Current Affairs – February 26, 2018

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Veteran Actress Sridevi passes away

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On 24th February 2018, star Sridevi died due to cardiac arrest in Dubai. Sridevi was 54 years old. She had been to Dubai with her family to attend her nephew’s wedding. Born on 13 August 1963 in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, she started her career as a child artist in a Tamil movie in 1969. Later, she acted in several Tamil movies. She had also acted in other South Indian languages like Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada.
She made her Bollywood debut in 1978 and had acted in numerous film afterwards. Those expressive eyes and the mischievous smile sent hearts aquiver and lit up the cinema screens, making Sridevi Bollywood’s first female superstar. She was awarded Padma Shri in 2013.

Central Excise Day: February 24

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The Central Excise Day is celebrated every year on 24th February to mark the enactment of the Central Excise and Salt Act, 1944. This day is celebrated by conducting seminars, workshops, trade interactions, cultural events etc. organized by Central Excise officers across India.
This day is celebrated to encourage the excise department employees to perform their duties in a better manner and honor their contributions. In Union Budget 2018-19 it was announced that the name of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) will be changed to Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC)
Chairman: Vanaja N.Sarna
Under: Ministry of Finance

Parupalli Kashyap wins Austrian Open International Challenge

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Reigning Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap overcame Malaysia’s June Wei Cheam in straight games in the men’s singles final to clinch the Austrian Open International Challenge, his first international title in over three years. Kashyap, a former National champion, and second seed saw off Cheam 23-21, 21-14 in a 37-minute clash. The final, however, was not a cakewalk as world number 126 Cheam matched Kashyap in the first game, which went down to the wires.

New plant species from West Bengal named after former President Abdul Kalam

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Scientists from the Botanical Survey of India have identified a new plant species from two protected National Parks in West Bengal. Named Drypetes kalamii, it is a small shrub found to be the shorter version of its close relative Drypetes ellisii. This adds to the rich floral wealth of India. Standing just 1 metre tall, the newly described plant is unisexual in nature, which means they have separate male and female plants. “The new species is a close relative of a medicinal plant known in Sanskrit as Putrajivah”, says Dr. K. Karthigeyan, the scientist at BSI and corresponding author of the work.
NASA had recently named a new bacterium after Dr. Kalam, and we also chose his name as he is a big inspiration for students and young researchers,” adds Dr. Karthigeyan. The new species is found in wet, shaded areas of subtropical moist semi-evergreen forests, at a height ranging 50-100 meters. With pale yellow flowers in clusters and bright orange to red fruits, the plant is exclusive to the two national parks Buxa and Jaldapara of West Bengal.

Sameer Verma lifts Swiss Open title

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Indian shuttler Sameer Verma dished out a clinical performance to outwit former world no 2 Jan O Jorgensen and clinch the men’s singles title at the $150,000 Swiss Open Super 300 tournament. The 23-year-old from Madhya Pradesh showed great anticipation and technique and added power in his smashes to bamboozle Jorgensen 21-15, 21-13 in a lopsided contest.
Sameer, who had clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold last year and reached the finals at 2016 Hong Kong Super Series, thus lifted his first title of the season and joined fellow Indians Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy, who had won the title in 2015 and 2016.

DRDO successfully carries out test flight of Rustom-2 drone

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India’s premier defence research institute DRDO carried out “successful” test flight of its Rustom 2 drone, a medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), at Chalakere in Karnataka’s Chitradurga district. Rustom 2 is being developed along the lines of predator drones of the US to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) roles for the armed forces with an endurance of 24 hours. The UAV has been designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) of the DRDO, and aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and Bharat Electronics Ltd are its production partners.
Rustom 2 is capable of carrying different combinations of payloads like synthetic aperture radar, electronic intelligence systems, and situational awareness payloads. DRDO chairman S Christopher, its Director General of Aeronautical System CP Ramanarayanan, DG Electronics and Communication Systems J Manjula and other senior scientists witnessed the test flight.
DRDO Headquarters – New Delhi

Saudi Arabia has hosted its first ever jazz festival in Riyadh

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Recently, Saudi Arabia has conducted the Groovz Jazz Festival, its first ever jazz festival, at the Riyadh Intercontinental Hotel, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Groovz Jazz Festival was conducted for 3 days. Nearly, 2,000 people attended this festival. The concert was organized by Time Entertainment. A divided seating arrangement was provided separately for men and women. Family areas were also provided.
Both local and international artists performed at the festival. Bands from Riyadh, Beirut and New Orleans performed at the festival. Apart from musical performances, food trucks, a vintage car display etc. were also featured in the Groovz Jazz Festival. While reforms have taken place in the Kingdom, with a 35-year cinema ban lifted and women set to drive later this year, the majority of the country is conservative, which is reflected in government decisions.

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