basic Myint Swe can be performing president for the following yr. The 2021 coup d’état is the third in Myanmar’s political historical past. The first two was held in 1962 and 1990.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Myanmar Capital: Naypyitaw.
  • Myanmar Currency: Kyat.

4. Nguyen Phu Trong re-elected as Chief of Vietnam for third time period

  • The ruling Community Party of Vietnam has re-elected its 76-year-old General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong for a third five-year time period.
  • He is serving the publish since 2011. Trong was granted an exemption to contest within the election, although he was above the age restrict of 65.
  • The General Secretary is the best workplace inside the Communist Party of Vietnam. Trong additionally holds the place of the President of Vietnam since 2018.
  • Vietnam has a communist authorities, which implies that the nation doesn’t have a single strongman on the apex.
  • There are 4 predominant leaders that collectively run the present which incorporates: The Communist Party basic secretary, the prime minister, the president and the chair of the National Assembly.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Vietnam Capital: Hanoi.
  • Vietnam Currency: Vietnamese dong.
  • Vietnam Prime Minister: Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

State News

5. Uttarakhand units up Botanical Garden to preserve species of Shivalik vary

  • In Nainital district of Uttarakhand, a primary of its type botanical backyard named ‘Shivalik Arboretum’ has been inaugurated, for conserving over 210 species of bushes discovered within the Shivalik vary of Himalayas.
  • Shivalik Arboretum goals to unfold nature training amongst folks in order that they’re able to really feel an emotional join with the bushes, and make them extra energetic in direction of conservation.
  • The facility will showcase data like scientific details about explicit species, cultural significance, medicinal use, nation of origin, sort of habitat by which it’s discovered and all attainable makes use of together with as timber, dyes or some other peculiar use.
  • Some of the bushes preserved embody Kafal (Myrica esculenta), Buransh, (Rhododendron arboretum), Tejpat (Cinnamomum Tamala) and Sanjeevani (Sellaginella bryopteris).

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Uttarakhand Chief Minister: Trivendra Singh Rawat.
  • Governor of Uttarakhand: Baby Rani Maurya.

Appointments News

6. Facebook appoints Henry Moniz as its First Chief Compliance Officer

  • Facebook Inc. has appointed Henry Moniz as its first-ever Chief Compliance Officer. He will be part of Facebook on February 8 to steer the corporate’s world compliance staff, to reinforce its world compliance and danger administration and promote the best requirements of authorized and moral conduct on the firm.
  • Prior to this, Henry Moniz had been the chief compliance officer and chief audit govt at media firm ViacomCBS Inc.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Executive Officer of Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Facebook Headquarters: California, US.

7. Anish Shah appoint as new chairman of Mahindra Finance

  • Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services has introduced the appointment of Anish Shah because the chairman of the board, efficient April 2, 2021. Shah is already a director of the corporate.
  • He is the deputy managing director and group CFO of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. Shah takes over from Dhananjay Mungale.
  • Mungale shall proceed to be an Independent Director on the Board of MMFSL.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Headquarters: Mumbai.
  • Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Founded: 1991.

Banking News

8. PNB Restricts Withdraw of Money from non-EMV ATMs

  • Punjab National Bank (PNB) has determined to limit its clients from withdrawing cash from non-EMV automated teller machines (ATMs) with impact from 01 February 2021, in an try to test frauds, associated to cash transactions.
  • This restriction will apply to each, monetary and non-financial transactions. To overcome this, PNB will introduce OTP primarily based methods for withdrawing money.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Punjab National Bank Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Punjab National Bank CEO: S. S. Mallikarjuna Rao (1 Oct 2019–).
  • Punjab National Bank Founded: 19 May 1894, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Punjab National Bank Founders: Lala Lajpat Rai, Dyal Singh Majithia.

Sports News

9. India prime medals tally at first Asian Online Shooting Championship

  • The Indian taking pictures contingent has topped the medals tally within the first-ever Asian Online Shooting Championship, organised by Kuwait Shooting Federation.
  • The 24-member Indian taking pictures contingent gained whole 11 medals, which included 4 gold medals, two silver and 5 bronze medals. 274 shooters from 22 Asian international locations took half within the competitors.

List of Medal Winners from India:


  • Saurabh Chaudhary – males’s 10m air pistol
  • Divyansh Singh Panwar- males’s 10m air rifle
  • Kynan Chenai – males’s lure
  • Rajeshwari Kumari – ladies’s lure


  • Arjun Babuta – males’s 10m air rifle
  • Shreyasi Singh – ladies’s lure


  • Manu Bhaker – ladies’s 10m air pistol
  • Sarabjot Singh – males’s 10m air pistol
  • Deepak Kumar – males’s 10m air rifle
  • Prithviraj Tondaiman – males’s lure
  • Manish Keer – ladies’s lure

10. Tamil Nadu Beat Baroda to say Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy

  • Tamil Nadu beat Baroda within the remaining to win the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy 2020-21. The match was the twelfth version of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and was performed at Sardar Patel Stadium (Motera Stadium), Ahmedabad.
  • The Player of the match title was gained by Manimaran Siddharth (Tamil Nadu) who picked 4 wickets, conceding 20 runs. They wanted 121 runs to win, which they achieved in 18 overs with 7 wickets.
  • Tamil Nadu staff was lead by Dinesh Karthik (captain). This is the second Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT) title for Tamil Nadu and their first title in 13 years. The staff claimed their first SMAT title in 2006-07, that too beneath Karthik’s captaincy.

Important Days

11. World Wetlands Day: 02 February

  • World Wetlands Day is noticed yearly on February 2 globally. The day goals to boost consciousness concerning the essential function performed by wetlands for folks and our planet.
  • The worldwide theme for World Wetlands Day 2021 is ‘Wetlands and Water’. 2021 marks 50 years of the Convention on Wetlands.
  • The day is well known to mark the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971, within the Iranian metropolis of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. World Wetlands Day was first celebrated in 1997.

12. Indian Coast Guard celebrates its forty fifth Raising Day

  • The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is celebrating its forty fifth Raising Day on 01 February 2021. The ICG was formally established on February 1, 1977, by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 of the Parliament of India. It operates beneath the Ministry of Defence.
  • Beginning with simply 7 floor platforms in 1978, ICG at the moment includes of 156 ships and 62 plane in its stock and is prone to obtain focused drive ranges of 200 floor platforms and 80 plane by 2025.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Director-General of Indian Coast Guard: Krishnaswamy Natarajan.

Obituaries News

13. Pioneering US actress Cicely Tyson passes away

  • Pioneering US actress Cicely Tyson has handed away. Cicely Tyson, the pioneering Black actor who gained an Oscar nomination for her function because the sharecropper’s spouse in ‘Sounder’ & gained a Tony Award in 2013 at age 88.
  • She touched TV viewers’ hearts in ” The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” & gained 2 Emmys for taking part in the 110-year-old former slave.

Miscellaneous News

14. UN World Tourism Organization confirms 2020 as ‘worst year on record’

  • In accordance with the newest United Nations World Tourism Organization (UN-WTO) “World Tourism Barometer”, the yr 2020 was the “worst year on record” as world tourism suffered adversely as a consequence of worldwide journey bans applied to include the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • International arrivals dropped by 74% & worldwide locations welcomed 1 billion fewer worldwide arrivals than in 2019.
  • This collapse in journey represents an estimated lack of $1.3 trillion in export revenues, greater than 11 occasions much less throughout the 2009 disaster.
  • On the regional entrance, Asia and the Pacific aced sharpest year-on-year contraction of 84% (-84%). It was adopted by the Middle East (-75%) and Europe (-70%).