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G K Update

Wed 24 Feb, 2021

National News

PM addresses 66th Convocation of IIT Kharagpur

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 66th Convocation of IIT Kharagpur as Chief Guest through a video conference.The Prime Minister lauded the efforts of IIT Kharagpur on the implementation of the new National Education Policy.
Union Education Minister: Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'  
IIT Kharagpur Established: 1951

NFSM-Governing Council Meeting concluded

  • National Food Security Mission (NFSM) -The 16th meeting of the Governing Council was held under the chairmanship of Union Minister of Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar. He said that in the last about six and a half years, the government has taken several concrete policy decisions to increase agricultural production and farmers' income.

Kushinagar airport becomes 3rd international airport in UP

  • Kushinagar Airport gets necessary clearances from DGCA to become 3rd licensed international airport of UP.This will boost tourism in the region & facilitate travel on Buddhist circuit by providing direct aviation connectivity to the city where Lord Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana.

Uttar Pradesh

Capital: Lucknow
Governor: Anandiben Patel
Chief minister: Yogi Adityanath

International News

Economic Cooperation Agreement between India and Mauritius

  • Signed the India-Mauritius Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA). The settlement at Port Louis took place in the presence of the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Mr. Pravind Jagannath, and the Foreign Minister of India, Mr. S. Jaishankar.

Mauritius

Capital: Port Louis
Currency: Mauritian rupee
Prime minister: Pravind Jugnauth

 Economy & Banking

Government of India & AIIB sign agreement for $304 million

  • The Government of India and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) signed a loan agreement for a $304 million Assam Intra-State Transmission System Enhancement Project to improve reliability, capacity and security of the power transmission network in the State of Assam.

AIIB

Formation: 16 January 2016
Headquarters: Beijing, China

Tata Communications Ltd. acquisition approved

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves acquisition by Panatone Finvest Limited  of Tata Communications Limited under the Competition Act, 2002. This proposed adjustment contemplates acquisition of a maximum of 26.12 percent shareholding.

CCI

Founded:2003 
Headquarters: New Delhi  
Chairperson:Ashok Kumar Gupta

 Defence News

DAC approves proposals worth Rs 13,700 crore

  • Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, has approved capital acquisition proposals of various weapons / platforms / equipment / systems required by the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force, in New Delhi.

Ministry of Defence

Minister of State for Defence: S.Y. Naik
Defence Secretary: Ajay Kumar

Sports News

World's largest cricket stadium inaugurated

  • Motera, the world's largest cricket stadium, was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah. The Motera Stadium near Sabarmati in Ahmedabad has overtaken Melbourne Stadium in Australia, the largest cricket stadium in the world so far.

Motera Stadium

Full name: Sardar Patel Stadium
Owner: Gujarat Cricket Association

Person in News

Rahul Khullar passes away

  • Rahul Khullar, the former chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has passed away. He was a 1975-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, who was appointed as TRAI chief in May 2012.

 Important Days

Central Excise Day

  • Central Excise Day is celebrated every year on February 24 across India. The day is being celebrated to honour the service of the Central Board of Excise and Custom (CBEC) to the country.

Central Board of Excise and Custom

Founded:1964
Headquarters: New Delhi
Chairman : M. Ajit Kumar

 Miscellaneous

NGT imposes Rs 58 lakh penalty on NTPC

  • The National Green Tribunal has junked a plea by NTPC seeking review of an order passed by Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board (PCB) imposing a penalty of Rs 57.96 lakh for damaging the environment.
NGT NTPC
Established: 2010   Founded: 1975   
Chairperson: Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel Headquarters: New Delhi