February 2012 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs February 2012: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of February 2012 related to India (National) and World (International) for SSC, Banking PO, IBPS, Indian Railways, UPSC, RPSC, State PSC and other upcoming competitive Examinations. It covered all latest current affairs topics like Politics, Appointments, Sports and Players, Awards and Honours, Important Days, Obituaries, Reports, Business, Government Schemes, Education, Books and Authors, Economy, Science and Technology, Geography, Agreements, Conference and Entertainment.

Top Appointment Current Affairs
  • Top Pakistani diplomat Jalil Abbas Jilani, who was expelled by India in 2003 after being accused of funnelling funds to Kashmiri separatists, has been named as the next foreign secretary.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Social activist Anna Hazare will receive an award of Rs 25 lakh from a Delhi-based organisation for his contribution to rural development. The award, instituted by Sitaram Jindal Foundation, will be given on February 23 at a function in New Delhi, Hazare's aide Datta Awari told PTI from Ralegan Siddhi.
Top Incident Current Affairs
  • Thirty-eight militants, including a top commander of Pakistani Taliban, were killed in air strikes and clashes with troops in the volatile tribal belt of northwest Pakistan. The region has witnessed some of the worst fighting in months following a string of attacks by the Taliban.
  • Seven security personnel and 18 militants were killed and five soldiers were kidnapped by Taliban militants on Friday during an attack on a check-post in the restive Kurram tribal region of northwest Pakistan, which has witnessed fierce fighting in recent days.
  • Two well-known Bangladeshi television journalists were found stabbed to death in their home in the capital Dhaka, sparking a widespread protest prompting authorities to issue orders for an investigation.
  • The United States stepped up its campaign targeting Al Qaeda and Taliban militants in Pakistan's restive northwestern tribal region as missiles from CIA-operated drones killed eights suspected insurgents.
  • Six people were killed and 12 others injured in a stampede that broke out at Bhavnath temple's annual Mahashivratri fair in the foothills of Mount Girnar in Gujarat's Junagadh district.
  • Forty nine people were killed and over 600 injured in a train crash in Argentina. The train hit the end of the platform at Once Station in Buenos Aires during the morning rush hour.
Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • The 37-day annual pilgrimage to the Himalayan cave shrine of Amarnath will commence from June 25, the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board which manages the yatra said. In a statement, the SASB said that the yatra will conclude on August 2 coinciding with Raksha Bandhan festival.
  • Maharashtra's Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Rakesh Maria and six senior Indian Police Service officers will face a Central Bureau of Investigation probe for allegedly shielding a fellow police official, who was accused of clearing his law exam, without appearing for practical exam, the Bombay high court ordered on Monday.
  • Militants clad in military uniforms intercepted a convoy of buses and gunned down 18 minority Shia men in a northern Pakistan region that borders the former Taliban stronghold of Swat.

Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • Whitney Houston, the Grammy winning legendary singer-actress and heart throb of the 80's, whose once sparkling career was torn apart by drug abuse and personal problems, was found dead at a hotel in Los Angeles. She was 48.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • Speaker D Jayakumar's action against the actor-politician came a day after he and his Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam MLAs were evicted en masse capping an acrimonious exchange with Jayalalithaa.
  • Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy accused former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair of misleading the nation by saying he was not given a chance to explain his case before the high level panel which indicted him and three other space scientists in the Antrix-Devas deal.
  • South Africa's much-loved former president Nelson Mandela had to be admitted to a hospital for what was described as a 'longstanding' problem, but officials tried to calm any concerns over the 93-year- old's health, saying he was in 'good spirits'.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • The Lokayukta Court issued summons to former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and five others to appear before it on March 3 for their alleged involvement in an illegal land denotification case.
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party has announced a list of 22 candidates for the forthcoming Goa polls. The list, which was announced night, includes names of its prominent leaders except its Member of Parliament Sripad Naik, who has refused to contest.
  • The Centre has issued new guidelines to seize properties or assets of government officials involved in corrupt practices even after their retirement. According to new norms made in consultation with the Ministry of Law and Justice, a competent authority in concerned department can give authorisation to the Centre to attach properties or wealth of the accused employee acquired through corrupt practises after his retirement.
Top Resignation Current Affairs
  • Odisha Excise Minister A U Singhdeo resigned on moral grounds following the hooch tragedy in Cuttack and Khurda districts which left 30 dead and 65 others battling for lives in hospitals. Singhdeo sent his resignation through a special messenger to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's office which was accepted.
  • Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed resigned from his post on Friday after the state crime branch submitted its report to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah confirming the use of unfair means to help Sayeed's son clear his secondary school examination in 2009.
  • Hit by a series of corruption scandals, Germany's youngest president Christian Wulff resigned, dealing a major blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel in a crisis being described as unprecedented in post-war Germany. Wulff, 52, announced his resignation, admitting he had lost the trust of the public, after the state prosecutor announced plans to open a criminal investigation against him and asked the parliament to lift his immunity.
  • Bollywood actor-turned-television star Shekhar Suman resigned from the Congress party, saying that he was unable to devote time for the party due to his hectic acting career.
  • In a dramatic move, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd resigned saying he could no longer work without the support of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, amid speculation that he may pose a bitter challenge to her leadership.
  • Kripashankar Singh, Mumbai Pradesh Congress Chief, has resigned from the post in the wake of party's poor showing in the civic elections last week.
  • A top aerospace scientist has quit as the member of the Space Commission to protest the government's decision to blacklist former Indian Space Research Organisation chief G Madhavan Nair and three other scientists over the controversial Antrix-Devas deal.
  • Mired in inquiries and new embarrassing revelations, James Murdoch quit as executive chairman of News International, the Rupert Murdoch-owned company's troubled publishing unit in the UK.
Top World Current Affairs
  • United States President Barack Obama is leading over his potential Republican challenger Mitt Romney by six points. The opinion poll results by The Washington Post and ABC news came a day after Obama said that he deserves to be re-elected for the second term, given that his administration has successfully led the nation in the revival of its economy.
  • California Attorney General Kamala D Harris applauded a decision by the Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeals that called to affirm the reinstatement of the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.
  • Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani was indicted by the Pakistan Supreme Court on contempt charges for refusing to revive graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, a move that may force the beleaguered leader to quit.
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