Top GKToday’s News Headlines-27 February 2020

Here are Top GKToday’s News Headlines for February 27, 2020

SURROGACY BILL

  • Union Cabinet approves major changes to the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2020
  • Not only close relatives but any woman who is “willing” would be allowed to act as a surrogate
  • A widow or divorced woman will also have a right to surrogacy apart from infertile Indian couples

INDIA

  • HRD Ministry launches ‘Higher Education Leadership Development Programme for Administrator’ for functionaries in Universities
  • IAF and Britain’s Royal Air Force conducting 5th edition of Ex Indradhanush at Air Force Station Hindan on February 24-29
  • Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar lays foundation stone of a 100-bedded ESIC (Employees’ State Insurance Corporation) hospital at Kakinada (AP)
  • Jawed Ashraf appointed as the next Ambassador of India to France
  • Govt. to organise a summit on Artificial Intelligence titled RAISE 2020 – ‘Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020’ in New Delhi on April 11-12
  • Cabinet approves amendments to give occupancy rights to scheduled tribes in Lakshadweep
  • National Institutes of Food Technology at Kundli (Haryana) and Thanjavur (TN) to be accorded the status of national importance
  • Cabinet gives its nod to order on adopting central laws in concurrent list for J&K
  • Maharashtra International Education Board (MIEB), started by the previous BJP-led government, shut down by the new Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition of Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman unveils EASE 3.0, an initiative of PSBs, that seeks to enhance ease of banking in all customer experiences, using technology.
  • Food Processing Industries Ministry launches ‘Market Intelligence and Early Warning System (MIEWS) Web Portal’ to enable ‘real time monitoring’ of prices of tomato, onion and potato
  • CCEA approves setting up a national technical textiles mission with a total outlay of Rs 1,480 crore
  • Power PSU NTPC to provide Rs. 80 crore financial support for installation and commissioning of 25 CAAQMS (Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations) across 6 states and 3 UTs
  • Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) launches self-charging hybrid electric MPV Vellfire at Rs 79.5 lakh
  • Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) starts bookings of the new Land Rover Defender priced from Rs 69.99 lakh

WORLD

  • Sri Lanka announces withdrawal from a UNHRC resolution that called for accountability to human rights abuses committed during the nation’s civil war with the Tamil separatists that ended in 2009
  • Slovenia: Janez Jansa of the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) appointed as new PM

SPORTS

  • 32-year old Russian women’s tennis player and five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova retires

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