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Daily Current Affair 19 Feb

1.       Foundation stone of the New Mumbai International Airport, has laided by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
·         Bhumi Poojan ceremony for the upcoming airport performed by him. He highlighted the importance of transportation in the faster growth of the economy.
·         To keep with globalisation it is important to get top quality infrastructure, said by him.On Sagarmala project, he said it will help in ushering in port-led development.
2.       The first phase of the Rs 7,900-crore 4th terminal project of the JNPT to the nation, dedicated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which will raise the cargo handling capacity of the nation’s largest container port by 50 per cent.
·         The fourth terminal project seeks to double JNPT’s capacity to nearly 10 million standard container units and will make it the 33rd biggest port globally.
·         It has a capacity of 4.8 million standard container units capacity now. On completion of the second phase by 2022, total capacity will go up to almost 10 million.
3.       From February 20, Myriad forms of classical dance in India will be on dispaly at a festival beginning in Khajuraho.
·         By the culture department of the Madhya Pradesh government, the week-long Khajuraho Dance Festival at the temple town in Chhatarpur district is being organised.
·         It will showcase classical dances including Kathak, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Mohiniattam from February 20-26.
4.       The Global Investors’ Summit at “Magnetic Maharashtra: Convergence 2018 at the MMRDA grounds at Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex has inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
·         This summit is Maharashtra’s first Global Investors Summit and is said to be on the lines of Make In India initiative by PM Modi.
·         Wadhwani Institute for Artifical Intelligence at the University of Mumbai will be inaugurated next by PM.
5.       To provide quick medical help to patients in need in the coastal state, the Goa government has launched a motorcycle ambulance service.
·         A batch of 20 two-wheeler ambulances unveiled by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, which would be deputed in high risk areas like the coastal belt.
·         These motorbikes will be equipped with medical facilities, including oxygen cylinders.
6.       By the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Former President Pranab Mukherjee will be conferred an honorary D.Litt.
·         During IIEST convocation on March 4 for his role as a public figure for many decades, Mukherjee will be conferred the honour. IIEST is in Howrah district’s Shibpur.
·         In December last year, Mukherjee was awarded an honorary D.Litt by Jadavpur University.
7.       To the top of the world rankings Roger Federer marked his impending return, by sweeping aside second seed Grigor Dimitrov in the Rotterdam Open final.
·         The 20-time Grand Slam champion beat world number five Dimitrov 6-2-6-2 comfortably in 55 minutes for his 97th title.
8.       A silver medal in the Qatar Open Shotgun, won by the promising Manavaditya Singh Rathore, meet in Lusail, Qatar.
·         Participating in the junior men’s trap event, Manavaditya shot 118 to finish second on the podium behind Italy’s Angelo Scalzone, who shot 119.
·         With a score of 115, Germany’s Jeremy Schulz won the bronze medal.
9.       42 languages or dialects in India are considered to be endangered and are believed to be heading towards extinction as only few thousand people speak them.
·         There are 22 scheduled languages and 100 non-scheduled languages in country, which are spoken by large number of people — one lakh or more, according to report of Census Directorate.
·         A list prepared by UNESCO also has mentioned them as critically endangered languages.
·         The Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore is working for protection and preservation of these languages under central scheme Protection and Preservation of Endangered Languages of India.
10.   Youth Exchange Programme- Watan Ko Jano programme organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
·         Under it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met youth of Jammu and Kashmir in New Delhi.
·         Around 200 youth from state visited different places of country as part of the programme.
11.   To open women’s their own businesses and benefit from government e-services without having to prove consent from husband or male guardian allowed by Saudi Arabia.
·         This move marks major step away from country’s strict guardianship system that has ruled it for decades.
·         The expansion of female employment is under Saudi Arabia’s new reform plan for a post-oil era.


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