February 2018 Current Affairs

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February 2018 Current Affairs
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February 2018 Current Affairs:

National Current Affairs:

*       The government has announced a significant reduction in airfares for devotees travelling to Saudi Arabia, with the prices of round tickets being slashed by Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 97,000.

*       PM Modi left for his three-nation visit to Palestine, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman. This is the first ever visit by an Indian PM to Palestine, and PM Modi's second visit to UAE and first to Oman.

*       President Kovind inaugurated 88th Mahamastakabhisheka Utsav of Lord Gomateshwara in Hassan district of Karnataka. It is also known as Bahubali takes place once in 12 years.

*       Arunachal Pradesh CM Prema Khandu laid the foundation stone for Rhododendron Park in Tawang. Tawang is home to 50+ different varieties of Rhodos.

*       Andhra Pradesh govt. decided to hold the first-of-its-kind, one-day Pelican Festival at Atapaka Bird Sanctuary on Kolleru. Kolleru is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the country.

*       Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched Centre for learning Sanskrit language in Gujarat University, Ahmedabad.  The centre will offer a six-month course for people on how to speak the language.

*       Minister of Road Transport & Highways Mr Nitin Gadkari released India’s first ever Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) in New Delhi. The manual is also known as Indo-HCM and it has been developed by CSIR – CRRI.

*       Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New and Renewable Energy, Shri R.K. Singh inaugurated ‘Indian Power Stations 2018’ in New Delhi. It is the three-day International Conference on Operations and Maintenance.

*       India's 1st Online Radio Station 'Radio Umang' launched in India. Listeners can tune in to this online radio station through web streaming or download the app.
*       Claiming that the Bengal government had already enrolled 50 lakh people under its own Swasthya Sathi programme, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced the decision to opt out of Centre’s ‘Modicare’ scheme. This makes West Bengal the first state to withdraw from the ambitious programme.
*       PM Modi launched several projects in Arunachal Pradesh. He inaugurated the Dorjee Khandu state convention centre at a function in Itanagar.
*       India's first radio festival is being held in New Delhi to mark World Radio Day. The festival is being organized by International Association of Women in Radio and Television, in collaboration with UNESCO.
*       PM Modi will hold bilateral talks with visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New Delhi, during which discussions on the issues of regional, international & mutual interest will be held. This is the first visit by Iranian President to India in 10 years.
*       As per the Union Minister of State of the Atomic Energy & Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, ISRO is planning to launch Chandrayan-2 Mission around April 2018. Chandrayaan-2 is the country's second mission to the moon. Chairman of ISRO K Sivan stated that the total cost of the Chandrayaan 2 mission will be about Rs 8 billion.
*       In a first in the country, the Maharashtra govt. will be setting up an institute for artificial intelligence (AI) in Mumbai.
*       Yogi Adityanath govt. in Uttar Pradesh presented its second budget. Ahead of 2019, general elections, this is considered one of biggest budgetary allocation for the state. UP Finance Minister Rajesh Aggarwal presented a mega budget of over Rs 4.28 lakh crore with a focus on farmers, artisans, youth, infrastructure & urban development.
*       The government of India & the UN jointly announced that India will host the global World Environment Day celebrations on 5 June 2018. The theme for World Environment 2018 is “Beat Plastic Pollution”.
*       Kerala govt. made vaccination compulsory for school admissions from next academic year onwards. Parents will have to show details of shots given to children at the time of enrolment in schools.
*       Union Government has issued order setting up the ‘Niti Forum for North-East’. The forum will be co-chaired by the Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog Mr Rajiv Kumar & Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh.
*       UP's Khadi & Village Industries Board signed a pact with Amazon India to facilitate online selling of Khadi products.
*       Israeli Ambassador to India, Mr Daniel Carmon stated that a Centre for Agriculture, with the collaboration of Israeli expertise, is going to be inaugurated in Mizoram in March 2018.
*       Goa CM Manohar Parrikar presented in the state assembly Rs. 17,123-crore budget for 2018-19, an increase of 6.84% over the ongoing fiscal. The Budget focuses on education & job creation.
*       PM Narendra Modi flagged off the 'Run for New India' marathon in Surat, Gujarat. The Marathon is aimed at creating awareness about social causes & call upon all to resolve to build a New India.
*       PM Narendra Modi addressed the 2nd India-Korea Business Summit in New Delhi. The theme of the Summit this year is “India-Korea: Scaling up the Special Strategic Relationship through Trade & Investments”.
*       PM Modi inaugurated the UP Investors Summit in Lucknow. It is organised by the Uttar Pradesh government. It is aimed at showcasing investment opportunities & potential across various sectors in Uttar Pradesh.
*       PM Modi inaugurated the 22nd edition of the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) in Hyderabad through a video conference. The WCIT is held for the first time in India.
*       India has joined Ashgabat Agreement on the establishment of an International Transport & Transit Corridor between the Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan.
*       Maharashtra govt. approved Ghodazari in Chandrapur district as a new wildlife sanctuary in the state. It will include 159 sq km of Brahmapuri forest.

International Current Affairs:

*       Bermuda has become the first country to legalise and then repeal same-sex marriage.

*       The Gevora Hotel in Dubai, developed by Al Attar Group has now become the “world’s tallest hotel”. It stands 356 metres and 53 centimetres tall.
*       Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched first tests of the world’s first autonomous pods at the World Government Summit. The autonomous pods are launched in cooperation with Next Future Transportation (US-Based).
*       South Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned.
*       Singapore will impose a 'carbon tax' from 2019 to cut its greenhouse gas emissions & make companies more competitive as global agreements on climate change take effect.
*       The seventh meeting of Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on Nepal-India relations has concluded in Kathmandu, Nepal. Various bilateral issues including 1950 Peace & Friendship treaty, trade, environment, border & hydropower were discussed during the two-day meeting.
*       China was elected as the Vice President of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global body mandated to combat terror financing & money laundering. China's election came after the FATF plenary meeting in Paris.
*       Michael McCormack has been elected new Deputy PM of Australia. He has replaced former Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce.
*       United Arab Emirates has made a record by opening the world's longest zip line, measuring 2.83 km in length. Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line in Ras al-Khaimah.
*       Rwanda become the first low-income country to provide universal eye care for its 12 million population.
*       Sri Lanka celebrated the 70th Independence Day on 4th February 2018 in Colombo. The theme of the ceremony was "One Nation".
*       Sweden & the United Nations World Food Programme signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement committing an unprecedented $370 million dollars to WFP over the next four years. The contribution for the period 2018-2021 is the biggest ever made by a donor within a WFP Strategic Partnership Agreement.
*       Maldives president, Abdulla Yameen, has declared a state of emergency in the country as heavily armed troops stormed the country’s top court & a former president Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed was arrested in a deepening political crisis.
*       Jerome H Powell was sworn in as the 16th Chairman of the Federal Reserve for a four-year term. Mr Powell has succeeded Janet Yellen, the first woman to lead the US central bank in its 100-year history.

Defence Current Affairs:

*       India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile from Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, in Odisha. It is capable of carrying 500-1,000 kilogram of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines. It is a surface-to-surface missile and has a strike range of 350 km.
*       Hindustan Aeronautics Limited developed the first flight of Hawk-i with indigenous Real Time Operating System (RTOS). Hawk-i is the first indigenous RTOS developed in India from scratch and certified by Center for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC).
*       The defence ministry of India approved capital acquisition proposals worth Rs. 15,935 crore which included the purchase of 7.40 lakh assault rifles, 5,719 sniper rifles and light machine guns to bolster the strength of the armed forces. For the Indian Navy, DAC approved procurement of Advanced Torpedo Decoy Systems (ATDS) at a cost of Rs. 850 crore.
*       Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman constituted a 13-member advisory committee to monitor and expedite capital acquisition projects for the modernisation of the armed forces. The committee will be headed by Vinay Sheel Oberoi, former secretary in the government.
*       India successfully test-fired Agni II medium-range nuclear-capable missile from APJ Abdul Kalam island off the Odisha coast. It has a length of 20 metres, weighs 17 tonnes & can carry a payload of 1000 kgs over a distance of 2000 kms.
*       US Marines in Thailand for the Cobra Gold training exercise took part in one of the wildest parts of the drills - drinking cobra blood. This was the 37th edition of the exercise.

*       The Indian & Indonesian armies began the sixth edition of their annual military exercise named 'Garuda Shakti' in Bandung, Indonesia.

*       Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo.

*       India successfully conducted a night trial of its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile with a strike range of 350 km, from a test range in Odisha.
*       India successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable surface-to-surface 'Dhanush' ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 km from a naval ship off Odisha coast. ‘Dhanush’ missile is is capable of carrying a payload of 500 kg & hitting both land & sea-based targets.
*       DRDO successfully flown its Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle RUSTOM 2 in Karnataka. It has the capability to fly for 24 hours at a stretch at over 200 km/hr speed, & can, not only conduct sustained surveillance but will be able to destroy enemy targets.
*       India successfully test-fired the indigenously developed short-range nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile. The missile was fired from the Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast. The range of Missile is 700 km. It was 18th version of Agni-I.

Miscellaneous Topics :

*       US-based SpaceX successfully launched the world's most powerful operational rocket Falcon Heavy towards Mars. Falcon Heavy's thrust and capacity are the highest since NASA's Saturn V. It lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

*       The first ever of its kind in the country chat-based job search mobile app 'Empzilla' is being launched that will do away with existing limitations of employers and job seekers making selection process quick and cost-effective.
*       South Central Railway (SCR) become the first railway zone in the country to complete 100% LED lighting at all the stations under its jurisdiction.
*       PM of Canada, Justin Trudeau will arrive in India on a seven-day State visit. The visit is aimed at further strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries in key areas of mutual interest including trade & investment, energy, science & innovation, higher education, infrastructure development, skill development & space.
*       Finance Minister Arun Jaitley arrived in Riyadh on a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia. He will co-chair the 12th India-Saudi Arabia Joint Commission Meeting to be held in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
*       Spiritual leader Aga Khan is on the 11-day visit to India. Sunder Nursery, a 90-acre park near Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi, will be inaugurated by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in the presence of the Aga Khan.
*       King of Jordan Abdullah-II bin Al-Hussein arrived in New Delhi, India. The King is accompanied by a business delegation. During his visit, he will also participate in a CEO Round-table followed by India-Jordan Business Forum.
*       PM Modi flagged off the Palace Queen Humsafar Express between Mysuru & Udaipur in Mysuru Railway Station.
*       Gandhi Nagar railway station in Jaipur, Rajasthan became railway station to be fully-managed by women. Gandhi Nagar is an important railway station in Jaipur situated on the Jaipur-Delhi rail route. The station has the footfall of more than 7,000 passengers every day.
*       Russian space agency Roskosmos successfully launched Progress MS-08, an unmanned cargo spacecraft for the International Space Station (ISS).
*       UK- India Joint research projects on Water Quality Research & Energy Demand Reduction in Built Environment were launched in New Delhi.
*       The Centre has constituted a committee headed by the Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog Mr Rajiv Kumar to study the Brahmaputra & flood control measures in Assam & neighbouring states.
*       Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani released 'India 2018' (English Version) and 'Bharat 2018' (Hindi Version). The books are published by the Publications Division. The book available in both print and online versions.
*       External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj has returned home after successful completion of the goodwill visit to Nepal. This was the first high-level visit from India after completion of historic three-tier elections in Nepal. In her first meeting, Swaraj held talks with CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda.
*       The book penned down by PM Narendra Modi named 'Exam Warriors' was launched to reach out to the students across the country ahead of their exams. The book was released by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
*       Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched world’s smallest rocket with the ability to put a tiny satellite into orbit. It carried a microsatellite TRICOM-1R, a three-unit CubeSat weighing about 3 kilograms.
*       External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has left for her first official visit to Saudi Arabia. During her visit, she will meet with the Saudi leadership to discuss bilateral, regional & global issues of mutual interest. She will also participate in the National Heritage & Culture Festival ‘Janadriyah’.

New Appointments :

*       Rear Admiral Mukul Asthana appointed as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air) at New Delhi.

*       PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi appointed as the International Cricket Council's (ICC) first-ever independent female director.
*       SBI Card, the country's second-largest credit card issuer, appointed Hardayal Prasad as new Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company. He has replaced Vijay Jasuja.
*       National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) appointed Biswamohan Mahapatra as non-executive chairman for two years with immediate effect. He succeeds B Sambamurthy who was the interim chairman.
*       Kannada litterateur Chandrashekar Kambar elected as president of the Sahitya Akademi in the election held for the post. He has replaced Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari. Hindi poet Madhav Koushik has been elected as vice-president.
*       Ethiopia's PM Hailemariam Desalegn suddenly resigned in what he described as a bid to smooth reforms, following years of violent unrest that threatened the ruling party's hold on Africa's second most populous nation.
*       Cyril Ramaphosa, head of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) sworn in as South Africa's new President.
*       Japan's government reappointed Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda for another term.
*       K.P. Sharma Oli was sworn in as Nepal’s PM for the second time, weeks after his Left alliance with the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist) swept the parliamentary polls. He has replaced Sher Bahadur Deuba.
*       Archaeologist & historian Arvind P. Jamkhedkar will be the next Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR). He will replace Prof. K. Sudershan Rao.
*       Television journalist Rahul Mahajan has been appointed as editor-in-chief of the television channel Rajya Sabha TV.
*       Lt. Gen Anil Chauhan took charge as the new Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of the Indian Army. He succeeds Lt General A K Bhatt.
*       Indian Olympic Association (IOA) appointed its joint secretary Vikram Singh Sisodia as the Chef-de-Mission for the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held in Gold Coast, Australia.
*       Senior-most Indian Information Service (IIS) officer Neelam Kapur was appointed Director-General of Sports Authority of India (SAI). It is for the first time that an IIS officer has been appointed as SAI chief.
*       Alphabet has appointed John L. Hennessy as the new board chairman of the company. He has replaced Eric Schmidt.
*       President of Bangladesh, Abdul Hamid appointed Syed Mahmud Hossain as the new Chief Justice of the country. Justice Hossain is the 22nd chief justice of Bangladesh.
*       Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has won re-election for a second term.

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