Current Affairs Daily Updates: 28th February 2017

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Current Affairs Daily Updates: 28th February 2017

APPOINTMENTS
Gopal Baglay Appointed External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson
  • India’s Senior Diplomat Gopal Baglay was appointed as External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson on 27th February, 2017.
  • He was succeeding Vikas Swarup, who was made India’s new High Commissioner to Canada.

Practice Questions on Number Series for SBI PO 2017

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English Practice Cloze Test for SBI PO 2017 (Set - 1)

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Current Affairs Weekly Roundup: February 3rd Week (15 - 21st)

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Current Affairs Weekly Roundup: February 3rd Week (15 - 21st)

APPOINTMENTS
  • Vikas Swarup Appointed as India's High Commissioner to Canada. He replaced Syed Akbaruddin (appointed as permanent representative of India to UN).
  • France’s Jean-Pierre Lacroix (56) was appointed as Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations peacekeeping operations. He will succeed Herve Ladsous, who will step down in March 2017after six years of service.

Current Affairs Daily Updates: 27th February 2017

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Current Affairs Daily Updates: 27th February 2017

APPOINTMENTS
Saina Nehwal chosen as representative of IOC Athletes' Commission in BWF
  • Star shuttler Saina Nehwal, who was appointed a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission (AC) last year, would be representing the panel in the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Target SBI PO 2017: Coding and Decoding Latest Pattern

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Welcome to Mentor for Bank Exams. Here I am given most important 15 Sets of Coding and Decoding Practice PDF for SBI PO 2017 Exam covering most important concepts based on IBPS PO Mains 2016 with detailed Solutions. Kindly make use of these!!!
We have seen some major changes in the pattern of Coding-Decoding questions last year IBPS PO Mains exam. To help you all prepare for this, I am going to share this notes with tips and approach for Coding – Decoding questions based on new pattern. I have compiled some different patterns of Coding-Decoding questions that you may come across in this year’s bank exams.
Example: Directions: Study the following information arrangement carefully and answer the questions given below:
With a certain code language,
‘alarm forest cuddle morning’ is written as  ‘%f6 !m7 #a5 @c6’,
‘sight fire making criticism’ is written as  ‘#c9 @f4 %s5 !m6’,
‘raising centre recent alarm’ is written as  ‘@c6 %r6 #a5 !r7’, and
‘strike arm ignoring sight’ is written as  ‘!i8 %s5 @s6 #a3’.
1. What is the code for ‘raising’?
A) !r7
B) @c6
C) #a5
D) %r6
E) Cannot be determined
2. What is the code for ‘fire arm morning’?
A) @c6 !m6 %s5
B) #a3 !i8 @c6
C) @f4 !m7 #a3
D) None of these
E) Cannot be determined
3. What does ‘@s6 %s5 !m6’ stand for?
A) ignoring cuddle forest
B) sight morning arm
C) making strike sight
D) strike raising fire
E) Cannot be determined
4. What could be the code for ‘surfeit attempt alarm’?
A) %a6 #a5 @s6
B) #a5 %s7 %a7
C) %s8 #a5 @s4
D) #a5 #a3 !m4
E) None of these
5. What is the code for ‘making centre forest’?
A) !m7 #a5 @c6
B) %r6 %f6 #c9
C) !m6 @s6 #a3
D) %f6 @c6 !m6
E) Cannot be determined
Solutions:
# for last letter m, % for last letter t, @ for last letter e, and ! for last letter g
Number represents number of alphabets in word
Alphabet represents the first letter of word.
1. A)   2. C)   3. C)   4. B)   5. D)  

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Oscars 2017: Highlights and Complete List of Winners

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Oscars 2017: Highlights and Complete List of Winners 

The showbiz fairy tale "La La Land" has won leading six awards at the 89th Oscar Academy Awards. "La La Land" won awards for best actress Emma Stone, its jazz-infused songs and its Director, Damien Chazelle.

Current Affairs Daily Updates: 25th and 26th February 2017

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Current Affairs Daily Updates: 25th and 26th February 2017

APPOINTMENTS
Somali president names Hassan Ali Khaire prime minister
  • Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has chosen political newcomer Hassan Ali Khaire, a former oil company executive, as the country's prime minister.
  • The appointment was announced shortly before Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, departed to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip since his election.
  • The president has requested Somali citizens to work with the prime minister.
PV Sindhu set to be Deputy Collector
  • Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu, who is the first Indian woman athlete to win a silver medal at the Olympics, has accepted a government job which was offered by the Andhra Pradesh Government following her Rio de Janeiro triumph.
  • The 21-year-old shuttler has been working with Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) since 2013 and is currently an assistant manager (sports) at its Hyderabad office.
AWARDS AND HONOURS
Indian-Origin British MP Receives Stya Paul Memorial Award
  • Virendra Sharma, an Indian-origin British MP was conferred with the first Dr Stya Paul Memorial Award on February 22, 2017 for his outstanding contribution to India-UK ties.
  • The Labour party MP from Ealing Southall received the award at the third annual Indo-UK Thought Leadership Awards in London  from NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul, the younger brother of Indian educationist Dr Stya Paul.
  • The event was organised by Great Place to Study (GPTS) Research Institute which is an international auditing firm for Indian colleges jointly with UK-based consultancy Sterling Media.
Vivek Chaand Sehgal named Ey. Entrepreneur of the year 2016
  • Vivek Chaand Sehgal, the 60-year-old Chairman of auto parts maker Motherson Sumi systems Ltd, has been named Indian Entrepreneur of the year 2016 by EY, the consulting firm formerly known as Ernst & Young.
  • Infosys Ltd co-founder Nandan Nilekani was honored with a lifetime achievement award for spearheading India’s Aadhaar project as head of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
BANKING AFFAIRS
Dena Bank rolls out RFID-enabled cards to serve valued clients better
  • Dena Bank has introduced Radio Frequency Identification Card (RFID) enabled banking cards whereby a branch manager can identify a valued client entering a branch with the card.
  • Once the client enters the branch, complete information about customers will pop up on the manager’s desktop.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
CBEC launched a mobile application for Goods and Services Tax
  • The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) launched a mobile application for Goods and Services Tax (GST). The app will inform the taxpayers of the latest updates on GST among others.
  • The mobile application for GST was launched in-line to the Union Government’s Digital India Initiative. The application will provide latest updates on GST to the taxpayers.
Microsoft for first time to deploy Azure Stack in Andhra Pradesh
  • Andhra Pradesh Government has signed a MoU with technology giant Microsoft to utilise Microsoft Azure Stack for its state data centre.
  • Under the MoU, Microsoft Azure Stack will be used to migrate live applications currently hosted in Hyderabad State Data Centre (SDC) to Vishakhapatnam (Vizag) data centre.
  • The Microsoft has tested its Azure Stack in its lab but it has not yet been physically delivered or commercially used anywhere in the world.
  • This will be for the first time in the world, Microsoft doing proof of concept (POC) with Government of Andhra Pradesh to prove capability of Azure Stack.
Delhi Government Approves 37 Percent Hike in Minimum Wages
  • The Aam Aadmi Party led Delhi government approved a hike of around 37% in the minimum wages for unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled persons on February 24, 2017 in New Delhi.
  • The Cabinet Committee chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sanctioned the increase based on the recommendation of a 15-member committee set up by former Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung in 2016.
  • The minimum wages for unskilled persons has been raised to Rs. 13,350 per month from the existing Rs. 9,724 per month.
UBI ties up with IRCTC to launch railway booking facility
  • Kolkata-based United Bank of India (UBI) has launched a railway ticket booking facility by having a direct tie-up IRCTC.
  • The facility was launched on February 21.
  • Post the introduction of this facility, UBI customers can now book railway tickets seamlessly through IRCTC website using the bank’s debit card.
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Pakistan army launches nationwide military operations 'Radd-ul-Fasaad'
  • Pakistan army has launched nationwide military operation 'Radd-ul-Fasaad' to eliminate terrorists and consolidate gains of its counter-terrorism operations, days after a wave of suicide attacks that killed more than 88 at a Sufi shrine in Sindh.
  • 'Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad' — an Arabic word which translates roughly to 'elimination of discord' - has been launched across the country, the army's media wing Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement.
  • According to the statement, the operation aims include the elimination of the residual and latent threat of terrorism, consolidating gains of operations made so far and ensuring the security of Pakistan's borders.
Venezuela & Libya Suspended from voting in UNGA over Dues Debts
  • Venezuela and Libya have been suspended from voting in the UN General Assembly in for the second time in two years due to huge sum of unpaid dues by the nations to the UN Body.
  • The UN General Assembly has barred six countries from casting votes in the 2016-2017 session because they are over two years in indebtedness.
  • Dues vary according to factors including national income. As of January, the most recent figures available,
  • As per the data, Venezuela would have to make a minimum USD 24 million payment to get under the two-year threshold for getting its voting rights restored. On the other hand Libya has to make a minimum payment of USD 6.5 million.
NATIONAL AFFAIRS
Rajasthan 2nd largest crude oil producer in country
  • Rajasthan has become the second largest crude oil producer in the country after the offshore field Bombay High, Governor Kalyan Singh said in the Assembly, highlighting the achievements of the state government.
  • Delivering his speech on the first day of the Budget Session, Singh said oilfields in the state were producing nearly 90 lakh tones oil annually, which is 24 per cent of the total domestic crude oil production.
National Folk Festival of Kerala 2017 Begins in Thiruvananthapuram
  • The first of its type festival, the National Folk Festival of Kerala (NFFK 2017) has been organized in Kerala starting from February 24, 2017 to be held for three days in three different locations in the capital city Thiruvananthapuram.
  • The NFFK 2017 has been organised by the state Youth Welfare Board, in association with Bharat Bhavan and the Vyloppilli Samskrithi Bhavan.
  • The event will see over 500 artists showcasing the centuries old folklore culture and tradition of the country through different art forms.
  • Some of the major performances may feature artists from Kashmir to showcase dance and music programmes, performance by noted Bengal folk music band ‘Sahajiya.
Former Nagaland CM Zeliang appointed as Finance Advisor to state government
  • TR Zeliang, the former Chief Minister of Nagaland, was appointed as the finance advisor to the state government on 25 February 2017. He was appointed as the finance advisor in the rank of a Cabinet Minister.
  • An official releases said, ‘Zeliang, appointed by the Governor PB Acharya, will receive the pay and allowances and all other facilities admissible to a cabinet minister’.
NITI Aayog to organize high level workshop for advancing Innovation in Passenger Mobility and Transportation
  • NITI Aayog has organized a two day long high level workshop on advancing passenger mobility and transportation on February 27-28, 2017 in the national capital.
  • The workshop in association with Rocky Mountain Institute, an international non-profit organization, will explore technologies and business models to help India leapfrog traditional approaches to passenger mobility and transportation.
  • The workshop will follow a unique‘design charrette’format, whereby participants will collaborate in working groups to develop actionable steps to achieve an advanced mobility future.
  • CEO NITI Aayog, Shri Amitabh Kant said that NITI Aayog  is excited to partner with leading organization to advance next generation mobility solutions. Mobility affects all sections of society and the transformative solutions now emerging will enable India to fulfill its aspirations for growth for all.
SPORTS AFFAIRS
1st Gramin Khel Mahotsav to be held in Delhi
  • India’s first Gramin Khel Mahotsav will be held in New Delhi from 25th to 31st March 2017. The games will be held in five sports disciplines Athletics, Volley Ball, Wrestling, Kabaddi and Kho-Kho.
  • This festival will help participation of rural youth in large numbers in popular sports and encourage them to achieve excellence and adopt healthy life style.
  • These games are intended to act as a catalyst to promote sports in rural areas across the country and will be replicated in other States/UTs as well.
ISSF World Cup: Pooja Ghatkar clinches bronze
  • In International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), Indian shooter Pooja Ghatkar secured India’s first medal in New Delhi.
  • She finished third in the 10 meter Air Rifle event. Ghatkar clinched bronze with a score of 228.8 in the final round.
  • China’s Mengyao Shi secured gold with a score of 252.1 - setting a new world record in the event.
  • The silver went to China’s Lijie Dong for a score of 248.9.
India Bags All Three Medals At 6th Asian Para-Road Cycling Championship
  • India made historic start at the sixth Asian Para-Road Cycling Championship by winning all the three medals in the 12.8 Km Individual Time Trial on the opening day of the tournament at Bahrain on February 25, 2017.
  • Abhishek from Chandigarh won the gold medal, Divij Shah from West Bengal won silver and Harinder Singh from BSF bagged the bronze medal.
  • Total nine members of Indian Para Cycling team are participating in the event under the aegis of Cycling Federation of India.
  • The players has been trained and sponsored by Aditya Mehta Foundation, Hyderabad.
67 Athletes to run in IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon 2017
  • The IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon will be held tomorrow. The marathon will feature some of the biggest track & field and distance runners, with a total of 67 elite athletes on the starting line.
  • The race will be flagged off by iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and will start at 5am in the morning.
  • Rio Olympian Gopi T is aiming to break his record and win the title in the men's category of full marathon. Among the other top Indian elite athletes in the men's section are: G Lakshmanan, Bahadur Singh Dhoni and Rashpal Singh.


Reasoning Practice Puzzles for SBI PO 2017

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English Practice Questions for SBI PO 2017

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Current Affairs Daily Updates: 24th February 2017

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Current Affairs Daily Updates: 24th February 2017

APPOINTMENTS
U.K. named Cressida Dick as first woman to lead Scotland Yard
  • Cressida Dick(56) was appointed as the new commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police. With this, she become the first woman to lead Scotland Yard in 188 year UK history.
  • Dick replace Bernard Hogan-Howe, who is stepping down from the position previous week.
  • She left the police force in 2015 to work at the foreign office, led the security operation for the 2012 London Olympics and was highly regarded by many Scotland Yard peers.

Quantitative Aptitude Quiz for SBI PO 2017

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English Quiz on Cloze Test and Para Jumbles

Directions (1 – 10): In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are also printed below the passage and against each five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case.

History of Banking in India – Banking Awareness Notes

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History of Banking in India – Banking Awareness Notes
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Banking Sector is the Backbone of Indian Economy. And since the inception of First Bank in India, it has undergone major changes. For a Banking Aspirant it is essential to know about the timeline of Events in Banking Sector.

Current Affairs Daily Updates: 21st, 22nd and 23rd February 2017

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Current Affairs Daily Updates: 21st, 22nd and 23rd February 2017

APPOINTMENTS / RESIGNATIONS
Shurhozelie Liezeitsu elected as the new Nagaland CM:
  • Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) president Shurhozelie Liezeitsu will be sworn in as the state’s 11th Chief Minister. 
  • As Nagaland Former Chief Minister T R Zeliang stepped down from the post on February 19, 2017 facing revolt from his party MLAs against the decision to reserve 33% seats for women in urban local bodies.

SAHITYA AKADEMI AWARDS 2016

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SAHITYA AKADEMI AWARDS 2016 PRESENTED TO 24 AUTHORS
Sahitya Akademi Awards 2016 were conferred on twenty-four writers on 22 February 2017. The eminent authors were conferred with the award/honour for writing in as different Indian languages.

Target SBI PO 2017: Syllogism Latest Pattern

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Syllogism Latest Pattern Questions: Target SBI PO 2017

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Current Affairs Weekly Roundup February 2nd Week (8th to 15th)

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APPOINTMENTS
  • Jovenel Moise has been sworn in as Haiti’s new President, opening a new chapter in the country’s history after a long-running political crisis. The 48 year old entrepreneur took the oath of office in a Parliament Chamber.
  • Somalia’s Ex-Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed beat President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in a surprise result. The vote was held at the heavily guarded airport complex in the capital Mogadishu.

Quantitative Aptitude Notes: Compound Interest

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Quantitative Aptitude Notes: Compound Interest

Introduction:
Compound Interest: The difference between the amount and the money borrowed is called the compound interest for given period of time.
Important Formula:
Case 1: Let principal =P; time =n years; and rate = r% per annum and let A be the total amount at the end of n years, then

Current Affairs Daily Updates: 20th February 2017

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Current Affairs Daily Updates: 20th February 2017

APPOINTMENTS / RESIGNATIONS
Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang resigns
  • Embattled Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang announced his resignation from the top post, days after party legislators withdrew their support to break the deadlock between agitating tribal groups and the government.
  • Nagaland has been in a state of turmoil ever since the Nagaland Tribal Action Committee began their agitation demanding the resignation of Zeliang over his decision to conduct civic bodies' elections with 33 per cent reservation for women.
AWARDS AND HONOURS
Indian Movie Newton Wins top Honour at Berlin Film Festival:
  • Indian Cinema movie Newton directed by Amit Masurkar was honored with the Art Cinema Award in the Forum Segment at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival held from February 9-18, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. 
  • Over 43 films were screened in the Forum segment out of which 29 had their world premiere.The film is produced by Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films, company best known for bankrolling critically-acclaimed projects such as Masaan, Ankhon Dekhi and Umrika.
South Indian Bank wins Award for Tech Security Practices:
  • The South Indian Bank (SIB) has awarded with ISO 27001: 2013 certification for its Information Security Management System (ISMS).
  • The certification process involved an extensive audit, conducted by British Standards Institution (BSI) against the criteria set out by the ISO 27001:2013 standards on various domains of IT functions.
  • Earlier, SIB has received ISO 9001 Quality Management certification for its Credit Department, Personnel Department and Data Centre.
BANKING AFFAIRS
Oriental Bank launches mobile wallet ‘Batuaa’:
  • On the occasion of the 75th Foundation Day, Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) has come up with several digital offerings including launch of mobile wallet ‘Oriental Batuaa’.
  • Besides introducing a new version of mobile banking, OBC has also launched two new cards.While the Oriental Premium card is a RuPay based Platinum international debit card with airport lounge access, the other card-Oriental Prepaid Card is a RuPay card for individuals and corporates. 
  • Besides it has also launched two MSME schemes The two MSME schemes that have been launched are ‘Oriental Sanjeevani’ and ‘Oriental Budget Hotels and Restaurants’.
Cash withdrawal limit for savings account increases to Rs 50,000 per week
  • Savings accounts holders will now be able to withdraw up to Rs 50,000 per week. An RBI notification, issued on January 30, 2017 announced that from February 20, 2017 the cash withdrawal limit for savings accounts will be raised to Rs 50,000 from Rs 24,000 a week.
  • The limits on cash withdrawals from savings bank account will be withdrawn completely from March 13, 2017. Till now, there is no limit on current account and there is a cap of Rs 50,000 for farmers a week and Rs 2.5 lakh for marriage.
IRB InvIT Fund gets SEBI approval to launch IPO
  • IRB InvIT Fund, an investment trust sponsored by IRB Infrastructure Developers, has received markets regulator SEBI’s approval to raise Rs. 4,300 crore through initial public offering.
  • However, the Securities and Exchange Board of India has asked for clarification from India Grid Trust and Reliance Infra InvIT Fund regarding their proposed IPOs
BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Microsoft, Flipkart announce strategic cloud partnership:
  • Information technology giant Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Flipkart, wherein as a first step, the online retailer will adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform.
  • The strategic partnership was aimed at providing consumers in the country the best online shopping service.
  • Microsoft chief executive officer (CEO) Satya Nadella and Flipkart Group CEO Binny Bansal announced the partnership at an event in Bengaluru.
Apple acquires Israeli start-up RealFace:
  • In a bid to boost its prospects in the world of artificial intelligence (AI), Apple has acquired Israel-based start-up RealFace that develops deep learning-based face authentication technology.
  • The terms of the deal are not public, but it is estimated at several million dollars. Apple would mainly be interested in the promise of the technology than pure resources.
BOOKS AND AUTHORS
Book to chronicle Dream Girl Hema Malini's journey
  • Dream Girl Hema Malini's incredible journey from an actor, a danseuse and filmmaker to a politician is being chronicled in a new book which will hit stores on her 69th birthday this October.
  • Billed as an authorised biography, 'Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl' is penned by author-columnist Ram Kamal Mukherjee.
IMPORTANT DAYS OBSERVED
World Day of Social Justice: 20 February
  • The United Nations' (UN) World Day of Social Justice is annually observed on 20th February to encourage people to look at how social justice affects poverty eradication.
  • It also focuses on the goal of achieving full employment and support for social integration.
  • The theme for 2017 is "Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work”.
31st state hood day of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram: 20 February
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted people of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram on their 31st statehood day (20 February 2017) Conveying his best wishes to people of Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. 
  • Prime Minister prayed for the state's progresses immensely in the years to come. Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh also greeted both the states. 
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
India sanctions soft loan USD 340 million to Nepal:
  • India has sanctioned a soft loan of 340 million US dollar to Nepal for various infrastructure development programmes.
  • Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae handed over the approval papers to Physical Infrastructure and Transport Minister of Nepal Ramesh Lekhak in the presence of Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu.
  • Under this programme Mahalaki bridge and 15 roads will be constructed in various parts of Nepal.
Saudi stock exchange appoints its first female head
  • The Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) has appointed Sarah Al-Suhaimi as its first female chairperson.
  • Al-Suhaimi, the CEO of NCB Capital, was elected by the exchange’s board, which includes representatives from the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Commerce and Investment.
  • She has now become the first woman in the kingdom to chair a major governmental financial institution.
  • One of the few women leaders working in Saudi’s finance sector, Al-Suhaimi became the first female CEO of a Saudi investment bank when she was appointed to lead NCB Capital in 2014.
  • Prior to joining NCB Capital, Al-Suhaimi worked as chief investment officer at Jadwa Investment and senior portfolio manager at Samba Financial Group.
NATIONAL AFFAIRS
India Vetiver Network (INVN) has been launched at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
  • About 250 delegates are participating in this conference.
  • India Vetiver Network (INVN) a non-profit scientific network to promote vetiver in India, was launched as part of the conference.
  • Vetiver (Indian grass with fragrant root) has worldwide application to tackle many environmental issues like soil erosion, mitigation of soil and water pollution.
  • Emeritus professor of Banaras Hindu University, G P Dubey today emphasised the need for validation of traditional knowledge to keep pace with the growth of world market for medicinal plants.
  • Speaking at the two-day National Conference on Agrotechnology and Profitable marketing of Tropical Medicinal and Aromatic Plants here, Dubey pointed out that a few medicinal plants grown in Tamil Nadu were proven to be efficacious for the management of type 2 diabetes.
Khajuraho Dance Festival begins in Madhya Pradesh:
  • The world famous 43rd edition of Khajuraho Dance Festival has bugun at Khajuraho in Chhatrapur District in Madhya Pradesh.
  • It is a cultural festival that highlights the richness of the various Indian classical dance styles.
  • Live performances of classical dances like Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, and Mohniattam will be major attraction this time.
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site “Khajuraho Temple” is a group ofHindu and Jain Temples in Madhya Pradesh build by Chandela Dynasty between 950 and 1050 AD.
South Asian Speakers’ Summit 2017 concluded in Indore
  • The summit was organised for three days by the Parliament of India in association with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
  • The summit was held as a follow up to the conclusions of the South Asian Speakers’ Summit. The summit was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2016.
  • The focus of the summit was to evolve appropriate strategies to achieve goals set by the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (SDA) of the United Nations.
  • The summit deliberated on opportunities and challenges that parliaments in South Asia face in making their contribution to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • The agenda of the summit embedded the gender perspective to reflect growing inequalities between men and women.
  • Discussions also focussed on the impact of climate change on economic and social development in the region. The participants of the summit also discussed measures to strengthen cooperation among parliaments to address today's most pressing challenges.
Srinagar Airport Gets Its First Foreign Airline Service
  • AirAsia became the first foreign airline to begin its operations from Srinagar international airport in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Srinagar has The Sheikh-ul-Alam International Airport since last five years, but no  Air Asiaforeign airlines had yet operated services from there.The flight operation by AirAsia is expected to give a boost to tourism in the valley.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AFFAIRS
Indian Coast Guard Ship ICGS AYUSH commissioned
  • Indian Coast Guard Ship ICGS AYUSH was commissioned at Kochi, Kerala by Vice Admiral AR Karwe, Flag Officer Commanding-in- Chief, Southern Naval Command. ICGS AYUSH is the 20th and the last in the series of 20 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd.
  • ICGS AYUSH is fitted with state-of- the-art navigational and communication equipment including Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and Machinery Control System (MCS).
  • The ship is capable of undertaking multifarious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue, anti-smuggling and medical evacuation. It will also play a secondary role of providing a communication link and escort coastal conveys in times of war.
NASA to create Space Technology Research Institutes for Deep Space Exploration
  • In order to focus on deep space missions, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has proposed to set up of two multi-disciplinary, university-led research institutes that will work to develop technologies having potential to extend human presence deeper into the solar system.
  • The Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs) will be created in the two institutes namely Centre for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES) and Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design (US-COMP) with expected outcome within 5 years.
  • The new STRIs created under the proposals will bring together researchers from various disciplines and organizations to collaborate on the advancement of cutting-edge technologies in bio-manufacturing and space infrastructure.
SPORTS AFFAIRS
Virat Kohli first Indian sportsperson to ink Rs 100-cr deal with Puma:
  • Virat Kohli became the first Indian sports personality to strike a Rs 100-crore endorsement deal with a single brand. Kohli signed an eight-year deal with sports apparel brand Puma worth Rs 110 crore. 
  • The Indian cricket captain is now set to join the likes of Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Thierry Henry, among others, as a global ambassador for the brand.
Shahid Afridi announces retirement from international cricket:
  • Legendary Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi (36-year) has announced his retirement from international cricket.
  • He had already quit Test and ODI cricket but still captained the Pakistan Twenty 20 team at the 2016 world championships in India.
  • Afridi played played 27 -Test, 398-ODIs and 98- T20Is for Pakistan.
  • He holds a record of taking most wickets (97) and most player-of-the match awards in Twenty20 International cricket.
  • He also holds the distinction of having hit the most number of sixes in the history of ODI cricket.
India to Host Next Davis Cup tie in Bangalore in April, 2017:
  • Bangalore has been chosen to host the next Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Zone group-1 tie against Uzbekistan from April 7 to 9, 2017.
  • As per the announcement made by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) the tie clash will be held on the hard courts of Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA) in Bangalore.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins 2017 Rotterdam Open
  • France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on 19 February 2017 defeated David Goffin 4-6 6-4 6-1 to win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament final in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • With the title came an end to Tsonga’s two-year title drought. He had last won a title in the year 2015.
Akhil and Jitender Kumar Signs Deal to Turn Professional Boxers
  • Following the path of Indian boxing sensation Vijender Singh, Olympic quarterfinalists boxers Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar are also stepping up to enter professional boxing.
  • The former Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medalist boxer Akhil Kumar and Asian medallist Jitender Kumar signed a multi-year deal with IOS Boxing Promotions confirming turning professional boxers.
Afghan players Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan create IPL history
  • Afghanistan cricket broke a new barrier when Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan became the first from the war-torn nation to be picked in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.
  • Both Nabi and Khan players were bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad, for Rs. 30 lakh and Rs. 4 crore respectively. Five cricketers from Afghanistan were included in the auction for the first time.

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