Current Affairs National
VIT and Thiruvalluvar University signs pact
- The VIT and Thiruvalluvar University have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expose students to international practices in the field of education
- The MoU was signed by S. Narayanan, Pro Vice-Chancellor of VIT and K. Murugan, Vice-Chancellor of Thiruvalluvar University.
- It was to enable students to acquire international experience while preparing for a professional career ahead of them.
PM to lay foundation stone of Temple in UAE
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of a temple in Abu Dhabi during his visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the External Affairs Ministry said on Monday.
- The event will be part of a three-nation tour from February 9 to 12.
Irrigation Minister inaugurates modern rythu bazaar
- Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao on Monday inaugurated a modern rythu bazaar at the district headquarters in Telangana, stating its cold storage facility with a five metric tonne capacity would come to farmers’ rescue for storing unsold produce.
- The three-storey market has 332 stalls, has been set up at a cost of ₹8.16 crore. It is equipped with a ‘Humanity Room’ where one can drop unused or surplus materials for the needy.
Gadkar to lay foundation stone for 2.16 Km bridge on Sharavati River
- The foundation stone for the construction of the bridge to connect Kalasavalli and Ambaragodlu villages will be laid by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Surface Transport, here on February 19.
- The 2.16-km long bridge across the Sharavati backwaters will offer easy access to the mainland for people of Karur and Barangi hoblis.
India successfully test-fires nuclear capable Agni-I missile
- India on Tuesday successfully test-fired its short-range nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-I from a test range off the Odisha coast.
- The indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile was launched as a part of a periodic training activity by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Army to consolidate operational readiness.
- Weighing around 12 tonnes, the 15-metre-long Agni-I can carry payloads up to 1,000 kg and is capable of hitting a target beyond 700 km. The missile is also capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
Current Affairs Business and Economy
Singtel to Invest $413 million in Bharti Airtel
- Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) said it would spend up to $413 million on shares in Bharti Telecom, lifting its stake slightly in the holding company for Bharti Airtel to just under half.
- With this investment, Singtel’s total stake in Bharti Telecom would increase to 48.90 percent.
Asian to get $21 million from CDC group
- CDC Group Plc, the U.K.’s development finance institution, has decided to invest $21 million (₹139 crore) in Asian Institute of Medical Services (Asian) to enable the healthcare service provider to expand to tier-2 and tier-3 cities in Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
- CDC’s long-term investment will support the company’s five-year plan to expand into tier 2 and 3 cities in Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, where it will add 1000 beds at new and existing multi-specialty sites.
Emami may buy 26% in Brillare
- Consumer goods maker Emami Ltd on Monday said it had concluded a deal to acquire a substantial minority stake in Brillare Science Pvt. Ltd, valuing the company at Rs75-100 crore.
- Founded in 2009 and based in Ahmedabad, Brillare produces hair and skin care products, and sells them to professional salons.
Current Affairs Sports
Indian women cricket team beats South Africa by 88 runs
- The India women’s cricket team beat South Africa by 88 runs in the first ODI at Kimberley on Monday.
- India scored 213/7 in their 50 overs while SA collapsed to 125 all out in 43.2.
- Smriti Mandhana (84) and Jhulan Goswami (4/24) were the star performers.
Haryana stays at top in Khelo India school games
- Haryana with 52 medals with 20 gold, 16 silver and an equal number of bronze medals stays at top in Khelo India School Games.
- Delhi with 16 gold, 18 silver and 24 bronze medal are in second position followed by Maharashtra with 47 medals.
Current Affairs World
US energy secretary to visit India
- U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will visit India this month to enhance energy trade.
- Indian public and private sector companies have invested approximately $5 billion in shale assets in the U.S. Natural gas imports from the U.S are also on the rise.
First Afghan women coders create game on fight against drugs
- A group of young Afghan women coders in western Herat province became country’s first female coders in an overwhelmingly male-dominated tech field to create a game named “Fight Against Opium”.
- 20-year-old Khatera Mohammadi and her colleagues at the centre thought that if they create a game, it would raise awareness, especially among the young.
- Afghanistan is the world’s top cultivator of poppy, from which opium and heroin are produced. The country produces more opium than all other countries combined.
Maldives President declares 15-day state of emergency
- The Maldives government on Monday declared a state of emergency for 15 days.
- Former Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was arrested on Monday after the state of emergency was declared.
- President Abdulla Yameen’s office said: “During this time, though certain rights will be restricted, general movements, services and businesses will not be affected.”
Current Affairs Miscellaneous
Literature and stage artist honoured
- Renowned stage artiste and playwright Sreepada Kumara Sharma, poet V.P. Chandan Rao and writer Nakka Vijaya Ramaraju were felicitated on Monday by local cultural organisation, Ragamalika.
- The were honoured for rendering service towards promotion of art, literature and culture in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Women police station in all taluks in Kerala
- All taluks in the State will have women police stations, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said.
- The move was part of enhancing the presence of women in the force.
- The government had drawn steps to increase the percentage of women in the force to 15.
Google launches ‘#SecurityCheckKiya’ campaign to protect data, devices
- To create awareness around Internet safety, Google India on Monday launched a public initiative “#SecurityCheckKiya”.
- Google will make this information available on its homepage www.google.co.in, encouraging users to take the first step of Security Check on Safer Internet Day which will be celebrated on February 6.
- Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people in Europe and across the world.
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