Current Affairs Daily Digest: February 22, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for February 22, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs

National Current Affairs

Government launches Bharat QR code

The Union Government has launched Bharat QR code, a quick response (QR) code to enable digital payments without card swiping machines. It is world’s first interoperable payment acceptance solution launched by Indian Government to move towards less-cash economy. Read more

Government launches Cyber Swachhta Kendra in New Delhi

The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has launched Cyber Swachhta Kendra in New Delhi for Botnet cleaning and Malware analysis. It was launched by Union Minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad as part of Union Government’s ambitious digital India initiative to create a secure cyber space by detecting botnet infections. Read more

CCEA approves investment proposal for Arun-3 Hydro Electric Project in Nepal

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Cabinet approves capacity hike for solar parks & projects

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Government notifies protocol amending tax treaty with Israel

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India, Japan ink pact on rail safety

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Environment, Science and Technology Current Affairs

Scientists discover four new miniature frog species in Western Ghats

Scientists have discovered four new species of miniature night frogs no bigger than a human thumbnail in Western Ghats, a global biodiversity hotspot. These species were discovered among the seven new ‘Night Frogs’ by a team of researchers from the University of Delhi and Kerala Forest Department. Read more

Scientists discover 60,000-year-old microbes in mine

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States Current Affairs

Punjab Government prohibits sale of processed, flavoured tobacco & nicotine products for 1 year

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International Current Affairs

South Africa’s decision to leave ICC ruled invalid

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Persons in News

Shurhozelie Liezitsu sworn-in as Chief Minister of Nagaland

Shurhozelie Liezitsu (81) was sworn-in as the 17th Chief Minister of Nagaland. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor PB Acharya at a ceremony in the state capital Kohima. He succeeded TR Zeliang, who had resigned as the Chief Minister following widespread protests over reservation to women in local body elections. Besides CM, 10 other members of the Council also took oath. Read more

Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre appointed Chairman of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal

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Days, Events and Observances

National Biodiversity Congress 2017 held in Kerala

The National Biodiversity Congress (NBC) 2017 was held in Thiruvananthapuram, capital of Kerala. The event is hosted by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board. NBC is one of the significant biodiversity mega events of the country. It aims to identify practical, evidence-based case studies at the regional level to support the plan of action. Read more

February 21: International Mother Language Day

The International Mother Language Day (IMLD) was observed across the world on 21 February to promote awareness of linguistic, multilingualism and cultural diversity. This year it is the 17th anniversary of IMLD. The observance of this day signifies importance of mother language as the greatest weapon to express one’s feeling. Mother Language of one country is the sign of independence of that country. 2017 Theme: “Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education”. Read more

Sports Current Affairs

India beat South Africa in final of ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

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