Current Affairs Daily Digest: February 15, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for February 15, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

National Current Affairs

FSSAI unveils Food Fortification Logo

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has unveiled a Logo for fortified foods which may be used by food businesses. The logo comprises of a square encompassing an F with a ‘+’ sign with a ring around it, signifying addition of extra nutrition and vitamins to daily meals to provide good health, protection for active life. Several food businesses across the country have already started using this logo. Food fortification or enrichment is the process of adding micronutrients i.e. essential trace elements and vitamins into the food.

FSSAI constitutes Panel on Food Fortification and Nutrition

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has constituted a Panel on Food Fortification and Nutrition to identify critical nutritional gaps in the Indian diet in general and also in specific target groups. The 11 member panel will frame final regulations on fortification of foods and prepare strategies to address malnutrition problem. Read more

India joins UN network to halve maternal, newborn deaths

India has joined Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, a global health network focused on improving the quality of care for new mothers and babies. The network is supported by World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other partners. Read more

IMF opens technical assistance and training centre SARTTAC in New Delhi

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has opened a first-of-its-kind South Asia Training and Technical Assistance Centre (SARTTAC) in New Delhi for economic capacity building in South Asia. It will work to support local member countries of South Asia viz. India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka to build human and institutional capacity and implement policies for growth and poverty reduction. Read more

No need to stand if National Anthem is part of film: SC

The Supreme Court has clarified that there is no need to stand inside a cinema hall when the national anthem is featured as a part of a film, documentary or a newsreel. This is second clarification issued by SC on its November 2016 order, directing all persons to stand up when the national anthem is sung or played in a cinema theatre. Read more

Environment, Science & Technology Current Affais

ISRO successfully launches record 104 satellites in single mission

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) created history by successfully launching a record 104 satellites in single mission. These satellites were launched on board of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37, on its 39th mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.’ Read more

Scientists develop Thubber, stretchable rubber material with high thermal conductivity

Scientists have developed novel rubber like material nicknamed ‘thubber’ which has high thermal conductivity and elasticity. It is an electrically insulating composite material that exhibits an unprecedented combination of metal-like thermal conductivity, elasticity similar to soft, biological tissue. Read more

Scientists discover 1970s banned chemicals in deep ocean fauna

Scientists for the first time have found high levels of human-made pollutants, including chemicals that were banned in the 1970s, in the tissues of marine creatures dwelling in the deepest oceans of the Earth. These chemicals were discovered after sampling amphipods from the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana and Kermadec trenches, which are over 10 km deep and 7,000 km apart. Read more

India’s air pollution is world’s deadliest compared to China: Study

According to a new study of global air pollution India’s rapidly worsening air pollution is now surpassing China’s as the deadliest in the world. The report was issued jointly by Health Effects Institute, a Boston research institute focused on the health effects of air pollution, and Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle based population health research centre. Read more

Defence Current Affairs

IAF inducts indigenous early warning system NETRA

The Indian Airforce (IAG) has formally inducted the first indigenously built Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) dubbed as NETRA. The AEW&C NETRA has been indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It was unveiled at the 2017 Aero India exhibition held in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Read more

Persons in News

Sachin Tendulkar adopts Donja Village in Maharashtra under SAGY

Indian cricket icon and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar has adopted Donja in Osmanabad (Maharashtra) under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna. It is second village adopted by him, first was Puttamraju Kandriga in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. Tendulkar has sanctioned over Rs 4 crore from his MPLAD (Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme) fund for development of Donja. The amount will used for development of a new school building, water Supply scheme for potable water connection to each household, concrete roads and sewage line.

Veteran journalist T V Parasuram passes away

Veteran journalist T V Parasuram passed away in the US due to age-related illness. He was 93. He is former correspondent of the Press Trust of India (PTI). He had started his career in the 1950s in the US as the PTI correspondent at UN. He also had served as the correspondent for The Indian Express for two decades till his retirement at age 58. Later he became the PTI’s Washington correspondent till he quit journalism at age 82. He had won a Harvard Niemen Fellowship in journalism. He had authored two books, A Medal for Kashmir, Indian Army operations first-hand account in 1947-48 in Jammu and Kashmir and India’s Jewish Heritage.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix appointed as new UN peacekeeping chief

France’s Jean-Pierre Lacroix (56) was appointed as Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations peacekeeping operations. He will succeed Herve Ladsous, who will step down in March 2017after six years of service. Mr. Lacroix will have tenure of one year. Currently, he is director for the UN at the French foreign Ministry.

Sports Current Affairs

Jehan Daruvala wins New Zealand GP

Jehan Daruvala has won the Toyota Racing Series’ New Zealand Grand Prix held at the Chris Amon Circuit in Manfeild, New Zealand. With theiswin, Jehan amassed 781 points in the 15-race series held in January-February 2017 and finished it in fifth position. Thomas Randle of New Zealand, with 855 points, was crowned champion of the series. Brazilian Pedro Piquet (850 points), son of former F1 world champion Nelson Piquet, came at second place ahead of Dutch driver Richard Verschoor (843 points).

Events and Observances

Annual Cobra Gold Exercise Commences in Thailand

The annual Cobra Gold joint military Exercise commenced in Chonburi Province of Thailand. It is jointly hosted by the US and Thailand. It is one of Asia’s largest multinational drills. This year more than 8,300 personnel from 29 countries, including Japan, China, South Korea and Southeast Asian nations are taking part. The 11-day exercise includes landing drills using amphibious vehicles and humanitarian assistance projects.

Indian Seed Congress 2017 held in Kolkata

The 2017 Indian Seed Congress was held in Kolkata, capital of West Bengal. The theme of this edition of annual forum was “Seed of Joy”. It will deliberate on the new technological advances and the barriers to technology development and introduction. It will showcase new product range, services and network for better business development. It will also provide a platform for the seed industry stakeholders to talk to technology developers, and policy makers.

UNESCO hosts Nature Fest in Himachal Pradesh

The UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) had organised the two-day Nature Fest at the World Heritage Site Great Himalayan National Park (GNHP) at Sairopa in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh. It was organised in collaboration with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and was attended by prominent conservationists. The fest held discussions on nature conservation in mountains followed by panel discussion on natural and cultural heritage of the Himalayan region and heritage walk in GHNP.

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