Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (12 Feb - 18 Feb) 2018: Download Now

Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (12 Feb - 18 Feb) 2018: Download Now

The one liner of the week is a recap of the important happenings that occurred Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (12 Feb - 18 Feb) 2018: Download Now
Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (12 Feb - 18 Feb) 2017: Download Now

The important happenings of the week covered in this segment include the appointment of Budget 2018, Australian Open 2018 and India& First Kachra Mahotsav among others.

BANKING & ECONOMY
  • India’s fifth largest private sector lender, Yes Bank listed $600 million bond issued under its maiden $1 billion MTN (medium term note) programme on Global Securities Market (GSM) of India INX, country’s first international exchange, located at International Financial Services Centre, GIFT City in Gujarat.
  • The 4th meeting of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) under the chairmanship of Dr Bibek Debroy held in New Delhi.
  • The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)-led consortium of Indian state oil firms acquired 10% stake in Abu Dhabi’s offshore Lower Zakum Concession for $600 mn. 
NATIONAL NEWS
  • India’s first radio festival held at the UNESCO House in New Delhi to mark World Radio Day which held worldwide on Feb 13 with the theme, "Radio and Sports".
  • Radio Umang”, the India’s first online radio station has been launched on Feb 13, which is celebrated as World Radio Day with the theme peace, humanity and hope.
  • The International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR-2018) held in Bengaluru, Karnataka with the theme "Responsible CSR: a New Agenda Beyond Governance".
  • The International Conference on Operations and Maintenance, “Indian Power Stations 2018” held in New Delhi.
  • India will host the 8th edition of the greatest carnival of Theatre in the World, Theatre Olympics for the first time ever from Feb 17 –Apr 08, 2018 in New Delhi with the theme "Flag of Friendship".
  • 2018 India-Russia Agriculture Business Summit, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, held in New Delhi.
  • The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) released India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2017, which revealed that total forest and tree cover in India has increased of over 8,021 sq km (about 80.20 million hectare)
  • The Union Govt is developing a tool called soft power matrix aimed at calibrating effectiveness of India’s soft power outreach and foster better diplomatic traction in India’s immediate neighbourhood and beyond.
  • The Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari released India’s first-ever Highway Capacity Manual (Indo-HCM) in New Delhi to guide road engineers and policy makers about road expansion.
  • The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is planning to launch ranking system for the toll plazas in an effort to address issues at toll plazas.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his second visit to the Gulf country laid the foundation stone for the construction of first traditional Hindu temple in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, the capital city of United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  • NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman, Rajiv Kumar made a strong case for setting up independent Debt Management Office for better servicing of loans that will lead to substantial reduction in India’s interest payment.
  • According to the report published by New World Wealth, India’s financial capital, Mumbai ranked 12th richest city globally with a total wealth of US $950 billion, which was topped by New York.


STATE NEWS
  • The National Banana Festival (NBF-2018) has been started at Kalliyoor, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
  • The 6th Conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) of India Region inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in Patna, Bihar with the theme ‘Role of Parliament and Parliamentarians in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’.
  • The 2018 edition of World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS 2018) inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi with the theme ‘Partnerships for a Resilient Planet’.
  • The third-edition of international conference and exhibition on pharmaceuticals industry and medical devices- India Pharma 2018 and India Medical Device 2018 – has been started in Bengaluru, Karnataka with the theme – ‘Affordable & Quality Healthcare’.
  • The govt of Maharashtra will launch cheap sanitary pad scheme “Asmita Yojana” on the International
  • Women’s Day for rural women.
  • The West Bengal has become the first state in the country to opt out of Centre’s National Health
  • Protection Scheme (NHPS) which was announced in Union Budget 2018-19.
  • Punjab has notified six-member Revenue Commission, headed by (Retd.) Justice SS Saron, with an aim to bring greater efficiency and accountability in functioning of Revenue Department.
  • Punjab has made attachment of super straw management system to combine harvester machines mandatory for harvesting paddy (rice) crop in an attempt to check the dangerous trend of stubble burning.
  • The Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh has launched the Centre for learning Sanskrit language in Gujarat University in Ahmedabad.
  • The Govt of Bihar has banned sale of loose cigarettes in the state to deterrent to kids and youngsters who start smoking by buying loose cigarettes.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
  • The 54th Munich Security Conference (MSC-2018) held in Munich, Germany to discuss pressing security issues, including North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and the Syrian civil war.
  • China will host the 2018 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO-2018) Summit at Qingdao, eastern Shandong Province in June 2018.
  • Venezuela and Libya have been suspended from voting in United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2018-19 sessions for not paying dues to 193-member world body.
  • India’s biggest electricity producer, NTPC Ltd won the tender to supply 300 megawatts (MW) of electricity to power-starved Bangladesh for 15 years.
  • The sixth edition of 2018 World Government Summit (WGS) held at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Feb 11 to 13, 2018.
  • The world’s tallest hotel, Gevora, stands at 356 metres and has 528 rooms, has opened in Dubai, adding another skyscraper to the already towering skyline.
  • Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched the first tests of the world’s first autonomous pods at the World Government Summit in Dubai.
  • Tanzania announced its withdrawal from United Nation’s “Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework” citing security reasons and lack of funds.


SCIENCE & DEFENCE
  • The state owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is planning to introduce carbon dioxide (CO2) injection technology in its Gandhar oil field in Gujarat.
  • Scientists from the Rockefeller University in New York reported discovery of a new class of antibiotics called malacidins.
  • Paschim Lehar’, the Tri-service maritime exercise held off India’s western coast with an aim to build interoperability between Indian Navy, Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Coast Guard.
  • Russian space agency, Roskosmos has successfully launched an unmanned cargo spacecraft, Progress MS-08 to the International Space Station (ISS) onboard of Soyuz-2.1a rocket from Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan.
  • The Indian Army has contributed approximately 2300 personnel to support United Nations Peacekeeping Missions to South Sudan (UNMISS) in order to bring peace and normalcy in the war-torn country.
  • Scientists from Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have discovered three new species of eel along northern Bay of Bengal coast.
APPROVALS & MOUS
  • Govt inks $100 million loan agreement with NDB for financing of Rajasthan Water Sector Restructuring Project for the Desert Areas.
  • India and Iran signed Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income in New Delhi.
  • The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) extended the Anti-Narcotics Scheme for 3 more years to combat illicit trafficking in drugs and psychotropic substances.
  • The state owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) bagged major order worth Rs. 560 cr from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) for setting up FGD system at National Capital Power Station (capacity 2×490 MW) at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh.
  • India and Russia celebrated 70 years of bilateral relations in the field of agriculture at Suratgarh in Rajasthan on Feb 14, 2018.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his three west Asian countries visit which includes Palestine, UAE and Oman.
  • During PM Modi’s visit to Abu Dhabi, India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed five Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) in key areas of energy sector, railways, manpower and financial services.
    • MoU for Technical Cooperation in Rail Sector
    • MoU to institutionalise the collaborative administration of contractual employment of Indian workers in UAE.
    • MoU between Indian Consortium (OVL, BPRL & IOCL) and ADNOC
    • MoU between Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX)
    • MoU between Government of Jammu and Kashmir and DP World
  • India and Oman have inked eight Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) during PM Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the country in different areas including defence, health and tourism.
    • MoU on Cooperation in the field of health,
    • Annexure to the MoU on Military Cooperation.
    • MoU on Cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.
    • MoU in the field of Tourism cooperation between India and Oman.
    • Agreement on Legal and Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial matter
    • Agreement on mutual visa exemption for holders of diplomatic, Special, service and official passports
    • MoU on Cooperation between Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of External Affairs, India and Oman Diplomatic Institute.
    • MoU on Academic and Scholarly cooperation sectors between National Defence College Sultanate of Oman and the Institute for Defence Studies and the Analyses.
APPOINTMENTS
  • Governor of Bank of Japan:    Haruhiko Kuroda
  • Nepal’s Prime Minister:          KP Sharma Oli
  • EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017:    Sanjiv Bajaj
  • New President of South Africa:           Cyril Ramaphosa
  • Vice Chancellor of the Tezpur University:      Vinod Kumar Jain
  • First female Hindu lawmaker in Pakistan:     Krishna Kumari
  • President of Sahitya Akademi:            Chandrashekhar Kambar
  • Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir:   Swayam Prakash Pani
  • Resignation of South Africa’s President:        Jacob Zuma

AWARDS
  • Vikas Sathaye, a Pune-born person honoured with the Scientific and Engineering Academy Award at the Oscars Scientific and Technical Awards 2018 at Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, California.
  • Legendary singer, Asha Bhosle has been conferred with the 5th edition of Yash Chopra Memorial Award 2018 in Mumbai for her outstanding contribution to the Hindi film industry.
  • The Department of Science and Technology will award Raghbir Singh Khandpur for his contribution to science and his efforts to make the Science City in Punjab’s Kapurthala into an international-level facility.
  • India’s Aadhaar and Umang App won Best Govt Emerging Technologies Award and Best m-Govt Service Award for Accessible Govt Category respectively at recently concluded 6th World Government Summit 2018 in Dubai, UAE.
  • India’s national academy of letters, Sahitya Academy has conferred the prestigious 2017 Sahitya Akademi Award on 24 poets and authors in 24 different Indian languages at a function in New Delhi on Feb 12, 2018.
    • Essay: Jagdish Lachhani (Sindhi).
    • Play: Rajen Toijamba (Manipuri)
    • English: Mamang Dai for his novel The Black Hill.
    • Hindi: Ramesh Kuntal Megh for his literary criticism work Vishw Mithak Sarit Sagar.
    • Assamese: Jayant Madhab Bora for Novel “Moriahola”.
  • The former Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been honored with 2018 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership for excellence in African leadership.
SPORTS
  • Tamil Nadu lifted their maiden title in the 23rd edition of the Senior Women's National Football Championship by defeating Manipur 2-1.
  • The Pune-based Indian long-distance swimmer, Rohan More becomes the first Asian and the youngest person in the world to swim across the Ocean Seven.
  • Defending champion Kishan Gangolli from Karnataka won the 13th edition of the National ‘A’ Chess Championship for the blind, organised by All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB), in Mumbai.
  • The 26-year-old Bengaluru golfer, Sharmila Nicollet becomes the first Indian golfer to qualify for the China Ladies PGA Tour.
  • The Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) has lifted the 8th edition of Senior National Women’s
  • Hockey Championship 2018 by defeating Madhya Pradesh 4-0.
IMPORTANT DAYS
  • Feb 13: World Radio Day “Radio and Sports”
  • Feb 12: National Productivity Day "Industry 4.0 Leapfrog Opportunity for India"
OBITUARY
  • Former Uttar Pradesh minister & Senior Samajwadi Party leader   Khwaja Haleem
  • Former Union minister & veteran TDP leader           Dr Bolla Bulli Ramaiah
  • The noted writer, thinker & journalist           Muzaffar Hussain
  • Golden Globe-winning composer       Johann Johannsson
  • Pakistan’s renowned human rights lawyer    Asma Jilani Jahangir
  • First female filmmaker of Odisha      Parbati Ghose




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