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Weekly Current Affairs 11 February to 17 February, 2018

We are sharing Weekly Current Affairs 11 February - 17 February, 2018 (English Edition). This file of Weekly Current Affairs is a collection of important news and events that occurred in the week 11 February - 17 February, 2018. These News are highly important for various competitive exams and interviews.
We have Covered all the given important heads:
  • National News
  • International News andamp; Foreign Affairs
  • Banking
  • New Appointments
  • Defence andamp; Science
  • Important Days
  • Sports
  • Awards
  • Obituaries

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Current Affairs February 17, 2018

1. Government extends anti-narcotics scheme for 3 more years:

  • With an aim to combat illicit trafficking in drugs and psychotropic substances, the Union Home Ministry has extended the Anti-Narcotic Scheme for 3 more years.
  • The scheme was launched in 2004 to provide financial help to states and union territories for controlling inter-state and cross-border drug trafficking.

2. India’s biggest Global Pharma Conference held in Bengaluru:

  • The Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers along with FICCI has organized the biggest Global Conference on Pharma Industry and Medical Devices in Bengaluru.
  • The theme of the conference was- “Driving NextGen Pharmaceuticals”.

3. Aadhaar and Umang App win awards at World Government Summit 2018:

  • India’s Aadhaar and Umang App have won awards at the 6th World Government Summit 2018 in Dubai.
  • Umang App won in best m-Government Service Award for Accessible Government Category and Aadhaar has won in the Best Government Emerging Technologies Award.

4. AravindJamkhedkar appointed as the Chief of ICHR:

  • Archaeologist and historian AravindJamkhedkar will be appointed as the next Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR).
  • He will succeed Prof. K. SudershanRao.

5. ONGC to introduce Asia’s first large scale CO2 injection technique in Gujarat:

  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is going to introduce Carbon di Oxide Injection Technology in its Gandhar Oil field in Gujarat.
  • It will be the first large scale CO2 injected project in Asia.
  • The aim is to recover 20 million barrels of crude oil under the enhanced oil recovery program.

6. Mumbai to host TiE Global Summit:

  • The second edition of the TiE Global Summit will be hosted by Mumbai on 21st and 22nd February.
  • The summit which is expected to be attended by over 2000 participant,will be held in association with the leading government agencies and will focus on business and innovation.

7. Haruhiko Kuroda reappointed as the Chief of Bank of Japan:

  • The Government of Japan has reappointed Haruhiko Kuroda as the Chief of the Bank of Japan for another term.

8. Scientists discover new class of antibiotics from soil:

  • Scientists from the Rockefeller University in New York have discovered a new class of antibiotics called “Malacidins”.
  • It has been produced by microorganisms living in soil and dirt and is capable of killing several antibiotic-resistant pathogens.
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Current Affairs February 16, 2018

1. World Sustainable Development Summit 2018 in New Delhi:

  • Prime Minister NarendraModi has inaugurated the World Sustainable Development Summit 2018 at VigyanBhawan in New Delhi.
  • The Summit is the flagship forum of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
  • The summit provides a platform to the world leaders to work for sustainable development, energy and environment sectors.

2. India to change base year for GDP 2017-18:

  • The Government is going to change the base year to 2017-18 for the calculation of GDP and IIP numbers.
  • For retail inflation, the year will be revised to 2018.

3. National Award to Raghbir Singh Khandpur:

  • The Department of Science and Technology is going to award Raghbir Singh Khandpur for his remarkable contribution to science and his efforts to make Science City in Punjab’s Kapurthala.

4. Government signs $100 million loan agreement with NDB for Rajasthan Water Project:

  • The Union Government has inked a loan agreement with the New Development Bank (NDB) for financing the Rajasthan Water Sector Restructuring Project for the Desert Areas.
  • The project aims to rehabilitate 678 km long Indiara Gandhi Nahar Project.

5. Tri-service exercise ‘Paschim Lehar’ concluded:

  • Tri-service maritime exercise “Paschim Lehar” was recently held off India’s western coast with an aim to enhance interoperability between Indian Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard.

6. KP Sharma Oli sworn in as Nepal’s Prime Minister:

  • KP Sharma Oli has sworn in as the Prime Minister of Nepal for the second time.
  • He is the 41st Prime Minister of Nepal.

7. Cyril Ramaphosa- New President of South Africa:

  • Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected as the new President of South Africa.
  • He has been elected after the scam-tainted Jacob Zuma has resigned.

8. China to host 2018 SCO summit:

  • 2018 Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will be hosted by the Qingdao province of China.
  • SCO is a Eurasian political, economic and security organization.
  • Its headquarters is located in Beijing, China.
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Current Affairs February 15, 2018

1. Indian State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2017:

  • The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has released the Indian State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2017.
  • The report reveals that total forest and tree cover in India has increased by 1%(forest cover- 6778 sq km and tree cover- 1243 sq km).
  • The total forest and tree cover is 24.39% of the geographical area of the country.

2. India’s first Online Radio Station launched:

  • India’s first Online Radio Station “Radio Umang” has been launched recently.

3. Punjab Government constitutes Revenue Commission:

  • With an aim to bring greater efficiency and accountability in the functioning of the Revenue Department, the Government of Punjab has notifies a 6 member Revenue Commission.
  • The commission will be headed by (Retd.) Justice SS Saron of Punjab and Haryana High Court.

4. Kottayam to get ‘Gender Park’:

  • A gender park has been opened for women and children at Kottayam, Kerala.
  • Rehabilitation centres for sexual abuse victims will be established here apart from providing skill development courses and self-employment training facilities to the women.

5. Venkaiah Naidu to inaugurate the Global Theatre Olympics:

  • The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the 8th edition of the Global Theatre Olympics on 17th February, 2018 in New Delhi.
  • This will be for the first time that the festival is being organized by India.

6. Punjab makes super straw management mandatory:

  • Punjab Government has made attachment of super straw management system to combine harvester machines mandatory for harvesting rice crop.
  • This has been done to check the dangerous trend of stubble burning.
  • The instructions were issued under section 31A of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.

7. Most ethical company award to Tata Steel:

  • Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining the standards of ethical business practices has recognized Tata Steel as the world’s most ethical company for the year 2018.
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Current Affairs February 14, 2018

1. 14th Meeting of EAC to PM held in New Delhi:

  • With an aim to discuss the implementation of the National Health Scheme announced in Budget 2018-19, the 4th meeting of Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) was held in New Delhi.
  • The meeting took place under the chairmanship of DrBibekDebroy discussing World Bank report on Indian Economy and on Indian Fiscal framework apart from focusing on health reforms.

2. NHAI to launch ranking system of toll plazas:

  • The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to launch ranking system to address the issue of toll plazas.
  • The ranking system will consider certain parameters like cleanliness, staff behavior,availability of ambulance and crane services in case of emergency.

3. 13th February- World Radio Day:

  • World Radio Day is observed every year on 13th February across the globe .
  • It marks the worldwide celebration of radio as a medium of information and entertainment that helps to bridge the communication gap in remote areas.

4. ChandrashekharKambar- New President of SahityaAkademi:

  • Renowned Kannada litetrateurChandrashekharKambar has been elected as the President of SahityaAkademi.

5. Bank of Baroda exit from South Africa:

  • Bank of Baroda is going to exit the South African market due to allegations that the politically connected Gupta family has used its network for illicit transactions.

6. First ever Highway Capacity Manual of India released:

  • With an aim to guide road engineers and policy makers about road expansion, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has released India’s first ever Highway Capacity Manual.
  • The manual is known as Indo-HCM.

7. PM Modi opens first Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi:

  • Prime Minister of India, NarendraModi has laid the foundation for the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi through video conference.

8. Abdul Hamid elected as Bangladesh President for the second time:

  • Abdul Hamid has been elected as the President of Bangladesh for the second consecutive term.

9. Ramesh Sippy wins Raj Kapoor Award:

  • Veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy has been choosen for the first Raj Kapoor Award for Excellence in Cinema.
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