20 Feb 2023: Current affairs for IAS/PCS, Banking, IBPS, SSC, Railway etc

This section contains daily current affairs taken from all major newspapers and magazines like - The Hindu, Indian Express, PIB, Live Mint, RSTV etc.

These current affairs are written in a easy to remember format and are useful for UPSC, IAS/PCS, Banking, IBPS, SSC, Railway, UPPSC, RPSC, BPSC, MPPSC, TNPSC, MPSC, KPSC and other competition exams.

World's largest and unique Divyang Park

Nitin Gadkari laid the Foundation Stone of the world's largest and unique Divyang Park - Anubhuti Inclusive Park in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Instead of sympathy, this park will show empathy.

Ranji Trophy title 2022-23

Saurashtra defeated Bengal by nine wickets to clinch its second Ranji Trophy 2022-23 title at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Ranji Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket championship that is played in India between multiple teams representing regional and State cricket associations.

There are 38 teams from 28 states in India and 4 of the 8 union territories have at least one representative.

CEO of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has named Professor Meghana Pandit, a renowned physician of Indian descent, as its CEO.

Ms. Pandit, who was serving as the interim CEO at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) since July 2022.

Joint Military Exercise "Dustlik"

The fourth iteration of the biennial training exercise DUSTLIK (2023) will be held in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand.

It is held as part of a military-to-military exchange programme between the Indian Army and the Uzbekistan Army.

Ban the sale of new gas and diesel cars

The European Parliament has approved the law to ban the sale of new gas and diesel cars in the EU, starting in 2035.

The European Union is a group of 27 countries that operate as a cohesive economic and political block.

8 EU members do not use the euro.

UNICEF India National Ambassador of child rights

In India, Ayushmann Khurrana will represent UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund).

UNICEF Executive Director: Catherine Russell
UNICEF Headquarters: New York, United States
UNICEF Founded: 11 December 1946

8th Soil Health Card Day

The Soil Health Card (SHC) Scheme was introduced by PM Modi on February 19, 2015, at Suratgarh, Rajasthan.

Every two years, all farmers are to receive soil health cards as part of the programme.

Soil Health Card is a printed report that a farmer will be handed over for each of his holdings.

It will contain the status of his soil with respect to 12 parameters, namely N (Nitrogen), P (Phosphorus), K (Potassium) [Macro-nutrients]; S (Sulphur) [Secondary- nutrient]; Zn (Zinc), Fe (Iron), Cu (Copper), Mn (Manganese), Bo (Boron) [Micro – nutrients]; and pH, EC, OC (Physical parameters).

The SHC also indicates fertilizer recommendations and soil amendment required for the farm.

What is Bird flu (H5N1) ?

Peru has just reported the H5N1-related deaths of 585 sea lions.

H5N1 is a strains of the influenza virus that primarily infect birds, but can also infect humans.

There is no evidence that H5N1 spreads easily between people.

This type of flu is most often contracted by contact with sick birds. It can also be passed from person to person.

World Day of Social Justice

World Day of Social Justice is observed annually on February 20.

This year's theme - Overcoming Barriers and Unleashing Opportunities for Social Justice.