1. Riek Machar was sworn in as first vice president in South Sudan
Rebel leader Riek Machar was sworn in as first vice president in South Sudan.
- The rebel leader grew up as the first vice president in a transition government that will serve for 36 months.
- President Salva Kiir said peace was now irreversible as the new unity government was formed after more than a year of delays and cheered the official ending of the war.
About South Sudan
- South Sudan Capital: Juba
- Currency: South Sudanese pound
2. 24 February as Central Excise Day
Every year on February 24, the Central Excise Day is celebrated across India.
- Central Excise Day is recognized in memory of the Central Excise and Salt Act, which came into force on 24 February 1944.
- The Central Excise and Customs Department has been set up to formulate and implement policies relating to tax payable and its collection by people across the country.
- CBIC is the nodal national agency responsible for the management of Customs, GST, Central Excise, Service Tax and Narcotics in India.
3. The US overtakes China to become India’s top trading partner
The United States has overtaken China to become India’s top trading partner.
According to data from the Ministry of Commerce, bilateral trade between the US and India stood at approximately $ 88 billion in the 2018-19 fiscal year.
- During the period, India’s trade was 87.1 billion dollars with China.
- America is one of the few countries with which India has a trade surplus.
- The data showed that China was India’s top trading partner from 2013-14 till 2017-18.
4. Rajalaxmi Deo named as Rowing Federation of India president
After the successful conclusion of the elections of RFI, Rajalaxmi Singh Deo was re-elected as the president of the Rowing Federation of India (RFI) which is the central body for the game of rowing in India.
- Rajpal Singh, G Bhasker, Souvik Ghose, and Sreekunara Kurup were named as vice-presidents.
- The winning candidates will stay at the post for four years till 2024.
5. Manoj Kumar complimented by London’s World Book of Records for contribution to Indian cinema
Veteran actor Manoj Kumar has been felicitated by the World Book of Records, London with the WBR Golden Era of Bollywood honour for being a legendary actor and for his contribution to Indian cinema.
- Manoj Kumar is known for acting in and directing films with patriotic themes.
- He was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1992.
- He has been conferred the 47th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2015.
6. Achanta Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran got silver at Hungarian Open
Indian men’s doubles pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Gnanasekaran Sathiyan confirmed a silver medal at the ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open.
- They lost the summit clash to German combination of Benedikt Duda and Patrick Franziska at Budapest 5-11, 9-11, 11-8, 9-11.
- The Indian pair had defeated top seeds Ho Kwan Kit and Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong 3-2 in the semi-finals.
- Sharath Kamal’s won bronze with Manika Batra in mixed doubles. It is his second medal from the prestigious tournament.
7. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir resigns but is asked remains as interim PM
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has declared his resignation but he was asked to stay on as interim leader by the country’s monarch.
- Mahathir also reportedly resigned from his own party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
- Mahathir’s decision came after a week of political wrangling when it was reported that his party was planning to form a new government, which would oust his expected successor, Anwar Ibrahim.
8. 21 of the world’s 30 cities with the worst air pollution are in India
Twenty-one of the world’s 30 cities is in India with the worst air pollution, according to data compiled in IQAir AirVisual’s 2019 World Air Quality Report, with six in the top ten.
- Ghaziabad is a satellite city of the capital New Delhi in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
- Ghaziabad is ranked as the world’s most polluted city, with an average air quality index (AQI) of 110.2 in 2019.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) found that dirty air kills about 7 million people every year, while the World Bank says it hurts the global economy by $ 5 trillion annually.
- Although national air pollution in India decreased by 20% from 2018 to 2019, with 98% of cities experienced different levels of improvement.