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Current Affairs 20 February 2020
Centre to form new law panel (TH) Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP has launched a new panel to gain the confidence and skills to get access to justice.
Scrap CVC appointment (TH) A day after the high-powered committee chaired by PM Narendra Modi cleared the appointment of Sanjay Kothari as the next Chief Vigilance Commissioner.
ART Bill proposes a national registry of clinics (TH) Under the proposed law, a national registry and registration authority will maintain a … Technology Regulation Bill proposes a national registry of clinics. “
Central govt. cuts its share in flagship crop insurance scheme (TH) The Centre has almost halved its contribution to its own flagship crop insurance schemes, slashing its share of the premium subsidy from the
District judge postings only via promotion (TH) The only opportunity to be District Judges is through promotion in accordance with the Rules framed under Article 234 and proviso to Article 309
What is mediation, does it work? (IE- Explained) Mediation is a procedure to amicably resolve a dispute between two contesting parties, with minimum intervention of the court. There is little evidence to suggest mediation has a good success rate.
Swachh Bharat Mission second phase gets the nod(TH) The Centre will begin implementing the second phase of its Swachh Bharat Mission in rural areas from April, focusing on solid and liquid waste. Daily Current Affairs 2020
Explained: Eyes on the Sun, how ISRO is preparing for its next giant leap in space Explained: The ISRO is preparing to send its first scientific expedition to study the Sun. Named Aditya-L1, the mission, expected to be launched early next year, will observe the Sun from a close distance.
ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT FUND MANAGERS DIRECTIVE (AIFMD) The UK exited the EU on 31st January 2020. FCA, UK had submitted to SEBI that no transitional measures would be available if the amended MoU is not signed before the date when the UK exits the European Union (Brexit) and requested SEBI to sign an updated MoU as early as possible. As such, the proposal is not expected or intended to have any effect on employment in India.
DAIRY PROCESSING AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT FUND (DIDF) –The project will focus on building an efficient milk procurement system by setting up of chilling infrastructure & installation of electronic milk adulteration testing equipment, creation/modernization/expansion of processing infrastructure and manufacturing faculties for Value Added Products for the Milk Unions/ Milk Producer Companies.
KALA KUMBH The GI tag is used on handicrafts which correspond to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g., a town, region, or country). As of August 2019, 178 GI handicraft products were registered from all over India. The artisans are the backbone of Indian handicraft sector and possess inherent skill, technical and traditional craftsmanship. Daily Current Affairs 2020
CMS COP 13 The 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), an environmental treaty under the aegis of United Nations Environment Programme, is going to be hosted by India during 17th to 22nd February 2020 at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
Research points to lithium reserves in Mandya dist. Reserves of the rare metal lithium, a key component needed to build batteries for electric vehicles, have been found in Allapatna–Marlagalla sector.
GS1: Art & Culture
Documents provided to U.K. to retrieve stolen idol(TH) Idol Wing CID seeks restitution of 16th century bronze
GS2: International Relations
Pakistan to remain in terror financing watchdog’s ‘Grey List'(TH) The global terror financing watchdog will take the final decision on Friday
In U.S. trade action, an Indian counterstrategy(TH) Indian interests would be well-served by maintaining a reasonable level of tariff protection
Powering the healthcare engine with innovation(TH) There is potential for private care providers, innovators, and start-ups to be partners in the Ayushman Bharat scheme
It’s time to empower mayors(TH) Elections to urban local bodies should take place on non-party lines
A just verdict(IE) Supreme Court ruling in favor of women officers in the Army is pathbreaking, extends arc of equality.
Kothari tipped to be CVC; Julka is CIC(TH) Panel, headed by PM, goes by majority opinion after Opposition leader objects
GS3: Science and Technology
Eyes on the space, how ISRO is preparing for its next giant leap in space(IE) The ISRO is preparing to send its first scientific expedition to study the Sun. Named Aditya-L1, the mission, expected to be launched early next year, will observe the Sun from a close distance. Daily Current Affairs 2020