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Daily G.K. Buzz 17th February 2015

1. Cartoonist Rajinder Puri passes away

Rajinder Puri (born 1934), was an Indian cartoonist, veteran columnist and political activist. He was on the staff of The Hindustan Times and The Statesman as a cartoonist and writer.Puri was born on 20 September 1934 in Karachi, now in Pakistan.

2.Six new Akash squadrons to give IAF missile muscle

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is all geared up to raise six new squadrons of the Akash Air Defence System which is indigenously developed by the DRDO, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and private firms long before the nation launched on the Make-In-India campaign.

3. Over 400% jump in tourist arrival in December'14

Tourist arrivals in December last year soared by over 400 per cent as compared to December 2013, in a development now linked to the launch of tourist visa on arrival (TVoA) enabled by electronic travel authorization (ETA) scheme in 44 countries on November 27, 2014.

4. Croatia's first female president sworn in

Croatia's first female president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic pledged to help kickstart the country's ailing economy as she was sworn into office on 15th feb.

The 46-year-old conservative former foreign minister and NATO official narrowly defeated her left-wing predecessor Ivo Josipovic in an election run-off in January.

5. Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan: Government builds 7.1 lakh toilets in January 

A total of 31.83 lakh toilets have been built between April 2014 and January 2015, which is 25.4% of the target for 2014-15. The programme entails an investment of nearly Rs 2 lakh crore over the next five years to construct 12 crore toilets in India.

6. Indian Yoga Teacher Sets World Record in Hong Kong

Yogaraj CP a 29-year-old Indian yoga teacher in Hong Kong set a Guinness World Record for performing Yoga continuously for 40 hours non-stop, demonstrating more than 1,500 'asanas'.

7. CAREER award for indian origin scientist

Indian-origin scientist Professor Srikanth Jagabathula received Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) given by the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United States (US).

Srikanth Jagabathula, an Indian-origin researcher has been awarded with 500,000 Dollars for developing data-driven modelling and learning techniques.

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