February 2017 Current Affairs Study Material Part II

February 2017 Current Affairs Study Material

February 2017 Current Affairs Study Material


Pankaj Advani wins National Snooker Championship title

Sixteen-time world champion Pankaj Advani ended the year on a high by bagging the National title in 6-red Snooker, the shorter format of the game in Mumbai on Friday. With only a few days to switch to snooker after winning the IBSF World Billiards Championship (point format) in Bangalore last week, Advani proved once again why he is the absolute authority in cue sports.

Lakshya Sen becomes World No.1 Junior Badminton player

India’s Lakshya Sen has become the World No 1 Junior Badminton player. He achieved the distinction in the latest rankings of the Badminton World Federation (BWF). Fifteen-year- old is the first shuttler from Uttarakhand to attain the numero uno spot at the international level.

Virat Kohli features on Wisden 2017 cover

Indian Skipper Virat Kohli, who led his side to victory against England in all three formats of the game recently, has featured in the latest cover star of the bible of cricket – Wisden Cricketer’s Almanack. Kohli becomes only the third Asian Origin Player after Tendulkar and England all rounder Moeen Ali to be featured on the cover of the magazine. The cover image shows Kohli playing a reverse sweep, a shot which he rarely plays in Tests or ODIs Cricket. Wisden editor Lawrence Booth said it under lines the fact that he is a very modern Cricketer.

Iran Lifts ban on American Wrestling team

Iran has lifted a ban on U.S. wrestlers, allowing them to take part in the Freestyle World Cup later this month in the Iranian city of Kermanshah. The wrestlers were originally banned on 4th February from the February 16-17 competition after America President Donald Trump temporarily suspended travel from seven Muslim majority countries, including Iran.

Sourabh Varma Clinches Men’s Single title in NBC

There was huge buzz ahead of the men’s final of the 81st National Badminton Championship (NBC) at the Patliputra sports complex in Patna. On 7th February the competition was between Lakshya Sen, the 15-year old and an experienced Sourabh Varma, the third seed. Finally Sourabh Clinched the title with 21-13, 21-12. Earlier. Rituparna Das of Telangana, the second seed bagged the women’s single title by beating Reshma Karthik.

India to host FIBA Women’s Asic Cup

India will host two international events in 2017, the FIBA Women’s Asia cup and FIBA under – 16 Women’s Asian Championship, the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) said that. The FIBA Women’s Asia Cup will be held from July 23 to 29 in Bengaluru and FIBA U-16 Women’s Asian Championship will be held from October 23 to 28 in Hyderabad.

India’s first centre for disabled sportsmen in Gandhinagar

India’s first ever centre of Excellence for differently abled sportsmen will be established in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The centre will be built on 7.5 acres of land belonging to the Sports Authority of India (SAI). It will train the Para athletes for various international sporting competitions including Olympics, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. Which will be the first-ever training facility in the country dedicated to Para athletes.

Delhi Mohit Ahlawat becomes first batsman to score 300 in T-20 Cricket

Delhi cricketer, 21-years Mohit Ahlawat smashed an incredible unbeaten 300 off just 72 balls hitting an unbelievable 39 sines, 14 fours in a Twenty-20 match. He was playing for Maavi XI against Friends XI in the Friends Premier League. A wicketkeeper-batsman, Ahlawat has played three first class games for Delhi, making his debut in 2015. He got only 5 runs in three games. Now, he got the World Record 300 runs in a T-20 match.

Kohli get a new record for most Test 150 s by an Indian Captain

Virat Kohli recorded his sixth test 150, against Bangladesh at Hyderabad on 10 February 2017, to set the record for most 150 plus scores by an Indian captain in Tests. Kohli went past Sunil Gavaskar and Mohammad Azharuddin, who both have five 150 plus Test scorers each as captain. Notably, all of Kohli’s last five Centuries have been of 150 + runs.

Mission XI Million launched to promote football among school Children

The Union Government on 10 February 2017 launched Mission XI Million initiative to promote football awareness among school children. The Programme was launched by the Union Minister of State for youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel in the presence of the President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Praful Patel in New Delhi.

Official mascot of FIFA U-17 World Cup Kheleao

The Official mascot of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, “Kheleao” was on 10 February unveiled at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, It was unveiled, with just 238 days remaining for the start of the tournament. In a glittering ceremony attended by Sports Minister Vijay Goel, the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee and AIFF president Praful Patel.

India win T-20 Blind World Cup – 2017

Defending Champion India thrashed arch rivals Pakistan by 9 wickets in the final to be crowned champions of T-20 Blind Cricket World Cup 2017 in Bengaluru. Chasing a target of 198 runs, India (200/1) achieved it in 17.2 overs comfortably at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The two teams had already clashed in the 2012 edition final as well with India emerging triumphant.

R. Ashwin becomes Fastest Bowler to claim 250 wickets

Indian -off spin specialist Ravichandran Ashwin became the world’s fastest cricketer to take 250 wickets in Test Matches. He achieved this feat in his 45th test match against Bangladesh on 12 February 2017, when he dismissed captain of Bangladesh team Mushfiqur Rahim at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad.

Joe Root Becomes New Test Captain of England

The England and Wales cricket Board named Joe Root as England’s Test Captain on 13 February 2017 who will take over Alastair Cook. Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes has been named as the Vice-Captain. Root will become England’s 80th Test Skipper with his first game to be held against South Africa at Lord’s on July 6.

De Randamie Crowned First Women’s Featherweight Champion

Germaine De Randamie was Crowned the UFC’s first female featherweight Champion after defeating Holly Holm via Unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 48-47 in De Randamie favour against her American opponent, who is a former bantamweight Champion.

Jehan Daruvala wins New Zealand Grand Prix

Young Indian racer Jehan Daruvala created history by winning the New Zealand Grand Prix, 2017 at Chris Amon Circuit. With the win, Jehan became the first and only Indian to win a Grand Prix in Motorsport and has joined the elite list of Grand Prix Winners including KeKe Rosberg, Bruce Mclaren, John Surtees and si Jackie Stewart.

Indian Hockey player To Get Honorary Doctorate

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. He is the second Indian hockey player to receive this award after Dileep Tirkey, former hockey captain and present Member of Parliament.

PV Sindhu Attains Career-Best Rank at No.5

Indian ace shuttler PV. Sindhu achieved her career best Badminton World Federation (BWF) Women’s single ranking by being placed at 5th spot. Previously the top seeded player was placed at sixth position. She was moved a place ahead of Akane Yamaguchi of Japan to attain her career best ranking. Saina Nehwal who has been placed at No.9

22 Football Players & Officials Gets life Ban

Twenty-two players and Officials from Laos and Cambodia gets life ban punishments for match-fixing. The action followed an investigation that started in 2014, and that it will seek to have the bans extended world wide. Fifteen of those banned are current or former players of the Laos national side or Vientiane based Lao Toyota FC.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins 2017 Rotterdam Open

France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on 19 February defeated David Goffin 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win the 43rd ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament final held in Rotterdam, Netherlands. with the title came an end to Tsonga’s two-year title drought. He had last won a title in the year 2015. As of 13 February 2017, he is ranked world No.13 position.

India win Silver at Asian Women’s Rugby Sevens Trophy

The Indian Women’s team won a silver at the Asian Women’s Rugby Sevens Trophy tournament at Vientiane, Laos, A total of seven countries from across. Asia including South Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, India and hosts Laos vied for to honours in the tournament. In the last match, India was beaten by South Korea by 29-0.

Ben Stokes gets highest bidding at IPL auction

Ben stokes becomes the most expensive overseas acquisition in the history of the Indian Premier league. The Rising Pune Supergiant prised him away for a massive Rs.14.5 crore. Tymal Mills is the second most expensive overseas player. He is sold to Royal challengers Bangalore for a whopping Rs.12 crore in the IPL auction.

India to host 2019 combined World Cup for Shooting

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) announced that India will be hosting the Combined World Cup for Shooting in 2019 during the meeting held in New Delhi. The Combined World Cup will a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will comprises all the three categories shotgun, rifle and pistol

Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet kaur in top -10 ICC rankings

India’s one day captain Mithali Raj and top order bats woman Harmanpreet Kaur were placed 2nd and 10th in the bats women’s rankings released after World Cup qualifier that ended on 21st February. Meg Lanning of Australia leads the chart with 804 points, while Mithali Raj with 733 points is second in the list. Harmanpreet Kaur, known for her towering sines has 574 points is last of the list.

Dohmen, Navomi named best hockey players of 2016

Belgium’s John-John Dohmen and Netherlands Naomi van as male and female Hockey Federation’s player of the year award. In an event hosted in Chandigarh on 23rd February, the Olympic silver medalists Dohmen and Naomi were handed these awards. Great Britain’s Olympic gold medalist Maddie Hinch won the Hockey star 2016 female Goalkeeper of the year award. While, Ireland’s David Harte was crowned the best in the world for the second year in a row as he received the male Goalkeeper of the year awards.

ISSF World Cup Pooja Ghatkar gets Bronze

Indian Shooter Pooja Ghatkar made the country proud on 24 February as she clinched the bronze medal in the women’s 10 mt Air Rifle event in New Delhi at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup. The 28-year- old woman shot a score of 228.8 to finish third in the finals and clinch her first medal at a Shooting World Cup. China’s Meng Yang Shi bagged gold medal and set a new world record with score of 252.1. While Dong Lijie settled for silver score of 248.9 in the finals.

R Aswin Breaks Kapil Dev’s Record to become Highest Test Wicket Taker

Indian off spinner R.Aswin surpassed India’s former legendary all rounder Kapil Dev to become the highest wicket-taker in Test Matches. Aswin has scored 67 wickets from 10 tests in 2016-17 season played in India. Former Indian Captain Kapil Dev took 63 wickets from 13 matches in the 1979-80 season. Aswin achieved the feat when he dismissed Mitchell Starc of Australia in their first innings on the second day in Pune.

Saina Nehwal to represent Olympic Committee in BWF

Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who was appointed a member of the International Olympic committee’s Athletes. Commission in 2016. Now she would to representing Olympic Committee’s panel in the Badminton World Federation (BWF). Currently, ranked world number 10 in BWF rankings, Saina is aiming to won in the All England Championship in next Month.

Kalinga Lancers crowned Hockey India League

Kalinga Lancers beat Dabang Mumbai 4-1 in a thrilling final to lift their first Hockey India League title in Chandigarh on 26 February 2017, Skipper Moritz Frusta 30th, 58th converted two penalty corners and Glenn Turner 18th minute scored a field goal, as last year’s runners-up won the fifth edition of the tournament.


Arun Jaitley introduced Economic Survey 2016-17 in Parliament

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 31 January tabled the Economic Survey 2016-17 in Parliament budget session. The survey projects the economy to grow in the range of 6.75% to 7.50 in the next fiscal year 2017-18 in the post-demonetization year. The survey was prepared by chief economic adviser in the finance ministry Arvind Subramanian said the adverse impact of demonetization on GDP growth will be transitional.

Highlights of Union Budget 2017-18

1. For quick refund of tax returns time-frame reduced to 12 months

2. Of 76 lakh individuals who reported income of over Rs 5 lakh, 56 lakh are salaried

3. No transaction over Rs 3 lakh will be permitted in cash

4. To cut presumptive turnover threshold for companies w/turnover up to Rs 2 cr to 6%

5. Basic customs duty on LNG cut to 2.5% from 5%

6. Propose to reduce tax for small companies with turnover of < Rs 50 cr to 25%

7. Govt proposes carry-forward of MAT to 15 years from 10 years

8. Post demonetisation deposits between Rs 2.80 lakh made in 1.09 crore accounts

9. FY18 revenue deficit pegged at 1.9% of GDP

10. Fiscal deficit for 2017-18 pegged at 3.2%, in-line with market expectations

11. Defence capital expenditure: Rs 86,000 core

12. New FDI policy under consideration

13. Aadhaar Pay will be launched shortly

14. Propose revised mechanism for time-bound listing of PSUs

15. Govt doubles lending target of banks to Rs 2.44 lakh cr

16. Amend Negotiable Instruments Act to protect payees of dishonoured cheques

17. Govt to take steps to promote digital payments at petrol pumps, hospitals

18. Propose to create a payment regulatory board at RBI

19. Propose to create an integrated oil major

20. Budget 2017: Focus on welfare, infra with fiscal prudence

21. Service charges on e-tickets booked via IRCTC to be withdrawn

22. New Metro Rail policy to be announced; will open up new job possibilities.

23. New rules for pricing medical devices should benefit common man.

24. Railways to implement end-to- end solutions for some commodities.

25. Propose to feed 7000 solar railway station in medium term

26. 2000 km of coastal roads have been identified for development.

27. AAI Act to be amended to enable monetisation of land.

28. Cash less reservation have improved to 68% from 58%.

29. National highway allocation at Rs 64,000 crore

30. Affordable housing to be given infra status

31. Have hiked allocation for women skill development to Rs 1.84 lakh crore in FY18.

32. Mahila Shakti Kendras will aim for Woman Empowerment

33. Govt to set up 100 India-International skill centres

34. Mahila Shakti Kendra will be set up at village level; allocation Rs 500 crore

35. 5 special tourism zones to be set up in partnership with states

36. Unmanned Rail level crossing will be eliminated by 2020

37. At least 25 stations re-development contracts will be awarded in 2017-18.

38. Propose to invest Rs 1.31 lakh crore in Railways in 2017-18.

39. Total capital development outlay for Railway at Rs 1.3 lakh cr.

40. Railways to implement end-to- end solutions for some commodities

41. Propose to feed 7000 solar railway station in medium term

42. Railway throughput to be enhanced by 10%.

43. Pilot project for Aadhar cards containing health details for senior citizens.

44. Govt to undertake reforms in UGC to improve higher education.

45. New rules regarding medical devices will be formulated; will attract investment in sector, will reduce cost of the devices

46. Outcome-based monetary measures to SC, ST by NITI Aayog

47. Allocation to scheduled castes upped to Rs 52,393 crore

48. Govt to set up 100 India-International skill centres

49. Outcome-based monetary measures to SC, ST by NITI Aayog

50. Govt committed to ensuring conducive labour environment

51. Will take legislative reforms to simplify labour laws in India

52. Govt committed to take structural reform in medical education & practice

53. Propose to amend drug rules to ensure drugs available at reasonable prices

54. 1.5 lakh health sub-centres to be transformed to health wellness centres

55. Will encourage reputed hospitals to start courses




Govt proposes Payments Regulatory Board in RBI

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today proposed creation of a six-member Payments Regulatory Boardin the RBI, headed by its Governor, as part of bringing about structural reforms in the payment Eco-system. For the purpose, necessary amendments are proposed in the Finance Bill 2017 to create a Payments Regulatory Board in the Reserve Bank of India by replacing the existing Board for Regulation and Supervision of Payment and Settlement Systems.

Rs.10,000 penalty for late filing of IT returns

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made it easier for the small tax-payers, the budget has however proposed a fee for delayed filing of income tax return. If the income tax return is furnished after the due date but on or before the December 31 of the assessment year, there will be a fine of Rs 5,000 imposed. In other cases, there will be an imposition of a fine of Rs 10,000.However, in a case where the total income does not exceed Rs 5 lakh, the Budget proposed that the fee amount shall not exceed Rs 1,000.

Sunil Mehta has been appointed as the Non Executive Chairman in Punjab National Bank

According to order issued by Personnel Ministry, the Appointments Committee of Cabinet has cleared his appointment as Non-Executive Chairman for a period of three years. His appointment is subject to a condition that he needs to resign from the board of state Bank of India before joining the new post.

RBI increases with drawal amount Rs.50,000 per week

The Reserve Bank of India issued on January 30, 2017 and announced the weekly limit on withdrawal of cash from savings bank accounts will be increased to Rs.50,000 from the current Rs.24,000 from February 20, 2017. The limit will be removed from March 13, till there is no limit on current account and there is a cap of 50,000 for farmers a week and 2.5 lack for marriage.


SAARC programming committee meeting Held in Kathmandu

The 53rd meeting of SAARC Programming Committee meeting held on 01-02- 2017 and could mark revival of the regional bloc following the postponement of the 19th Summit that was scheduled in Pakistan in November last year after India and some others members expressed their inability to participate. During the two day meeting they will discussions about the budget allocation of five SAARC regional centres, some specialized bodies and their annual programme. It will definitely set appositive tone to reduce tensions between India and Pakistan and for resumption of the SAARC process.

Scientists confirm multiple therapeutic properties of Neuro Calyx Calycinus

Neurocalyx Calycinus is a shrub endemic to South West India, found in evergreen forests. Recent researches suggests this plant has wound healing, burn-healing, analgesic, anti-cancer, anti inflammatory, platelet-augmentation and antioxidant effects. The Southern parts of Western Ghats and Sri Lanka could offer scientists the key to new herbal formulations and modern drugs for the treatment of cancers, wounds and burns.

Horse Antibodies may effectively treat Ebola

In a first, scientists have developed an effective rapid and economical treatment for the deadly Ebola Virus using antibodies from horses. This is a cost effective treatment that can be used in low-income countries like Africa where equine production facilities are already in operation for producing snake-bite antivenom. The largest recorded outbreak of Ebola Virus occurred primarily in West Africa from 2014 to 2016.

Earth like planet “Proxima b” Unlikely to host life

As the search for life beyond Earth, Continues the just discovered Earth-sized planet Proxima b Unlikely to hold like despite it being in the habitable zone or the Goldilocks region of its host star. The reason for the planet not holding any possibility of life is due to the effects of frequent stellar eruptions. This informations was given by NASA scientists who have been investigating the possibility of life on the planet.

ISRO creates a World record With 104 Satellites in One go

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 15 February crate a World record in the space arena by sending 104 satellites in a single rocket. In these satellites 96 belongs to Israel, Kajakistan, Netherlands, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates respectively. Three satellites belongs to India, in these CaboSat-2 Weighs 714 kgs, INS-1A and INS – 1B each one weighs with 15kgs.

Scientists Are Getting Really Close to a Malaria Vaccine

A new malaria vaccine candidate has proven up to 100 percent effective in clinical trials. The Potential vaccine introduces live malaria parasites into patients paired with medication needed to combat them. The highest dose were 100% protected against the disease for at least after Vaccination.

Scientists Create Graphene from Soybeans

A group of Scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) created a strongest material graphene. Graphene is a carbon material that is the atom thick. It is made by soybean. Its this composition and high conductivity, it is used applications ranging from miniaturized electronics to biomedical devices. It was used in computers, solar panels, batteries, sensors, and soon.

Scientists discover a Continent Zealandia

A group of scientists have claimed to discover a continent two-thirds the size of Australia beneath the south west Pacific Ocean. The newly proposed continent is about 1.74 million square miles in size and 94 percent submerged. However, the continent protrudes above the ocean surface in the form of New Zealand and New Caledonia.

7 New Earth – Like Exoplanets Discovered

Nasa Astronomers have discovered not one, not two, but seven earth sized planets orbiting a star called TRAPPIST-1 and announced the discovery of 60 other potentially habitable planets. Three of them have habitable zone where liquid water can exist on the surface of the rocky planets like Earth. “The discovery gives us a hint that finding a second Earth is not just a matter”, said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate of NASA.

7 Tiny New Frogs are Discovered in India

After 5 years of extensive explorations in the Western Ghats in India, researchers have discovered seven tiny new frog species, known as Night Frogs. The Adorable creatures are among the smallest in the World, and four of the new species are tiny enough to fit on a fingernail. Despite only just being discovered, the researchers warn that five of the new species are under direct threat of extinction, and urge environmentalists to set up conservation programmes immediately.

NASA may send robotic spacecraft to sun in 2018

The America’s National Aeronautics and space Administration (NASA) plans to send its first robotic spacecraft to the Sun in 2018. The “Solar Probe Plus Mission”, which is going to be NASA’s first spacecraft to the sun, is expected to get within 6 million kilometers of the sun to probe its atmosphere. The Sun is about 149 million kilometers from the Earth.



Ashok Amritraj Appointed as UN in India Goodwill ambassador

Award winning Hollywood film producer and Wimbledon tennis player, Ashok Amritraj has been appointed United Nations in India Goodwill Ambassador for sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mr. Amritraj is first ambassador for UN in India. He was also the former CEO of National Geographic Films. He is responsible to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

Alok Verma joined as the new CBI Director

Alok Verma joined as the new CBI Director. As a director he will hold in this post for a period of two years. A three member committee comprising Prime Minister, Chief Justice and opposition leader in the Lok Sabha selected Mr. Alok Verma for this post.

Arun Kumar elected as Chairman and CEO of KPMG in India

KPMG India board has elected Arun M Kumar as Chairman and CEO to lead the India operations of the consulting and accounting major. He succeeds Richard Rekhy, who stepped down in November last year following a large scale exodus of Key people from the advisory team. Kumar, who spent the majority of his career with KPMG in the US, will take charge from February 5 for a five-year term.

Jovenel Moise Sworn in as Haiti’s new President

Jovenel Moise has been sworn in as Haiti’s new President, opening a new chapter in the country’s history after a long-running political crisis. The 48 year old entrepreneur took the oath of office in a Parliament Chamber packed with Haitian lawmakers and foreign dignitaries from countries including the U.S, Venezuela and France. A business man from northern Haiti, Moise had never run for office until he was hand picked in 2015 to be the Tel Kale Party candidate by Martelly.

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo elected as Somalia’s New President

Somalia’s Ex-Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed beat President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in a surprise result. The vote was held at the heavily guarded airport complex in the capital Mogadishu, as the rest of the country is too dangerous. Traffic was banned and no-fly zone imposed over the city to prevent attacks by militant Islamists.

Hemant Bhargava appointed LIC’s MD

Hemant Bhargava was appointed as LIC’s Managing Director on 10 February, 2017. He is at present worked as LIC’s Zonal Manager, Delhi. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved Bhargava’s appointment to the post till his superannuation i.e., July 31, 2019.

Govt Appoints Ajay Tyagi As New SEBI Chief

The Govt on 10 February appointed Ajay Tyagi, an additional secretary in the finance ministry, as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Tyagi, who will be the ninth sebi Chairman, will take over U.K.Sinha the second longest serving chief of the capital markets regulator after D.R. Mehta.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier elected President of Germany

Frank Walter Steinmeier was elected as the new President of Germany on 12 February 2017 by a Special Parliamentary Assembly. He became the 12th person to hold the post in the post-war era. The special assembly comprised 630 Federal Members of Parliament and unequal number of representatives from Germany’s 16 Federal States.

Sandeep Jajodia takes over as ASSOCHAM President

Sandeep Jajodia, CMD of Monnet Ispat Energy Ltd, has taken over as President of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM). Similarly Bala Krishan Goenka, Chairman of Welspun Group, and Kiran Kumar Grandhi, Vice-Chairman of GMR Infrastructure Ltd have taken over as senior Vice-President and Vice President of the ASSOCHAM respectively. It play a leading transformational role both Nationally and Internationally.

Narinder Chauhan appointed as Ambassador of India to the Republic of Philippines

Former IAS officer Narinder Chauhan has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of the Philippines on 11 February 2017. Currently Narinder is working as the Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix appointed as new UN Peacekeeping Chief

France’s Jean-Pierre Lacroix has been appointed as the Under-Secretary- General for the United Nation’s Peacekeeping Operations. He has been appointed for the period of one year beginning 1 April 2017. In his new position, Jean-Pierre Lacroix will be replacing Herve Ladsous, who will step down in March 2017 after six years of service.

Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey as new ICAI President

Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey was appointed as new President of “Institute of Chartered Accountant of India.” (ICAI) for the year 2017-18. Prior to this appointment, he was the Vice President of the CA institute in 2016-17 since 1985.

Justice Vikramjit Sen takes charge of DDCA

Justice Vikramjit Sen, former Supreme Court Judge, on 15 February 2017 took charge of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA). He officially took the charge from justice Mukul Mudgal. The association is affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)

K. Palaniswami to Be Sworn in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

V.K. Sasikala loyalist Edappadi K.Palaniswami is all set to be the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Governor Vidyasagar Rao invited him today (16 February) to form a government at the earliest. He is expected to take an oath of office at 4.30 pm today and prove his majority with in 15 days.

Vikas Swarup as High Commissioner of India to Canada

Vikas Swarup was appointed as the High Commissioner of India to Canada. A decision in this regard was taken by the Union Ministry External Affairs (MEA) on 16 February 2017. At the time of elevation Swarup was working as the spokesperson of the MEA.

Neelam Damodaran is Bank of India new ED

The Govt has appointed Neelam Damodaran as Executive Director of Bank of India. His tenor is up to November 30, 2019. Prior to his elevation as ED, Damodaran was General Manager with Bank of Baroda. With this appointment Bank of India now has two E.Ds. R.A Sankara Narayanan has been ED of the bank since May 15, 2015.

Nanda Kumar Sai Appointed as Chairman of NCST

BJP veteran and tribal leader from Chhattisgarh, Nanda Kumar Sai, has been appointed as Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST). Sai will take oath on February 28 at New Delhi. A veteran tribal leader, who was state BJP president during undivided Madhya Pradesh, was the first leader of the opposition in the Chhattisgarh assembly after the state was carved out in the year 2000.

Trump Appoints HR McMaster as National Security Adviser

The White House announced on 20th February that Lieutenant General H.R. Mcmaster will become new National Security Adviser, replacing Michael Flynn, who was resigned last week. President Trump Announced the Pick at his Palm Beach Club, Mar-a- Lago, saying Mcmaster is a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.

Turbohelize Liezietsu as Nagaland New CM

Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) leader Shurhozelie Liezietsu was on 20 February 20 elected the new legislature party leader of the ruling Democratic Alliance to be the new Nagaland Chief Minister. Shurhozelie was elected after Chief Minister TR Zeliang resigned on 19 February. Shurhozelie has been unanimously elected the legislature party leader of the NPF and as CM.

Chandrasekaran takes the Chairmanship of TATA Sons Ltd

Natarajan Chandrasekaran has become the Chairman of TATA Sons Ltd, the holding company of Tata Sons Ltd announced in January, 2017 the appointment of Chandra, who joined the tata Group in 1987 after obtaining a Masters Degree in Computer Applications from the Regional Engineering College Trichy in Tamil Nadu.

Abhijit Sarkar appointed Vice President of AHF

Malaysia headquartered Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) has appointed Abhijit Sarkars as Vice President and also the Chief of AHF commercial and TV Committee> He led the group in promoting various sports in India by sponsoring both the Indian National Cricket Teams as well as Indian Hockey Team. Sarkar has served as the Head of Corporate Communications, Corporate Affairs and Relations and the Sports Division at Sahara India Pariwar since 2004.

Shilpa Shetty as Swachh Bharat Brand Ambassador

Indian Film actress, producer, former model Shilpa Shetty appointed as the Brand Ambassador for cleanliness initiative Swachh Bharat Mission by the Central Govt, It was announced by Director of Swachh Bharat Mission and Urban Development Ministry Joint Secretary Praveen Prakash. Swachh Bharat Mission’s aim is to make India open defecation free by 2019.

Former CM TR Zeliang Appointed Finance Advisor To Nagaland Govt

Nagaland State Governor, PB Acharya on 26 February appointed former Chief Minister, TR Zeliang as Finance Advisor to Government of Nagaland in the rank and status of Cabinet Minister with immediate effect. He will be entitled to pay and allowances and all other facilities admissible to a Cabinet Minister. This was stated by Cabinet Secretary Pankaj Kumar.

Khursheed A Ganai appointed as CIC of Jammu & Kashmir

Retired IAS Officer Khursheed A Ganai was appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of Jammu & Kashmir on 27 February 2017. Ganai’s appointment to the post was approved by the state Governor NN Vohra in the exercise of the powers vested under section 12 (3) of Jammu & Kashmir Right to Information Act, 2009. His name was recommended to the Governor on 21 February 2017 by a selection panel headed by the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Gopal Baglay Appointed External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson

India’s Senior Diplomat Gopal Baglay was appointed as External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson on 27th February, 2017. He was succeeding Vikas Swarup, who was made India’s new High Commissioner to Canada.


Alastair Cook steps down as England Test Captain

Alastair Cook has resigned as England Test Captain after a record 59 matches in the role. He was resigned for his captaincy on 5 February. Cook, England’s leading scorer in Tests with 11,057 runs, became the captain in August 2012 and led his country to Ashes glory on home soil in 2013 and 2015 as well as series wins in India and South Africa. He has been the country’s most capped Test Skipper and has scored more test centuries than any previous English captain.

US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigns

Michael Flynn has resigned as national security adviser over his contact with Russian Officials before US President Donald Trump took office. His resignation on 14 February followed reports a day earlier that the Department of Justice warned the Trump Administration weeks ago that such communications could leave him in a compromised position.

Nagaland CM TR Zeliang resigned

Nagaland CM TR Zeliang resigned as Chief Minister of State on 17 February 2017. He resigned against the backdrop of widespread protests in the state, which was triggered due to Govt’s decision to reserve 33 percent seats for women in urban local bodies. Zeliang resignation was accepted by the Governor PB. Acharya. Asper reports, the governor has asked zeliang to continue till further arrangements were made.

BCCI General Manager RP. Shah resigned his post

RP Shah one of the three General Managers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has resigned from his post citing his age reason. Shah was serving as the General Manager (Commercial). The reason is that I am 61-years old. I had taken the decision back in October. There was no pressure or query from the COA.


Veteran Journalist Dileep padgaonkar died at 72

Senior journalist Dileep Padgaonkar died in a Pune hospital on 27 January. A former editor with the Times of India. Padgaonkar had diabetes and Kidney-related problems. He had began his career in journalism at the age of 24 as the Paris correspondent of  The Times of India.

Former Minister E Ahamed Dies After Suffering Cardiac Arrest 

Former Union minister and Indian Union Muslim League leader E Ahamed has passed away after he suffered a cardiac arrest. Ahamed was put on life support at the hospital and died at 2.15 am on 01-02-2017.Mr Ahamed, who has served as Minister of State for External Affairs in Dr Manmohan Singh’s government, represented Kerala in the Lok Sabha.

Ex-CBI Director Joginder Singh passes away

Former CBI chief Joginder Singh, who oversaw investigation of several high-profile cases including Bofors scam and Bihar’s fodder scam, died on Friday(03-02-2017) aged 77 years. The cremation would be held on 4th Feb at electrical Crematorium, Lodhi Road,New Delhi at 1 pm.

Renowned Urdu Author Bano Qudsia Passes away

Renowned Urdu novelist and short story writer Bano Qudsia has died after a protracted illness. Bano Qudsia, 88 was under treatment over the past 10 days at a Lahore hospital. Bano was a writer, playwright and spiritualist. She is best known for her novel Raja Gidh. she was also wrote for television and stage in both Urdu and Punjabi languages.

Veteran freedom fighter Racharla Samrajyam passes away        

Racharla Samrajyam, a veteran freedom fighter, passed away on 6 February 2017 following age-related illness at Visakhapatnam. She was 98, She is survived by her only son Saranga Rao. She was inspired by the Quit India Movement at the time when she was undergoing hindi pracharak training at Anantapur in 1942. It was at this point of time, she had quit the training programme and joined the Quit India Movement. At that time she was arrested in Bezawada and was sent to Raya Vellore Jail for six months.

Netaji’s driver Colonel Nizamuddin passes away

Colonel Nizamuddin, former driver and bodyguard of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, passed away on 6th February morning aged 116. Nizamuddin was a member of the Bose’s Azad Hind Fauj during the freedom struggle. Bose Changed his name to Nizamuddin from his original Saifuddin as he was working as secret service agent.

Japanese manga legend Jiro Taniguchi dies at 69

Jiro Taniguchi, a legend in Japan’s comic art of manga, died in Tokyo on Saturday (11th February) at the age of 69, leaving behind an international following for his exquisite line drawing of scenes from everyday life. Just over a decade later after starting this art, he hit the International Magna Scene with “A Distant Neighbourhood,” about a Japanese salary man who travels back to his Childhood.

Eminent Journalist and Laughter Persona Pandit Dharmsheel Chaturvedi Dies 

The Eminent thinker, writer, Journalist Pandit Dharmsheel Chaturvedi passed away on February 11, 2017 in Sir Sundarlal Hospital, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. The Hindi Kavi Pt. Dharmsheel Chaturvedi was considered as “Swayan Mein Banaras” means ‘Banaras in Himself’ in elite circle. Pt Dharmasheel Chaturvedi was nicknamed as AKKhad Banarasi’ all over India for being the star at the Hasya Kavita Enthusiasts.

Nobel Laureate Sir Peter Mansfield Passes away

Sir Peter Mansfield received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2003 for advances in using MRI for medical science. The high-tech scan (MRI) allow doctors to see detailed images of the internal organs without the use of X-rays. Sir Peter was shared with Paul Lauterbur, for discoveries concerning Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). He was a Professor at the University of Nottingham. He was passed away on 8 February in London, at 83.

Veteran Indian Journalist T.V. Parasuram passes Away

Veteran Journalist T.V. Parasuram, who served for long as the Washington Correspondent to the Indian Express, died on 13 February 2017. Parasuram passed away in his sleep in Bethesda, the family said. He is survived by his wife Anantha Lakshmi, son Ashok Parasuram, and daughter Anitha. Parasuram who won a Harvard Nieman Fellowship in journalism.

Former CJI Altamas Kabir passes away

Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Altamas Kabir passes away on 19 February at the Kolkata Hospital. In March 2005, Justice Altamas Kabir was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court. After that he was being elevated as a judge in the supreme court in September the same year. Justice Kabir appointed as the CJI on September 29 in 2012. He held the office till July 18, 2013.

Celebrated Hindi Novelist Ved Prakash Sharma Passes away

Celebrated Hindi Novelist Ved Prakash Sharma, who was 176 Novels to his credit. The 62-year old was not keeping well for the last few months and had developed some infection and complications which led to his demise. His famous novels which broke many records and added to his popularity included “Qaidi No-100” and “Vardi Wala Gunda” Sharma had also written scripts for about half-a-dozen Hindi Movies.

Former Union Minister P.Shiv Shankar passes away

Former Union Minister P.Shiv Shankar Passed away in Hyderabad on February 27, 2017. He was 89. He represented the congress as Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat from 1985 to 1993. He has served as External Affairs and Human Resource Development Minister. He has also served as Law Minister in the Indira Gandhi cabinet in 1980. After some allegations with congress party, in 2008 he was joined in the Praja Rajyam Party floated by actor Chiranjeevi.

Nobel Winning Economist Kenneth J.Arrow dies at 95

Nobel winning economist and mathematician Kenneth J. Arrow passed away at his home in Palo Alto, in the San Francisco in USA. He was 95. He was the joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics with John Hicks in 1972. To date he is the youngest person ever to have received this award, at the age of 51. He spent most of his career at Stanford University. Five of his former students went on to become Nobel Winners.


Shahabuddin Ahmed invited as in Residence guest

Well Known Painter and Freedom fighter Shahabuddin Ahmed of Bangladesh will be the first foreign artist to live in Rashtrapati Bhavan as a guest of Pranab Mukherjee. The renowned painter will stay as an Artist in- Residence from February 18 to 22. He was a platoon commander who fought in the Liberation War of Bangladesh when he was 21 years old.


India’s first floating elementary school inaugurated on Manipur’s Loktak Lake

India’s first floating elementary school named “Loktak Elementary Floating School” was on 13 February 2017 inaugurated at Langoslabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok floating village on Loktak Lake in Manipur. It will provide educations around 40 children from class 1-111 by engaging two local teachers.

Indian Panorama Film Festival Organised in Port Blair

The Five-day, Indian Panorama Film Festival got underway on 15 February, with its inauguration by the Chief Secretary, A & N Administration, Mr. Anindo Majumdar at DBRAIT Auditorium in Port Blair. Smt. Rupa Ray Padmashree Awardee, Mr. Naresh Chander Lal, secretary IP, Dr. A.K. Singla IP & T, Mr. Amit Anand were Present on the occasion.


Salman Rushdie’s novel “The Golden House” announced

The renowned Author Salman Rushdie’s new novel titled “The Golden House” is slated to release in September 2017. The announcement was made by Penguin Random House. The book will be published in India by Penguin Random House, which acquired the subcontinent rights from the Wylie Agency. Salman Rushdie is a British Indian novelist and essayist.


Norway Nobel Committee Chairwoman Kullmann Dies At 65

Norwegian Nobel Committee Chairwoman, Kaci Kullmann Five, died on February 19, 2017. She was 65, Norwegian Nobel Committee is responsible to select the peace Prize Laureates. Former businesswoman of Norway, Kullmann served as trade and shipping minister from 1989-1990. In 2003, Kullmann became a member of the Norwegian Novel Committee while was elected Chairwoman in 2015.


World Cancer Day 2017: 04 Feb 2017

World Cancer Day (WCD) 2017 was observed across the world on 4 February 2017. The theme for the World Cancer Day 2016-2018 is ‘We can. I can.’ It also aims at saving millions of preventable deaths each year. Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years).

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The International Day of Women and Girls in science was observed across the globe on 11 February 2017. The day comes as an opportunity for all to take a stand for girls and women in science. Science and gender equality are vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda For Sustainable Development. In 2016, the UNESCO launched a Manifesto “For Women in Science”, with the L’oreal Foundation.

13th February-World Radio Day

World Radio Day was Celebrated across the world on 13 February 2017. The day is observed every year to celebrate radio as the medium of entertainment, the mode of communication and information. Themed “Radio is You”, this year the calls for a greater participation of the both the audiences and communities in the policy and planning of radio broadcasting.

International Mother language Day-February 21

The United Nations (UN), International Mother Language Day annually celebrated on February 21 to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism, International Mother Language Day is announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999. It was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution Establishing 2008 as the International year of Languages.


Chandra Shekhar Azad’s martyrdom day observed on 27 February

Chandra Shekhar Azad, the Indian revolutionary freedom fighter was in news on 27 February 2017. He came in news on his 86th martyrdom day. On this day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to Chandra Shekhar Azad. Modi said, we can never forget his valour and ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

National Science Day 28th February

The Science day is celebrated to honour the Nobel laureate- Sir C.V. Raman for his invention of the Raman Effect on 28th February 1928. For this he got Nobel Prize in Physics in the year 1930. Various activities are organized on the day, like debates, quiz competitions, exhibitions and so on. Whole Nation takes honour of thanking all the scientists for their remarkable contributions and dedication on this occasion. The theme of the year 2017 is “Science and Technology for specially abled persons”.

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