Current Affairs Daily Digest: February 5-6, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for February 5-6, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

National Current Affairs

India to host international nuclear security meet

India is going to host Implementation and Assessment Group Meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT), a key meet on nuclear security on February 8-10, 2017. It is being hosted by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in coordination with the Department of Atomic Energy. Approximately 150 delegates from 100 GICNT partner countries and international organisations will participate in this event. The event will highlight India’s commitment to global nuclear non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy and its overall engagement with the international community on nuclear security issues. GICNT was launched in 2006 jointly by the Russia and the United States. Since then, it has grown to include 86 partner nations and 5 official observer organisations. It has held several multilateral activities in support of its Statement of Principles.

Indian Coast Guard, UAE counter parts to take part in Joint exercise

Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and its UAE counter parts will take part in Joint exercise and sharing of operational expertise in Dubai. In the exercise, IGC is represented by Samudra Pavak. The ship will also sail to Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Samudra Pavak or “Purifier of the Seas” is the third of the Pollution Control Vessel series of the ICG. It was indigenously designed and commissioned in January 2016. Since its inception, the ship has been extensively deployed along the northwest maritime frontier to safeguard the maritime interests of India. It has been tasked with EEZ surveillance, search and rescue, pollution response and such other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard charter.

India, Norway set up body to accelerate research for epidemics

India and Norway have founded a Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to accelerate life-saving research and development for epidemics. It was announced by Government in a written reply in Lok Sabha. CEPI has been founded by India (Department of Biotechnology, Indian Council of Medical Research and Department of Health) and Norway, Welcome Trust, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and World Economic Forum in collaboration with industry, other governments, foundations regulatory bodies, civil society and the WHO. It will prioritise list of neglected diseases against which vaccines are most feasible to overcome barriers for development of vaccines.

States Current Affairs

Bihar introduces third gender category in school exams

Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) for the first time has introduced the third gender category in school exams conducted by it. Earlier the BSEB did not allow students to take Board exams under the ‘third gender’ category because the exam form specified two categories, male and female. In 2014, Supreme Court recognised transgender people as a third gender.

Persons in News

Achamkulangare Gopinathan re-appointed to UN Joint Inspection Unit

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has re-appointed top Indian diplomat Achamkulangare Gopinathan to the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU), the only independent external oversight body of the UN system. Gopinathan, along with Sukai Prom-Jackson (Gambia), Jean Wesley Cazeau (Haiti) and Nikolay Lozinskiy (Russia) were appointed members of the Joint Inspection Unit for a five-year term beginning January 1, 2018. His re-appointment follows his nomination by India and endorsement as sole candidate of the Asia-Pacific Group. Gopinathan for first time was appointed to the UN body for a term from January 2013 to December 2017. He was serving as Chairman of the Joint Inspection Unit. The Joint Inspection Unit is United Nations’ only independent external oversight body mandated to conduct evaluations, inspections and investigations system-wide.

Renowned Urdu author Bano Qudsia passes away

Renowned Pakistani Urdu novelist and playwright Bano Qudsia passed away in Lahore. She was 88. She was born in November 1928 in Ferozepur, India but had migrated to Pakistan after partition. She had started her writing career by writing short stories since childhood. She had shot fame after her novel Raja Gidh (The Vulture King) had earned her accolades in Pakistan and outside. Some of her prominent writings include Aadhi Baat, Aatish-i-zer-i-paa, Aik Din, Amer Bail, Asay Pasay, Chahar Chaman, Chhotaa Sheher Baray Log, Footpath ki Ghaas, Hasil Ghaat and Hawa Kay Naam. Pakistan Government had awarded her with Sitara-i-Imtiaz (2003) and Hilal-i-Imtiaz (2010).

Eminent litterateur Pathani Patnaik passes away

Eminent educationist and litterateur Pathani Patnaik passed away in Cuttack, Odisha. He was 89. He had written over 50 books on different aspects of literature, including short stories and poems. He is former principal of Christ College and had served as president of Odisha Sahitya Akademi. He had received the Kendriya Sahitya Akademi Award in 2010 for his autobiography “Jeebanara Chalapatha”. Utkal Sahitya Samaj, the oldest literary organisation of Odisha had felicitated Patnaik with its Lifetime Honorary membership in 2015.

Sports Current Affairs

India to host FIBA Women’s Asia Cup basketball tournament

India will host FIBA Women’s Asia Cup basketball tournament at Bengaluru, Karnataka. The continental flagship tournament for women will be hled from July 23 to 29, 2017. India will also host another continental level tournament-the FIBA U-16 Women’s Asian Championship from October 22 to 28, 2017 in Hyderabad, Telanaga. This will be the first time since 2009 that India will host a major FIBA (International Basketball Federation) event.  Earlier, in 2009, India had hosted two Championships- the 1st FIBA Asia U-16 Championship for Girls in Pune, Maharashtra and the 23rd FIBA Asia Championship for Women in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Indian boys win team gold in Asian Junior Squash

India defeated Malaysia by 2-0 score to win the gold medal in the boy’s team event at the Asian Junior Squash championship held in Hong Kong. India’s no. 1 player Velavan Senthilkumar in the first round defeated second seed Malaysia’s Ong Sai Hun in quick time. Then in second round Abhay Singh prevailed over Darren Rahul in hard-fought five games to lift the title for India. This is second time India has won the title, the earlier being in 2011 when they defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

India’s first centre of disabled sportsmen to come up in Gandhinagar

India’s first ever Centre of Excellence for differently-abled sportsmen will be established in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The centre will be built on 7.5 acres of land belonging to the Sports Authority of India (SAI). It will train the para athletes for various international sporting competitions including Olympics, Asian Games and Common Wealth Games. It will have dedicated tracks and a 64 m long, fully air conditioned indoor hall having swimming pool as well as other training facilities for the athletes.

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