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February 22, 2015

21st February 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates


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National Affairs
  • The government has raised about 8.33 crore Rupees from the three-day auction of the items gifted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi .
    • The administration has received 1,852 valid bids for the items, including Modi's monogrammed suit, which went under the hammer for 4.31 crores and the money will be used to finance the Clean Ganga Mission.
  • External Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj launches web portal "MADAD" (Because You Are Us) to address grievances of Indians residing abroad
    • Indian citizens living abroad will now be able to file consular grievances online with this e-portal.
    • This portal will address such complaints promptly with a high degree of "accountability".
    • Among the chief characteristics of ‘Madad’ are to speed up forwarding and handling of complaints, improve tracking and redressal and escalate unresolved cases.
  • India’s high air pollution, ranked by the World Health Organisation (WHO) among the worst in the world, is adversely impacting the lifespans of its citizens, reducing most Indian lives by over three years, a new study has said.
    • Over half of India’s population — 660 million people — live in areas where fine particulate matter pollution is above India’s standards for what is considered safe, said the study by economists from the University of Chicago, Harvard and Yale published in Economic & Political Weekly.
International Affairs
  • 21st February is International Mother Language Day.
    • International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
    • The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.
  • West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is on a 3 day visit to Bangladesh
    • On Saturday she met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, raising hope for a breakthrough in resolving Teesta river water sharing issue.
    • She assured of a "positive role" in resolving the outstanding Teesta river issue to protect interests of both sides.
    • She also proposed a series of steps including construction of Bangabandhu Bhayan in Kolkata to strengthen cultural ties with Bangladesh.
  • Yemen’s former President  Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi left Sanaa after Shia rebels who surrounded his house let him go under international and local pressure.
Business & Economy
  • The proposed Rs 15,000-crore merger deal between Kotak Mahindra and ING Vysya has got the CCI's approval.
    • This merger will create the country's fourth largest private sector lender.
    • CCI -  Competition Commission of India
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $50 million loan agreement for the second Assam Power Sector Investment Program which aims to build up the capacity of power generation and distribution systems to meet the growing energy demand in the state of Assam.
    • The first tranche loan of the $300 million multi-tranche financing facility will fund generation capacity enhancement and distribution efficiency improvement subprojects in the state.
    • Signed between
      • India - Tarun Bajaj, Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance
      • ADB - Teresa Kho, Country Director of ADB's India Resident Mission
New Appointments
  • Major general Chrishantha de Silva was appointed as the new Sri Lankan Army chief by president Maithripala Sirisen.
    • De Silva will succeed Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake with effect from February 22, Sirisena's office said in a statement.
  • World Cup 2015
    • West Indies beat Pakistan by 150 runs.
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    1. Perfect :)
      waiting for your updates since last nite. thank you

    2. Hi Nalini good afternoon

    3. dear friends,
      where i've to get the character certificate?it is asked for uiic asst interview

    4. Hey ss, did you appeared for new india assurance company ao exam

    5. s i attended.but not passed

    6. How many questions attempted

    7. Anyone from Mumbai for the interview with new india assurance company ao please reply

    8. Regulagedda SivakumarFebruary 22, 2015 at 5:10 PM

      giv ur mail id

    9. Hmm... 3 march and urs...?

    10. is there any minority reservation inside obc? any one please reply

    11. waiting eagerly for ibps po results gr8....

    12. Frm which state are u.?

    13. some1 plz tell the pattern of NABARD assitant manager grade A n B

    14. Don't worry Pori. I saw your interview experience. You will definitely be in :)

    15. thanx a ton Nalini... all the best for ur results too!

    16. nice ....................


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