Latest Updated Current Affairs in English Medium. Date: 18.02.2017

For availing scholarship, Aadhaar made mandatory for Univ students
Union Human Resource Development Ministry has said that to avail benefit under the Central Sector Scholarship Scheme for College and University students, applicants will now have to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar card or undergo Aadhaar authentication. HRD ministry notification issued in New Delhi yesterday said those who are receiving these scholarships but don't have an Aadhar card will have to apply for enrolment by June 30th.It is, however, not applicable in Jammu and Kashmir.

ISRO successfully tests engine for GSLV Mark III rocket
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully ground tested its indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage engine for GSLV Mark III at its Liquid Propulsion Complex at Mahendragiri in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu yesterday. ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar said the full duration flight test of cryogenic upper stage for GSLV Mark III was successful. He said yesterday's test was last in the series before going for an actual rocket launch. The engine will be put into use in April.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan inaugurates South Asian Speakers Summit
The two-day South Asian Speakers Summit was inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan at Indore in Madhya Pradesh today. President of Inter-Parliamentary Union Saber Chowdhury, Speakers of National Assemblies of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lankan, and Nepal are participating in the summit.

NRAI gets highest WHO ratings for vaccine regulations
National Regulatory Authority of India (NRAI) has been given the maximum ratings by the World Health Organisation for vaccine regulations. An official statement said in New Delhi that WHO completed the assessment of the status of the Indian vaccine regulatory system against WHO NRA Global Benchmarking Tool and measured the maturity of the system in India. The assessment has been done in respect of 9 different functionalities by a WHO team comprising lead experts in different areas from WHO Headquarters Geneva, WHO India Country Office, experts drawn from several countries.

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu reaches Kathmandu on 3 day visit to Nepal
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has reached Kathmandu on a 3 day visit to Nepal. He was received at the airport this afternnon by the Ambassador of India to Nepal Ranjit Rae. During his stay at Kathmandu, Mr Prabhu will deliver key note address at the opening session of Nepal Infrastructure Summit 2017 organised by Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI). He will call on to President of Nepal Mrs Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Mr Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda).

Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar Honoured with 'Legendary Award ' 2017
Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar has been honoured with the 'Legendary Award ' 2017 by Brand Laureate. The Brand Laureate Awards recognise world-class achievement in branding amongst individuals and companies. Lata expressed her heartfelt thanks to the Brand Laureate on twitter for honouring her. In 2012, actor Shah Rukh Khan was honoured with the Brand Laureate Legendary Award for his unmatched contribution to Indian Cinema.

President Mukherjee greets on eve of Independence Day of Gambia
President Dr. Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia on the occasion of their Independence Day tomorrow (February 18, 2017). In a message to His Excellency Mr. Adama Barrow, the President of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia, the President Mukherjee has said, “On behalf of the Government and the people of India, I extend greetings to the Government and the people of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia on the occasion of Independence day.

TN CM Palaniswami wins trust vote 122 to 11
In Tamil Nadu, new chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy has won the trust vote, after 122 MLAs voted in his favour after hours of uproar in the Assembly. The vote was concluded after speaker P Dhanapal turned down the opposition DMK's request for a secret ballot in the floor test.

GST Governing council meeting in Udaipur to give approval to GST Draft Law
Goods and Services Tax, GST Governing council is meeting at Udaipur in Rajasthan today to give approval to the GST Draft Law. The meeting, chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, is being attended by the Finance Ministers of various states. The main agenda of the meeting is to give approval for Central GST (CGST), state GST (SGST) and Integrated GST (IGST) Draft law. Besides this, consensus is also required on compensation law for states.

China to suspend imports of coal from North Korea
China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea starting tomorrow. The country's Commerce Ministry said in a notice posted on its website today that it is as part of its efforts to implement United Nations sanctions against the country. The statement that the ban would be effective until 31st December.

Crowds gathering for new Gambia President inauguration
Thousands of people are gathering in the Gambia for the inauguration of the country's new President, Adama Barrow, after a lengthy power struggle forced him into exile. Various African Heads of State are expected at the ceremony. Mr Barrow is only the third President in the history of the Gambia. He was sworn in last month in a low-key event in neighbouring Senegal before his predecessor agreed to step down. Today's much larger scale ceremony is taking place in a stadium near the Gambian capital, Banjul. 

Pakistan's Senate passes landmark bill to regulate marriages of minority Hindus in country
In Pakistan, the much-awaited landmark bill to regulate marriages of minority Hindus in the country is set to become a law. The Hindu Marriage Bill 2017, the first elaborate Hindu community's personal law, has unanimously been adopted by the Senate. 

Powerful Pacific storm enters into Southern & Central California
In the United States, a powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California with wind-driven heavy rains, triggering rescues, calls for evacuations, toppling trees and power lines and disrupting travel and outdoor events.With the storm feeding on an atmospheric river of moisture stretching far out into the Pacific, precautionary evacuations of homes in some neighbourhoods were requested due to the potential for mudslides and debris flows.Numerous flights were delayed or cancelled at the state's airports yesterday (18.02.2017).

Aero India- 2017 to conclude today at Yelahanka in Bengaluru
11th biennial edition of the International Aerospace and Defence exhibition- Aero India will conclude today at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru. The five-day event was inaugurated by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday.

Madhya Pradesh: 'Mil Banche’ programme held in all govt schools
In Madhya Pradesh, 'Mil Banche’ programme was held in all the primary and middle government schools today. AIR Bhopal correspondent reports that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, his minister colleagues, public representatives and other dignitaries took classes in these schools to motivate children.

J&K DGP Vaid launches website to provide updates to people about policing
Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police SP Vaid has launched a website to provide updates to the people about various policing related activities, advisories and National Highway status. An official spokesman said the website www.suvidhajkpolice.in is an initiative by the Police Control Room (PCR) Jammu to provide updates to citizens about various police activities, advisories among others.

Economic growth will make sharp recovery: RBI governor
News Content Reserve Bank Governor Urjit Patel yesterday said India's economic growth will make a sharp recovery following the recall of old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes. In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Mr Patel made a strong case for continuing with globalisation, even in the face of a potential shift to trade protectionism under US President Donald Trump, as India has benefited from open trade. He said, the remonetisation has happened at a fast pace and that was part of the plan.

Agri Ministry projects 6% fall in onion output this year
Agriculture Ministry yesterday projected six per cent fall in onion output at 197 lakh tonnes this year. The Ministry in the first advance estimates of production of horticulture crops for 2016-17 said, the output is expected to be down due to fall in cropped area. However, the estimated production is 5 per cent higher, as compared to the last 5 year’s average. The overall horticulture production during the crop year is estimated to be around 287 million tonnes, marginally higher as compared to last year.

World Women's Chess Championship: Grandmaster Dronavalli Harika & Padmini Rout created history
Grandmaster Dronavalli Harika and International Master Padmini Rout created history by winning the tiebreaks of the second round of World Women's Chess Championship in Tehran yesterday. Both the Indians have now advanced to the last-16 stage of the championship. In the next round, Harika will take on Sopiko Guramishvili of Georgia, while Padmini will meet another Chinese Tan Zhongyi.

Shuttler PV Sindhu jumps to career-best number 5 in BWF rankings
India's star shuttler PV Sindhu has risen to a career best BWF ranking of number five. She overtook Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, as per the latest rankings released on Wednesday. This is the first time that Sindhu has broken into the top five. Saina Nehwal, who is ranked ninth, is the other Indian in the top 10, while Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying continues to lead the rankings. 

India win silver at the Asian Women's Rugby Sevens Trophy
The Indian Women's team today won a silver at the Asian Rugby Sevens Trophy tournament at Vientiane, Laos. A total of seven countries from across Asia including South Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, India and hosts Laos vied for top honours in the tournament. All the seven teams played on a Round Robin basis. 

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