Current Affairs News Update for February 22, 2016

current affairs february 2016February 22: India is a country with considerable amount of rural population.It was only in the last 30 years, people have started moving to urban cities in search of better living oppurtunities.To provide the people in rural areas with better infrastructure, Govt of India has started the Rurban scheme which aims to bring all the common facilties to these villages & towns so they are future ready.It shall also help control the shift in population from rural to urban.Here are the Latest Current Affairs & News Events of February 22, 2016 


National News:

International Mother Language Day (Bhasha Divas) was observed across the world on 21 February.


The 42nd Khajuraho Dance Festival started in Khajuraho, Chhattarpur district in Madhya Pradesh.


Rajasthan & Madhya Pradesh are leading in establishing the Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) for the implementation of smart city plans as per a statement released by Ministry of Urban Development


Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das presented Rs 63,502 crore budget for 2016-17 with strong focus on agriculture, curbing tax evasion and women.


PM Narendra Modi launched the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission, an initiative to transform the rural areas to sport an urban look.


Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said that the state government will offer interest-free loans to women self-help groups (SHGs) in the state.


The SC issued a notice to the Centre, Haryana and UP governments after parts of Delhi faced water crisis on Sunday owing to the ongoing Jat quota agitation.


20 cancer treatment institutes & 17 new AIIMS could soon come across India, according to the Union Health Minister JP Nadda.


BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has filed a plea with the Supreme Court to shift the mosque across Saryu river, so that the Ram temple could come up at Ayodhya.


The Income Tax Department is currently working on collecting data about all the 22.94 crore PAN card holders, as per reports.


International News:

US State Department revealed that it had declined North Korea's offer of peace talks to formally end the Korean War before the country's latest nuclear test.


Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Pakistan’s interior minister said that India has given permission to Islamabad to send a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to visit Pathankot over the terror attack that took place on January 2.


New Appointments:

Dr.Ketan Shukla, a 1986 IFS batch officer has been appointed as the new High Commissioner to the Republic of Botswana.


President Pranab Mukherjee appointed Justice Vineet Saran as the new Chief Justice of Orissa (Odisha) High Court.


Vinay Kumar Singh has been appointed as the Managing Director of National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC).


RiMyong-Su, former People's Security Minister, was mentioned as "Chief of the Korean People's Army General Staff" by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) while reporting about an army exercise guided by leader Kim Jong-un.


Awards & Honours:

Kanavu Variyam, a tamil movie directed by Arun Chidambaram has won the Remi Award at the 49th World Fest Houston International Film Festival, the oldest independent film & video festival in the world.


A malayalam film ‘Ottaal’ won the Crystal Bear award at the International Berlin Film Festival.The film is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s short story ‘Vanka' by Malayali director Jayaraj.


Milind Kulkarni, Kiran Musunuru, Sachin Patel, Vikram Shyam, Shwetak Patel, and Rahul Mangharam are the 6 Indian Americans among 106 people who will receive the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists & Engineers from the US President Barack Obama.


Science & Technology:

Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister for Science and Technology launched the Ksheer Scanner system used to detect Adulteration in Milk. It was developed by CSIR-CEERI.


NASA is developing a new space telescope called the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) with a field of view which is 100 times larger than that of the Hubble Space Telescope.


A US startup has developed a unisex smart watch 'Ritot', that projects time and notifications on the user's hand.The price of the watch is $199.



Umberto Eco, the philosopher & novelist who is known for his work ‘The Name Of The Rose’ died at the age of 84 after battling cancer.


Sports News:

Mayookha Johny has won the silver medal in women's triple jump at the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships by crossing a distance of 14.00 metres. Renjith Maheshwary also won a silver in the men's triple jump with 16.16 metres.


The Jaypee Punjab Warriors won the Hockey India League (HIL) 2016 trophy after defeating Kalinga Lancers 6-1 in the final at the Astro Turf Stadium in Ranchi.


India increased their medals tally to 7 to finish the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.


Banking & Economy:

UK banking firm HSBC reported a net loss of $858 million for the quarter ended December compared to a net profit of $1.73 billion for the same period last year.


The non-performing assets (NPAs) of public sector banks (PSBs) have increased to nearly Rs. 4 lakh crore, which is 1.5 times the market value of these lenders.


China appears focused on rapidly developing an ecosystem for electric vehicles, which includes a surge of charging points on its expressways & hitech manufacturing facilities.


Flipkart founders Sachin and Binny Bansal, Accel Partners & other angel investors have invested an undisclosed amount of seed funding in medical technology startup SigTuple,based out of Bengaluru.


The Public Investment Board (PIB) has approved a Rs.800 crore proposal from India Post for setting up a payments bank.

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