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Current Affairs as on 26th February 2017

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International Current Affairs

Here we are providing very important current affairs of international category for 26th February 2017.

  • Venezuela and Libya were suspended from voting in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in the 2016-17 session for not paying dues to the world body. 
    • This is for the 2nd time in two years both countries have been suspended.
    • Besides them other four other countries Papua New Guinea, Sudan, Vanuatu and Cabo Verde also may lose their voting rights for not paying their in past two years .
  • Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has made a rare visit to Iraq, meeting PM Haider al-Abadi.
  • It is the first visit of a senior Saudi minister since the US overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003.
  • The Mexican government today announced that it would not accept US deportees from third countries under any circumstances.
  • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly had asked Mexican officials during their Thursday visit if they would host deportees.
  • Note : Most of the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border in recent years have been Central Americans.

National Current Affairs

UPSC

Most important National Current Affairs of 26th February 2017 are provided below:

  • The Union Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan has launched a Farmer’s kit developed by scientists of the CSIR-lab, the Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), at Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu.
    • This kit will help farmers assess the soil condition and decide the fertilizer usage plan economically themselves.
  • The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has directed all the engineering colleges affiliated to it to urgently put in place an online mechanism for redressal of grievances.

MOUs & Agreements

  • Pakistan has signed 10 Agreements with Turkey to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields.
    • The agreements and MoUs were signed during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent visit to Turkey during which he co-chaired the 5th Session of Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC).
    • The agreements were signed in the fields of hydrocarbons, information, environment, forestry, exchange of financial intelligence relating to money laundering and exchange of armed forces personnel.

Business & Economic Affairs

  • International rating agency Moody’s report titled ‘Modest Acceleration in the Global Economy’ has predicted that India will be the fastest growing economy among G-20 countries in year 2017 with 7.1% growth.
  • Following the failure of its global bid, the Indian Railways has decided to manufacture its own trainsets in Chennai that can run at up to 160 kmph.
    • Named ‘Train-2018‘, the first such trainset is expected to be ready in 2018.
    • Note : A trainset has coaches that are individually powered by a propulsion system, eliminating the need for a locomotive.
  • A group of energy tech startups in cooperation with electricity providers in Australia has launched a pilot program of the world’s first digital marketplace for rooftop solar energy.
    • The Decentralised Energy Exchange (deX) will let homeowners monetise their solar panels and batteries by essentially renting them to the grid when they’re most needed.

Sports Current Affairs

All Sports Updates on 26th February 2017 details are provided below:

  • Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who became a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission (IOC AC) last year, would be representing the panel in the Badminton World Federation (BWF)
    • Currently, ranked world number 10 in BWF rankings, Saina is aiming to win the All England Championship next month.
  • India won all three medals in the 12.8 Kilometre Individual Time Trial at the 6th Asian Para-Road Cycling Championship held in Bahrain.
    • They are :
      • Gold – Abhishek (Chandigarh)
      • Silver – Divij Shah (West Bengal)
      • Bronze – Harinder Singh (BSF)
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