Daily Current Affairs – 13 February 2020

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Current Affairs 13 February 2020

Mumbai Plans to get India’s largest air quality monitoring network

  • The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has planned to develop a network of 90 air quality monitoring stations in Mumbai.
  • This will make the city, that has the largest network of air monitoring in India.
  • The time to complete the project is estimated to be over the next five years.
  • Currently, Mumbai has 30 air quality monitoring stations.
  • Mumbai plans to overtake Delhi, which presently has the largest networking of air quality monitors with 38 monitoring stations.

National Workshop on Disaster Risk Financing, Insurance and Risk Transfer held in Mumbai

  • The National Workshop on Disaster Risk Financing, Insurance and Risk Transfer was held in Mumbai on February 13, 2020.
  • The workshop was organized by the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), in partnership with Insurance Institute of India.
  • Purpose: focus on the importance of financing resilience in areas frequently hit by natural disasters and discuss the issues and challenges faced by different stakeholders in assessment of insurance, along with the capacity gap in undertaking such initiatives.
  • The event was a precursor to the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR), to be held in May 2020.

Bimstec Disaster Management Exercise 2020 Held in Odisha

  • The BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise 2020, was held from February 11 to 13 at the Ramachandi Beach, Puri, Odisha.
  • This is the second edition of such exercise. The first edition was held in 2017.
  • The exercise was organised by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in Odisha, on behalf of the Government of India.
  • Representatives of BIMSTEC member countries namely Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and India participated in the exercise. Bhutan and Thailand did not participate in this edition.
  • Purpose: sharing best practices and expertise, consolidating the disaster response, coordination and cooperation among BIMSTEC countries during disasters.

DRDO Developing new 200-km strike range Pranash ballistic missile

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is developing a 200-km strike range tactical ballistic missile named ‘Pranash’.
  • Use: Will be used by the Army and the Air Force for destroying enemy targets at short ranges.
  • Version: The missile is an advanced version of the 150-km strike range Prahar missile which was being developed for tactical missions.
  • Type: Surface-to-surface ballistic missile and single-stage solid-propellant missile.
  • Strike range: 200 km

Prez Kovind presents President’s Colour to INS Shivaji

  • President Ram Nath Kovind presented the President’s Colour to INS Shivaji on 13 February.
  • The President’s Colour is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon any military unit.
  • INS Shivaji is an Indian Naval station located in Lonavala, Maharashtra and houses the Naval College of Engineering which trains officers of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard.
  • INS Shivaji is commemorating 75 years of its glorious service to the Indian Navy in February 2020.

Rajiv Bansal appointed CMD of Air India

  • Rajiv Bansal has been appointed as the chairman and managing director of Air India. 
  • Rajiv Bansal is currently the additional secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. He is the 1988-batch IAS officer of the Nagaland cadre.
  • Rajiv Bansal has replaced Ashwani Lohani, who has completed his one-year tenure as the head of the airline.

S&P affirms India’s rating at ‘BBB-‘ (stable outlook)

  • Standard and Poor has affirmed India’s sovereign rating of ‘BBB-‘and maintained a “stable”outlook.
  • Rating agency S&P is of the view that Real Gross Domestic (GDP) growth is likely to gradually recover in the longer-run, may be over the next two to three years.

Government Notifies ‘Printing of One Rupee Currency Notes Rules, 2020’

  • The Union Ministry of Finance has notified ‘Printing of One Rupee Currency Notes Rules, 2020’ on February 7, 2020.
  • These include details about the colour, design, standard weight, dimensions etc.
  • The One Rupee notes shall be printed at the note printing presses for issue under the authority of Government of India for circulation.

Here are basic features of the new one rupee note:

  • Dimension – 9.7 x 6.3 cms
  • Colour: The overall colour will be predominantly pink green on obverse and reverse in combination with others.
  • Signature: Bilingual signature of Shri Atanu Chakraborty, Secretary, Ministry of Finance.
  • The new note will have image of ‘Sagar Samrat’, the oil exploration platform.
  • The note will be rectangular, with its paper made of 100 percent (cotton) rag content.
  • The note will be 110 microns thick, weighing 90 GSM (Grams per Square Meter).
  • Multi-tonal watermarks.
  • Ashoka Pillar in the window without the words ‘सत्यमेव जयते’ (Satyamev Jayate)
  • The note will have value in fifteen Indian languages in language panel
  • The year figure will be shown vertically between “Sagar Samrat” and language panel in international number.
  • Hidden numeral ‘1’ in the centre and the hidden word ‘भारत’ (Bharat) vertically arranged on the right-hand side.
  • Obverse side of one rupee note will contain the words “भारत सरकार‟ above the words “Government of India”.
  • Replica of New Rupee One coin with ‘₹’ symbol of 2020 issued with ‘सत्यमेव जयते‟ and capital Inset letter ‘L’ in numbering panel.
  • Numbering shall be in black at right-hand bottom portion of the Note in ascending size of numerals from left to right, with the first three alphanumeric characters (prefix) remains constant in size.
  • On the Reverse, the one rupee note contains ‘भारत सरकार‘ above the words “Government of India” with the year 2020 on the representation of the One Rupee coin with ‘‘ symbol having design of grains depicting the agricultural dominance of the country.

Renowned Journalist Nandu R Kulkarni Passes Away

  • Veteran journalist Nandu R Kulkarni, has passed away following a heart attack. He was 69.
  • Kulkarni was the Mumbai Bureau Chief of the Kolkata-based newspaper “The Statesman”.
  • He started his career as an intern with ‘The Indian Express’ in 1976 and worked there for 16 years.
  • In 1992, Nandu joined “The Statesman”.

World Radio Day: 13 February

  • World Radio Day is celebrated on 13 February each year to recognize radio as a powerful medium, which brings people together from every corner of the globe, to promote diversity and help build a more peaceful and inclusive world.
  • The Day was proclaimed in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO, and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012
  • The theme of World Radio Day 2020 is ‘Radio and Diversity’.

The official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is Covid-2019: World Health Organization (WHO)

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