Daily Current Affairs Updates– 1st February 2016:
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· Union minister for communication and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad will deliver a keynote speech at the13th edition of the annual India conference at Harvard University.
· The Theme of the Conference, which will take place on February 6 and 7,is‘India in Transition: Opportunities and Challenges’.
· Other Eminent Indians to address the conference includesKamal Haasan andShashi Tharoor.
2. Rajasthan starts scheme to protect girl child:
· To stop female infants from being abandoned in Unsafe places, the Rajasthan Health Department has come up with an initiative called‘Ashray’.
· Under the Initiative the government will placespecifically designed cradles in65 state hospitals.
· The Cradle comes fitted withan alarm that rings two minutes after the baby is placed in it.
· The Major rivers inArunachal Pradesh pollution free, a research by government bodyCentral Ground Water Board (CGWB).
· The Parameters in the ground water in the state were also declared to be within the permissible limits.
4. Forest Eco-system climate proofing project launched in Himachal Pradesh:
· Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh launched a Rs.310 crore project for managing forests in two districts in a way so as tominimise the effects of climate change.
· The Himachal Pradesh Forest Eco-system Climate Proofing Project forChamba and Kangra districts envisions enhancing bio-diversity and making forests resilient to the risks of climate change, an official statement here said.
· Started with funding fromKFW bank of Germany, the project also aims to enhance the adaptive capacities of local communities to cope with the negative effects of climate change.
· The Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan dedicated a low cost motorized wheelchair called Locomo-Wheel Chair to the Indian persons with disabilities
· The Wheel Chair was developed by the Union Ministry of Science& Technology under the Department of Biotechnology, (DBT)’s‘Make-in-India initiative’.
· Estimated cost of LOCOMO would be around Rs 45,000 as compared to the imported motorized wheelchair which could cost Rs 1.5 lakhs. The cost again is expected to come down with mass production and tax exemptions.
· The uniqueness of LOCOMO lies in its suspension system with linear links used to make all four wheels operate independently to make it suitable to handle uneven terrain also.
The main features of the Locomo are –
· It can be controlled by a joystick which has a 3600 maneuverability.
· It will have aspeed of 8-10Km/hr
· Can move for15-20 Kms at one charge
· LOCOMO could withstand rugged conditions and at the same time is also comfortable easy to manipulate and is available at an affordable cost. It is also light weight, simple to handle, easy to fold and reassemble. LOCOMO will also make people with disability as independent as possible, leading to improved quality of life, social relationships and physical health.
6. Draft of ‘Unfair Practices in Education’ bill ready, said Irani:
· The draft of ‘Unfair Practices in Education’ bill is ready and would be introduced in the Parliament after consultations with all stake holders, including parents and students,Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani said.
· The bill seeking to check irregularities in Private Educational institutions and providing access to students and parents about the information related to institutions was sent to the states for comments and also uploaded on the website to seek suggestions from stakeholders, Irani said.
7. DIPP gives nod to set up India’s first Defence Industrial Park at Ottappalam:
· Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) of Union Government has given its final approval to Kerala Government’s approval to set upIndia’s first Defence Industrial Park at Ottappalam.
· Proposal in this regard was forwarded byKerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra), a Kerala government owned Public Sector Company. Key facts The proposed defence park will be established as part of Union Government’s flagship Make in India programme and state government’s Make in Kerala project.
· India’s first underwater restaurant, the‘Real Poseidon’ opened in Ahmedabad.
· Created 20 feet below ground level, the restaurant spreads across3000 square feet and offers a view of around 4000 fish and marine species.
· With an accomodation capacity for32 guestsin the dining hall, the restaurant offers only vegetarian dishes in cuisines including Punjabi, Chinese and Mexican
9. India’s 1st railway university to come up in Gujarat
· Vadodarawill be home to thecountry’s first railway university,minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha has said.
· Sinha, who is on a two days visit to Gujarat, said that the state government was helping Indian Railways identify land to set up a full-fledged railway university
10. ‘Visa on arrival’ to attract Japan, Korea investors
· After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement in December that allJapanese citizens would get “visas on arrival”, the government has decided to extend it only to the business community for now.
· The government is actively considering including South Korea in this category. Officials in the know say this was being done keeping in mind the “Make in India” policy of the government and to make India an attractive destination for investors from the two countries.
· Japan and South Korea are already on the list of 113 countries whose citizens can arrive in India through anelectronic tourist visa on arrival (e-TV) platform
11. World Health Organization asked all countries to introduce age-classified ratings for films with tobacco imagery:
· The WHO has asked all countries, including India,to introduce age-classified ratings for films and other entertainment programmes with tobacco imagery to restrict the number of new adolescent smokers.
· Today, we want to emphasise that governments should require age-classification ratings for films with tobacco imagery to reduce the overall exposure of youth,” said Dr Armando Peruga, chief coordinator for WHO’s Tobacco Free Initiative, releasing the third edition of a report called’Smoke-free Movies’.
· In 2013-14, adolescents in the US were exposed to 3.1 billion in-cinema tobacco use impressions, 46 per cent of which were from PG-13 films, Peruga said.
12. Switzerland first to propose unconditional Wage:
· Switzerlandis set to vote on a proposal in which every citizen would be paid2500 swiss Francs per month regardless of whether the citizen is working or not.
· The proposal if accepted would make Switzerland thefirst country in the world to introduce unconditional wages.
· Canada’s newly elected government, led byPM Justin Trudeau has introduced a bill to change certain words from Canada’s national anthem forrecognizing women’s contribution in nation building.
14. British Muslims invite public to visit Mosques:
· The Muslim council of Britain in an event named‘Visit my Mosque’has invited people from all faiths to visit 80 mosques acrossEngland, Scotland and Northern Ireland on February 7,2016.
· People visiting the mosques will get guided tours from the Mosque administration and Volunteers.
15. 2.8 million Cancer deaths in China in 2015:
· 2.8 million Chinese may have died of cancer in 2015 or over 7,500 deaths daily, according to a new study.
· It also estimated that nearly 4.3 million were diagnosed in 2015, with 12,000 new cases daily.
· The study has been published by the US medical journal ‘CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
· Senior IFS officerMuktesh Kumar Pardeshi was appointed asIndia’s Ambassador to Mexico.
· Pardeshi is a Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1991 batch. He is currently posted asJoint Secretary (Passport division) in the Union Ministry of External Affairs.
· He served as the Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of India in Jakarta from 2007 to 2010. During 1993-2001, he worked with Indian Missions in Mexico, Colombia and Nepal.
· Union Government also appointedP Harish as India’s Envoy to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Harish is a Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1990 batch.He is currently posted as Consul General in Houston,United States
· Following the issuance of new guidelines bycapital market regulator SEBI, fund houses have started offering the facility of investing in mutual fundsby using the Aadhaar number.
· Investors can now buy or sell mutual fund products online even if they are not compliant withKnow Your Customer(KYC) details investments upto 50000 can be made per financial year.
18. First revised estimates of macroeconomic indicators for 2014-15 released:
· The Central Statistics Office (CSO) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation released the first revised estimates of national income, consumption expenditure, saving and capital formation for 2014-15.
· Besides, the CSO also released second revised estimates of the years 2011-12 to 2013-14 (with base year 2011-12.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
19. Insurance, Shipping cos to start a P&I club:
· Public sector insurance companies, includingGeneral Insurance corporation of India (GIC), and shipping companies are planning to set up aProtection and Indemnity Insurance (P&I) club.
· P&I is a third party liability insurance for ship operators, owners and companies that charter ships.
· The insurance covers legal liability in incidents of death, injury, collision, wreck removal etc..
· Growing number of people with advanced smartphones and wanting to stay connected facilitating rapid adoption free high-speed public Wi-Fi service was unveiled at Mumbai Central Station by RailTel in partnership with Google in January.
· In Karnataka, BSNL set up a high-speed Wi-Fi service at 20 popular spots last week. In November last year,Facebook said it was partnering with BSNL to create 100 Wi-Fi hotspots in rural India
21. Rs one lakh crore disbursed in loans for small businesses: Amit Shah:
· Narendra Modi government has ensured thatmore than Rs one lakh crore in loans is disbursed to micro units and enterprises in just one financial year, BJP president Amit Shah said as he termed it as a big “success” in providing self employment to people.
· Addressing a gathering after distributing small loans to poor and landless people at an event here, Shah rued that around 60 crore people did not have bank accounts even six decades after independence
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
· India’s top software exporters have joined the likes of Google and Salesforce to support US President Barack Obama’s just announced $4-billion‘Computer Science for All’ initiative that aims to dramatically increase the number of children with access to computer science training in the US and build a more technologically advanced nation.
· Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys have made investments as part of a public private partnership through aNational Science Foundation (NSF), which will put in $120 million to support and train computer science teachers in schools, a statement from the White House said.
23. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg set to join telecom biggies at the MWC 2016
· Mobile World Congress (MWC) sees the biggest names in telecoms head to Barcelona for the industry’s annual trade fair, unveiling new technologies and sharing their visions of the sector’s future. It looks like Mark Zuckerberg is once again set to steal the limelight at the 2016 event.
· As well as presenting new mobile handsets and connected devices, Mobile World Congress hosts conferences uniting the movers and shakers of the telecoms industry (product manufacturers, network providers, ISPs, etc.)
24. Rare eruption of a Antarctic volcano Big Ben filmed by Australian Scientists:
· Australian scientists have witnessed the rare eruption of anAntarctic volcano off the coast of the frozen continent.
· The scientists, fromAustralia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), filmed the volcanic event by chance while aboard research vessel “Investigator” studying the fringe of Antarctica’s Heard Island, XInhua reported.
· NASA’s first-ever “integrated-photonics”modem will be tested aboard the International Space Station beginning in 2020 as part ofNasa’s multi-year Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD).
· The cell phone-sized device incorporates optics-based functions such as lasers, switches and wires onto a microchip much like an integrated circuit found in all electronics hardware.
· Once aboard the ISS, the so-called IntegratedLCRD LEO (Low-Earth Orbit) User Modem and Amplifier (ILLUMA) will serve as a low-Earth orbit terminal for Nasa’s LCRD, demonstrating yet another capability for high-speed, laser-based communications.
26. Canadian Startup develops smart robot dog ‘CHiP’:
· A Canadian Startup has developed a smart robot dog ‘CHiP’ that is trainable, playable and recogonises its owner.
· Controlled through a dedicated app, the robot comes with a smart ball for playing and a smart band that helps it identify its owner.
· User can personalise the robot’s behaviour and teach new tricks that makes one robot different from others.
· India won the three-match T-20 series against Australia, 3-0. In the third and final Twenty20 match played in Sydney, India defeated Australia by seven wickets.
· 1st Match: Played at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia on 26 January 2016. India defeated Australia by 37 runs. Virat Kohli (India) was declared the Man of the Match.
· 2nd Match: Played at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on 29 January 2016, India defeated Australia by 27 runs. Virat Kohli (India) was declared the Man of the Match.
· 3rd Match: Played at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia on 31 January 2016. India won the match 7 wickets. Shane Watson (Australia) who smashed unbeaten 124 in 71 balls was declared the Man of the Match.
· Virat Kohliof India was declared as the player of the series.
· Meanwhile, Indian men’s team also became thenumber one side in the ICC T20 rankings after whitewashing Australia in the three-match series in Sydney.
28. Novak Djokovic won the 2016 Australian Open Men’s Singles Title:
· World Number One Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open Men’s Singles title. In the final played at Melbourne, the Serbian defeated Andy Murray of Britain in straight sets 6-1, 7-5, 7-6.
· With this, Djokovic retained his title and alsoequalled the record of Roy Emerson’s record of six Australian Open Singles titles.
· Djokovic claimed his 11th grand slam title to match the totals of Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg.
29. Pietro Fittipaldi won 2015-16 MRF Challenge Formula 2000:
· Brazilian racing driverPietro Fittipaldi clinched the 2015-16MRF Challenge Formula 2000 at Madras Motor Racing Track in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
· Fittipaldi won two of the four races which earned him the required points to clinch the title with a tally of 244 points while ColombianTatiana Calderon finished second (199), just eight ahead of Nikita Troitckii of Russia (191).
30. Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth won Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships 2016:
· Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth won the Men’s Singles event at Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships 2016. Kidambi Srikanth defeated China’s Huang Yuxiang by 21-13, 14-21, 21-14 in the finals of men’s singles.
· On the other hand, the finals of women’s singles event was won byKorea’s Sung Ji Hyun in Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships 2016. She defeated Japan’s Sayako Sato by 12-21, 21-18, 21-18 in the finals of women’s singles at Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships 2016.
Other winners at Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold 2016:
Men’s doubles event:
· Malaysia’s Goh V Shem
· Malaysia’s Tan Wee Kiong
Women’s doubles event:
· South Korea’s Jung Kyung-eun
· South Korea’s Shin Seung-chan
Mixed doubles event:
· Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan
· Indonesia’s Debby Susanto
Note:Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championship 2016 was scheduled to take place from January 26, 2016 to January 31, 2016 inLucknow, India.
· The International Swimming Federation (FINA) announced that theJapanese city of Fukuoka will host the2021 World Aquatics Championships.
· On the other hand, theQatari capital Doha will host the 2023 event.
· The decision was made after a vote of theFINA executive committee in Budapest.
32. Himmat best Indian finisher at 27th spot in Singapore golf:
· Himmat Raiturned in a modest one-under 70 in the final round but managed to sign off as the best-placed Indian golfer at tied 23rd in the weather-hit $one millionSMBC Singapore Open sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).
· SSP Chawrasia was the pick of the Indians on the final day with a four-under 67, his best round of the week. That included six birdies, four of them in last seven holes.
· But at tied-38th, he was not the best Indian, because Rai (70-69-73-70) at two-under 282 finished tied 23rd.
· Veteran cinema-television actor G. Krishna Pillai passed away. Pillai (82) was undergoing treatment for age-related illness and died at his house. A theatre-turned cinema-television actor, Mr. Pillai is known for his character and comedy roles in dramas, movies and TV serials. Popularly known as Kollam G.K. Pillai, he began his acting career through theatre
34. Kiran Bedi’s husband Brij passes away in Gurgaon:
· Brij Bedi, husband of former IPS officerKiran Bedipassed away in Gurgaon following a brief illness.
· He was a renownedsocial activist who campaigned against drug addiction.
· British television and radio personality Terry Wogan died of cancer in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom. He was 77.
· He was well known for his gently mocking wit and Irish brogue.
· He was appointed anHonorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997 and elevated to anHonorary Knight Commander of the same order (KBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2005.
· He was honoured with thetitle of Freeman of Limerick in 2007.
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