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February 26, 2017

26th February 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (26th February 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 26th February 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Venezuela and Libya were suspended from voting in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in the 2016-17 session for not paying dues to the world body. 
    • This is for the 2nd time in two years both countries have been suspended. 
    • Besides them other four other countries Papua New Guinea, Sudan, Vanuatu and Cabo Verde also may lose their voting rights for not paying their in past two years .
  • Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has made a rare visit to Iraq, meeting PM Haider al-Abadi.
    • It is the first visit of a senior Saudi minister since the US overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003.
  • The Mexican government today announced that it would not accept US deportees from third countries under any circumstances. 
    • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly had asked Mexican officials during their Thursday visit if they would host deportees. 
    • Note : Most of the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border in recent years have been Central Americans.
MOUs & Agreements
  • Pakistan has signed 10 Agreements with Turkey to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields.
    • The agreements and MoUs were signed during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent visit to Turkey during which he co-chaired the 5th Session of Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC).
    • The agreements were signed in the fields of hydrocarbons, information, environment, forestry, exchange of financial intelligence relating to money laundering and exchange of armed forces personnel.
National Current Affairs
  • The Union Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan has launched a Farmer's kit developed by scientists of the CSIR-lab, the Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), at Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. 
    • This kit will help farmers assess the soil condition and decide the fertilizer usage plan economically themselves.
  • The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has directed all the engineering colleges affiliated to it to urgently put in place an online mechanism for redressal of grievances
Business & Economic Affairs
  • International rating agency Moody’s report titled ‘Modest Acceleration in the Global Economy’ has predicted that India will be the fastest growing economy among G-20 countries in year 2017 with 7.1% growth.
  • Following the failure of its global bid, the Indian Railways has decided to manufacture its own trainsets in Chennai that can run at up to 160 kmph
    • Named 'Train-2018', the first such trainset is expected to be ready in 2018. 
    • Note : A trainset has coaches that are individually powered by a propulsion system, eliminating the need for a locomotive.
  • A group of energy tech startups in cooperation with electricity providers in Australia has launched a pilot program of the world's first digital marketplace for rooftop solar energy
    • The Decentralised Energy Exchange (deX) will let homeowners monetise their solar panels and batteries by essentially renting them to the grid when they're most needed.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who became a member of the International Olympic Committee's Athletes' Commission (IOC AC) last year, would be representing the panel in the Badminton World Federation (BWF)
    • Currently, ranked world number 10 in BWF rankings, Saina is aiming to win the All England Championship next month.
  • India won all three medals in the 12.8 Kilometre Individual Time Trial at the 6th Asian Para-Road Cycling Championship held in Bahrain. 
    • They are :
      • Gold - Abhishek (Chandigarh)
      • Silver - Divij Shah (West Bengal)
      • Bronze - Harinder Singh (BSF)

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