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16 February Important Current Affairs In English

 

Daily Important Current Affairs In English


 Why is it important to read current affairs?    

Current Affairs refer to the events of national and international importance relevant from competitive exams perspective like Civil Services Exam, Bank exam, etc. With the change in the pattern of examinations, questions related to current events and news have assumed a major role in deciding the fate of students




1) Haryana  Government has decided to develop Pipli in Kurukshetra as a world-class tourist hub.
👉The decision was taken in the meeting of Haryana Sarasvati Heritage Development Board (HSHDB) held under the chairmanship of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

👉Haryana Governor :- Satyadev Narayan Arya

2) Indian American Sonia Aggarwal  to be US President-elect Joe Biden's climate policy adviser

3) Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Mangu Singh inaugurated a new four-storey ‘simulator building’ in the sprawling premises of Delhi Metro Rail Academy (DMRA).

4) Sandeep Aggarwal is appointed as the new Chairman of the Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council  (TEPC).

5) Veteran actor Biswajit Chatterjee receives Indian Personality of the Year Award at 51st IFFI. 
👉Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, announced a new ‘Indian Personality of the Year’ award, which he announced was being conferred upon veteran actor, director and singer Biswajit Chatterjee.

6) Amresh Kumar Chaudhary has been awarded prestigious 'Chief of Army Staff Commendation', for his outstanding contribution to Armed Forces during the critical period of the Covid-19 pandemic and its various operations.

7) Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off eight trains from various parts of the country connecting to Kevadiya in Gujarat, where the Statue of Unity is located, in a bid to increase tourism in the belt.

👉Gujarat CM :-  Vijay Ramniklal Rupani
👉Governor :- Acharya Devvrat
👉Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar

8) In order to enable the students to attend the online classes the Tamil Nadu government has decided to give free data cards with usage capacity of 2 GB per day between January to April 2021.

Tamil Nadu CM :- Edappadi K. Palaniswami 
👉Governor :- Banwarilal Purohit
👉Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai
👉Pallava temples at Mahabalipuram
👉Brihadeeswara Temple

9) The Indian High Commission in Bangladesh stated in a release that a contingent of 122 proud soldiers of the Bangladesh Armed Forces, departed for India in a specially sent IAF C-17 aircraft. The contingent will participate in India's Republic Day Parade in New Delhi on 26 January 2021.

Bangladesh:-
👉Capital and largest city:- Dhaka 
President :- Abdul Hamid
Prime Minister :- Sheikh Hasina

10) First-ever snowshoe run organised in Srinagar to boost winter sports.
👉In a bid to boost winter sports in the Kashmir region, the Snowshoe Federation of India organized a snowshoe run cum interaction programme in Srinagar for the first time.
👉L. Governor of J&K - Manoj Sinha

11) The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) - Bhubaneswar  has received the Kayakalp Award for the 3rd time.
👉Former Name :-  Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose All India Institute of Medical Sciences

12) Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan has launched Vedhik Erudite Foundation’s ambitious scheme ‘One School One IAS’ to provide free coaching for civil services and other competitive examinations to 10,000 meritorious but financially weak students across the State.

👉Kerala :- 
CM :- Pinarayi Vijayan
GOVERNOR :- Arif Mohammad Khan

13) Bharti Airtel (Airtel) has appointed Pradipt Kapoor as Chief Information Officer (CIO).

👉Telecom company Bharti Airtel and National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) have teamed up to drive the digital transformation of small businesses and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in India.

14) India Govt spend ₹500 cr to improve connectivity. The Indian government has spent nearly ₹550 crores to extend 17 km of the 68.72 km Jaynagar-Bijalpura-Bardibas railway project to improve rail connectivity between India and Nepal.
▪️Ministry of Railways :-
👉Formed :- March 1905
👉Headquarters :- New Delhi

15) The United States has designated the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain as its major strategic partners.

▪️United States :- 
Capital :- Washington, D.C
Largest city :- New York City

16) Ministry of Railways rolls out a new iron ore policy governing allocation of rakes and transportation of iron ore.
👉The new policy has been named as ‘Iron-ore Policy 2021’ and shall come into effect from 10.02.2021.

💎Ministry of Railways :-
👉Formed :- March 1905
👉Headquarters :- New Delhi
👉Minister :- Piyush Goyal
👉Chairman of Railway Board and Chief Executive Officer :- Suneet Sharma

17) Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced the revival of an Indian and Japanese investment project to develop a deep-sea terminal in Colombo harbour.

👉Sri Lanka :-
Capital :- Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (legislative) , Colombo (executive and judicial)

Largest city :- Colombo 
President :- Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Prime Minister:- Mahinda Rajapaksa

18) TMC MP Satabdi Roy has been appointed Vice-President of the West Bengal unit of the ruling Trinamool Congress.

▪️West Bengal :- 
👉CM - Mamata Banerjee
👉GOVERNOR - Jagdeep Dhankhar
👉Folk Dances - Lathi, Gambhira, Dhali, Jatra, Baul, Chhau, Santhali Dance

19) ‘Saksham’, an annual one-month long, people-centric fuel conservation mega campaign of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA)  is launched by Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan in Delhi.

👉The Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) is an organization established in India in 1978, under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas of Government of India 

20) The Intel  has announced that its board of directors has appointed 40 - year technology industry leader Pat Gelsinger as its new chief executive officer.

👉Founded :- July 18, 1968
👉Founders :- Gordon Moore, Robert Noyce
👉Headquarters :- California, U.S.

21) Ut Ghulam Mustafa, one of the finest Hindustani classical vocalists and torchbearer of the Rampur Sahaswan gharana, died at his home in Mumbai on Sunday. He was 89.
👉He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2003, Padma Bhushan in 2006 and Padma Vibhushan in 2018.

22) First Lady Jill Biden has named Indian-American Garima Verma as her digital director and Michael LaRosa press secretary.
👉Garima Verma was born in India, grew up in Ohio and the Central Valley of California. She served as an audience development and content strategist on the Biden-Harris campaign.

23) Union Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan dedicated the new coastal research vehicle 'Sagar Anveshika' to the nation at Chennai port.

▪️Ministry of Science and Technology (India):-
👉Founded - May 1971
👉Headquarters - New Delhi
👉 Minister - Harsh Vardhan
👉 Minister of State - Y. S. Chowdary

24) The report, ‘International Migration 2020 Highlights’ said in 2020, 18 million persons from India were living outside of their country of birth.

👉The United Arab Emirates, the US and Saudi Arabia host the largest numbers of migrants from India

25) First National Road Safety Month  (January 18-February 17) was inaugurated by Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari from Vigyan Bhavan.

▪️Ministry of Road Transport and Highways :-
Headquarters :- Parivahan Bhavan,  New Delhi
Founded :- July 1942
👉Nitin Gadkari (Union Minister), Mansukh L. Mandaviya (Minister of State) 

26) Colonel Prithipal Singh (retired), who has the unique distinction of serving in all three services, was presented with a silver salver on behalf of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat on the occasion of Veterans Day.
👉During his service with the military, he participated in World War 2 and the 1965 Indo-Pak war.

27) The expert committee will be headed by IRDAI Chairperson, Subhash Chandra Khuntia to examine the availability of health insurance products in the country.
 
👉Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority:- 
Founded :- 1999
Headquarters :- Hyderabad
Chairperson :- Subhash Chandra Khuntia


28) The Trump administration has re-designated Cuba as a "state sponsor of terrorism", reversing an Obama-era decision days ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

29) The Bengaluru  has been ranked first in the fastest growing technology center in the world, while London is at number two.

Bengaluru:- 
👉Garden City of India
👉Silicon Valley of India
👉Puncha Mukhi Ganesha Temple

30) Leading defence company Thales and state-run Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) have signed a 'Teaming Agreement' to work in partnership on the 'STARStreak Air Defence system 'with the support of both the Governments of India and the United Kingdom. The system is to be developed under the ‘Make in India’ programmes.
▪️Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) :- 
Headquarters: India
Founded: 1970, Hyderabad
Parent organizations :- Ministry of Defence

31) Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' was honoured with the "Sahitya Gaurav Samman" by the Hindi Writers Guild, Canada for his literary work.

▪️Ministry of Education :- 
👉Formed :- 15 August 1947
👉Headquarters :- New Delhi
👉India had the Ministry of Education since 1947. In 1985, Rajiv Gandhi government changed its name to Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and with the public announcement of newly drafted "National Education Policy 2020" by the Narendra Modi government, Ministry of Human Resource Development was renamed back to Ministry of Education.

32) The country's first Labour Movement Museum, showcasing the history of world labour movement, would be launched in Kerala's houseboat tourism hub, Alappuzha. 

▪️Kerala :- 
‘One School One IAS'
Kerala: Periyar River
👉Kerala: Cherai Beach
👉Vallam Kali  boat race in Kerala. 
👉Kerala: Idukki Dam on Periyar River
👉Kerala :- Pamba River
👉CM :- Pinarayi Vijayan
👉GOVERNOR :- Arif Mohammad Khan


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