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Current Affairs of 25th February 2019 25 Feb 2019

National News

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated 3rd Edition of VIVID 2019
“VIVID-Vision Insight and Voices as India goes Digital”- the District Informatics Officer (DIO) meet, was organised by National Informatics Centre (NIC) from 21st to 22nd February, 2019, as an initiative to interact with the DIO’s and to share their experiences as well as contribution, as digital change-makers at the grass-root level in the States.
The following Centres of Excellence were also launched by him:
IOT Open lab, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Bengaluru
Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) Incubation, STPI Bhubaneswar
Emerging Technologies, NASSCOM, Gandhinagar
Emerging Technologies, NASSCOM, Vishakapatnam

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) constituted 3 Working Groups to study and recommend measures to facilitate trade, promote exports and improve compliance.
♦ Chairman – Pranab Kumar Das
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi

3 Day International Conference and Exhibition on Energy and Environment inaugurated by President of India in New Delhi
The conference aims to identify the research and development needs of new innovations, technologies and applications for clean, safe, sustainable development of society, environment, energy and industries in the years following 2020.

4th India-ASEAN Expo and Summit held in New Delhi
Its flagship event of Department of Commerce, being organised with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) to carry forward the momentum and to further strengthen India-ASEAN relations under the Act-East Policy.
Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN)
♦ Comprises of Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia, Cambodia and Brunei.
♦ Headquarters – Jakarta, Indonesia
♦ Secretary-General – Lim Jock Hoi (Brunei)

14th Agricultural Science Congress held at New Delhi
National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR) and Indian Agricultural Research Institute at National Agricultural Science Complex (NASC) in New Delhi from 20th to 23rd February 2019.
The theme of the event was “Innovations for Agricultural Transformation” 
NAAS presented the “Dr B.P.Pal Memorial Award for Excellence in Agricultural Sciences” to Prof. Ram Badan Sing for his outstanding contributions towards overall agricultural research and development for the Biennium 2017-18.
“Dr A.B.Joshi Memorial Lecture Award” was given to Dr R.A. Mashelkar, Former Director General, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research(CSIR).”
“Dr K. Ramiah Award” was given to Dr Kailash Chander Bansal, Former Director, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) and many such awards and accolades including Endowment award, Recognition award and Young scientist award in different sectors of agriculture sciences were presented on the occasion.

Bihar becomes the 1st state to deploy dog squad to check liquor smuggling
They were trained at Hyderabad-based Integrated Intelligence Training Academy. Patna will witness deployment of 4 such dogs.

Uttarakhand CM launches a helpline for quick redressal of public complaints
The helpline number for lodging complaints is 1905. 
To deal with the redressal issues, call centres shall be open from 8 am to 10 pm.

Odisha launches boat ambulance service for remote areas
It would be used to transport patients to hospitals in remote areas.
The cost of the project is Rs 5.40 crore.
The ambulance service can be availed by dialling ‘108’. 

44th Global Summit of International Advertising Association held in Kochi.
The highlight of the event was a robot trying to answer a theme-based question-“Brand Dharma, What’s coming next?”


International News

Cobra Gold, one of the world’s largest multinational military exercises, held in Thailand
29 nations taking part as participants or observers.
Apart from the 2 countries, 7 countries who participated in the exercise were India, Singapore, Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea.

US President Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive-4 (SPD-4) 
Ordering the Pentagon to establish the Space Force as the 6th branch of the United States military, to go along with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, in order to secure and extend American dominance of the space domain.
The initial 3 were:
SPD-1- directed NASA to get humans back to the Moon as a stepping-stone to Mars.
SPD-2 – streamlined regulations for the commercial space sector.
SPD-3 – dealt with space traffic management.

150 (Advanced Level) AL students from all 25 districts of Sri Lanka were awarded the Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship for Study in India by Sri Lankan Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu at a special ceremony in Colombo.
This year’s awardees received Rs. 30,000 annually during their two years of Advanced Level studies.
India recently launched a new Portal titled “Study in India” and more than 25,000 seats are earmarked in Indian Institutions for foreign students.

Month-long ‘Festival of India’ begins in Nepal
It is being organised by the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Embassy of India.

Bank News

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Bank of Japan formalised the USD 75- billion swap agreement, which would act as a cushion against any sharp swings in the local currency whenever the international financial markets turn volatile.
♦ Governor – Shaktikanta Das
♦ Headquarters – Mumbai

World Bank, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women(UN Women), and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) launched new social impact bonds exclusively for women, called Women’s Livelihood Bonds (WLBs), with an initial corpus of Rs 300 crore.
About World Bank
♦ Interim President – Kristalina Georgieva
♦ Headquarters – Washington D. C.
♦ Chairman & MD – Mohammad Mustafa
♦ Headquarters – Lucknow


Rank And Reports

On 23rd February 2019, Jio Saavn– India-based global audio and music that it scored the 1st rank among Indian companies and 28th rank globally in the 2019 list of “50 Most Innovative Companies”.


Awards And Recognitions

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation(ONGC)’s Rajahmundry unit won the Energy and Environment Foundation Global Clean Awards-2019 for sustained efforts in pursuit of Swachh Bharat Mission as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at a function in New Delhi.
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi
♦ Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) – Shashi Shankar

Harmanpreet Singh was awarded the 2018 Player of the Year award while women’s team striker Lalremsiami as the Rising Player of The Year, by the Asian Hockey Federation.

Appointments And Resigns

Brijbhushan Sharan Singh was elected as the President of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for the third time.

State Governor of Sudan Ayala Appointed Sudan’s Prime Minister
On 23rd February 2019, the governor of Gezira state, Mohamed Tahir Ayala was appointed as Sudan’s Prime Minister.



Science And Tech

Iran launched a cruise missile from a submarine for the first time during ongoing annual military drill named “Velayat-97” in the Strait of Hormuz.
♦ Capital – Tehran
♦ President – Hassan Rouhani



India suspended by IOC From Hosting International Sporting Events after Pakistan Shooters were Denied Visa
The International Olympic Committee (IOC)
The Indian Olympic Association last year laid out an ambitious road-map to host the Youth Olympics in 2026, the Asian Games in 2030 and the Summer Olympics for the first time in 2032.

Chennai Spartans won Pro Volleyball League title
Held in Nehru Indoor Stadium, Chennai


Important Days

Central Excise day observed on 24th February 2019


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