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Current Affairs February 11 & 12, 2018

1. National Productivity Week:

  • The National Productivity Week will be observed from 12th to 18th February (3rd week of February) by the National Productivity Council.
  • The week has been started on 12th February (National Productivity Day).
  • The theme for the week is- “Industry 4.0 Leapfrog Opportunity for India.


2. Government launches Sanskrit Centre in Gujarat University:

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has launched the Centre for learning Sanskrit language in Gujarat University, Ahmedabad.
  • The Centre will provide a comprehensive course of 6 months duration.


3. ONGC acquires 10% stake in UAE’s Zakum oilfield:

  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has acquired 10% stake in Abu Dhabi’s offshore Lower Zakum Concession for $600 million.
  • With this deal, Indian Companies for the first time have acquired stake in in Abu Dhabi’s hydrocarbon resources.


4. Modi to address World Government Summit in Dubai:

  • Prime Minister NarendraModihasaddress the crowd at the inaugural day of the World Government Summit in Dubai.
  • India is the Guest of Honor country at the summit.


5. 12th February- Darwin Day:

  • With an aim to spread the principles in the world given by Charles Darwin, the Darwin Day is celebrated every year on 12th February.


6. Mumbai- 12th richest city in the world:

  • Mumbai, the financial capital of India is the 12th richest city in the world with the total wealth of $950 billion.
  • New York has secured the first position in the New World Wealth report.


7. Bihar bans sale of loose cigarettes :

  • The Government of Bihar has banned the sale of loose cigarettes to prohibit kids and youngsters who start smoking by buying loose cigarettes.
  • This has been done under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003.


8. World’s tallest hotel in Dubai:

  • Dubai has opened world’s tallest hotel Gevora (365 meters high), breaking its own record by 1 meter.
  • The 75-storey hotel broke the record earlier held by JW Marriot Marquis situated in Dubai.


9. RajimKumbhMela created world record:

  • Over 2,100 saints and locals by blowing “shankh” together have set a record on the second day of RajimKumbhMela in Chhattisgarh.
  • The mela was inaugurated at the banks of river Mahanadi.


10. PNB signs pact with National e-Government Services:

  • Punjab National Bank has signed an agreement for information and utility with National e-Governance Services Limited.
  • This has been done to augment the information infrastructure in India.


11. VikasSathaye wins Oscars 2018 Scientific and Technical Awards:

  • VikasSathaye, from Mumbai, is a part of 4 member team that has won the scientific and engineering award at the Oscars 2018 Scientific and Technical Awards.
  • The award has been given for the development and implementation of Shotover K1 Camera System.


12. Chandrasekhar Rath passes away:

  • Renowned Odia author and poet Chandrasekhar Rath has passed away at the age of 89.
  • He was nominated for Padma Shri this year for his contribution in Odia literature.


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