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Current Affairs One liners of the Week: 20 February to 25 February 2017

Feb 25, 2017 12:24 IST

The one liner of the week is a recap of the important happenings that occurred between 20 February and 25th February 2017. The important happenings of the week covered in this segment includes Antyodaya Express service dedicated to the nation, Obama’s protection law rolled back in the US and 1st Gramin Khel Mahotsav among others.

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the 112-foot bust of 'Adiyogi' or Lord Shiva built by an NGO Isha Foundation in - Coimbatore

• The Supreme Court has upheld the government's decision to sack two naval officers facing criminal trial in - the 2005 Navy war room leak case

• The city where the Iraqi forces have entered for the first time since launching an operation to retake it from Islamic State (IS) five days ago is - West Mosul

• India's steel exports registered a three-fold increase to in January 2017 - 8.89 lakh tonnes compared to January 2016

• According to data released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, the foreign direct investment in the country grew 18 per cent in 2016 to - 46 billion dollars

• The International rating agency that has predicted that India will be the fastest growing economy among G-20 countries clocking a 7.1 per cent growth in year 2017 is - Moody's Investors Service

• Border Security Force and Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB) have agreed to carryout joint patrolling to check trans-border crimes along - the Indo-Bangla International border

• Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issued an order for Simplification of Procedure for processing of application for - Uplinking and Downlinking of TV Channels

• A World Health Organisation (WHO) study said, that over five crore Indians have suffered from depression in year - 2015

• Indian Navy’s frigate that has been restored to an upright position; more than two months after it had slipped off her dock blocks at Mumbai’s Naval Dockyard is - INS Betwa

• For promoting ease of doing business, the Union Government has reduced the number of registers to be maintained under labour laws to five from - 56

• A new study has found, climate change and diminishing ice cover is causing spring to come sooner to some plant species in - the Arctic

• It is in this station Union Minister of Railways dedicated the Antyodaya Express service to the nation - Delhi Safdarjung Station

• The Chief Secretary of this State issued a shoot-at-sight order to curb poaching in Corbett Tiger Reserve - Uttarakhand

• The Union Cabinet gave its approval for signing a bilateral MoU in civil aviation sector with this country – Australia

• As per the International Monetary Fund (IMF), India’s GDP in FY 2016-17 will grow by – 6.6 per cent

• As per a survey conducted by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welafare, the percentage of ‘Not of Standard Quality’ (NSQ) drugs in India is – 3.16 per cent

• This country is willing to spend about 28 million dollars to give asylum to Yezidi refugees - Canada

• Donald Trump’s administration rolled back Obama’s protection law for - Transgender Students

• This country’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court has been declared invalid and unconstitutional – South Africa

• Microsoft has launched this application, a lighter version of the original for low-end smartphones – Skype Lite

• Sports Minister Vijay Goel announced that 1st Gramin Khel Mahotsav will be held from 25 March to 31 March 2017 in – New Delhi

• India and Uganda agreed to cooperate in the fields of - vocational training, space program and peaceful use of atomic energy

• A petition filed by the Bar Association challenging a YouTube video of secretly-shot courtroom proceedings has been referred to a larger bench of - the Bombay High Court

• The Union Government has launched Bharat QR code, a quick response (QR) code to enable - Digital payments without card swiping machines

• The Digital Payments 2020 report said that digital payment industry in India is expected to reach USD 500 billion by 2020 was released by – Google and Boston Consulting Group

• Sahitya Akademi Awards 2016 were conferred for writing in as different Indian languages twenty-four writers on – 24 writers

• European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has warned the UK it faces a very hefty bill for - Brexit

• The nationwide military operation launched by Pakistan army to eliminate terrorists and consolidate gains of its counter-terrorism operations is - 'Radd-ul-Fasaad'

• Government of this country has lifted a historic ban on female army officers wearing the Islamic headscarf - Turkey

• Embassy of India at Kathmandu awarded Golden Jubilee Scholarships to meritorious students of - Nepal

• Britain beat off tough competition from Japan to hold on to its position as the largest G20 investor in India and the biggest job creator through - FDI

• The US and China have agreed on a constructive bilateral relationship to address the threat posed by North Korea due to - its repeated ballistic missile tests despite a UN ban

• German state that announced plans to ban the full-face veil in government work places, schools, universities and while driving - Bavaria

• 100 French left-wing lawmakers decide to appeal to block contentious free trade deal between - EU & Canada

• The Defence Acquisition Council approved this much amount to set up 42 radar stations to boost coastal surveillance recently – Rs 800 crore

• The State Government that presented a revenue surplus budget for 2017-18 in the legislative assembly recently is – Gujarat

• The Union Cabinet approved signing of an Air Services Agreement with this country to boost investment and trade recently - Greece

• The Union Government notified a protocol amending tax treaty with this country recently - Israel

• This public sector bank announced its plan to sell some of its non-core businesses to raise Rs 6,500 crore – IDBI Bank Ltd

• India held its first strategy dialogue to sustain bilateral ties with this country – China  

• This eight-time NLA member was elected as the 11th Chief Minister of Nagaland - Shurhozelie Liezietsu

• This model-turned actor successfully completed the gruelling 517.5 km-long Ultraman race barefoot -Milind Soman

• This state is soon going to become the third power-surplus state in north-east India – Mizoram

• Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella on 22 February 2017 launched this project to assist the Indian government in training and helping people get jobs through LinkedIn-Project Sangam

• The winner of the finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 is - India

• The country that will host the 2017 ASEAN Football Federation U-18 Youth Championship is – Myanmar

• He was recently appointed as the Vice Chairman of the Asian Hockey Federation. His name is -  Abhijit Sarkar

• A group of India scientists recently discovered seven new species of miniature frogs. They were found in - Western Ghats

• This Indian state’s tribes action committee has called off its state wide protests following the resignation of its chief minister – Nagaland

• The Haryana government on 19 February 2017 conferred these awards to 42 sportsperson to recognise them for their outstanding performance at the national and international level - Bhim awards

• This Russian ambassador to the United Nations passed away suddenly on 20 February 2017 after falling ill in his office in New York - Vitaly Churkin

• This Lieutenant General has been appointed as the National Security Advisor to Donald Trump - Herbert Raymond McMaster

• The Women’s World Women's Chess Championship 2017 is being held in - Tehran

• This public sector bank launched five new products to mark its 75th foundation day recently - Oriental Bank of Commerce

• It is with this county India agreed to extend the agreement on reducing the risk of accidents relating to nuclear weapons for five years – Pakistan

• The Union Ministries of Social Justice and Empowerment and Textiles signed a tripartite agreement with this agency for the development of artisans - National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation

• He has recently taken over as the Chairman of the Tata Sons and Tata Consultancy Services. He is - Natarajan Chandrasekaran

• The US Presidents who topped the Presidential Historians Survey 2017 is - Abraham Lincoln

• Scientists recently claimed to discover a new continent named Zealandia. It is 94% submerged beneath - Pacific Ocean

• The state that recently passed the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2017 is - Gujarat

• The state that announced a financial package of 2247 crore rupees for farmers who have lost their crops due to drought is - Tamil Nadu

• The country that issued stricter measures to manage diplomatic vehicles as part of its move to firmly implement traffic rules following allegations of abuse of guidelines by foreign diplomats - China

• Russia's ambassador to the United Nation who died after falling ill in his office in New York is - Vitaly Churkin

• Reserve Bank has enhanced the cash withdrawal limit from Savings Bank Account to – Rs 50000 from the existing Rs 24000

• Rajkummar Rao and Anjali Patil starrer Political satire that won the International Federation of Art Cinemas (CICAE) award in its Forum segment at the 67th Berlin Film Festival is - Newton

• The resource kit that was launched by the union health ministry as part of the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) program for adolescents is - SAATHIYA

• India and Rwanda signed three agreements including - innovation, aviation and visa requirements

• He was elected as the leader of the new leader of the Ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) Legislature Party - Shurhozelie Liezitsu

• Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang resigned as Chief Minister of the state in February 2017 belongs to - Naga People's Front

• The World Day of Social Justice was observed globally on 20 February 2017 with the theme - Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work

• Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully tested its indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS) for - GSLV MkIII rocket

• Andhra Pradesh government has allocated lands for the construction of nine thematic cities in the new capital - Amaravathi

• It is in this African country the Vice President Hamid Ansari paid floral tributes at the Kigali genocide memorial recently – Rwanda

• It is this State Government announced a Cloud Seeding Project for 2017 – Maharashtra

• The ICGS AYUSH was commissioned at - Kochi

• South Asian Speakers Summit on achieving Sustainable Development Goals was held in – Indore

• The legislature of this country passed the landmark Hindu marriage bill recently – Pakistan

• States that were greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on their statehood day on 20 February 2017 are - Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram

• Due to sufficient availability of the coal in India its import declined by this per cent in January 2017 - 21.7 per cent to 14.31 million tonnes against 18.28 million tonnes in January 2016

• The 39th Chief Justice of India who passed away recently is - Altamas Kabir

• The Pakistani all-rounder who recently announced his retirement from international cricket is - Shahid Afridi

• Barren Island, India's only live volcano, is located in - Andaman and Nicobar Islands

• The winner of the 2017 Rotterdam Open is - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

• The state Tourism Department that prepared a Tirath Darshan scheme under which senior citizens above 60 years of age would be able to visit various religious places is - Haryana

• The third edition of the annual LIC Gateway LitFest will be held in Mumbai on -25 and 26 February 2017

• Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre attended the opening ceremony of the five day International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) and NAVDEX (naval defence and maritime security exhibition) at - Abu Dhabi

• Noted Bengali singer who passed away at Kolkata hospital after prolonged illness in the recent past is - Banasree Sengupta

• The world famous Khajuraho Dance Festival began on 20 February 2017 in - Madhya Pradesh

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