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Important Current Affairs (11 Feb to 18 Feb 2024)

National and International News.

1.  NASA launches ‘PACE mission‘ to study oceans and atmosphere through SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to understand the complex climate change dynamics of the vast expanse of the oceans and Earth’s atmosphere.

2.  Cabinet approved “Pradhan Mantri Matsya Kisan Samridhi Saha-Yojana (PM- MKSSY)” with a budget of Rs 6 thousand crore for 4 years (FY 2023-24 to FY 2026). In all states/UTs for creation of National Fisheries Digital Platform to provide 40 lakh Small and Micro enterprises work based identities.

3.  NIMHANS honoured with ‘WHO Nelson Mandela Award‘ for health promotion. (NIMHANS- National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences). NIMHANS Director Dr. Pratima Murthy. ‘Nelson Mandela Award’ given by WHO and this award is starting from Year 2019.

4.  Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Amendment Bill 2024 passed by the by the both houses of parliament to amend the existing Prevention and Control of Pollution Act 1974.  The Bill imposes a fine ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15 lakh for violation of provisions related to discharge of polluting substances into water bodies.

5.  India’s UPI service started in Sri Lanka and Mauritius  

6.  CAR T-Cell Cancer Therapy approved in India. CAR- Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell. It is a type of immunotherapy that uses the patient own immune system to fight against cancer. This therapy also called ‘Living Drug’.

7.  The 200th birth anniversary of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati (born on 12 Feb 1824) was celebrated on 12 February. He is a spirituality and social reformer and founder of Arya samaj in 1875 in Bombay. He also wrote a famous book Satyarth Prakash, Veda Bhashya, Rigvedaadi, Bhashya-Bhumika and Sanskar Vidhi.  

8.  World First Air Taxi Services shall be started in Dubai, UAE.

9.  First meeting of Global Biodiversity Framework Fund held in USA. It is in purpose of implementing Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.

10.  PM Narendra Modi launches UPI RuPay card in Abu Dhabi

11.  Supreme Court declared the electoral bond scheme unconstitutional under the violation of Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution.

12.  India will build naval bases in Agatti and Minicoy Islands of Lakshadweep.

13.  India’s first helicopter emergency medical service will start in Uttarakhand

Sports Current Affairs

1.  Plaque of India’s world champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra installed in the ‘Ice Palace’ of Switzerland

2.  India and Bangladesh women’s football team jointly declared winners of ‘SAFF Under-19 Football Championship’

3.  Australia defeated India by 79 runs in the men’s Under-19 one-day cricket competition.

4.  Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal won the singles category title of Chennai Open ATP Challenger.

5. Ravichandran Ashwin become the Second Indian bowler who takes 500 Wickes in Test Cricket after Anil Kumble.

Appointments Current Affairs

1.  Nawaf Salam from Lebanon is appointed as New President of International Court of Justice (ICJ). ICJ was established by the charter of UN in 1945. Location – Peace Palace in the Hague, Netherlands.

2.  Prime Minister Alexander Stubb becomes the new President of Finland.

3.  IRCTC New Chairman– Sanjay Kumar Jain

Days & Dates

1.   World Pulses Day is celebrated every year on 10 February across the world.

Theme for year 2024 is “Pulses: nourishing soils and people”.

2.  World Unani Day 2024 celebrated on 11 February.

3.  World Radio Day – 13 Feb 2024.

Important “ What is ______ in recent news ?”

1. Alaskapox – A Rare viral disease reported in Alaska Kenai Peninsula.

2. Ahlan-Modi – A event held in UAE which address by PM Narendra Modi.

3. SWASTHA – A project started by IIT Guwahati for nano sensing Technologies.

4. Grow Report – A report launched by NITI Aayog for Agro-Forestry

5. Kazi Nemu – A Lemon declared state fruit of Assam

6. Padasuri-6  – A North Korean Missile.

Refer also:

Current Affairs of First Week of February 2024.

Current Affairs of Second Week of February 2024.

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