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Important Current Affairs 23rd February 2018

Important Current Affairs 23rd February 2018

Current Affairs 23rd February 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

North Regional Kisan Mela 2018
●   The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh addressed the farmers in North Regional Kisan Mela-2012 in Varanasi on February 23, 2018.
●   Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has said that today the whole country is aiming to double the income of the farmers at the time of celebrating 75th anniversary of independence in 2022.
●    He said this in the North Regional Kisan Mela, organized in Varanasi today.
Standardization of Big Data

●        The Indian Standards Bureau (BIS), the National Standards Institute of India, organized the fifth International Data Science Conference in New Delhi today with the support of the Data Science Foundation.
●        In the conference, 130 delegations were included with the Human Development Organization in Strategy, Government Policy, Planning Academy Institutions, Electrical Utility Sectors, Researchers and Developers.
●        Speakers from around the world discussed various topics and aspects of Big Data, including Big Data Standardization, Big Data Challenges, Machine Learning, Media, Artificial Intelligence.
Two-day "Juhu Banaras Culture Festival" successfully completed in Varanasi,

●        The "Ministry of Culture" organized by the Ministry of Culture at the temple of Varanasi and the eighty Ghats "successfully organized" Juhu Banaras - Sanagara-Bapu performances "yesterday evening successfully.
●        Folk songs and dance, local dishes and handicrafts and garments were organized in the festival.
●        With the message of cleanliness to the people of Varanasi, the youth were introduced to various aspects of the country's rich heritage.

Memorandum of Understanding signed between Financial Affairs Department and NBCC

●        A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Department of Economic Affairs and the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) in the presence of Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Shri Arun Jaitley on housing construction for Indian Economic Service (IES) officers.
●        The Ministry of Urban Development has allocated 3519 square meters of land on Deendayal Upadhyaya Marg in New Delhi to create 90 residential units for IIS officers.
●        This residential project is being started due to lack of housing system for the junior officers, especially the serious crisis of houses under government General Pool Housing.

Indian Railways included 2 high-speed HP engines 

●        Indian Railways has incorporated two fully capable 2 rail engines under public-private partnership with the assistance of M / s General Electric (GE).
●        These engines are equipped with state-of-the-art insulated-gate biopolymer transistor (IGBT) technology, due to which the efficiency of the engine has increased.
●        In order to make the two HP high-powered 2 Rail engines available to the Indian rail system, GE entrusted the keys of the engines to the Chairman of the Railway Board Mr. Ashwani Lohani.

 The first Ladies Special railway station of Gandhinagar, Jaipur
●        In Rajasthan, the Gandhinagar railway station of Jaipur has become the first general railway station, which will be handled by women only.
●        Gandhinagar station has now become the 'Ladies Special' railway station.
●        Women employees have been given special training to work with full confidence.
●        Previously, Matunga of Mumbai was made "All Woman Station", but it is sub-urban (suburban) railway station.
●        At this railway station 40 women team will do all kinds of work round the clock.
IPO approved for two PSU companies
●        Public sector companies of India Dynamics and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) have got the approval of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for the initial public issue (IPO).
●        Bharat Dynamics received the findings letter from SEBI on February 15, and IREDA on 16 February, which is necessary for any company's IPO.
●        Both the companies had deposited the documents for the IPO between January and December of SEBI.

Current Affairs 23rd February 2018: ECONOMY

$84 million loan agreement for improving and expanding water supply in Bihar

●        Government and Asian Development Bank signed a $ 84 million loan agreement today for improving and expanding water supply in Bhagalpur and Gaya cities of Bihar.
●        In two parts this loan is part of the multi-series financial facility (MFF) of 200 million dollars for Bihar Urban Development Investment Program.
●        ADB had approved in 2012 to provide continuous urban infrastructure and services in four cities of Bihar-Bhagalpur, Gaya, Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur.

 Policy commission will introduce special women cell
●        In view of the rapidly growing group of women entrepreneurs, the Commission will launch a special women cell so that they can get a platform to connect with different stakeholders to promote their campaigns.
●        According to the Policy Commission, women entrepreneurs in the public and private sectors are growing rapidly in India.
●        Anna Roy, a member of the Policy Commission, who arrived in the United States on a business trip with Indian women entrepreneurs, gave this information.
●        In a FICCI program he said that special women cell will be launched next month.

Mahindra & Mahindra to enter General Insurance Business
●        Mahindra & Mahindra, the country's largest farm equipment company, is going to step in the General Insurance business soon.
●        For this, he has made a joint venture with XL Kaitlin.
●        The agreement has been signed with XL Kaitlin to start the General Insurance Company in Partnership.
●        In this, Mahindra and Mahindra will have 51% and XL Kaitlin will have 49% share.

Current Affairs 23rd February 2018: SPORTS

 Sports Marit Bowergen won the most medal at the Winter Olympics
●        Norway's cross-country skier Marit Bowergen became the player with the bronze medal on 21 February 2018 as well as the medalist in the Winter Olympics.
●        On 17 February 2018, he had equalized his opponent, Ole Ener Bournandel after winning the women's four-fold five-kilometer relay.
●        Marit Bowergen broke the record on 21 February 2018 to his rival, Boryndell, and now he has become the highest medalist in the Winter Olympic Games with 14 medals.

Current Affairs 23rd February 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

Agreement between India and Germany for technical cooperation in smart cities and sustainable urban development programs

●        A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Germany was signed here today for technical cooperation in smart cities and sustainable urban development program.
●        The aim of the program is to develop and implement appropriate concepts for the availability of urban basic services and housing in select cities and smart cities. 

Trump Administration Strictened H-1B visa rules

●        The Trump Government has strictly enforced the rules for issuing H-1B visas, which can lead to major problems in getting the visa to Indian Employees in IT companies.
●        It will have an impact on Indian IT companies and employees.
●        Under the new policy of the US government, it has to prove that the job of the employee called on this visa is a specific type of work for one or more job-based jobs at one or more places and should be called for special needs. Used to be.
India-Canada signed 6 agreement
●        The friendship of Canada and India has become deeper. Today there are six important agreements between the two countries.
●        The first agreement between the two countries is electronics, second petroleum, third sports, fourth commerce and industrial policy, fifth highest education and sixth science, technology and innovation.
●        After these agreements, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau joint press conference in Hyderabad House.

FATF put Pakistan in the gray list

●        The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an agency monitoring terrorist funding Pakistan, who is struggling on the economic front, has given a big jolt.
●        FATF has put Pakistan in the Gray List.
●        Coming to the gray list of this global institution of Pakistan means that it will be very difficult to get foreign investment now.
●        Other countries will now avoid investing in Pakistan.

The world's tallest building will be made of wood
●        The country known for its technology, Japan is now preparing to build the world's tallest building with the help of wood.
●        The Japanese company, which will be set up in Tokyo, will build the Japanese Sumitomo factory.
●        The 70-story building is named as 'W 350' project.
●        About 1 lakh 80 thousand cubic meter of wood will be used in this building.
●        It will take at least 13 years to build this made of wood.

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Important Current Affairs 22nd February 2018

Important Current Affairs 22nd February 2018

Current Affairs 22nd February 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Shahzada Karim Aga Khan meets President Ramnath Kovind
●        Shahzada Karim Aga Khan met President Shri Ramnath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
●        Welcoming Shahzada Agha Khan at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President congratulated him for the diamond jubilee of his leadership of the Ismaili community.
●        He said that the princes have politely led the community and they are the radical examples of the good of humanity.
●        The President said that the princess appreciated the support of Aga Khan in the development initiatives being made in India and in other parts of the world.
ICAR has established a new research center in Motihari.
●        Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has said that the Eastern Research Complex of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Patna is working not only in the area of paddy, wheat or pulses, oilseeds but also in the field of crop diversification, livestock development, fisheries management , Water Management, Horticulture, Agriculture, Forestry and Soil Science.
●        Singh said that a new research center has been set up at Motihari for the purpose of intensive research and technical creation and dissemination by the ICAR on consolidated farming system and six scientists have also been appointed.
●        Integrated agricultural system model has been developed in Patna, Pusa, Sabaur, Madhepura, Kaimur and Buxar.
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding for joint working of Public Sector Undertakings and Organizations of the Department of Telecommunications
●        Minister of State for Communication and Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha released a strategic plan for working together with public sector undertakings and organizations of the Department of Telecommunications in New Delhi today.
●        He highlighted the strength of various PSU BSNL, MTNL, BBNL, TCIL, ITI and other organizations such as TEC and C-DOT.
●        He gave an example of the revelation of Bharatnet and ITI and it is a good example of working together in public sector undertakings.

Formation of Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAP) for North Eastern Region

●        An inter-ministerial committee has been constituted for medicinal and aromatic plants for the North Eastern Region.
●        This decision was taken in the meeting of secretaries of North Eastern Region and Ministry of AYUSH.
●        The committee will coordinate the various programs of the Central Government to develop the area of medicinal and aromatic plants.
●        The first meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) will be held on 12 March.
●        Co-chaired by the Secretary of North Eastern Region and Ministry of AYUSH this meeting.

Ashwini Kumar Choubey launches healthy lifestyle cyclist journey

●        A healthy lifestyle cyclist was organized on 22nd February in Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi.
●        Its main purpose is to promote the adaptive lifestyle of nature and health.
●        This program was organized by National Medicos Organization.
●        This cyclist will travel from New Delhi to Sonepat, Haryana.

Union Cabinet approves creation of National Urban Housing Fund
●        The Union Cabinet has approved the formation of National Urban Housing Fund (NUHF) of 60,000 crores on 20th February 2018.
●        This meeting took place under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
●        This fund will be held in the Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC).
●        BMTPC is an autonomous body of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, registered under the Institution Registration Act 1860.

Central Cabinet Approves Proposal for Judicial Settlement of Mahanadi Water Dispute
●        The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for the judicial settlement of Mahanadi river water dispute.
●        The tribunal will determine the distribution of water between the total reservoirs in the entire Mahanadi basin, the contribution of each state, the current use of water resources in every state and the possibility of future development.
●        According to the provisions of Interstate River Water Dispute (ISRWD) Act, 1956, there will be a president and two other members in the tribunal, who will nominate the Chief Justice of India from the Supreme Court or the High Court Judges.
●        Apart from this, water resources experts will be provided services of two assessors to give advice in the proceedings of the tribunal.

EPFO lowered interest rate
●        The Employees Provident Fund Organization has reduced the interest rate for the year 2017-18.
●        The Employees Provident Fund Organization has fixed the new interest rate at 8.55 per cent, while it was 8.65 per cent earlier.
●        Investments in Employee Provident Fund for employed people is very beneficial.
●        The EPF is also mandatory for private sector employees with the government.

Current Affairs 22nd February 2018: ECONOMY

15th Finance Commission invited suggestions / suggestions from the general public, institutions and organizations for high inclusive development.

●        15th Finance Commission has invited suggestions / ideas from the general public, institutions and organizations for high inclusive development.
●        The commission will review the current status of the efforts made by the Central and State Governments for finances, deficits, liability levels, cash balance and fiscal persistence.
●        The Commission will also recommend a fiscal persistence roadmatch in relation to solid fiscal management.
●        The Commission will review the responsibilities of the Central Government and the State Governments in relation to the levels of general government debt and losses.

Approval of projects worth Rs. 4,000 crores in the ninth meeting of Executive Committee of National Ganga Sanitation Mission

●        In the ninth meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Ganga Sanitation Mission (NMCG), about 4,000 crore rupees projects have been approved.
●        This includes 20 MLD public wastewater treatment plant for leather refining factories located in Jajmau, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
●        In this project of three stages of estimated cost of Rs 629 crore, there will be a pre-purification unit of 380 different leather refining units, one 20 CETP, in which natural, biological and advanced refining arrangements.

Current Affairs 22nd February 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

Agreement to avoid double taxation between India and Kenya
●        The agreement to avoid double taxation between India and Kenya was signed in 1985 and it was notified.
●        After this, the agreement was re-negotiated and a revised agreement was signed between the two countries on July 11, 2016.
●        The amended agreement was notified in the Official Gazette on February 19, 2018.

The world's largest cave in Vietnam
●        This cave, Vietnam's Hong San Dong, is the world's largest cave.
●        The 9 km long, 200 meters wide and 150 meter high cave has its own world.
●        There is everything from small forests and trees to clouds and river.
●        For the first time in 2013, it was opened for tourists, but only 250 to 300 people were allowed to go there every year.
●        Now this year, for the first time here, 900 tourists will go.

Current Affairs 22nd February 2018: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 Indian scientists develop a next generation technology loop to create clean energy
●        Indian scientists have developed excellent micro-carbon dioxide Bretan Test Loop facility, which will help in generating clean energy from future energy plants, including solar heaters.
●        This next generation technology loop has been developed indigenously by Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
●        This is India's first test bed for the next generation, which is an effective, compact, waterless, super critical carbon dioxide Bretton cycle test loop for power generation.
●        Probably this technology is the world's first test loop in which there is a solar heat source.

Current Affairs 22nd February 2018: SPORTS

A world-class football academy may be established in Manipur
●        A group of 20 students from Chandel district of Manipur met their teachers with Union youth Affairs and Minister of State for Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore.
●        The age of students is 11-16 years.
●        He said that his ministry is considering establishing a world-class football academy in the state with the help of the Manipur government.

Current Affairs 22nd February 2018: RANKING

India ranked 81th in global corruption perception index
●        In the 'Global Corruption Perception Index' released by Transparency International, India is placed 81st.
●        In the case of corruption and press freedom in the Asia Pacific region, the country was named after the worst case scenario.
●        In this index, about 180 countries were kept in the public sector corruption cases.
●        In 2016, India was ranked 79th in 176 countries.

Current Affairs 22nd February 2018: DEFENSE

India successfully tested Prithvi-2 missile

●        India successfully test-fired Prithvi-missile capable of indigenously manufactured and atomic weapon on February 21, 2018 from a test center in Odisha.
●        This missile is able to kill 350 kilometers.
●        As an experimental test by the army, the surface-to-surface missile was launched from the launch of the Integrated Testing Center (ITR) at Chandipur, about 8:30 pm, from the launch complex-3.

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Important Current Affairs 21st February 2018

Important Current Affairs 21st February 2018

Current Affairs 21st February 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

‘Uttar Pradesh Investor Conference'
●    The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today delivered the inaugural address at the Uttar Pradesh Investors’ Summit – 2018.
●    He said that when change happens, it becomes apparent for all to see. 
●    He added that the organization of such a big investors’ summit in Uttar Pradesh, with the participation of so many investors, is itself indicative of change. 
●    He congratulated the State for establishing itself on the path of development and prosperity in such a short time frame.

Six new features for the National Agricultural Markets 
●        The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh today launched its six new features today to make the use of the National Agricultural Market platform more easy.
●        On this occasion, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Kisan Kalyan, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was also present.
●        The scheme is one of the flagship and important flagship schemes of the Government of India.
The foundation stone of the integrated office premises of DGCA, BCAS, AERA, AAIB and AAI at Safdarjung Airport

●        The Union Civil Aviation Minister, Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju has taken over the responsibility of Civil Aviation Directorate (DGCA), Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), Indian Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA), Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) have laid the foundation stone of the integrated office premises at Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi.
●        This unified office complex, constructed at an approximate cost of about 303 crores, will fulfill the long pending demand of the offices of aviation regulatory authorities at one place and near the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
●        This proposed integrated office complex, built in an area of 70,940 sq.m., will be three-storey and it employs 1500 workers.

Government establishes 'Policy Forum for the Northeast'

●        The Central Government has issued an order to establish 'Policy Forum for the North-East'.
●        Forum co-chaired by the Deputy Chairman of the Policy Commission and Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge). The forum's secretariat will be in the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region.
●        Forum will identify bottlenecks in development work and recommend necessary steps for faster and sustainable development in the North-East.
●        He will also take note of the development situation in the North-Eastern region.

First regional agricultural center inaugurated in Mizoram on 7th March, with Israeli cooperation

●        A Delegation led by Israel's ambassador to India, Mr. Daniel Carman, met the Minister of State for North Eastern Region, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Minister of State, Personnel and Pension, Atomic Energy and Minister of State for Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh. 
●    During the meeting, various issues of mutual interest including start-up, food processing, innovation and technology were discussed.
●        Israel's Ambassador told that the first Regional Agriculture Center in the North-East with the help of Israel will be inaugurated on March 7 in Mizoram.
●        Established at a cost of Rs. 08-10 crore, this center will be specially for the processing of citrus fruits.

J P Nadda addressed Global Digital Health Partnership Seminar in Australia

●        Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Shri J. P. Nadda today addressed the Global Digital Health Partnership Seminar in Sydney, Australia.
●        The National Health Policy of India (2017) expressly expresses the aspirations of the people of India's health care as three distinct goals.
NDMA organizes workshop on Preparedness, Mitigation and Management of heat wave

●    In its continuous efforts towards reducing the adverse impact of the imminent heat wave across different parts of the country, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with the Government of Andhra Pradesh is conducting a two-day national workshop on Preparedness, Mitigation and Management of Heat Wave in Vijaywada today.
●    The workshop is aimed at sensitising States to the need of preparing and implementing their Heat Wave Action Plans in line with NDMA’s ‘Guidelines for Preparation of Action Plan – Prevention and Management of Heat-Wave’, first prepared in 2016, updated in 2017 and shared with all heat wave-prone States and stakeholders for implementation.

India accounts for 25.4 deaths per 1,000 infant babies
●        A recent report titled 'Every Child Alive' was released by the United Nations Children's Fund.
●        According to this report, Japan is the safest country for newborns, while Pakistan is the most dangerous country.
●        In this report, Japan, Iceland and Singapore have been described as the safest country for birth, where only one case of death per thousand children occurs in the first 28 days of birth.

Kamal Haasan created 'Makkal Needhi Maiam'
●        Famous actor of South Indian films Kamal Haasan has announced the name of his political party.
●        Arvind Kejriwal CM of Delhi, was present at the launch program of 'Makkal Needhi Maiam', which was launched on Wednesday.
●        Describing former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam as his ideal, Kamal termed his party as a "party of people".

Current Affairs 21st February 2018: DEFENSE

Saras successfully completed the second test flight
●    India’s indigenous light transport aircraft SARAS has been successfully test flown for a second time today. 
●    The flight commanded by Wing Commander U.P. Singh, Group Captain R.V. Panicker and Group Captain K.P. Bhat of Indian Air Force- Aircraft and System Testing Establishment, took off from HAL’s airport in Bengaluru for a text book flight.
●    This was the second of the 20 test flights planned for SARAS PT1N, before freezing the production version.

Avani Chaturvedi flew fighter plane 
●        Flight officer of Indian Air Force Avani Chaturvedi has created history by flying the MiG-21 fighter plane alone.
●        On the morning of 19 February, Avani took off from Jamnagar air base of Gujarat and successfully completed his mission.
●        She became the first woman in India to fly fighter aircrafts alone.

Current Affairs 21st February 2018: SPORTS

Blind Cricket World Cup winning Indian team felicitated

●       Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot honored 17 members of the winning Indian team in the visually impaired Cricket World Cup.
●        He also presented a cash prize of Rs 34 lakhs to the winning team at a function here today.
●        Cash prize was given under Ministry's awareness generation and promotional scheme.

Current Affairs 21st February 2018: ECONOMY

20% increase in budget allocation for policy commission

●        The role of the policy commission has been strengthened by the finance minister as the carrier of change in the country from the budget presented for the new India.
●        The allocation for the Ministry of Planning, which is a part of the policy commission, has been increased from Rs. 279.79 crores of 2017-18 to Rs. 339.65 crores for 2018-19.

Current Affairs 21st February 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

Plan of America, Japan, Australia and India equivalent to China's OBOR
●        To challenge China's OBOR Project, Australia, America, Japan and India have jointly formed a joint project.
●        These four countries are jointly preparing for joint regional infrastructure scheme.
●        According to the Australian Financial Review, India has made this preparation to reduce the growing dominance of Beijing.
●        Under this important plan, high level infrastructure will be developed from Asia to Africa. For this, America, Japan, Australia and India will work together with their partner countries to improve trade routes from land and sea.

Misconception in Japanese exchange, people bought bitcoins for free
●        Due to the fault in Japan's cryptocurrency exchange, many investors managed to buy cryptocurrency bitcoin free, however no one could earn profits from this purchase.
●        Investors were able to purchase bitcoin for free for 20 minutes because of the mess in the system of registered Jeff in Japan.
●    Only 7 people have managed to buy bitcoin in this way.
●        The incident happened on February 16.

Current Affairs 21st February 2018: SCIENCE

Successful surgery done on a women at the age of 104

●        The story of a woman in Thane district of Maharashtra has become a precedent for the people of the state and the patients suffering from serious ailments.
●        Due to Vithabai strong will and strong intentions of Thane, her successful hip replacement surgery took place at 104 years of age.
●        Dr Milind Patil, of the hospital of Vithabai surgery said, "The maximum age of registered surgery for hip replacement in the Guinness Book of World Records is 102 years.

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Important Current Affairs 20th February 2018

Important Current Affairs 20th February 2018

Current Affairs 20th February 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Cabinet approval for formation of National Urban Housing Fund
●        The Union Cabinet has approved the formation of National Urban Housing Fund (NUHF) of 60,000 crore rupees.
●        This fund will be held in the Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC).
●        BMPTC is an autonomous body of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, registered under the Institution Registration Act 1860.

Approval of India-Morocco Cooperation Agreement in Railway Sector
●        The Union Cabinet has approved the retrospective agreement for the cooperation between the National Railway Office of India and Morocco.
●        Under this, long term cooperation and partnership will be developed in different areas of the railway.
●        The cooperation agreement was signed on December 14, 2017.
Approval of the new Bill, 2018 to ban irregular deposits and chit funds (amendment)
●        Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet has approved to introduce the Bill on Ban on Irregular Deposit Scheme, 2018 in Parliament.
●        The objective of this bill is to deal with the problems related to non-legal deposits in the country.
●        The Bill on Ban of Irregular Deposit Schemes, 2018, will provide a detailed law to deal with the evil associated with illegal savings schemes in this way,
Early introduction of Shishu Sadan facility in Parliament House
●        Presenting the example of the spirit of the inclusive and collaborative work environments for women employees, the infant house (crèche) will be established soon in the Parliament House.
●        In the direct supervision of Lok Sabha Speaker, the development work of the Shishu Sadan is in progress and a senior official is monitoring the work.
India's 42 languages and dialects on the verge of extinction

●        The report released by the Home Ministry said that 42 languages and dialects spoken in India are in crisis.
●        According to this report, there are only a few thousand people using these 42 languages and dialects, which have led to this defeat.
●        It has been reported in the report of the Census Directorate under the Ministry of Home Affairs that there are 22 notified and 100 non-notified languages in India which are spoken by one lakh people or more.
●        The United Nations has also prepared a list of such 42 Indian languages or dialects.

Instructions to make Gayatri Mantra mandatory in Haryana schools
●        According to the recent order issued by the Education Directorate of Haryana, all government schools will be started with Gayatri Mantra.
●        In the instructions issued by the Directorate of Education, it has been specifically emphasized that schools have to chant Gayatri Mantra every day to their students.
●        Prayer will start with the Gayatri Mantra in Government schools, while the prayer will end with the national anthem.
Opening coal mines and trade doors for private companies
●        By taking a big decision, the government has incorporated private companies into the coal business.
●        Now private companies will also be able to take out their business from coal.
●        After nationalization of coal sector in 1973, it is believed to be a major reform.
●        This decision was taken in the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) meeting.

Kamal Haasan will launch his party tomorrow
●        Kamal Haasan will launch his political party on Wednesday
●        He has also called Delhi's CM Arvind Kejriwal in this program .
●        Hassan said that he is coming into politics just because the existing AIADMK government in the state is bad.
●        That is why they are not meeting any member of this party.

Current Affairs 20th February 2018: DEFENSE

Approval of construction of bus-bay near land of Indian Defense University in Gurugram, Haryana

●        The Union Cabinet has approved the three milled land of the National Highway Authority of India for the construction of bus-bay near the land of Indian Defense University in Gurugram, Haryana.
●        With this, the Cabinet also sanctioned payment of Rs 1,82,719 lakhs made back by the Haryana Government on non-notification of the three dead land.
●        This amount was given to the Haryana Government in 2011 during land acquisition.

Agni-II missile test successful
●        Agni-II intermediate range ballistic missile was tested on Tuesday from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha.
●        This test was done by Strategic Force Command.
●        The range of missile is 2000 km.
●        It can be increased to 3 thousand km.
●        Agni II missile is capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

Current Affairs 20th February 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

Approval of agreement to co-produce films between India and Israel
●        The Cabinet has granted retrospective approval to an agreement related to film production between India and Israel.
●        This agreement was signed by the two countries during the visit of Prime Minister of Israel Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu to Hyderabad House in New Delhi on January 15, 2018.

Walmart can open retail stores with Flipkart
●        There is also a proposal to open retail stores chain in the country with Walmart's ongoing investment interactions with Flipkart.
●        Wal-Mart is in talks to buy more than 30% stake in the country's largest online marketplace.
●        This will help the American company to open another front in the global competition with Amazon.
Surplus budget in Singapore, citizens get Rs 15,000 bonus
●        The Singapore government has announced a unique gift to its citizens on Monday.
●        Singapore's finance minister informed about the surplus of about 10 million Singapore dollars in 2017 budget.
●        According to him, keeping in mind the surplus, Singapore's all citizens 21 years and above will be given a 'SG bonus' of 300 Singapore dollars (about Rs 15,000).
Indian-American announces fight for Florida
●        An Indian-American announced the decision to contest the election of the US House of Representatives from the Florida District.
●        Brevard Democratic Party leader Sanjay Patel will challenge the Republican Party's outgoing MP Bill Pozo from Florella District 8.
●        Patel, a resident of Satellite Beach, announced his candidacy this week in a meeting of the Vieira of the Brevard County Democratic Executive Committee.

Current Affairs 20th February 2018: ECONOMY

An allocation of Rs 37,000 crore to eradicate water crisis in Rajasthan
●        Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje presented the 5th budget of the Rajasthan government for the financial year 2018-19.
●        This time Chief Minister made several major announcements in the state government budget this time.
●        According to budget announcements, seven lakh new electricity connections will be released in the state.
●        The chief minister has allocated Rs 37 thousand crore to overcome the problem of drinking water in 13 districts of Rajasthan.

35,000 crore deal with Maharashtra government's Rooftop aircraft maker Amol Yadav
●        The Maharashtra government has signed a deal worth 35 thousand crore with Rooftop Aircraft Maker Amol Yadav.
●        The Maharashtra government approved Monday the deck of Captain Amol Yadav, India's first private aircraft maker, to set up a indigenous factory for the construction of 20-seat planes in Palghar in a Rs 35,000-crore project on Monday.
●        The Maharashtra government had given support to it and was impressed by their efforts to offer land and fund to make a 20-seater aircraft.

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Important Current Affairs 19th February 2018

Important Current Affairs 19th February 2018

Current Affairs 19th February 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister launches railway projects in Mysore
●        Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today dedicated the electrified railway line between Mysore and KSR Bangalore to the nation today.
●        They flagged the 'Palace Queen Hamsters Express' train running between Mysore and Udaipur at a ceremony held at Mysore Railway Station.
●        Earlier, the Prime Minister also inaugurated the Bahubali General Hospital.
National Workshop organized on "Agriculture 2022-Doubling Farmers Income"
●        The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that the government wants to see the wages of the farmer with the stock of food and agricultural products and increase their income.
●        This was stated by the Union Agriculture Minister in the inaugural function of the two-day workshop (19-20 February 2018) held in New Delhi on 'Agriculture 2022 - Doubling Farmers Income'.
 Delhi Clean Air Campaign

●        The Central Government has requested the governments of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to take all measures to reduce air pollution in nearby cities like Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad and Gurugram.
●        The State Governments and other agencies have been instructed to pay special attention to the activities of pollution in large quantities, making necessary decisions by visiting the spot in case of vehicular pollution and traffic jam.

Ministry of Railways has given maximum relaxation of age limit for all categories
●        The Ministry of Railways has decided to provide relaxation in maximum age limit for recruitment on Group C Level I and II posts.
●        The Railway Recruitment Board will release the corrigendum on its official website shortly.
●        The last date for submission of application will be forwarded appropriately.
●        It has been decided to make available the question papers in various regional languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Oriya, Telugu and Bengali to the examiners.
500 km long highway projects costing Rs 3700 crores in Karnataka
●        Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Conservation Minister, Shri Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation stone of 138.5 km long highway projects worth Rs 873.5 crore in Shimoga district of Karnataka today.
●        Nitin Gadkari is on a two-day official tour of this state, where he will lay the foundation stone for more than 500 kilometers of highway projects costing more than 3700 crore rupees in Shimoga, Bidar, Bijapur and Hubli districts.

Sex ratio in Gujarat worst

●        In a report related to the recently released sex ratio, the statistics of 21 states have been given in India.
●        According to these figures, there has been a significant decline in sex ratio in 17 states.
●        The biggest difference in the number of men and women is found in Gujarat.
●        The Policy Commission has released this report for a period of 2015-16.
Gitanjali CFO, Vice President and board member resigns
●        Gitanjali James's big executives involved in a Rs 11,300-crore PNB loan scam broke away from the company.
●        Two senior officers of senior management including Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Chandrakant Karkare and one board member have resigned.
●        In a regulatory filing, the company told that the resignation of Vice President and company secretary Pankhuri will be effective from February 13, while Karkare separated himself on 15 February from the post of CFO.

Amazon launches food retailing business in Pune

●        Amazon has started his food retail business in India under the pilot project in Pune.
●        Amazon has become the first foreign e-commerce company, which is selling food items directly to people in India.
●        The country's second largest e-commerce company, Amazon, may take up to three months to start a food retailing business across the country.

Gujarat body elections : BJP out of 75 in 47 municipalities won
●        The results of the 75 municipal elections in Gujarat came on Monday.
●        BJP won 47 seats, while Congress got 16 seats.
●        BJP lost 13 seats in comparison to last election.

Current Affairs 19th February 2018: SUMMIT

JP Nadda addresses Global Digital Health Partnership Summit in Australia

●        Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Shri J.P. Nadda addressed a Global Digital Health Partnership Summit in Canberra, Australia today.
●        The Union Health Minister addressed the gathering on 'Prioritizing Digital Health Services in Health Services Reform Area'.

Current Affairs 19th February 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

Researchers searched for scientific reasons behind Aurora secrets
●        On the basis of a study, scientists from the University of Tokyo of Japan have claimed to explore the scientific secrets behind the presence of Aurora i.e. Northern Lights on both the poles of the earth.
●        By this research, the physical causes of these colorful light rays were not yet known, but the physical causes were detected by the research of the scientists of the University of Tokyo.
●        According to the scientists of the University of Tokyo, Aurora is born from the mutation of electrons and plasma waves.

Women in Saudi Arabia will be able to start business even without men's approval
●        Now in Saudi Arabia, women will not need the permission of their husbands or other male relatives to start their own business.
●        This decision has been taken to promote private sector in the country.
●        In the last one year, banners such as driving and soccer matches for women have been removed.

Imran's third marriage at the age of 65
●        Imran Khan , a former Pakistan cricketer and now a politician, has got third marriage done. 
●        65 year old Imran's wife name is Bushra Menaka. 
●       She is also his spiritual teacher. 

Current Affairs 19th February 2018: ECONOMY

Aircel dissolved board
●        Telecom company Aircel will soon apply for bankruptcies in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).
●        Earlier the company's board has been dissolved.
●        With this, the last small telecom company will also depart from the market.
●        In this case, four telecom companies, except BSNL-MTNL, will remain.
●        Later, the merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular will be completed, then only three players will remain in the telecom market of the country.

 France gives 800 crores to Smart India mission
●        Foreign banks are also coming forward to help India's Smart City mission.
●        France's Agence France-Presse Development Bank has shown interest to fund India about 800 crores for this mission.
●        Agence France Development Bank provides technical assistance and finance to developing and improving the everyday life in emerging countries.
●        It is operational in India since 2008.
Rotomac didn’t pay 3695 crores of 7 banks
●        The CBI has registered a case against Rothmac Company and its directors on the complaint of Bank of Baroda.
●        It has been said in the complaint that 3 Directors, including Rotomac and Vikram Kothari, did not repay 3695 crores of 7 banks, these people had obtained this loan by fraud.

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Important Current Affairs 18th February 2018

Important Current Affairs 18th February 2018

Current Affairs 18th February 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

No woman MLA has been there in Nagaland till date
●        Nagaland will be going for the upcoming assembly elections on February 27.
●        The results will be announced on March 3.
●       This time, in the 60-member assembly, 195 candidates are in the fray, out of which only five are women.

Surat's 'Pad couple' 
●        Pad couple Meena Mehta and Atul Mehta are both living in Surat Gujarat.
●        For the last five years, these couples are distributing 5000 sanitary napkins every month to those needy women and girls.

Hyperloop project between Mumbai-Pune
●        After starting the bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Ahmedabad from the country's financial capital, the people of Mumbai are getting double the speed of hyperloop running with speed .
●        In order to connect Mumbai-Pune with HyperLoop, the American company Virgin Group has announced signing an intent agreement with the Maharashtra government.
●        The company claims that this technique can be carried out at a speed of 1000 kilometers per hour and the journey between Mumbai-Pune will be completed in just 13 minutes.

Current Affairs 18th February 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

The foundation of Trump Towers will be laid in India.
●        US President Donald Trump's son and businessman Donald Trump is coming to India on Monday to keep the cornerstone of Junior Trump Towers luxurious residences project.
●        Trump Group Director Trump Jr. will reach Gurigram from his special aircraft.
●        The construction work of Trump Towers will commence in March and this project will be completed in 5 years.
●        Each tower will be of 50 floors, equipped with all modern comforts.

'View Image' option disappeared from Google
●        You will not see this 'View Image' option in Google Image Search.
●        This is a way to generate revenue for Google's copyright protection and uploading websites.
●        Google wants users to visit the website now and see them only by visiting the website.
●        Whereby publishers could get revenues for their image.

Tamil Nadu has more wind power than Denmark and Sweden

●        Tamilnadu appears to be heading towards becoming the world's leading sector in wind power.
●        In the report of the US-based Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, it has been estimated that by the year 2027, more than half of the energy produced in Tamil Nadu will start with zero emission technology i.e. wind power and solar energy.
●        At present, Tamil Nadu has the capacity of 7.85 GW wind power.
●        These capacities are more than Denmark and Sweden.

A Mexican creature named Xolotal can be reborn
●        The eyes of the scientists are nowadays on an organism that can be said that they can die and then be born again.
●        This creature named Mexican Xolotal is found in the lakes of Mexico.
●        It can live on land as well as water. This animal, which looks like a lizards, is known for its extraordinary strength to grow again after its organs are destroyed.
●        If there is no organ of this organism, it is able to grow that organ with bone, vein and meat again in the same place every week.

Current Affairs 18th February 2018: SPORTS

Winter Olympics 2018: Marcel Hirscher won the second gold at the Olympics
●        Austria's Marcel Hirscher won the second Olympic Gold Medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Games, easily winning the Gold Medal of Men Giant Slalom.
●        Herschers, who dominated the World Cup for the last six years, were successful in winning Alpine Combined individual gold medal on Tuesday.
●        Francis Alexis Pinuturl won the bronze.
225 players for CWG 2018
●        The Commonwealth Games Association has increased the quotas for Indian players in two games considering India's demand and now 225 players will represent India in the Commonwealth Games from April 4 to 15 in Australia.
●        While the federation has increased quota in boxing and athletics, at the same time, India has reduced quota in gymnastics, shooting and cycling.
●        2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Indian team of 214 players took part. 
India won the first T20 match against Africa by 28 runs
●        India batted first, scored 203 runs in five wickets in 20 overs.
●        In reply, South Africa could score 175 runs in nine overs in 20 overs.
●        Shikhar Dhawan scored 72 runs off just 39 balls.

Current Affairs 18th February 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

HyperLoop idea was first given by Elon Musk
●        Tesla Co-founder Elon Musk gave the idea of hyperloop for the first time.
●        Then work on several projects related to it started and the world saw that a vacuum tube could be run on the basis of magnetic levitation technology (magnetic levitation technique) and it would be a revolutionary transport system of the coming tomorrow.
●        Work on development of maglev or magnetic levitation trains is already underway.
●        In this, the train runs over the top of the track with the help of a magnet.

Iran is the biggest threat to the world: Netanyahu
●        Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described Iran as the biggest threat to the world.
●        He accused Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that he is the only plain spokesman of the Iranian leadership who lie.
●        Netanyahu said that last week Iran sent drones in the border of Israel, which had been killed by our security forces, but Iran has denied it.
Ben Coomes traveled 21 countries with his sports car
●        A man from England traveled 21 countries from his pub to the southwest of the pub located most north of the earth with his sports car.
●        38-year-old Ben Coomes is from Plymouth in England.
●        From the Arctic Circle to the southern end of Chile, he traveled 20 thousand miles through three continents.
●        It takes seven months to complete this journey.

Current Affairs 18th February 2018: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Scientists have created human eggs in the lab
●        Edinburgh University scientists claim that they have developed human eggs in the laboratory.
●        Each and every girl born with the normal body produces approximately 10 to 20 million underdeveloped ovules.
●        At the time of adolescence, this egg develops one by one each month, which is called a monthly cycle.

Current Affairs 18th February 2018: ECONOMY


RIL to invest 60,000 crore
●        The Magnetic Maharashtra Global Investor Summit was organized on Sunday.
●        Founder Mukesh Ambani, founder of Reliance Industries, in the summit announced to invest Rs 60,000 crore in Maharashtra's first Integrated Digital Area.
●        Ambani said that like other global companies, REL will invest 60 thousand crores in the next 10 years for the first integrated digital area in Maharashtra.

Bad loan increased by 23% in 8 months
●        Punjab National Bank, which is facing the country's largest banking fraud, can now have an impact on ratings.
●        Rating agency Crisil has put Punjab National Bank of Public Sector in the 'Watch' category.
●        These defaulters have increased by 23 per cent.

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Important Current Affairs 17th February 2018

Important Current Affairs 17th February 2018

Current Affairs 17th February 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

National Banana Fair, 2018  
●        Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh addressed the National Kala Mela, organized in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala today, 2018.
●       Banana and Plants In tropical developed countries, there is a rich fiber-rich food crop for millions of people, which is being cultivated from about 4000 years old ie 2020 BC.
●        The original production base of banana is India and it is cultivated in a broad scale in India's tropical subtropical and coastal areas.
Narendra Modi to inaugurate fourth container terminal of JNPT tomorrow in Mumbai
●        Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Fourth Container Terminal (FCT) of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai tomorrow.
●        Along with that, JNPT will double its container operating capacity.
●        The new FCT will add the capacity of 24 lakh containers per year during the first phase and after the completion of the second phase in 2022, the JNPT capacity will be 100 lakh containers per year.
Yogi Sarkar presented the annual budget of Uttar Pradesh
●        The Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath Government presented the state budget on February 16, 2018.
●        Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister Rajesh Agrawal presented the second budget of the Yogi Sarkar.
●        Agarwal presented a budget of 4 lakh 28 thousand 384 million rupees.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Delhi on a 7-day tour
●        Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reached the Indira Gandhi International Airport on a seven-day tour on Saturday evening.
●        They will go to Agra, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Mumbai and Amritsar.
●        There can be negotiations on increasing the trade between uranium, Khalistan and the two countries.
●        Apart from this, he also wants to follow the Indo-China Voters in Canada.

Special train-coach for the wedding party or tour will be online booking
●        Now any passenger can book Special Train, Coach, Salon with full tariff rate (FTR) through single window booking system of RCRCTC.
●        On this kind of online booking, 5 percent of the total rent will be charged.
●        At the same time, passenger will also have to pay 30% service charge.
●        To book special train of 18 coaches, 50 thousand rupees will also be deposited as security.

Firing at Florida School: 17 Deaths
●        In a high school in South Florida, a student fired on Wednesday in which 17 people died.
●        These include many students.
●        14 people have been injured.
●        Nicholas Cruz, the accused is 19 years old.
●        She is an alumnus of this school.

Industrialist Vikram Kothari absconding
●        The company that is making Rotomac Pen is accused of fleeing with a loan of more than Rs 500 crore from different government banks.
●        Owner of this company in Kanpur, Vikram Kothari took more than 500 crores loan from 5 government banks.
●        Allahabad Bank, Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Indian Overseas Bank and Union Bank of India kept the rule-law on fire and gave such a big loan to Vikram Kothari.

Current Affairs 17th February 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

International Sustainable Development Conference 2018 Done in Delhi
●        Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the World Sustainable Development Conference on February 16, 2018 in Vigyan Bhawan, Delhi.
●        WSDS is the main platform of the Energy and Resource Institute, which strives to bring global leaders and thinkers together with sustainable development, energy and the environment.
●        The topic of this year's summit was 'Partnership for a Regulant Planet'.

9 deals including security and energy between India and Iran
●        Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was on a three-day tour.
●        Delegation level talks between Rohini and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday .
●        After this meeting, there was agreement on 9 agreements, including security, trade and energy, between the two countries.

The Chinese company has given a bonus of Rs 163 crore

●        Here Fangda Special Steel Technology has given the employees 163 crores bonuses.
●        This amount was given in cash.
●        Employees took away the money in big bags.
●        There are about 5,000 employees in the company's steel unit.
●        Annual income from Fangda sales is Rs. 82,000 crores.
●        In the last 7 years, the company has Rs 1,630 crore The bonus is given.

Vijay Mallya to repay 578 million in London court
●        Vijay Mallya's day is not getting better. In another case, they have to eat a mole in the court.
●        The London court has ordered that Mallya pay 90 million rupees (approximately 578 million rupees) to Singapore's aviation company.
●        This case was linked to Kingfisher Airlines contract of aircraft lease in 2014.
●        Judge in the Business and Property Court in the High Court of London said that the defendant has no argument or evidence to defend against the claim.

send money via WhatsApp
●        Now it would be possible to send money through the Whatsapp in India.
●        The company is bringing the UPI based payment feature in India.
●        This feature is currently in testing mode.
●        After some time this feature will be available to everyone.
●        There are 20 million Whatsapp users in India.
Hackers stole Rs 38 cr from Russia's central bank
●        By attacking Russia's Central Bank Swift, the hackers blew 339.5 million rubles (more than $ 6 million or more than 38 million rupees) from Russia's Central Bank last year.
●        On Friday, Russia's central bank informed about this.
●        This has been revealed in a report focused on the theft of Russian banks on digital theft.
●        The central bank has said that information of a successful attack was sent to the workplace of the SWIFT System Operator.

Pakistan can deploy troops in Saudi Arabia

●        Making major changes in its policy, Pakistan has decided to deploy soldiers in Saudi Arabia under bilateral security cooperation.
●        After the meeting between army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Saudi ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed al-Maliki, at the Army headquarters located in Rawalpindi, the army of Pakistan announced this.
●        The army said, "Continuing the Pakistan-Saudi bilateral security cooperation, a group of Pakistani troops are being sent to Saudi Arabia on training and consultation missions. These soldiers and the soldiers already present there will not be deployed outside Saudi Arabia.

Current Affairs 17th February 2018: SCIENCE 

5 IITs join hands for 5G Technologies in India
●        More than 200 researchers, students and teachers of the 5 Indian Institute of Technology ( IIT ) have joined hands for a 300-million project to develop 5G technology in India .
●        This project of the Department of Telecommunications is being said to be the largest project in collaboration with these institutions.
●        In this project, 5G will be tested in technology companies, telecom operators, optic and start-up so that it can be researched and developed.

Current Affairs 17th February 2018: SPORTS

Roger Federer becomes world's number one tennis player

●        Switzerland's world-renowned tennis player Roger Federer won the Rotterdam Open title on 16 February 2018.
●        With this win, he has become the oldest player to reach number one in the world rankings.
●        Recently, Federer won his 20th Grand Slam.
●        Roger Federer won the 20th Grand Slam, now he has become the oldest player to reach the top in the world rankings.

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Important Current Affairs 16th February 2018

Important Current Affairs 16th February 2018

Current Affairs 16th February 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas organized a workshop in Ahmedabad
●        A successful workshop was organized by the government yesterday in Ahmedabad to provide information about the uniform open area licensing policy of hydrocarbons excavation to the potential investors and information about the tender process.
●        In this workshop organized by the Directorate of Hydrocarbons, more than 150 excavations and production companies, investors, entrepreneurs and academicians participated, including the Director General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) and senior government officials.
Swedish researchers made new discoveries for cancer treatment
●        According to a recent research done by Swedish researchers, the microscopic molecules formed in the human body, which specifically prevent the enzyme containing selenium in the human body, can become an important tool for fighting cancer.
●        Researchers released this fact after experimentation with molecules in the observatory at 60 different types of cancer cells.
●        This information was published in the American Medical Journal 'Science Translational Medicine' on February 14, 2018.
Instructions to cut water for Tamil Nadu
●        On the Cauvery Water dispute, the Supreme Court has decreed the decision on 16 February 2018 to reduce the share of water received by Tamil Nadu and give it to Karnataka.
●        According to the order of the Supreme Court, the share of water received to Tamil Nadu has been reduced to 192 to 177.25 TMC.
●        The court also said that after the implementation of the National Water Policy, no state can give its exclusive right over a river which passes through another state after the start.
Indian Railways announces 90,000 posts recruitment drive
●        The Ministry of Railways has declared the world's largest recruitment process for 89,409 posts in Group C Level-I and Level-II categories.
●        Group C Level-II posts such as Auxiliary Loco Pilot (ALP), Technicians (Fitter, Crane Driver, Blacksmith, Joining) and Group C Level-I (the then Group-D) posts such as Track Maintainer, Point Man, Helper, Gatman, Porter Online applications have been invited for.

Reservation Chart no longer takes off from 400 stations
●        Indian Railways have decided that reservation chart will not be pasted on the coaches of trains departing from A, A and B category railway stations.
●        You can see your name in the Traveler Reservation Chart on the Plasma Screen at these stations. This arrangement will start from March 1.
●        Railways say that the number of total stations in these three categories is about 400.
●        These include more than half a dozen railway stations in Delhi.
Primary healthcare centers and public drug stores can be opened at railway stations.
●        Indian Railways can open primary healthcare center with public drug stores at 7,000 stations across the country and can be equipped with sanitary pad vending machines.
●        In the budget of 2018-19, the countrywide healthcare plan has been proposed, the Railways will take this step under it.
●        The Ministry of Railways had proposed that this infrastructure be used to provide healthcare services on affordable charges.

The contestants will have to tell their source of income, the Supreme Court directive.
●        The Supreme Court directed on Friday that it would be compulsory to declare the source of income for candidates contesting the elections.
●        Candidates will also need to give their life partner and dependent source of income.
●        The Supreme Court, while hearing the petition filed by NGO Lok Pahari, gave this direction.

Current Affairs 16th February 2018: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

ISRO plans to leave Chandrayaan-2 mission around April this year
●        Dr. Jitendra Singh has said that Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is planning to release Chandrayaan-2 mission around April this year.
●        He said that Chandrayaan-2 will be the second mission of the country on the moon.
●        Chandrayaan-2 is a challenging mission because for the first time we will take an artificial satellite, a lender and a rover in the moon.

Current Affairs 16th February 2018: DAYS AND DAYS

Two-day National Conference on "Agriculture 2022- doubling the income of farmers"
●        A national conference on "Agriculture 2022- doubling the income of farmers" is being organized in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, National Agricultural Science Complex (NASC), Pusa, New Delhi.
●        This is a two-day conference which will be held on 19th and 20th February, 2018 respectively.
●        This conference is being organized on the suggestion of the Hon'ble Prime Minister to find various important issues related to agriculture and farmer welfare and their proper solution.

Current Affairs 16th February 2018: DEFENSE

Activating civilian airstrip in Dehradun
●        Under the general practice of activating civilian airstrip by Indian Air Force, 2 SU-30 MK1 aircraft will be operated from Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun.
●        Both of these aircraft will operate from the airstrip of Jolly Grant for 2 days from February 19, 2018 and after getting acquainted with the entire area will reach their actual location.

Current Affairs 16th February 2018: SPORTS

India won 5-1 series
●        The Indian team defeated the hosts South Africa by 8 wickets in the sixth one-dayer to make the ODI series 5-1.
●        The South African team, batting first, scored all 20 wickets in 46.5 overs and scored 204 runs.
●        In reply, the Indian team scored an easy victory, losing 2 wickets in 32.1 overs and making 206 runs.

Current Affairs 16th February 2018: ECONOMY

Fraud of Rs 61,260 crore from banks in 5 years
●        In the last five years till March 31, 2017, the government banks gave information about 8,670 loan frauds and they owed Rs 61,260 crore to the total.
●        Loan fraud in India is the case where the borrower deliberately cheats the banks and does not pay the loan to the bank.
●        Statistics show how big the problem of the banking sector under the burden of trapped debt.
●        The debt trapped banks have reached $ 149 billion last year.
 Walmart prepares to buy 40 percent stake in Flipkart
●        Walmart is preparing to buy 40 per cent stake in Flipkart, the e-commerce company that gives direct hit to Amjon in Asia's third largest economy.
●        If the two sides agree, then it will be one of the biggest foreign deals of the American retailer company.
●        The deal can start early next week.
Bajaj Finance Returns 37,000% Returns in 15 Years 
●        Shares of non-banking finance company Bajaj Finance have given a return of 370 times in the last 15 years.
●        That is, those who have bought shares worth Rs 27027 in 2003, they have become millionaires today.
●        In 2003, the share price of Bajaj Finance was 4.5 rupees, which increased by 37,000% in 15 years.
●        Thus, on Friday, February 16, 2018, its price reached Rs. 1,690.
Rs 25 thousand additional tax exemption granted to Divyans, amendment in the Finance Bill
●        The Government has amended the Finance Bill to protect the losses incurred by the budget proposals to the Hindus.
●        On February 1, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed to give standardized accommodation of 40 thousand rupees by abolishing the medical and transport allowance that was given to the people.
●        These budget proposals were going to increase the tax liability of Rs 13,400 to the Hindus, but the revision now allows the rebels to get an additional tax rebate of 25 thousand rupees.
●        These budget proposals of the government will come into effect from April 1, 2018 after the approval of the Parliament session in March.

Current Affairs 16th February 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

On January 23, China had the world's most devastating earthquake
●        In the year 1556, on today, that is, on 23 January, China had the world's most devastating earthquake.
●        This earthquake killed 8 lakh 30 thousand people in one stroke.
●        This earthquake is called the Shanxi earthquake.
●        In the case of intensity, there have been more earthquakes in the earth, but the maximum number of deaths had occurred since then.

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Important Current Affairs 15th February 2018

Important Current Affairs 15th February 2018

Current Affairs 15th February 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Inauguration of Conference Center in Itanagar
●        Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today visited Arunachal Pradesh and inaugurated Dorji Khandu State Convention Center at a function in Itanagar.
●        There is also an auditorium, a conference hall and an exhibition hall in this Convention Center.
●        On this occasion, the Prime Minister also dedicated the state's secretariat building to the nation and laid the foundation stone of the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences of the Tomariiba Institute.
'India Pharma and India Medical Equipment' Conference 2018 commences in Bengaluru
●        Union Chemicals and Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar has said that Ayushmann Bharat Health Insurance, popularly known as Namo Care, has the potential to develop India as the world's largest pharmaceutical manufacturer in the next three years.
●        Anant Kumar was speaking at the inauguration of 'Bharat Pharma' and 'India Medical Equipment 2018 Conference & Exhibition' in Bangalore today.
●        This three-day conference was organized by the Department of Drugs under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers in association with the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Political parties get Rs 1,500 crore in five assembly elections
●        During the five assembly elections held last year, political parties received donations of more than Rs 1,500 crore.
●        However, he only spent Rs 494 crore.
●        Research Institute Association for Democratic Reform (ADR) has said this in an analysis.
●        During the Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, this charity was jointly received by five national and 16 regional parties.

Punjab National Bank (PNB) was started from Lahore
●        The Punjab National Bank (PNB), which was hit by a scam of Rs 11,356 crore, started from Lahore.
●        Then there was no division between India and Pakistan.
●        It was registered on May 19, 1894 with the main office in Lahore Anarkali market.
●        After the first board meeting on May 23, it was opened on April 12, 1895, one day before Baisakhi.
●        At present, the bank has been serving its services in 764 cities.
●        It has more than 100 million subscribers.

Modi Government will form 31 km National Highway
●        The Modi government, which is focusing on road infrastructure, has set targets for making 31 km national highway everyday.
●        Target was made to build 41 km highway every day last year, but despite all efforts, only 20 km highway construction target was achieved daily.
●        Now the government has provided the expenditure of Rs 72 thousand crore on national highways in the financial year 2018-19, which is more than Rs 3,000 crore more than last year.

Notice to Hollywood Actor Brosnan on Adding Pan Masala
●        The Kejriwal government has sent a notice to Hollywood actor Pierce Brosnan to add a pan masala.
●        He has given 10 days to answer it.
●        According to officials of the Delhi Health Department, if the actors do not file a reply in time, they can be punished with a penalty of 5 thousand or two years.

Current Affairs 15th February 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

Inauguration of 'World Sustainable Development Conference 2018'

●        Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 2018th edition of the World Sustainable Development Conference (WSDS 2018) at the Vigyan Bhawan in the capital on Friday 16th February.
●        WSDS is the main platform of the Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), which strives to bring global leaders and thinkers together with sustainable development, energy and the environment.

Deputy High Commissioner of New Zealand met the Additional Director General of the Indian Coast Guard

●        A 4-member delegation, led by Deputy High Commissioner of New Zealand Ms. Sujana Jasapp, met the Additional Director General of the Indian Coast Guard VSR Murthy today.
●        During this meeting, New Zealand's new Defense Advisor Commodore Ian Mover was introduced, who is on a trip to India from 11 to 17 February 2018.
●        Brigadier John Boswell was also the Chief of Strategic Commitment and Work of the New Zealand Defense Force with the delegation.

KP Sharma Oli was appointed the Prime Minister of Nepal
●        Kharag Prasad (KP) Sharma Oli has been appointed Prime Minister of Nepal for the second time on February 15, 2018.
●        CPN-UML president KP Oli has been appointed to replace Sher Bahadur Deuba.
●        President Bidhya Devi Bhandari appointed 65-year-old Oli as the 41st Prime Minister of the country.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visits India
●        Rohani reached Hyderabad on Thursday evening.
●        On Saturday, he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
●        India is ready to invest in Indian rupee for the first time in Iran, in view of the banking crises caused by Western sanctions imposed on Iran.
●        Due to the international sanctions imposed on Tehran, transactions in international currencies in Iran and making investments are still difficult.

Charge of corruption on Netanyahu
●        Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been accused of taking expensive gifts and corruption.
●        Israeli police have recommended running corruption cases against them after a long investigation.
●        Netanyahu has been Israel's PM for nearly 12 years.

World's highest hotel in Dubai
●        The name of the world's highest hotel is Gevora.
●        This hotel is 356 meters long. Before this, Dubai had a record of making the world's tallest hotel.
●        By making Hotel Gevora, Dubai has broken its own record.
●        The height of Gevora is one meter more than the height of the previous hotel JW Marriott Marquis.

Current Affairs 15th February 2018: ECONOMY

India signs new loan agreement with US $ 100 Million

●        In connection with desert areas, for the Rajasthan Water Area reconstruction project, India signed a new loan agreement of US $ 100 million with New Development Bank (NDB) on February 13, 2018.
●        The first installment of loan sanctioned by NDB is 100 million US dollars.
●        Under this multidisciplinary funding facility, a provision of 345 million US dollars has been made for this project.

Trade deficit at the highest level of 3 years
●        On the basis of good shipments of chemicals, engineering goods and petroleum products, India's exports went up 9 percent to $ 24.38 billion in January.
●        However, there was a major setback to the government on the trade deficit front, which reached the highest level of three years.
●        Trade deficit increased to $ 16.3 billion in January, which was the highest level of nearly three years.
●        The main reason for this is the increase in imports, which increased by 26.1 per cent this month to $ 40.68 billion.
Diesel will invest Rs 12 crores in India
●        Britain's IT company Dyson announced to invest 12 hundred crores in the country in the next five years.
●        He has also introduced three state-of-the-art products in the Indian market, including Cord Free Vacuum Cleaner, Link Air Purifiers and Supersonic Hair Dryer.

Current Affairs 15th February 2018: SCHEMES

Changes in Small Savings Schemes
●        The Central Government proposed amendments to the Short Savings Act on February 13, 2018, which will be implemented on short-term savings.
●        All existing protections have been retained while bringing the PPF Act under the proposed Government Savings Promotion Act.
●        There is no proposal to withdraw any existing benefits that the depositors get from this process.

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Important Current Affairs 14th February 2018

Important Current Affairs 14th February 2018

Current Affairs 14th February 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Chandrababu Naidu is the richest CM of the country: ADR report
●        A recent report was published by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) on the Chief Ministers of 29 states and two Union Territories of the country.
●        25 Chief Ministers or 81% are millionaires.
●        Two of these Chief Ministers have assets worth more than Rs. 100 crores.
●        Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh is the richest Chief Minister of the country, whose declared assets are Rs 177 crores.

Punjab National Bank's thousands of crores of fraud in Mumbai branch
●        Punjab National Bank , the second largest public sector bank in the country, has caught fake forgery of $ 1.77 billion.
●        Punjab National Bank has seized unauthorized transactions through a broker from Mumbai, which was benefiting some selected account holder.
●        The bank has informed the Bombay Stock Exchange about this.

Proposal to allow PPF account to be closed before timing
●        The government has proposed to allow the closure of public provident fund account prematurely and to allow small savings account to be opened in the name of minor.
●        The Finance Ministry said on Tuesday that the proposed legal changes in the Finance Bill 2018 are intended to provide flexibility in the operations of the accounts under the Small Savings Schemes.
●        With the existing benefits guaranteed under the bill, new benefits have also been proposed to the depositors.
Reserve Bank's new rules for quick solutions for stranded debt cases
●        The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has made a major amendment in the current system of settlement of stranded debt.
●        These rules have been made in line with the bankruptcy and credit redressal disability code (IBC).
●        This will help in solving the problem of debt trapped in the banking system immediately.
●        On this move by the Reserve Bank of India, Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar said that the notification issued by the Central Bank on Monday night is 'awake to sleep' for the failed borrowers.

India's wild area increases by 1 percent
●        In the last two years, the forest area of India has increased by one per cent.
●     It has increased from 7,01,495 square kilometers of 2015 to 2017 in 7,08,273 square kilometers.
●        That is, the total forest area has increased by 6,778 square kilometers.
●        During this period, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha and Telangana saw the highest increase in forest area.

Current Affairs 14th February 2018: ECONOMY

12.9% increase in budget allocation of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

●        In the Union Budget for the year 2018-19, the budget provision of the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry has been increased by 12.10 percent.
●        The Ministry had allocated Rs 6908.00 crores in the year 2017-18, whereas for the year 2018-19 this amount has been increased to Rs. 7750.00 crores.
●        In addition, in the ratio of 2017-18 in the year 2018-19, the budget allocation for schemes has been increased by 11.57%.

Sun's profits down 75% from deferred tax adjustment of 513 crores
●        The country's largest pharmaceutical company, Sun Pharma, has lost 75% in the December 2017 quarter, but its operating margin has seen a slight increase compared to the previous two quarters.
●        The company's profit in December quarter stood at Rs 365 crore, while Sun Pharma had a profit of Rs 1,471 crore in the year-ago quarter.
●        The company's operational income declined 16% in the December quarter to Rs 6,653 crore, which was Rs 7,925 crore in the year-ago period.

Muthoot Finance expects 15% growth in gold loan business 
●        In the third quarter of fiscal year 2018, Muthoot Finance gold loan business stood at Rs 28,265 crore.
●        The company hopes that by next financial year, it will achieve a growth of 15% in most of the business.Gold Financing Company, Muthoot Finance, has targeted to increase the gold loan business by 15% in the next financial year.
●        The company will be in the new market for this and will work to simplify the loan structure of the customers.
●        In the third quarter of the financial year 2018, the company's gold loan business stood at Rs 28,265 crore.

Current Affairs 14th February 2018: DEFENSE

Indian military access to Oman's Dock Port
●        After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Oman, India has received a strategic edge in this area.
●        According to an agreement between the two countries, India will now be able to use the Dock Port of Oman for its military activities and logistic support.
●        It is very important for India to reach the Dock Port in terms of maritime strategy.
●        This port will enable India to keep an eye on the effects and activities of Cheena in the area and will be able to challenge it.

Army sanctions purchase of weapons worth Rs 15,935 cr
●        The Central Government approved the plan for purchase of some necessary weapons for the Armed Forces on February 13, 2018.
●        The Defense Purchase Council, which was headed by Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, gave its approval to defense deals of 15, 935 crore.
●        In this, a lot of attention has been paid to provide better private weaponry of soldiers deployed in frontier areas.

Current Affairs 14th February 2018: SCHEMES

Uttar Pradesh government launches Dastak drive
●        On February 12, 2018, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched a 'knock' campaign to make people aware of the prevention and treatment of Japanese encephalitis or brain fever spread across Eastern Uttar Pradesh.
●        This campaign is being run for this so that people should not be careless in any kind of fever, as this can also be a matter of Japanese encephalitis.

Current Affairs 14th February 2018: GLOBAL

Airtel can list Africa business on foreign stock exchanges
●        Bharti is looking for a way to bring the Netherlands-based International Holding Company (IPO) to Airtel's African business.
●        This will unlock the company from Telecom Assets in Africa. Sunil Mittal's company's business has been on the way to recovery in Africa for some time now.
●        All the shares of the Netherlands-based company are owned by Airtel and it is also the International Holding Company of Bharti's Telecom Assets in 14 African countries. 
South Africa President Jacob Zuma resigns
●        South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has finally quit his post while pausing all speculation ●        He was accused of misusing his position and cheating the corrupt.
●        The ruling African National Congress Party had asked them to resign from their post on Monday.
 Trump donates one-fourth of its salary to basic infrastructure
●        US President Donald Trump is going to give a quarter of his salary of 2017 to the Transport Department for the construction of infrastructure in the country.
●        Transport Minister Ellen Chao received a check of US $ 100,000 from the President.
●        A day after announcing plans for the reconstruction of roads, bridges and ports demolished by Trump, it was announced on Wednesday that in the correspondent room of White House, donating to the fourth part of their salary was donated.

Current Affairs 14th February 2018: OBITUARIES 

World's 'Most Single' C-Bird Nigel's Death
●        There was such a marine bird in New Zealand, which could perhaps be called the world's only single bird.
●        The C-Bird, named Nigel , died recently in New Zealand .
●        In 1990, environmentalists created some fake con-roads of concrete to attract wildlife, considering the 25 km north-west of New Zealand's capital Wellington.
●        These fellow-men of Nigel stones were very happy to consider their partner and did not want to go anywhere.

Current Affairs 14th February 2018: DAYS AND DATES

On February 15, the first partial solar eclipse of the year
●        The first solar eclipse of 2018 will be on February 15.
●        This eclipse will be partial in the new moon.
●        This eclipse, which occurs at intervals of 15 days, is the second eclipse of the year.
●        Prior to this, on January 31, the moon took place on the full moon day.
●        This eclipse will last from 15 February night from 12:25 to 16 February at 4:18.

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