The Current Affairs Daily Digest for February 12-13, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.
National Current Affairs
India to host counter-radicalisation conference with ASEAN
India is planning to host a conference on counter-radicalisation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in October 2017. It will provide common platform to countries for sharing experiences and ideas on prevention of radicalisation amid rise of Islamic State and other extremist ideologies Read more
Government to come out with 2nd PSB recapitalisation plan Indradhanush 2.0
The Union Government is planning to come out with ‘Indradhanush 2.0’, a comprehensive plan for recapitalisation of public sector lenders. Indradhanush 2.0 will be finalised by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) after completion of Asset Quality Review (AQR) which is likely to be completed by end of March 2017. Read more
Union Government plans to invest Rs.2,200 crore in electronic technology start-ups
The Union Government is targeting an investment of about Rs. 2,200 crore in start-ups working on new technologies in the electronic sector under the Electronics Development Fund (EDF) by 2019. This investment aims at creating an eco-system to make India a global hub for electronics manufacturing. Read more
International Current Affairs
North Korea fires ballistic missile
North Korea has fired a ballistic missile in the Sea of Japan. It was first such test since Donald Trump took office as US president. According to South Korea’s military the test was likely of an intermediate-range Musudan-class missile which is designed to fly up to 3,000-4,000 and not an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). It was launched from an area called Panghyon in North Korea’s western region and flew about 500 km. It had reached an altitude of about 550 km.
Environment, Science & Technology Current Affairs
Intech DMLS launches India’s first indigenously developed jet engine
Intech DMLS has launched India’s first indigenously developed Jet Engine series under the brand name Poeir Jets. It is promoted by Poeir Jets Pvt Ltd, an R&D subsidiary of Intech DMLS. The first series of jet engines were unveiled for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) & Remote Controlled (R/C) Aircraft. With this India became the first country in Asia and only the fourth country in world after the US, Europe and Israel to indigenously develop such an engine in the private space. Bangaluru-based Intech DMLS is metal 3D printing provider and metal additive manufacturing establishment in aviation sector. It currently works with Defense Research Development Organisation (DRDO), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for many of their projects along with other leading global OEM’s in the aerospace and engineering sector.
New bird species Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush found in Nepal
Researchers have discovered new species of bird Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Monticola saxitilis) from upper Dolpa, the largest district of the mid-western development region of Nepal. Rock thrushes are medium-sized songbirds, mostly insectivorous or omnivorous. They fall under the genus of chats. They are considered an autumn passage migrant in Pakistan and India. With this new discovery, Nepal now has a total of 886 species of birds.
INS Sarvekshak becomes India’s first ship to go green
Indian Navy’s survey vessel INS Sarvekshak, based at the Southern Naval Command in Kochi became the first naval ship to go green by installing a solar power system on board. It has innovatively deployed the zero-maintenance solar power system, capable of generating 5.4KW electricity and replacing the ship’s traditional 4.4KW emergency diesel alternator. Read more
Persons in News
Jiro Taniguchi, legend in Japan’s comic art of manga passes away
Jiro Taniguchi, a legend in Japan’s comic art of manga passed away in Tokyo. He was 69. He had first shot to fame in Japan at the end of the 1980s with the first volume of The Times of Botchan. He had achieved an international following with works such as The Summit of the Gods, The Walking Man and The Magic Mountain, hailed for exquisite line drawing and intricately-constructed landscapes. He was also popular in France, one of the biggest markets for graphic art.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier elected President of Germany
Former German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (61) was elected 12th President by a Parliamentary Assembly by wining 931 out of 1,260 votes. He replaces current President, Joachim Gauck. Mr Steinmeier, a Social Democrat, is one of Germany’s most popular politicians. He had held the post of foreign minister twice for a total of eight years (from 2005 to 2009 and 2013 to 2017). As a foreign minister, he was widely respected for taking a strong stance on issues important to German voters. In 2009, he stood unsuccessfully against incumbent Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel in the federal election. The post of President in Germany is largely ceremonial, but represents Germany abroad and is seen as carrying moral weight.
Dr Neelu Rohmetra becomes first woman Director of IIM
Dr. Neelu Rohmetra of Jammu University was appointed as the director of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh. With this, she became the first woman to helm an IIM in that capacity. Currently she is the Rector of Kathua and Billawar Campuses of Jammu University Business School. She is also the founder director of International Centre for Cross-Cultural Research and Human Resource Management (ICccR and HRM), Jammu University. Her appointment as head of IIM was made by the Union Government along with 9 other heads of IIMs. The new directors will have tenure of five years or until they turn 65 years of age.
Events and Observances
First National Women’s Parliament held in Andhra Pradesh
The first National Women’s Parliament was held at Pavithra Sangamam in Amravati, Andhra Pradesh. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video conference in the presence of Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament, Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury. It was organized by the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in association with Pune based MAEER’s MIT School of Governance. The theme of three day conclave was ‘Empowering Women-Strengthening Democracy’. Its aim was to empower women by providing common platform to enable and encourage social, political and economic empowerment of women in all strata of the society.
2nd International Spice Conference held in Thiruvanantapuram
The second edition of the International Spice Conference was held at Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. The three days conference was organised by All India Spices Exporters Forum (AISEF) in association with the Cochin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI). The theme of the conference was “21st Century Spice Industry-Disrupt or be Disrupted”. The aim of the conference was to deliberate on effective strategies and innovative technologies to improve the livelihood of spice farmers. Besides it also discussed measures to address spice industry challenges, demand supply disparity, food safety concern and foster sustainable growth. Over 800 delegates, including 250 delegates from foreign countries had taken part in the conference.
February 12: National Productivity Day
The National Productivity Day is observed every year on February 12. Besides, February 12-18 is observed as National Productivity week throughout the country. The main observance of day is organised by National Productivity Council (NPC) for encouraging all stakeholders in implementation of productivity tools and techniques with contemporary relevant themes. Read more
February 13: World Radio Day
The World Radio Day is observed every year on 13th February to celebrate radio as the medium for entertainment, information and the mode for communication. 2017 Theme: “Radio is You”. It is a call for greater participation of audiences and communities in the policy and planning of radio broadcasting. Read more
Sports Current Affairs
India wins the T20 Blind Cricket World Cup
India won the T20 Blind Cricket World Cup by defeating Pakistan by 9 wickets. In the final match played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India chased the target of 198 runs set by Pakistan with a loss of one wicket and 14 spare balls. Pakistan’s Badar Munir who made the highest core for Pakistan was named as the Man of the series. India’s opening batsman Prakash Jayaramaiah was named as the Man of the Match. 2017 T20 World Cup for Blind was the second edition of the tournament. The first edition was played in 2012 won by India by defeating Pakistan. Former Indian Cricketer and Captain Rahul Dravid was the brand ambassador for 2017 T20 Blind Cricket World Cup.