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Weekly Current Affairs | 12th Feb 2018 to 18th Feb 2018

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Weekly Current Affairs | INDIA

Shikhar Dhawan becomes first Indian batsman to score century in 100th ODI | Weekly Current Affairs

In a landmark moment, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan became the first Indian batsman to score a century in his 100th One-day International. Dhawan reached the historic mark during the fourth ODI of India’s six-match series against South Africa at the Wanderers. This was the batsman’s first century in South Africa. His score total included two sixes and 10 fours.


Bihar Government bans sale of loose cigarettes | Weekly Current Affairs

Bihar Government has banned sale of loose cigarettes in the state. This decision aims to be deterrent to kids and youngsters who start smoking by buying loose cigarettes. In this regard, state health department has issued notification under Section 20 of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003. Bihar is the 12th state in the country to bring such a ban into effect after Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Delhi and others.


Rohan More becomes 1st Asian to swim across Ocean Seven | Weekly Current Affairs

Pune-based swimmer, Rohan More became the first Asian as well as the first Indian to swim across the Ocean Seven. He is the youngest to complete it. He swam across the Cook Strait between North and South Islands of New Zealand in 8 hours and 37 minutes. With this, More becomes only the ninth person in the world to complete it. He has received the Tenzing Norgay Award from the Indian Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The award, also known as the National Adventure Award, was presented by President Ram Nath Kovind.


Sharmila Nicollet first Indian Golfer to qualify for China LPGA Tour | Weekly Current Affairs

Sharmila Nicollet become the first Indian golfer to qualify for the China Ladies PGA Tour. The 26-year-old Bengaluru golfer fought her way back into the tournament in the last two rounds to earn a card for the Tour. Sharmila, who played on the Ladies European Tour before losing her full card, played her three rounds in the CLPGA Tour Qualifying School to finish in tied 21st and pick one of the 30 cards available in the 88-player field.


Rajnath Singh Inaugurates First Of Its Kind Spoken Sanskrit Centre | Weekly Current Affairs

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the Centre for learning the Sanskrit language in Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. The center will offer a six-month course for people on how to speak the language. The coordinator of the course, Atul Ungar stated it was possibly the first such course launched in India.


India and Palestine Signed 6 MoUs | Weekly Current Affairs

India and Palestine signed six Memorandums of Understanding (MoU)s worth USD 40 million. This was welcomed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. During the term of this Government, the President of India made the first ever visit to Palestine in 2015. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made an official visit to India in May 2017 and now for the first time, Prime Minister of India has made a visit to Palestine in 2018.


NPCI Appoints Biswamohan Mahapatra As Non-Executive Chairman | Weekly Current Affairs

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) appointed Biswamohan Mahapatra as non-executive chairman for two years with immediate effect. He succeeds B Sambamurthy who was the interim chairman.


President Ram Nath Kovind urges students to make farmers life better | Weekly Current Affairs

President Ram Nath Kovind graced and addressed the 1st convocation of the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) at Sonepat, Haryana. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that India has been an agrarian economy ever since our ancestors planted grains in the Indus Valley. Many varieties of nutritious grains and a wide range of pulses mark the Indian experience. The President said that as a society and as a people we are obligated to make life better for our farmers and to free them from the fickleness of nature and of weather patterns – and, to the degree possible, of the unpredictability of demand and supply. This is the resolve of the government, and it has instituted policies and programmes to further this. Use of science and technology along the food chain is essential to these programmes. And this is where institutions such as NIFTEM and those who graduate from here will play a vital role.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi 3 Nation Visit India and Oman Sign 8 MoUs | Weekly Current Affairs

India and Oman have signed eight MoUs in different areas during PM Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the Gulf nation. The fields in which the agreements were inked include defense, health, and tourism. A MoU on legal and judicial co-operation in civil and commercial matters was also signed. The agreements were inked after Mr Modi held delegation-level talks with the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said al Said in Muscat.


Mumbai 12th Richest City Globally, New York Tops: New World Wealth Report | Weekly Current Affairs

Mumbai, India’s financial capital is the 12th richest city in the world with a total wealth of $950 billion, according to a report by New World Wealth. The list was topped by New York as the richest city in the world. Total wealth refers to the private wealth held by all the individuals living in each city. It includes all their assets (property, cash, equities and business interests) less any liabilities. Government funds are excluded from the figures. The top 3 richest cities in the list are- New York ($3 trillion). London ($2.7 trillion). Tokyo ($2.5 trillion).


ONGC acquires 10 per cent stake in UAEs Zakum oilfield | Weekly Current Affairs

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)-led consortium of Indian state oil firms have acquired 10% stake in Abu Dhabi’s offshore Lower Zakum Concession. The acquisition is part of deal inked between company executives and UAE officials in presence of visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Abu Dhabi. The Lower Zakum Oil Field is located 84 km north-west of Abu Dhabi Islands. It was discovered in 1963 and is owned and developed by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. The total proven reserves of it are around 17.2 billion barrels and production is centered on 425,000 barrels per day (67,600 m3/d)


Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi | Weekly Current Affairs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone-laying ceremony for construction of first traditional Hindu temple in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi. The UAE government had allocated land for the temple during PM Modi’s first visit to the gulf country in 2015. It will come up on 55,000 square meters of land. It will include idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Maheshwara, Lord Ayyappa and more. It will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in UAE. It will also feature a garden and a water-front. It will be completed by 2020.


SBI Wrote Off Bad Loans Worth Over Rs 20,000 Crore Last Fiscal | Weekly Current Affairs

The country’s largest lender SBI wrote off bad loans worth Rs 20,339 crore in 2016-17, the highest among all the public sector banks, which had a collective write off of Rs 81,683 crore for the fiscal. The data pertains to the period when the associate banks of State Bank of India (SBI) were not merged with it. Besides SBI, Punjab National Bank had a write-off of Rs 9,205 crore in 2016-17, followed by Bank of India (Rs 7,346 crore), Canara Bank (Rs 5,545 crore) and Bank of Baroda (Rs 4,348 crore).


Kishan Gangolli wins 13th edition of National Chess Championship for Blind | Weekly Current Affairs

Defending champion Karnataka’s Kishan Gangolli won the 13th edition of the National ‘A’ Chess Championship for the blind in Mumbai. The championship was organised by All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB). At the end of the 13th round, Asian Championship winner, Gangolli became the champion for the fifth consecutive time with 10.5 points. Gujarat’s Ashvin Makwana stood second with 9.5 points, Soundarya Kumar Pradhan of Orissa with 9 points came third.



India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2017 released by MoEFCC

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has released India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2017. It has revealed that total forest and tree cover in India has increased of over 8,021 sq km (about 80.20 million hectare) which is one percent increase from 2015. 15 states/UTs have above 33% of geographical area under forest cover. About 40% of country’s forest cover is present in 9 large contiguous patches of the size of 10, 000 sq.km, or more.



India’s first online radio station ‘Radio Umang’ launched | Weekly Current Affairs

Radio Umang, India’s first online radio station that allows the listener to just download and tune in, has been launched. Listeners can tune in to this online radio station through web streaming or download the app. With 24 hours programming, it has found listeners in Hindi speaking regions of India and in over 60 countries worldwide.


Andhra’s Chandrababu is richest CM in India | Weekly Current Affairs

Andhra Pradesh’s Chandrababu Naidu is the richest Chief Minister in India with declared assets worth over Rs177 crore, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) stated. Naidu is followed by Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu with assets worth over Rs129 crore and Punjab’s Amarinder Singh with Rs48 crore. Tripura’s Manik Sarkar with Rs26 lakh is the CM with lowest declared assets.


Nitin Gadkari Releases Indias 1st Ever Highway Capacity Manual | Weekly Current Affairs

The Minister of Road Transport & Highways Mr Nitin Gadkari released India’s first ever Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) in New Delhi. The manual is also known as Indo-HCM and it has been developed by CSIR – CRRI on the basis of an extensive, country-wide study of the traffic characteristics on different categories of roads like a single lane, two-lane, multi-lane urban roads, and the associated intersections on these roads.


UP Government launches DASTAK campaign to eradicate Japanise Encephalitis | Weekly Current Affairs

Uttar Pradesh Government launched massive door to door “DASTAK campaign against Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanise Encephalitis (JE). It was launched in association with UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund). DASTAK campaign is part of the comprehensive Social and Behaviour Change. DASTAK campaign is part of the comprehensive Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) strategy embraced by state government to beat encephalitis. In DASTAK campaign, the whole state machinery with help of UNICEF will go door to door in 38 JES and AE affected districts, mostly falling in the Tara.


National Productivity Day is observed as 12 February | Weekly Current Affairs

The National Productivity Council observed the National Productivity Day (NPD) on 12 February 2018. The council is also observing the National Productivity Week till February 18. The theme for NPD 2018 is ‘Industry 4.0 Leapfrog Opportunity for India’. Industry 4.0 or the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ is seen emerging globally as a powerful force and is being called as the next industrial revolution. It is characterized by the increasing digitization and interconnection of products, value chains, and business models.



Weekly Current Affairs | INTERNATIONAL

Pakistani Activist Asma Jahangir passes away | Weekly Current Affairs

Asma Jahangir, Pakistan’s renowned human rights lawyer, social activist and an outspoken critic of the country’s powerful military establishment, passed away of cardiac arrest. She was 66. She was the first woman to serve as the president of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan.


Golden Globe Award winner Musician Johann Johannsson passes away | Weekly Current Affairs

Acclaimed Icelandic musician and Oscar-nominated composer Johann Johannsson has passed away aged 48. In 2014, he was nominated for BAFTA, Grammy and Oscar awards for his score for ‘Theory of Everything’, and won the Golden Globe award, making him one of the most well-known composers Iceland has produced.


India Retains Top Spot As Source Market For Dubai In 2017 | Weekly Current Affairs

Dubai witnessed 15% growth in tourist arrivals from India in 2017, hosting 2.1 million visitors, retaining top spot as the source market. It also became the first country to cross the 2 million mark in a single year, according to the latest data published by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism). The growth is mainly due to the success of Dubai Tourism’s ongoing collaboration with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in the ‘BeMyGuest’ campaign.


13 February: World Radio Day | Weekly Current Affairs

Every year 13 February is observed as the World radio Day. Radio is the mass medium reaching the widest audience in the world. World Radio Day is about celebrating radio, why we love it and why we need it today more than ever. It is a day to remember the unique power of radio to touch lives and bring people together across every corner of the globe. For the year 2018, the theme of the world Radio day is Radio and Sports. This year it is the seventh edition of World Radio Day. This year the world radio day will be focusing on diversity and equality in ‘Radio and Sports’.


Tanzania withdraws from UN refugee programme | Weekly Current Affairs

Tanzania has announced its withdrawal of United Nation’s “Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework” citing security reasons and lack of funds. Tanzania has long been considered as safe haven for refugees, particularly from conflict hit Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi.



World’s Tallest Hotel ‘Gevora’ opens in Dubai | Weekly Current Affairs

The Gevora Hotel in Dubai, developed by the Al Attar Group has now become the “world’s tallest hotel”. It stands 356 metres and 53 centimetres tall. It is one metre taller than the previous holder of the title, the JW Marriott Marquis, in the same city. The title has been confirmed by Guinness Book of World Records.



Pakistan to get first woman Hindu MP | Weekly Current Affairs

The Pakistan Peoples Party’s Krishna Kumari is poised to become the country’s first woman Hindu lawmaker next month, after the party nominated her for the upcoming Senate elections. Ms. Kumari said she faced a “slave-like situation” during her childhood in the remote village of Nagarparkar in Sindh Province. She worked on the farm of a feudal landlord who was abusive to his workers.



Book marking 70 years of Italy-India ties to be launched | Weekly Current Affairs

A book presentation at the Italian Prime Minister’s office will mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and India, the Foreign Ministry announced. Undersecretary of State for European affairs Sandro Gozi, Italy’s Ambassador to India Lorenzo Angeloni, and India’s Ambassador to Italy Reenat Sandhu will attend the launch of “There’s Something in the Air — 70 Life stories from Italy and India. Gozi, who also heads the Italy-India Association, will open the presentation of the book, whose editors are Angeloni and first Commercial Secretary Maria Elettra Verrone.


China to pick 5,000 movie theaters for propaganda screenings | Weekly Current Affairs

China plans to select 5,000 movie theaters to screen propaganda films and will boost their box offices with group sales, discounted tickets and another financial backing. China, the world’s second-biggest film market, saw movie ticket sales rise 13.5 percent last year to over $8.6 billion. Chinese-made movies accounted for 54 percent of ticket sales, with baldly nationalistic action thriller “Wolf Warrior 2” topping the box office.



World’s First Autonomous Pods Unveiled In Dubai | Weekly Current Affairs

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched the first tests of the world’s first autonomous pods at the World Government Summit. The autonomous pods are launched in cooperation with Next Future Transportation (US-Based) and are designed to travel short and medium distances in dedicated lanes. They can be coupled together in as little 15 seconds or detached depending on the riders’ destination in five seconds. Each pod is fitted with cameras and electromechanical technologies to carry out the coupling and detaching, which can be activated while the pod is in motion.


International Conference on Unani Medicine held in New Delhi. | Weekly Current Affairs

The International Conference on Unani Medicine was held in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Minister of State (IC) for Ministry of Development of Northern Pics. It was organized by Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), under Ministry of AYUSH is organizing as part of the celebration of Unani Day. The Various national level eminent personalities and stakeholders from academia, industry, regulators, and researchers in the field of Unani Medicine participant.


Weekly Current Affairs | Top 10

1. Rohan More becomes first Asian to swim across Ocean Seven

• Pune-based Indian long-distance swimmer, Rohan More, has become the first Asian and the youngest to swim across the Cook Strait between North and South Islands of New Zealand.

• More managed to get a chance to swim across the Cook Straight on February 9, 2018, after a long wait due to bad weather conditions.

• Despite a sudden drop in water temperature, he covered the distance in eight hours and 37 minutes.

• With this achievement, More also became the ninth person in the world to swim across Cook Strait.

2. Tri-service maritime exercise ‘Paschim Lehar’ begins

• The Tri-service maritime exercise ‘Paschim Lehar’ was initiated off India’s western coast on February 12, 2018.

• The main objective of the exercise was to build interoperability between the Indian Navy, Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Coast Guard.

• Around 40 ships, submarines and fighter aircraft participated in the exercise.

• In the initial phase, the exercise included a number of weapon firings, including missile, gun and torpedo firings.

• The second phase has been structured to validate and refine the operational plans of the Western Naval Command.

3. West Bengal becomes first state to opt out of National Health Protection Scheme

• The state of West Bengal on February 13, 2018 became the first one in India to opt out of the Union Government’s National Health Protection Scheme that was announced in Union Budget 2018-19.

• The announcement was made by the state’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who said that the state will not waste its hard earned resources to contribute its share to the programme.

• Banerjee said that the centre has drawn up a health plan in which 40 per cent of the fund has to come from states but questioned that why should the state spend on another programme when it already has its own.

• The West Bengal government has already enrolled 50 lakh people under its own Swasthya Sathi programme.

4. Venezuela, Libya suspended from voting in UN General Assembly

• Venezuela and Libya have been suspended from voting in the UN General Assembly for the third time in three years because of millions of dollars in unpaid dues to the world body.

• The Secretary-General Antonio Guterres informed the General Assembly in late January that 14 countries including Venezuela and Libya were in arrears.

• The Assembly spokesman Brenden Varma confirmed on February 14 that Venezuela and Libya have lost their vote in the 193-member global organisation as a result.

• According to a letter from Guterres to the Assembly President, Venezuela must pay a minimum of 25,200,296 US dollars to restore its voting rights and Libya must pay at least 6,594,842 US dollars.

5. Odisha to sponsor national hockey teams for next 5 years

• The Chief Minister of Odisha announced on February 15, 2018 that the state government will sponsor the Indian National Hockey teams for the next five years.

• The CM made the announcement while unveiling new jersey for the teams for the upcoming Hockey World Cup in Odisha.

• The CM added that hockey in Odisha is more than a sport, it is more like a way of life, especially in the tribal regions of the state where children learn to walk with hockey sticks.

• Odisha was the host city of Hockey World League in November 2017 and it is also the sponsor of the Men’s Hockey World Cup this year, which is scheduled to be held between November 28 and December16, 2018.

6. India inks loan agreement with NDB for $100mn for Rajasthan Water Project

• India has signed the second loan agreement with New Development Bank (NDB) for 100 million dollars for Rajasthan Water Sector Restructuring Project for Desert Areas.

• This is the first tranche loan approved by the NDB under the Multi Tranche Financing Facility of 345 Million dollars for this project.

• The project implementation period is six years. Rajasthan government will implement the project primarily through its Water Resources Department.

• The objective of the project would be to rehabilitate the 678 kilometre long Indira Gandhi Canal system built during 1958 to 1963 to prevent seepage, conserve water and enhance water use efficiency as mandated by both national and state level policies on water use.

7. Women Government employees commissioning Surrogacy to get maternity leave

• The Union Minister of State for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh on February 12, 2018 announced that the women Government employees who have commissioned surrogacy will now be entitled to maternity leave.

• Moreover, divorced daughter will be eligible for family pension, if divorce case has been filed before the death of pensioner or family pensioner.

• Singh also announced the increment in the Constant Attendant Allowance on disability pension from Rs 4500 per month to Rs 6750 per month.

• All these measures are expected to promote gender equality and provide equal financial benefit to women. These are not only financial reforms, but also social reforms keeping in mind the futuristic society.

8. India, Russia celebrate 70 years of bilateral relations in field of agriculture

• India and Russia on February 14, 2018 celebrated 70 years of bilateral relations in the field of agriculture at Suratgarh in Rajasthan.

• On the occasion, delegations from both India and Russia visited the Central State Farm (CSF) in Suratgarh, which was set up in 1956 with the help of USSR.

• Scientists from Russia played a huge role in laying the foundation of agriculture in the deserts of Thar, which brought about a major change in the agriculture farming in nearby areas including fringe area of Punjab.

9. India’s first radio festival to be held in Delhi today

• India’s first radio festival was held in New Delhi on February 15, 2018, to mark the World Radio Day.

• The festival was organised by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television in partnership with UNESCO.

• It included expert panel discussions, an exhibition and live performances and touched upon the theme for World Radio Day 2018, ‘radio and sports’.

• It also examined the potential of radio as a platform for social change and ways to make it more creative and traced the journey of music on the broadcasting medium.

• The World Radio Day was celebrated across the globe on February 13, 2018.

10. Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in as new President of South Africa following resignation of Jacob Zuma

• Cyril Ramaphosa, head of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), was been sworn in as the new President of South Africa on February 15, 2018.

• He was elected as the new president of South Africa by the ruling party members after the resignation of Jacob Zuma.

• The country’s 400-member parliament, dominated by the ruling party, elected Ramaphosa to complete his predecessor’s term, which ends in 2019.

• The ANC has finished first in every national vote since the end of the Apartheid system.

• The 65-year-old Ramaphosa became country’s deputy President in 2014.

• In December 2017, he narrowly defeated Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in the race to replace South African President Jacob Zuma as the head of the ruling party.



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