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Union HRD Minister and Union Health Minister jointly release curriculum for School Health Ambassador Initiative under Ayushman BharatOn February 12, 2020, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank”, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan jointly released curriculum for School Health Ambassador Initiative under Ayushman Bharat’s School Health Programme (SHP)during an occasion  in New Delhi. The objective behind this is to increase knowledge along with promoting consciousness about good health among students or children.
What is curriculum for School Health Ambassador?

As per the newly released curriculum teachers will act as “Health and Wellness Ambassadors” and will disseminate various key information by organising culturally sensitive activity based sessions for one hour per week for 24 weeks in a year to promote joyful learning. These ambassadors will be supported by class monitors as “Health and Wellness Messengers”. The first phase will launch in all the public upper primary, secondary and senior secondary schools of aspirational districts. Then, remaining districts will be taken up in the second year.

  • Ministry of Human Resource & Development and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) along with National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has developed curriculum framework and training material for training of nodal teachers, in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG- 3; Good health & Well-being)….Click here to Read More

India bans E-Cigarettes on Flights and Airports
On January 10,2020, Aviation security regulator the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has issued a circular that Electronic-Cigarettes and all forms of Electronic Nicotine Delivery System(ENDS) will not be allowed in both domestic and International flights as well as at airports and the order, issued with the approval of DG (director general) BCAS, Rakesh Asthana, is valid from the date of issuance.
Key points:
i.Under the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Act which is passed in December 2019, the government imposed ban on Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement of E-cigarettes and other ENDS devices which heats the Nicotine flavor, Except the products got licensed under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940.
ii.The circular also announced that the offenders will be sentenced into prison upto one year and also a fine of Rs. 1 lakh. In case of repeat offenders, jail term is increased to 3 years with Rs. 5 lakhs fine.
About Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS):
Headquarters- New Delhi
Founded- 1976

MP CM Inaugurates National Water Conference at Bhopal
On February 11,2020, The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shri Kamal Nath has inaugurated the National water conference at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The conference is being held to finalize the guidelines of “Right to Water Act” or “Water Rights Act” and also discussed the water crisis in the state and also making the state a water-rich state.
Key points:
i.Madhya Pradesh government has announced that it will implement the Right to water act soon, then it will be First state in the country to implement such an act.
ii.The conference held with four sessions are Importance of Traditional water bodies structure, right to water-role of multi stakeholders approach, MP river rejuvenation campaign and last session is about open discussion.
iii.State water resources Minister Shri Sukhdev Panse and Jal Purush or “waterman of India” Rajendra Singh were also present in the conference.

Cabinet approval on February 12, 2020
On February 12, 2020, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the following approvals:
Cabinet approves to infuse Rs 2500 crore as capital in OICL, NICL and UIICL
Cabinet has given it’s in principle approval for capital infusion for three Public Sector General Insurance Companies (PSGICs), namely, Oriental Insurance Company Limited (OICL), National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) and United India Insurance Company Limited (UIICL). In this regard, Rs 2500 crore will be released reflecting critical financial position of these 3 PSGICs.
Cabinet nod to changes in Vivad se Vishwas Bill to reduce tax litigations
The Union Cabinet approved changes in the ‘Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Bill, 2020’ with the aim of reducing litigations related to direct taxes pending in various debt recovery tribunals (DRTs) involving over Rs 9.32 lakh crore . The bill introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Union Budget 2020 proposed to cover tax disputes pending at the level of commissioner (appeals), Income Tax Appellate Tribunals (ITAT), high courts and the Supreme Court.
Cabinet gave approval Pesticide Management Bill, 2020 and Major Ports Authority Bill, 2020
The cabinet has approved Pesticide Management Bill, 2020 to benefit farmers and Major Ports Authority Bill, 2020 to resolve disputes related to sea ports. Now, both bills will be introduced in Parliament during the upcoming second phase of the Budget session beginning on March 2….Click here to Read More

Overview of Cabinet approval with foreign countries on February 12, 2020
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs(CCEA) chaired by the Prime Minister(PM) Shri Narendra Modi approved the following pacts/agreements with the foreign countries on February 12, 2020. The approval in detail are as follows,

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Iceland in the field of sustainable fisheries development.

The Union Cabinet gave its nod for signing and ratification of the protocol to amend the DTAA (Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement) between India & Sri Lanka for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of financial evasion in relation to taxes on income….Click here to Read More

Highlights of Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa visit to India from Feb 7-11, 2020
Sri Lankan Prime Minister (PM) Percy Mahendra Rajapaksa (commonly known as Mahinda Rajapaksa) paid a 5-day visit to India from February 7-11, 2020 to boost bilateral partnership .This is his 1st official visit abroad after being appointed to the office by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, his younger brother.

  • Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi held delegation-level talks with his Sri Lanka counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa & they discussed about increasing our people-to-people connectivity, encourage tourism, and improving connectivity.
  • Both the sides of India & Sri Lanka have agreed to deepen cooperation to combat terrorism ,boost trade and investment ties.
  • Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (UP) and offered prayers at the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple.
  • Also Rajapaksa offered prayers at the famous Lord Venkateswara temple at nearby Tirumala , Andhra Pradesh (AP).….Click here to Read More


43rd Governing council meet of IFAD 2020 held in Rome, ItalyA 2-day long 43rd session of the annual Governing Council meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 2020 based on the theme “Investing in sustainable food systems to end hunger by 2030” was held at FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) headquarters in Rome, Italy from February 11- 12, 2020.
Key Points:

i.The event,opened by President of the Republic of Mali , Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, witnessed interactive sessions on how IFAD’s role and experience in supporting sustainable, inclusive, nutritious and efficient food systems place it in a unique position to contribute to eliminate hunger.
ii.It was also announced at the meet that the UN (United Nations) will not be able to achieve the target of Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 due to the lack of funds & it will be achieved only by 2040 with an annual investment of more than $115 billion.
About International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):
– Rome, Italy
Founded– December 1977
President– Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo


Induslnd Bank records highest growth in brand value among Top 500 Banking Brands 2020
As per the The Banker’s ‘Top 500 Banking Brands 2020’ report, India’s IndusInd Bank has topped the list of ‘Highest increase in brand value’ among global banks.
It’s brand value saw an increase of 122% over the past 12 months. The bank reported total assets of Rs 3.1 lakh crore at the end of Q3 FY20.
As a part of the report, the list “Top 50 By Total Brand Value by Country” has been topped by China, followed by United States (US) at 2nd position while Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) ranked at 3rd and 4th spots. Japan has moved up to fifth spot.

  • India ranked 8th in this list in comparison to 10th place in 2019. India’s brand value is 26,516 $m in 2020 showing an increase of 13% in comparison to 23,409 $m in 2019….Click here to Read More


EIU lowers Global Growth Forecast 2020 to 2.2% from 2.3%
On February 12, 2020, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has revised its Global growth forecast for the year 2020 to 2.2 percent from the previous 2.3 percent, and is because of the Impact in Global market created by Novel coronavirus outbreak in China and also the virus starts spreading globally to put barrier for this, the Chinese Authorities are taking unexpected measures like isolating the infected cites, which is likely to have consequences on global economy announced by EIU in a report.
Key points:
i.EIU also revised China’s growth downwards by lowering the real GDP (Gross Domestic Product) forecast for China in 2020 to 5.4 percent from 5.9 percent earlier, further in report EIU assumed that the spread of the virus will be under control by March-end.
ii.EIU also estimated the GDP growth for India to 6.1 percent for 2020 from 4.9 percent estimated for the year 2019, Low interest rate in India will increase the demand and Investment in 2020 and also the coronavirus does not spread in India are the reasons for the upward GDP growth.
About Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU):
Headquarters- London, England
Founded- 1946
Managing Director (MD)- Robin Bew
About People’s Republic of China:
Capital- Beijing
Currency- Renminbi
President- Xi Jinping

Retail inflation rises to 7.59% in January 2020; industrial output declines 0.3% in December 2019: NSO data
On February 13, 2020, According to the data released by the National Statistical Organisation (NSO) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), Retail inflation rose to a 68-month high of  7.59 % in January 2020 as against 7.35% in December 2019 due to prices of food items such as vegetables, eggs, meat and fish, along with fuel became costlier.
On the other hand, Index of industrial production (IIP) can also be seen falling, with industrial production slipping 0.3 % in December 2019 as compared to 2.5 % growth in the same month a year ago.
i.Inflation:The retail inflation based on the consumer price index (CPI) stood at 7.35 percent in December 2019. In the month of January 2019 , it was 1.97 %.
The overall food inflation was 13.63 % in January 2020 as compared to a decrease of 2.24 % in January 2019 a year ago. However, it has come down to 14.19 % as of December 2019.
ii.Manufacturing sector :As per the data, the manufacturing sector declined by 1.2% in December 2019 as compared to a growth of 2.9 % in December 2018. The manufacturing sector declined in December as compared to November 2019, where it saw growth of 2.7 %….Click here to Read More

Facebook launched digital literacy training to 1 lakh women in 7 Indian states
On February 11, 2020 Facebook launched “We Think Digital” Programme to provide digital literacy training to 1 lakh women across 7 states, including Uttar Pradesh (UP),West Bengal & Bihar.
It has been launched in partnership with National Commission for Women (NCW) and Cyber Peace Foundation.
Key Points:
i.The training program aims to equip women with skills & provide equal access to economic opportunities, education & social connection through the internet.
ii.The programme will start in the state of Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow) and expand to other states including Assam (Dispur), West Bengal (Kolkata),Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), Gujarat (Gandhinagar), Jharkhand (Ranchi) & Bihar (Patna).
iii.We Think Digital, Facebook’s global digital literacy programme, was announced in 2019 during the 2nd edition of South Asia Safety Summit.
About Facebook:
Founded- February 4, 2004.
Headquarters- Menlo Park, California, United States (US).
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)- Mark Zuckerberg.


Arvind Kejriwal will sworn as Delhi CM for 3rd time on Feb. 16, 2020Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) party leader Shri Arvind Kejriwal, 51 years old, to be sworn as Chief Minister (CM) of New Delhi on February 16, 2020 at Ramlila Maidan, Delhi, with his cabinet members. He was CM of Delhi for consecutively 3 times during the period of 2013, 2015 and 2020.
The party sent a letter to the Lieutenant Governor Shri Anil Baijal staking claim to form the government.
Key Points:
i.The AAP won 62 of the 70 seats in the  2020 Assembly election & in 2015, it had won 67 seats.
ii.About Arvind Kejriwal: Kejriwal was a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharapur, West Bengal. He had worked in the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) as a Joint Commissioner of Income Tax in New Delhi.
iii.Kejriwal also led anti-corruption agitation in 2011 along with Anna Hazare (Indian social activist).
About Delhi:
Districts- 11.
Lieutenant Governor- Shri Anil Baijal.

Former India all-rounder Robin Singh appointed as UAE’s Director of CricketOn February 12, 2020 Former India all-rounder Robindra Ramnarine Singh, 56 years old, appointed Director of Cricket of the UAE(United Arab Emirates). He was appointed by Emirates Cricket Board after the dismissal of head coach Douglas Robert Brown.
Key Points:

i.Robin Singh represented India for 1 test and 136 ODIs (One Day International) between 1989 & 2001.
ii.He was associated with the (IPL) Indian Premier League’s of Mumbai Indians franchise, Caribbean Premier League’s Barbados Tridents since 2013 & T10 franchises in the T10 league.
iii.Singh, who was born in Princes Town, Trinidad, South America, has also conducted coaching clinics in the UAE.
iv.Singh scored 2236 runs in ODIs at an average of 25.95 and a best of 100.
About United Arab Emirates (UAE):
Capital- Abu Dhabi.
Currency- UAE dirham.
President- Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Prime Minister (PM)- Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

AICF elects Ajay patel as its new president, Bharat singh as secretary
On February 12, 2020, Ajay H. Patel was elected unopposed as the President of All-India Chess Federation (AICF) byJustice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, returning officer for the AICF & former Supreme Court (SC) judge.
Other persons who were elected unopposed to AICF are Bharat Singh Chauhan as the Secretary, Naresh Sharma as Treasurer, M. Arun Singh as Joint Secretary and Vipnesh Bharadwaj as Vice President.
Key Points:
i.Patel will succeed P R Venketrama Raja as the new president.
ii.The AICF has been divided into 2 parts – one is led by P R Venketrama Raja, the former president and one headed by Chauhan & those people elected belong to the Chauhan faction.
About All India Chess Federation (AICF):
Founded– 1951
Headquarters– Chennai, Tamil Nadu


BARC’s Bhabha Kavach inducted in CISF
During a ceremony held at CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) UNIT, BARC Camp, Trombay in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Dr. Ajit Kumar Mohanty, Director BARC handed over 55 Bhabha Kavach bullet proof jackets to Rajesh Ranjan, Director General, CISF.
About Bhabha Kavach
i.Developed by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), it is India’s lightest level III plus bullet proof jacket (6.8 kgs nominal weight) based on indigenous hot pressed boron carbide and carbon nanotube technologies.
ii.It has qualified all the ballistic tests required as per the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the new Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
iii.It can stop 7.62 x 39 mm hard steel core bullets fired from AK 47 rifles, 5.56 x 45mm Ball MK M bullets of Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) rifles and Self Load Rifles (SLR)/Bolt action rifles with a back face signature of less than 15 mm.
iv.It has also received approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs for induction into all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs).
About Bhabha Atomic Research Centre:
Founder– Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha
Director – Dr. Ajit Kumar Mohanty
Establishment– January 1954 as Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay (AEET). After the demise of Bhabha in 1966, AEET was renamed as BARC.
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra


ICC Men’s test rankings 2020: Kohli continues at No.1, Babar azam moves up two places to 5th
As per the ICC (International Cricket Council) Men’s test ranking 2020 released on 11th February 2020, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has retained his top position with 928 points in the list of batsmen.
At the same time, Pakistan batsman Babar Azam, who scored a century in the first Test match against Bangladesh, has jumped two places to 5th in test batting rankings with 800 points.
i.Cheteshwar Pujara has dropped one place to 7th position from 6th . At the same time, David Warner (Australia) has come in 6th place. Ajinkya Rahane remains in the top 10 and holds the 9th position.
Here’s the list of top3 & Indian players in ICC test ranking 2020:

1Virat Kohli ( India)Patrick James Cummins (Australia)Jason Omar Holder (West Indies)
2Steven Peter Devereux Smith (Australia)Neil Wagner (South African-born New Zealand cricketer)Ben Stokes (England)
3Marnus Labuschagne (Australia)Jason Omar Holder (West Indies)Ravindrasinh Anirudhsinh Jadeja(India)
Mohammad Babar Azam (Pakistan)-5th
Rank of Indian players
Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara-7th

Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane-9th

Jasprit Jasbirsingh Bumrah-6th

Ravichandran Ashwin -8th   Mohammed Shami Ahmed -9th

Ravichandran Ashwin-4th

About ICC (International Cricket Council):
– 15 June 1909
Headquarters– Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Chairman– Shashank Manohar
CEO– Manu Sawhney

54th All India Bombay Gold cup hockey championship 2020 in Mumbai, Maharashtra: Indian navy wins the title
Indian Navy, Mumbai (Maharashtra) has defeated South Central Railway (SCR), Secunderabad (Telangana) to win the 54th All India Bombay Gold Cup Hockey Tournament title for the 1st time with 4-1 scores in the final played at Mahindra Hockey Stadium, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Key Points:
i.The tournament was organised by Mumbai Hockey Association Limited(MHAL).
Ajinkya Jadhav ‘s hat-trick saw the Indian Navy to win the title.


Padma Shri awardee & Fashion designer Wendell Rodricks passed away at 59On February 13, 2020 Famous Indian Fashion designer Wendell Rodricks, 59 years old, passed away at Colvale, Goa. He was born on 28th May 1960 in Goa.
Key Points:

i.Awards: Wendell Rodricks was awarded with Padma Shri in 2014 and also Chevalier de L’ordre des Arts et lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2015.
ii.He had also authored books namely: “Moda Goa- History & Style”, “The Green room”, “Poskem: Goans in the shadows”.
iii.He was in the process of setting up a museum “Moda Goa Museum and Research Center” (museum dedicated to the history of goan costumes).


A book “Messages from Messengers” by Priti K Shroff launchedOn February 12, 2020 “Messages from Messengers” book written by Priti K Shroff was launched in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The book deals with Indian culture and tradition and is suitable for everyone in all stages of life, as a tool for self-guidance.
Key Points:

i.MD (Managing Director) and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of the Bombay stock exchange, Ashish Chauhan was the chief guest of the function.
ii.Panelists Kiren Shrivastav {Founder Fempowerment, Chairperson CFPB [Council for Fair Business Practices] Consumer Film Festival and CEO of Molecule Communications}, Mickey Mehta (Global holistic health guru and Health wizard), Sohrab Ardeshir (Actor and spiritualist practicing mediumship for 20 years), Sanober Pardiwalla (Stunt woman and medium), Parmita Shroff, yoga teacher and Kamlesh Shroff, Chairman of ANMI (Association of National Exchanges Members of India) were present in the occasion.

Haryana CM released book titled “A Commentary and Digest on The Air, Act 1981” Haryana Chief Minister (CM), Manohar Lal Khattar, released a book titled “A Commentary & Digest on The Air, Act 1981” at Chandigarh, Haryana. The book was written by Dr K K Khandelwal (Chairman, Haryana Real Estate Regulatory Authority, HRERA) and Apoorva Kumar Singh, (Principal Secretary, Town & Country Planning & Urban Estates Department) and was published by The Bright Law House.
Key Points:

i.The book focuses on ways of preventing and controlling air pollution.
ii.The book will enhance the readers to create awareness on air pollution in the society and provides an elaborate explanation on law devised to prevent air pollution.


World Radio Day (WRD) celebrated on February 13, 2020On February 13, 2020, World Radio Day (WRD) is celebrated all over the world with the theme “Radio and Diversity”. The day aims to highlights the unique power of radio which connects lives and brings people together from across the world.
Key Points:

i.The UNESCO(United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) proposed the observation of World Radio Day. Later, UN General Assembly, adopted a resolution to make 13 February as World Radio Day marking the day on which United Nations Radio was established in 1946.
ii.In the year 1924,  Radio was 1st  introduced to India by Madras Presidency Club, which worked on radio broadcasting for 3 years, but due to financial constraints, the club closed it in 1927.
About United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):
Formation– 4 November 1946
Director-General- Audrey Azoulay
Headquarters- Paris, France

National Women’s day observed on February 13, 2020To commemorate the birth anniversary of independence activist, Sarojini Naidu (also named Nightingale of India), every year India observes February 13 as it’s National Women’s day. She was born in 13 February 1879 in Hyderabad British India (now in Telangana, India). It should be noted that the International Women’s Day is observed on 8th March annually.
About Sarojini Naidu:

i.In 1925 Sarojini Naidu became the president of the Indian National Congress.
ii.She was one of the forefront leaders who led the Civil Disobedience Movement and the Quit India Movement.
iii.She served as the 1st Governor of United Provinces from 15 August 1947 – 2 March 1949.
iv.Anti-imperialistic, Universal Suffragist, Women rights activist she paved the path for women’s movements in India.

Safer Internet Day 2020 was observed on February 11, 2020Safer Internet Day was observed on Feb. 11, 2020. The day is observed every year on the 2nd day of the 2nd week of february with an aim to provide safer & better internet, without getting their data leaked. The day was first initiated in Europe in 2004 as part of the EU SafeBorders Project.
“Together for better Internet”.
Key Points:
i.Safer Internet day was organized by the Insafe/INHOPE (International Hotline Operators of Europe) network of awareness centers, that is spread across 30 countries and is funded by the Connecting Europe Facility Program (CEF) of the EU (European Union).
ii.On this occasion, Google allows the user to perform a security check to make sure that the Google account is safe. The password checkup feature helps users to test whether the password is strong or weak on various parameters.
iii.Google launches internet safety campaign named #PehleSafety to create awareness around internet safety and reiterate its efforts to protect netizens.


Puducherry becomes 1st UT to pass resolution against CAA, NRC, NPR in Assembly
On February 12, 2020,The Puducherry Legislative Assembly has passed a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR).
Chief Minister (CM) of the Union Territory Puducherry,Velu Narayanasamy moved the resolution & demanded the withdrawal of these legislations from the Central Government. Assembly Speaker VP Sivakolundhu said that the proposal has been unanimously accepted.
With this, it has become the first Union Territory (UT) to pass a resolution against the CAA.
Key Points:
i.Earlier, the Legislative Assembly of Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, West Bengal, and Madhya Pradesh had passed a resolution against the CAA.
ii.Protests have been taking place nationwide since the passage of the CAA by Parliament in December 2019. It started in Northeast India. Specifically, large-scale protests took place in Assam.
iii.National Register of Citizens exercise to identify undocumented immigrants was carried out in Assam 2019 that excluded 19 lakh people.
The full details of CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) is given in the link below,
About Puducherry:
– 1 November 1954
Lieutenant Governor– Kiran Bedi
Bird– Koel
Flower– Cannonball tree flower
Tree– Bael fruit tree

“Operation Nakail” for Auto-rickshaws in Ghaziabad to bear unique number aim to curb crime
On February 07,2020, The Senior Superintendent of Police Kalanidhi Naithani has announced that the Ghaziabad police station in Uttar Pradesh has launched “Operation Nakail” under which all auto-rickshaw drivers are allotted with a unique 4-digit number and all the drivers should paint the number on front, left, right and rear side of the auto-rickshaw which is used identify/verify the driver later. Customers can file complaints using the number if they face any harassment.
About Uttar Pradesh(UP):
Capital- Lucknow
Governor- Anandiben Patel
Airports- Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport.

UP Govt. Inks MoU With eGov Foundation for State-wide Implementation of Municipal Financial Accounting Platform
On February 12, 2020 A Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) was signed between the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government and eGov foundation, Bengaluru, Karnataka, to implement the municipal financial accounting  system.
The MoU was signed by Sanjay Kumar Singh Yadav, Special Secretary, Urban Development, Govt. of UP and Viraj Tyagi, CEO (Chief Executive Officer), e-Gov foundation.
Key Points:
i.The municipal accounting reforms covers 652 ULBs (Urban Local Bodies) of UP.
ii.The main aim is to digitize the accounting operations & efficient interactions between citizens and city administration for the transparency in the system.
iii.eGov foundation will provide the accrual-based double-entry financial accounting application of DIGIT- India’s largest open source platform for urban governance.
iv.DIGIT (Digital Infrastructure for Governance, Impact & Transformation) financial accounting system, consists of expenditure & revenue management, income-expenditure tracking, financial ratios, bank reconciliation etc.,
v.The Urban sector of the UP govt., entered into a collaboration with eGov foundation on January 31, 2020 to reform the urban sector.
About Uttar Pradesh:
Capital- Lucknow.
Chief Minister(CM)- Yogi Adityanath.
Governor- Anandiben Patel.

Current Affairs Headlines: 13 February 2020

  1. Union HRD Minister and Union Health Minister jointly release curriculum for School Health Ambassador Initiative under Ayushman Bharat
  2. India bans E-Cigarettes on Flights and Airports
  3. MP CM Inaugurates National Water Conference at Bhopal
  4. Cabinet approval on February 12, 2020
  5. Overview of Cabinet approval with foreign countries on February 12, 2020
  6. Highlights of Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa visit to India from Feb 7-11, 2020
  7. 43rd Governing council meet of IFAD 2020 held in Rome, Italy
  8. Induslnd Bank records highest growth in brand value among Top 500 Banking Brands 2020
  9. EIU lowers Global Growth Forecast 2020 to 2.2% from 2.3%
  10. Retail inflation rises to 7.59% in January 2020; industrial output declines 0.3% in December 2019: NSO data
  11. Facebook launched digital literacy training to 1 lakh women in 7 Indian states
  12. Arvind Kejriwal will sworn as Delhi CM for 3rd time on Feb. 16, 2020
  13. Former India all-rounder Robin Singh appointed as UAE’s Director of Cricket
  14. AICF elects Ajay patel as its new president, Bharat singh as secretary
  15. BARC’s Bhabha Kavach inducted in CISF
  16. Kohli continues at No.1, Babar azam moves up two places to 5th : ICC Men’s test rankings 2020
  17. 54th All India Bombay Gold cup hockey championship 2020 in Mumbai, Maharashtra: Indian navy wins the title
  18. Padma Shri awardee & Fashion designer Wendell Rodricks passed away at 59
  19. A book “Messages from Messengers” by Priti K Shroff launched
  20. Haryana CM released book titled “A Commentary and Digest on The Air, Act 1981”
  21. World Radio Day (WRD) celebrated on February 13, 2020
  22. National Women’s day observed on February 13, 2020
  23. Safer Internet Day 2020 was observed on February 11, 2020
  24. Puducherry becomes 1st UT to pass resolution against CAA, NRC, NPR in Assembly
  25. “Operation Nakail” for Auto-rickshaws in Ghaziabad to bear unique number aim to curb crime
  26. UP Govt. Inks MoU With eGov Foundation for State-wide Implementation of Municipal Financial Accounting Platform

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