Top 5 Current Affairs: 18 February 2020

Permanent Commission to Women Officers In Army

The Supreme Court recently ruled that the Short Service Commission (SSC) women officers are now eligible to get permanent commission in the Indian Army. The ruling came on a plea filed by the Central Government against the decision of Delhi High Court 10 years ago.

Jammu and Kashmir soon to be covered by CAT

The Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh will soon be covered by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). The announcement was made by Jitendra Singh, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The CAT will handle all the cases and issues related to the J&K and Ladakh.

Government, World Bank sign loan agreement to improve groundwater level in India

The Central Government and the World Bank recently signed a USD 450 million loan agreement to improve the groundwater level in India, which is the main aim of the Atal Bhujal Yojana. With the help of this agreement, the Government will implement the Atal Bhujal Yojana in various states including Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

NADA bans national javelin thrower Amit Dahiya for four years

National javelin thrower Amit Dahiya has been banned for next four years by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).Dahiya was punished for sending wrong dope sample during 2019 National Javelin Throw Open Championship, wherein Dahiya finished third in the competition. Dahiya faced temporary suspension from playing sports on July 16, 2019.

Hindi is 3rd most spoken language in world

As per the 22nd edition of Ethnologue, Hindi language is the third most spoken one in the world with a total of 615 million speakers. English language has the most number of speakers – 1132 million speakers.

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