(20th-26th) Feb. - 2017 Eng.

Former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir passed away. He was 68.

India became the 12th largest holder of US government securities in 2016. Japan is on the first place with holdings worth USD 1.09 trillion.

Veteran Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi announced his retirement from international cricket, bringing to an end his 21-year career.

Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang resigned as Chief Minister of the state.

A book titled ‘Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl’ will be released in October 2017. It has been authored by Ram Kamal Mukherjee.

Political satire ‘Newton’ has won the International Federation of Art Cinemas (CICAE) award at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

Former Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Shibaji Banerjee passed away. He was 68.

Senior journalist Raj Chengappa has been re-elected as the President of the Editors’ Guild of India.

Sakura Mori of Japan defeated Swedish rival Ekholm Matilda to win the women’s singles title at the ITTF World Tour India Open.

Movie ‘Moonlight’ has bagged the best original screenplay prize at ‘Writers Guild of America award’ (WGA), while sci-fi film ‘Arrival’ won best adapted screenplay award.

India and Rwanda signed three MoUs in innovation, aviation sectors and visa requirements during Vice President Hamid Ansari’s visit to the country.

Ruling Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) President Shurhozelie Liezitsu has been unanimously elected as the leader of the legislature party and he will be new Chief Minister of Nagaland.

Tata Steel’s Katamati iron mine has been honoured with the Best Green Organisation of the Year Award.

US President Donald Trump has appointed Lt Gen Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security advisor.

Russia’s Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin died. He was 64.

According to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), India has been the world’s largest importer of major arms in the last five years.

‘Saathiya Resource Kit and Saathiya Salah’ Mobile App for the adolescent girls and boys has been launched under the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) programme of ministry of Health.

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has appointed V Ramakrishnan as the chief financial officer (CFO).

Reliance Jio announced a strategic partnership with cab aggregator Uber, which will start with allowing users to pay for their rides through a prepaid wallet launched by Reliance Industries.

National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSCFDC) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) which aims at improving the earnings of scheduled caste artisans across the country and enhance their participations.

Senior British officer Cressida Dick has been appointed as the commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police, becoming the first woman to lead Scotland Yard in its 187-year history.

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), India’s growth rate is projected to slow to 6.6 per cent in 2016-17 fiscal.

China and France signed agreements on nuclear energy and science.

Queensland University of Technology of Australia has signed an agreement with IIT Madras to undertake joint applied research in information security, combustion and health technologies.

Bharti Airtel announced buying out Telenor’s India operations for Rs 7,000 crore.

The government granted its approval to the signing of Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Greece which allows the airlines of the two countries to fly in each other’s territory.

Kenneth J Arrow, the youngest-ever winner of a Nobel Prize for economics has died. He was 95.

Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier INS Viraat will be decommissioned from service on March 6.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched the Antyodaya Express, a new fully unreserved train for the ‘common man’.

The government has launched free anti-virus softwares for mobiles and personal computers named ‘Mkavach’ and ‘Samvid’ respectively.

Belgium captain and Olympic silver medallist John-John Dohmen and Netherlands’ Naomi van As won the International Hockey Federation’s male and female Player of the Year (2016) awards respectively.

Tata Group’s Indian Hotels Company Ltd has elected N Chandrasekaran as the Chairman of its board of directors.

The Government of India and the State of Sikkim signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under the Scheme Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY), for operational improvement of the State’s Power Distribution Department. With the signing of MoU, the total number of States covered under UDAY has reached 22.

The ninth BRICS Summit will be held in China’s Xiamen city from September 3-5.

Eminent Malayalam author M P Veerendra Kumar will be given the 30th Moortidevi award by Bharatiya Jnanpith organisation on March 4.

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin surpassed Kapil Dev to become the highest wicket-taker for India in a domestic Test season.

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara became the second Asian, after Mahela Jayawardene, and 16th overall to feature in 1,000 matches across all forms of the game.

The Haryana government has made it mandatory for all private schools to install solar systems. A special grant of ₹20,000 per kilowatt will also be given to the schools for installing solar power plants.

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty has been chosen as the brand ambassador for the government’s cleanliness initiative Swachh Bharat Mission.

India beat Iran in the finals to win the Rollball World Cup 2017, both in Men’s and Women’s event.

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