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One Liners of the Day, 22 February 2020

Important Day

  • Theme for International Mother Language Day (21st February 2020) - ‘Languages without borders’.
  • Theme for Matribhasha Diwas (21 February 2020) in India - ‘Celebrating our Multilingual Heritage’.

Environment

  • Endangered species from India which are included in IUCN's global protection list - Great Indian Bustard, Asiatic Elephant, Bengal Florican.

International

  • Globally, first position in the Speedtest Global Index 2020 for mobile broadband speed for the month of January, according to a broadband speed analysis by Ookla – UAE (with 87.01 Mbps).
  • First position in the HDR’s Human Development Index (HDI) 2019 – Norway (followed by Switzerland, Ireland).
  • First position in a Global intellectual property index 2019 - The US (followed by the UK, Sweden, France, and Germany).
  • First position in a new Social Mobility Index compiled by the World Economic Forum (WEF) – Denmark (followed by Norway, Finland and Sweden).

National

  • India’s rank in the Speedtest Global Index 2020 for mobile broadband speed – 128th (download speed: 11.58Mpbs).
  • India’s rank in the HDR’s Human Development Index (HDI) 2019 - 129th.
  • India’s rank in a Global intellectual property index 2019 - 40th.
  • India’s rank in a new WEF’s Social Mobility Index - 76th (ranks 41st in lifelong learning and 53rd in working conditions).
  • India’s rank in the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU’s) ‘Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI) 2019 - 35th.
  • First position in the Nature Ranking Index 2020 - Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (followed by IISc Bangalore, TIFR Mumbai).
  • India's first private gold mine - Jonnagiri (Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh).
  • India's first floating jetty operationalized in – Vasco, Goa.
  • This ministry and CSC e-Governance Services India Limited (CSC SPV) have signed an agreement to promote schemes run by the ministry in rural areas - MSME Ministry.

Persons in News

  • New Chair of Global Board of Directors of the US-India Business Council - Vijay Advani.
  • Indian actor who has been felicitated by the World Book of Records, London with the WBR Golden Era of Bollywood honour - Manoj Kumar.

Sports

  • The first-ever Khelo India University Games organised in – Odisha (in Cuttack).
  • First player who played 100 matches in all three formats of Cricket - Ross Taylor (New Zealand batsman).
  • First country which host the new format of the AIBA Team World Cup in 2020 – Russia (final is scheduled for October in the city of Nizhny Novgorod).
  • Motto of the new format of the AIBA Team World Cup in 2020 - “Boxing for peace”.

State Current Affairs

  • This state government is to open ‘Atal Kisan - Majdoor canteens’ to provide affordable and cheap meals – Haryana.

Science

  • Scientists have named newly discovered species of land snail (belongs to caenogastropods) in honour of the Swedish activist - Greta Thunberg (Craspedotropis gretathunbergae).

General Knowledge

  • International Boxing Association (AIBA) - Founded: 1946; Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • World Economic Forum (WEF) - Founded: 1971; Headquarters: Cologny, Switzerland; Founder: Klaus Schwab.
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Founded: 5 October 1948; Founder: Julian Huxley; Headquarters: Gland, Switzerland.
  • Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) - Formed: 1964; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - Founded: 11 December 1946; Headquarters: New York, United States.

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