(13-18) Feb. 2017 Current Affairs (Eng.)

The National Productivity Day was observed on February 12 with a theme – ‘From Waste to Profits-through Reduce, Recycle and Reuse’.

The Pakistan Navy has commenced its biannually-held multinational ‘AMAN 2017’ naval exercise in Karachi, Pakistan.

Haryana won the first edition of the three-day Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay All India National Style Kabaddi championship held at Motilal Nehru School of Sports.

India is planning to host a conference on counter-radicalisation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in October 2017.

The Union Government will start ‘Indradhanush 2.0’, a comprehensive plan for recapitalization of public sector lenders.

The Union Government is targeting an investment of about Rs. 2,200 crore in start-ups working on new technologies in the electronics sector under the Electronics Development Fund (EDF) by 2019.

Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile ‘Ashwin’ was successfully test-fired from Odisha coast.

The Union Government will set up a Defence Procurement Organisation (DPO), to integrate and streamline the long process of defence acquisitions.

The Indian blind cricket team defeated Pakistan by nine wickets to win the Twenty20 Blind World Cup title for the second time.

Indian Navy’s survey vessel INS Sarvekshak, based at the Southern Naval Command in Kochi became the first naval ship to go green by installing a solar power system on board.

Veteran actor Nana Patekar will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bodhisattva International Film Festival (BIFF) in Patna for his contribution to Indian cinema.

Former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected as the new president of Germany.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) elected Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey as its president and Naveen N D Gupta as its vice president.

Young emerging Indian doubles pair of Arjun Madathil Ramachandran and Ramchandran Shlok won the men’s doubles title at the 26th Iran Fajr Badminton Tournament title.

‘La La Land’ won five awards at the 70th British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, including the award for Best Film and Actor Dev Patel was named the Best Supporting Actor for ‘Lion’.

Indian Air Force will induct the country’s first indigenous all-weather Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEWACS), also called the ‘eye in the sky’, on February 14.

Singer David Bowie’s 25th and final studio album ‘Blackstar’ won five awards at the 59th Grammy Awards posthumously.

Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurated the second edition of ‘Hunar Haat’.

Priyanka Chopra-produced Marathi film ‘Ventilator’ has won best screenplay award at the 15th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF).

Sandeep Jajodia has been elected President of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).

Senior diplomat Tehmina Janjua has been appointed as the woman foreign secretary of Pakistan. She is the first woman to hold this post.

Government has allocated Rs 500 crore to India Post Payments Bank for financial year 2017-18.

Investment banker and former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin has sworn in as the new US Secretary of Treasury. .

Young Indian racer Jehan Daruvala tasted his first major success of 2017 when he won the New Zealand Grand Prix at the Chris Amon Circuit.

India and the United Kingdom signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding to allow more flights to boost tourism and trade in both the countries.

Reliance Defence and Engineering signed an agreement with the American Navy for repair and alteration services for its warships.

India is planning to host a conference on counter-radicalisation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in October 2017.

India’s first floating elementary school named Loktak Elementary Floating School was inaugurated at Champu Khangpok floating village on Loktak Lake in Manipur.

Indian Space Research Organisation created history with the successful launch of a record 104 satellites by a single rocket – PSLV.

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be awarded with the fourth Yash Chopra Memorial Award.

A heroic Indian-origin Scotland Yard officer, Shand Panesar has been honoured with a top bravery award in the UK.

Brigadier General Robin Fontes has been made in charge of India, Pakistan and Central Asian Affairs at the National Security Council of the White House.

India and Croatia signed an agreement on Economic Cooperation.

Government’s IT and Telecom training institute NIELIT has partnered with IT Company Data XGen Technologies to use its voice-based social messaging platform Data Radio to send communications to students enrolled with it.

Sprinter Usain Bolt won the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award for the fourth time, while gymnast Simone Biles clinched the top honour in the women’s category at the Laureus World Awards ceremony.

S Swaminathan, Director, Center for Nanotechnology and Advanced Biometerial (CeNTAB), received the ‘MRSI-ICSC Super Conductivity and Materials Science Annual Prize’ for the year 2017.

An annual multilateral military exercise co-sponsored by Thailand and the USA, Cobra Gold 2017 commenced in Thailand.

France’s Jean-Pierre Lacroix has been appointed as the Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations’ Peacekeeping Operations.

The Government approved signing of an Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Rwanda to allow the airlines of the two countries to operate services in each other’s territory.

Pakistan appointed incumbent foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry as its new ambassador to the US.

Airbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for establishing a Centre of Excellence for aerospace skill development in Hyderabad, together with the Government of Telangana, National Skill Development Corporation India and AEROCAMPUS France.

Norman Isaac became the first Indian to be promoted by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) as the Technical Delegate (TD).

Mumbai and New Delhi have been ranked among the world’s 100 best places for students in the QS Best Student Cities ranking for the first time.

Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj has become the second woman player to cross 5,500 runs in ODIs.

According to a US research institute, ‘The Heritage Foundation’s’ Index of Economic Freedom report, India has been ranked at 143rd place in an annual index of economic freedom.

The government gave its approval for the merger plan of SBI and its five associate banks.

E.Palaniswami, the AIADMK Legislature Party Leader will be the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

The Ministry of Mines has launched Transparency, Auction Monitoring and Resource Augmentation (TAMRA) Portal and Mobile Application to bring transparency in award of exploration and mining licenses.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup has been appointed India’s High Commissioner to Canada.

T.C. A. Ranganathan and Sunil Mehta were appointed as the Non-Official Directors in Indian Overseas Bank and Punjab National Bank respectively.

Rajinder Khanna, former chief of the country’s external intelligence agency RAW, has been appointed Officer on Special Duty in the National Security Council Secretariat.

Reliance Aerostructure Limited (RAL)’s Joint Venture with Rafale fighter jet manufacturer Dassault Aviation Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL) has been incorporated.

City based manufacturer and technological services provider in defence and paramilitary markets, Alpha Design Technologies Pvt. Ltd, announced the signing of a USD 30 million contract with Elbit Systems for IAF’S MI-17 helicopter upgrade programme.

Reserve Bank of India will start reimbursing Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) charges to banks for payments made since January 1 through debit cards by citizens, in line with the government’s move to further digital solutions.

President Donald Trump nominated R Alexander Acosta as the new labour secretary of the country.

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel has completed acquisition of Augere Wireless.

Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has signed an agreement with the Indian Railways for improving its accounting system.

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid has announced, the ‘Mars 2117’ plan to build the first city on Mars in 100 years.

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