Current Affairs- February 2020

World

  • It’s the date the world has been waiting for, for more than 900 years. Sunday – 02/02/2020 – is the first “global” palindrome since 11/11/1111.
  • Kenya’s former President  – Daniel arap Moi dies aged 95.
  • Nigeria is set to receive around $308 million seized from former military dictator Sani Abacha under a deal backed by the United States and the island of Jersey.
  • The Malawian Constitutional Court annuls the results of the 2019 general election which re-elected President Peter Mutharika ordering a fresh election.
  • One of Kenya’s last big ‘tusker’ elephants dies aged 50-Tim
  • Albin Kurti has been named as Kosovo’s prime minister.
  • Jhon Jairo Velasquez Vasquez known by his alias ‘Popeye,’ who worked for Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and said he participated in some 300 murders, died .
  • Chinese doctor who raised early alarm over coronavirus dies; Beijing declares ‘people’s war’ Li Wenliang
  • The playboy son of Equatorial Guinea’s leader was handed a 30-million-euro fine by a Paris court Monday on top of a suspended jail term and the confiscation of his assets for embezzling public funds. Teodorin Obiang
  • Roger Waters of Pink Floyd joins Assange supporters in London protest march
  • Quaden Bayles,a 9-year-old Australian boy who won the support of well-wishers around the world after being bullied for his dwarfism.
  •  Lesotho‘s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will be charged with the killing of his estranged wife, the deputy police commissioner has said.
  • Former Egyptian President, who ruled for 30 years until he was ousted in a popular uprising against corruption and autocracy, died on Tuesday at the age of 91. Hosni Mubarak
  • Nexhmije Hoxha, the widow of Albania’s Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha, died 

Science & Business

  • AirAsia’s ceo steps aside amid bribery probe – Tony Fernandes
  • Ten people aboard a cruise ship named  are quarantined after testing positive to the illness at the Yokohama, Japan port. Diamond Princess 
  • World Bank chief economist on Wednesday announced she will be leaving the institution, Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg 
  • is dying of kidney failure and has fewer than 18 months to live, and is seeking to end his 150-year prison sentence for masterminding what prosecutors have called the largest Ponzi scheme ever. Bernard Madoff
  • has quit as Credit Suisse chief executive after a spying scandal that has hit the reputation of one of Europe’s largest banks and shocked Switzerland’s financial community. Tidjane Thiam
  • American astronaut, who led the first all-female spacewalk in 2019, landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday after a record stay on the International Space Station, ending a 328-day mission expected to yield new insights into deep-space travel. Christina Koch
  • head of the World Health Organization, warns that overseas cases of the virus could be the “tip of the iceberg”. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,
  • LinkedIn CEO is stepping down after 11 years at the helm of the popular professional social networking company owned by Microsoft. Jeff Weiner
  • Apple’s main iPhone maker to resume some Chinese production. Foxconn
  • The first vaccine targeting China’s coronavirus could be available in 18 months, COVID-19
  • Emirati port operating firm  returns to being wholly state-owned by the Dubai government, after its sovereign wealth fund Dubai World buys back the company’s remaining stakes. DP World
  • The  in AleppoSyria, opens to the public for the first time since 2013. Aleppo International Airport 
  • A cruise ship operated by Holland America Line has been allowed to dock in Cambodia after it was turned away from several other disembarkation ports over coronavirus fears-MS WESTERDAM
  • French train maker  agreed to buy the rail unit of Bombardier Inc.for as much as 6.2 billion euros ($6.7 billion) to almost double in size, Alstom SA 
  • Irish contractors get first look at grounded ‘ghost ship’ MV Alta
  • Tributes have been paid to, the computer scientist who introduced the cut, copy and paste commands, after his death at age 74. Larry Tesler
  • a self-styled explorer and daredevil bent on proving that the earth is flat was killed over the weekend when his homemade rocket crashed in the California desert over the weekend. “Mad Mike” Hughes,
  • NASA’s robotic has for the first time established that Mars is seismically active, but do not call the shaking, rattling and rolling taking place on the Red Planet earthquakes. InSight lander
  • Hidden Figures Nasa mathematician dies at 101- Katherine Johnson:
  • Bob Iger steps down as CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and is succeeded by Bob Chapek,

Sports

  • Christine Margaret Sinclair,36 years old, Canadian soccer player ,became the all-time top scorer with 185 goals in international soccer.
  • Australian Open 2020 winners- Mens-Novak Djokovic (8)  Womens –Sofia Kenin
  • Barcelona were plunged into crisis when Lionel Messi publicly called out the sporting director Eric Abidal,
  • In American football, Kansas City Chiefs  the  defeat the San Francisco 49ers to win the Super Bowl.
  • Pakistan’s 16-year-old paceman became the youngest bowler to take a Test hat-trick broke the record held by former Bangladesh spinner Alok Kapali, who was 19 when he took three wickets. Naseem Shah
  • Pakistan international batsman has been jailed for his part in a spot-fixing scandal. Nasir Jamshed
  • Armand Duplantis of Poland broke the world record in the pole vault with a jump of 20 feet 2 ¾ inches, or 6.17 meters.
  • The World’s Biggest Cricket Stadium, the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad – renamed as the Sardar Vallabhbhai Stadium will be inaugurated by US President Donald Trump during his visit to India.
  • “United by Emotion”to be 2020 Tokyo Olympics Motto.
  • Harry Gregg, the former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper heralded as the hero of the Munich air disaster, has died at the age of 87.
  • Hall of Famer, the only LPGA golfer to hold all major titles at the same time, Mickey Wright died on Monday, the Ladies Professional Golf Association said.  
  • Britain’s Tyson Fury delivered a dominant performance in his heavyweight championship bout with Deontay Wilder on, 
  • Veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor  became the first player in the world to play 100 matches in all three formats of cricket. The landmark achievement came as he took the field against India in the opening Test at Basin Reserve in Wellington.
  • Great Britain women’s field hockey captain  announced her retirement from the sport. Alex Danson-Bennett 
  • Only women to get centuries in all 3 formats in cricket- Heather Knight
  • Maria Sharapowa Ritired with  5 Grand slamS titles (French 2)

Laureus Awards 2020

  • Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Lewis Hamilton and Lionel Messi
  • Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: Simone Biles
  • Laureus World Team of the Year: South African national men’s rugby team
  • Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Egan Bernal
  • Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Sophia Florsch
  • Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Oksana Masters
  • Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Chloe Kim
  • Laureus Best Sporting Moment: “On the shoulders of a nation” – Sachin Tendulkar
  • Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award: Dirk Nowitzki
  • Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award: Spanish Basketball Federation
  • Laureus Sport for Good Award: South Bronx United

Arts & Entertainment

  • Best-selling American author, known to her fans as the “Queen of Suspense”, has died aged 92, her publisher confirmed Friday. Mary Higgins Clark
  • Kirk Douglas,Star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dies at 103
  • Filmfare awarded film with 13 wins.-Gully Boy  by Zoya Akhtar,
  • sarcophagus is discovered by archeologists while excavating the Roman Forum. It appears to be dedicated to Romulus, the founder of Rome
  • Justin Bieber’s seventh album, has debuted at the top of the US Billboard chart – beating a record set by Elvis Presley 59 years ago.The Canadian singer is now the youngest solo artist to achieve seven number one albums, at the age of 25 years. Changes,

2020 Oscar Award winners:

  • Best Motion Picture: ‘Parasite’ (Neon), Kwak Sin-ae and Bong Joon Ho, producers
  • Best Director: Bong Joon Ho, ‘Parasite’
  • Best Female Actor: Renee Zellweger, ‘Judy’
  • Best Male Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, ‘Joker’
  • Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Laura Dern, ‘Marriage Story’
  • Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Brad Pitt, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
  • Best Original Screenplay: ‘Parasite’, Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin-won
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: ‘Jojo Rabbit’, Taika Waititi
  • Best Cinematography: ‘1917’, Roger Deakins
  • Best Visual Effects: ‘1917’, Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy
  • Best International Feature: ‘Parasite’ (South Korea)
  • Best Film Editing: ‘Ford v Ferrari’, Andrew Buckland and Michael McCusker
  • Best Production Design: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’, production design: Barbara Ling; set decoration: Nancy Haigh
  • Best Costume Design: ‘Little Women’, Jacqueline Durran
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling: ‘Bombshell, Kazu Hiro’, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker
  • Best Animated Feature Film: ‘Toy Story 4’ (Pixar), Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera
  • Best Animated Short Film: ‘Hair Love’, Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver
  • Best Sound Editing: ‘Ford v Ferrari’, Donald Sylvester
  • Best Sound Mixing: ‘1917’, Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson
  • Best Original Score: ‘Joker’, Hildur Gudnadottir
  • Best Original Song: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” ‘Rocketman’, music by Elton John; lyrics by Bernie Taupin
  • Best Documentary Feature: ‘American Factory’ (Netflix), Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert (Higher Ground Productions.)
  • Best Documentary Short Subject: ‘Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)’, Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva
  • Best Live-Action Short Film: ‘The Neighbors’ Window’, Marshall Curry

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