Current Affairs Today
Craft will replace former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who resigned her post in October 2018.
Kelly Craft is currently serving as the US ambassador to Canada, since September 2017.
She has also been a strong backer of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement - pioneered by President Trump as a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Jonathan Cohen is currently serving as the acting UN ambassador.
The RBI has extended its February 28 deadline for completion of KYC (Know Your Customer) norms for digital wallets [prepaid payment instrument (PPI) issuers] by six months.
PPIs are instruments that facilitate purchase of goods and services, including financial services and remittance facilities, against the value stored on such instruments.
Zimbabwe started to trade its new currency, the RTGS dollar, two days after the central bank announced measures to try and resolve a chronic monetary crisis.
The bank unveiled a foreign exchange trading system that effectively devalued its quasi-currency, the bond note, which was officially pegged at parity with the US dollar.
Indian government confirmed that Indian Air Force (IAF) jets destroyed the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan's Balakot in the strike carried out by 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets.
IAF dropped around 1,000 kg bombs on JeM terror camps across the Line of Control (LoC) in Muzafarabad sector on February 26, 2019.
The IAF carried out the successful operation 12 days after Pulwama attack, in which 40 soldiers were martyred.
Indian skipper Manpreet Singh has been honoured with the 2018 Player of the Year award by the Asian Hockey Federation.
Women's team striker Lalremsiami bagged the ‘Rising Player of The Year’ prize.
The Indian men's Hockey team was awarded the ‘Best Performance of The Year’ for being the only Asian side to have reached the top eight at the World Cup in Bhubaneswar.
About Asian Hockey Federation:
♦ Governing body of Hockey in Asia
♦ President:... Read More
Afghanistan formally launched shipping goods to India through the Chabahar port in Iran.
The first shipment of 570 tonnes comprising of dried fruits, textiles, carpets, and other goods in 23 trucks was inaugurated by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
With the opening of the Chabahar route, Afghanistan’s exports will double to $2 billion from the current $1 billion over the next one year.
About Chabahar Port:
Chabahar Port development is the India-Iran joint venture project.
Inaugurated... Read More
National War Memorial is spread over 40 acres in the India Gate complex in Delhi.
The memorial is built at a cost of nearly ₹176 crore in a record time of one year.
The names of 25,942 martyrs have been inscribed across 16 walls at the memorial.
First conceptualised in 1961, the memorial got approved by Cabinet in 2015.
The memorial has been built in the memory of the martyred jawans who lost their lives protecting India during Indo-China War in 1962, Indo-Pak Wars in 1947, 1965 and 1971,... Read More
International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended all Indian applications to host future events and urged international sports federations not to stage competitions in the country after two Pakistanis were denied visas to compete in New Delhi.
It was after India denied visa requests of two shooters from Pakistan who were due to take part in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Competition during International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup event held in New Delhi following the attack by a... Read More
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation(ONGC)’s Rajahmundry unit won the Energy and Environment Foundation Global Clean Awards-2019 for sustained efforts in pursuit of Swachh Bharat Mission as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at a function in New Delhi.
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi
♦ Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) – Shashi Shankar
Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme was announced in Piyush Goyal's interim budget 2019-20 and is completely funded by the central government.
Under the PM-KISAN scheme, Rs 6,000 will be given to 12 crore farmers with less than 2 hectares of land, per year in three instalments.
According to a survey conducted by AIIMS New Delhi, Punjab ranks first in the list of highest alcohol consumption among children in India.
As many as 1.2 lakh children in the age group of 10-17 years from the state consume alcohol.
West Bengal ranked second in the list and Maharashtra third.
♦ Capital: Chandigarh
♦ Governor: V.P. Singh Badnore
♦ Chief minister: Amarinder Singh
♦ Official language: Punjabi
♦ Largest city:... Read More
Jio Saavn India-based global audio and music that it scored the 1st rank among Indian companies and 28th rank globally in the 2019 list of “50 Most Innovative Companies”.
Jio Saavn is the only Indian company to have made into the list.
The other domestic companies that ranked top on the India list of “Most Innovative Companies” are OYO rooms, biodegradable sanitary pad manufacturers Sathi and app based can service Ola.
Thailand and the United States hosted the annual Cobra Gold military exercise, the biggest activity of its type in the Asia-Pacific region with 29 nations taking part as participants or observers.
Around seven countries who participated in the exercise were India, Singapore, Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea.
The Indian Army participated in the military training exercise with a 14-member contingent.
Thai Chief of Defense Forces,Gen. Pornpipat Benyasri and the commander of the... Read More
The 44th IAA World Congress was organised in Kochi International Advertising Association (IAA),Kerala
The conference lasted for 3 days.
The highlight of the event was a robot trying to answer the theme-based question-“Brand Dharma, What’s coming next?”
Bihar becomes the first state to deploy specially-trained dogs to check to smuggle of liquor.
Around 20 liquor-tracker dogs were trained for nine months in Hyderabad, Telangana.
They were trained at Hyderabad-based Integrated Intelligence Training Academy.
Patna will witness deployment of 4 such dogs.
This action was taken after the seizure of more than three million litres of illegal alcohol since April 2016.
“VIVID-Vision Insight and Voices as India goes Digital”- the District Informatics Officer (DIO) meet, was organised by National Informatics Centre (NIC) from 21st to 22nd February, 2019, as an initiative to interact with the DIO’s and to share their experiences as well as contribution, as digital changemakers at the grass-root level in the States.
Union Minister of Electronics and IT, Law and Justice Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, inaugurated the event with conferring of NIC... Read More