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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 25TH FEB 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 25TH FEB 2017
(Daily News India)
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1. MINISTRY OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT APPROVES DEVELOPMENT OF 6 KM LONG BET DWARKA DARSHAN CIRCUIT IN GUJARAT AT A COST OF RS.16.27 CR UNDER HRIDAY
i. As a part of the Central Scheme ‘Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana’, the Ministry of Urban Development has approved development of 6 km long Bet Dwarka Darshan Circuit in Gujarat at a cost of Rs.16.27 cr.
ii. The circuit was approved by the HRIDAY National Empowered Committee chaired by Rajiv Gauba, Secretary GOI.The Circuit will connect the famous Dwarkadish Haveli and Hanuman Dandi, the only temple housing Hanumanji and his son Makardhwaj, in Dwarka district of Gujarat.
iii. The important work under the Darshan Circuit would include development of streets and pedestrian pathways, laying of cycle tracks along beach side, plantation, provision of benches, resting spaces, changing rooms, drinking water and toilet facilities, craft and food bazar, signages, LED lighting, plazas for vending spaces etc.

2. INDIA APPROVES RS 17,000 CR MISSILE DEAL WITH ISRAEL
i. A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security chaired by PM Narendra Modi approved Rs. 17,000 cr missile deal with Israel to protect India’s airspace from enemy aircraft and drones.
ii. Under this deal, India and Israel will jointly develop a Medium Range Surface-To-Air Missile system for the Indian army.
iii. The project will be implemented by the DRDO and Israeli Aircraft Industry.
iv. The MR-SAM is a land-based version of the long-range surface-to-air missile for the navy.
v. The Army will induct over 5 regiments of the MR-SAM missile which will have around 40 firing units and over 200 missiles of the system.


3. RAJASTHAN BECOMES 2ND LARGEST CRUDE OIL PRODUCER IN INDIA
i. Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh announced that Rajasthan has become the 2nd largest crude oil producer in India.
ii. The oilfields in the state were producing nearly 90 lakh tones oil annually which accounted for 24% of the total domestic crude oil production.
iii. The Bombay High, an offshore oilfield of Mumbai is the largest producer of crude oil in India which accounts for half of the domestic oil production.

4. ABHIJIT SARKAR APPOINTED VICE PRESIDENT OF ASIAN HOCKEY FEDERATION
i. Malaysia headquartered Asian Hockey Federation has appointed Abhijit Sarkar as vice chairman and also the chief of AHF commercial and TV committee.
ii. Sarkar had led the group in promoting various sports in India by sponsoring both the Indian National Cricket Team as well as the Indian National Hockey Team.

5. GOVT ROPES IN SHILPA SHETTY AS SWACHH BHARAT BRAND AMBASSADOR
i. Indian film actress, producer, former model Shilpa Shetty was roped as the Brand Ambassador for cleanliness initiative Swachh Bharat Mission by the central government.
ii. It was announced by Urban Development Ministry Joint Secretary and director of Swachh Bharat Mission Praveen Prakash.
iii. Its aim is to make India open defecation free by 2019.
iv. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a campaign by the Government of India to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country’s 4,041 statutory cities and towns.

6. WORLD’S 1ST INTERNATIONAL ZIP LINE CREATED TO CONNECT SPAIN AND PORTUGAL
i. An international zip line named as Limite Zero has been created to connect Spain and Portugal.
ii. The 2,362-foot-long zipline will connect Sanlucar de Guadiana, in Andalucia, Spain, to Alcoutim, in Algarve, Portugal whose time zone is an hour behind than that of Spain.
iii. The zipline crosses Guadiana River at 50 feet above sea level to connect the villages in two countries which are separated by the 150 metres wide river.
iv. The project undertaken by Englishman David Jarman will enable the thrill seekers to reach the place in less than a minute with a speed of about 50kmph by flying through the air plus without the need for a passport.

7. SPORTS MINISTRY TO ORGANIZE 1ST GRAMIN KHEL MAHOTSAV IN NEW DELHI
i. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel announced that the 1st  Gramin Khel Mahotsav will be held in New Delhi.
ii. The Khel Mahotsav will have 5 sports discipline comprising of Kabaddi, Athletics, Kho-Kho, Wrestling and Volley Ball.
iii. The festival provide a platform to promote sports in rural areas across the country and encourage rural youths to participate in sports and achieve excellence and adopt healthy life style.

8. PM RELEASES THE BOOK “JUDICIAL REFORMS – RECENT GLOBAL TRENDS”
i. PM Narendra Modi was released the book titled  “Judicial Reforms – Recent Global Trends” published by EBC in association with IIFL at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
ii. The book is compilation of essays written by eminent persons on Judicial Reforms. These were delivered at a conference on Judicial Reforms, which was inaugurated by the President of India.
iv. This is compiled and edited under the stewardship of Justice Dalveer Bhandari, Judge of the International Court of Justice and the President of the Indian International Law Foundation.

9. CENTRAL EXCISE DAY: FEBRUARY 24
i. 74th Central Excise Day is observed on 24th February, 2017 to mark the enactment of the Central Excise and Salt Act in 1944.
ii. This day is dedicated to the Central Board of Excise and Custom to honor its  Central Excise Day contribution to the country’s economy and to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of its employees.
iii. The Central Board of Excise and Custom is one of the oldest government agencies in India, CBEC operates under the Department of Revenue in the Ministry of Finance.


OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. HOW MUCH AMOUNT HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE MINISTRY OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF 6 KM LONG BET DWARKA DARSHAN CIRCUIT IN GUJARAT UNDER HRIDAY?
a)  Rs. 16.27 crore
b)  Rs. 19.69 crore
c)  Rs. 10.15 crore
d)  Rs. 12.22 crore
Q2. WHICH STATE IS THE 2ND LARGEST PRODUCER OF CRUDE OIL IN INDIA?
a)  Haryana
b)  Rajasthan
c)  Gujarat
d)  Madhya Pradesh
Q3. THE UNION CABINET APPROVED THE MISSILE DEAL WITH ISRAEL TO JOINTLY DEVELOP A MEDIUM RANGE SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILE SYSTEM FOR THE INDIAN ARMY. WHAT IS THE TOTAL LAYOUT OF THE DEAL?
a)  Rs. 22000 crore
b)  Rs. 12000 crore
c)  Rs. 15000 crore
d)  Rs. 17000 crore
Q4. WHO HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE ASIAN HOCKEY FEDERATION?
a)  Mariamma Koshy
b)  Elena Norman
c)  Abhijit Sarkaras
d)  R P Singh
Q5. WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK JUDICIAL REFORMS–RECENT GLOBAL TRENDS?
a)  Chetan Bhagat
b)  Dalveer Bhandari
c)  Ram Kamal Mukherjee
d)  Khushwant Singh

ANSWERS: 
1 - A    2 - B    3 - D    4 - C    5 - B


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