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  1. In a 10-year-old graft case, A Special Court in Dhaka has sentenced former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to jail for five years.
  • The court also sentenced her son, Tarique Rahman, and four others to jail for 10 years. Rahman is a resident of
  • The case was filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission for accusing Zia and the five others of misappropriating over 2.1 crore Bangladeshi Taka that had come from a foreign bank as grants for orphans.
  1. Till date 11 states and union territories (UTs) have been declared open defecation free (ODF) under Swachh Bharat Mission, as per information of government to Lok Sabha.
  • In a written reply the minister of state in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi said the government is taking various steps under the SBM to make all states in the country ODF.
  1. Government of India attaches great importance to fairness, transparency and accountability in public procurement.
  • It has raised the citizen’s expectation in terms of efficiency and outcomes of public spending said by the Minister of State for Finance and Shipping, Government of India, Shri Radhakrishnan.He said that the present Central Government has a clear vision of transforming the procurement and public service delivery.
  • The Minister for State for Finance Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan was delivering the Inaugural Address after inaugurating theThird Global Procurement Summit in New Delhi.The two day Summit is being organized by All India Management Association(AIMA), World Bank and the Government of India.
  1. With concerned stake holders,an Inter- ministerial Committee (IMC) , Ministries/ departments of Government of India along with representatives of some State/UT Governments and CSOs under the Chairpersonship of Secretary, Women and Child Development has been constituted to tackle the menace of trafficking.
  • The total number of cases of ‘Procuration of minor girls’ has risen from 231 in the year 2006 to 2465 in the year 2016 as per Ministry of Home Affairs, National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB).
  1. A two-day Conference on Jobs and Livelihood opportunities by NITI Aayog.
  • In collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industries, CII at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in the capital, a two-day Conference on Jobs and Livelihood opportunities was organised by NITI Aayog.
  • The Conference will provide a platform for dialogue between various stakeholders to share their views on the potential of job creation and livelihood opportunities.
  1. Construction of 1,86,777 more affordable houses has approved by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs.
  • Construction of 1,86,777 more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) with an investment of 11,169cr with central assistance of Rs. 2,797 cr. has approved by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs.
  • The approval was given in the 30th meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee in its meeting.
  • With the above proposed houses, cumulative houses under PMAY(U) would become 37,83,392 after final approval from CSMC. Further after subsuming projects of RAY scheme the total number of houses being funded under PMAY(Urban) would be 39,25,240
  1. crypto-rich list released by Forbes.
  • Ripple co-founder Chris Larsen, with an estimated crypto net worth of USD 7.5-8 billion, topped the first ever list of richest people in cryptocurrency released by According to Forbes, the average 2017 price change of Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP, three of the most common cryptocurrencies, is a whopping 14,409 per cent.
  • There are now nearly 1,500 cryptoassets in existence, valued at an aggregate USD 550 billion, as per the publication
  1. Rs 135.86 crore penalty on for search bias imposed by CCI.
  • google has been charged a penalty of Rs 135.86 crore to have violated in online general web search and web search advertising services in India by Competition Commission of India (CCI).
  • In response to informations filed by com and Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) in 2012, the order was passed.
  1. On February 9, 2018, the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics will take place at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang.
  • Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium was built specifically for the games. These Games will feature 102 events in fifteen sports disciplines.
  • Peace will be the central theme of the games.
  1. A book titled “Mere Sapnon ka Bharat” released by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.It is a compilation of interviews of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee by Tarun Vijay, an ex-MP, at a function in New Delhi.
  • As a distinguished personality who stands alone because of his stature, Mr Vajpayee was described by The Home Minister. He is respected by all cutting across the political parties divides.