Current Affairs in Short: 21 February 2018
The Calcutta High Court had stayed the withdrawal of armed forces from Darjeeling hills.
ICC Rankings: Virat Kohli crosses 900 points in Tests, ODIs
• India captain Virat Kohli became only the second batsman after South Africa's AB de Villiers, in the history of the game to cross the 900-point mark in Tests and ODIs, as per latest ICC ODI player rankings.
• Pacer Jasprit Bumrah grabbed the joint-top position among bowlers.
• Kohli consolidated his top position with 558 runs in the 5-1 series win over South Africa, during which he slammed three centuries.
• Kohli is now a good 22 points ahead of Sachin Tendulkar, whose ODI career high was 887 points which came against Zimbabwe in January 1998.
SC allows Centre to withdraw force from Darjeeling hills
• The Supreme Court on February 21, 2018 allowed the Centre to withdraw the remaining four companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) from West Bengal's violence-hit Darjeeling area after March 8, 2018.
• A bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, considered that the deployment of the central armed forces fell under the Central government's administrative domain.
• The apex court set aside the Calcutta High Court order that had restrained the Centre from withdrawing CAPF from the state's hill regions on the ground that normalcy had not returned.
• Earlier, the apex court had permitted the Centre to withdraw 11 of the 15 companies of the forces.
For garbage disposal, Bengal a model for the whole country
• Union Rural Development Ministry recently has sent instructions to all the state and union territory governments to study and implement the Bengal model.
• TMC Government in West Bengal has used the 100 Days’ Work Scheme (NREGA) for garbage disposal by the Panchayats.
• The solid waste management system that the panchayats have implemented is both health-friendly and environment-friendly.
• West Bengal has also been acknowledged by the Centre as being the best in implementing the 100 Days’ Work Scheme.
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NER’s First Regional Centre for Agriculture to be inaugurated in Mizoram in March
• North Eastern Region' first Centre for Agriculture, with collaboration of Israeli expertise, is going to be inaugurated in Mizoram on March 7, 2018.
• Set up with a cost of Rs 8-10 crore, this centre is exclusively for processing of citrus fruits.
• The project has been set up with the tripartite collaboration of Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of Israel and Mizoram Government.
• Israel will provide expertise knowledge and professional support.
• Though located in Mizoram, this centre will cater to the whole north east.
NITI Aayog Budget Allocation increased by more than 20 per cent
• As per Budget 2018, the allocations for the NITI Aayog have increased by more than 20 per cent to Rs 339.65 crore in 2018-19 from Rs 279.79 crore in 2017-18.
• Budget envisages a defined role for NITI Aayog in critical areas of artificial intelligence and agriculture policy, apart from reiterating a shared vision for national development in line with NITI Aayog’s Three Year Action Agenda, the Seven Year Strategy and the 15 Year Vision Document.
• NITI Aayog, as the premier ‘think-tank’ of the Union Government has been crucial in navigating and charting the course of the country in matters of national and international importance.