Current Affairs Daily Digest: February 1, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for February 1, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

National Current Affairs

India, Russia holds high-level consultations on counter-terrorism

India and Russia have held high-level consultations on counter-terrorism issues in New Delhi. Both sides shared views and assessment on the threats posed by increasing terrorist activities including India’s concern on state-sponsored, cross-border terrorism. Read more

Government clarifies Beti Bachao Beti Padhao has no provision for cash transfer component

The Union Ministry of Women & Child Development has clarified that Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (B3P) Scheme has no provision for individual cash transfer component. It has warned the unauthorised websites/organisations, NGOs, individuals that are distributing forms in the name of cash incentives under B3P Scheme. Read more

Economic Survey backs Universal Basic Income

The Economic Survey 2016-17 tabled in Parliament has advocated for the concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI) as an alternative to the various social welfare schemes in an effort to reduce poverty. It suggests that a more efficient way to help the poor will be to provide them resources directly, through a UBI. It will be an efficient substitute for a plethora of existing welfare schemes and subsidies. Read more

Union Cabinet gives nod to modify Scheduled Castes list in Odisha

The Union Cabinet had approved the amendments in the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950 to modify the list of SC in Odisha. It also approved amending the Constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964 to change the name of the Union territory to Puducherry from Pondicherry. Read more

Labour migration rose to 90 lakh over last 5 years: Economic Survey

According to Economic Survey 2016-17, the inter-state migration of workers in India has increased substantially to 90 lakh annually between 2011-16 period compared to the previous years. The estimate of labour migration in India was based analysis of census data of 2011 and railway passenger traffic in the unreserved category and new methodologies including the Cohort-based Migration Metric (CMM). Read more

Science and Technology

Researchers Discover Oldest Human Ancestor

Researchers have discovered microscopic sea animal Saccorhytus, the earliest known ancestor of humans along with a vast range of other species. The exquisitely well preserved fossilised traces of this 540-million-year-old creature were discovered. This balloon-like sea is the earliest known step on the evolutionary path that led to fish and eventually to humans. Read more

Banking, Business & Economy

Fiscal deficit reaches 94% of the budget estimate

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Eight core industries grow 5.6% in December 2016

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Persons in News

Chad’s Moussa Faki Mahamat named AU Commission Chairperson

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Former Union Minister E Ahmad passes away

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Alok Verma takes charge as new CBI Director

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International Current Affairs

UNICEF launches appeal for $3.3 billion to aid millions of children

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Ireland became world’s first country to stop investing in fossil fuels

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Israel sanctions to build 3000 new settlements

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Meghalayas first ever Apparel and Garment Centre inaugurated at Ampati

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31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela

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