Current Affairs Daily Digest: February 14, 2017
The Current Affairs Daily Digest for February 14, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.
National Current Affairs
DAE plans to develop uranium deposits in Meghalaya: Government
The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has planned to develop large deposits of uranium found in Meghalaya to tap its potential to generate substantial nuclear fuel for atomic power plants in the country. It was announced by Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (MoS) in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), which looks after DAE, in a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha. Read more
States Current Affairs
Karnataka passes Bill to allow Kambala and bullock-cart racing
Karnataka Assembly has passed Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2017 to allow kambala, the traditional buffalo race and bullock-cart racing. The bill seeks to exempt kambala and bullock-cart racing from the ambit of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. Governor Vajubhai R. Vala may refer the Bill to President for his assent as it amends central law. Read more
J&K Government launches e-Prison project
The Jammu and Kashmir Government has launched the e-Prison project to enumerate jail inmates in the State, where numbers of detainees keep swelling during unrest. This project automates prison department of the state to avoid delays in processing the information and manage all the jails efficiently. Under it, 25 district jails will be digitised along with two Central jails and one sub-jail in the state in the first phase. In the second phase, the project will focus on videoconferencing between jails and prison headquarters, tele-medication, e-court in jails.
Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers Limited declared India’s first cashless township
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Ayog) has declared Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers Limited (GNFC) Township at Bharuch as India’s first cashless township. Around 10,000 people living in the township have adopted various digital means for making payments. The restaurants, floor mill, retail outlet, laundry shop, pan and cold drink shop, colleges, schools, sports and recreation clubs within the township have been equipped with POS machines for cashless transactions
Defence Current Affairs
L&T, European firm MBDA tie up to make missiles in India
Engineering and construction conglomerate Larsen and Toubro (L&T) and European missile major MBDA have announced to set up of a joint venture to develop and manufacture missiles in India. The joint venture (JV) L&T MBDA Missile Systems Ltd, is expected to be incorporated after necessary approvals in the first half of 2017. It will play important role in meeting India’s defence requirements. In this JV, L&T holds 51% share and the MBDA hold the remaining 49%. It will begin with the development of 5th generation Anti-Tank Guided missile, missiles for high-speed target drones and coastal batteries. MBDA is one of the major missile vendors for India and was also part of aircraft deals including recently inked for 36 Rafale aircraft, and Mirage 2000 upgrade programme
Reliance Defence signs warship repair pact with US Navy
Anil Ambani group led Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) has signed a Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) with the US Navy to provide repair and alteration services for ships of the Seventh Fleet. With this, RDEL became first Indian company (either public or private) to provide logistical support to the US military within Indian territory. Read more
International Current Affairs
UNSC unanimously condemns North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously condemned North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch and threatened to take further significant measures. The UNSC members including China, North Korea’s main ally, have agreed on a US-drafted statement describing the test-firing of the missile as a grave violation of the UN resolutions. US, Japan and South Korea had requested the urgent meeting at UN after North Korea announced it had successfully tested a new missile, the first launch since US President Donald Trump took office in January 2017. It was middle-range ballistic missile, an upgraded version of a submarine-launched missile with range more than 2000km.
US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigns over his contacts with Russia
US National Security Adviser (NSA) Michael Flynn has resigned from the office over his contacts with Russia. Retired Lieutenant General Joseph Keith Kellogg has been appointed the acting NSA. Mr Flynn is alleged to have discussed US sanctions with the Russian Ambassador before President Donald Trump took office. He had inadvertently briefed the Vice-President elect and others with incomplete information regarding his phone calls with the Russian Ambassador.
Persons in News
Indian tabla player Sandeep Das wins Grammy Award
Indian tabla player Sandeep Das won the 59th annual Grammy Award for the Best Global Music category. He won the award for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble which features tunes composed by different artists at global level. Das was born and brought up in India and moved to United States in 1990s. He started playing table at the age of 16. He had learned the intricacies of the instrument from Banaras’ Kishan Maharaj and made his debut with Pandit Ravi Shankar. He had played in the Indian Classical circuit with Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia and Dr L Subramaniam.
Tehmina Janjua appointed as Pakistan’s first woman Foreign Secretary to UN
Pakistan’s senior diplomat Tehmina Janjua was appointed as the Foreign Secretary to the United Nations (UN). With this, she became Pakistan’s first woman Foreign Secretary to UN and Permanent Representative to the UN. She replaces Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, who was recently appointed as Ambassador to the US. Prior to this appointment, she was serving as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva. She is the first woman of Pakistan to hold this key post at the UN. Earlier she had served as ambassador to Italy.
Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey appointed President of ICAI
Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey was appointed new President of Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI) for the year 2017-18. Prior to this appointment, he was the Vice President of the CA institute in 2016-17. He has been a member of the ICAI since 1985. Besides, Naveen N D Gupta was appointed as vice-president. ICAI is the statutory professional accounting body of India. Its affairs are managed by a council in accordance with the provisions of the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 and the Chartered Accountants Regulations, 1988. The council has 32 elected members and 8 are nominated by the Union Government.
Sandeep Jajodia appointed President of ASSOCHAM
Sandeep Jajodia was appointed as the new President of industry chamber ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce of India). He succeeded Sunil Kanoria. Jajodia is Chief Managing Director (CMD) of Monnet Ispat & Energy Ltd. The ASSOCHAM is one of the apex trade associations of India. It represents the interests of trade and commerce in India. It also acts as an interface between industry, government and other relevant stakeholders on policy issues and initiatives.
Sports Current Affairs
Ravichandran Ashwin becomes the fastest bowler to take 250 Test wickets
Indian off-spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest cricketer to take 250 wickets in Test matches. He achieved this feat in his 45th test match played against Bangladesh. In his record 250th test wicket, he dismissed Bangladesh’s captain Mushfiqur Rahim. With this, Ashwin surpassed previous record held by Australian fast bowler Dennis Keith Lillee, who had reached the milestone of 250 Test wickets in 48 matches. Ravichandran Ashwin is sixth Indian bowler to reach 250 test wickets. Earlier in 2016, Ashwin achieved the feat of taking fastest 200 wickets in Test in his 37th test. He had surpassed Pakistan’s Waqar Younis and Australia’s Dennis Lillee who had taken 200 wickets in 38 test matches.
Aero India 2017 begins in Bengaluru
The 11th biennial edition of the International Aerospace and Defence exhibition Aero India began at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru, capital city of Karnataka. It was inaugurated by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. The five day event is being organised and conducted by the Defence Exhibition Organisation (DEO). Nearly 270 Indian and 279 foreign companies from 51 countries are taking part in the expo. It is expected that two lakh business visitors will attend the show. For the first time, a Chinese delegation comprising five officers from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) will participate in the event.
70th BAFTA Awards 2017
The 70th British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards ceremony was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. This year the BAFTA awards were conferred for the outstanding performances in films and documentaries screened at British Cinemas in 2016. La La Land won the most awards at the event, winning five and was also most nominated in 11 categories. Read more
59th Grammy awards 2017
The 59th Annual Grammy Awards were announced by the Recording Academy announced at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony recognized the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. In this edition of awards, British singer Adele won the most awards in 5 different categories. She also created history by becoming first artist to win the top three categories twice (for first time in 2012). Read more
India’s first floating elementary school inaugurated on Manipur’s Loktak Lake
India’s first floating elementary school named Loktak Elementary Floating School was inaugurated at Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok floating village on Loktak Lake in Manipur. The first of its kind school aims to provide education to drop outs students as well as illiterate adults. Currently it will provide education to around 40 children from Class I-III by engaging two local teachers. Read more