Current Affairs Feb 2017 - Miscellaneous


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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the 112-foot bust of 'Adiyogi' or Lord Shiva built by Isha Foundation in Coimbatore.

  • Border Security Force and Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB) have agreed to carryout joint patrolling to check trans-border crimes along - the Indo-Bangla International border.

  • Union Minister of Railways dedicated the Antyodaya Express service to the nation from Delhi Safdarjung Station.

  • The Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand issued a shoot-at-sight order to curb poaching in Corbett Tiger Reserve.

  • As per a survey conducted by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the percentage of ‘Not of Standard Quality’ (NSQ) drugs in India is – 3.16%.

  • Canada is planning to spend about 28 million dollars to give asylum to Yezidi refugees.

  • The Union Government has launched Bharat QR code, a quick response (QR) code to enable digital payments without card swiping machines.

  • The Digital Payments 2020 report released by Google and Boston Consulting Group said that digital payment industry in India is expected to reach USD 500 billion by 2020.

  • The nationwide military operation launched by Pakistan army to eliminate terrorists and consolidate gains of its counter-terrorism operations is - 'Radd-ulFasaad'.

  • The Defence Acquisition Council approved Rs 800 cr to set up 42 radar stations to boost coastal surveillance.

  • Gujarat that presented a revenue surplus budget for 2017-18 in the legislative Assembly.

  • IDBI Bank Ltd announced its plan to sell some of its non-core businesses to raise Rs. 6,500 crores.

  • Model-turned actor, Milind Soman, successfully completed the gruelling 517.5 km-long Ultraman race barefoot.

  • Microsoft launched Project Sangam to assist the Indian government in training and helping people get jobs through LinkedIn.

  • Myanmar will host the 2017 ASEAN Football Federation U-18 Youth Championship.

  • The Union Health Ministry, as part of the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) program for adolescents, launched a resource kit called SAATHIYA.

  • Maharashtra State Government announced a Cloud Seeding Project for the year 2017.

  • The ICGS AYUSH was commissioned at Kochi.

  • Haryana State Tourism Department prepared a Tirath Darshan scheme under which senior citizens above 60 years of age would be able to visit various religious places.

  • The Union Cabinet recently approved the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA). The program aims at making 6 crore rural households digitally literate.

  • Jovenel Moise was sworn-in as the President of Haiti.

  • Mr. P Raghu Ram was selected for the prestigious 2016 Dr. B C Roy National Award.

  • Veteran agriculture scientist, M S Swaminathan received an honorary medallion from Canada for his contribution towards development of various agricultural practices.

  • The book titled ‘Veerappan, Chasing the Brigand’ was written by the author K. Vijay Kumar.

  • The women’s singles title in the 81st Senior National Badminton Championships was won by Rituparna Das.

  • The men’s singles title in the 81st Senior National Badminton Championships was won by Sourabh Verma.

  • The author of the book “The Golden House” is Salman Rushdie.

  • The Lok Sabha on 7th February 2017 passed the Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2017, which seeks to enable employers to pay wages to workers through cheque or directly crediting to their accounts.

  • The theme of the 2017 Maritime Power Conference is “The Blue Economy: Concept, Constituents and Development”.

  • Mr. Samit Ghosh was appointed as the MD and CEO of the Ujjivan Small Finance Bank.

  • Railways Ministry laid the first railway line in Andaman and Nicobar Island that will connect Port Blair to Diglipur.

  • Alastair Cook resigned as the test captain of the England Cricket Team.

  • Sanjeev Sanyal was appointed as the Principal Economic Adviser in the Union Finance Ministry.

  • Qatar recorded its lowest ever temperature in February 2017, which was 1.5 Degree Celsius.

  • India was ranked at the 143rd position in the 2017 Economic Freedom Index (EFI).

  • Search engines, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft (Bing), were directed by the Supreme Court to set-up in-house expert body to delete materials that goes against Indian laws that prohibits pre-natal sex determination.

  • The new Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations’ Peacekeeping Operations is Jean Pierre Lacroix.

  • The Consumer Price Index for January 2017 was pegged at 3.17%.

  • The Wholesale Price Index for January 2017 was pegged at 5.25%.

  • Indian-origin actor Dev Patel received best supporting actor award at the 70th British Academy Film Awards for the film “Lion”.

  • Larsen and Turbo (L&T) entered a joint venture (JV) with European defence major MBDA to develop and produce new-generation tactical missiles.

  • India was ranked at the 43rd position in the 2017 International Intellectual Property Index.

  • Yusuf Pathan became the first Indian cricketer to sign for a foreign T20 league.

  • Indian survey vessel, INS Sarvekshak, has gone completely green by installing a solar power system on board.

  • The Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) announced that India will host the World Billiards Championship for the next four years.

  • Indian professional hockey player Sandeep Singh has been honoured with an Honorary Doctorate Degree by Desh Bhagat University, a private educational institution in Amloh, Fatehgarh Sahib District of Punjab.

  • Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has unveiled a new communication radio for the Indian armed forces, called STARS-V Mk III, at the Aero India 2017 show.

  • Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan will soon host the Hindi version of popular international show TED Talks on Star India.

  • South Indian Bank has been awarded with ISO 27001: 2013 certification for its Information Security Management System (ISMS).

  • Muthoot Exim has tied with Divine Solitaires Pratham to retail Swarnavarsham diamond jewellery. To start with, the company will offer 18-karat gold rings studded with 0.14 cents diamond of EF colour and VVS clarity.

  • In Haryana, with the start of digital transactions from November 9 last year, a total of 27,000 crore rupees have so far been saved under the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme and about 35% people have taken to the debit card, RuPay card and e-wallet services for making payments.

  • Fabindia has started removing the brand name ‘Khadi’ it uses to promote its cotton products after a legal notice by Khadi India that the use of the word amounted to unfair trade practice and misusing its trade name.

  • Kolkata-based United Bank of India (UBI) has launched a railway ticket booking facility by having a direct tie-up with IRCTC.



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