Latest Updated Current Affairs in English Medium. Date: 19.02.2017

Vice President Ansari to leave on 5-day visit to Rwanda, Uganda today (19.02.2017)
Vice President Hamid Ansari will be leaving on a five-day visit to Rwanda and Uganda beginning today as part of efforts to build diplomatic relations with the African countries.

Today  (19.02.2017) is Chhatrapati Shivaji's birth Anniversary
Shivaji Bhonsle was a great warrior King of Marathas. He carved a niche for himself with his guerrilla tactics, established the Maratha kingdom and fought Mughals. The day is also known as Shiv Jayanti and is being celebrated with traditional fervour in Maharashtra today. It is the Maratha warrior king's 368th birth anniversary today.

South Asian Speakers decide to form joint Parliamentry groups for achieving sustainable Development Goals
The South Asian Speakers Summit decided to form joint Parliamentry groups for achieving sustainable Development Goals. On the first day of the summit speakers of six countries deliberated on ways to achieve sustainable development goals. Earlier Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, along with dignitaries of South Asian countries yesterday inaugurated the summit in Indore.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar reaches Colombo on 3-day visit
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar reached Colombo last evening on a three-day visit, during which he will meet Sri Lanka's top leadership and explore possibilities for bilateral cooperation.Mr Jaishankar is scheduled to meet Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and other Sri Lankan leaders tomorrow. A wide range of bilateral issues will come up for discussions during the meetings and will carry forward the close exchanges with Sri Lanka. 

India needs ever-green revolution to increase productivity in perpetuity: Sanjay Deshmukh
Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh has said that India needs an ever-green revolution leading to an increase in productivity in perpetuity without ecological harm. He was speaking at the Valedictory function of 8th Indian youth Science Congress in Mumbai on Saturday. Dr. Deshmukh said that eternal vigilance is essential for safeguarding country’s food security. 

India sanctioned $340 million to Nepal for development programmes
India has sanctioned a soft loan of 340 million US dollar to Nepal for various infrastructure development programmes. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae handed over the approval papers to Physical Infrastructure and Transport Minister of Nepal Shri Ramesh Lekhak in the presence of Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu. Under this programme Mahalaki bridge and 15 roads will be constructed in various parts of Nepal. 

ASEAN, India to commemorate the 25 years of relationship
An inter-ministerial meeting between telecom ministers of ASEAN countries and India will be held in New Delhi tomorrow to commemorate the 25th year of ASEAN India relations. Minister of State for Communications, Manoj Sinha will lead the discussions from the Indian side. Telecom ministers, senior government officials and industry leaders from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos PDR, Indonesia and Bhutan will take part in the meeting. Telecom exports from India will be the focus of ASEAN-India Digital Partnership. Government has expressed interest to partner with ASEAN countries in enabling Digital Connectivity between India and ASEAN region and also for enabling broadband within ASEAN countries.

Coal imports declines by 21.7% to 14.31 million tonnes in January
Coal imports declined by 21.7 per cent to 14.31 million tonnes last month on the back of sufficient availability of domestic fuel. Imports in January 2017 stood at 14.31 million tonnes against 18.28 million tonnes in same month last year, according to mjunction services, an online procurement and sales platform floated jointly by SAIL and Tata Steel.

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.

India win silver at 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. 

Sandeep Kumar breaks his own national record in 50km race walk
Sandeep Kumar of Haryana won the gruelling men's 50 kilometre event of the National Race Walking Championships in New Delhi today. Sandeep smashed his own national record, clocking three hours, 55 minutes and 59.05 seconds. With his brilliannt performance, he also qualified for London World Championships in August. His earlier national record was 3 hour, 56 minutes and 22 seconds, which he clocked in the IAAF World Race Walking Cup at Taicang, China in May 2014. 

World Women's Chess Championship: 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 (18.02.2017).

Courtesy: AIR News

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