16-17 February 2020 Current Affairs

RBI | Financial Year | Arvind Kejriwal | UN Biodiversity Summit | Kashi-Mahakaal Express |

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1) The Reserve Bank of India's central board, in its meeting held on 15 February 2020, decided to change the bank's financial year to April-March. The central bank was following which term for financial year till now? – July to June (The RBI has followed a July-June financial year since 1940, when it moved away from a January-December year. RBI will start following April-March financial year after a nine-month year ending 31 March 2021)

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2) Arvind Kejriwal, AAP senior leader and national convener, was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Delhi on 16 February 2020. This is his …………which continuous term as Delhi CM – Third (Arvind Kejriwal took the post of Chief Minister of for the third time continuously on 16 February 2020. His Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) bagged 62 out of the 70 assembly seats in the recent concluded Delhi polls in which BJP managed only eight and the Congress drew a blank. Kejriwal’s first term as CM was from 28 December 2013 to 14 February 2014 while his second term was from 14 February 2015 till 16 February 2020)

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3) The first-ever UN Biodiversity Summit started from 17 February 2020 at which place in India? – Gandhinagar (The first edition of the United Nations Biodiversity Summit started at Gujarat capital Gandhinagar from 17 February 2020. The summit brought together more than 1,200 delegates from over 110 countries to deliberate on the alarming decline of migratory species. The Summit will conclude on 22 February 2020. The agenda of the talks include new proposals to mitigate effects of infrastructure on migratory mammals and joining the Gobi bear, the only bear living in the desert, the Persian leopard and the urial, a wild sheep, in the Central Asian mammal species for their protection)

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4) What is the name of country’s first corporate overnight train comprising of AC sleeper coaches that was flagged-off on 16 February 2020? – Kashi-Mahakaal Express (Kashi-Mahakaal Express is the name of the Indian Railways’ first corporate overnight train and was flagged-off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 16 February 2020. It is overall the third corporate train of the country and is also operated by IRCTC like the other two trains. This train will run three days a week between Varanasi and Indore (via Ujjain) and links three jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva – Kashi Vishwanath, Mahakaal and Omkareshwar. Kashi-Mahakaal Express comprises of all AC 3-tier bogies and offers many modern facilities as well as wholesome food)  

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5) The first death from COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outside Asia was reported on 15 February 2020 from which country? – France (A Chinese tourist died in France on 15 February 2020 after contracting coronavirus. This was the first fatality from COVID-19 outside Asia. The victim was an 80-year-old person from China's Hubei province, according to French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn)

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