International Current Affairs | February 2021

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International Current Affairs | February 2021

International Current Affairs- February 2021

24th February, 2021

World’s largest Cricket stadium gets renamed after PM Modi

Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera of Gujarat has been renamed after India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. It was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind during his 2-day visit to Gujarat. Union Minister of Home Affairs, Amit Shah also attended the inauguration ceremony. The stadium has a seating capacity of 1.32 lakh people and has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 800 crores. It has now replaced the Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Ground having a capacity of 90,000 spectators from the 1st spot. The total area of the stadium is equivalent to 32 Olympic Size football grounds.

19th February, 2021

United States rejoins the Paris Climate Agreement officially

United States has officially rejoined the Paris Agreement from which it exited during the presidency of Donald Trump. The Joe Biden Administration aims to bolster its pledge on emission reduction by 2030. Gina McCarthy has been appointed as the new head of National Climate Task Force. US is the 2nd biggest current emitter and the biggest historical polluter in the world. In the biggest current emitters list, China is at the top followed by USA, European Union and India.  

18th February, 2021

Prime Minister of Georgia resigns over a disagreement with his party members

Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia has resigned from his post over a disagreement with his own party members. Gakharia did not agree to the decision of his party’s members to arrest the Chairman of United National Movement (UNM), Nika Melia to avoid the political crisis at a time when the country is already unstable. Giorgi Gakahria belongs to the Georgian Dream Party and United National Movement Party is the main opposition. Gakharia was serving as the PM of Georgia from September, 2019.

15th February, 2021

SpaceX launches 60 Starlink Satellites into space as a part of its 19th Starlink Mission

Elon Musk-owned Commercial Aerospace Company, SpaceX has launched 60 Starlink Satellites into space as a part of its 19th Starlink Mission. The satellites were carried by the Falcon-9 rocket from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. Falcon 9 Rocket successfully launched the satellites but failed to land on the booster landing spot in the Atlantic Ocean. The landing of the 1st stage of Falcon-9 Rocket was planned on SpaceX’s drone ship named ‘Of Course I Still Love You’.

13th February, 2021

Mario Draghi replaces Giuseppe Conte; becomes Italy’s new Prime Minister

Mario Draghi has become the new Prime Minister of Italy by accepting the request of Italy’s President, Sergio Mattarella. He belongs t o the Unity party which replaced the coalition government of centre-left party led by Giusepe Conte. 73 year old Mario Draghi has previously served as the President of European Central Bank (ECB) from 2011 to 2019 and is also known as ‘Super Mario’. This is the 4th time in 30 years that a technocrat has become the PM of Italy. He has also served as the Governor of Bank of Italy from 2005 to 2011.

12th February, 2021

United Nations endorses Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition

Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition were endorsed for the 1st time during the 47th Session of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) held virtually from 8th to 11th February, 2021. The objective of the guideline is to achieve the 2030 Agenda of United Nation for Sustainable Development as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These guidelines will also support the implementation of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025) and ensure food safety across the sustainable food systems.

6th February, 2021

SpaceX announces the world’s 1st All-Civilian Space Mission

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has announced the world’s 1st ever All-Civilian Space Mission. The mission has been named as Inspiration4 and will be commanded by Jared Isaacman, the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments from Kennedy Space Center, Florida of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Each and every step will be monitored by the Mission Control by SpaceX. Under the mission, the spacecraft will orbit the planet every 90 minutes along a customized flight path.

5th February, 2021

South Korea to build world’s largest offshore wind farm

South Korea has signed a $ 43 billion deal for setting up the world’s largest offshore wind farm in the South Western coastal town of Sinan. The proposed wind farm will have a production capacity of 8.2 Gigawatts (GW). The upcoming wind farm will reduce South Korea’s dependency on imported coal for power generation. South Korean government has signed the deal with 33 different firms including KEPCO, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction and SK E&S. South Korean government intends to achieve Carbon neutrality by 2050.

4th February, 2021

Hyderabad bags the ‘2020 Tree City of the World’ title

Telangana’s Hyderabad has been conferred the title of ‘2020 Tree City of the World’ by Arbor Day Foundation and United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) for the efforts made by Hyderabad towards maintaining and growing urban forest cover. Hyderabad is the 1st and the only city from India to get recognized by this title. With this, Hyderabad is now a part of the network of 52 cities that have been recognized with the title. Most of the cities that have been conferred the title are from United States, Australia, United Kingdom and Canada

Denmark to establish the 1st Energy Island of the world in North Sea

The Government of Denmark has approved the massive plan to build the 1st Energy Island of the world in the North Sea. The Energy Island will produce green energy to meet the requirements of 3 million households in Europe. The Energy Island will be established at an estimated cost of 210 billion Danish Krone. Denmark is setting up the energy island as a part of its objective to reduce the emission of Green House Gases (GHGs) by 70 % by the year 2030.

1st February, 2021

Military seizes political power of Myanmar, detains Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s military has taken control of the political powers of Myanmar by forcibly detaining the PM of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi and other political leaders. Night-Curfew has been enforced across the country and a one-year state of emergency has been declared. The Military coup on Myanmar took over the control because the army in accusing Ms. Suu Kyi’s party of using unfair means for winning the election. Internet and Phone services were stopped soon after the Myanmar Army entered the Capital city, Nay Pyi Taw.