Daily Current Affairs Updates–19th February 2017

Daily Current Affairs Updates–19th February 2017:
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NATIONAL:
The longest non-stop distance between two railway stations in India spans 528 kilometres, between Vadodara and Kota.

The Trivandrum-Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express undertakes the journey in six to seven hours, without any stops. Notably, India’s longest train journey covers a distance of over 4,200 kilometres from Dibrugarh in Assam to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, in 85 hours.




The Health Ministry ordered all of its 23 government hospitals to use only Khadi products.

The list of hospitals includes hospitals like AIIMS, PGIMER (Chandigarh) and NIMHANS (Bengaluru). “Adopting Khadi for hospitals and staff is a significant symbol of Khadi being the most natural and organic skin friendly fabric,” a Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) official said.



Bihar bans officials from having alcohol anywhere in world

After enforcing complete liquor prohibition, the Bihar government recently amended service rules, forbidding government and judicial officers from consuming alcohol even outside the state and also India. Previous rules prohibited government officials from consuming alcohol on duty and at public places. Random tests and sting operation will be conducted to ensure its enforcement, officials said.

Country: Bihar
Capital: Patna
Chief Minister: Nitish Kumar
Governor:Krishna Singh
Parents in Bengaluru have started an online petition against school managements for hiking fee every academic year.

“As recent as this year, the fees is increased by about 20%. When you try to contact school staff, they are not able to justify this sudden increase,” the petition read. The petitioners have asked for a fee hike every three years.

Country: Karnataka
Capital:  Bangalore
Governor:Vajubhai Vala
 Chief Minister: Siddaramaiah
INTERNATIONAL:
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 Shri Ramesh Lekhak in the presence of Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu. Under this programme Mahalaki bridge and 15 roads will be constructed in various parts of Nepal.

Country: Nepal
Capital: Kathmandu
Prime Minister:Pushpa Kamal Dahal
President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari
US will not stop green card holders on planes from entering country

A new version of a Trump administration travel ban will not stop green card residency holders or travellers already on planes from entering the United States. US Secretary for Homeland Security John Kelly said, US President Donald Trump’s initial attempt to clamp down for security reasons on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and on refugees snarled to a halt amid a judicial backlash and chaos at airports. Kelly said at the Munich Security Conference yesterday that the President is contemplating releasing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first order.

Country: United states (US)
Cuurency: United States Dollar
Capital: Washington
President:Donald Trump
Spain’s naval ships rescues 112 migrants off Libyan coast

Spain’s defence ministry has said that one of its naval ships has rescued 112 migrants off the coast of Libya. The Spanish frigate Canarias, which is participating in a joint European mission in the Mediterranean Sea to fight human trafficking, found the migrants’ vessel adrift and rescued the migrants.
Country:Spain
Capital: Madrid
Currency: Euro
Prime Minister:Mariano Rajoy
President: Mariano Rajoy Brey
Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation,EPFO has extended the deadline for submitting Aadhaar number by its members till 31st March 2017.

Earlier the time period of submission of Aadhaar was 28th of this month. In its order, the EPFO said that all the members of Employees’ Pension Scheme 1995 should submit Aadhaar number authentication on or before 31st of next month.It has been made mandatory for subscribers to submit the Aadhaar number for continuing the benefits under its scheme.EPFO in its order said that the deadline for submitting Aadhaar linked digital life certificate has also been extended till March 31, 2017.
BANKING NEWS:
No wage-related issues in SBI merger: Arundhati Bhattacharya

After the Cabinet gave its approval to merge SBI with associate banks, Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya said there are no issues related to wages of the employees of associate banks delaying the amalgamation. The merger would be completed by some time in the next financial year, she added. Post the merger, SBI will enter the league of top 50 banks globally.
Bank:State Bank of India
Headquarters:Mumbai
Chairperson:Arundhati Bhattacharya
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY NEWS:
Ambassador was sold due to lack of innovation: Giriraj Singh

Union Minister of State for MSME, Giriraj Singh said that lack of innovation in Hindustan Motors led to the sale of iconic Ambassador car brand to Europe’s Peugeot. The manufacturing of Ambassador was discontinued in 2014. It was sold to Peugeot a week ago in a deal worth Rs.80 crore.
Company:Hindustan Motors
Headquarters:Kolkata
CEO: Asim Kumar Basu
Unilever gained $19 billion in 80 mins after Kraft’s offer

Unilever, the maker of Lipton tea and Dove soap, added nearly $19 billion to its market capitalisation in 80 minutes after food company Kraft Heinz made a $143 billion takeover approach. Unilever shares ended the day up by 13.5%, hitting an all-time high. Notably, the offer, which could be one of the biggest in history, has been rejected by Unilever.
Anil Ambani’s Reliance may sell its 1% Paytm stake: Report

Anil Ambani-controlled Reliance Capital is reportedly in talks to sell its 1% stake in digital payments startup Paytm. The company is planning to raise up to Rs.400 crore by selling its stake in One97 Communications, Paytm’s parent company. In December 2016, Paytm Founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma raised Rs.325 crore by selling his 1% stake in One97 Communications.
Audi dealers demand Rs.27,000 crore to cover losses of 3 years
Audi dealers in China are demanding $4 billion (around Rs.27,000 crore) to cover losses over the past three years. The dealers blamed the automaker for adding too many distributors, which potentially worsened a sales decline that saw BMW and Mercedes-Benz overtake the luxury brand last month. Notably, Audi lost its leadership in China’s premium car segment as deliveries fell 35%.
Patanjali won’t affect our business at all: Saffola owner

Marico, which owns premium oil brand Saffola, has said that Baba Ramdev-promoted Patanjali Ayurved’s expansion into the edible oil business will not affect the company “at all”. Saffola’s innovation came from “the way we have positioned the brand over the years”, Chairman Harsh Mariwala said. His statement comes after Patanjali earlier announced an agreement with edible oil maker Ruchi Soya.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
Moto Z cover turns phones into walkie-talkies with 8km range

A US-based startup has created a modular back cover for Moto Z smartphones that adds walkie-talkie capabilities with a range of 8 km. The cover also supports SMS, GPS location sharing, and an emergency alert button to transmit SOS signal. The accessory claims to have a battery life of 20 hours on standby.

Snapchat planning to launch an Android smartphone

Photo-sharing mobile app Snapchat is reportedly planning to launch an Android smartphone focused on new camera features. The startup has reportedly built a smartphone prototype with a 360° camera and buttons that let users scroll through filters, and a one-touch capture function for easy sharing. It might also include a lock screen allowing users to access Snapchat notifications and updates.
SPORTS NEWS:
India wins silver at Asian Women’s Rugby Sevens Trophy

The Indian women’s rugby team won a silver medal at the Asian Women’s Rugby Sevens Trophy in Laos. India won five matches and lost one in the two-day tournament, which included a 5-0 victory over Pakistan on the second day. Seven Asian countries, including South Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, India and hosts Laos participated in the tournament
Shuttler PV Sindhu jumps to career-best number 5 in BWF rankings

India’s star shuttler PV Sindhu has risen to a career best BWF ranking of number five. She overtook Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, as per the latest rankings released on Wednesday. This is the first time that Sindhu has broken into the top five.
Saina Nehwal, who is ranked ninth, is the other Indian in the top 10, while Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying continues to lead the rankings. Saina had a rather forgettable year in 2016 as she had been out for most of the year due to a knee injury.

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