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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 21ST FEB 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 21ST FEB 2017
(Daily News India)
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1. BIHAR GOVERNMENT PROHIBITS STATE OFFICIALS FROM CONSUMING LIQUOR ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
i. The Bihar Cabinet under the chairmanship of CM Nitish Kumar has ruled out a new rule under which no officials of the state government would be allowed to consume liquor either in the state or outside the state and not even abroad.
ii. This makes Bihar the 1st state to have such restrictions for officials and judges.
iii. The cabinet amended the Bihar Government Servants’ Conduct Rules 1976 and approved the Bihar Judicial Officers Conduct Rules, 2017.
iv. Any officer found guilty would be liable to face dismissal, suspension or even salary cuts.

2. KHAJURAHO DANCE FESTIVAL STARTS IN MADHYA PRADESH
i. The Khajuraho Dance Festival kicked off at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.
ii. The dance festival is conducted every year by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad.
iii. This cultural festival showcases various Indian classical dance styles such as Bharathanatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Kathakali, Kuchipudi and Manipuri with performances of some of the best exponents in the field.

3. SBI REBRANDS CORPORATE WEBSITE AS BANK.SBI
i. The country’s largest lender State Bank of India rebranded its corporate website as “bank.sbi” from the earlier “sbi.co.in”.
ii. Now bank.sbi is the highest domain protocol commonly known as generic top level domain.
iii. With this, SBI has become the 1st banking organization in India to adopt gTLD for its internet presence.
iv. The adoption of gTLD will enable SBI to use its corporate name .sbi as their website’s top-level identifier instead of using “.com” or “.co.in” as domains.

4. HEMA MALINI: BEYOND THE DREAM GIRL PENNED BY RAM KAMAL MUKHERJEE
i. Hema Malini’s journey from an actor and filmmaker to a politician penned by Ram Kamal Mukherjee is being chronicled as an authorised biography titled ‘Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl‘.
ii. The biography is written by author-columnist Ram Kamal Mukherjee.
iii. The book will be published on her birthday by the publisher HarperCollins India.

5. SEBI APPROVES IRB INVIT FUND TO RAISE FUND THROUGH IPO
i. Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India has given its approval to IRB InvIT Fund to raise Rs 4,300 cr through an initial public offering.
ii. IRB InvIT Fund is an investment trust sponsored by IRB Infrastructure Developers Limited.
iii .Infrastructure Investment Trusts are like mutual fund schemes which pool in money from individual investors for investing in infrastructure initiatives.
iv. Some of the other such trusts registered with SEBI are GMR Infrastructure Investment Trust, MEP Infrastructure Investment Trust and IL&FS Transportation Investment Trust.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 20TH FEB 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 20TH FEB 2017
(Daily News India)
Shared By: WWW.DailyGk.IN

1. MAHARASHTRA APPROVES RS. 250 CR CLOUD SEEDING PROGRAMME
i. The state government of Maharashtra has approved a Rs. 250 cr Cloud Seeding Programme to experiment whether cloud seeding produces sufficient rain.
ii. Under this programme, the weather scientists will fly airplanes loaded with silver iodide  Maharashtra Approves Rs. 250 cr Cloud Seeding Programme over clouds above Solapur, Maharashtra during the monsoon 2017 beginning with a 3 year initial investigation.
iv. The programme is coordinated by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and will deal to address the frequent drought in Vidarbha.

2. MIL BANCHE PROGRAMME HELD IN ALL GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS OF MADHYA PRADESH
i. An initiative by the government of Madhya Pradesh, “Mil Banche MP” programme was held in all the primary and middle government schools of the Madhya Pradesh to increase knowledge and the understanding about language among students..
ii. Under this programme, all the district administrators, public representatives, government officials, college students, retired officials, media persons, businessmen, doctors, engineers, sports persons and including common man will teach and interact with students of all government schools of the state.
iii. CM of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan also visited the Sanjay Gandhi Middle School in Bhopal where he had studied during his childhood.
v. The programme has been launched by the Tribal Development Department and State School Education under the direction of CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

3. INDIA BAGS SILVER MEDAL AT THE ASIAN WOMEN’S RUGBY SEVENS TROPHY
i. India won the silver medal at the Women’s Asian Rugby Sevens Trophy held at Vientiane, Laos.
ii. South Korea won gold medal by beating India 29-0 in the finals.
iii. Total 7 countries from across Asia including South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Laos participated in the Asian Rugby Sevens Trophy.

4. INDIA APPROVES USD 340 MILLION LOAN TO NEPAL FOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES
i. India has sanctioned a soft loan of US dollar 340 million to Nepal for various infrastructure development programmes.
ii. The approval paper was handed over by the Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae to Physical Infrastructure and Transport Minister of Nepal Ramesh Lekhak in the presence of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
iii. The move is a part of India’s commitment for strengthening infrastructure in Nepal. The completion of infrastructural projects will not only strengthen physical connectivity but also emotional bonding between the people of both the countries.

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