1. World Affairs

Sri Lanka celebrated its 72nd Independence Day

Sri Lanka celebrated its 72nd Independence Day on 4th February 2020. On this day, Sri Lanka became an independent nation after getting independence from the United Kingdom.

Key Takeaways: Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee. Prime minister: Mahinda Rajapaksa. President: Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

2. Persons In News

Gopal Baglay appointed India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka

Gopal Baglay is a 1992-batch officer of Indian Foreign Service and he succeeds Taranjit Singh Sandhu who was appointed as the ambassador to the United States.

3. Persons In News

Deepa Malik Elected President of Paralympic Committee of India

India’s lone woman Paralympic medallist Deepa Malik has been elected as president of Paralympic Committee of India (PCI). The Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) is the body responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Paralympic Games and other international athletic meets.

Key Takeaways: Headquarters of PCI: Bengaluru

4. World Affairs

After Pakistan, Somalia declares national emergency over locust swarms

Somalia is the first African country to declare a national emergency on account of locust infestation. According to experts, the locust swarms due to extreme weather brought by climate change. Somalia is looking to raise funds to contain the locust attacks before harvests in April.

Quick Facts: Somalia is located in the Horn of Africa along with Djibouti, Eritrea & Ethiopia.

5. Economy

Union Cabinet approves amendments to bring co-operative banks under RBI

It will ensure greater accountability and transparency in the functioning of Cooperative Banks. The cabinet also approved the IIIT Laws Amendment Bill 2020. Five IIITs in the PPP mode at Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala and Raichur will be declared as Institutions of National importance.

6. Persons In News

Albin Kurti appointed new Prime Minister of Kosovo

He was appointed PM after his left-wing Vetevendosje party forged a coalition with the centre-right Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK).