Latest Current Affairs of February 2021

The theme of National Science Day observed on 28 February 2021 to mark the birth anniversary of Sir CV RamanFuture of STI: Impacts on Education, Skills, and Work
The Indian cricketer who has announced retirement from all forms of the gameYusuf Pathan
The place in Jammu and Kashmir where the 2nd Khelo India Winter Games were inaugurated by the PM Shri Narendra ModiGulmarg
The airport in Uttar Pradesh which has been given license to operate international flights thus making it the 3rd international airport in the stateKushinagar
The country which has emerged as India’s largest trade partner in the year 2020 thereby replacing United States in the top positionChina
The city in Madhya Pradesh which has been renamed Narmadapuram as announced by its CM Shri Shivraj Singh ChouhanHoshangabad
The stadium in Sardar Patel Sports Complex, Motera, Ahmedabad also the largest cricket stadium in the world has been named afterShri Narendra Modi
The country which has rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement two years after it had withdrawn from it in 2019USA
Theme of world thinking day observed on 22 feb 2021 by World Association of Girl Guides and Girl ScoutsPeacebuilding
The Indian city which has become the only city in India to be recognised as Tree City of the World along with 119 cities from 63 countries by Arbor Day Foundation and FAOHyderabad
The table tennis player from Tamil Nadu who has won the 82nd Senior National Table Tennis Championship mens' title defeating Anthony Amalraj in the finalsSarath Kamal
The table tennis player from Delhi who has won the 82nd Senior National Table Tennis Championship womens' title defeating Reeth Rishya in the finals in PanchkulaManika Batra
The indigenously built Prabal class missile vessel which is participating in the Naval Defence Exhibition, NAVDEX 21 and International Defence Exhibition, IDEX 21 scheduled from 20 to 25 February 2021 in Abu Dhabi, UAEINS Pralaya
The instant messaging system (similar to Whatsapp) launched by National Informatics Centre, Govt of India is namedSandes
The Governor of Telangana who has been given the additional charge as Lt Governor of Puducherry following resignation of Ms Kiran BediTamilisai Soundararajan
The places in West Bengal where the eleventh edition of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is being held from 14 to 28 February 2021Cooch Behar, Darjeeling and Murshidabad
The contestant from Telangana who has been declared the winner of VLCC Femina Miss India World 2020Manasi Varanasi
The theme of World Sustainable Development Summit 2021 held online from 10 to 12 February 2021Redefining our common future: Safe and secure environment for all
The 16th edition of India-US joint military exercise being held at Bikaner, Rajasthan from 08 Feb to 21 Feb 2021Yudh Abhyas
The Nigerian-American economist who has been chosen to be the next and first woman and first African Director General of WTO Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
The city in which India's first wetland centre named Centre for Wetland Conservation and Management has been established on World Wetlands DayChennai
The team which has won the 12th edition of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 cricket tournament defeating Baroda in the finals at AhmedabadTamil Nadu
The slogan for Aero India 2021, the biennial air show held in Bengaluru from 03 to 05 February 2021 The Runway to a Billion Opportunities

EIU Democracy Index 2020

Released by Economic Intelligence Unit

RankCountryRankCountry
1.Norway53.India
2.Iceland68.Sri Lanka
3.Sweden76.Bangladesh
4.New Zealand84.Bhutan
5.Canada105.Pakistan

India has slipped 2 positions from its ranking in 2019.


Budget 2021-22

The Budget proposals for 2021-22 rest on 6 pillars.

  1. Health and Wellbeing
  2. Physical & Financial Capital, and Infrastructure
  3. Inclusive Development for Aspirational India
  4. Reinvigorating Human Capital
  5. Innovation and R&D
  6. Minimum Government and Maximum Governance

Highlights

  • A new scheme, titled PM Atma Nirbhar Swasthya Bharat Yojana, to be launched to develop primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare.
  • Jal Jeevan Mission (URBAN) designed to provide universal coverage of water supply to all households through functional taps in all 4,378 statutory towns in accordance with SDG Goal- 6
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  • 100 new Sainik Schools to be set up
  • 750 Eklavya schools to be set up in tribal areas
  • Proposal to set up a Central University in Ladakh
  • Vehicle scrapping policy to phase out old and unfit vehicles.
  • 100% electrification of Railways to be completed by 2023
  • Metro services announced in 27 cities.
  • National Hydrogen Mission to be launched to generate hydrogen from green power sources
  • No IT filing for people above 75 years who get pension and earn interest from deposits
  • Deposit insurance increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh for bank depositors
  • Two PSU bank and one general insurance firm to be disinvested this year
  • An IPO of LIC to debut this fiscal
  • A portal to be launched to maintain information on gig workers and construction workers
  • Social security to be extended to gig and platform workers


Important Days of February

World Wetlands Day: 02 February 2021

Designated by: Ramsar Convention Secretariat

Theme: Wetlands and Water

First Observed in: 1997

World Cancer Day: 04 February 2021

Designated by: Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

Theme: I am and I Will (for 2020-21)

First Observed in: 2000

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation: 06 February 2021

Designated by: U.N.O.

First Observed in: 2013

Theme: No Time for Global Inaction, Unite, Fund, and Act to End Female Genital Mutilation

Safer Internet Day: 09 February 2021

Designated by: European Union

Theme: Together for a better internet

First Observed in: 2004

World Pulses Day: 10 February 2021

Designated by: U.N.O.

First Observed in: 2020

Theme: Nutritious Seeds for a Sustainable Future

International Day of Women and Girls in Science: 11 February 2021

Designated by: U.N.O.

First Observed in: 2016

Theme: Women scientists at the forefront of fight against COVID-19

World Radio Day: 13 February 2021

Designated by: UNESCO

Theme: New World New Radio

First Observed in: 2013

World Day of Social Justice: 20 February 2021

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2008

International Mother Language Day: 21 February 2021

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society

First Observed in: 2008

Rare Disease Day: 29 February 2021 (Last day of February)

Designated by: European Organisation for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS)

Theme: Rare is many. Rare is strong. Rare is proud!

First Observed in: 2008


Dada Saheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2021

Best Actor (Female) - Deepika Padukone, Chhapaak

Best Actor (Male) - Akshay Kumar, Laxmii

Critic's Best Actress - Kiara Advani, Guilty

Critic’s Best Actor - Sushant Singh Rajput

Best Film - Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior

Best International Feature Film - Parasite

Most Versatile Actor - Kay Kay Menon

Best Director - Anurag Basu, Ludo

Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Vikrant Massey, Chhapaak

Best Actress in Supporting Role - Radhika Madan

Best Actor in Comic Role - Kunal Kemmu, Lootcase


Australian Open 2021

TitleWinnerRunner-up
Men's SinglesNovak Djokovic (Serbia)Daniil Medvedev (Russia)
Women's SinglesNaomi Osaka (Japan)Jennifer Brady (USA)
Men's DoublesIvan Dodig (Croatia) and Filip Polasek (Slovakia)Rajeev Ram (USA) and Joe Salisbury (UK)
Women's DoublesElise Mertens (Belgium) and Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic)
Women's Doubles Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic) and Rajeev Ram (USA)Samantha Stosur and Matthew Ebden (Australia)




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