Latests Current Affairs 18th February 2020

DG IDSA says India’s Neighbourhood First Policy focuses on cooperation and peaceful coexistence: Director General of Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA), Ambassador Sujan R Chinoy has said that India’s Neighbourhood First Policy is focused on cooperation based on needs and requirements of neighbouring countries.

Jamia & New Friends Colony violence case: Sharjeel Imam named as an instigator: Sharjeel Imam named as an instigator in chargesheet filed by Delhi Police in Jamia and New Friends Colony violence case; Delhi Police also mentions Popular Front of India and says, its role is also being examined.

External Affairs Ministry issues fresh Travel Advisory for Iraq: External Affairs Ministry issues fresh Travel Advisory due to escalation of tensions in Iraq; MEA cautions Indian nationals to avoid all non-essential travel to and within Iraq especially in five Provinces; assures Embassy in Baghdad and Consulate in Erbil will continue to function normally to provide all services.

Locust Attack: Central team in Rajasthan to assess damage to crops: A central team is visiting locust-affected areas of Rajasthan to take stock of the damage to crops due to the locust attack.

Delhi’s IGI Airport becomes first single-use plastic-free airport of India: The GMR-led Delhi International Airport Ltd has said that Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has become free of single-use plastic usage.

Bangladesh to sign Free Trade Agreement with Nepal: Bangladesh and Nepal have agreed to sign a Free Trade Agreement to enhance trade between the two countries; Announcing this after meeting the visiting Foreign Minister of Nepal Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on Monday, Commerce Minister of Bangladesh Tipu Munshi said that a committee will be formed to work out the modalities of the agreement.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Death toll crosses 1800 in China: Death toll due to Coronavirus crosses 1,800 in China;  Japan to start trials using HIV treatment for coronavirus; In India, over 300 released out of 406 persons who were brought from Wuhan and kept in quarantine at ITBP facility near Delhi.

Iran to vote in 11th Parliamentary Elections on February 21: Ahead of this week’s Parliamentary Election in Iran, locals are weary of campaign promises; They are focusing more on bread-and-butter issues after seeing their purchasing power reduced due to high inflation; They also face an election with little choice.

FATF says terrorist groups continue to benefit from funds through illegal activities: The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has said that several terrorist groups continue to benefit from funds raised through illegal activities and from supporters worldwide despite the international terror financing watchdog tightening the standards on the flow of money.

BCCI announces schedule for IPL 2020; to begin on March 29: BCCI has announced the schedule for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League on Tuesday.

Messi, Hamilton share Laureus World Sportsman of Year honour; Biles gets third award: British F1 ace Lewis Hamilton and Lionel Messi, arguably the world’s greatest footballer, were declared the joint winners of the prestigious Laureus World Sportsman of the year award in Berlin.

Legendary Tendulkar receives best Laureus sporting moment: Batting great Sachin Tendulkar being carried on the shoulders of his teammates after India’s World Cup triumph at home in 2011 was voted the Laureus best sporting moment in the last 20 years.

Asian Wrestling Championship begins in New Delhi: Asian Wrestling Championship begins in New Delhi from Tuesday.

70th Berlin International Film Festival: Indian Delegation to promote Ease of Filming in India: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is participating at the ‘70th Berlin International Film Festival’. The festival will be held from 20th February to 1st March 2020 in Berlin, Germany. The film festival will also see an India Pavilion which will provide a platform to popularize Indian cinema in the overseas market and facilitate new business opportunities.

WHO warns against Novel Coronavirus ‘blanket measures’: The World Health Organization has warned against “blanket measures” over the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, pointing out the epidemic outside of China was only affecting a “tiny” proportion of the population.

Jeff Bezos launches $10 billion fund to combat Climate Change: Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon and the world’s richest man, has said he was committing $10 billion to a new fund to tackle climate change.

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