Daily Current Affairs 26th February, 2018

Daily Current Affairs 26 February 2018 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.

NATIONAL NEWS

Govt. hopeful of achieving agriculture credit flow target by 2022

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the agriculture credit flow target of Rs. 11 lakh crore for 2018-19 is achievable by the banking sector.

  • Jaitley said that this target would contribute to the momentum towards doubling the farmers’ income by 2022.

Govt sanctions Rs. 1200 cr to clear pollution in Delhi

In a move to provide Delhi residents relief from the burgeoning air pollution crisis in the city, the central government has sanctioned schemes worth Rs 1,200 crore to keep a check on alarming pollution levels in the capital.

  • According to NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, on account of the air quality worsening in Delhi due to burning crop residue from October to December months, the schemes will help curb pollution.

PM Modi Flags Off ‘Run for New India’ Marathon in Surat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the ‘Run for New India’ marathon in Surat, Gujarat. The Marathon is aimed at creating awareness about social causes and call upon all to resolve to build a New India.

Bureau of Energy Efficiency enters into MoU with Andhra

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) and the Andhra Pradesh State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM), state-designated agency for providing technical assistance to the APCRDA, for construction of energy efficient buildings as per Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) – 2017.

Two day National Conference on e-Governance inaugurated in Hyderabad 

The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Government of India, along with the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India in association with Government of Telangana is organizing the 21st National Conference on e-Governance on February 26- 27, 2018 in Hyderabad, Telangana.

  • The theme of the Conference this year is, ‘Technology for accelerating Development’.

ISRO plans to build ‘igloos’ on Moon for astronauts

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has started working towards developing ‘igloos’ on Moon, called the lunar habitats, for safe keeping of astronauts. The habitats will be built by sending robots and 3D printers to the Moon and using lunar soil. Although no mission plan has been prepared yet, scientists want to have the technology ready for building these structures.



INTERNATIONAL NEWS

China becomes Vice President of Financial Action Task Force (FATF)

China has become the vice chair of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global body mandated to combat terror financing.

  • The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) was set up in 1989 with the primary goal of setting standards to combat money laundering, but in 2001 its mandate was expanded to include countering terror financing. It is headquartered in Paris, France


SPORTS

Vikas Krishan wins gold, named best boxer of tournament in Bulgaria

Indian boxer Vikas Krishan won a gold medal and was named the best boxer of the tournament at the 69th Strandja Memorial boxing tournament in Bulgaria. Amit Panghal also won a gold medal at the tournament. The Indian contingent at the tournament ended with overall 11 medals, including a silver medal for five-time world champion Mary Kom.

Sameer beats ex-world no. 2 to win Swiss Open

Indian shuttler Sameer Verma beat former world number two Jan O Jorgensen and clinched the men’s singles title at the $150,000 Swiss Open Super 300 tournament.



APPOINTMENTS

Michael McCormack named as Australia’s new Deputy Prime Minister

Michael McCormack has been elected Australia’s new deputy prime minister after being selected as the leader of the country’s National Party.

  • He replaces Barnaby Joyce who was forced to resign last week amid public anger over an extramarital affair.


OBITUARIES

Former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian passes away

TSR Subramanian, former Cabinet Secretary of the Union government has passed away due to prolonged illness.

BJP MLA Manganlal Shah passes away

Manganlal Shah, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Tharali, has passed away.



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