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February 21, 2019

21st February 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (21st 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 21st February 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Today (21st February) is International Mother Language Day.
    • This day is observed to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
    • First announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999, it was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages.
    • February 21 was specifically chosen to mark the day in 1952 when students demonstrated for recognition of their language, Bangla as a national language in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
    • Theme of International Mother Language Day 2019 :“Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building and reconciliation”.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in South Korea on a 2-day visit.
    • As part of the global celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Modi unveiled a bust of Mahatma at the Seoul Campus of Yonsei University. 
    • Modi will hold bilateral talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and receive the Seoul Peace Prize in recognition of his dedication to international cooperation, global growth and human development.
  • US President Donald Trump has signed an order to create a Space Force, as the new branch of the military. 
    • Under the Space Policy Directive-4, the force would have "both combat and combat support functions to enable prompt and sustained offensive and defensive space operations", the memo signed by Trump read. 
  • US President Donald Trump's administration is launching a campaign to end the criminalisation of homosexuality globally. 
    • Homosexuality is illegal in more than 70 countries, including eight countries where it is punishable by death. 
  • In Nepal, a month-long 'Festival of India' began in Kathmandu to familiarise the new generation of the country about the similarities between the two countries.
    • Nepal's Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri jointly inaugurated the event.
    • The festival, organised by the   Indian Embassy  and  Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, is being held in Kathmandu and other major cities of Nepal from February 19th to March 21st.
National Current Affairs
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG) today. 
    • The scheme focuses on girls aged between 11 to 14 years who have left studies and will take steps for proper nutrition and special care for them.
    • The state government also decided to observe Adolescent girls day on 8th of every month at Anganwadi centres across the state.
    • State Government will also launch Nutrition Campaign for the adolescent girls on 8th March. 
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs today approved the entitlement of air travel on Delhi-Srinagar, Srinagar-Delhi, Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Jammu sectors to the personnel of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF)
    • The decision will benefit 7,80,000 personnel of the CAPFs.
Science & Technology
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated a supercomputer named 'PARAM Shivay' of 833 teraflop capacity built for ₹32.5 crore, at IIT-Banaras Hindu University. 
    • The supercomputer was built under the ₹4,500-crore National Supercomputing Mission (NSM), under which 73 supercomputers would be installed. 
  • Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the induction event of India's first humanoid robot 'KP-BOT', gendered female, into the Kerala Police force at the rank of Sub-Inspector. 
    • The robot, equipped with facial recognition technology, will work at the police headquarters' front desk.
    • It will perform functions including greeting visitors and guiding them to appropriate sections.
MOUs & Agreements
  • India and Saudi Arabia today signed 5 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs)/Agreements during the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. They are :
    1. MOU on investing in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    2. MOU on Cooperation in the field of Tourism between the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of India and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    3. MOU between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of Saudi Arabia for Cooperation in the Field of Housing
    4. Framework Cooperation Program between Invest India of the Republic of India and Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Enhancing Bilateral Investment Relations
    5. MoU for Cooperation on Broadcasting between Prasar Bharati, New Delhi, India and Saudi Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), Saudi Arabia for Exchange of Audio Visual Programme.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • French aerospace giant Safran Aircraft Engines announced it would build a new plant in Hyderabad to make parts for the LEAP turbofan engine from CFM International. 
    • Safran will invest €36 million (₹290 crore) in this new plant, which will cover 1.4 lakh sq ft in the Special Economic Zone of GMR. 
    • The construction is set to begin in June.
  • The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) today announced that Saudi Arabia is going to invest $100 billion in India and called it "a huge vote of confidence in the Indian economy."
  • Bollywood film producer and father of filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya, Raj Kumar Barjatya, has passed away.
    • He oversaw the production of films like 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!', 'Vivah', 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo', and 'Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon' among others.
New Appointments
  • The Supreme Court today appointed its former judge Justice DK Jain as the 1st Ombudsman of the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to resolve disputes under the cricket board's new constitution. 
    • He will decide quantum of punishments for KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya over their comments on women in 'Koffee with Karan'.
  • South African conglomerate Naspers-owned online payments service provider PayU has appointed former Reliance Payments co-chief executive Anirban Mukherjee as its India CEO. 
    • Mukherjee is going to replace Amrish Rau, who is transitioning into Naspers' Head of Financial Technology Partnerships and Investments role. 
Sports Current Affairs
  • Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore inaugurated the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF)  World Cup in New Delhi today. 
    • Various events in the world cup will start from  February 23rd and end on the  27th.
    • The ISSF World Cup is crucial for Indian shooting as it has 16 quotas up for grabs for Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification. 
    • Hosts India is fielding a 23-member squad with 11 shooters in the non-competition Minimum Qualification Score category.
  • New Zealand has clinched the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh.

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