Current Affairs Daily Digest: February 7, 2017
The Current Affairs Daily Digest for February 7, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.
National Current Affairs
SC clears Government’s plan to verify mobile phone users through Aadhaar
The Supreme Court has approved the government‘s plan to record the identification details of mobile subscribers through an e-KYC (Know Your Customer) mechanism linked to Aadhaar in a bid to enhance national security and prevent fake users. The SC Bench led by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar has asked the government to put in place the mechanism within a year. It held that the mechanism should cover at least 100 crore mobile phone subscribers, 90% of whom use pre-paid cards. The apex court was considering a petition by NGO Lokniti Foundation, which had contended that fake SIM cards were a major threat to national security.
International Conference & Exhibition on Terrestrial & Satellite Broadcasting held in New Delhi
The 23rd edition of International Conference and Exhibition on Terrestrial & Satellite Broadcasting was held in New Delhi. The 3-day conference was organized by the Broadcast Engineering Society (India). The theme of the conference was Hybrid Technologies in Broadcasting – New Opportunities. In this EXPO, nearly 300 companies from 25 countries displayed their products directly or through their dealers and distributors in India. It also showcased products to promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and practices of broadcasting in the field of Radio, Television and other media etc. in the Telecom Equipment and Products industry.
Indian Railways approves first Rail Project in Andaman and Nicobar
The Union Railway Ministry has approved 240-KM broad-gauge railway line project in Andaman and Nicobar. The first railway line on Andaman and Nicobar Islands will connect Port Blair (capital) in the south with Diglipur, largest town on the north Andaman Island. Currently both destinations are linked by a 350-km bus service that takes over 14 hours and a ship that takes around 24 hours and there is no air connectivity. On completion, it will give fillip to tourism from the current 4.5 lakh visitors a year to around 6 lakh a year. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. It is one of the seven UTs of India. It comprises two island groups, the Andaman Islands and the Nicobar Islands, separated by the 10°N parallel. The islands host the Andaman and Nicobar Command, the only tri-service geographical command of the Indian Armed Forces. The islands are home to the only known Paleolithic people, the Sentinelese people, who have no contact with any other people.
International Current Affairs
World’s longest flight lands in New Zealand
The world’s longest commercial flight landed in New Zealand with the arrival of Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777-200LR flight QR920 after completing record journey of 14,535 km between Doha and Auckland. In its marathon flight long-range Boeing 777-200LR crossed 10 time zones. There were four pilots on board as well as 15 cabin crew during the flight. Earlier in March 2016, Emirates airline had launched what was then thought to be the world’s longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight, with a service from Dubai to Auckland, spanning 14,200 kilometres. Besides, Air India’s Delhi-San Francisco flight also claims as the world’s longest by flying distance but when measured on the surface of the earth Doha and Auckland are further apart.
Israel passes law legalising 4000 homes in occupied West Bank
Israel’s Parliament (Knesset) has passed a law retroactively legalising about 4,000 homes built in Area C of the occupied West Bank. The law was passed by 60 votes to 52. The new law states that the original Palestinian landowners will be compensated with money or alternative land. It covers Israeli settlements and outposts built on private Palestinian land in the Area C. Under it, outposts, the settler homes not approved by the government, are deemed illegal. Most countries consider these settlements as illegal and an obstacle to peace as they reduce and fragment the territory Palestinians want for a viable state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. However, Israel disputes this and cites historical, biblical and political connections to the land as well as security needs.
States Current Affairs
Andhra Pradesh gets its first smart police station in Guntur city
Andhra Pradesh’s first Smart Police Station was inaugurated at Nagarampalem in Guntur city in the capital region Amaravati. It is having look and feel of a corporate-style office with exterior beautifully landscaped and facade made of glass. It is fully air-conditioned station has a staff room, dormitory, mini control room, a reception chamber and individual enclosures for the Station House Officer (SHO) and three Sub-Inspectors. It is equipped with custody room and also CCTV (Closed circuit television cameras) network around the station for closer surveillance of staff behaviour and movement of visitors. It is one of the two model Smart Police Stations constructed in Guntur as a pilot project. Andhra Police administration is planning to build another 100 Smart Police Stations across the state.
Telangana government launches India’s first social innovation centre
Telangana government has launched India’s first social innovation centre “Kakatiya Hub for Social Innovation” in Nizamabad. The hub is funded by the Telangana government and is expected to be run by September 2017. It will function like a rural incubator to encourage entrepreneurship at grassroots level. Its purpose is to create a model for promoting entrepreneurs in rural and semi-urban areas in the country. The incubator will be run through Kakatiya Sandbox, a centre that fosters entrepreneurship and innovation modelled after Deshpande Foundation’s Hubli Sandbox.
Persons in News
Indian-Origin British Sculptor Anish Kapoor wins 2017 Genesis Prize
Renowned Indian-origin British sculptor Anish Kapoor (62) was bestowed with the prestigious 2017 Genesis Prize on by Israel for his utmost contribution for Jewish community and Jewish values. He has made enormous contribution towards the arts of the Jewish community and is regarded as the most influential and innovative artists of his generation. Some of his well-known work includes, ‘Cloud Gate’ in Chicago’s Millennium Park, Orbit’ in London and ‘Turning the World Upside Down’ at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. He also had created the Holocaust Memorial for Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London. He was born on March 12, 1954 in Mumbai to Indian father and Iraqi-origin Jewish mother. He had moved to Israel at the age of 16 and since the 1970s settled in the United Kingdom. Apart from arts, he has made great commitments to social justice for Jewish community and also served as a public advocate for many years for the cause of refugees. He has won Turner Prize in 1991 and received a knighthood in 2013. The Genesis Prize founded in 2012 is given annually to person who has attained outstanding excellence in his chosen field and is considered as role model in Jewish community and inspire the next generation of Jews worldwide.