21st February 2018 Current Affairs – GK Today
1.International Mother Language Day is celebrated on 21st February. This year theme is ‘linguistic diversity and multilingualism for sustainable development’.
2.Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the two-day ‘Uttar Pradesh Investors’ Summit 2018 in Lucknow.
3.Uttar Pradesh’s Khadi and Village Industries Board signed a pact with Amazon India to facilitate online selling of Khadi products.
4.The agriculture ministry has added six new features in the National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) platform to make it more user-friendly.
5.Union Drinking Water and Sanitation minister Uma Bharati launched the Gangotri Swachh Iconic Place project and Swajal Project in Uttarakhand, Uttarkashi district.
6.The University Grants Commission today constituted a four-member Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) for shortlisting 20 Institutions of Eminence (IoE). N Gopalaswami, former chief election commissioner of India is the chairperson of the committee.
7.In the wake of the Rs 11,300 crore fraud at the Punjab National Bank, the Reserve Bank of India has constituted a five-member panel under former board member Y H Malegam.
8.India has ranked 12th worst country to be born in among 52 lower middle-income nations, according to the UNICEF report.
9.India has ranked 7th in the list of targeted countries for Web Application Attacks (WAA), according to the report from content delivery network services Akamai.
10.The Government has issued an order of setting up ‘Niti Forum for North-East’. The forum would be co-chaired by the Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog and Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER) Minister Dr. Jitender Singh.
11.US Marines in Thailand for the Cobra Gold training exercise took part in one of the wildest parts of the drills – drinking cobra blood. This is one of the largest in the Indo-Pacific region.
12.Renowned writer and social activist Kunhiraman Panoor have passed away.