Current Affairs Daily Digest: February 2, 2017

National Current Affairs

Government proposes Payments Regulatory Board in RBI

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Government to launch TIES to fund export infrastructure

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Government to set up dairy development fund with corpus of Rs 8,000 cr

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Cabinet approves introduction of The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for introduction of The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Parliament. The amendment Bill has provision for the inclusion of Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM), Kurnool along with the other IITs in the Principal Act. With this, IIITDM Kurnool will become fifth Member as a Centrally Funded IIIT. Read more

Highlights Budget 2017-18

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget 2017. It was fourth annual budget presented by Arun Jaitley as Finance Minister. This was also first time no separate Railway Budget was presented. Read more

Government of create five special tourism zones to boost tourism: Budget 2017-18

The Union Budget 2017-18 has announced that Government will set up five Special Tourism Zones in partnership with States. These five special zones will be anchored as Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) that will be set up in partnership with the States. Read more

Science and Technology Current Affairs

Toxins in litchi fruit may kill children

Scientists from US and India have found that consumption of litchi fruit on an empty stomach can result in very low blood glucose level and acute encephalopathy leading to seizures and coma, and causes death in Children in many cases. Litchi fruit contains the toxins hypoglycin A and methylenecyclopropyl-glycine (MCPG). Its consumption and skipping evening meals causes very low blood glucose level (less than normal 70 mg/dL) and acute encephalopathy in children. Read more

Scientists confirm existence of lost continent lies under Indian Ocean

Scientists have confirmed the existence of a “lost continent” under the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. It is left over by the break-up of the super-continent Gondwana, which started about 200 million years ago. The discovery was based on study of Zircon, a mineral found in rocks spewed up by lava during volcanic eruptions which is too old to belong to Mauritius. Read more

New TB-resistant cows developed in China

Chinese scientists from Northwest A&F University have produced world’s first live cows with increased resistance to bovine tuberculosis (TB). This development shows that genetic modification technology can be better suited to producing transgenic livestock with purposefully manipulated genetic. Read more

Researchers create world’s first Heat-Driven Transistor

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Tesla unveils world’s largest battery storage plant in California

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2020 Tokyo Olympic Games medals to be made from recycled mobile phones

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International Current Affairs

SAARC programming committee meeting held in Kathmandu

The two-day meeting of SAARC Programming Committee was held in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. All eight members participated in the meeting. This was the first senior level meeting of Association since postponement of 19th SAARC Summit in November 2016. Read more

Rex Tillerson sworn-in as US secretary of state

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India to be Guest Country at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

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Miscellaneous

Anushka Sharma appointed ambassador of Swachh Bharat campaign

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Rajasthan, Telangana bag eGov awards

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Lucideus wins Best IT Startup of India award

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