Current Affairs Daily Digest: February 3, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for February 3, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

National Current Affairs

India Pakistan border to soon have smart fencing: Government

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UIDAI shuts down 24 unauthorised websites, mobile apps

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Centre of Integrative Oncology inaugurated in New Delhi

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Government appoints 3 whole-time members in IBBI

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NITI Aayog launches India Innovation Index

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) jointly launched India Innovation Index. Besides country’s first innovation index portal was also launched. The index has been jointly developed by NITI Aayog, DIPP and CII in consultation with World Economic Forum (WEF), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University, UNIDO, ILO, OECD, UNESCO, ITU etc. Read more

Government introduces alternative funding mechanism of electoral bonds: Budget

The Union Government has announced two measures in the Budget 2017-18 to bring in greater transparency in funding of political parties. These include capping cash funding by a single anonymous donor to Rs. 2000 (one tenth of the current limit of Rs 20,000) and introduction of the electoral bonds. It will take effect from 1 April, 2018. Read more

Mahila Shakti Kendra will be set-up at village level: Budget

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget Speech 2017-18 announced corpus of Rs 500 crore for setting up Mahila Shakti Kendras in the 14 lakh ICDS Anganwadi Centres at village level. These kendras will provide one stop convergent support services for empowering rural women with opportunities for skill development, employment, health, nutrition and digital literacy. Read more

Government notifies new rules for medical devices

The Union Health Ministry has notified new rules for medical devices to remove regulatory bottlenecks and ensure availability of medical devices for patients. Under the new rules, manufactures will not be required to renew licenses periodically and submission of applications and grant of licenses will be done online. Read more

India signs $201.50 million Financing Agreement with World Bank for TEQIP III

The Union Government has singed Financing Agreement for IDA credit of $201.50 million with World Bank for the ‘Third Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme’ (TEQIP III). The agreement was signed by Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs and Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank India. Read more

India, Sri Lanka signs MoU to construct new multi-ethnic tri-lingual secondary school

India and Sri Lanka have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to construct a new multi-ethnic tri-lingual secondary school in Polonnaruwa District of Sri Lanka. The MoU was signed by of India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Secretary to the Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Education Sunil Hettiarachchi.  Read more

International Current Affairs

Right to Information Act comes into force in Sri Lanka

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UK Parliament gives nod to begin Brexit process

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China successfully tests DF-5C missile with 10 nuclear warheads

China has successfully tested a new version of a DF-5C missile that can carry up to 10 nuclear warheads in January 2017. The flight test of the missile was carried using 10 multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles, (MIRVs), from the Taiyuan Space Launch Centre in Shanxi province and to an impact range in the western Taklamakan desert. Read more

Banking, Business and Economy

Government appoints Sanjeev Sanyal as Principal Economic Adviser

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Tata Motors unveils TAMO to develop futuristic vehicles

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Centre to divest Rs. 11,000 crore stake in PSU insurers

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Gujarat Technological University sets up centre of excellence in automation technologies

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Persons in News

Neeti Mohan collaborates with UN for women empowerment

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Sports Current Affairs

Footballer Frank Lampard retires

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Lakshya Sen becomes World No.1 Junior Badminton player

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Days & Observances

February 2: World Wetlands Day

The World Wetland Day (WWD) is observed every year on 2 February to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands also called as Ramsar Convention on 2 February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar. 2017 Theme: “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction”. Read more