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Current Affairs of 27th February 2019 27 Feb 2019

National News

National War Memorial dedicated to the nation by PM Modi Which commemorates the soldiers who participated and made the supreme sacrifice in Peacekeeping Missions and Counter Insurgency Operations.
It comprises four concentric circles, namely- the Amar Chakra, the Veerta Chakra, the Tyag Chakra and the Rakshak Chakra, with names of 25,942 soldiers inscribed in gold leafing on the granite tablets.

4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit was hosted by India

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has announced that an electronic voting machine (EVM) is “information” under the Right to Information Act and it can be demanded by a citizen from the Election Commission (EC) by paying Rs. 10.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed News18 Rising India Summit held in New Delhi and laid out his vision for a ‘New India‘. The theme of the summit was, “Beyond Politics: Defining National Priorities”.

3-day fest on Gandhian philosophy held in New Delhi
The festival was organized by the Sanatan Sangeet Sanskriti and curated by renowned Hindi poet Ashok Vajpeyi. This year’s title of the event was “Bapu Ki Dilli” as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary and celebrated the life and ideology of Bapu the father of our nation through plays, recitals, readings, discussions and more.


International News

Afghanistan began exporting to India through the Chabahar port in Iran, for the first time by bypassing the Pakistan route.
♦ Capital- Kabul
♦ President-Ashraf Ghani

Thomas Cook India Group-a travel services group has acquired 51 per cent share in Digiphoto Entertainment Imaging (DEI) based in Dubai.


Bank News

State-run Bank of Baroda has tied up with Germany’s KfW Development Bank to refinance solar projects at a cost of 113 million USD. The tie-up is part of an Indo-German Solar Energy Partnership signed in 2015.

The Reserve Bank of India extended the deadline for prepaid payment instrument (PPI) issuers to complete their Know Your Customer (KYC) norms by six months. Earlier, they had been asked to complete their KYC process by the end of February 2019.

Iran buys Indian raw sugar for the first time in five years
The sanctions state that Iran isn’t permitted to be a part of the global financial system and can’t use US dollars for payments involving its oil sales.

FAGMIL inked MoU with Himachal Pradesh to launch Rs 605 cr White cement Plant Project
It will be the 4th white cement plant in India with an installed capacity of  0.3 million tonnes per annum. The plant is expected to be commenced by the year 2022 and will prove to be a milestone for the development of the Sirmour District.


Awards And Recognitions

Playwright Mahesh Elkunchwar has chosen for the META lifetime achievement award.
At the 14th Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) festival to be held in New Delhi on 12th March 2019. He has written more than 30 plays and essays, like Sultan, Holi etc and is also a receiver of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship.

President presented Gandhi Peace Prize for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
2015 – Vivekanand Kendra, Kanyakumari
2016 – Akshaya Patra Foundation and Sulabh International
2017 – Ekal Abhiyan Trust
2018 – Yohei Sasakawa

G.R. Karthikeyan was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at the FMSCI(Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India) annual awards function held in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He is the father of Narain Karthikeyan– India’s first Formula One racer.

Appointments And Resigns

Dr KJ Srinivasa designated as Indian High Commissioner to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.

PepsiCo’s former CEO Indra Nooyi appointed to Amazon’s Board of Directors.

Science And Tech

Union Minister Piyush Goyal launched Rail Drishti Dashboard, an online portal containing information related to passenger and freight trains and links to live feeds of IRCTC kitchens. It has been developed by the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS).
The URL of the dashboard is raildrishti.cris.org.in

India successfully tests fired surface-to-air missile “QRSAM” from Odisha with a strike range of 25 km to 30 km and has a capability of engaging multiple targets.

Tejas Networks Launches World’s First Ultra-Converged Broadband Product at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona which provides both wireline as well as wireless broadband services from a single integrated platform.



Afghanistan broke Australia’s record for the highest Twenty20 cricket total
By scoring 278 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 20 overs.
Hazratullah Zazai became the first player from Afghanistan to score 162 not out from 62 balls, and his 236-run opening stand with Usman Ghani, who made 73 runs from 48 balls – including 7 fours and 3 sixes, became the highest partnership in T20Is.

Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta won the Cannes International Open held in Cannes, France (Chess tournament).

Miscellaneous Current Affairs

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu publicized the book titled Quality, Accreditation and Ranking – A Silent Revolution in the Offing in Indian Higher Education edited by EPSI’s Alternate President, Dr H Chaturvedi. It is an analysis of the past and present scenario in the Indian Higher Education and also focuses on how to raise the quality of colleges and universities to enable them to compete globally.

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