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Top Current Affairs Today’s News Headlines-14 February 2020

Here are Top Current Affairs Today’s News Headlines for February 14, 2020

INDIA

  • SC directs political parties to list candidates’ criminal records on websites, social media
  • KVIC’s ‘Apiary on Wheels’ flagged off by the Union Minister of MSME Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi
  • President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa arrives in New Delhi on a four-day visit
  • President presents colour to INS Shivaji, a training establishment of Indian Navy, at Lonavala
  • Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) organises BIMSTEC nations’ conference on “combating drug trafficking” in New Delhi
  • Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) comprises India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand
  • Bihar govt. launches ‘Pyaar ka Paudha’ (a plant of love) campaign to encourage planting trees
  • R. K. Pachauri, former TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) Director General, dies at 79
  • New Delhi: Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra renamed as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan; Foreign Service Institute renamed as Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service
  • Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visits Aryabhata Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) in Nainital
  • 2-day Destination Management and Community Participation event/meeting held at Rann of Kutch in Gujarat

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • Rating agency Standard and Poor affirms India’s sovereign rating of ‘BBB-‘, maintains “stable” outlook
  • Railway Minister Piyush Goyal inaugurates first phase (4.88 km) of the East-West Metro corridor in Kolkata
  • Arth Ganga to boost economic activity along Ganga bank; cargo volumes to increase: Union minister Mansukh Lal Mandaviya
  • ICAI to set Sustainability Accounting Standards Board to help companies in achieving sustainable development goals
  • Bureaucrat Rajiv Bansal appointed CMD of Air India
  • Bureaucrat Debasish Panda appointed as the new financial services secretary
  • BMW launches sedan BMW 530i Sport priced at Rs 55.4 lakh

DAN DAVID PRIZE

  • India’s Gita Sen wins Dan David Prize for ‘Present-Gender Equality’ jointly with Debora Diniz of Brazil
  • Lonnie G. Bunch III (US) & Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (US) won for ‘Past-Cultural Preservation & Revival’
  • Demis Hassabis (UK) & Prof. Amnon Shashua won for ‘Future-Artificial Intelligence’
  • The Prizes are given by the Dan David Foundation at Tel Aviv University, Israel.

WORLD

  • India, UK begin Ajeya Warrior joint counter-terror Army exercises in UK
  • US Congress comprising Senate & House of Representatives votes to restrain President Trump from attacking Iran
  • OHCHR (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights) publishes blacklist of companies cooperating with Jewish settlements in the West Bank; Israel freezes ties with OHCHR
  • Indian Navy’s INS Jamuna to conduct in hydrographic surveys in Sri Lanka for next two months
  • Indian-origin politician Rishi Sunak appointed UK’s new finance minister (Chancellor of the Exchequer)
  • Soviet spy Alexei Botyan, known for “saving” the Polish city of Krakow from the Nazis in 1945, dies at the age of 103
  • World Radio Day celebrated on February 13

SPORTS

  • Men’s team captain Manpreet Singh becomes first Indian to win International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Player of the Year award
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