Current Affairs Daily Digest: February 15, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for February 15, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

National Current Affairs

FSSAI unveils Food Fortification Logo

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FSSAI constitutes Panel on Food Fortification and Nutrition

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has constituted a Panel on Food Fortification and Nutrition to identify critical nutritional gaps in the Indian diet in general and also in specific target groups. The 11 member panel will frame final regulations on fortification of foods and prepare strategies to address malnutrition problem. Read more

India joins UN network to halve maternal, newborn deaths

India has joined Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, a global health network focused on improving the quality of care for new mothers and babies. The network is supported by World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other partners. Read more

IMF opens technical assistance and training centre SARTTAC in New Delhi

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has opened a first-of-its-kind South Asia Training and Technical Assistance Centre (SARTTAC) in New Delhi for economic capacity building in South Asia. It will work to support local member countries of South Asia viz. India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka to build human and institutional capacity and implement policies for growth and poverty reduction. Read more

No need to stand if National Anthem is part of film: SC

The Supreme Court has clarified that there is no need to stand inside a cinema hall when the national anthem is featured as a part of a film, documentary or a newsreel. This is second clarification issued by SC on its November 2016 order, directing all persons to stand up when the national anthem is sung or played in a cinema theatre. Read more

Environment, Science & Technology Current Affais

ISRO successfully launches record 104 satellites in single mission

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) created history by successfully launching a record 104 satellites in single mission. These satellites were launched on board of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37, on its 39th mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.’ Read more

Scientists develop Thubber, stretchable rubber material with high thermal conductivity

Scientists have developed novel rubber like material nicknamed ‘thubber’ which has high thermal conductivity and elasticity. It is an electrically insulating composite material that exhibits an unprecedented combination of metal-like thermal conductivity, elasticity similar to soft, biological tissue. Read more

Scientists discover 1970s banned chemicals in deep ocean fauna

Scientists for the first time have found high levels of human-made pollutants, including chemicals that were banned in the 1970s, in the tissues of marine creatures dwelling in the deepest oceans of the Earth. These chemicals were discovered after sampling amphipods from the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana and Kermadec trenches, which are over 10 km deep and 7,000 km apart. Read more

India’s air pollution is world’s deadliest compared to China: Study

According to a new study of global air pollution India’s rapidly worsening air pollution is now surpassing China’s as the deadliest in the world. The report was issued jointly by Health Effects Institute, a Boston research institute focused on the health effects of air pollution, and Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle based population health research centre. Read more

Defence Current Affairs

IAF inducts indigenous early warning system NETRA

The Indian Airforce (IAG) has formally inducted the first indigenously built Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) dubbed as NETRA. The AEW&C NETRA has been indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It was unveiled at the 2017 Aero India exhibition held in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Read more

Persons in News

Sachin Tendulkar adopts Donja Village in Maharashtra under SAGY

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Veteran journalist T V Parasuram passes away

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Jean-Pierre Lacroix appointed as new UN peacekeeping chief

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Sports Current Affairs

Jehan Daruvala wins New Zealand GP

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Events and Observances

Annual Cobra Gold Exercise Commences in Thailand

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Indian Seed Congress 2017 held in Kolkata

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UNESCO hosts Nature Fest in Himachal Pradesh

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