18 Feb 2023: Current affairs for IAS/PCS, Banking, IBPS, SSC, Railway etc

This section contains daily current affairs taken from all major newspapers and magazines like - The Hindu, Indian Express, PIB, Live Mint, RSTV etc.

These current affairs are written in a easy to remember format and are useful for UPSC, IAS/PCS, Banking, IBPS, SSC, Railway, UPPSC, RPSC, BPSC, MPPSC, TNPSC, MPSC, KPSC and other competition exams.

Vibrant Villages Programme

The union government announced a Rs 4,800 crore centrally sponsored scheme for four years through FY26.

It aims to improve the quality of life and encourage people to stay in their native locations in border areas.

KAVACH-2023 hackathon

KAVACH-2023, a national level hackathon was launched to identify innovative ideas and technological solutions for addressing the cyber security and cybercrime challenges of the 21st century.

KAVACH-2023 is a one-of-a-kind national hackathon jointly developed by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) and Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre.

Swaraj Trophy 2021-22 for Best District Panchayat

The Kollam district panchayat has won the Swaraj Trophy for the best district panchayat in the State for the 2021-22 financial year.

Kollam district, is one of 14 districts of the state of Kerala, India.

Israel's LORA Ballistic Missile for Indian Tri-Services

Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has signed an MoU with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the domestic manufacture and supply of its Long-Range Artillery Weapon System (LORA) for the Indian Tri-services.

LORA is a sea-to-ground and ground-to-ground system that comprises a long-range ballistic missile, a unique launcher, a command-and-control system, and a ground/marine support system.

World Pangolin Day 2023

World Pangolin Day is observed annually on the third Saturday in February, and this year it falls on February 18.

Pangolins are the only mammal to be covered in scales.

International centre of excellence for dams

The Central Water Commission (CWC), Ministry of Jal Shakti entered into a MoU with IIT Roorkee for development of International Centre of Excellence for Dams (ICED) under externally funded Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project Phase II and Phase III.

Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) was launched by the Central Water Commission (CWC) with assistance from the World Bank in 2012 to improve the safety and operational performance of existing dams.

JANUS-1 has successfully reached orbit

JANUS-1, the first satellite fully conceived, designed, and manufactured using Antaris's end-to-end cloud platform, reached orbit.

JANUS-1 rode on the ISRO SSLV-D2 rocket.

It was launched under a commercial arrangement with New Space India Limited (NSIL).

The satellite features five payloads from a range of global providers.

Law Providing Menstrual Leave

The Spanish government approved a historic law granting paid medical leave to women suffering from severe menstrual pain which is the first for any European country.

The legislation also allows minors aged 16 and 17 to have an abortion without parental permission.