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One Liners of the Day, 24 February 2020

Economy

  • World’s first-ever blockchain chocolate bar which is produced in Ecuador and powered by UNDP, the FairChain Foundation and the Alternative Finance Lab - “The Other Bar”.

International

  • Forum that will launch the US-India Tax Forum on 25 February 2020 - US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF).
  • This country has inaugurated a first-ever train service that would exclusively transport Afghan transit cargo - Pakistan.
  • This university signed an agreement to work with the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) to create a hi-tech monitoring system that will allow the government to respond to damage and deterioration on the country's rural roads - University of Birmingham, UK.
  • This country will hold a summit with the leaders of Russia, France and Germany on 5 March 2020 to discuss the situation in Syria's last rebel enclave of Idlib - Turkey.
  • International conference on “Ensemble Methods in Modelling and Data Assimilation (EMMDA)” organised by NCMRWF, MoES from February 24 in - Noida, India.

National

  • Number of farmers covered under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) - over 8 crore 46 lakh.
  • The 2nd Edition of Conference on Agri-technology & Innovation held on 22 February 2020 in – Hyderabad, Telangana.
  • India's tallest railway pier bridge across river Makru which will be 100 m tall - Tamenglong district of Manipur.

Persons in News

  • Winner of SERB Women Excellence Award 2020 - Dr Niti Kumar (CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow).
  • Winner of LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2020 (in Mumbai) - Adline Castelino.

Sports

  • Winner of the NTT ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup 2020 in Chennai - Serbia's Ognjen Stojanovic (men's) and Barbara Riveros of Chile (women's).

State Current Affairs

  • Himachal Pradesh has set up two waste-to-energy plants – Shimla (1.75 MW), Manali (1 MW).

Science

  • This state will be the first in the country to develop medicines from the cannabis plant, for that agreement signed between the CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM) and IndusScan (Canada) - Jammu and Kashmir.

General Knowledge

  • Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) – Effective: 1 December 2018; formally launched: 24 February 2019.
  • The Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM) is a scheme launched by Government of India in this year to deliver integrated project based infrastructure in the rural areas – 2016 (21 February).
  • Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) – Formation: 1944; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) was founded on - 26 January 1944.
  • Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) - Founded: 1927; Headquarters: New Delhi.

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