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Today GK Updates & Daily Current Affairs – 23rd Feb 2020
1. Pakistan to remain on the FATF Grey List
- The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has decided to keep Pakistan on the FATF Grey List till June 2020. The decision was taken during the group’s meeting and plenary in Paris.
- The anti-money laundering watchdog decided to keep Pakistan on its Grey List for failure to curb transfer of funds to terror groups Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and others.
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The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Money Laundering is an intergovernmental organization founded in 1989 on the initiative of the G7 to develop policies to combat money laundering. In 2001, its mandate was expanded to include terrorism financing.
Headquarters: Paris, France; Founded: July 1989; President: Xiangmin Liu
2. RBI appointed Sunil Gurbaxani as Dhanlaxmi Bank MD & CEO
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) appointed Sunil Gurbaxani as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Dhanlaxmi Bank for a period of 3 years.
Sunil is the successor of T.Latha and has also served as the Executive Vice President of Axis Bank.
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Dhanlaxmi Bank Headquarters- Kerala; Chairman- Mr. Sajeev Krishnan
RBI Governor- Shaktikanta Das; Headquarters- Mumbai; Founder on- 1st April 1935
3. Pragyan Ojha announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha announced retirement from international and first-class cricket with immediate effect.
He played his last match for India in 2013 during Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test against the West Indies in Mumbai.
Pragyan Ojha played 24 Tests, 18 ODIs and 6 T20s in which he scalped 113,21 and 10 wickets respectively.
4. Indian Railways launched HRMS Mobile app for its employees
In order to bring transparency in the administrative functioning of the Indian Railways, Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman of Railway Board has launched HRMS Mobile App, for all the employees of Indian Railways.
The HRMS Employee Mobile App has been designed and developed by Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS). The app allows employees to view their details related to date of joining, Increments, Promotions, Awards, Transfers, Postings, Leave, Training etc. to bring transparency to administration.
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Minister of Railways- Shri Piyush Goyal
Founded on- 16th April 1853
Headquarters- New Delhi, India
5. Cabinet Secretary holds high-level meeting to review preparedness on coronavirus
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba hold a high-level meeting to review the status, actions taken and preparedness of States and Union Territories regarding the management of Novel Coronavirus, COVID19.
After a detailed review, in addition to the universal screening as per earlier advisories, universal screening at airports is now being planned for flights from Kathmandu, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia.
The meeting was attended by Secretaries of Health and Family Welfare, Civil Aviation, Defence, Information and Broadcasting and DG AFMS and representatives from External Affairs, Home Affairs, Bureau of Immigration, ITBP and Army.
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).