Current Affairs Daily Digest: February 8, 2017
The Current Affairs Daily Digest for February 8, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.
National Current Affairs
India to host the first meeting of national security advisers of BIMSTEC countries
India will host the first meeting of national security advisers (NSAs) of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries to coordinate action against terrorism, extremism and radicalization. It was offered by India at the BIMSTEC senior officials meeting held in Kathmandu, Nepal. India’s offer comes as concerns about the growth of radicalization of ethic Rohingyas of Myanmar by Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in recent months. This issue was part of the conversation between Indian leadership and NSA Ajit Doval and the Myanmar NSA U Thaung Tun, who visited India recently.
SC issues contempt notice to Calcutta HC judge CS Karnan
The Supreme Court for first in country’s history has issued contempt notice to Calcutta High Court Judge CS Karnam. The apex court by initiating suo motu contempt petition against Karnam, restrained him forthwith from undertaking judicial and administrative work. Decision in this regard, was taken by seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar.
PSU banks to join BHIM by February-end: NPCI
The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has announced that all Public Sector Banks (PSBs) will be joining the Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) mobile application for digital payments by end of February 2017. The app was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2016. It enables digital transactions using the Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
International Current Affairs
China becomes world’s largest Solar Energy Producer
China has emerged as the world’s largest producer of solar energy. According to China’s National Energy Administration, its photovoltaic (PV) capacity reached to 77.42 GW in 2016. It has surpassed Germany, former global solar-power leader which has produced 40.78GW solar energy in November 2016. China claims that 11% of its energy use comes from renewable supplies such as solar and wind power. China also leads the world in wind-powered energy. India’s PV capacity has reached to 9 GW in 2016.
US makes changes in defence export control laws to benefit India
United States (US) has made changes in its export control laws that will benefit India by facilitating smoother transfer of technologies and arms. These changes have been made in par with recognisation of India’s status as a ‘Major Defence Partner’. The new rule creates a presumption of approval for Indian firms seeking to import the Commerce Department-controlled military items, except weapons of mass destruction-related goods. Henceforth, companies will not need a license at all after becoming a Validated End User (VEU). Under it, India will be denied licences only in the rarest circumstances.
States Current Affairs
Arunachal Pradesh Government introduces Arunachal Civil Service Award
Arunachal Pradesh Government has introduced ‘Arunachal Civil Service Awards’ for excellence in public administration. The award seeks to encourage good governance and recognize extra-ordinary services rendered by government employees in the state. It also aims to bring in a productive work culture and boost the morale of state government employees by recognizing their hard work and innovative work. The award will consist of a medal, scroll and cash award of Rs. 1 lakh for an individual and Rs. 5 lakh rupees for organisation/group/team.
Persons in News
Indian National Army veteran Nizamuddin passes away
Indian National Army (INA) veteran ‘Colonel’ Nizamuddin passed away in Dhakwa village in Azamgarh district, Uttar Pradesh. He was 116. He was a close associate of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. He was Born in 1901 and had served as a driver-cum-guard of Bose after the INA was formed in 1942. He had accompanied Bose when he went to meet German dictator Adolf Hitler to seek help to secure freedom for India. He also had accompanied Bose during his trips to Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore.
Veteran freedom fighter Racharla Samrajyam passes away
Veteran freedom fighter Racharla Samrajyam passed away following age-related illness at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. She was 98. She had taken part in freedom struggle after was inspired by the Quit India Movement in 1942at the time when she was undergoing Hindi pracharak training at Anantapur. She had quit the training programme and joined the movement against the British rule. She was arrested in Bezawada and imprisoned in Raya Vellore Jail for six months.