Current Affairs 1st February to 15th February – National and International
1. The Union Budget of 2018-2019 serving up a mix of populism and prudence was presented by the interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal. Ayushman Bharat, the National Health Protection Scheme, Digital India programme were some of the main highlights of the budget.
2. The by-polls to Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha seats and Mandalgarh Assembly seat in Rajasthan was won by Congress.
3. V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred to Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal at the valedictory of the Mumbai International Film Festival 2018.
4. Dipak Misra Chief Justice of India, while speaking against honor killings gave his statement that “Two adults are free to marry and “no third party” has a right to harass or cause harm to them.”
5. A fine of Rs. 136 crore was imposed on Google by The Competition Commission of India imposes for unfair trade practices in the Indian market for online search.
6. The Supreme Court exhorts parties to the 70-year-old Ranjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute to treat it merely as a ‘land issue.’
7. Delhi police have arrested the Group Captain Arun Marwaha, an IAF Officer, for allegedly leaking defense secrets to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence after being honey-trapped.
8. Kannada litterateur and Jnanpith awardee Chandrashekar Kambar was elected as the president of the Sahitya Akademi and Hindi poet Madhav Koushik was elected as the vice-president of Sahitya Academy.
9. Ariz Khan, bomb-maker of the Indian Mujahideen, and mastermind of serial blasts across the country in 2007 and 2008 that left 165 people dead and 535 injured was arrested by Delhi Police in Nepal.
10. Unauthorized transactions worth Rs. 11,500 crore in the Kala Ghoda branch in south Mumbai, was reported by The Punjab National Bank in a regulatory filing to the stock exchanges. A case was registered against Mumbai-based billionaire diamond merchant Nirav Modi by the CBI and the ED.
11. Polish Senate approves a bill making it illegal to accuse the nation of complicity in the Nazi Holocaust.
1. Almost 90 people were reported to have drowned after a boat capsizes off the coast of Zuwara near Libya’s border with Tunisia.
2. Alexander Misurkin and Anton Shkaplerov, the two Russian astronauts aboard the ISS have set a new record with a spacewalk that lasted eight hours and 13 minutes.
3. The world’s smallest rocket, measuring 10 meters in height and 53 cm in diameter, with the ability to put a micro-satellite into orbit was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture.
4. A controversial Holocaust Bill was signed by Poland’s President, Andrzej Duda, into a law.
5. Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful commercial rocket was successfully test-launched by SpaceX from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S.
6. Tesla Roadster, an electric car, with Starman, a mannequin on board, was sent into space.
7. Scientists from Britain and the U.S. successfully grow human eggs to maturity outside the body, in a laboratory for the first time, and publish the results in the journal Molecular Human Reproduction.
8. Both at the bilateral level and within the multilateral system, India and the UAE agreed to strengthen cooperation in combating terrorism after talks between Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
9. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in his plenary address at the World Government Summit in Dubai said that “We must use technology as a means to development, not destruction.”
10. Two Beidou-3 navigational satellites were launched by China from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
11. Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South African President by ANC legislators.
12. K.P. Sharma Oli has sworn in as Nepal’s Prime Minister for the second time by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari in Kathmandu.