1. India Ranks 81st in Global Corruption Perception Index
India has been ranked 81st in the global corruption perception index for 2017, released by Transparency International. The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. In the 2016 India was in the 79th place among 176 countries.
The index uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. In the latest ranking New Zealand and Denmark were placed the highest, with scores of 89 and 88, respectively. On the other hand, Syria, Sudan and Somalia were ranked lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9, respectively.
2. Telangana, Taiwan Sign MoU for Better Technology Partnership
The Telangana Government signed an MOU with Taoyuan City of Taiwan for better technology partnership in the state. The agreement was signed after the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) 2018 in Hyderabad.
IT Minister K T Rama Rao and principal secretary Jayesh Ranjan signed the agreement with Robert Huang, Director of the Board of Taiwan company at World IT Congress 2018.
Taiwan Capital- Taipei, Currency- New Taiwan dollar.
3. Avani Chaturvedi Becomes 1st Indian Woman to Fly Fighter Aircraft Solo
Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo.
She flew a MiG-21 bison in her first solo flight from Jamnagar base of Indian Air Force (IAF) in Gujarat.
Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa is the 25th Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force.
4. International Mother Language Day- 21 February
UNESCO has celebrated International Mother Language Day on 21 February. The 2018 theme is- "Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development".
It has been organised for nearly 20 years with the aim of preserving linguistic diversity and promoting mother tongue-based multilingual education.
UNESCO- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
France's Audrey Azoulay- 11th DG of UNESCO, Headquarters- Paris, France.
5. UP Government Signs Pact with Amazon India for Khadi Products Sale
Uttar Pradesh's Khadi and Village Industries Board has signed a pact with Amazon India to facilitate online selling of Khadi products.
As part of an MoU, Amazon India will educate, train and enable rural khadi artisans to directly sell their products to Amazon.in customers across the country under the brand of UP Khadi.
Khadi and Village Industries Board CEO- Avinash Krishna Singh.
1. India Successfully Conducts Night Trial of Prithvi-II Missile
India successfully conducted a night trial of its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile with a strike range of 350 km, from a test range in Odisha.
The surface-to-surface missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Odisha.
Prithvi-II missile is capable of carrying 500 to 1,000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines.
1. Capital First Gets NHB Nod for Merger With IDFC Bank
Capital First announced that the regulator National Housing Bank (NHB) has approved the merger of the company along with Capital Home Finance and Capital First Securities Limited with IDFC Bank.
The amalgamation is subject to the receipt of approval from the Reserve Bank of India and other statutory and regulatory approvals. The share swap ratio for the merger is fixed at 139:10, meaning IDFC Bank will issue 139 shares for every 10 shares of Capital First.
IDFC Bank Founder MD & CEO- Dr. Rajiv Lall, Headoffice- Mumbai.