Daily Current Affairs – 20 February 2024

Hello Readers!!!! Preparing For Competitive Exams?? Then you should keep up with Daily Current Affairs. In this Article We’ll explore the latest news in India as of February 20, 2024.

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Today’s Importance

World day of social justice
Foundation Day of Arunachal Pradesh State
Foundation day of Mizoram state

77th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) 2024

  • BAFTAs, by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, held on Feb 18, 2024, at London’s Southbank Centre.
  • Honored outstanding national and foreign films from 2023 at the Royal Festival Hall.
  • Deepika Padukone presented the Best Non-English Film Award.
  • “Oppenheimer” dominated with seven BAFTAs, including Best Film, Christopher Nolan as Director, and Cillian Murphy as Leading Actor.
  • “Poor Things” secured five BAFTAs, featuring Emma Stone as Leading Actress.
  • Competitive exam relevance: Recognizes excellence in global cinema, key wins, and notable presenters.
  • Important event in the film industry calendar, highlighting outstanding achievements.

Passing of Jain Seer Acharya Vidyasagar

  • Acharya Shri 108 Vidyasagar Ji Maharaj, a revered Jain seer, passed away at Chandragiri Teerth in Chhattisgarh.
  • Known for spiritual dedication, he undertook ‘sallekhna,’ a Jain practice of voluntary fasting unto death for purification.
  • Born on October 10, 1946, in Sadalga, Belgaum district, Karnataka.
  • His passing marks the end of a significant spiritual chapter in the Jain community.
  • Valuable information for competitive exams focusing on religious practices and notable personalities.

Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti

  • Celebrated annually on February 19 in honor of Shivaji Maharaj, born in 1630.
  • Born at Shivneri hill fort near Pune, Maharashtra, to Shahaji Bhonsle and Jijabai.
  • Mentored by Guru Swami Ramdas, he became a formidable warrior and founded the Great Maratha empire.
  • Known for military prowess, Shivaji won battles like Pratapgarh and captured strategic forts like Raigad.
  • His legacy includes laying the foundation for the Maratha Navy, securing trade routes, and protecting coastal territories.

Badminton Asia Team Championships 2024

  • India secured historic gold at the championships in Shah Alam, Malaysia.
  • Women’s team, led by PV Sindhu and Anmol Kharb, emerged victorious.
  • Men’s team exited in the quarter-finals.
  • This marked India’s inaugural gold; men’s team earned bronze in 2016 and 2020.
  • Significantly, the first podium appearance for the Indian women’s team.

World Day of Social Justice – 20th February

  • UN proclaimed Feb 20 as World Day of Social Justice in 2007.
  • Annual celebration addressing poverty, exclusion, gender inequality, unemployment, human rights, and social protections.
  • Theme for 2024: “Global Coalition for Social Justice: Bridging Gaps, Building Alliances.”
  • Aims to foster collaboration and alliances for a more just and inclusive world.
  • Recognizes the need to bridge gaps and address social disparities globally.
  • Emphasizes the importance of collective efforts in promoting social justice.
  • Vital focus on creating a fair and equitable society for all.
  • Relevant for competitive exams highlighting global initiatives for social welfare.

Mizoram & Arunachal Pradesh Statehood Day – 20th February

  • Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram attained statehood on Feb 20, 1987, transitioning from Union Territory status.
  • Mizoram became the 23rd state, while Arunachal Pradesh became the 24th state of India.
  • Significant step in the political development and recognition of these regions.
  • Marks their formal inclusion as states, enhancing administrative autonomy.
  • Essential historical context for competitive exams focusing on statehood changes in India.

Digambara vs. Svetambara in Jainism

  • Jainism divides into Digambara and Svetambara branches.
  • “Digambara” (sky-clad) and “Svetambara” (white-clad) describe their traditional practices.
  • Digambara Jains believe Mahavir remained unmarried.
  • Svetambara Jains believe Mahavir was married to Yashoda, having a daughter named Priyadarshani.
  • Important insights for competitive exams on Jainism’s doctrinal differences.

World Whale Day – 18th February 2024

  • Annual celebration on the third Sunday in February.
  • Highlights the Antarctic blue whale as the largest animal on Earth.

World Pangolin Day – 17th February 2024

  • Observed annually on the third Saturday in February.
  • Globally, eight species of pangolins exist.
  • The Indian Pangolin (Thick-Tailed Pangolin) is native to the Indian Subcontinent.
  • Classified as ‘Critically Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List.
  • Protected under Schedule-I of the Indian Wildlife Act and listed in Appendix-I of CITES.

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