Current Affairs – February, 2020

This section is a feed of Current Affairs February, 2020 comprising all Current Affairs National and International importance published in february, 2020 Banking, SSC, CLAT, UPSC, State PCS, IBPS, Railways and other Competitive Examinations.

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ICGS Varad: First Major Defence ship to clear all acceptance Trials in a Single Sea Sortie

On February 28, 2020, the Indian Coast Guard’S ICGS Varad, an Offshore Patrol Vessel was commissioned at Chennai port. The vessel is to operate under North Eastern Coast Guard Region.

Highlights

The ICGS was built by L&T at Kattupalli near Chennai. It is 98 metres long and holds modern navigation and communication equipment. It is also equipped with 30 mm and 12.7 mm guns. The vessel also holds other onboard features such as platform management systems, integrated bridge system, high power external fire fighting system, etc.

Special Features of the vessel

The Patrol vessel is equipped with pollution responsible equipment for oil spill at sea and also swift boarding operations. It is also capable of carrying a twin-engine helicopter and also 4 high speed boats.

The vessel is the first defence ship to clear the acceptance trials in a single sea sortie. In simple words, the vessel cleared the trials of checking of its military operations in a single go.

What is Sortie?

Sortie is deployment of military unit in aircraft and shipping. It is a combat mission that an individual aircraft deploys as it takes off.

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World Productivity Congress in India after 45 years of gap

The World Productivity Congress has been conducted by the World Confederation of Productivity Science since 1969. It was last held in India in 1974. The Congress is held under the theme

Theme: Industry 4.0-Innovation and Productivity

Highlights

The 19th World Productivity Congress to be held in Bengaluru aims at catalyzing government approaches in enhancing productivity. It is to be held between May 6, 2020 and May 8, 2020.

Purpose

The Congress will act as a platform to shape future productivity growth. It will also help India and other attending stakeholders to learn innovative approaches that are essential to support the growing population. It is expected that the world population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100 according to the United Nations.

Significance

According to the World Economic Forum, India will become the third largest economy in the world after US and China by 2030. Also, in the next few years India is expected to grow at 7% though it is facing a slowdown currently. This huge market potential of India makes it an ideal choice for the 19th world productivity congress.

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