Current Affairs Capsule – February 4, 2020
- February 4, 2020
- Posted by: Team CP
- Category: Current Affairs Capsule
- The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced that India, in partnership with Australia and Indonesia, will organize the 4th East Asia Summit (EAS) Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation in Chennai on 6th February & 7th February 2020. The National Maritime Foundation (NMF) and the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) are the knowledge partners of the conference. The first conference was organized in New Delhi in November 2015.
- India had an estimated 1.16 million new cancer cases in 2018, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO), which said that one in 10 Indians will develop cancer during their lifetime and one in 15 will die of the disease. As per the report, if the current trends were to continue, the world will see a 60% increase in cancer cases over the next two decades. The greatest increase, an estimated 81%, in new cases will occur in low and middle income countries. In India, the six most common cancer types were breast cancer, oral cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer and colorectal cancer.
- President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the annual Udyanotsav of Rashtrapati Bhavan on 4th February, 2020. The Mughal Gardens at the Rashtrapati Bhavan will be open for the general public from 5th February, 2020 to 8th March, 2020. The main attraction of Udyanotsav 2020, besides tulips and exotic flowers, are bulbous flowerings. The Mughal Gardens have been built in the Persian Style, influenced by the Charbagh structure. Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of the President of India.
- The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C) Dr. Jitendra Singh and Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti Rattan Lal Kataria chaired a meeting on 3rd February, 2020 to fast-track the implementation of the Ujh Multipurpose (National) Project, Jammu & Kashmir. The project is planned to be constructed in Kathua District of J&K on the River Ujh, which is a major tributary of River Ravi. This project will store around 781 million cubic meters of water. After construction of the project, utilization of waters of the Eastern Rivers allotted to India as per the Indus Water Treaty would be enhanced by utilizing the flow that presently goes across the border unutilized. The Indus-Water Treaty was signed between India and Pakistan in 1960.
- Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CSIR-CFTRI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) to set up a Liaison Office in Guwahati, Assam on 3rd February, 2020. It aims to provide technical support to the food industries in the North East region. It will benefit the farmers, producers and entrepreneurs. CSIR-CFTRI was opened on 21st October 1950 in Mysore, Karnataka under the aegis of the CSIR.
- The Union Ministry of Labour & Employment launched a portal called ‘Santusht’ in January 2020. ‘Santusht’ works as an Implementation Monitoring Cell (IMC) in the Office of the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment. The objective of ‘Santusht’ is to promote transparency, accountability, effective delivery of public services and implementation of policies, schemes of the Ministry of Labour and Employment at the grassroot level through constant monitoring.
- Budget 2020-21 increased the National Calamity Contingent Duty (NCCD) that is the tax imposed on pan masala, cigarettes, cellular phones and other tobacco products. The imposed duty is expected to witness price rise of 7% in the sales of cigarettes. NCCD was introduced under Finance Act, 2001.
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Q1. When was the first East Asia Summit (EAS) Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation held?
Q2. India had an estimated ________million new cancer cases in 2018
Q3. When was the Indus-Water Treaty signed?
Q4. CSIR-CFTRI signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with APEDA to set up a Liaison Office in __________
Q5. National Calamity Contingent Duty (NCCD) was introduced under Finance Act, ___________