Important Current Affairs in English Medium: Date 13.02.2020

World Radio Day - 13 February 
Following a request from the Spanish Radio Academy on 20 September 2010, Spain proposed that the UNESCO Executive Board include an agenda item on the proclamation of a World Radio Day. UNESCO's Executive Board the agenda item in its provisional agenda for the proclamation of a "World Radio Day" on 29 September 2011.
Theme 2020 : " Radio And Diversity " 

12 February : National Productivity Day
National Productivity Council (NPC), an autonomous registered society under Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, NPC is celebrating its 62nd Foundation Day on 12th February. NPC observes foundation day as Productivity Day and the National Productivity Week from February 12-18, 2020.

Ajay Patel Elected President Of All India Chess Federation
  • The All India Chess Federation (AICF) will see Ajay Patel take over the president’s role from P R Venketrama Raja after the former was elected unopposed. Bharat Singh Chauhan will be the Secretary of the body. 
  • In total five office bearers, who will hold their positions till 2023, were declared the winners by the returning officer Justice Kakkir Mohammed Ibrahim Kalifulla, a former Supreme Court judge and 
  • B S Chauhan Elected Secretary Of All India Chess Federation
Arvind Kejriwal to be sworn in as Chief Minister of Delhi on February 16 at Ramlila Maidan
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal will take oath for the third time as Delhi Chief Minister at Ramlila Maidan on February 16, 2020 along with his Cabinet members. Mr. Kejriwal was elected leader of the AAP Legislature Party on Wednesday, senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia said at a press conference. 

Radhakishan Damani Becomes India's 6th Richest Person
Avenue Supermarts founder Radhakishan Damani has become India's sixth richest person with a net worth of $11.9 billion after the firm's stock price hit an all-time high. Damani's net worth is now more than Gautam Adani ($10.8 billion) and Sunil Mittal ($9.6 billion), according to data from Bloomberg Billionaires Index

India's Niket Dalal Becomes 1st Blind Athlete To Finish Ironman 70.3 Triathlon
A speech therapist by profession, India's Niket Dalal created history when he finished the Ironman Triathlon, thereby becoming the first blind athlete to achieve the feat.

All Medical Devices To Be Treated As ' Drugs ' From April 1 : Gov
Medical devices to be treated as drugs. The Centre in a notification on Friday said that medical devices — all implantable devices, CT Scan, PET and MRI equipment, defibrillators, dialysis machines and bone marrow separators — will be treated as drugs for human beings with effect from April 1, 2020

Pakistan's Hunza Valley Becomes Asia’s 1st Plastic Free Zone
Hunza valley becomes Asia's first plastic free zone. Hunza Valley has become Pakistan's first plastic-free area and district — Malik Amin Aslam. PTI Govt. is planning to replicate the success of the project in other provinces. Around 10,000 cloth bags are being distributed during a ceremony in Altit Hunza.

U.S. State Department Approved The Sale Of Air Defence System To India
The U.S. Department of State has approved a possible sale to India of military equipment comprising an integrated air defense weapon system (IADWS), the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced in a statement Monday. The cost of the sale, if finalized, would be approximately $1.867 billion

The New Coronavirus Is Officially Named As Covid-19 By WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared an official name for the new coronavirus disease: COVID-19 — making sure not to reference Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the virus originated. COVID-19 stands for Corona Virus Disease 19.

UNICEF Released 2019 State Of The Worlds Children Report
For the first time in 20 years, UNICEF’s flagship report examines the issue of children, food and nutrition, providing a fresh perspective on a rapidly evolving challenge. This 2019 edition of The State of the World’s Children (SOWC) examines the issue of children, food and nutrition, providing a fresh perspective on a rapidly evolving challenge. Despite progress in the past two decades, one third of children under age 5 are malnourished – stunted, wasted or overweight – while two thirds are at risk of malnutrition and hidden hunger because of the poor quality of their diets. At the center of this challenge is a broken food system that fails to provide children with the diets they need to grow healthy. This report also provides new data and analyses of malnutrition in the 21st century and outlines recommendations to put children’s rights at the heart of food systems.

National Horticulture Fair 2020 Concluded In Bengaluru
The four-day National Horticulture Fair (NHF) organized by ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) during February 5-8, 2020 was concluded on 8th February with a formal valedictory function. The function was graced by Dr. W.S. Dhillon, Assistant Director General (Horticulture - II), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Dr. K. Narayana Gowda, former Vice Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru, Shri. S. R. Vishwanath, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister and MLA, Yelahanka Constituency and Shri. S.N. Rajanna, Director, National Horticulture Board.

UK-India Defence Industry Forum Held In Lucknow , UP
The MoU was signed on sidelines of the ongoing DefExpo 2020 in the presence of UK Minister for Defence Procurement James Heappey MP, Director of the UK Department for International Trade's Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) Mark Goldsack, and Defence Advisor at the British High Commission in India Brigadier Gavin Thompson.

Mondo Duplantis Breaks Pole Vault World Record With 6.17m Jump
Armand Duplantis completed his remarkable ascent up the pole vault ranks with a sensational 6.17-metre world record in Poland, barely three months after turning 20. The American-born Swede has long looked destined for greatness after setting world best marks at every age group from Under-7 through to Under-13, as well as posting a world junior record 6.05m when winning the European title in 2018

BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise 2020 Held In Bhubaneshwar
The second BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise-2020 (BIMSTEC DMEx-2020) hosted by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) commenced on Tuesday. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the three-day exercise.

Facebook Launches Digital Literacy Programme For Women In Uttar Pradesh
Starting from the state of Uttar Pradesh, the programme will be expanded to other states including, Assam, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, and Bihar through the year.
In a bid to provide digital literacy training to 1,00,000 women across seven states, Facebook on Tuesday launched its ‘We Think Digital’ programme here in partnership with the National Commission for Women (NCW) and Cyber Peace Foundation on the occasion of Safer Internet Day.

Shauna Coxsey Named As Britain's 1st Ever Olympic Climber
Shauna Coxsey has created history by becoming the first climber selected to represent Britain at the Olympic Games, the British Olympic Association has announced. Coxsey, a two-time overall World Cup winner in her favoured bouldering discipline, will be part of climbing’s Olympic debut at Tokyo Olympic Games. The 27-year-old from Runcorn is the country’s most successful ever athlete in the sport, with Coxsey adding two bronze medals in the bouldering and combined events at the 2019 Climbing World Championships to her World Cup triumph.

Gulmarg To Host National Winter Games From March 7
The world famous ski destination Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir is all set to host a five-day national winter games from March 7 under the Khelo India programme, officials said.

Donald Trump To Inaugurate Sardar Patel Stadium During India Visit
Narendra Modi, Trump is slated to travel to India on February 24 and 25. During, the US President's visit to India. the two leaders are expected to joint address a massive public rally at the newly build Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. Ahead of the public meet, Trump will inaugurate, the world's largest stadium - Motera Stadium, rechristened as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, with the first cricket match at the venue set to happen in April or May.

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