1. 21 February as International Mother Language Day
On 21 February, International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is a global annual observation held.
- The day is celebrated to raise awareness about cultural diversity and linguistic and to promote multilingualism.
- The day was announced in November 1999 by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
- The idea of feasting International Mother Language Day was an action of Bangladesh. 21 February is the anniversary of the day In Bangladesh when Bangladeshis fought for recognition for the Bangla language.
2. 20 February as World Day on Social Justice
World Day of Social Justice is an international day commemorated on 20 February every year.
- The theme 2020 was “Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice”
- The day acknowledges the need to promote social justice, which covers efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, gender equality, exclusion, human rights, unemployment, and social protections.
- On this day, several organizations including the United Nations, the American Library Association (ALA) and the International Labor Organization make a declaration on the need for social justice for the people.
- The purpose of keeping this day is to emphasize the idea of working towards a better society by promoting social justice.
3. On 20 February, Arunachal Pradesh observed 34th Statehood Day
Arunachal Pradesh has observed its 34th Statehood Day on 20 February.
- Arunachal Pradesh attained statehood on 20 February 1987. Earlier, it was a union territory from 20 January 1972.
- Home Minister Amit Shah will launch several projects on the occasion.
- He will inaugurate the Zoram-Kolariang Road constructed by the BRO, inaugurate the Arunachal Pradesh Industrial and Investment Policy, 2020, lay the foundation stone of the new state police headquarters and other projects.
4. On 19 February, Nepal celebrated 70th National Democracy Day
Nepal has observed its 70th National Democracy Day this year on 19 February.
- A special ceremony to mark the occasion was held at the Nepal Army Pavilion Tudikhel in Kathmandu.
- Falgun 7 of the Nepali calendar is memorialized every year as the National Democracy Day in Nepal.
- Bikram Sambat democracy was established in the Himalayan nation ending over a century old autocratic Rana regime on this day in 2007.
5. India overhauls UK & France to become 5th largest world economy
According to a report by the US-based think tank World Population Review, India has emerged as the fifth largest world economy in 2019, surpassing the UK and France.
- India’s economy is the fifth-largest in the world, with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $ 2.94 trillion, surpassing the UK and France in 2019 to reach the fifth position.
- The size of France is $2.71 trillion and that of the UK economy is $2.83 trillion.
- India’s service sector is the fastest-growing sector in the world with 60 percent economy and 28 percent employment.
6. For the Future Index 2019, India takes five ranks to 35th in Worldwide Education
According to a report published by The Economist Intelligence Unit, India lists 35th in the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI) 2019 in which Finland was at the top of the index followed by Sweden.
- The country has placed 40th with an overall score of 41.2 across categories in 2018.
- The index evaluates countries based on their talents to equip students with skills-based learning.
7. Rajasthan CM presented the state budget for 2020-21
In the Rajasthan state assembly, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has displayed the state budget for the financial year 2020-21.
- The government has determined 7 Sankalp of the government, which includes child and old age persons, the prosperity of Farmers and youth, Nirogi Rajasthan, welfare of women, education for all.
- Mr. Gahlot declared that 100 cr ‘Nehru Baal Sanrakshan Kosh’ to be placed to prevent child labor and trafficking in which the highest 39 thousand 500 hundred crores have been intended for the education department.
- Raj CM announced 3 cr. rupees cash reward for gold medalist 2 crores for silver medalist and 1 cr for bronze medalist in commonwealth games.
8. Tripura Tea Board organized the ‘Run for India Tea’ event
To promote and popularise Tripura tea alongside India tea in Tripura, the Tea Board of India in collaboration with Tripura Tea Development Corporation (TTDC) has composed “Run for India Tea” morning.
- A large number of tea workers along with students wearing traditional dresses have participated in the tableau procession.
- The corporation is serving tirelessly to promote the tea industry in the state.
9. P V Sindhu achieved third successive ESPN’s Female Sportsperson of the Year award
World champion shuttler PV Sindhu, who has also been selected as the Moment of the Year, has won ESPN’s Women’s Sportsperson of the Year for the third time in a row, while young shooter Saurabh Chaudhary won the men’s category.
- For being inspirational both on and off the field, Sprinter Dutee Chand has become the first winner of the Courage Award.
- Ace chess player Koneru Humpy got the award for the Comeback of the Year.
- Wrestler Deepak Punia has seized coveted ESPN’s Emerging Sports Person of the Year award and Chief National Badminton Coach Pullela Gopichand bagged the Coach of the Year award.
10. Divya Kakran gets a gold medal at Asian Wrestling Championships
Divya Kakran has become only the second Indian woman to get a gold medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships beating junior world champion Naruha Matsuyuki in New Delhi.
- Divya acquired all four bouts in the five-wrestler 68-kilogram category, as the competition was contested in the round-robin format.
- Navjot Kaur became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Asian Championship in 2018 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in 65 kg.