Current Events- February 20

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enlightenedThe Bihar Cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ruled out a new rule under which the no officials of the state government would be allowed to consume liquor either in the state or outside the state and not even abroad. This makes Bihar the first state to have such restrictions for officials and judges.

enlightenedThe Khajuraho Dance Festival kicked off at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh from February 20, 2017. The seven day festival will conclude on February 26, 2017. The dance festival is conducted every year by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad.

enlightenedAccording to a report released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on February 20, 2017, India emerged as the world’s largest importer of major arms during 2012–16. As per the report, India accounted for 13 percent of the global total sales.

enlightenedThe country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) rebranded its corporate website as “bank.sbi” from the earlier “sbi.co.in” on February 19, 2017. Now bank.sbi is the highest domain protocol commonly known as generic top level domain (gTLD).

enlightenedKatamati Iron Mine, owned by Tata Steel, was conferred with the Best Green Organisation of the Year Award on February 18, 2017 at the Global Green Future Leadership Awards in Mumbai. The Global Green Future Leadership Awards, organized by World CSR Day, was honored to Katamati Iron Mine in recognition of its environmental protection measures.

enlightenedNagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang Resigns, NPF Supremo Shurhozelie Liezietsu elected as next CM.

enlightenedIndian international cricketer Virat Kohli became the first Indian sports person had signed an eight-year deal worth Rs 100-crore endorsement deal with a sports apparel brand Puma on February 20, 2017. Kohli now join the list of  global ambassador for the brand likes of Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Thierry Henry.

enlightenedTwo Afghanistan players were selected by the franchise on February 20, 2017 during the IPL Auction 2017. Mohammad Nabi became the first player from Afghanistan to be picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs. 30 lakhs. On the other hand his teammate Rashid Khan was signed by Mumbai Indians for an amount of Rs. 4 Crores.

enlightenedFrenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the 44th edition of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament by defeating Belgian David Goffin 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 on February 19, 2017 in Rotterdam.

enlightenedLegendary Pakistani cricket Shahid Afridi announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on February 19, 2017 putting an end to 21-year career.

enlightenedEvery year, 20th February is observed as World Day of Social Justice to recognize the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment. This year’s theme is “Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work”.

-20 February 2017

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