February 2016 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs February 2016: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of February 2016 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
  • Finance Minister of West Bengal Amit Mitra has been elected as chairman of ECSFM (Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers) on Goods and Services Tax. Election of a new chairman was necessitated after resignation of Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani.
  • Today, senior IPS officer Alok Kumar Verma assumed charge as the new commissioner of Delhi Police. He has succeeded BS Bassi, who was facing constant conflicts with the AAP government since the last one year.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • President Pranab Mukherjee honoured winners of Infosys Science Prizes and said that the current “Science, Technology and Innovation” policy was finalised 3 years back. He said union government will begin the consultation process so that a science and technology policy can be formulated by 2020 to strengthen self reliance of India.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • LeEco Le 1S has indeed become the best seller in the smartphone market. With the LeEco Le 1S sale on Flipkart commencing, LeEco has been successful in creating three incredible awards viz: the largest number of orders received in a single flash sale, the shortest ever time for the orders received and the highest presale registration number.?
  • After Google wanted to conduct Loon project experiments on scarce and expensive spectrum bands (700 Mhz or 800 Mhz bands) in place of the BSNL-held 2,500 Mhz band, Union government has asked Google to choose a telecom operator partner for testing Loon Project (a balloon-based Internet technology)
Top Entertainment Current Affairs
  • A committee headed by Vice President Hamid Ansari has chosen Bollywood actor Kajol as a part-time member of the Prasar Bharati Board. The committee has also nominated Shashi Shekhar Vempati, who has over a decade-and-half long experience of working with Infosys, and currently heads a reputed online media company.
  • Son of Bollywood actor-turned politician Raj Babbar, actor Aarya Babbar tied the knot with long-time girlfriend Jasmine Puri. An Andheri-based Gurudwara served as the wedding venue with the entire ceremony being an intimate affair attended by close friends and family

Top Inauguration Current Affairs
  • Finance minister Arun Jaitley, who inaugurated a two-day India Investment Summit in New Delhi, expressed hope that the opposition parties will see reason and the Goods and Services Tax will become a reality.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 12th South Asian Games (SAG) yesterday in one of the main cities of Assam, Guwahati. While addressing an audience at the opening ceremony of the 12-day sporting event.
  • Mercedes-Benz inaugurated its 83rd dealership in Pune. It is the second state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz dealership in Pune, which is in sync with the brand’s ‘Winning’ strategy for the year 2016. Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director & CEO, Roland Folger hinted the inauguration of ten new outlets in India by the end of 2016. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated “Make In India Centre” at Mumbai’s MMRDA Grounds and is scheduled to formally inaugurate “Make in India Week” (February 13-18) in the evening at Mumbai’s NSCI Grounds for promoting India as a preferred global destination for manufacturing.
Top India Current Affairs
  • The government of Madhya Pradesh has invoked the National Security Act against Anwar Mev, an expelled BJP leader. As per media reports, Mev was detained for allegedly slaughtering a cow at his home.
  • India has topped the list of largest weapons importing countries in the world. After India, China and Pakistan rank second and fourth with their imports accounting for 4.7% and 3.3% respectively, of the global figure during 2011-15.
  • Hyderabad has been crowned as the best Indian city to live in by the Mercer’s Quality of Living rankings 2016 for the second consecutive year. Though the City of Nizams has slipped by one place in the world rankings- from 138 to 139, it continues to top the chart within India, all thanks to the city’s ‘lower crime rate’, ‘lesser air pollution’ and ‘improved options for international and reputable English speaking schools’.?
Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • After launching its 4G Services in Delhi, India’s second largest telecom operator Vodafone India has rolled out 4G Services in the country’s financial capital Mumbai. Vodafone 4G SIM cards are now available at all the fifty six retail stores spread in different parts of the city.
  • Kerala is planning to issue short-term liquor license to hotels holding meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE). The decision is believed to an excellent initiative to resuscitate the MICE segment of tourism business which was severely hit by the liquor ban in Kerala. Presently, only five-star hotels in the state are permitted to serve liquor.?
Top Person Current Affairs
  • For the first time in the Indian history, foreign terrorist David Coleman Headley would depose before a special Mumbai Court via video conference. Today, he would be revealing the sequence of events and planning behind the 26/11 terror attacks.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has stated that the government will construct the memorial for commemorating the life and work of late President APJ Abdul Kalam at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu.
  • J P Nadda, Union Health and Welfare Minister, has termed as misleading Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh’s statement regarding the stoppage of the central government's grants.
Top Science Current Affairs
  • Scientists at a lab in Hyderabad said that they have developed the world’s first vaccine against the Zika Virus. As per media reports, the Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech International Limited has said that it has patented the Zika vaccine.
Top Social Current Affairs
  • Facebook has taken off Free Basics from India. Reliance Communications’ decision to make Facebook’s Free Basics platform a paid one has been the backbone of the announcement made by Facebook. A huge disparity between Facebook and critics on the Free Basics matter has led to the pulling out of Free Basics from India. 
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • The Rajkot franchise of the Indian Premier League has announced Suresh Raina as its skipper. As per media reports, the franchise, which is one of the two new teams introduced for the next two editions, at the ceremony announced its logo and team name, christening itself as the Gujarat Lions.  
  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India said that pacer Mohammed Shami has been included in the Indian team for the World Cup T20 which will begin next month.
  • India is not only witnessing a gold rush but also dominating the 12th South Asian Games, especially in the medal’s tally. Till now, India is leading the chart by winning 14 gold and five silver medals. Second and third positions are held by Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively
  • As the host of South Asian Games 2016, India was yet again crowned as an overall champion for the 12th consecutive time after grabbing a whopping 308 medals. India also dominated the final day of competition in addition to the South Asian Games held at Shillong. India won 188 gold, 90 silver and 30 bronze medals. ?
  • Mahesh Bhupati teamed up with Yuki Bhambri to defeat Saketh Myneni-Sanam Singh pair, defending champions, in a three set duel (6-3, 4-6, 10-5) and win Delhi Open Men's Doubles tennis tournament.
  • Indian tennis player Leander Paes and Jeremy Chardy, his French partner, have crashed out of the Mexico Open. According to media reports, the duo lost in straight sets in the first round. They lost to Austria’s Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin of France by 2-6, 4-6.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • Unity Hyundai launched India’s first digital experience outlet at Unity One in Rohini, New Delhi. YK Koo, MD of Hyundai Motors India Ltd.(HMIL) inaugurated the outlet which is intended to break the general monotony of buying cars in the national capital.
  • InFocus has forayed into home entertainment category by announcing launch of their LED TV series in India. InFocus manufactured LED television sets will be available from February 29 exclusively on Snapdeal
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