Current Affairs Daily Digest: February 19-20, 2017
The Current Affairs Daily Digest for February 19-20, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs
National Current Affairs
India approves $340 million loan to Nepal’s infrastructure development programmes
India has sanctioned a soft loan of $340 million to Nepal for various infrastructure development programmes. Under these programmes, Mahalaki bridge and 15 roads will be constructed in various parts of Nepal. The completion of infrastructural projects will strengthen physical connectivity and also emotional bonding between the people of both the countries.
GST council approves law to compensate states for revenue loss
The GST Council has approved a law to compensate states for any loss of revenue from the implementation of the new nationwide indirect taxation regime. The meeting was held in Udaipur, Rajasthan first time outside national capital. It was headed by Union Finance Minister and attended by representatives from all states. Read more
Environment, Science and Technology Current Affairs
Barren Island: India’s only live volcano active again
According to scientists from Goa based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), India’s only live volcano at Barren Island in the Andaman and Nicobar has become active again. After lying dormant for 150 years, Barren Island volcano had erupted in 1991 and since then it is showing sporadic activity. Now it is erupting in small episodes of five to 10 minutes. Read more
Researchers develop first stretchable integrated circuit using an inkjet printer
Researchers from US based Michigan State University have developed the first stretchable integrated circuit (IC) made entirely using an inkjet printer. This elastic material is made up of several materials fabricated from nanomaterials and organic compounds. These compounds are dissolved in solution to produce different electronic inks, which can easily run through printer to make devices. Read more
Scientists claim discovery of Zealandia a submerged continent in Pacific Ocean
Geologists have claimed discovery of new geological continent named Zealandia submerged beneath the south-west Pacific Ocean. Zealandia is around 4.5-million square km land mass and is 94% under water. Only its highest points — New Zealand and New Caledonia are visible. Read more
Banking, Business & Economy Current Affairs
Oriental Bank of Commerce launches mobile wallet Oriental Batuaa
Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) launched of mobile wallet ‘Oriental Batuaa’ on the occasion of its 75th Foundation Day. The bank also launched two new cards, RuPay based Platinum international debit card with airport lounge access and Oriental Prepaid Card, a RuPay card for individuals and corporates. It also launched two MSME schemes, ‘Oriental Sanjeevani’ for doctors for setting up new hospitals and clinics and ‘Oriental Budget Hotels and Restaurants’ for individuals, proprietors, companies etc for setting up new hotels, restaurants, lodges, motels etc.
Persons in News
Former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir passes away
Former Chief Justice of Supreme Court Altamas Kabir passed away in Kolkata. He was 68. He had served as 39th Chief Justice of India for brief tenure of about nine months from September 2012 to July 2013 He was born on July 19, 1948 in Kolkata. He was nephew of the well-known Bengal writer and politician, Humayun Kabir. He had completed his LLB and MA from the University of Calcutta. He had started his legal career in 1973 when he enrolled as an advocate. He was appointed a permanent judge in Calcutta High Court in 1990 and Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court in 2005. Later in 2005, he was elevated to the Supreme Court. During his brief tenure as CJI, Justice Kabir delivered several landmark judgments particularly on election laws and human rights.
Hindi novelist Ved Prakash Sharma passes away
Popular Hindi novelist Ved Prakash Sharma passed away in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. He was 62. He was counted among the highest-selling Hindi writers in the country and was famous for novels with unique titles like Dahej Mein Revolver (Revolver as Dowry), Dulhan Maange Dahej (Bride Asks For Dowry) and Widhva Ka Pati (Husband of a Widow). Mr. Sharma had started his writing career at the age of 14. Initially, he had ghost written novels for others. His Vardi Wala Gunda (Goon in Uniform), published in 1993, gave him the big break and sold more than eight crore copies. In all he wrote over 176 novels. He also also had written scripts for about half-a-dozen Hindi films and a few of his novels were adapted into films.
Bengali singer Banasree Sengupta passes away
Celebrated Bengali singer Banasree Sengupta passed away in Kolkata following protracted illness. She was 71. She had recorded a large number of evergreen romantic songs since 1966. Among her hit songs are Amar Angey Jaley Rangmoshal, Aaj Bikeler Dake Tomar Chhithi Pelam, Chhi chhi Eki Kando Korechi, Sundar Boney Sundari Gachh and Dur Akashay Tomar Sur. She also had lent her voice to Hindi, Bengali, Assamese and Odia films. In recognition of her contribution to music, West Bengal government had bestowed Sangeet Samman (2012) and the Mahasangeet Samman (2013) on Sengupta.
Sports Current Affairs
Tsonga beats Goffin to win Rotterdam tennis title
French’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has won the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament (also known as Rotterdam tennis) title. It was his first title since 2015. In the final match, Tsonga defeated David Goffin of Belgium by 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 score.
India wins silver at Asian Women’s Rugby Sevens Trophy
Indian Women’s team has won silver at the Asian Rugby Sevens Trophy tournament held at Vientiane, Laos. In the final match, India was beaten by South Korea by 29-0 score. In this tournament, total of seven countries from across Asia including Philippines, Malaysia, South Korea, Nepal, Pakistan, India and host Laos had participated. The matches were played among the seven teams played on a Round Robin basis.
Shahid Afridi announces retirement from international cricket
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi (36) has announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket. With this, Afridi’s 21 year illustrious career comes to an end. He already has quit Test and ODI cricket but still captained the Pakistan Twenty 20 team at the 2016 world championships held in India. He had stepped down as captain after the tournament but continued his career in the sport’s shortest format as a player.
Khajuraho Dance Festival held in Madhya Pradesh
The 44th edition of world famous Khajuraho Dance Festival was held at in the backdrop of the famous Khajuraho temples in Chhatrapur district, Madhya Pradesh. The festival has started with presentation of Anuj Mishra, Sanchita Bhattacharya and Jayshree Acharya. In this edition of festival, eminent Indian classical dancers had performed. It included performances of colourful and brilliant Indian dances like Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, and Mohniattam. Besides, several other cultural activities like art exhibitions and art fair were also held during the festival. Khajuraho Temples is a group of Hindu and Jain Temples in Madhya Pradesh build by Chandela Dynasty between 950 and 1050 AD. They are listed as UNESCO World heritage Site.
Two Indian films win award at 2017 Berlin International Film Festival
Two Indian films bagged top honours at the annual 67th Berlin International Film Festival. They are
- Newton: It has won the CICAE Art Cinema Award. It is co-written by Mayank Tiwari and directed by Amit V Masurkar. It is starred by Rajkummar Rao Anjali Patil and Pankaj Tripathi
- Short film Aaba: It has won Special Prize of Generation KPlus International Jury for Best Short Film. It has directed by Amar Kaushik. It is shot in Ziro Valley of Arunachal Pradesh. It is based on a tale about the bond between a grandfather and granddaughter
February 20: World Day of Social Justice
The World Day of Social Justice is observed every year on February 20 to recognize the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment. To mark this occasion, UN and International Labour Office had organised several organisations to spread importance of social justice for people. 2017 Theme: “Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work” Read more