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February 19, 2018

19th February 2018 Events - Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (19th February 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 19th February 2018

National Current Affairs
  • To tackle ever-deepening crisis of depleting groundwater level, the Union Government has formulated ambitious water conservation scheme Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABY).
    • Rs 6,000-crore will be piloted under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation for this scheme.
  • The government is going to reintroduce the Transgender bill in the Parliament with changes suggested by a parliamentary committee and various rights groups. 
    • Some of the changes include, dropping the phrase "neither wholly male or female" from the definition of transgender and doing away with the need to have a screening committee at the district level.
  • To provide healthy, nutritious and hygienic food at affordable prices to all poor and needy persons, the Haryana government has opened subsidised canteens in four districts under the ‘Antyodaya Aahaar Yojana’.
    • These four districts are Faridabad, Gurugram, Hisar and Yamunanagar.
MOUs & Agreements
  • US-based Virgin Hyperloop One has signed an MoU with Maharashtra government for a Hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune.
    • This Hyperloop will reduce the travel time for 140-km distance to 25 minutes. 
Awards & Honors
  • The drama film 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' written, produced, and directed by Martin McDonaghhas has won the Best Film Award at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) 2018
    • Gary Oldman was honored with Best Actor Award.
    • Frances McDormand was honored with Best Actress Award.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Private sector lender Axis Bank has opened an Off-shore Banking Unit at the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) at Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City).
    • The offshore Banking unit is capable to trade in foreign currency in overseas markets and also with Indian Banks, raise funds in foreign currency in deposits & borrowings from non-residential sources and provide loans and liabilities products for clients.
  • Amazon has launched it's own food retail venture titled Amazon Retail in Pune
    •  With this, Amazon has became the first foreign e-commerce firm to start its own food retail venture in India.
  • The owner of Rotomac Pens, Vikram Kothari, has been accused of allegedly fleeing with loans of more than ₹800 crore from state-owned banks.
  • According to the recent data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), at least one bank staffer is caught and punished for involvement in fraud every four hours on an average.
    • According to this data, around 5,200 officials of public sector banks punished between January 1, 2015, and March 31, 2017. 
    • Among them, 1,500 officials were the employees of the State Bank of India (SBI).
  • Noted French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood (62), a disciple of the late Stephane Grappelli, passed away.
New Appointments
  • BJP nominated Rajendra Trivedi, a two-time BJP MLA from Raopura as the Speaker of the 14th state Legislative Assembly, Gujarat.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer has won his career's 97th title by winning the Rotterdam Open, two days after becoming the oldest world number one men's player. 
    • Federer defeated Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the final match.
  • Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has become the 1st Indian bowler to take a five-wicket haul in all three formats in international cricket
  • USA's Christian Coleman broke the 20-year-old world record in the 60 metres sprint after registering a timing of 6.34 seconds at the US Indoor National Championships in Albuquerque today.  .
  • Star India Pvt. Ltd has won the rights for audio-visual production services for the Indian Premier League (IPL) and BCCI domestic cricket for the 2018-19 season. 
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