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Latest Current Affairs 20th February 2018

CBI grills Rotomac Pens Chief Vikram Kothari :- In another scam, CBI continues to grill Rotomac Pens Chief Vikram Kothari and family members, Company allegedly owes funds to the tune of 3600 crore rupees to seven public sector banks.

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Delhi Chief Secretary Assault: Centre seeks report :- The issue of alleged manhandling of Delhi Chief Secretary by Aam Admi Party MLAs gathers steam; Home Minister expresses concern and seeks a report from the Lt governor; IAS officers posted in Delhi take out a candle-lit march outside Delhi Secretariat in protest.

PM Modi reiterates pledge to double farmers’ income by 2022 :- Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterates his pledge to double farmers’ income by 2022 at an agro conference in Delhi; says govt is focusing on 4 different levels to ensure the betterment of farmers; highlights success of irrigation and crop insurance schemes.

Army foils attempt of Pakistan’s Border Action Team, kills intruder :- Averting a major tragedy, the Army on Sunday night foiled an attempt of Pakistan’s Border Action Team to cross the Line of Control in the Poonch sector, killing one intruder.

Maldives Govt extends emergency by another 30 days :- Maldives government on Tuesday extended emergency in the country by another 30 days, after Parliament approved President Abdulla Yameen’s request.

Syria: 100 civilians dead in bombardment of rebel enclave :- At least 100 civilians, 20 of them children were killed in a Syrian army bombardment of the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, a war monitor reported in a new toll on Tuesday.

17 killed in garbage dump collapse in Mozambique :- Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique’s capital, killing 17 people who were buried by debris.

PM Modi to inaugurate 2-day Investors’ Summit in Lucknow :- Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate 2-day investors’ summit in Lucknow starting on Wednesday; Summit aims to generate 10 lakh jobs in the next 5 years.

Cabinet approves private participation in commercial coal mining :- Government initiates one of the biggest reforms in the mining sector, Union Cabinet approves private and international participation in commercial coal mining, move likely to augment availability of coal, act as a major catalyst for industry.

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E-retailing may log in 2.5 times growth in three years :- The booming e-retail market is likely to surge over twofold over the next three years, as players will be forced to shift their focus from discounts to consolidation, geographical diversification, business realignment and enhancing customer stickiness, says a report.

PNB Scam: Three more PNB officials arrested :- Supreme court to hear PIL seeking SIT probe into PNB Scam; CBI continues crack down on the Jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, in connection with the 11000 crore Scam, arrests 3 more PNB Mumbai branch officials, raids premises of the Jeweller Duo across several cities.

Sardar Singh returns as Hockey Skipper for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup :- Indian team announced for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament beginning in Malaysia on the 3rd of March; Sardar Singh returns to the side to take on the mantle of skipper and lead the team to glory.

Skated with our hearts: Virtue and Moir win stunning gold :- Canadas Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir planned to guzzle some champagne to toast their sparkling record-breaking ice dance triumph on Tuesday which saw them become the most decorated Olympic skaters of all time.

Indian women eye maiden double series win in SA :- The Indian women’s cricket team would be aiming for quick recovery from a rare setback when it takes on South Africa in the fourth Twenty20 International, where a win would give the visitors an unbeatable series lead, on Wednesday in Centurion.

India test fires medium range nuclear capable Agni-II missile :- India on Tuesday test-fired its medium range nuclear capable Agni-II missile with a strike range of 2,000 km from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast, Defence sources said.

Fifteen genes that shape our face identified :- Forensic examiners may soon be able to sketch a perpetrator’s face based on DNA retrieved from a crime scene, thanks to scientists who have identified fifteen genes that determine our facial features.

Babies born in poorest countries still face alarming risks: UNICEF :- Babies born in the world’s poorest countries, most of them in Africa, still face “alarming” risks of death that can be 50 times as high as those in the richest countries, according to a UNICEF report released on Tuesday.

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