Current Affairs Daily Digest: February 4, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for February 4, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

National Current Affairs

SC asks Government to prepare plan for eradication of leprosy

The Supreme Court has asked the Central Government to prepare a comprehensive policy for implementation of a plan to eradicate leprosy from the country. A three-judge SC bench asked the Government to submit the plan within four weeks. The bench told the Centre that people are required to successfully implement the government policies at the ground level. It was hearing a PIL which had rapped the Government authorities for their apathy in eradicating leprosy, saying despite it being curable, the disease still remains a stigma. The PIL had mentioned that leprosy affects over 1 lakh 25,000 people in the country annually and government has failed to eliminate the disease despite medical treatment available since 1981.

President Pranab Mukherjee opens annual Udyanotsav of Rashtrapati Bhavan

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the annual ‘Udyanotsav’ of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. For this event, about 14,000 Tulip bulbs in seven different colours were planted in Mughal Gardens. This year’s Udyanotsav’ will include two new varieties of roses named after the President Mukherjee and his late wife Suvra Mukherjee. Besides several beds of roses, including both new and heritage varieties are the main attraction of the Long garden. Flower Carpets in magnificent designs will also be on display in the Central Lawns highlighting the skill and craft of the gardeners of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Railway Ministry, Italy’s FS group sign MOU for technical cooperation

The Union Ministry of Railways and Italy’s public sector rail company Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane Group (FS Group) has signed MoU for technical cooperation in rail sector especially in the area of safety and modernisation. The MoU comes in the backdrop of emphasis given Railway Ministry on safety in railway operation. Read more

International Current Affairs

US imposes new sanctions on Iran

The United States has imposed new sanctions on Iran following its recent ballistic missile test. The sanctions target 12 companies and 13 people, including groups in China, Lebanon and United Arab Emirates (UAE).  According to US Treasury Department Iran’s continued support to terrorism and development of its ballistic missile programme pose a threat to the region, US and its partners worldwide. Under the sanctions, those involved cannot have access the US financial system or deal with US companies. They are also subject to “secondary sanctions”, which means foreign companies and individuals are prohibited from dealing with them as they also can be blacklisted by US. Iran has denounced the new sanctions as illegal and hailed that they are not compatible with US’s commitments and United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution that endorsed the nuclear deal (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) reached between Iran and P5+1 countries in 2015.

February 4: World Cancer Day

The World Cancer Day (WCD) is observed every year on 4 February across the world to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. The theme (tagline) between 2016 and 2018 WCD is “We can. I can”. Read more

Science and Technology Current Affairs

NASA’s Juno spacecraft completes fourth flyby of Jupiter

NASA’s solar-powered Juno spacecraft completed closest flyby of Jupiter mysterious cloud tops for the fourth time. All eight of Juno’s science instruments were switched on during the flyby. During its closest approach it was roughly 4,300 km above Jupiter’s cloud tops and travelled at a speed of about 208,000 kmph. Currently, Juno is locked in a 53-day orbit around Jupiter. Read more

Single-dose Zika vaccine works in animals: study

According to recent study, an innovative vaccine made from genetic material protected lab animals from the Zika virus in experiments. A single, low dose of the vaccine shielded mice exposed to Zika five months after the shot. Even monkeys exposed five weeks after they were innoculated were also not affected by the virus. Read more

Persons in News

Vikram Limaye appointed as MD of NSE

Managing Director of IDFC Vikram Limaye, was appointed as new Managing Director of the National Stock Exchange (NSE), India’s largest stock exchange by turnover. Decision in this regard was taken by the board of directors of NSE, chaired by former finance secretary Ashok Chawla. Vikram Limaye will succeed Chitra Ramakrishna after she had quit the exchange in December 2016 citing personal reasons.  He is chartered accountant with an MBA from The Wharton School. Earlier, Mr Limaye was also named a member of a four-member panel by the Supreme Court to run the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the apex cricket management body in the country.

Veteran theatre personality Asim Basu passes away

Eminent stage craft director, theatre personality, actor, director, artist, painter and writer Asim Basu passed away after a prolonged illness. He was 82 Basu was closely associated with the art and culture scene of Odisha for over five decades. He was born in a small village in north Balasore. He has received the state Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1998 and was chosen for Dharmapada Award for the year 2010. He had given stage craft and art direction in more than 500 plays, films and had directed over 200 plays.

Anand Kumar Gupta appointed new Director of NTPC

Anand Kumar Gupta (56) has been appointed the new Director (Commercial) of National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC). In his new role, he will be responsible for the activities relating to Commercial, International and Domestic Business development and Consultancy business of NTPC.  In his career spanning over 36 years, he has contributed in the NTPC in various positions including those of executive director – incharge of commercial and executive director (Engineering).  He also headed business development department of NTPC and plant operations & maintenance at power stations. He is graduate in electrical engineering from Moti Lal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad.

Former CBI chief Joginder Singh passes away

Former CBI chief Joginder Singh passed away after prolonged illness. He was 77 years old. He was 1961 batch IPS officer of Karnataka cadre. He had joined Police Service at the age of 20 and rose to take charge of CBI in July 1996. He had overseen investigation of several high-profile cases including Bofors scam and Bihar’s fodder scam, securities scam, JMM MPs bribery scandal, Rs. 133 crore urea scam, telecom deals by the then Union minister Sukh Ram, among others. He was also a prolific writer and had penned over 25 books on various subjects after retiring from the service.

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