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Current Affairs One liner of the Week: 12 February to 18 February 2017

Feb 18, 2017 13:05 IST

The week’s recap covers important current affairs happenings that occurred between 12 February to 18 February 2017 like guest country at Khajuraho Dance Festival 2017,  21st district of West Bengal and India’s first sport theme literary festival ‘SporTale’ among others.

• The guest country at Khajuraho Dance Festival 2017 will be – Bangladesh

• The winner of the third leg of the Hero Womens Professional Golf Tour at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club is - Gaurika Bishnoi

• Former RAW chief will join the National Security Council Secretariat as an Officer on Special Duty. His name is - Rajinder Khanna

• The Indian singer who recently collaborated with singer Ricky Martin for a English-Hindi mix song titled "Vente Pa Ca" is - Akasa Singh

• The sub-division of Darjeeling that recently became the 21st district of West Bengal is – Kalimpong

• India’s rank in the 2017 Economic Freedom Index (EFI) is - 143rd

• The country that recently rejected North Korean demand to hand over body of Kim Jong-Nam, the assassinated half-brother of North Korea's leader, is – Malaysia

• The city that will host India’s first sport theme literary festival ‘SporTale’ is – Pune

• The author of the book titled ‘Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl’ is - Ram Kamal Mukherjee

• The city that is hosting the 2017 Indian Panorama Film Festival is - Port Blair

• T V Parasuram, who passed away recently, was related to the field of - Journalism

• The theme of the Hunar Haat-2017 is - Craft Aur Cuisine Ka Sangam

• The Judges appointed to the Supreme Court by President Pranab Mukherjee recently are - Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Dipak Gupta, Mohan M. Shantanagoudar, S. Abdul Nazeer and Navin Sinha, chief justices of the high court’s of Madras, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Karnataka and Rajasthan, respectively

• 43rd edition of IHGF Delhi Fair Spring 2017 was inaugurated at India Expo Centre and Mart – Greater Noida

• He was selected for the 2016 Vyas Samman - Surendra Verma

• Surendra Verma was selected for the 2016 Vyas Samman for his novel - Kaatna Shami Ka Vriksha: Padma Pankhuri Ki Dhar Se

• The three search engines who were directed by the Supreme Court to set-up in-house expert body to delete materials that goes against Indian laws that prohibits pre-natal sex determination are - Google, Yahoo and Microsoft (Bing)

• He was appointed as the High Commissioner of lndia to Canada – Vikas Swarup

• The public health facility that received Rs 5 crore prize money as part of the Kayakalp Award Scheme for 2016-17 is - All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi

• It is with this Indian automobile company Microsoft entered into a strategic partnership recently – Tata Motors Ltd

• As per a report published by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, it is in this State child marriage is widely prevalent – Andhra Pradesh

• It is in partnership with this Indian company Dassault Aviation has floated a joint venture recently - Reliance Aerostructure Limited

• The authorities of this state are planning to introduce water conservation lessons in its school syllabus – Rajasthan

• The latest data by the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) revealed that: The Antarctic sea ice extent has hit record low

• The Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of wasteful expenditure) Bill, 2016 was introduced by - Ranjeet Ranjan

• This nation plans to build the first city on Mars by 2117 - United Arab Emirates

• This minister was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 16 February 2017 - Edappadi K Palaniswami

• The Union Cabinet gave approval to amend the Collection of Statistics Act, 2008 to extend its jurisdiction to - Jammu and Kashmir

• The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its approval to award contracts in 31 contract areas of ‘discovered small fields’ under this policy - Small Field Policy Bidding Round, 2016

• The government of this State gave its approval for construction of an airport in Sabarimala - Kerala

• The Union Cabinet approved the signing of a bilateral Air Services Agreement with this country – Rwanda

• The former Supreme Court Judge who took charge of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) is - Justice Vikramajit Sen

• The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation launched Employees Enrolment Campaign 2017. The campaign is operational between - 1 January 2017 and 31 March 2017

• The Union Cabinet approved the merger of the State Bank of India with five of its associate banks. These five associate banks are - State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Travancore, and State Bank of Patiala

• Bheege Chunariya, a Holi-themed festival, will soon be launched in - Dubai

• This state has completely banned its employees from consuming any kind of intoxicant – Bihar

• This country’s minority government survived a no confidence vote in the Parliament over its mishandling of a policing scandal – Ireland

• Thanal, a city-based group in Kerala has launched a helpline to provide technical support to people in- Waste management.

• This new system, which caters exclusively to metro networks, was unveiled by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on 15 February 2017 in its head office in New Delhi - The world’s first transit rating system

• Sweden has received clearance from the United States to sell this new technology to India – Gripen fighter jets

• The Australian Cricketer who announced his retirement from international cricket in February 2017 is – Adam Voges

• The portal and mobile application that was launched by Piyush Goyal to ensure transparent award of Clearances for Mining Operations is - TAMRA

• He became the first Indian to be promoted by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) as the Technical Delegate (TD) - Norman Isaac

• The new Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations’ Peacekeeping Operations is - Jean-Pierre Lacroix  

• Rekha is going to confer the fourth Yash Chopra Memorial Award to – Shah Rukh Khan

• This country has built the world’s largest amphibian aircraft – China

• This sportsperson won the Laureus 'Sportsman of the Year' award - Usain Bolt

• This sportsperson won the Laureus 'Sportswoman of the Year' award - Simone Biles

• This state government is the latest to impose restrictions on liquor consumption - Haryana

• The Supreme Court of India convicted VK Sasikala in a 19-year old disproportionate assets case. She is the ad-hoc general secretary of  - AIADMK

• The Consumer Price Index for January 2017 was pegged at  - 3.17%

• The 1st ever ITTF World Tour event begins in  - New Delhi

• This State Government issued a notification amending the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act 1970 - Maharashtra

• Jiro Taniguchi, who passed away recently, was the legendary comic manga artist of -  Japan

• For January 2017, the Wholesale Price Index was pegged at – 5.25 per cent

• It is with this entity set up by Mahatma Gandhi in 1925, the Publication Division signed a MoU for  joint publication of books - Sasta Sahitya Mandal

• As per a report released jointly by the Institute of Health Effects Institute and the Institute of Health Metrics, this many number of people die in India
prematurely each year due to air pollution – 4.1 million

• The annual Cobra Gold 2017 multinational military exercise has begun in - Thailand

• The Union Labour and Employment Minister Bandaru Dattatreya launched these two services for the EPFO pensioners through Post Offices in Hyderabad - National Career Service (NCS) and JeevanPraman facility

• This Indian-origin actor received best supporting actor award at the 70th British Academy Film Awards – Dev Patel

• This movie won the best film and best director award at the 70th British Academy Film Awards, BAFTA - La La Land

• This Grammy-winning jazz and pop artist passed away on 12 February 2017 - Al Jarreau

• The Indian Space Research Organisation is planning its maiden mission to explore – Venus

• This queen of pop picked up all the top general awards at the 59th annual Grammy Awards – Adele

• This legendary star who swept up key awards was the late singer - David Bowie

• The National Human Rights Commission is organising a two-day seminar in Delhi to discuss this prevalent issue – Bonded labour

• This young Indian racer created history by winning his first-ever major race- the New Zealand Grand Prix 2017 - Jehan Daruvala

• Person elected as the President of Germany recently - Frank-Walter Steinmeier

• This city is hosting the 11th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition - Aero India 2017 - Bengaluru

• He was adjudged as the man-of-the-match of the one-match test series between India and Bangladesh – Virat Kohli

• Reliance Defence and Engineering Ltd (RDEL) and the US Navy signed a Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) for undertaking service, maintenance and repair of the Seventh Fleet of the US Navy that is operational in - the Indian Ocean

• Engineering conglomerate that on 13 February 2017 entered into a joint venture (JV) with European defence major MBDA to develop and produce new-generation tactical missiles is - Larsen and Turbo (L&T)

• This Indian city is hosting the first ever ITTF World Tour event – New Delhi

• Theme of the India’s National Productivity Week (NPW) 2017 - From waste to profits-through reduce, recycle and reuse

• Person appointed as the Chief of Securities and Exchange Board of India - Ajay Tyagi

• The world’s first Braille Atlas for visually impaired persons was launched in - India

• National Deworming Day is celebrated in India on - 10 February

• Theme of Pakistan’s multinational naval exercise AMAN 2017 - Together for peace

• India won the ICC T20 Blind World Cup by defeating - Pakistan by 9-wickets

• India successfully test-fired indigenously developed interceptor missile from - Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island), Odisha

• The century-old annual Christian religious congregation Maramon Convention began on 13 February 2017 on - Pampa riverbed in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala  

• India’s rank in the 2017 International Intellectual Property Index is – 43

• He became the first Indian cricketer to sign for a foreign T20 league - Yusuf Pathan

• This has become the first Indian airport to enter the list of top 15 airports in the World - Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi

• It is with this country India signed a bilateral MoU to ease restrictions on the number of scheduled flights between the two countries – The UK

• This former foreign minister was been appointed as the President-elect of Germany by a special parliamentary assembly - Frank-Walter Steinmeier

• This UN designated International day is celebrated on 13 February - World Radio Day

• This Indian survey vessel has gone completely green by installing a solar power system on board - INS Sarvekshak

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