Daily Current Affairs Updates–14th February 2017

Daily Current Affairs Updates–14th February 2017:
Daily Current affairs News Updates about the National and International events were listed here. Candidates those who are preparing for IBPS/SBI/PO/Clerk exam and all other competitive exams can use this.

Valentine’s Day – February 14th
Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine,[1] is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.
The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”).
Zoom Air the new Indian airline starts service from today:
New Indian airline Zoom Air flew its inaugural flight from New Delhi to Durgapur on Sunday, where it was accorded the traditional water canon salute. The flight was flagged off by Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. Meanwhile, the airline has become the 12th operational domestic carrier and will start commercial operations from Wednesday.

Three new districts to be formed in West Bengal:

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that three new districts, namely Kalimpong, Asansol, and Jhargram, would be created in the state. The state government also has plans to create another district for Sundarbans, the famous mangrove forest area where Royal Bengal Tiger and other wildlife varieties can be found, Banerjee added.
State : West Bengal
Capital : Kolkata
CM : Mamata Banerjee
Governor : Keshari Nath Tripathi

Countdown of ISRO’s PSLV C-37 carrying record 104 satellites begins today :
The countdown for ISRO’s tomorrow’s launch of a record 104 satellites on PSLV C-37 in a single mission from Sriharikota is progressing smoothly. The 28-hour countdown began at 5:28 this morning.
The launch is scheduled for 9.28 AM tomorrow from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The rocket will carry India’s principal payload Cartosat-2 Series satellite weighing 714 kilograms. It will be joined by 103 other payloads, all together weighing 664 kilograms. Apart from Cartosat-2 Series satellite, two nano-satellites are from India and the remaining 101 are from other countries.
Organisation: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
Director: A. S. Kiran Kumar

Aero India 2017 starts at Bengaluru today:

11th biennial edition of the International Aerospace and Defence exhibition – Aero India began at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru today. Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the five-day event. On the occasion, Mr Parrikar said, defence aviation and electronic public sector majors HAL and BEL will together contribute initially to the innovation and technology fund in the defence sector to promote start-ups.
The Minister highlighted various policy initiatives taken by the Narendra Modi Government to open up foreign direct investment and private sector participation in Defence production.
Ministry : Ministery of Defence
Head : Manohar Parrikar
Constituency : Uttar Pradesh
Valentine’s Day celebrations got ban by Pakistan court:
The Islamabad High Court in Pakistan has banned Valentine’s Day celebrations across the country after accepting a petition which called it un-Islamic. The court also ordered print and electronic media to stop promoting Valentine’s Day immediately. Valentine’s Day has been controversial every year in Pakistan with religious parties trying to target youngsters celebrating the day.
Country : Pakistan
Capital: Islamabad
Currency: Pakistani rupee
President: Mamnoon Hussain
Prime minister: Nawaz Sharif

Task force for working women to be formed by U.S and Canada:
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump were to participate in a round-table discussion about women in the work force on Monday, an early sign of cooperation as Mr. Trudeau seeks to have good relations so that Canada is not targeted in trade talks.
A White House official and a senior Canadian government official said the two countries plan to launch a new task force called the United States Canada Council for the Advancement of Women Business Leaders-Female Entrepreneurs.
Country : United States of America
Capital: Washington, D.C.
Currency: United States Dollar
President: Donald Trump
Country : Canada
Capital: Ottawa
Currency: Canadian dollar
Prime minister: Justin Trudeau
Wholesale inflation rises to 5.25% in January this year:
Wholesale inflation rose to a 30-month high of 5(point) 25 per cent in January this year. Inflation rose amid climbing global crude oil prices, even though food prices moderated. Wholesale price index based inflation had stood at 3.39 per cent in December last year, and minus 1.07 per cent in January last year.
According to Commerce Ministry data, wholesale inflation in the ‘fuel and power’ basket more than doubled, to 18.14 per cent in January this year, from 8.65 per cent in December 2016.
World’s first commercial flying car opens for sale:
The world’s first commercially available flying car made by Dutch company PAL-V, ‘Liberty’ today went for pre-order at a starting price of Rs. 2.67 crore. The three-wheeled vehicle has a retractable top-mounted rotor and can be in flight for up to 4.3 hours non-stop. It has a top speed of 160 kmph on the ground and 180 kmph in the air.
Michael Flynn resigns as US National Security Advisor:
Amid allegations of improper contacts with Russian officials, US President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned on Monday. “I inadvertently briefed…incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologised,” his resignation letter read. Retired Lt Gen Keith Kellogg has been named the acting national security advisor.
Country : United States of America
Capital: Washington, D.C.
Currency: United States Dollar
President: Donald Trump

Steven Mnuchin appointed as Treasury Secretary in Trump’s Administration:
Steven Mnuchin, the executive producer of Hollywood movies like ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, was confirmed as the 77th US Treasury Secretary on Monday. During his hearing, the former Goldman Sachs banker was questioned over his tenure at OneWest bank, which he acquired in 2009 after the financial crisis and sold for a $1.5 billion profit.
Country : United States of America
Capital: Washington, D.C.
Currency: United States Dollar
President: Donald Trump

Tehmina Janjua became Pak’s first woman foreign secretary:
Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN Tehmina Janjua was on Monday appointed the country’s first woman Foreign Secretary, reports said. Janjua will replace incumbent Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, who will be taking charge as Pakistan’s new ambassador to the US. Janjua had served as the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Pakistan’s envoy to Italy.
Country : Pakistan
Capital: Islamabad
Currency: Pakistani rupee
President: Mamnoon Hussain
Prime minister: Nawaz Sharif
Joe Root appointed as new captain of England’s Test team:
English batsman Joe Root has been appointed as England’s new Test captain after accepting the position during talks with Andrew Strauss on Monday. Root, who becomes the 80th English Test captain, will be officially unveiled at his home ground of Headingley on Wednesday. All-rounder Ben Stokes has been made the Test team’s new vice-captain.

1st ITTF World Tour event in India starts today in New Delhi:
The first ever ITTF World Tour event in India will begin today at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi. The 1.5 lakh US dollar India Open also happens to be the biggest ever ITTF event in terms of prize money. But despite the rewards on offer, a majority of the top international table tennis stars have given the competition a miss. Overall, 80 players have confirmed their participation, 52 in the men’s section and 28 in the women’s section.
Event : ITTF World Tour
Sports : Table Tennis

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