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National – Across the India:
1. The 11th edition of the Aero India 2017 air show which starts in Bengaluru is expected to be one of the largest in recent years.
The prime focus of event is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India initiative.
Around 270 Indian and 279 foreign firms are slated to participate in the event.
Some major companies like Airbus and Boeing Co, are expected to sign deals under the Make in India banner.
2. The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh has inaugurated Indian Seed Congress – 2017, in Kolkata.
The theme of Seed Congress is “Seed of Joy”.
The theme is very much in line with vision of this government to bring happiness and prosperity in the lives of farmers by doubling their farm income by 2022.
3. India’s first floating elementary school named Loktak Elementary Floating School was inaugurated in Manipur.
Situated about 50 km from Imphal, the school has been inaugurated at Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok village in Manipur.
The first of its kind school aims to provide education to drop outs students as well as illiterate adults.
Currently it will provide education to around 40 children from Class I-III by engaging two local teachers.
4. The Ministry of External Affairs co-hosted the second Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue on 13th- 14th February 2017 in Mumbai.
The event aimed at building synergy between business and foreign policy.
The theme of the event was “Where Geopolitics meets Business”.
International – Across the Globe:
1. The longest elevated bike path in the world has been opened in a city in south-east China.
The five-mile long, 16-feet wide bicycle only pathway named as “the winding viaduct” has been built in the city of Xiamen.
The route can carry 2,023 cyclists per hour, while 300 hire bikes are available for people who do not have bicycles.
Sports & Athletics:
1. The England and Wales Cricket Board named Joe Root as England’s Test captain who will replace Alastair Cook.
Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes has been named as the vice-captain.
Root will become England’s 80th Test skipper with his first game to be held against South Africa at Lord’s on 6th July 2017.
Appointments & Resignations:
1. Career diplomat Tehmina Janjua was appointed as Pakistan’s foreign secretary.
Janjua will replace outgoing foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.
She is the first woman in the country’s history to hold the foreign office.
She is serving as ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, since October 2015.
2. Sandeep Jajodia has been elected as the President of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).
Jajodia is the chairman and managing director of Monnet Ispat and Energy.
Balkrishan Goenka, Chairman of Welspun Group, and Kiran Kumar Grandhi, Vice-Chairman of GMR Infrastructure, have taken over as senior vice-president and vice-president, respectively.
Economics & Banking GK:
1. Anil Ambani group led Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) has signed a Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) with the US Navy.
The agreement was signed to provide repair and alteration services for ships of the Seventh Fleet.
With this, RDEL became first Indian company (either public or private) to provide logistical support to the US military within Indian territory.
Under this agreement, RDEL will maintain the vessels of US Seventh Fleet involving 100 vessels operating in the Indian Ocean.
2. Government has allocated Rs.500 crore to India Post Payments Bank for financial year 2017-18 as it gears up to set up 650 branches across country by September 2017.
Government has allocated Rs.125 crore as “capital infusion into corporate entity and Rs.375 crore as “grant in aid” to India Post Payments Bank (IPPB).
The total paid up equity of the new bank IPPB is Rs.800 crore, of which the government has already infused Rs.275 crore.
Bills – New & Amendments:
1. Karnataka Assembly has passed Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2017.
The Bill was passed to allow kambala, the traditional buffalo race and bullock-cart racing.
The bill seeks to exempt kambala and bullock-cart racing from the ambit of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960.
Governor Vajubhai R. Vala may refer the Bill to President for his assent as it amends central law.
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