21-29 February 2020 Current Affairs

US-Taliban Agreement | Donald Trump | Hosni Mubarak | GDP Growth Rate | Malaysia PM |

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1) The United States signed an agreement with the Islamic orthodox and militant organisation Taliban on 29 February 2020 that sets the stage to end America’s longest war being fought in Afghanistan. This historic agreement was signed at which place? – Doha (The agreement to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan was signed between the US Government and the Taliban on 29 February 2020 at Doha (Qatar). American troops are in Afghanistan since September 2001 terror attacks on the country. The war cost $2 trillion and took the lives of more than 3,500 American and coalition troops and tens of thousands of Afghans)

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2) US President Donald Trump completed his 2-day official visit to India on 25 February 2020. He is overall the ………..American President to come on an official visit to India? – Seventh (Dwight D Eisenhower's state visit to India in 1959 was the first by a US President to the country. Richard Nixon visited in 1969, Jimmy Carter in 1978 and George W Bush in 2006. Bill Clinton's 5-day trip to India in 2000 was the longest by a US President. Barack Obama made two official visits - in 2010 and 2015 and is the only US President to visit India twice. Donald Trump thus became the seventh US President to come to India. He attended the grand “Namaste Trump” event at Ahmedabad’s Motera Stadium and also visited Taj Mahal at Agra with family members on 24 February 2020. He held bilateral talks with Indian PM Narendra Modi later. He left for US on 25 February 2020)

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3) Which country has surpassed China to become India's top trading partner during year 2018-19? – United States (The US has surpassed China to become India's top trading partner, according to Commerce Ministry of India data. In 2018-19, the bilateral trade between the US and India stood at $87.95 billion as compared to India's two-way commerce with China aggregated at $87.07 billion during the period. America is one of the few countries with which India has a trade surplus)

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4) Hosni Mubarak, who passed away on 25 February 2020, was a former ruler of which country? - Egypt (Hosni Mubarak was the President of Egypt from 1981 to 2011 and he ruled the country in autocratic country. Formerly he had commanded Egypt’s air force in his country’s war against Israel in 1973. Mubarak was ousted by the military in 2011. He was jailed after found being guilty of complicity in killing protesters during the Arab Spring but was freed in 2017. He passed away at the age of 91 on 25 February 2020)

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5) What is India's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth for the October-December 19 quarter, as was disclosed on 28 February 2020? – 4.7% (India's Gross Domestic Product growth for the October-December quarter came in at 4.7%. It was lower than the upwardly revised 5.1% in the previous quarter (July-September 19). The growth rate for the April-June 19 quarter was revised to 5.6% from 5%. The growth in GDP for 2019-20 is estimated at 5%, the lowest in 11 years, as compared to 6.1% in 2018-19)

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6) Who was appointed the new Prime Minister of Malaysia after Mahathir Mohamad resigned from the post? - Muhyiddin Yassin (Malaysia's King Abdullah on 29 February 2020 appointed former interior minister Muhyiddin Yassin as the country's new Prime Minister. Earlier 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad resigned from the post that plunged the country into crisis. Yassin took oath as country’s new Prime Minister on 1 March 2020)

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7) During February 2020 who became the second woman officer in the Indian Army to hold the rank of Lieutenant General? - Madhuri Kanitkar (Maj. General Madhuri Kanitkar, the former dean of Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), on 29 February 2020 was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. She thus became the second woman officer in the Indian Army and first woman paediatrician to achieve the second-highest post in the force. Along with her husband Rajiv, who is also a lieutenant general, they became the first couple in the armed forces to achieve the rank. Punita Arora was the first woman to hold the Lieutenant General rank. It is worth mentioning that Air Marshal Padmavathy Bandopadhyay was the first-ever office of the Indian armed forces to reach the three-star rank)

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8) What is the name of Chandigarh Under-19 woman cricketer who picked all the 10 wickets in a Women's Under-19 one-day match to become the first-ever woman to take all 10 wickets in an innings? - Kashvee Gautam (Kashvee Gautam, captain of Chandigarh Under-19 team on 24 February 2020 achieved what only two international players have done in cricket history. She picked all the 10 wickets in a Women's Under-19 One-Day Trophy match. In international cricket, only India's Anil Kumble and England's JC Laker have picked all 10 wickets)

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9) Which airline became the first Indian airline to take delivery and fly the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner plane? – Vistara (Vistara took delivery of its first wide-body aircraft Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner plane, becoming the first Indian airline to fly this aircraft. The aircraft will fly customers within India for a limited time from March before flying to long-haul international routes. Currently, Air India is only Indian airline to have long-haul flights in countries like Europe and the US)

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10) During February 2020 Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) ordered sweet shops to display date of manufacturing and 'best before' date for non-packaged/loose sweets. This rule will come into effect from which date? – 1 June 2020 (Indian food regulator FSSAI has ordered that from1 June 2020 the container or tray holding the sweets must display date of manufacturing and 'best before' date. This rule has been put into effect due to numerous complaints regarding the sale of stale and expired sweets)

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