18 February 2020 Current Affairs

Kerala CM launches "Yodhavu" mobile app to combat drug menace


Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched "Yodhav" (Warrior) mobile app (application at Kochi, Kerala.

Through this app, the public can inform police about drug abuse and its distribution.

A special feature of the application, introduced by the Kochi city police, was that the informer's identity could be kept secret.


Vinay Dube becomes GoAir new CEO


GoAir has appointed Vinay Dube, as its new chief executive officer.

He will be responsible for the management of the airline and also for meeting the goals and long term growth objectives of the company.

The budget airline did not have a CEO since the departure of Cornelis Vrieswijk in march last year.


India signs USD 450 million loan agreement with World Bank  


The Government of India has signed USD 450 million loan agreement with World Bank.

The loan agreement of USD 450 million aims to support the national programme "Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY): National Groundwater Management Improvement Programme".

It will help the Union Government to curb the country's depleting groundwater levels along with strengthening of groundwater institutions.


20th Laureus Awards 2020 announced in Berlin


Laureus World Sports Awards 2020 was held in Berlin, Germany.

It was the 2nd Laureus World Sports Awards to take place in Berlin, following the 2016 ceremony which took place at the Messe Berlin.

The event was hosted by American actress Sharon Vonne Stone.

This is the 20th anniversary of the prestigious Laureus Award which celebrates the best in the world of sport.


Moody's cut India's 2020 GDP growth forecast to 5.4%


Moody's Investors Service has slashed India's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth forecast to 5.4% from 6.6% and the next financial year (2020-21) growth rate estimate to 5.8% from 6.7%.

According to Moody's due to the spread of novel coronavirus outbreak in China worldide growth will be affected and hence India's economic growth recovery will be slow.


Hindi is the 3rd most spoken language in the world


The 22nd edition of the world language database Ethnologue stated Hindi, as the 3rd most spoken language of the world in 2019 with 615 million speakers.

English language was at the top of the list with 1,132 million speakers and Mandarin Chinese was at the 2nd position with 1,117 million speakers.

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