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Current Affairs - February 2020

  • 28-Feb-2020
  • CBSE has launched an Exam center locator app “CBSE ECL”

    The Central Board of Secondary Education has released an app giving information about the examination center for the convenience of the students.

    Exam center locator app-CBSE ECL is an android based mobile app which can be used by students to locate their examination center and see the distance between current location and examination center. The app is available on play store.

    CBSE has also launched an Online Exam Center Management System-OECMS for the Principals of the school.

    By this system, they will get real time information such as availability of invigilators, absentee student, Divyanga student, unfair means and various other details in a single click.

  • Harsimrat Kaur Badal launches MIEWS Portal for Monitoring prices of TOP Crops

    Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal has launched the– Market Intelligence and Early Warning System (MIEWS) Web Portal. The portal can be accessed at http://miews.nafed-india.com.

    The MIEWS Dashboard and Portal is a ‘first-of-its-kind’ platform for ‘real-time monitoring’ of prices of tomato, onion and potato (TOP) and for simultaneously generating alerts for intervention under the terms of the Operation Greens(OG) scheme. The portal would disseminate all relevant information related to TOP crops such as Prices and Arrivals, Area, Yield and Production, Imports and Exports, Crop Calendars, Crop Agronomy, etc in an easy to use visual format.

  • Higher Education Leadership Development Programme launched in New Delhi

    A Higher Education Leadership Development Programme for Administrator has been launched by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal. This programme is a joint initiative of UGC and British Council under the aegis of UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI). The programme has been launched to enhance the leadership qualities as well as systemic changes with renewed approaches, capacity, tools and skill in the middle and senior level administrative functionaries in Indian Universities.

    The Higher Education Leadership Development Programme for Administrator also promotes learning for inclusive and internationally linked higher education systems that will enhance the economic and social growth in UK and India. The programme will be conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in collaboration with Advance HE as the training partner.

  • Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga to step down

    Mastercard Chief Executive Officer Ajay Banga will step down at the start of the next year and will be replaced by Chief Product Officer Michael Miebach. Banga, who took over as CEO in April 2010, will become executive chairman, Miebach will take over as the company’s president on March 1. Michael Miebach, who is currently the company’s chief product officer. Banga will become the company’s executive chairman, replacing the retiring Richard Haythornthwaite.

  • Rajesh Kumar becomes new MD & CEO of CIBIL

    TransUnion Cibil, the largest credit information bureau appointed Rajesh Kumar of HDFC Bank as its new managing director and chief executive. He will succeed Satish Pillai who has moved to become the president of Asia region business of the US-based company. Prior to joining Cibil, Kumar was the group head for retail credit and risk at HDFC Bank. He will be responsible for steering Cibil India’s business into the next phase by ensuring it continues to support the domestic finance industry and consumers.

  • Maria Sharapova announces retirement from tennis

    Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement from tennis. The Russian won her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2004 aged 17 and completed the career slam, all four major titles, by winning the French Open in 2012.  She became world number one in 2005 and won the US Open the next year. she won the 2004 WTA Tour Championships, the 2008 Fed Cup and a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

    In 2016, she served a 15-month ban after testing positive for meldonium. After returning from her ban in 2017, Sharapova struggled to recapture her best form and suffered from a number of injuries. She has dropped to 373 in the world, her lowest ranking since August 2002, and has lost in the first round of her past three Grand Slam tournaments.

  • Jawed Ashraf becomes India’s next Ambassador to France

    Jawed Ashraf has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to France. He is presently High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Singapore. He was a 1991 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer. He will succeed Vinay Mohan Kwatra. Vinay Mohan Kwatra will become the next Ambassador of India to Nepal, he will succeed Manjeev Singh Puri. Vinay Mohan Kwatra was a 1988 batch IFS officer.

  • India-UK joint Air Force Exercise Indra Dhanush Exercise 2020 began

    The 5th edition of the Exercise Indra Dhanush 2020 commenced on 24th February. It is a joint air force exercise between Indian Air Force (IAF) and British Royal Air Forces (RAF) has commenced at Air Force Station Hindan in Uttar Pradesh (UP).

    ‘Base Defence and Force Protection’ was the focus of this year exercise. 36 specialised combatants from RAF Regiment & 42 combatants of the GARUD Force from IAF team participated in this exercise with para drops from C-130J aircraft, tactical insertions by Mi-17 V5 helicopters and use of various airborne sensors.

    During the exercise, both the elements of the air force will share and jointly validate strategies and tactics to tackle terror threats to their installations. Both the forces also to take up various missions including Airfield Seizure, Base Defence and anti-terror operations in Urban built-up zones.

  • RBI allows Bandhan Bank to open new branches without prior permission

    The Reserve bank of India removes the restrictions placed on Bandhan Bank, allowing it to open new branches without prior permission. The RBI came up with some regulatory conditions & directed the bank to order about 25% of the total banking outlets to be opened in rural areas where banking facilities are not available.

    Bandhan Bank was banned from opening a new branch on September 28, 2018, on behalf of the Supreme Court (SC) and the court ordered to freeze the salary of Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, the founder-cum managing director (MD) of the bank, after not fulfilling the shareholding rules. As per the RBI Licensing Guideline, Bandhan Financial Holdings Ltd, the bank promoter was to reduce the company’s share from 82 % to 40 % in 3 years. The deadline for the Bank was August 23, 2019, which it failed to meet.

  • “EASE 3.0” launched for tech-enabled banking for aspiring India

    “Enhanced Access and Service Excellence (EASE) 3.0” has been launched by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with the EASE 2.0 Annual Report at Indian Banks’ Association function. This has been launched for smart, tech-enabled banking for aspiring India.

    EASE 3.0 is expected to provide advanced solutions to make the public sector banking smart and technology-enabled. Some key facilities like Palm Banking for “End-to-end digital delivery of financial service”, “Banking on Go” via EASE banking outlets at frequently visited spots like campuses, stations, complexes and malls will be provided by the EASE 3.0 reforms agenda. It also aims to digitize the customer’s experience at public sector bank branches.

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