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Current Affairs Recap of the Week: 15 February – 20 February 2016

Feb 20, 2016 12:30 IST

Jagranjosh.com brings for its reader recap of the important current affairs of the week in bulleted form.

  • The Finance Minister of West Bengal who was named the chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on Goods and Services Tax is - Amit Mitra
  • The country against which the Indian Women Cricket Team won the three-match ODI series, 3-0 is – Sri Lanka
  • President Barack Obama named 106 researchers, including six of Indian origin, as recipients of - Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers
  • The author of novel To Kill a Mockingbird who passed away 19 February 2016 is - Harper Lee
  • Christine Lagarde on 19 February 2016 was appointed as the Managing Director of - International Monetary Fund
  • The leader who was sworn in as the ninth Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh is - Kalikho Pul
  • The Polish film director known for film That Most Important Thing: Love who died on 17 February 2016 is - Andrzej Zulawski
  • The former West Indies cricketer with highest Test batting average in history who passed away on 17 February 2016 is - Andy Ganteaume
  • The Bollywood lyricist who entered Guinness Book of World Records for composing 3524 songs is – Sameer Anjaan
  • The Command Hospital which was awarded the Raksha Mantri’s Trophy for Best Service Hospital is - Eastern Command
  • The state in which BHEL commissioned a 270 MW generation unit at the Goindwal Sahib Thermal Power Project of private producer GVK Power & Infra is – Punjab
  • The state with which Uber signed an agreement to help create 75000 jobs across the state is – Maharashtra Government
  • Veteran Hindustani classical singer from Gwalior Gharana who died in Kolkata on 18 February 2016 at the age of 107 - Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan
  • Nepal Government on 18 February 2016 decided to constitute an 11-member-political committee to study - Demarcation of federal states on the constitution
  • United States (US) President Barack Obama on 18 February 2016 signed off this new law imposing new sanctions against North Korea - North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016.
  • The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation on 18 February 2016 sanctioned construction of around eighty two thousand houses for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in urban areas of 163 cities of -  West Bengal, Telangana, Bihar, Mizoram, Rajashtan, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand
  • This former cricketer’s autobiography ‘Playing It May Way’ in February 2016 entered the Limca Book of Records for being the best-selling adult hardback in both fiction and non-fiction categories - Sachin Tendulkar
  • It is with this country India signed its third Agreement on Standard Operating Procedure for conducting maritime coordinated patrols – Myanmar
  • It is for this region the World Bank Group announced 150 million US dollars in funding to combat Zika virus – Latin America & the Caribbean
  • This Indian-origin scientist belonging to Utah University led the discovery of 2D semiconducting material made of tin monoxide - Ashutosh Tiwari
  • The US space agency Nasa invited the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for a possible international collaboration on - Sending astronauts to Mars
  • For making the agriculture more lucrative, the Sikkim Government decided to introduce - Contract farming in the State
  • Iraq Court sentenced 40 men to death over the killing of up to 1700 military recruits at a former US base in - 2014 Tikrit massacre
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 18 February 2016 launched the guidelines for operationalization of - Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY)
  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on 18 February 2016 announced a free bus pass scheme for - Senior citizens
  • Odisha government on 17 January 2016 decided to introduce a self-certifying scheme for - Non-hazardous industries
  • India is the 71st country to approve Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) of - World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • The not-for-profit company started by Actor Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao that will work with the Maharashtra government to solve the water crisis in the state - Paani Foundation
  • Andhra Pradesh government came forward to set up a 200-acre model industrial township near Vijayawada to boost - MSME industry in the State
  • The Malayalam short-story writer and novelist, famous for his work Sarga Sameeksha, who died on 17 February 2016 is - Akbar Kakkattil
  • The renowned Indologist who was awarded the 2016 Israel Prize for Religious Studies for his research into the literature and culture of southern India is - David Dean Shulman
  • The initiative launched by Amazon that enables small and medium businesses to go online and sell products on Amazon is - Amazon Tatkal
  • The company with which the Jharkhand Government signed an MoU to set up a 1600 MW capacity thermal power plant in the state is – Adani Group
  • The Union Cabinet approved Ministry of AYUSH’s proposal to sign a collaborative agreement with this organisation in the area of traditional medicine - World Health Organisation
  • The Union Cabinet approved appointment of the NITI Aayog CEO as a part-member of this commission – Telecom Commission
  • India’s Tata Motors and Bharat Forge tied up with this US-based company to bid for 11 billion US dollar worth Future Infantry Combat Vehicle Programme - General Dynamics
  • This Russian made infantry combat vehicle will be replaced by the Future Infantry Combat Vehicle Programme of the Indian Army - Sarath BMP-II
  • It in this Indian city Apple Inc. will be setting up its first Technology Development Centre outside the USA – Hyderabad
  • This yard of the Indian Railways in Uttar Pradesh was installed with Ultra Modern Computer Based Signalling System to improve traffic movement – Khurja Yard
  • A three-day expo Vibrant North East 2016 begin on 18 February 2016 in – Guwahati, Assam
  • 12th South Asian Games (SAG) 2016 that concluded on 16 February 2016 in Guwahati, Assam was topped by India with – 308 medals (188 Gold, 90 Silver and 30 Bronze)
  • The fashion designer who was conferred Knight of the Legion of Honour, France's highest civilian honour is - Manish Arora
  • The album that won Record of the Year award at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards is - Uptown Funk
  • The Iranian city in which the first Silk Road train connecting Iran and China packed with Chinese goods arrived on 15 February 2016 is – Tehran
  • The former United Nations Secretary-General and author of the memoir Unvanquished: A US-U.N. Saga who died on 16 February 2016 in Cairo, Egypt is - Boutros Boutros-Ghali
  • After completion of this many years premature closure of PPF accounts will be allowed in genuine cases, such as cases of serious ailment, higher education of children, etc. – 5 years
  • This city was adjudged as the least clean city in the Swachh Survekshan 2016 survey results – Dhanbad
  • This city was adjudged as the cleanest city in the Swachh Survekshan 2016 survey results – Mysuru
  • This team won the 36th National Chess team Championship in Bhubaneswar – Indian Railways
  • South Korean state that on 16 February 2016 agreed to enter into a sister-statehood relationship for development with Haryana is - Chungcheongbuk
  • A welfare scheme for school-dropouts that was launched by West Bengal government on 16 February 2016 - Utkarsh Bangla Scheme
  • United Nations on 16 February 2016 said that the Syrian government has approved humanitarian access to seven besieged areas including - Deir al-Zor; Foua, Kafraya, Madaya, Zabadani, Kafr Batna and Mouadamiya al-Sham
  • United Nations said that more than 3000 people have fled their homes in northern Myanmar following clashes between two ethnic rebel groups - Restoration Council for Shan State (RCSS) and Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA)
  • This country’s parliament voted to extend the country's state of emergency by a further three months, allowing authorities to carry out police raids and put people under house arrest without prior authorisation of a judge - France
  • The historical personality from India whose 200th birth anniversary was celebrated on 16 February 2016 – Tatya Tope
  • The country that won Men and Women Kabaddi competition at the 12th South Asian Games – India
  • India on 16 February 2016 test-fired indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile, which is capable of carrying - 500 kg to 1000 kg of warheads
  • National Capital Goods Policy 2016 aims to increase share of capital goods sector from the present 12 to 20 percentage by – 2025
  • The number of medal won by India in Boxing at the 12th South Asian Games - 10 
  • Two prominent sportspersons from Odisha who were included in the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme for the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games are – Sprinter Jauna Murmu, Archer Ranjit
  • It is in this village of Ranchi Jharkhand’s first mega food park was inaugurated – Getalsud
  • This city bagged the best city performer in behavioral change communication award in the Swachh Sarvekshan function organised by the Union Government - Tiruchirapalli
  • The famous Malayalam music director and composer of background score of film Aaraam Thampuran who passed away on 14 February 2016 is - Rajamani
  • The ICC Cricket for Good and UNICEF in partnership with BCCI on 15 February 2016 launched the Team Swachh clinics during - ICC WT20 Host City Tour
  • The subsidiary of Tata Teleservices which announced its tie-up with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation to provide an additional payment gateway is – mRUPEE
  • The country with which Ministry of Railways inked a Memorandum of Understanding on technical cooperation in rail sector is – Sweden
  • The country defeated by Indian women football team to win gold medal at the 12th South Asian Games is - Nepal
  • Final Twenty20 of the three-match T-20 series between India and Sri Lanka was played on 14 February 2016 at - Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
  • A padayatra for peace & harmony by the Manav Ekta Mission from Kanyakumari to Kashmir is - Walk of Hope
  • Under Union Government's campaign, the Samej village in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, has been made smokeless by - Indian Oil Corporation
  • This prison in Maharashtra undertook a novel pilot project with the cooperation of State Bank of India to provide ATM cards to all jail inmates for completion of financial transactions in the jail - Nagpur Central Prison
  • Indo-British filmmaker who scooped a Grammy Award for Best Music Film for his poignant documentary "Amy" on late British singer Amy Winehouse - Asif Kapadia
  • This state announced an allocation of 1000 crore rupees towards the welfare of Muslims to be implemented from the Financial Year 2016-17 - Andhra Pradesh
  • The name of the Indian gravitational wave detector similar to Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) at Livingston and Hanford in the US – IndiGO
  • Ishan Kishan, the captain of India's under-19 cricket, was signed by this leading sports management group for a period of three years in February 2016 - IOS Sports and Entertainment
  • Five ITDC-run loss making hotels identified by the Union for disinvestment – Hotel Janpath, Hotel Bharatpur Ashok, Hotel Patliputra Ashok, Hotel Donyi Polo Ashok, Hotel Pondicherry Ashok
  • The ministry that released the data on Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation for January 2016 which was pegged at 0.90 percent – Ministry of Commerce & Industry
  • It is at this place the National Woman Sports started for the first time in Bihar on 15 February 2016 – Patna
  • This state on 15 February 2016 launched a one-month financial inclusion drive wherein cooperative banks will open new accounts and fill KYC forms – Rajasthan
  • This UK-based banking giant announced in February 2016 to keep its headquarter at London – HSBC Bank
  • The Supreme Court on 15 February 2016 upheld Army's policy of preferential promotion to officers in combat units which is also called – Command and Exit Policy
  • The place where US President Barack Obama hosted the US-Asean Summit on 15 February 2016 – California
  • The Indian Ambassador to Tajikistan who passed away on 13 February 2016 is - Biraja Prasad
  • The team that lifted their maiden ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup title on 14 February 2016 is – West Indies
  • The former Finance Secretary to the Government of India and former Chairman of the Competition Commission who on 12 February 2016 was appointed the Chairman of TERI is - Ashok Chawla
  • A film on conservation efforts by villagers that won the Golden Beaver Best Film Award in the institutional category of the 6th National Science Film Festival and Competition is - Nagaland is changing, But...
  • A noted Malyalam poet and Jnanpith Award winner who died on 13 February 2016 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala is - O.N.V. Kurup
  • The wilderness drama that won the Best Film award at the 69th British Academy Films Awards is - The Revenant
  • Make In India Week was inaugurated in Mumbai with the theme - Design, Innovation and Sustainability
  • This professor was conferred with Infosys Prize 2015 in Humanities category by the President Pranab Mukherjee - Prof. Jonardon Ganeri
  • This professor was conferred with Infosys Prize 2015 in Mathematical Sciences category by the President Pranab Mukherjee - Prof Mahan Mj
  • The Indo-Swiss pair that won the 2016 St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy - Sania Mirza & Martina Hingis
  • These two countries began 2-week long joint military exercise LAMITYE 2016 – India & Seychelles
  • This Indian-British filmmaker who won the Best Documentary Film Award at the 69th BAFTA Awards for his poignant documentary "Amy” – Asif Kapadia

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