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Daily Current Affairs 24 February 2020

Central Excise Day celebrated on 24th February across India.

Central Excise Day is celebrated every year on February 24 across India. The day is being celebrated to honour the service of Central Board of Excise and Custom (CBEC) to the country.

US President Donald Trump arrives on a Historic Maiden Visit to India.

US President Donald Trump arrived at Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel airport in Ahmedabad today on his maiden two-day visit to India. He is also accompanied by his daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and top brass of his administration.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally welcomed him and US first lady Melania Trump at the airport. They were also accorded the Guard of honor at the airport. Both the leaders then participated in 22 kilometer long grand India Road show with artists performing along the route to Sabarmati Ashram.

Both the leaders then proceeded to Motera stadium to participate in Namaste Trump event.

After the Namaste Trump event in Ahmedabad, Mr Trump and his entourage went to Agra to visit Taj Mahal. Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath welcomed the US president on his arrival. Mr Trump and his family spent about an hour at the Taj Mahal complex.

Important Takeaways:-
USA President- Donald Trump
USA Vice President- Mike Pence
USA House Speaker- Nancy Pelosi
USA Chief Justice- John Roberts
USA Language- English
USA Capital- Washington D.C.
Motto- In God We Trust

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi completes one year today.

The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme completes one year today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the scheme on 24th February 2019 at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. Under the Scheme, an amount of 6000 rupees per year is transferred in three equal installments of 2000 rupees in every four months directly into the bank accounts of the farmers.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched the mobile app PM Kisan on the first anniversary of the Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi. The purpose of this app is to make the scheme more accessible to farmers. With this help, the farmers will be able to know the status of their payment and they will also be able to get the eligibility and other information of the scheme.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launches GeoRurban mobile App.

Union Minister for Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar launched GeoRurban, a mobile app to be used for Geo-tagging for the assets in the rurban clusters. Scheme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 21st February in 2016, aims at transforming these Rurban clusters by stimulating local economic development, enhancing basic services, and creating well planned Rurban clusters.

BHU team unearths 4,000-yr-old crafts village in Varanasi.

A nearly 4,000-year-old urban settlement has been unearthed in Varanasi by a team of surveyors from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU). The university’s Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, did the preliminary survey of the site in Babhaniyav village, 13 kilometres away from Varanasi. It found remnants of one of the settlements mentioned in ancient literature about the holy city. The survey found a temple dating back to the 5th century through 8th century, potteries which are 4,000-year-old and walls which are 2,000-year-old.

Important Takeaways-
Chief minister of Uttar Pradesh- Yogi Adityanath
Governor of Uttar Pradesh- Anandiben Patel
Capital of Uttar Pradesh- Lucknow
Language of Uttar Pradesh- Hindi

US surpasses China to become India’s top trading partner.

The United States has surpassed China to become India’s top trading partner. According to the Commerce Ministry data, the bilateral trade between the US and India stood at nearly 88 billion dollars in 2018-19 fiscal. During the period, India’s trade with China was at 87.1 billion dollars. Similarly, during April-December 2019-20, the bilateral trade between the US and India stood at 68 billion dollars against a nearly 65 billion dollars trade with China in the same period.

Important Takeaways:-
USA President- Donald Trump
USA Vice President- Mike Pence
USA House Speaker- Nancy Pelosi
USA Chief Justice- John Roberts
USA Language- English
USA Capital- Washington D.C.
Motto- In God We Trust

Important Takeaways:-
President of China- Xi Jinping
Capital of China- Beijing
Currency of China- Renminbi
Language of China- Chinese

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad resigns.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad submitted his resignation to the country’s king on Monday.

1st ever Ladakh winter conclave 2020 concluded in Leh.

In Leh, the first-ever 3-Day Ladakh winter conclave 2020 concluded in a grand style. Ladakh winter conclave aimed at attracting tourists in the winter season with a focus on the distribution of tourism income to rural Ladakh. The Winter Conclave was attended by tourism experts, branding managers, wildlife, adventure sports operators and film personalities.

Important Takeaways:-
Lieutenant Governor of Laddakh- Radha Krishna Mathur
Capital of Laddakh- Leh, Kargil
Langugae of Laddakh- Tibetan, Ladakhi, Urdu, English
Union Territory- 31 October 2019

India’s 13-year old Grandmaster D Gukesh wins 34th Cannes Open.

 In Chess, India’s 13-year old Grandmaster D Gukesh emerged champion in the 34th Cannes Open in France. Gukesh defeated Harutyun Bargseghyan.

Ladakh all set to host first-ever Khelo India Winter Games.

The Union Territory of Ladakh is all set to host the first-ever Khelo India Winter Games. In the presence of Ladakh Lieutenant Governor R K Mathur, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju will inaugurate the games on Tuesday, 25th Feb at NDS Indoor Ice Hockey Rink in Leh.

India to host Commonwealth Shooting and Archery Championships.

India to host Commonwealth Shooting and Archery Championships in January 2022. The medals from the two events will be counted for ranking of competing nations at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.The two events will be held in Chandigarh in January 2022 while the Birmingham Commonwealth Games is scheduled from 27th of July to 7th of August , 2022.

Asian Wrestling Championships 2020 concluded in New Delhi.

India won 20 medals (Gold-5, Silver- 6, Bronze- 9) in Asian Wrestling Championships 2020.

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Achanta Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran win silver at Hungarian Open.

Indian men’s doubles pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Gnanasekaran Sathiyan settled for a silver medal at the ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open after losing the summit clash to German combination of Benedikt Duda and Patrick Franziska at Budapest, Hungary.

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Rio Open 2020 (Tennis) concluded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 2020 Rio Open presented by Claro is a professional men’s tennis tournament currently played on outdoor clay courts. It is the seventh edition of the Rio Open, and part of the ATP Tour 500 series on the 2020 ATP Tour. It took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil between 17–23 February 2020.

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Delray Beach Open 2020 (Tennis) concluded in United States.

The 2020 Delray Beach Open is professional men’s tennis tournament which is held at the Delray Beach, United States, from 17 to 23 February 2020. It is  the 28th edition of the tournament, and part of the 2020 ATP Tour.

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Barcelona Spain Masters 2020 (Badminton) concluded in Barcelona, Spain.

The 2020 Spain Masters is a badminton tournament which is held at the Pavelló de la Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona, Spain, from 18 to 23 February 2020 with a total prize purse of $170,000. It is also known as Barcelona Spain Masters 2020.

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2020 Open 13 Provence (Tennis) concluded in Marseille, France.

The 2020 Open 13 Provence is a men’s tennis tournament currently played on indoor hard courts. It is the 28th edition of the Open 13, and part of the ATP World Tour 250 series of the 2020 ATP Tour. It took place at the Palais des Sports in Marseille, France, from 17 February through 23 February 2020.

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