Top GKToday’s News Headlines-13 February 2020

Here are Top GKToday’s News Headlines for February 13, 2020


  • Centre launches School Health and Wellness Ambassador Initiative under Ayushman Bharat; 2 teachers in every govt. school will be identified as ‘health and wellness ambassadors’
  • BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise held at the Ramachandi Beach, Puri (Odisha)
  • Vietnam’s national media group VOV (Voice of Vietnam) opens its first Indian bureau in Delhi
  • Maharashtra govt. employees to have 5-day work week from Feb 29; current daily work hours by 45 minutes
  • Singing national anthem made compulsory in Maharashtra colleges from Feb 19
  • Maharashtra govt. to make teaching Marathi mandatory in all schools in the state up to Class 10 irrespective of the board
  • Fashion designer Wendell Rodricks dies in Goa at 59; won Padma Shri in 2014


  • Factory output, as measured in terms of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), contracts by 0.3% in December
  • Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based retail inflation rises to 68-month high of 7.59% in January 2020
  • Govt. to widen scope of ‘Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Bill, 2020’ to also cover cases pending in DRTs (debt recovery tribunals)
  • Cabinet approves Rs 2,500-crore capital infusion into three public sector general insurance companies — Oriental Insurance Company Limited (OICL), National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) and United India Insurance Company Limited (UIICL)
  • Atul Kumar Gupta elected President of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for 2020-21
  • Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) bans e-cigarettes on all airports and aircraft in India
  • Golden Jubilee celebrations of the National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM) in Pune held
  • National Productivity Council, under Ministry of Commerce and Industry, observes Productivity Day: February 12, Productivity Week: February 12-18


  • Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) lowers global growth forecast for 2020 to 2.2%
  • Pakistan: Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed sentenced to 11 years in jail in terror financing cases
  • Parliament of North Macedonia approves country’s accession to NATO


  • Indian Navy wins All India Bombay Gold Cup hockey championship
  • Ajay Patel elected new president of All India Chess Federation (AICF)



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