1. Parasite has become the first non-English and South Korean film to win the Oscar 2020 award in the ‘Best Picture’ category. The film is directed by Bong Joon Ho.
2. The 92nd edition of the Oscar Awards, the world’s most prestigious film awards, was held on February 10, 2020. Joaquin Phoenix has won the Oscar for Best Actor for the film ‘Joker’. Renée Zellweger won the best actress award for the film ‘Judy’.
3. A team of scientists in Australia, led by Indian-origin scientist SS Vasan, is preparing a vaccine for the treatment of Coronavirus. The study is being conducted by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) of Australia.
4. The state government of Tamil Nadu has decided to declare the Cauvery Delta Region as a protected special agricultural zone. This was announced by the state’s Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy on February 9, 2020. The CM stated that his legal team will be drafting a special law in regard to the same.
5. The Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to launch an internship scheme for college students. The state’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath made the announcement during a job fair in Gorakhpur on February 9. The internship scheme aims to brighten employment prospects for the youth.
6. National conference on E-governance 2020 recently concluded in Mumbai. The conference was focused on promoting the use of digital platforms to provide public services.
7. The National Deworming Day was observed on February 10, 2020. On the occasion, the Union Government runs a special drive for children and adolescents between the age group of 1 and 19, to give them a single dose of Albendazole.
8. Indian badminton coach Pullela Gopichand has received IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Awards “honourable mention” for his excellent contribution in the field of coaching.
9. Top-performing Varanasi has been paired with Amritsar under the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry’s ‘sister cities’ programme. The programme has paired top-performing cities with poorly performing ones to help guide the cities also to perform well.
10. The first-ever ‘Jerusalem-Mumbai Festival’ will be held in Mumbai on February 15, 2020 to promote artistic and cultural ties between India and Israel.