Top GKToday’s News Headlines-19 February 2020

Here are Top GKToday’s News Headlines for February 19, 2020

INDIA

  • Kolkata-based GRSE (Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd) delivers anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kavaratti to the Indian Navy
  • India-Norway Task Force on Blue Economy for Sustainable Development inaugurated
  • Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in collaboration with CII participating at the ‘70th Berlin International Film Festival’: February 20 to March 1
  • There has been a decline in population of 79% of Indian species of birds: State of India’s Birds Report 2020.
  • Centre renames the ‘Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses’ (IDSA) after late Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar
  • Foundation stone for a 50-metre high lighthouse at Dhanushkodi (Tamil Nadu) laid by Union MoS for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya
  • AP CM Jagan Mohan Reddy February launches Nadu Nedu (meaning ‘then and now’ in Telugu) scheme to improve quality standards in government hospitals
  • Veteran Kannada actor Kishori Ballal dies at age of 82 in Bengaluru
  • AICTE bars universities from offering PGDM and MBA courses simultaneously

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • Total foodgrain production is pegged at a record 291.95 million tonne for 2019-20 crop year, higher than 285.21 million tonnes in 2018-19: Agriculture Ministry
  • Soil Health Card Day to be observed on February 19; Soil Health Card Scheme was launched by PM on February 19, 2015
  • Shree Cement will replace Yes Bank in the benchmark index Nifty 50 from March 27
  • Supratim Bandyopadhyay appointed Chairman of PFRDA (Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority)
  • Bain and Co. and Google release report ‘Women Entrepreneurship in India—Powering the economy with her’
  • Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India starts delivery of its scooter Forza 300

WORLD

  • Afghanistan’s election commission declares Ashraf Ghani re-elected President in September 28, 2019 poll
  • Pakistan conducts flight test of air launched nuclear-capable cruise missile Ra’ad-II with a range of 600 km
  • Australia appoints Barry O’Farrell as the next high commissioner to India

SPORTS

  • Asian Wrestling Championships in New Delhi: India’s Sunil Kumar wins gold in 87kg Greco-Roman
  • Badminton Asia Team Championships in Manila (Philippines): South Korea win men’s event; Japan win women’s event
  • 48 sportspersons selected for Maharashtra government’s Shiv Chhatrapati Award for 2018-19
  • 2020 LAUREUS SPORTS AWARDS
  • British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton and Argentinean footballer Lionel Messi were joint winners World Sportsman of the year award
  • American gymnast Simone Biles won the World Sportswoman of the year award
  • Snowboarding player Chloe Kim (US) won the World Action Sportsperson of the year award
  • Oksana Masters (US) won the Sportsperson of the year award with a Disability
  • South Bronx United (SBU), a football programme based in New York, won Sport for Good Award
  • South Africa’s Rugby team won Laureus World Team of the Year Award
  • Germany’s F3 driver Sophia Florsch won the World Comeback of the Year award
  • Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal won the World Breakthrough of the Year award
  • German basketball great Dirk Nowitzki won the Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Spanish Basketball Federation got the Exceptional Achievement Award

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