Daily Current Affairs 15th February 2018

National News

1. PM Modi Launched Three Key Projects In Arunachal Pradesh

i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched several projects in Arunachal Pradesh. He inaugurated the Dorjee Khandu state convention centre at a function in Itanagar. The Centre has an auditorium, conference halls and an exhibition hall.

ii. Prime Minister’s focus was also on the information revolution and now, the newly erected Secretariat building in the state capital is a big step in that direction.The building will have digital technology at its core and will have 2,500 officers and other employees.
2. India’s First Radio Festival Being Held In Delhi
i. India’s first radio festival is being held in New Delhi to mark World Radio Day. The festival is being organized by International Association of Women in Radio and Television, in collaboration with UNESCO.
ii. The festival includes live performances, an exhibition, and slotted panel discussions. Apart from touching on the theme for World Radio Day 2018 – radio and sports – the festival is also examining the potential of the medium as a platform for social change, ways to make it more creative and will trace the journey of music on the radio.
3. BHEL Bags Rs 560 Crore Order From NTPC
i. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged an order worth Rs 560 crore from NTPC for setting up a system for emission control.
ii. BHEL has secured the order for “supply and installation of the flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) system from NTPC for 2×490 MW National Capital Power Station at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for Canara Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • Atul Sobti is Chairman & Managing Director of BHEL.
  • Gurdeep Singh is Chairman & Managing Director of NTPC.
  • Head Office of NTPC- New Delhi.
4. Government Extends Anti-Narcotics Scheme For 3 More Years
i. The government has extended the anti-narcotics scheme for 3 more years to combat illicit trafficking in drugs and psychotropic substance.
ii. The purpose of the scheme is to assist states and Union Territories, which are contributing in controlling the inter-state and cross-border drug trafficking.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for Canara Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • The scheme was first launched on 24th October 2004 for a period of five years and later extended twice in subsequent years.
  • According to the latest assessments, there are approximately 40 lakh drug addicts in the country.


International News

5. Jacob Zuma Resigns As South Africa’s President
i. South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned. He announced the decision in a televised address to the nation after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party threatened to eject him from office via a parliamentary vote of no confidence today.
ii. The 75-year-old, who was the country’s President for the last 9 years, has been under increasing pressure to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC’s new leader. Mr Zuma’s resignation followed weeks of intense public pressure to step down amid long-standing corruption allegations.


6. India To Host 8th Theatre Olympics
i. In an effort to put India firmly among the top nations in the world theatre map, the country will play host to the 8th Theatre Olympics, the greatest carnival of thespianism.
ii. The 51-day theatre extravaganza which will be inaugurated at Red Fort, will see 450 shows including 65 shows by international artistes, 600 ambient performances and 250 youth forum shows.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for Syndicate Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • The Theatre Olympics was established in 1993 at Delphi in Greece.


7. Tamil Nadu Wins Senior Women’s National Football Championship For First Time
i. Tamil Nadu has won the Senior Women’s National Football Championship for the first time. Tamil Nadu, which was playing its first-ever final, defeated Manipur, 2-1 at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, Odisha.
ii. Skipper Indumathi and Indrani found the net for Tamil Nadu, while Ratanbala scored Manipur’s only goal.

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