Current Affairs Feb 28, 2024

Current Affairs Feb 28, 2024

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Current Affairs Feb 28, 2024

NATIONAL NEWS

Government to organise ‘Mera Pehla Vote Desh Ke Liye’ in Higher Educational institutions across country for election awareness

  • The Government launches ‘Mera Pehla Vote Desh Ke Liye’ initiative in Higher Educational institutions nationwide.
  • Aimed at fostering universal enlightened participation of youth in elections.
  • Runs from today till March 6, emphasizing the significance of voting for national welfare.
  • Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan calls upon youth to exercise their voting rights.
  • Directed all Higher Educational institutions to conduct comprehensive voter awareness activities.
  • Initiative aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for increased youth participation in elections.
  • Symbolizes the pride and importance of voting in the world’s largest democracy.

2024 Indian General Election: Key Facts and Current Scenario

  • Scheduled to elect members of the 18th Lok Sabha on or before May 2024.
  • Incumbent Prime Minister: Narendra Modi from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
  • Tenure of the current Lok Sabha set to conclude on June 16, 2024.
  • Previous general elections held in April–May 2019, resulting in the formation of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by BJP.

General Manoj Pande Attends Maharashtra MSME Defence Expo 2024 in Pune

  • Chief of Army Staff, General Manoj Pande, visits Maharashtra MSME Defence Expo 2024 in Pune on February 26, 2024.
  • Expo organized by the Government of Maharashtra to exhibit indigenous capabilities and innovations in MSMEs, private companies, DRDO laboratories, and DPSUs in the state.
  • Showcases contributions to defense manufacturing sector, fostering partnerships between industry and armed forces.
  • Highlights Maharashtra’s role in bolstering India’s defense ecosystem through MSMEs and research institutions.

PM Modi addressed viksit bharat viksit Chhattisgarh launched projects worth over RS 34400 in Chhattisgarh

  • major sectors that benefited from the projects include power, coal, roads, railroads
  • PM modi dedicated the lara super thermal power project stage 1 (2×800) MW of NTPC limited in raigarh district of Chhattisgarh to the nation

About Chhattisgarh:

  • Chief minister—vishnu deo sai
  • Governor- biswabhusan harichandan

PM modi inaguarated and laid foundation stone for over 2000 railway infra projects worth around RS 41,000 Cr

  • He laid foundation stone for the redevelopment of 553 railway stations spread across 27 states and union territories under the amrit bharat scheme
  • And dedicated 1500 road over bridges across 24 states

About railway ministry of railways:

  • Union minister- ashwini vaishnaw
  • Ministry of state- danve raosaheb dadarao

Ministry of ayush and Ministry of women and child development for nutritional improvement in adolescent girls through Ayurveda interventions

  • On feb 26 a MoU was signed between the ministry of ayush and ministry of women and child development for nutritional improvement in adolescent girls through Ayurveda interventions
  • This joint public health initiative aims to combat anaemia among adolescent girls (14-18 years) In five district under mission utkarsh using Ayurveda intervention.

Election Commission Partners with Bank Association and Post Office for Voter Outreach

  • The Election Commission has signed MoUs with the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) and the Department of Posts (DoP) to enhance voter education and awareness.
  • The collaboration aims to leverage the extensive networks of banks and postal services to reach a wider audience ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
  • Both organizations will provide support on a pro-bono basis to promote voter education through their affiliated units and institutions.
  • This partnership underscores efforts to ensure maximum participation and awareness among electors for the democratic proce

Election Commission established on January 25, 1950, to ensure free and fair elections nationwide

  • Leadership: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) heads the Commission, supported by Election Commissioners.
  • Scope: Conducts elections to Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, State Legislative Assemblies, and State Legislative Councils.
  • Responsibilities: Oversees various aspects including voter registration, candidate nominations, election campaigning, polling, and vote counting.

Economy News

Government Establishes Expert Committee for Uniform KYC Norms

  • In response to discussions within the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC), the government forms an expert committee to address uniform Know Your Customer (KYC) norms.
  • Headed by Finance Secretary T V Somanathan, the committee aims to streamline and finalize KYC norms across various sectors.
  • Membership includes representatives from different government departments and FSDC members, highlighting a collaborative approach to address KYC standardization.

Defence News

Adani Defence & Aerospace Inaugurates Defense Facilities in Northern India

  • Gautam Adani’s conglomerate launches two defense facilities in northern India, investing 30 billion rupees ($362 million).
  • These facilities, established in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, by Adani Defence & Aerospace, bolster India’s pursuit of self-reliance in defense manufacturing.
  • Covering 500 acres, the facilities are dedicated to producing small, medium, and large caliber ammunition for armed forces, paramilitary units, and police.
  • The inauguration underscores India’s commitment to enhancing indigenous defense capabilities and reducing dependence on imports.

Appointment News

Former Supreme Court Judge Justice Ajay Khanwilkar Appointed Lokpal Chairperson

  • Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar, a former Supreme Court judge, appointed as the chairperson of Lokpal, India’s anti-corruption ombudsman.
  • His appointment follows a distinguished judicial career, retiring from the apex court in July 2022.
  • Rashtrapati Bhawan notification also announces the appointments of other key members: Justice Lingappa Narayana Swamy, Justice Sanjay Yadav, and Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi as judicial members of Lokpal.

Lokpal of India:

  • Establishment: Established through the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, effective from January 2014.
  • Role: Independent body tasked with investigating corruption allegations against public officials, including the Prime Minister, Members of Parliament, Ministers, and senior bureaucrats.
  • Composition: Consists of a chairperson and up to eight members, with 50% mandated to be judicial members.
  • Appointment: Chairperson and members appointed by the President of India upon recommendations from a selection committee.
  • Jurisdiction: Has authority over corruption acts by public servants, enabling investigation, inquiries, and recommending disciplinary actions or prosecutions.
  • Objective: Aims to promote transparency, accountability, and combat corruption at all levels of government.

Banking News

Rbi imposed penaly of rs 3 cr of SBI, CUB, canara bank and ocean capital market

  • Mumbai based SBI bank was fines rs 2 crore for contravening certain norms
  • Bengular based canara bank was penalized rs 32.30 lakhs for noncompliance with specific directions
  • Kumbakonam headquartered CUB was fined Rs 66 lakh for noncompliance with

Sports News

Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton Sets Record for Fastest T20 International Century

  • Namibian cricketer Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton achieves the fastest T20 International (T20I) century against Nepal during the Tri-Nation series.
  • Loftie-Eaton’s remarkable feat occurred on Tuesday, February 27, during the first T20I match, stunning fans and experts with his power-hitting prowess.

200 Para Athletes to be Trained Across National Centres of Excellence

  • Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur announces the training of 200 para athletes across various National Centers of Excellence (NCOEs) in India.
  • NCOEs in Bhopal, Bangalore, Gandhinagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Trivandrum, Patiala, Mumbai, Sonipat, and Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi will facilitate the training.
  • Thakur emphasizes the government’s commitment, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, to advance the Indian sports sector with an inclusive approach, fostering development and inclusivity in sports.

India bags 14 medals including nine golds at archery Asia Cup 2024

  • Indian archers won 14 medals (9 golds, 4 silver and 1 bronze) at stage I of the archery asia cup 2024 held from 20th to 25th february 2024 in baghdad, Iraq

Major players who won

  • India’s deepika kumara won the gold medal
  • India’s dhiraj bommadevara won the gold medal

Important Days

National Science Day 2024: Celebrating Indigenous Technologies for Viksit Bharat

  • National Science Day in India commemorates the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’ by physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman on 28th February
  • The day underscores the vital role of science in societal development and progress.
  • The theme for National Science Day 2024, ‘Indigenous Technologies for Viksit Bharat’, emphasizes the promotion of scientific, technological, and innovative skills in India.

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