Current Affairs of 26 February


Non-Military, Pre-Emptive Counter-Terror Operation
Counter-Terror Operation
Non-Military, Pre-Emptive Counter-Terror Operation - The Indian Air Force fighter jets crossed the line of control in the early hours of February 26, 2019 and attacked Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Indian Air Force used Mirage-2000 jets to drop 1000 kg of laser-guided bombs causing an estimated casualty of 200-300. India struck the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa. The attacked facility at Balakot was headed by Maulana Yousuf Azhar. The government said it was a “non-military, pre-emptive” counter-terror operation against imminent threats from the JeM.

Gandhi Peace Prize
Gandhi Peace Prize
Gandhi Peace Prize - President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Gandhi Peace Prize for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
2015 - Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari (For Rural Development)
2016 - Akshaya Patra Foundation (For Mid-Day Meals) and Sulabh International (Sanitation)
2017 - Ekal Abhiyan Trust (Rural empowerment)
2018 - Yohei Sasakawa (For Leprosy Eradication)

Quick Reaction Surface-To-Air Missiles Tested
Missiles Tested
Quick Reaction Surface-To-Air Missiles Tested - India successfully test-fired two indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air missiles (QRSAM) from a test range off the Odisha coast. The trials were conducted by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur. The state-of-the-art missile, with a strike range of 30 km, is capable of engaging multiple targets. 

Mukhyamantri Yuva Swabhiman Yojana
Mukhyamantri Yuva Swabhiman Yojana
Mukhyamantri Yuva Swabhiman Yojana - Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath launched the State Government’s flagship scheme ‘Mukhyamantri Yuva Swabhiman Yojana’ that guarantees 100 days of employment every year to urban youth from economically weaker sections. Under the scheme, Rs 4,000 stipend per month during 100 days period, would be given to the youth and they will also be given skill development training in order to become independent. Only those youths, whose family’s annual income is less than Rs 2 lakh and who are in the age group of 21-30 years, are eligible for the scheme. 

Prompt And Corrective Action
PCA
Prompt And Corrective Action - Three more banks — Allahabad Bank and Corporation Bank, from the public sector, and Dhanlaxmi Bank from the private sector — are now out of the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) prompt and corrective action (PCA) framework. Earlier, such restrictions were taken off Bank of India, Oriental Bank of Commerce and Bank of Maharashtra. There are another six banks that are still under PCA framework.

Mukesh Ambani
Mukesh Ambani
Loong Palace Hurun Global Rich List - Indian’s richest individual Mukesh Ambani, CMD of Reliance Industries, figures in the top 10 richest individuals globally as per the ‘Loong Palace Hurun Global Rich List 2019. Coming in at position eight globally, he is the first Indian to achieve this position as also the only Asian in this year’s list. His net worth is estimated at $54 billion. S.P. Hinduja whose ranking is 40 globally and number two in India, has estimated wealth of $21 billion. Azim Premji, at position 57 globally and third-richest in India.

Sampriti Exercise
Sampriti Exercise
Sampriti Exercise - As part of the ongoing India Bangladesh defence cooperation, a joint military exercise Sampriti-2019 will be conducted at Tangail, Bangladesh from 02 March to 15 March 2019.This will be the eighth edition of the exercise which is hosted alternately by both countries.

Highest Score in T20s
Highest Score in T20s
Highest Score in T20s - Afghanistan scored 278 for the loss of three wickets from their allotted 20 overs, to register the highest-ever total in T20s at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Zazai and his 236-run opening stand with Usman Ghani became the highest partnership in T20Is. 

National Institutes of Design
National Institutes of Design
National Institutes of Design - Union Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated National Institutes of Design (NID) at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and Jorhat in Assam. Both institutes are autonomous institutions under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The National Design Policy 2007 had recommended setting up design institutes on the lines of NID, Ahmedabad in other parts of India to promote design programs.  Four new NIDs have been set up - Amaravati, Jorhat, Bhopal and Kurukshetra.

PRANAM Bill
PRANAM Bill
PRANAM Bill - Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the PRANAM (Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring) Commission, a panel set up to look after the issues concerning a Bill brought in for protection of parents of state government employees. As per the Bill, if the PRANAM Commission gets a complaint that parents of a state government employee is being ignored, then 10 or 15% of the employee's salary will be deducted by the government and paid to the parents or differently-abled siblings.

Astounding Bhagavad Gita
Astounding Bhagavad Gita
Astounding Bhagavad Gita - A giant Bhagavad Gita, running into 670 pages and weighing about 800 kgs, was unveiled at Delhi’s ISKCON temple by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dubbed as the ‘Astounding Bhagavad Gita’, the giant scripture measures 2.8×2 metres and has been stated as the largest principle sacred text ever to be printed, according to ISCKON.

Bullock Cart Races Allowed
Bullock Cart Races Allowed
Bullock Cart Races Allowed - Clearing the way for the bullock cart races to return to Kila Raipur rural olympics, the Punjab Vidhan Sabha passed Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Punjab Amendment), Bill, 2019. The Act, once notified, would exempt the conduct of Bullock Cart Racing from the provision of the Central Act, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals act, 1960.

SEBI Rejected Application of Commodity Broker
SEBI
SEBI Rejected Application of Commodity Broker - The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has rejected the application of registration for commodity broking licence from Anand Rathi Commodities and Geofin Comtrade for their alleged role in the Rs 5,600-crore settlement scam at the National Spot Exchange Ltd. (NSEL) that came out in the open in July 2013.

Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya 
Sanath Jayasuriya - Former Sri Lanka batsman Sanath Jayasuriya was banned for two years after admitting to obstruct an anti-corruption probe by tampering with evidence sought by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Jayasuriya is a former Sri Lankan captain who was also a key member of the 1996 World Cup winning team.

Abhijeet Gupta
Abhijeet Gupta
Cannes International Open Trophy - Indian Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta lifted the Cannes International Open trophy. He took an easy draw with Pier Luigi Basso of Italy in the ninth and final round.