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Current Affairs as on 28th February 2017

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Here we are providing very important current affairs of international category for 28th February 2017.

  • Today (Last Day of February) is Rare Disease Day.
    • This day aims to raise awareness about relatively unknown diseases and their impact.
    • Started as a European event, over 80 countries across the world have joined the campaign.
    • Note : According to the World Health Organisation, a disease found in less than 6.5-10 people per 10,000 people is defined as rare.
    • Theme of Rare Disease Day 2017 research
  • World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva is on the official visit to India.
    • This is her first official visit.
    • During this visit, she will meet senior policy makers and inspect projects assisted by the multilateral agency.
    • She is scheduled to meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and RBI Governor Urjit Patel.
    • In Mumbai, she will also visit the operations of the World Bank-supported suburban rail system and a school serving low-income households.
    • She will be accompanied by Annette Dixon, World Bank Vice President for South Asia.
  • Queen Elizabeth II today hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace to launch the UK-India Year of Culture 2017
    • Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is representing the Indian government.
    • Former cricketer Kapil Dev, musician Anoushka Shankar and actors Kamal Hassan and Kunal Nayyar were also present.
  • US President Donald Trump’s administration is considering to withdraw the country’s participation from the UN Human Rights Council over its alleged inefficiencies and anti-Israel behaviour.
  • Hungary has started building the second fence along its border with Serbia to stop migrants from freely entering the country.
    • The decision has been criticised by human rights groups.
    • Hungary earlier built a border fence at its borders with Serbia and Croatia in 2015.

National Current Affairs

Most important National Current Affairs of 28th February 2017 are provided below:

  • Today (28th February 2016)  is National Science Day.
    • On this day, the nation pays tributes to the legacy of the great scientist, Dr C V Raman, who brought Nobel Prize in Science to Asia and India for the first time for his ground-breaking achievement of the Raman effect.
    • Professor Raman disclosed this discovery to the world on 28th of February, 1928 and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930.
    • In 1986, The National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) had urged the Indian government to declare February 28 as National Science Day.
    • Theme of National Science Day 2017 : ‘Science and Technology for Specially Abled Persons’ 
  • Thiruvananthapuram has been ranked first among the 21 Indian cities that were tested on urban governance parameters, according to the latest survey by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy.
    • Pune and Kolkata were respectively ranked second and third in the survey.
    • Mumbai bagged the fourth spot while Delhi was ninth in the list.
    • Chandigarh was ranked the lowest.
  • Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju today inaugurated India’s first integrated heliport in RohiniNew Delhi.
    • The ₹100-crore project, built by Pawan Hans Limited, will feature nine parking bays, and an air-conditioned passenger terminal which can hold up to 150 people.
    • The heliport is expected to reduce congestion at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.
  • India’s largest paramilitary force, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), has been rendered without a regular chief after its Director General (DG) K Durga Prasad retired without a successor being named.
    • However, the Home Ministry has issued an order giving CRPF Additional DG Sudeep Lakhtakia an additional charge of the post of DG till the appointment of a regular successor.

Awards & Honors

  • Former Indian women’s cricketer Shantha Rangaswamy has become the 1st female cricketer to be nominated for the BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Rangaswamy will receive the award at the BCCI Annual Awards 2016-17 on March 8.
    • Note : She was the first Indian women’s cricket team captain and the first woman cricketer to win the Arjuna Award.

Science & Technology

  • INS Viraat, the second aircraft carrier in the Indian naval fleet, will be decommissioned on March 6, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra announced today.
    • Important Points to Note about INS Viraat :
    • INS Viraat holds a Guinness world record for being the oldest surviving aircraft carrier.
    • It was first commissioned in the Indian Navy in 1987 after serving the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy for 27 years.
  • The Indian Air Force is preparing a security web with the Israeli SPYDER air defence missile system on the borders with Pakistan to tackle any aircraft, cruise missile or drone that tries to violate Indian airspace.
    • SPYDER is a low-level, quick reaction missile to neutralise hostile targets up to 15 km away and at heights between 20 and 9,000 metres.
  • NASA has kick-started a study to understand the feasibility of manned missions into deep space, farther than the Moon.
    • With an aim to launch two astronauts by mid-2019 in a 70,000-km-orbit around the Moon, the study will assess the pros and cons of adding crew to a deep space mission, giving critical insights on future manned missions to Mars.

New Appointments

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The New Appointments as on 28th February 2017 list is under:

  • The Ministry of External Affairs has appointed the 1992 batch Indian Foreign Service officer Gopal Baglay as the new MEA Spokesperson.
    • He has replaced Vikas Swarup, who has been appointed as the Indian High Commissioner to Canada.
  • The Spanish government has appointed a ‘Sex Tsar‘ to combat Spain’s falling birth rate.
    • Senator and demographics expert Edelmira Diz, has been appointed as, is tasked with drafting a strategy against imbalances and identifying the reason behind the declining birth rate.
    • Note :  In 2016, Spain reported more deaths than births for the first time since World War II.

Sports Current Affairs

All Sports Updates on 28th February 2017 details are provided below:

  • Indian shuttlers Tarun Kona and Alwin Francis have today won the Men’s doubles title (Gold) at the 2017 Uganda International Series today.
  • India’s Jitu Rai won the Bronze medal in the men’s 10-metre air pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in New Delhi today.
    • Important Note : Earlier, Jitu had won the gold medal in the 10-metre air pistol mixed event alongside Heena Sidhu.
  • Indian shooter Ankur Mittal won silver in the men’s Double Trap event at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi today.
  • Military teams from around the globe are participating in the World Winter Games being held in the southern Russian city of Sochi.
    • International Military Sports Council, which is among the world’s largest sporting committees, is organising the games.
    • Over 400 military athletes from 26 countries will compete in seven disciplines, which include the biathlon, alpine skiing and indoor climbing.
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