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Daily Current Affairs 13th Feb 2018

President of India to Visit Uttar Pradesh Tomorrow

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will visit Uttar Pradesh tomorrow (February 14, 2018) to inaugurate the international conference ‘Agricon 2018’ and ‘Agriexpo 2018’ at Chandrashekhar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology (CSAUT), Kanpur.
  • He will also deliver the Barrister Narendrajit Singh Memorial Lecture at VSSD College, Kanpur, before returning to Delhi.

PM extends greetings on World Radio Day

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has extended his greetings on World Radio Day to allthose associated with the world of radio, which includes those working in the industry and the listeners.
  • On World Radio Day, I convey my greetings to all those associated with the world of radio, which includes those working in the industry and the listeners. May this medium always remain a focal point of learning, discovering, entertaining and growing together.

India-Russia Agriculture Business Summit in New Delhi

  • The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare organised two major events, an India-Russia Agriculture Business Summit held today in New Delhi and celebration of 70 years of Agricultural Relationship to be held in Suratgarh, Rajasthan on 14th February 2018.
  • Shri Gajender Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Mr Sergey Beletskiy, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Russia addressed the India-Russia Agriculture Business Summit 2018, held at PUSA, New Delhi. Several business houses and leaders of business associations of both countries, working in agriculture sector attended the event. This will strengthen exchange of expertise to further business ties between the two countries.
  • Apart from presentation by both countries that highlighted the agricultural trade opportunities, there was intense discussion in 4 theme sessions on potential areas of collaboration and trade in the fields of agriculture machinery; sanitary and phytosanitary measures (both plants and animals); agriculture education and biotechnology; fishery and sea products (including feeding, care and processing); and confectioner’s/baker’s, dry fruits and coconut products.

‘India Pharma & India Medical Device 2018’: Affordable and Quality Healthcare

  • The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP), Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, along with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), is organizing ‘India Pharma & India Medical Device 2018’, with the theme – ‘Affordable and Quality Healthcare’, the 3rd International exhibition and conference on Pharmaceutical & Medical Device sector from 15th-17th February, 2018 in Bengaluru.
  • India Pharma & India Medical Device 2018 will see a roundtable of pharma and medical devices CEOs with Shri Ananthkumar, to discuss Government policy and challenges facing the Industry. The event will bring key stakeholders of the pharma and medical devices sectors under one roof, with hundreds of delegates including 50 Hosted Delegates from other Nations. Over 300 companies and 50 startups will showcase their products at the grand exhibition. The event will also see more than 90 eminent industry leaders speak at various sessions lined over three days.
  • A key highlight of India Pharma & India Medical Device 2018 is a workshop by World Health Organization on ‘Regulatory System Strengthening and Prequalification’. A conference will also be organized by NASSCOM on ‘Digital Transformation through Innovation in Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Healthcare Industries’.

Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu to inaugurate the Global Theatre Olympics

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the 8th Global Theatre Olympics on 17th February, 2018 at the majestic Red Fort in New Delhi. This Global Theatre Festival is being held in India for the first time.
  • The 51 days long event will travel to 17 Indian cities with 450 shows, 600 ambience performances and 250 power packed youth forum shows. 25000 artists from across the globe will participate in the festival which will conclude on 08th February, 2018 with a grand ceremony at the iconic Gateway of India in Mumbai.
  • The 8th Theatre Olympics is being organized with a budget of Rs.51.81 Crore and the performances will be held in 30 Indian languages, 15 foreign languages as well as non-verbal languages.

Government of Bihar bans sale of Loose Cigarettes

  • The government of Bihar banned the sale of Loose Cigarettes.
  • This initiative has been taken by the Government of Bihar to stop kids and youngsters who start smoking by buying loose cigarettes.
  • According to the Survey 80%, people of Bihar use loose cigarettes. Around 12 Lakh tobacco-related deaths occur in the State every year.

Government of India makes Amendments in Small Savings Act

  • The Government gives highest priority to the interest of small savers, especially savings for the benefit of girl child, the senior citizens and the regular savers who form the backbone of our country’s savings architectur
  • In order to remove existing ambiguities due to multiple Acts and rules for Small Saving Schemes and further strengthen the objective of “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance”, Government of India has proposed merger of Government Savings Certificates Act, 1959 and Public Provident Fund Act, 1968 with the Government Savings Banks Act, 1873.
  • With a single act, relevant provisions of the Government Savings Certificates (NSC) Act, 1959 and the Public Provident Fund Act, 1968 would stand subsumed in the new amended Act without compromising on any of the functional provision of the existing Act.

International Conference on Operations and Maintenance

  • Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New and Renewable Energy, Shri R.K. Singh inaugurated the ‘Indian Power Stations 2018’ – three-day International Conference on Operations and Maintenance in Delhi today.
  • The Minister said that neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh are viable markets for export of power, where per unit cost of electricity is very high. He added that Ministry of Power would explore the idea of sending teams to these countries to assess the demand for export of power.

Tanzania withdraws from UN refugee programme

  • Tanzania announced its withdrawal of United Nation’s “Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework” citing security reasons and lack of funds.
  • Tanzania considered a safe haven for refugees, particularly from conflict-hit Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi.
  • Earlier, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) granting Citizenship for some refugees and their applications.
  • The main specification New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (also known as New York Declaration) calls upon UNHCR to develop and initiate the application of CRRF.
  • According to the framework, once refugees get access to education and right to work legally, they can develop their own skills and be more self-reliant.

Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu is richest CM in India

  • Andhra Pradesh’s Chandrababu Naidu is the richest Chief Minister in India with assets worth over Rs.177 crore, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) stated.
  • Naidu is followed by Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu with assets worth over Rs.129 crore and Punjab’s Amarinder Singh with Rs.48 crore. Tripura’s Manik Sarkar with Rs.27 lakh is the CM with lowest declared assets.

Maharashtra records highest growth in mangrove cover in India

  • Maharashtra has reported the highest growth in mangrove cover, of 82 square kilometers, in the last two years in the country.
  • ‘The State of Forest Report 2017’ said that the state’s mangrove cover increased from 222 sq km to 304 sq km, registering an increase of 37% over the previous assessment in 2015.
  • According to the report, the mangrove covers in the country increased by 181 sq km during this period. Of this, 45 per cent was contributed by Maharashtra. This is the highest recorded in the country.

Zoho ties up with ICICI Bank for integrated platform

  • Software Company Zoho has tied up with private lender ICICI Bank to provide accounting and banking on an integrated platform.
  • The partnership will deliver a streamlined digital banking experience to customers using Zoho’s cloud accounting software, ‘Zoho Books’.
  • This will also help businesses eliminate data entry, automate reconciliation, provide multiple payment options to their customers, request working capital loans, and pay suppliers directly from their accounting platform.

Rajasthan govt waives loans up to ₹50k for small, marginal farmers

  • Presenting the state budget in the Rajasthan Assembly on Monday, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced a one-time farm loan waiver of up to ₹50,000 for small and marginal farmers. The waiver is expected to cost ₹8,000 crore to the state. A farmer loan relief commission will also be set up so that farmers can get relief by presenting their issues.

Citibank India bans use of its cards to buy cryptocurrencies

  • Citibank India has banned the use of its credit and debit cards towards purchase or trading of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. It said the decision came following concerns expressed by the RBI regarding potential risks associated with cryptocurrencies.
  • The government had said it will take all measures to eliminate use of cryptocurrencies in illegitimate activities but did not declare them illegal.

Kottayam to get ‘gender park’ for women, children

  • A ‘gender park’ open exclusively to women and children will be set up in Kerala’s Kottayam. While skill development courses and self-employment training facilities will be offered to women visiting the park, rehabilitation centres for sexual abuse victims will be set up in its premises.
  • The Ettumanoor panchayat will invest ₹80 lakh for the initial phase of the park’s construction.

BoB to shut down its operations in South Africa

  • Bank of Baroda will shut down its operation in South Africa- a development that comes within months of the South African Reserve Bank imposing a fine of R11 mn for lapses in compliance.
  • Bank of Baroda notified South African Reserve Bank about its plan to exit the country.
  • The exit from South Africa could also be linked to BoB being banker to the Gupta family of Indian origin who reportedl took undue advantage of their connections with the South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma.
  • South African authorities have alleged that large sum of money was transferred to Zuma family which is now under investigation.

Abdul Hamid elected Bangladesh president for second term

  • Abdul Hamid has been elected president of Bangladesh for a second consecutive term.
  • Hamid took office on April 24, 2013, and his five-year term expires on April 23.
  • According to article 123 of the constitution, presidential election should be held between 90 and 60 days before the five-year term expires.

Ramesh Sippy Wins Raj Kapoor Award

  • Veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy will be conferred the first Raj Kapoor Award for Excellence in Cinema.
  • Instituted by the Asian Centre for Entertainment Education (ACEE), along with various international organisations like World Bank, UNICEF, USC Annenberg Normal Lear Centre, Hollywood Health and Society, Cinepolis Foundation and CMS, the Raj Kapoor Trophy will be unveiled in Mumbai.

Indonesian Finance Minister wins world’s Best Minister Award

  • Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati won the ‘Best Minister in the World’ award at the World Government Summit in Dubai.
  • She was awarded for her efforts in implementing successful reforms to tackle corruption and increase transparency in her country.
  • Indrawati has previously served as the Managing Director of the World Bank Group from 2010 to 2016.

India Ranks 8th in the World in Terms of Forest Area

  • As per the latest FAO report, India is placed 8th in the list of Top Ten nations reporting the greatest annual net gain in forest area.
  • In the India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2017 Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that India has shown an increasing trend in the forest and tree cover, in comparison to the global trend of decreasing forest cover during the last decade.


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