Top GKToday’s News Headlines-18 February 2020

Here are Top GKToday’s News Headlines for February 18, 2020


  • PM inaugurates Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 13) at Gandhinagar
  • India will chair the presidency of (CMS COP 13) for three years starting February 17
  • Secretary-General of Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Martha Rojas Urrego visits India for (CMS COP 13)
  • Mascot of CMS COP 13: ‘GIBI – The Great’ is based on the Great Indian Bustard
  • Theme of CMS COP 13: ‘Migratory species connect the planet and we welcome them home’.


  • SC orders govt to grant permanent commission and command postings to women Army officers
  • President visits Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu; inaugurates Jampore Sea Front Road and Ayushman Bharat Wellness Centre in Daman
  • Election Commission awarded ‘Silver’ award for Excellence in Government Process re-engineering for digital transformation from DARPG (Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances)
  • CEC Sunil Arora names EC Sushil Chandra as his nominee for the proposed Delimitation Commission for J&K
  • Bird ringing station to come up in Bihar for observation, monitoring and research on migratory birds
  • Haryana govt announces Rs 6 crore to those winning gold medals at Olympics
  • Pakistan issues visas to Hindu pilgrims to visit Shree Katas Raj temples in Punjab province’s Chakwal district
  • Delhi Police, Uber launch Himmat Plus app for safety of people travelling in cabs


  • 4th National Conference on Review of Implementation of PMFBY (Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana) held in Udaipur on February 17-18
  • RBI gets Rs 1.94 lakh cr bids for maiden Rs 25,000 crore LTROs (long-term reverse repo operation)
  • World Bank to give $450 million loan for Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY) – National Groundwater Management Improvement Programme
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on February 17, 2020 reviewed the performance of four Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) engaged in shipbuilding – Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE), Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), Mumbai-based Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and Visakhapatnam-based Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL)
  • Fifteenth Finance Commission sets up High-Level Expert Group on Agriculture Exports with Sanjiv Puri (Chairman and Managing Director, ITC) as its Chairman
  • CBIC (Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs) starts capturing district-wise data or origin of export goods
  • IRFC (Indian Railway Finance Corporation) lists USD 1 bn medium-term notes on BSE-owned India International Exchange (India INX)
  • Moody’s Investors Service cuts India’s growth forecast to 5.4% for 2020 from 6.6% earlier in its update on Global Macro Outlook
  • India’s economy was fifth largest in the world in 2019 with a GDP of $ 2.94 trillion: World Population Review (US)
  • Suzuki Motorcycle India launches BS-VI compliant 125cc Burgman Street scooter priced at Rs 77,900


  • “3rd High Level Global Conference on Road Safety for Achieving Global Goals 2030” being held in Stockholm on February 19-20; Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari representing India
  • Storm Dennis wreaks havoc across UK, parts of France
  • UAE issues reactor licence for Barakah nuclear power plant, the first in Arab world


  • India’s Koneru Humpy wins Cairns Cup chess tournament in US
  • “United by Emotion” unveiled as the motto of 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Northern Ireland’s Henry Gregg, Best Goalkeeper at FIFA World Cup in Sweden in 1958, dies aged 87
  • South African rugby legend Bryan Habana inducted into Laureus World Sports Academy



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