Politics


1.Mumbai Airport Becomes World’s Busiest Single-Runway Airport

 

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport of Mumbai sets record with 980 flights in 24 hours or almost one flight every minute. With this, the Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport bettered its own feat of 974 flights in 24 hours, recorded in December 2017. While Gatwick, the U.K.’s second-largest airport, remains the most efficient single-runway airport in the world.

 

2.EAM Sushma Swaraj Embarked on 3-day Visit to Saudi Arabia

 

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has left for her first official visit to Saudi Arabia. During the three-day visit, Mrs Swaraj will meet with the Saudi leadership to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. She will also participate in the inauguration of the prestigious National Heritage and Culture Festival ‘Janadriyah’. India is the guest of honour country at the fest.

Saudi Arabia Capital- Riyadh, Currency- Saudi Riyal.

 

3.Assam Government, Ola Sign MoU for River Taxi Service

 

Cab-hailing startup Ola and the Government of Assam have signed an MoU to pilot an app-based river taxi service in Guwahati. The river taxis will be machine-operated boats and users will be able to book the rides through Ola's app. It'll bring commute time down to 2-5 minutes from 45 minutes by road. This MoU was signed during the Global Investors Summit: Advantage Assam.

Assam CM- Sarbanand Sonowal, Governor- Jagdish Mukhi.

 

4.Sweden Commits Record $370m of Aid to UN World Food Programme

Sweden and the United Nations World Food Programme signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement committing an unprecedented $370 million dollars to WFP over the next four years. The contribution for the period 2018-2021 is the biggest ever made by a donor within a WFP Strategic Partnership Agreement.

Sweden Capital- Stockholm, Currency- Swedish krona.

 

5.Jerome H Powell sworn in as 16th Chairman of Federal Reserve

 

Jerome H. Powell took the oath of office as the 16th Chairman of the Federal Reserve for a four-year term. The oath was administered by Vice Chairman Randal K. Quarles in the Board Room. He succeeded Janet Yellen, the first woman to lead the US central bank.

Earlier, Mr. Powell served as a member of the Board of Governors. In November 2017, Powell was nominated for the post by President Donald Trump.

The Federal Reserve System is the central banking system of the United States. It was created on December 23, 1913, with the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act, after a series of financial panics (particularly the panic of 1907) led to the desire for central control of the monetary system in order to alleviate financial crises.

 

6.6th February: International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is a United Nations-sponsored annual awareness day that takes place on February 6 as part of the UN's efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation.

It was first introduced in 2003.

 

7.Maldives Crisis- Government Declares State of Emergency

The Maldives president, Abdulla Yameen, has declared a state of emergency in the country as heavily armed troops stormed the country’s top court and a former Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed was arrested in a deepening political crisis.

The former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed urged India to "act swiftly" to help in resolving the ongoing political crisis in the island nation.

Maldives Capital- Male, Currency- Maldivian rufiyaa

 


Sports


1.Shubhankar Sharma Becomes Best Indian Golfer in the World

 

Shubhankar Sharma has emerged as the best Indian golfer in the world, grabbing the 72nd position in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). He has won the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sharma has enjoyed a golden run over the past few months on the international stage, clinching his first European Tour win at the Joburg Open.

Dustin Johnson from the USA is currently the World Number 1 in Official World Golf Ranking.

 


Technology


1.India Successfully Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Agni-I Missile

 

India successfully test-fired the indigenously developed short-range nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile. The missile was fired from the Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast. The test was conducted by the Strategic Force Command of the Indian Army. The range of Missile is 700 km. It was 18th version of Agni-I.

The missile was inducted into service in 2004.

It is the surface-to-surface single-stage missile.

The 15-metre-long Agni-I weighing 12 tonnes can carry payloads up to 1,000 kg.