Daily Current Affairs Updates– 10th February 2016:
Daily Current affairs News Updates about the National and International events were listed here. Candidates those who are preparing for IBPS/SBI/PO/Clerk exam and all other competitive exams can use this.
1. 9th Indo-Nepal Combined Battalion level Military Training Exercise Surya Kiran started in Uttarakhand:
· The 9th Indo-Nepal Combined Battalion level Military Training ExerciseSurya Kiran commenced at Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand.
· The 14-day long exercise will take place till 21 February 2016 under the aegis of Panchshul Brigade of Central Command.
· An Infantry battalion from Indian Army will represent the exercise while Nepalese Army is being represented by officers and troops of the elite Shree RudraDhoj battalion.
2. President of India asks Governors to maintain sanctity of constitution:
· The President of India Pranab Mukherjee has said it is primarily due to steadfast adherence to the principles enshrined in the Constitution.
· President Pranab Mukherjee in his speech after opening the47th Conference of Governors at Rashtrapati Bhawan said constitution is an enduring document that reflects aspirations and the avenues to achieve them, in an inclusive manner.
3. National Deworming campaign launched by Union Health ministry:
· Union Health and Family Minister J P Nadda said special campaigns will be taken up to eliminate Kalaazar and Leprosy from the country. He was addressing a gathering after launching the National Deworming Day campaign in Ranga Reddy district of Telangana.
· He said Maternity and neo-natal Tetanus has been eradicated from the country. He said the WHO also handed over the certification in this regard recently. Mr Nadda also said theInfant Mortality Rate (IMR) is coming down at a fast pace
4. 6th National Film Science Film Festival& Competition begin:
· The five days6th National Science Film Festival& Competition (NSFF) began on Tuesday at Nehru Science Centre in Mumbai.
· Gracing the inaugural function, Dr. Mike Pandey, India’s Iconic Wildlife Conservationist and Environmentalist / Filmmaker, said that films are the medium of thoughts and discussions and this festival will help create public awareness and promote scientific temper in the country through science films.
5. West Bengal Government launched helpline to help farmers:
· Amid growing reports of public agitation in various parts alleging non-availability of food grains from ration shops in the State, theWest Bengal government today announced helpline numbers to address problems of people who are not getting subsidized food grains under the Khadya Sathi Food Security scheme.
· Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had launched theKhadya Sathi Scheme on January 27, 2016.
6. Central Potato Research Institute to be set up in West Bengal:
· The West Bengal Government has allotted land for setting up aresearch station of Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) in Paschim Medinipur district.
· For this, the State Government has allotted 50 acres land to CPRI. State agriculture minister Arup Roy informed today that the plot has been allotted for setting up a seed processing plant to increase potato production in the state as per the climatic conditions available in the district.
7. Sikkim Government to construct Mini Sikkim for showcasing state’s diverse& rich culture:
· Sikkim’s Chief Minister Pawan Chamling announced that the state government will construct a‘Mini Sikkim’, which will be a centre for showcasing the state’s diverse and rich culture.
· The ‘Mini Sikkim’ will be constructed under the Namthang Ratheypani constituency in South Sikkim district.
· The announcement was made while inaugurating a newly constructed market at Maniram Bhanjyang in the district.
· The Chief Minister also announced setting up of a memorial and museum exclusively dedicated to the Indian freedom fighters in West Sikkim district. The memorial will have statues of martyrs from the state as well as those from other parts of the country
8. Governor cannot summon State Assembly on his own: Supreme Court:
· The Supreme Court has said,Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa cannot summon the state Assembly session on his own after he decided to advance it by nearly a month to test the majority of the crisis-hit Congress led Nabam Tuki government.
· A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice J S Khehar on Monday observed that the Governor cannot summon the Assembly session at his whims.
9. Union Government to invest Rs. 1 Lakh crore in North East India to explore hydrocarbons:
· The Union Government will invest 1 lakh 30 thousand crore rupees in the North East in the next 15 years in hydrocarbon sector.
· Releasing the Hydrocarbon Vision Document 2030 for North East in GuwahatiUnion Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhansaid that target has been set to provide LPG connection to every households in North East in the next three years.
· He also announced to set up nearly seven thousand kilometer of pipelines in the region.
10. India resumed supplies to Nepal after 5 months of road blockade:
· India resumed fuel supplies to Nepal through its Raxaul border after agitating Madhesis called off their nearly five-month-long blockade.
· Obstruction by protesters was removed from the main‘Maitreyi’ Bridge connecting the two countries. Of the total fuel consumption in Nepal, 70 per cent fuel is supplied through this transit route.
· Indian Oil Corporation’s Raxaul depot loaded 3 lakh litres of petroleum products into Nepal Oil Corporation tankers and sent them to Nepal.
11. External Affairs Minister leads delegation to Nepal:
· External Affairs Minister Sushma Swarajled an all-party delegation to Nepal for attend the funeral of former Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, who passed away .
· External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, together with Nepal, at its time of loss, minister Sushma Swaraj is leading an all-party delegation for funeral of Sushil Koirala.
12. Maharashtra Government support women entry in Haji Ali Dargah:
· The Maharashtra government on supported women’s entry in the famous Haji Ali dargah in Mumbai, amid the raging debate over ban on females’ entry into certain religious places across the country.
· Presenting the state’s stand in the Bombay High Court during the hearing on February 9, 2016 Maharashtra Advocate General Hari Aney argued that the Haji Ali Trust cannot ban the entry of women in the dargah.
· The Advocate General clarified that the trustees and the committee of dargah are its administrators and they cannot regulate religion as per their own interpretation.
13. David Headley discloses more information on Mumbai Terror attack in Special court:
· Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley continued his deposition for the second consecutive day before a special Mumbai court.
· Addressing the media,Special Public Prosecutor, Ujjawal Nikamsaid that, making some more sensitive revelations, David Headley disclosed his close association with the ISI and said that the ISI provides financial, moral as well as military support to LeT.
· Headley said he was also working for ISI and met many people from Pakistan Army. David Headley revealed that conspiracy to conduct terror attacks in Mumbai started in Nov 2007.
14. Kapunadu leader Mudragada Padmanabham calls off hunger strike:
· In Andhra Pradesh, the agitating Kapunadu leader Mudragada Padmanabham,called off his indefinite hunger strike on Monday on the assurances given by the State government.
· Mr Padmanabham called off his fast on assurances by a team of Telugu Desam leaders, including Ministers, sent byChief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
· Both Mr Padmanabham and his wife called off their indefinite hunger strike at their residence in Kirlampudi in East Godavari district on the fourth day.
15. Pregnancy no hitch for Army selection: High Court
· The Punjab and Haryana high court has ruled that a woman candidate couldn’t be permanently debarredfrom joining as doctor in the Army Medical Corps (AMC) on the ground that she had conceived during the selection process and that such an action had no place in modern India.
· In this case, a woman candidate had conceived between the period of her application and completion of final selection process. She was, however, restrained for joining for being pregnant.
16. Ministry approves ‘bridge linkages’ for PSU coal mine allottees:
· The Ministry of Coal has approved a proposal to grant a short-term coal linkageto central and state public sector units which have been allotted Schedule III coal mines.
· The short-term linkages or ‘bridge linkage’ will be given to both power and non-power sector public sector units. The bridge linkage will fill the gap of coal requirement of the specified end use plant till the allotted coal mine starts production.
· Every plant, which wants a bridge linkage, will need to apply to the Ministry of Coal. The request will be considered by the Standing Linkage Committee (Long Term) and thereafter Coal India or Singareni Collieries Company Ltd shall decide the grate of coal and source of coal.
17. IMF Chief asks India to implement economic reforms:
· IMF Chief Christine Lagarde has hoped that India would be able to implement a series of critically important economic reforms for unleashing the country’s growth potential.
· Speaking at the University of Maryland in Washington DC Friday, she said theIMF growth forecast for the country hovers around 7.5 per cent for the 2016-17 fiscal.
18. India to ratify WTO trade facilitation agreement soon:
· India will soon ratify theWorld Trade Organization WTO’s trade facilitation agreement.
· Informing this,Union Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotiasaid, the agreement is important for boosting trade among nations, for simplifying the customs rules and also for reducing the cost of trading.
19. Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to visit India on 3 day official visit:
· Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will be on a three visit to India from February 10, 2016.
· It is his first state visit to India. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Ministers, senior officials and captains of industry.
· During the visit, the Crown Prince will call on President Pranab Mukherjee and hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on issues of mutual interest.
20. Earthquake hit Papua New Guinea in Pacific:
· A strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea’s Bougainville Islandin the southwestern Pacific.
· However, no immediate tsunami warning was issued. The undersea quake hit some 96 kilometres southwest of Panguna town at 3:19 a.m. local time, according to the US Geological Survey.
· It was followed by a 5.7 magnitude quake rocking central New Zealand. The quake hit at 1:38 p.m. local time around 45km southeast of Saint Arnaud, in the Nelson Lakes District. It was widely felt including in the capital city of Wellington.
21. Almost 40,000 people facing starvation in South Sudan: United Nations
· The United Nationswarned that a sharp rise in food insecurity across South Sudan could result in catastrophic levels of hunger for at least 40,000 civilians.
· The warning follows the release of theIntegrated Food Security Phase Classification report which estimates at least 2.8 million people, or 23 percent of the population, will face acute food and nutrition insecurity between January and March 2016.
22. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run in US Presidential elections:
· The billionaire former Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, has confirmed he is considering running as an independent candidate for the US Presidency.
· He told the Financial Times he was looking at all the options. His aides told US media last month he was eyeing a bid but this is the first time he has acknowledged he may run. Last month the unnamed advisers said he had been alarmed by the increasingly polarised nature of the race.
23. Israel plans to build fences to protect against neighbouring countries: Prime Minister of Israel:
· Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he has plans to encircle Israel with fences because the Mideast is filled with “wild beasts” that imperil the Jewish country.
· Netanyahu said during a tour to the construction site of a new fence along itseastern border with Jordan.
24. US President Obama announced Cybersecurity National Action Plan to counter risk from new technologies:
· President Barack Obama has unveiled a cybersecurity “national action plan” as his intelligence chief warned of growing risks from new technologies that open more doors to hackers. Obama asked for USD 19 billion for cybersecurity efforts in his budget request, a 35 per cent increase from current levels, with USD 3 billion earmarked to help modernise the patchwork of computer systems used in government agencies.
25. Lower House of French Parliament voted in favour of proposal to strip terrorists of French nationality:
· Lawmakers in France’s lower house of parliament has voted through a highly controversial proposalto amend the constitution to strip people convicted of terrorist offences of their French nationality.
· The measure, passed by a show of hands, yesterday followed weeks of debate and is one of a tough set of measures proposed byPresident Francois Hollande in the wake of the jihadist attacks in Paris on November 13 that killed 130 people.
26. Legislation for cultivation of Medicinal marijuana to go before Australian parliament:
· A piece of legislation which would make the cultivation of medicinal marijuana legal throughout Australia will go beforeFederal parliament.
· The establishment of a nationwide cannabis cultivation scheme follows several Australian state governments setting up trials last year, aiming to produce medical-grade marijuana for treatment proposes, Xinhua news agency reported.
· Medicinal marijuanahas long been hailed as a powerful pain-relief treatment from those suffering chronic diseases such as cancer, Dravet Syndrome, HIV/ AIDS, glaucoma and Parkinson’s disease.Health Minister Susan Ley, who will introduce the proposed amendments relating to theNarcotics Drugs Act 1967
27. Bangladesh cancelled Sonadia Island Port Project with China:
· The place Sonadia Island,Bangladesh cancelled China’s proposal to develop a deep sea port on the island that lies in the Bay of Bengal.
· Sonadia Island is a small island of about 9-sq.km offshore of the Cox’s Bazaar coast in Chittagong Division, Bangladesh.
28. DGCA signed grant agreement with USTDA for India Aviation Safety Technical Assistance Phase II:
· India’s theDirectorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and United States Technical Development Agency (USTDA) were signed the grant agreement for India Aviation Safety Technical Assistance Phase II in New Delhi.
· The phase II of the project is aimed at sustaining efforts undertaken during 2014 for restoration of IASA Category 1 status and bringing in more systemic improvements in the area of operation, airworthiness and licensing. It will include components on general aviation and business aviation.
29. Hindu Marriage Bill approved in Pakistan:
· After decades of delay and inaction, theHindu minority community in Pakistanwill soon have a marriage law as a parliamentary panel has unanimously approved the Hindu Marriage Bill.
· The National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice on Tuesday passed the final draft of Hindu Marriage Bill 2015, where five Hindu lawmakers were specially invited.
30. Royal Navy of UK to study India’s Operation Raahat:
· Operation Raahat: Massive air and sea operation carried out by India in Yemen in 2015
· The Operation Rahaatcame in news in second week of February 2016 after the Royal Navy of United Kingdom (UK) presented its desire to officially study India’s humanitarian rescue operation in Yemen.
· The Royal Navy wants to study the Operation Raahat in all its details and understand the meticulous planning process that was followed. It also wants to learn the way the plans were executed.
· Operation Raahat was one of the most stellar rescue missions ever conducted in a strife-torn area internationally. It was overseen byMinister of State for External Affairs General (retd) VK Singh.
31. World’s largest concentrated solar plant opened in Morocco:
· The Noor Ouarzazate Solar Complex, world’s largest solar power plant, was opened in the Souss-Massa-Drâa area inMorocco,10 km from Ouarzazate town.
· The plant holds the capacity to produce enough energy to power over one million homes by 2018 and reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 760000 tons per year.
· Phase One of the project involved the construction of a 160MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant namedNoor I, while Phase Two involved the construction of the 200MWNoor II CSP plant and the 150MW Noor III CSP plant, and Phase Three will involve the construction of the Noor IV CSP plant.
· The World Bank partially financed construction of the plant through a 97 million US dollar loan from theClean Technology Fund
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
32. Prime Minister Shram Awards 2014 announced:
· Union Ministry of Labour and Employment announced the Prime Minister Shram Awards for the year 2014.
· There are nine nominations for the Shram Bhushan Award, Nineteen nominations for Shram Vir or Shram Veerangana and twenty six nominations for Shram Shree or Shram Devi Awards.
· Even though, the total number of Shram Awards is 32, the number of workers receiving the awards is 54 which Included 3 women, as some of the awards have been shared by workers and/or teams of workers consisting of more than one worker. These include 36 workers from the public sector and 18 workers from the private sector.
· Shram awards were set up by the Union Government in 1985 to recognize the outstanding contributions of workers in both public and private sectors.
33. TOIFA 2016 to be held in March:
· The next edition of TheTimes of India Film Awards (TOIFA)is all set to take place inDubaithis March.
· At a press conference held recently, Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez marked the date as March 18 for the star-studded event.
35. Bad loans push three govt banks into red:
· Three state-run lendersCentral Bank of India, Dena Bank and Allahabad Bank reported massive losses, whilePunjab National Bank narrowly missed slipping into the red as the growing pile of stressed loans took a toll on their health, raising concerns over the precarious state of the financial sector.
· The trends available from the December-end quarter results, and ICICI Bank’s performance pointed towards tough times for other lenders as well following the Reserve Bank of India’s bad loan clean-up drive. As a result the volume of stressed assets was estimated at around Rs 8 lakh crore.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
34. New species of Hydroid Polyps emitting green fluorescence discovered in Red Sea
· An international team of scientists (biologists) discovered a new species of hydroid polyps emitting green fluorescence in the Red Sea. These polyps were found to be emitting light in the night in association with the gastropodNassarius margaritifer.
· These hydroid polyps also calledhydrozoas(presumably a new species of the genusCytaeis, whose body length reaches 1.5 mm) was found during the investigations of the biodiversity of coral reefs of the archipelago Farasan (Saudi Arabia, south of the Red Sea).
· The team included researchers from the Lomonosov Moscow State University and the Russian Academy of Sciences. The results of the study are published in PLOS ONE.
36. Google to offer ‘Flood Alerts’ on maps, Now Cards in India:
· Google has announced public emergency alerts for ‘floods’ in India. Google has in the past activated its emergency search pages when floods hit Chennai, Kashmir and in times of the other natural disasters in India.
· Google says that now users in India will be able to find ‘flood alerts’ along with ‘river level’ information for more than 170 areas in which the Central Water Commission (CWC) has active observation stations.
· These alerts will be publicly available on Google web search, Google Now cards in the Google app, Google Maps, and on the Google Public Alerts homepage, and can be accessed on desktop and mobile devices.
37. Google’s self-driving car is its own driver: US government
· US vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads.
· The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, of its decision in a previously unreported Feb. 4 letter to the company posted on the agency’s website this week.
38. Indian archers finish with 10 Gold medals in South Asian Games:
· Indian Archersestablished supremacy in the 12th South Asian Games as they finished with a total of 10 Gold and 4 Silver medals.
· After clean sweep in Compound, they bagged 5 Gold and 2 Silver in Recurve events on February 9. Gold medals were won in all the 5 events – Mixed as well as Men’s and Women’s Individual and Team
39. India beat Sri Lanka to enter final of U19 World Cup for fifth time
· Three-time champions India continued their invincible run to enter the ICC Under-19 World Cup final for a fifth time with an emphatic 97-run win over Sri Lanka in the semifinals.
· India did well to reach 267/9 after a shaky start before putting up an impressive effort with the ball to dismiss Sri Lanka for 170 in 42.4 overs.
· The batting stars were Anmolpreet Singh (72 off 92) and Sarfaraz Khan (59 off 71), who amassed his fourth fifty plus scores in five innings player in the tournament.
40. DDCA receives provisional NOC:
· The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) have written to theBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) informing the board that they’ve received a provisional No Objection Certificate (NoC) from South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC)
· The NoC will help the Delhi board to host ICC World Twenty20 games at the Feroz Shah Kotla next month.
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