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Daily Current Affairs 22 Feb

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1.       In the West Java province of the archipelago country, the Indian and Indonesian armies began the sixth edition of their annual military exercises.
·         At Bandung, the opening ceremony of the two-week Garuda Shakti military drill between the Special Forces of the Indian Army and the Indonesian Army was held.
·         Along with Indonesian military officers, Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Pradeep Kumar Rawat attended the opening ceremony.
2.       Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare during his address at the Global Digital Health Partnership Symposium at Sydney, Australia stated that “Digital health has great potential towards reducing inequity in provisioning and distribution of healthcare resources and services and it can greatly facilitate proactive treatment for disabled patients, children with developmental delays and deformities and people suffering from mental health illnesses and for those suffering from stigmatic infections such as HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis.”
·         On the topic: The role of digital health in supporting improved health outcomes in India, the Union Health Minister spoke.
·         The participants were informed by the Union Health Minister that the National Health Policy (2017) of India clearly articulates the healthcare aspirations of people of India with three distinct goals.
3.       An order issued by The Union Government for setting up the ‘Niti Forum for North-East’.
·         The Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog and Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER), will co-chaired the forum.
·         The forum will have its Secretariat in the Ministry of DoNER. It will also review the development status in the NER.
·         The NITI Forum for Northeast is tasked to identify various constraints on the way of accelerated, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the North East Region of the country and to recommend suitable interventions for addressing identified constraints.
4.       In Mizoram on 7th March this year, Israeli Ambassador Mr Daniel Carmon informed that a Centre for Agriculture, with collaboration of Israeli expertise, is going to be inaugurated.
·         He added, this will be the first such centre in the North East region of India that is being established with Israeli collaboration.
·         This centre is exclusively for processing of citrus fruits, set up with a cost of Rs 8-10 crore.
·         With the tripartite collaboration of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, Government of Israel and State Government of Mizoram, the project has been set up.
5.       For school admissions from next academic year onwards, the CPI(M)-led Left Front government in Kerala has made vaccination compulsory.
·         Parents will have to show details of shots given to children at the time of enrolment in schools.
·         17-member experts panel headed by Dr E Ekbal to chalk out a comprehensive health policy had constituted by the government earlier.
6.       In Jaipur, the Gandhi Nagar railway station became the country’s first major railway station to be fully-managed by women.
·         Situated on the Jaipur-Delhi rail route with more than 50 trains passing through the station out of which 25 halting at the station, Gandhi Nagar is important railway station in Jaipur.
·         The station has footfall of more than 7,000 passengers every day.
7.       Headed by the Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog Rajiv Kumar, the Centre has constitued a committee to study the Brahmaputra and flood control measures in Assam and neighbouring states.
·         Required report on flood control measures has submitted to the committee by Assam Government .
·         To repair the damaged river embankment due to flood measures are being taken by the Water Resource department.
8.       By Royal Bank of Scotland, a life-like avatar called Cora is being put through her paces, helping customers with basic queries and giving its digital banking drive a more human face.
·         RBS, which recently axed a quarter of its branches and has announced thousands of job cuts in the past year alone as it reduces costs, will only deploy Cora to NatWest customers if the bank’s female avatar passes her probation period.
·         Cora, which is undergoing advanced testing as part of a pilot programme at RBS, could even be used to train members of staff.
9.       Interest rate to 8.55% for 2017-18 cutted by EPFO. Retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has reduced interest rate on deposits to 8.55% for 2017-18 following a general decline in interest rates.
·         EPFO’s central board of trustees took the decision at its 220th board meeting, labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said.
·         EPFO had announced an interest rate of 8.65% for 2016-17 and 8.8% in 2015-16.
10.   To officially launch its own cryptocurrency called Petro backed by oil, gas, gold and diamond reserves to circumvent US-led financial sanctions Venezuela become first sovereign country.
·         Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has claimed that the pre-mined cryptocurrency Petrohas raised US $735 million on the first day of its pre-sale.
·         Venezuela, an OPEC member has one of the largest oil reserves in the world. It has over 300 billion barrels oil reserves — largest in the world.
11.   From a defence facility off Odisha coast first night trial of nuclear-capable surface-to-surface short-range ballistic Prithvi-II missile was successfully conducted.
·         The indigenously developed missile mounted on Mobile Tatra transporter-erector Launcher (MTL) was test fired from launching complex III (LC-III) of Integrated Test Range (ITR).
·         It was equipped with state of art guidance system and was fired in real-time situation.
12.   For rehabilitation efforts after island was hit by Tropical Cyclone Gita which had caused massive destruction across the pacific ocean archipelago,India has contributed $1 million aid Tonga.
·         India will provide $500,000 for immediate relief assistance and remaining $500,000 from the India-UN Development Partnership Fund (UNDP) for the rehabilitation efforts.
13.   In March 2018 in New Delhi India is going to host first International Solar Alliance (ISA) summit.
·         It will be hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attended by leaders from over 50 member countries.
·         It will include French President Emmanuel Macron, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid. During the summit, two new programmes — on scaling solar e-mobility and storage, and on rooftop solar will be inaugurated.
14.   By becoming first Indian woman pilot of Indian Air Force (IAF) to complete a solo flight in a MiG-21 Bison fighter aircraft, flying officer Avani Chaturvedi (24) created history.
·         She had achieved this feat by completing half-an-hour long solo flight in Russian-origin jet in the skies over Jamnagar Air Base, Gujarat.
·         The first solo flight is just initial step in exhaustive operational syllabus that transforms rookie pilots into full-fledged fighter pilots capable of handling high-voltage combat flying.

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