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February 17, 2019

17th February 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (17th February 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 17th February 2019

International Current Affairs
  • President of Argentina Mauricio Macri arrived in New Delhi today on a 3-day official visit to India.
    • During this visit, he will hold delegation level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
      • The two sides will review progress in bilateral ties and explore new avenues of cooperation. 
      • Several agreements will be signed after the talks.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has met her Bulgarian counterpart Ekaterina Zaharieva in the capital Sofia.
    • The two leaders discussed a range of bilateral issues related to the economy, agriculture, health, tourism and culture. 
    • Important Points to Note :
      • Mrs. Swaraj is on a two-day visit to Bulgaria. 
      • This is the 1st ever visit by an Indian External Affairs Minister to the Balkan nation.
  • Schools in France are set to replace the words 'Mother' and 'Father' with 'Parent 1' and 'Parent 2' on the administrative forms under an amendment to a law passed earlier this week. 
    • The move is aimed at ending discrimination against same-sex parents.
National Current Affairs
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu today announced ₹9,000 each to farmers with less than 5-acre land, under the Annadata Sukhibhava scheme 2019-20
    • This is apart from the ₹6,000 assistance announced by the Centre for farmers holding less than 5-acre land.
    • Farmers with more than 5-acre of land will be given ₹10,000 each.
  • The Director of National AIDS Research Institute (NARI), Dr Samiran Panda today announced that the Indian Council of Medical Research has proposed to rename the institute
    • HIV infection has come down majorly, hence it is better to use the institute and research team in other fields as well, he added. 
    • This comes nearly three decades after the institute was established.
MOUs & Agreements
  • India and Sweden signed a security protection agreement that will enable the two countries to share classified information with each other
  • Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (77), best known for his portrayal of Hitler in the 2004 Oscar-nominated film 'Downfall', has passed awa.
    • Ganz featured in the 2008 film 'The Reader' as well as in 'The Manchurian Candidate', which released in 2004.
Science & Technology
  • India’s 1st District cooling system will come up in Amravati (capital city of the Andhra Pradesh).
    • What is this District cooling system ?
      • District cooling systems produce chilled water, steam or hot water at a central plant and then pipe that energy out (either underground or over rooftops) to buildings for air conditioning, space heating and water heating. As a result, these buildings don’t require their own chillers, air conditioners, boilers or furnaces.
      • District cooling uses only 50% of primary energy consumption for cooling urban building compared to other cooling systems. 
      • This process also reduces carbon emissions.
People in News
  • Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal became the 1st woman flight engineer of IAF (Indian Air Force) which was till now an exclusive man’s club.
    • She will serve at IAF’s operational helicopter units and serve in demanding and stressful conditions from the icy heights of the Siachen glacier to the seas of the Andamans.
Awards & Honors
  • Winners of Swachhata Excellence awards 2019
    • AMRUT cities and Municipal Corporations of Raigarh, Ambikapur and Kumbakonam have bagged the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively.
    • Nagar Palika Parishad Jashpur Nagar, Malappuram Municipality, and Nagar Palika Parishad Surajpur have claimed the prizes in the category of Statutory Towns.
    • For Million Plus Cities, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has been awarded with 1st prize.
    • For Aspirational Districts, Chas Municipal Corporation has been awarded with a consolation prize.
Sports Current Affairs
  • In tennis, Belgium's Elise Mertens has claimed the biggest title of her career by beating top seed Simona Halep to win the Qatar Open.
    • Note : This is world number 21 Mertens' 1st-ever WTA Premier-level crown, and the 5th title of her career overall.
  • Netherlands’ Eva de Goede and Arthur van Doren of Belgium were named the International Hockey Federation’s Players of the Year for 2018. Here is the complete winners list.
  • FIH Player of the Year Awards Winners List
    • FIH Player of the Year
      • Men - Arthur van Doren (Belgium)
      • Women - Eva de Goede (Netherlands)
    • FIH Goalkeeper of the Year
      • Men - Vincent Vanasch (Belgium)
      • Women - Maddie Hinch (Great Britain)
    • FIH Rising Star of the Year
      • Men - Arthur de Sloover (Belgium)
      • Women - Lucina von der Heyde (Argentina)

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