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Current Affairs Recap of the Week: 22 February – 27 February 2016

Feb 27, 2016 18:50 IST

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

•    This Sonam Kapoor-starrer film was made tax free in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh on 26 February 2016 - Neerja

•    Actor selected for Pandit Dinanath Mangeshkar award on 26 February 2016 - Ranveer Singh

•    General Secretary of European governing body UEFA was elected as the President of FIFA on 26 February 2016 - Gianni Infantino

•    India's oldest first-class cricketer BK Garudachar, who represented Mysore (as Karnataka was called till 1974), United Province and Bombay, died aged 99 on 26 February 2016 – BK Garudachar

•    Team that won the Ranji Trophy for a record 41st time with a comprehensive innings and 21 run victory over Saurashtra - Mumbai

•    Odisha government introduced 50 vehicles equipped with global positioning system to transport medicines to State-run hospitals in remote areas, under - Niramaya Yojana

•    He is the co-founder of OYO Rooms and figured in the 30 Under 30 Asia List of Forbes magazine – Ritesh Agarwal

•    The three Information Commissioners appointed to Central Information Commission on 25 February 2016 are - Bimal Julka, Divya Prakash Sinha and Amitava Bhattacharyya

•    India signed a MoU with this country’s research institutions to establish a joint collaboration programme in crop science on 24 February 2016 - United Kingdom

•    This city police on 25 February 2016 created 16 no-selfie zones around the city in response to several deaths of people while taking selfies  - Mumbai

•    The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 25 February 2016 decided to allow birth companions during delivery in public health facilities with an aim to reduce – Maternal Mortality Ratio, Infant Mortality Rate

•    The Lok Sabha on 25 February 2016 passed the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016to enable Election Commission to start the delimitation process of the enclaves transferred on account of 1974 Land Boundary Agreement coming into effect on - 31 July 2015

•    Senate of this country on 25 February 2016 approved a bill recognising civil unions for same-sex and heterosexual couples - Italy

•    Maharashtra Government on 24 February 2016 finalised a Project Management Consultant (PMC) for the proposed Chhatrapati Shivaji Memorial in - Arabian Sea

•    Union Cabinet approved for an agreement between India and Maldives for the avoidance of double taxation of income from - International Air Transport

•    Union Cabinet gave its nod to the proposal for provision and operationalization of credit of 150 million US Dollars from EXIM Bank on 24 February 2016 for the development of - Chabahar Port in Iran

•    The Former Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and ex-DRDO chief, who received the prestigious Astronautical Society of India's Aryabhata Award on 25 February 2016 - Dr Avinash Chander

•    The non-navy officer who was appointed as the Director General of Indian Coast Guard is - Rajendra Singh

•    The private sector bank which received the prestigious Green Bond Pioneer Award for being the 'Pioneers in Emerging Markets-India' is - YES Bank

•    Yoichiro Ueno was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of - Honda Cars India

•    Michael Pesch is appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of - Infosys Consulting Holding AG

•    The famous researcher in Chemical Sciences who was conferred with Federal Republic of Germany’s prestigious Cross of the Order of Merit is - Goverdhan Mehta

•    The e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) facility will be extended to 37 more countries making the total count of countries under the scheme - 150

•    Retirement fund body, Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) tightened norms on withdrawal of provident fund as well investment of such amount in - Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana

•    Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul introduced a joint resolution in the US Congress to block the sale of F-16 fighter jets to - Pakistan

•    Information and Broadcasting Ministry will organize the first International workshop on film preservation and restoration from 26 February 2016 at - National Film Archives of India (NFAI) Pune

•    People of this country on 24 February 2016 rejected the President Evo Morales’s appeal for allowing him to contest for the fourth term in 2019 elections in a referendum - Bolivia

•    The Bangladesh cricketer who was named as the national goodwill ambassador for youth by the United Nations Development Programme - Mashrafe Bin Mortaza

•    This movie was selected for the Remi Award which will be presented at the 49th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival in April 2016 - Kanavu Variyam

•    In this country’s favour the World Trade Organization settled a dispute on solar related exports involving India - United States of America

•    He was sworn-in as the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court - Justice Subhro Kamal

•    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 22 February 2016 cancelled the certificate of registration of - 26 non-banking financial companies (NBFCs)

•    West Bengal Government on 24 February 2016 announced its decision to constitute two task forces for the development of - Adivasis and Gorkhas living in - Terai-Dooars and Darjeeling Hills region

•    National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013 was officially launched by state Food civil Supplies and Consumer affairs Minister John Rotluangliana on 24 February 2016 in - Mizoram

•    Union Government on 24 February 2016 approved introduction of steps for promotion of payments through cards and digital means with an aim to – Reduce cash transactions

•    Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on 25 February 2016 presented the Railway Budget 2016-17 in the Lok Sabha with outlined capital plan of - 121000 crore rupees

•    In Railway Budget 2016-17 Coolies were renamed as - Sahayaks

•    Haryana Government decided to appoint a retired IPS officer to inquire into the acts of omission and commission on part of all officers and officials of both Police and Civil Administration during the Jat Reservation agitation - Prakash Singh

•    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that tribals living in shanties by occupying land will be given - Housing Pattas

•    The latest Gulf states that urged their citizens to leave Lebanon due to tensions over the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah which backs the Syrian government - Qatar and Kuwait

•    Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has hiked Minimum Support Price of raw jute from 2700 to - 3200 rupees per quintal

•    Union Government on 23 February 2016 divested 5 percent of its stake in this public sector undertaking (PSU) – National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)

•    The judge of Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court who was sworn-in as the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court is - Justice Dinesh Maheshwari

•    The Parliament of Pakistan on 23 February 2016 became the world’s first to run fully on - Solar Power

•    The city for which Assam Cabinet approved the detailed project report for a Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) is – Guwahati

•    Assam’s Chief Electoral Officer announced to introduce this technology which provides feedback to voters using a ballot less voting system in 10 constituencies of Assam assembly polls - Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT)

•    The elder brother of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and current President Raul Castro, who died on 23 February 2016 - Ramon Castro

•    In cricket, Australia replaced India at the top of the world's test rankings with a 2-nil test series victory over - New Zealand

•    City ranked best for living in the 18th Mercer annual Quality of Living survey of 230 cities – Vienna, Austria

•    City ranked worst for living in the 18th Mercer annual Quality of Living survey of 230 cities – Baghdad, Iraq

•    He is a distinguished Scientist, who took charge as Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) on 23 February 2016 - KN Vyas

•    The Supreme Court on 23 February 2016 ruled that the top officials and employees of private banks will be considered as public servants for the purposes of this Act - Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988

•    This place saw the holding of ninth meeting of National Steering Committee on Climate Change on 22 February 2016 by the Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry (MoEFCC) – New Delhi

•    The Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan released the seismic microzonation report for these two cities - Delhi and Kolkata

•    Odisha Government on 23 February 2016 launched a pilot project on Computerised Fair Price Shop (FPS) Automation system to monitor the distribution of essential commodities under - Public Distribution System (PDS)

•    Former Chief Justice of India who was selected as the Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)on 23 February 2016 is - HL Dattu

•    The veteran scriptwriter who will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Film Festival of Prayag is - Sagar Sarhadi

•    The naval exercise between India, Brazil and South Africa which kicked off on 19 February 2016 in Goa is - Exercise IBSAMAR

•    It is in this country a family protection scheme for Non-resident Indians (NRI) was launched  - United Arab Emirates (UAE)

•    The use of over 57 lakh LED bulbs has saved 421 million units of energy in a year in domestic sector in four districts of Andhra Pradesh, namely - Srikakulam, West Godavari, Guntur and Anantapur

•    India's Long Jumper won silver medal on 22 February 2016 at the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar is - Kumaravel Prem Kumar

•    The assistance extended by India as an immediate measure to Fiji, which was hit by tropical cyclone Winston - One Million US dollars

•    A state on 22 February 2016 announced that no fee would be charged from Scheduled Castes students in Government colleges from next academic session - Madhya Pradesh

•    United States and Russia announced that a planned cessation of hostilities in Syria will come into effect at midnight on - 27 February 2016

•    The Road to Resilience is an initiative of the World Bank, under which a team undertook a bus trip along the entire Indian coastline between covering this many states - 10

•    The organisation which stated that bees can help boost food security of two billion small farmers at no cost is - UN Food and Agriculture Organization

•    The renowned singer from Odisha who passed away on 19 February 2016 in New Delhi is - Bhubaneswari Mishra

•    The football club that won the 2016 Sait Nagjee Trophy is – FC Dnipro

•    Udai Kumar was appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of - Metropolitan Stock Exchange of India Limited

•    The Indian-origin art lover and playwright who was conferred Knighthood by the French government for his lifelong devotion to the promotion of arts is - Ismail Mahomed

•    He was appointed as the Chief Justice of Orissa (Odisha) High Court on 22 February 2016 - Justice Vineet Saran

•    An Indian-origin Sikh officer, who was in news in the third week of February 2016 as he was appointed as Kuala Lumpur's commissioner of police - Amar Singh  

•    Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurated an exhibition on the Coin and Currency of India on 22 February 2016 at- New Delhi

•    It became the sixth state to sign MoU with Union Government for power scheme UDAY after Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand – Bihar

•    Italian woman Tennis player who won Rio Open title on 21 February 2016 - Francesca Schiavone

•    To facilitate the public to communicate their complaints about any unclean area and garbage piles in and around tourist destinations, the Tourism Ministry on 22 February 2016 launched - Swachh Paryatan Mobile App

•    Former Prime Minister of the Central African Republic who was declared winner in the second round of presidential elections is - Faustin-Archange Touadéra

•    The snooker payer who won the 2016 BetVictor Welsh Open title is - Ronnie O'Sullivan

•    The team that defeated Kalinga Lancers to win Hockey India League (HIL) title is - Punjab Warriors

•    Triple jumper on 21 January 2016 won silver medal at the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar - Renjith Maheswary

•    The Italian tennis player who won the 2016 WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships women’s singles title is - Sara Errani

•    This New Zealand cricketer scored fastest test cricket century in 54 balls in a match against Australia - Brendon McCullum

•    With this telecom company Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd announced partnership to set up a payments bank - Idea Cellular

•    This high-thrust cryogenic engine was successfully tested by the ISRO for 640 seconds - CE-20

•    Yunus Khan who was appointed as the chairman of the Empowered Group of State Transport Ministers that was formed to suggest measures to boost the transport sector in the country belongs to – Rajasthan

•    International Mother Language Day (IMLD) was observed globally on 21 February 2016 with the theme - Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes

•    Bangladeshi nationals on 21 February 2016 paid their homage to the martyrs of the historic 1952 Language Movement at - Central Shaheed Minar, Dhaka

•    The critically endangered scaly anteaters and insectivorous mammals of the order Pholidota that came in news because 20 February 2016 was observed as - World Pangolin Day

•    Malayalam film “Ottal” was named the Best Children's Film at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival and was honoured with - Crystal Bear Award in Generation K-Plus section

•    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 21 February 2016 launched Shyama Prasad Mukherjee National Rurban Mission from - Kurubhat village, Chhattisgarh

•    India on 20 February 2016 inked and exchanged seven agreements and Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) to boost the bilateral cooperation with this country - Nepal

•    This transmission line was jointly inaugurated by the Prime Ministers of India and Nepal, Narenda Modi and KP Sharma Oli - Muzaffarpur-Dhalkebar Power Transmission Line

•    Tropical Cyclone that lashed Fiji after torrential rain and strong winds brought is - Winston


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