Daily Current Affairs Updates– 11th February 2016

    Daily Current Affairs Updates– 11th February 2016
    Daily Current Affairs Updates– 11th 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.

    NATIONAL:
    1. Maharashtra Government to offer 250 services online from August:

    ·       Maharashtra CM Devendra Fatnavishas said that the state government will offer 250 services online through its portal‘Aaple Sarkar’ by august this year.
    ·       The e-portal which currently offers 150 services, allows people to file grievances and offer suggestions to the government on various issues.

    2. Gadkari announces water transport,tourism plans:
    ·       Transport minister Nitin Gadkarisaid that the government plans to setup 2000 water ports in the country.
    ·       He informed of plans to startRo-Ro(Roll on Roll off) services at 5 places including Haldia, Patna,varanasi with theworld bank’s assistance.
    ·       Besides, there is a plan to develop 1300 islands and 280 lighthouses as major tourist attractions.

    3. Three IT Enabled applications for Railways Launched:
    ·       Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu launched IT-enabledhandheld terminals for travelling ticket examiners(TTEs) for passenger list updation, a paperless unreserved ticketing mobile application and a facility for E-Booking of disposable linen on Trains.

    4. INS Viraat to de developed as a tourist attraction after decommissioning: Andhra Pradesh CM:
    ·       Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced that Aircraft carrierIndian Naval Ship (INS) Viraat,will be developed as a tourism centre after its decommissioning following decades of service in the Navy.
    ·       The Indian Navy is going to decommission INS Viraat in 2016 and there is a proposal by the defence ministry to develop it as a tourist centre.

    5. Union Government sanctioned Rs. 580 Crore for West Bengal-Tripura rail link via Bangladesh:
    ·       Government has sanctionedRs. 580 croreas part of the cost for constructing the 15-km railway track that will connect Kolkata with Tripura via Bangladesh.
    ·       The Agartala-Akhaura rail-link between Indian Railway and Bangladesh Railwaywill reduce the current 1700 km road distance between Kolkata to Agartala via Siliguri to just 350 km by railway. Though 10 km of the 15 km rail distance falls within Bangladesh, the entire cost of Rs. 1000 crore will be funded by India.

    6. Marine Museum inaugrated at Marine Aquarium and Regional Centre in Digha:
    ·       The Marine Museumwas inaugurated at theMarine Aquarium and Regional Centre (MARC) of Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) in Digha, West Bengal.
    ·       It was inaugurated along with one day National Seminar on Coastal Zone Management and Marine Biodiversity at East Medinipur district of West Bengal.

    7. MoEF notified Wild Boar as Vermin for a year in Uttarakhand:

    ·       Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) notified wild pig as vermin for a period of one year from the date of issue of the notification inUttarakhand.
    ·       The notification claimed that in exercise of the powers conferred bysection 62 of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, the Union government declaredwild pig (sus scrofa) listed to be vermin.
    ·       It declared the animals to be vermin across 13 districts (71 of 79 sub divisions) of Uttarakhand.

    8. Assam CM Gogoi unveiled Vision Assam 2030:
    ·       Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi unveiled a draft document,‘Vision Assam-2030: Everything for Everyone-Achieving inclusive and Sustainable Development’.
    ·       The vision document was released during the two-day partnership conference in connection with implementation of sustainable development goals that began in Guwahati on the same day.
    ·       ‘Vision Assam 2030’ envisions a transformed future for the people of Assam free from all forms of deprivation, inequities and insecurity within the next 15 years.

    9. NHRC Issue notice to Rajasthan Government over vacancies in Labour department:
    ·       National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)has issued notice to Rajasthan government over vacant posts in Labour department. According to a NHRC statement, about 160 posts of Labour Inspectors and a sizeable number of post of Labour Welfare Officers are lying vacant in Rajasthan.
    ·       Member of NHRC, Justice D Murugesan issued notice to the Chief Secretary of the state and sought report on the present strength of the Labour officials in all the 33 revenue districts within four weeks.

    10. Nagaland Government formed Inquiry commission to probe suspicious killing of couple:

    ·       Nagaland governmentconstituted an Inquiry Commission to probe into the killing of a couple and the series of violence that erupted in the aftermath of killing.
    ·       The government will give a government job to the next of kin and pay anex-gratia of rupees 1 lakh each
    ·       Taking serious note of the violence that has erupted in the aftermath of the killing,State Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang has appealed to all section of the society to maintain peace and calm.

    11. Delhi Government grants loan worth Rs. 551 Crore to MCD :
    ·       Delhi government’s loan worthRs. 551 crore to the cash-strapped municipal corporations has come with a rider of no fresh recruitment of sanitation workers and discontinuation of temporary employees within a year.
    ·       According to an order issued by the Urban Development Department of Delhi government, there will be no fresh recruitments and regularisation of particularly group IV employees like safai karamcharis and beldars.

    12. India’s Milk Production increased to 146 Million tonnes in 2014-15:
    ·       Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has said that India’s milk production has increased to 146.31 million tonnes in 2014-15.
    ·       Addressing a function atNational Dairy Research Institute in Karnal, Haryana, he said the per capita availability of milk has also increased to 302 gm, more than the minimum quantity recommended by the World Health Organisation.

    13. Mumbai to host ‘Make in India’ week from February 13:

    ·       Maharashtra is estimating to tap Rs. 4 to 5 lakh crore industrial investments through agreements during themaiden Mumbai chapter of ‘Make in India’ (MII) week to be held in the country’s financial capital from, February 13, 2016.
    ·       Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said they have been working on stitching the agreements for investments in state for the last three months.

    14. Abu Dhabi Prince arrives:
    ·       Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates’ armed forces, received a warm welcome when he arrived.
    ·       Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally received him at the airport with a warm embrace.
    ·       This is Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed’s third visit to India, but his first as crown prince.

    INTERNATIONAL:
    15. Supreme Court of USA stalls Clean Power plan initiated by President:

    ·       President Barack Obama’s plans to regulateemissions of carbon dioxide from US power plants have been stalled by the US Supreme Court.
    ·       The court ruled that the President’s clean Power Plan could not go forward until all legal challenges were heard.
    ·       Designed to cut US emissions by 32% by 2030, the scheme put huge emphasis on a shift to renewable energy.

    16. Zika virus infected individual identified in China:
    ·       China’s state-run media says health authorities have confirmed that a 34-year-old man inJiangxi Province became infected with the Zika virus while visiting South America.
    ·       The Xinhua News Agency says this is thefirst confirmed case of the disease in China. But Chinese authorities have downplayed the risk of it spreading there, because of the winter cold.

    17. US Government proposes fourfold increase in Aid to Nepal:
    ·       The US government has proposed afour-fold jump in relief to Nepal as part of its aid to rebuild the country after the 2015 devastating earthquake.
    ·       In his annual budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year Secretary of State John Kerry proposed USD 64 million for Nepal in economic support fund (ESF) as against just actual 14.5 million in 2015. US assistance will be used to foster economic growth, and support reconstruction of houses, schools, and livelihoods in Nepal, the State Department said in its budgetary proposals.

    18. NATO, EU signed agreement on Cyber Defense Cooperation:

    ·       TheNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU) signed an agreement to improve cooperation in cyber defense.
    ·       The technical agreement signed atNATO headquarters at Brussels, Belgium will help the two in countering the modern forms of hybrid warfare.
    ·       The deal establishes a framework for emergency response teams from theNATO and the EU to exchange information and share best practices.

    19. Qatar and Pakistan sign ‘$16 billion’ gas deal:
    ·       Qatar signed a long-term deal with Pakistan to export liquefied natural gas, according to state media in the Gulf.
    ·       The deal will see Qatar export up to 3.75 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas a year, according toPakistan’s petroleum minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
    ·       This represents around 20% of the south Asian country’s gas requirements.
    ·       The deal was signed on the first day of two-day visit to Qatar by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

    20. India, France set to close Rafale deal at lower price of Rs 60,000 crore:
    ·       India and Franceare expected to close the purchase of36 Rafale multi-role fighters from Dassault Aviation with the signing of an inter-governmental agreement including the commercial contract between the two countries next month.
    ·       The deal is expected to be clinched at about Rs 60,000 crore, less than what was offered by France to India during the previous UPA government with 2011 being the base price year.

    BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
    21. HeyBiz tied up with Su-Kam Power:

    ·       HeyBiz, a sales-marketing-support application for SMEs,announced its association withSu-Kam Power Systems Limited, a power back-up solution provider.
    ·       The partnership aims at digitising HeyBiz’s dealers and distributors network that will help in connecting with local customers.

    22. Tata Motors global sales rise 16 per cent in January:
    ·       Tata Motors reported 16 per cent increase in its global sales, including that of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) vehicles, at 93,355 units in January.
    ·       The company had sold 80,499 units in January 2015.
    ·       In the passenger vehicles category, global sales stood at 56,616 units last month as against 49,821 units in January 2015, up 14 per cent.

    23. Petronet LNG profit rises 10% on increased volumes at Dahej terminal:
    ·       Petronet LNG Ltd has reported a 9.8 per cent increase in net profit for the third quarter of fiscal 2015-16 due to better operational efficiency and increased volumes serviced at Dahej.
    ·       Net profit during the quarter stood at 178 crore against 162 crore in the same quarter last fiscal.
    ·       The increase in net profit came despite a 55 per cent drop in net revenue of 4,930 crore against 11,105 crore in the same quarter last fiscal.
    ·       Petronet’s Director (Finance) RK Garg explained the significant drop in net revenue due to the lower long term gas off take and the fall in spot prices of gas.

    24. EPFO planning onetime bonus of Rs 750 crore for its subscribers in FY16:

    ·       The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation is considering doling out an Rs 750 crore bonus to its subscribers for 2015-16 instead of raising the interest rate, a first of its kind move that could translate into double-digit returns for crore of workers on their retirement funds.
    ·       EPFO had earlier proposed raising the interest rate to 8.95% in the current fiscal year, compared with 8.75% in 2013-15 and 2014-15, based on its earnings estimate for the year.

    25. Samsung bets on innovation in India:
    ·       The world’s biggest consumer electronics company is finding demand for these products not only in India but other countries as well with similar needs.
    ·       Here are top five innovations that drew attention at the Samsung Southwest Asia Forum 2016:
    ü Curved TV
    ü Smart convertible refrigerator
    ü Washing machines with built-in sink and jet to wash tough stains
    ü Smart Oven that can prepare rotis and naans
    ü Ultra data saving mode
    ·       India is amongst the hotspots of Samsung’s innovation strategy. It has as many asthree research labs in the country in Bengaluru, Delhi, and Noida.

    26. India near bottom of intellectual property index:
    ·       India was ranked 37 out of 38 countries, with only Venezuela scoring lower, in theU.S. Chamber of Commerce-International Intellectual Property Index.
    ·       The report comes at a time when the government is close to finalising a National Intellectual Property policy to improve the IP regime, increase IP awareness and strengthen enforcement of rules.
    ·       The U.S. was ranked first, followed by the UK, Germany, France and Sweden.India’s peers in the BRICS grouping were all ranked ahead with Russia ranked 20th, China (22nd), South Africa (26th) and Brazil (29th). The 38 economies benchmarked in the 2016 Index accounts for nearly 85 per cent of the global GDP.
    ·       The Index produced by theChamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) — is based on 30 criteria critical to innovation including patent, copyright and trademark protections, enforcement, and engagement in international treaties, the Chamber said. India remains at the bottom of the Index for the fourth year in a row.

    27. Paytm takes cashless solution to campuses:

    ·       Paytm, India’s largest mobile wallet company that claims to have 110 million wallets is taking its cashless solution to campuses, makingit easier for students to pay fees, buy books, order food, among many other things.
    ·       The subsidiary of erstwhile value-added-services firm One97, and promoted by Vijay Shekhar Sharma, wants to change the way people pay, and digitising campuses helps in moving towards that goal.

    28. Renault to start exporting Kwid to Brazil next month:
    ·       French auto major Renault will begin exporting its entry-level hatchback Kwid to Brazil this year and is looking to ramp up production to 10,000 units by March at its Oragadam plant to meet domestic demand.
    ·       Renault, which has set a target of garnering 5 per cent market share by end of 2017, has already touched 4.5 per cent in February.

    29. Reliance Communications making Free Basics a paid service to conform to Trai rule:
    ·       Reliance Communications (BSE -0.89 %) has decided to make Facebook’s Free Basics platform a paid one following the telecom regulator’s regulation barring discriminatory pricing of data services, which includes a ban on zero-rated products.
    ·       A spokesperson at RCom said that subscribers will have to pay applicable data charges for accessing websites or apps through the zero-rated Free Basics platform, once necessary technical modifications are done over the next few days.
    ·       RCom is the only distributor of Free Basics in India. It had been asked by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ( Trai) last December to keep the service in abeyance till the regulator cleared it. And following the latest regulation released on Monday, which is effective immediately, Free Basics can’t be offered in India in its present free form.

    30. Amazon acquires 26% in Tata’s publishing firm Westland:

    ·       Tata Group’s retail firm Trent Ltd on Thursday said online retail giant Amazonhas picked up26 per cent stake in its publishing arm Westland for Rs. 9.5 crore


    BANKING:
    31. YES Bank’s tie up with Smartbox to help reduce delivery returns:

    ·       Private sector bank YES Bank has tied up with Smartbox Ecommerce Solutionsfor solving challenges related to last mile delivery for e-commerce players.
    ·       It will help power the payment solutions for Smartbox network of Automated Parcel Delivery Terminals.

    APPOINTMENTS:
    32. Infosys appoints Scott Sorokin as head of digital:

    ·       Infosys has appointedScott Sorokin as global head of its digital business, as India’s second-largest IT services company looks to grow in newer businesses.
    ·       Sorokin was chief strategy officer at Razorfish, a digital agency that is part of French advertising giant Publicis Groupe.
    ·       Sorokin’s LinkedIn profile says that he has been a strategist and digital partner for senior-level executives at Fortune 100 companies for over 20 years.
    ·       Digital is the fastest-growing part of Indian IT’s business. Large IT firms have been bulking up their digital teams over the last few months.

    33. Harinder Sidhu to be new Australian High Commissioner to India:
    ·       Australia announced the appointment ofIndian-origin Harinder Sidhu as the country’s next High Commissioner to India.
    ·       Ms.Sidhu who has an Indian background had migrated to Australia as a child with her family from Singapore andwill replace the outgoing High Commissioner Patrick Suckling.
    ·       Ms. Sidhu, a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has been also serving asFirst Assistant Secretary of the Multilateral Policy Division.
    ·       She has previously served overseas in Moscow and Damascus

    34. Mukesh Bansal, Ankit Nagori quit Flipkart:
    ·       Weeks after the top-level rejig at Flipkart, its head of commerce and advertising business Mukesh Bansal has quit.
    ·       Flipkart’s Chief Business Officer Ankit Nagori has also quit the firm to start an entrepreneurial venture in the sports domain.
    ·       Flipkart co-founders Sachin and Binny Bansal are the first investors in his new company.

    AWARDS AND HONOURS:
    35. Adele named IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2015:

    ·       The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), international music trade body, namedAdele the Global Recording Artist of 2015 across all music formats.
    ·       The singer is the third recipient of the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year award. The award is a unique accolade that reflects an artist’s worldwide popularity across physical formats, downloads and streams.
    ·       Of the top 10 artists featuring in IFPI’s 2015 global chart, Ed Sheerantook second place and Taylor Swift ended up on the third place.
    ·       IFPI’s Global Recording Artist award and top 10 chart is the first and only ranking to accurately capture the popularity of artists across streaming channels, alongside digital and physical album and singles sales on a global basis.
    ·       Taylor Swiftwas the recipient of the Global Recording Artist of the Year award for 2014.
    BOOKS AND AUTHORS:
    36. New Harry Potter ‘book’ to be out in July:

    ·       Harry Potteris coming back – for everyone. Nine years after publication of the last novel in the best-selling series about the boy wizard, what has been billed as the “epic 8th Harry Potter story”will be published worldwide in July.
    ·       “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I& II,” a script version of the upcoming, sold-out London play, will be published in physical book form in North America and Britain, and globally as a digital ebook. The book will read like a play rather than a narrative novel.
    ·       The play, based on an idea by author J.K. Rowling, is set 19 years after “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

    SPORTS:
    37. India dominates 12th South Asian Games with highest number of Gold medals:

    ·       In the 12th South Asian Games,India now has a total of 208  medal – 123 Gold, 68 Silver and 17 Bronze.
    ·       Sri Lanka is second while Pakistan is third it was all India in Tennis and Table Tennis on Wednesday as it bagged 4 Gold and 4 Silver medals in both the Sporting disciplines. In Tennis, a Gold and a Silver came each in Men’s Doubles and Women’s Singles categories.

    38. India Under-19 team reached finals of Under-19 Cricket world Cup:
    ·       Three-time champions India stormed into the final of the Under-19 World Cup beating Sri Lanka by 97 runs in the first semi-final at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
    ·       Asked to bat first, Indian team posted 267 for 9 in stipulated 50 overs. Anmolpreet Singh made valuable 72 as Sarfaraz Khan also made 59 for India. Anmolpreet Singh later adjudged as man of the match.

    39. Quinton de Kock breaks Virat Kohli’s record:

    ·       Quinton de Kock slammed his tenth ODI hundred as South Africa defeated England in the third of the five-match ODI series in Centurion on Tuesday. The win also helped the hosts to stay alive in the series after England had won the first two games
    ·       De Kock surpassed Hashim Amla’s record (57 innings) to notch up ten ODI hundreds.
    ·       De Kock also toppled Virat Kohli to become the youngest cricketer to have ten ODI tons against his name.
    ·       23 years, 54 days old Quinton de Kock took 75 days less than Virat Kohli to reach the landmark. The Indian right-hander had scored his tenth ODI ton when he was 23 years,129 days old

    OBITUARY:
    40. Veteran director Aurobindo Mukherjee passed away:

    ·       Film director Aurobindo Mukherjee passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal. He was 97.
    ·       Mukherjee was the maker of cult Bengali classics like Agniswar, Mouchak and Nishi Padma in the early 1970s.
    ·       Renowned actor Jaya Bhaduri was the discovery of Mukherjee. He launched Bhaduri in Dhanyee Meye in 1971.
    ·       Mukherjee’s first film, Kichhukhon, got him the President’s Award. His film Nishi Padma, starring Uttam Kumar and Sabitri Chatterjee, was remade in Hindi by Shakti Samanta as Amar Prem. Mukherjee wrote the screenplay for the movie, which earned him a Filmfare Award.
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