One liners 23rd February

• The Rotary Club of Vijayawada is going to present a ‘Lifetime achievement award’ Nori Dattatreyudu as part of its 114th Rotary Day celebration. He is a world-renowned radiation oncologist and Padma award winner.

• A rare frog species was found by Scientists at Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) in Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is native to Xizang in China.

• A species of tortoise- Fernandina Giant Tortoise, labelled by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered and possibly extinct for the last 100 years, was rediscovered in Galapagos Island of Fernandina.

• West Indies’ batsman, Chris Gayle, broke the record for “Most Sixes in International Cricket” by achieving a feat of 477 international sixes at the 1st ODI between West Indies and England at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.

• Scientist says that Neptune’s tiny, mysterious moon, maybe a ‘chipped-off piece’ from a larger moon as a result of a collision with a comet that took place billions of years ago. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope had discovered Hippocamp in 2013.

• US defence firm, Lockheed Martin, unveiled the F-21 multi-role fighter jet at Asia’s biggest air show Aero India-2019, which will be manufactured in India, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s flagship programme ‘Make in India’.

• A new scheme launched in the state named as Mithi Kranti Yojna in which the government has given approval for the scheme of 100 crores for the launch of the sweet revolution.

• The Centre adviced Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Oil India Ltd. (OIL) to sell 66 of their small oil and gas fields to private firms as it brought in a new policy to boost domestic production and cut imports.

• Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) awarded Alstom a Rs.580 crore contract. The contract is to provide power supply and traction electrification for the 33-kilometre extension to Bangalore Metro under Phase II.

• Reliance Communications has sought an urgent approval from its lenders to release approximately Rs.260 crore received from I-T refunds, lying in its bank account, directly to Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson.

• Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai has given his approval to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to send the letter to International Cricket Council (ICC), asking to ban Pakistan from the 2019 World Cup following the Pulwama attack.

• Piramal Enterprises Ltd’s (PEL) pain relief tablet brand Saridon has been exempted from the list of banned fixed dose combinations (FDCs) by the Supreme Court.

• Indian Army’s former Master-General of Ordnance (MGO), Lt General Ravi Thodge appointed as the third member of Committee of Administrators (CoA), which is overseeing BCCI’s affairs.

• Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive-4 (SPD-4), to establish the Space Force as the sixth branch of the United States military, to go along with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

• The proposed law gives same-sex couples similar legal protections for marriage as heterosexuals. The new bill has also been met with criticism from conservative groups that oppose same-sex unions.

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