Daily Current Affairs Updates– 1st March 2016:
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1.Public Provident Fund Exempted From Tax:
· Government today made it clear thatPublic Provident Fund will not be taxed on withdrawal.
· Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhiasaid in a statement thatonly the interest that accrues on contributions to Employee Provident Fund made after 1st of April this year will be taxed while principal will continue to remain tax exempt.
· Mr Adhia elaborated that40 percent of the interest accrued on contributions made after 1st April will be tax exempt and remaining 60 percent will be taxed
2.World Civil Defence Day:
· World Civil Defence Day, created by decision of the ICDO General Assembly in 1990, is celebrated every year on the 1st of March. This Day commemorates the entry into force of the ICDO Constitution as an intergovernmental organisation in 1972
3.Delhi first state to launch HPV vaccine as public health programme in schools:
· Delhi has become the first state in the country to launch the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccineas a public health programme for school children.
· Health Minister Satyendar Jain said girls studying in Class VI in government schools will be targeted in the first year. This will be completed in the current academic year over two phases.
· The HPV vaccine protects people against the group of 150-odd HPVs, some of which can cause cervical cancer.
· In the next year, our target is to include all girls between the age of 9 and 13.
4.Centre to provide Rs 1 lakh per family health cover:
· TheCentre will launch a new health protection scheme under which a cover up toRs one lakh per family will be provided bedsides opening around3,000 medical stores across the country to provide quality medicines at affordable prices.
· In theback drop of emergence of around 2.2 lakh patients of End Stage Renal Disease in Indiaevery year and resulting in additional demand for 3.4 crore dialysis sessions, the government will also initiate aNational Dialysis Services Programme to provide dialysis services in all district hospitals.
5.Raisina Dialogue begins in New Delhi:
· The Raisina Dialogue on Geopolitics and Geo-economics is begins in New Delhi
· External Affairs Ministry said,more than 450 delegates from around 40 countries are participating in the three-day conference.
· It is co-hosted by External Affairs Ministry and the Observer Research Foundation.
· Inaugural address will be delivered by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
6.Visa on Arrival for Japanese Nationals from today:
· The Visa on Arrival will be given to Japanese nationals from today.
· This facility will be available atsix airports Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
· Home Ministry said, thisfacility can be availed for the purposes of business, tourism, conference and medical. The Validity of this visa after entry will be for a period of 30 days.
· About one lakh 80 thousand Japanese nationals visit India every year on various kinds of visas. Business and Tourist Visas constitute around 78 per cent of these.
· The Food Security scheme will be implemented in 47 more Uttar Pradesh districts.
· Prior to it, the scheme was implemented in 28 districts of the state from January 1st. All the seventy five districts of the state will now be covered under the scheme to ensure the food to poor.
· The beneficiaries will now get rice at the rate of Rs. three per kg, wheat at Rs. two per kg and coarse grain at Rs. one per kg.
8.Odisha launched a Scheme ‘Jyoti’:
· India’s Poorest District , Nabarangpur of Odisha launched a 45 day campaign, called ‘Jyoti’, to train 4400 traditional healers as the number of tribal children falling victim to local healing practices in the district has increased.
· Maharashtragovernment announced a 5% reservation for Mill workers, Women and Kin of State Martyr’s in Procuring autorickshaw’s permits to ensure greater Participation of Locals
10.MS Swaminathan Research Chair for KISS:
· The MS Swaminathan Research Foundation has signed anMoU with Bhubaneswar-based Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences to establish a Research Chair for promoting knowledge and skill for empowerment for less privileged children in India.
· This is the first-ever initiative of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation to establish a Research Chair in any private institute in the country.
· The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences is the largest residential institute for the tribals in the world, providing free of cost accommodation, food, health care, education from Kindergarten to Post Graduation to more than 25,000 children of whom 12,200 are girls.
· Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announcedsetting up of legal assistance cells at gram panchayat level to improve access to the justice delivery system to the poor and the underprivileged people.
12.Foundation stone of Metro rail project laid in Guwahati, Assam:
· Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will lay thefoundation stone of much awaited metro rail project in Guwahati.
· Assam government approved theformation of Special Purpose Vehicle namely Guwahati Metro Rail Corporation Limited for implementing the project.
13.Mahesh Kumar Singla committee constituted to consider ST status to six communities of Assam:
· Union Government constituted a committeeto consider Scheduled Tribe status to six Communities of Assam.
· The committee will be headed bySpecial Secretary (Internal Security) Ministry of Home Affairs, Mahesh Kumar Singla
· The committee will recommend the modalities for granting of Scheduled Tribe status to six Communities namelyKoch Rajbongshi, Moran, Matak, Tai Ahom, Chutia and Adivasi (Tea Tribes)in Assam.
· The Committee will submit its report by 31 May 2016.
· The committee will consult with the Government of Assam and suggest the modalities for the required reservations, of shifting the existing reservation for these communities from OBC to ST.
· Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), over two lakh metric tonnes of Basmati rice was illegally offloaded in Dubai in the last over a year instead of in Bandar Abbas in Iran.
· Over 25 big exporters from Haryana and Punjab are under the scanner of DRI and other agencies for their involvement in the multi-crore scam, they said.
15.Indo-Seychelles Joint Training Exercise Lamitye 2016 concluded:
· The seventh in the series of Indo-Seychelles Joint Training Exercises, Lamitye – 2016concluded at Victoria, Mahe Island in Seychelles.
· It was conducted with anaim to improve interoperability between both Armies in jointly fighting Counter Insurgency and Terrorism from 15 February to 28 February 2016.
· The joint training was an ideal platform for fostering jointmanship and interoperability between the defence forces of both the countries.
· Exercise Lamityewhich meansFriendship in Creole,has been a bridge between the Armed Forces of India and SPDF since 2001.
· In an Effortto boost the Economy, China’s Central Bank cuts bank’s required reserve ratio by 0.5%.
· Banks will have to keep less of their money in cash and will be able to lend more to people and businesses thereby injecting money into the Financial System.
· The Move could reportedly putfurther devaluation pressure on China’s Currency, the Yuan.
17.Allies of President Rouhani Won Parliamentary Elections in Iran:
· Allies of Iran’s reformist President Hassan Rouhani have won a landslide victory in Tehran, in the first parliamentary vote since Iran signed a nuclear deal with world powers.
· With 90 per cent of the votes counted, the pro-Rouhani List of Hope is set to take all 30 parliamentary seats in the capital Tehran.
· Pakistan executed former police commando Mumtaz Qadri, who brutally assassinated former liberalPunjab governor Salman Taseerfor seeking reforms in the country’s controversial blasphemy laws,triggering nation-wide protests by Islamists who called it a “black day”.
19.China navy launches first self-propelled floating dock:
· China’s navy has launched its first self-propelled floating dock, giving it the ability to repair warships far from the coast, the official People’s Liberation Army Daily said, Beijing’s latest move to modernise its navy.
· The newspaper said the dock, theHuachuan No. 1, would enable the navy to return damaged ships to fighting capability “in very rapid time” and was designed to be sent into combat zones.
· President Barack Obama is launching a version of “take your child to work day”that’s focused on America’s science laboratories instead of its corporate workspaces.
· It’s part of Obama’s effort to encourage young people, especially girls and minorities, to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
· More than 50 national labs in 20 states are opening their doors this coming week to approximately 5,000 elementary, middle and high school students to help spark interest by exposing them to the scientists, engineers and lab employees who carry out important work and research at facilities in their communities.
21.Peru declared emergency after oil spill Hits Rivers:
· Peru declared an emergency after a major oil pipeline burst affecting two rivers, namelyChiriaco and Morona, in the country’s northwest. This emergency will continue to be in forcefor three weeks.
· The pipeline burst poured 3000 barrels of crude oil into the two rivers, which are the main source of water and food for several indigenous communities.
· Finance Ministry Arun Jaitley said the government is committed to implementing theGeneral Anti Avoidance Rules (GAAR) from April 1, 2017.
· In 2015, the Finance Minister had deferred applicability of General Anti-Avoidance Act (GAAR) by two years.
· The Government had earlier proposed imposing the GAAR from April 1, 2015, for those claiming tax benefits of over Rs 3 crore. The rules are aimed at minimising tax avoidance for investments made by entities based in tax havens.
23.‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ gets Rs 11,300 crore:
· The government announcedallocation of Rs 11,300 crore for both rural and urban areas for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Centre’s biggest drive to improve sanitation and cleanliness across the country.
· The Budget 2016-17 has earmarked Rs 9,000 crore for rural areas, while Rs 2,300 crore for the urban areas.
· Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been recognised as a ‘Global Top Employer’ by the Top Employers Institute.
· ThisCertification is only awarded to the best employers around the world organisations that demonstrate the highest standards of employee offerings, the institute said.
· Others in the list include CJSC Technip, DHL, Dimension data, Saint Gobain, JT International, Mobinil, Mobistar, Orange and Valeo.
25.Twitter launched #PositionOfStrength campaign for women empowerment:
· Micro-blogging site Twitter on launched#PositionOfStrengthCampaign to empower women to raise voices against any form of discrimination.
· The movement aims atbridging the gender equality gap online in India and inspire the next generation of women leaders to have an influential voice in society.
· The campaign was previously run in Australia and Ireland, butthis is the first time that it arrived in Asia.
· Foreign funds have pulled out over 11,350 crore rupees from Indian capital markets in February 2016 so far, on account of a continuous fall in crude oil prices and worries over a global slowdown.
· This has taken the total outflow to 20,177 crore rupees since the beginning of the year.
27.Stock exchanges fell sharply on Budget day:
· The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange is trading in red in reaction to the Union Budget presented before Parliament on February 29, 2016.
· The 30- share index has recovered after briefly plunging 660 points and was trading 56 points at 23,098 a short while ago.
· Vice Admiral HCS Bisht took over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam.
· Besides, Atul Kumar Jain took charge as the Chief of Staff of Eastern Naval Command. He succeeded Vice Admiral Bimal Verma.
· Bimal Verma was transferred as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command at Port Blair.
29.Former SpiceJet COO joins Vistara:
· Former SpiceJet Chief Operating Officer Sanjay KapoorjoinedTATA-Singapore Airlines runVistara as its Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer.
· Giam Ming Toh, who is returning to Singapore Airlines on completion of his deputation with Vistara.
· Former Chief Justice of India H L Dattu took charge as theChairperson of National Human Rights Commission.
· He is the seventh Chairperson of the human rights watchdog. The chairperson and members of the commission are appointed by the President on the recommendation of the high-powered committee headed by the Prime Minister.
· Senior officer of Indian Police Service Alok Kumar Verma took charge as Delhi Police Commissioner.
· He succeeded Bhim Sain Bassi, Mr Verma, a 1979-batch IPS officer of the Arunachal, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories, AGMUT cadre, was serving as the Director General of Prisons since August 2014.
· The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) will beraising the proposed Rs 10,000-crore corpus for ‘Stand Up India Fund’ from RBI, which will bedisbursed to Dalit and women entrepreneurs.
· SIDBI Chairman and Managing Director Kshatrapati Shivaji
· Sidbi has set up a Rs 1,000 crore ‘Make in India Fund’ to refinance bank loans to the manufacturing sector.
· It has also committed Rs 300 crore of the Rs 10,000 crore ‘Smile Fund’ for small businesses announced earlier this year as part of the Start-Up India initiative.
· Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) received three international awards, including for best airport by size in the Asia Pacific region.
· The ranking was announced by the ACI — a trade association of the world’s airports founded in 1991 — for the 2015 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards.
· Delhi airport has retained the world’s number one position for the second consecutive yearin 25 to 40 Million Passengers Per Annum category.
· The two other awards are forbest airport by size& region Asia Pacific (25-40 MPPA) and second best airport by region (Asia Pacific). In retaining the title, the IGIA scored 4.96 on a scale of 1 to 5 in the ASQ survey.
34.Armaan Ebrahim won FMSCI Motorsports Man of the Year Trophy:
· Car racer Armaan Ebrahim was awarded theMotorsports Man-of-the-Year Trophy at ceremony organised bythe Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI).
· Ebrahim was presented with the Raymond Gautam Singhania Rolling Trophy and cash prize of 2 lakh rupees for his performance in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia Series.
· On the other hand,B.I. Chandhok received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to motorsports in the country.
· Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda was felicitatedbyMelbourne based South Asian community members in Australia.
· The members of a nonprofit organization South Asian Public Affairs Council (SAPAC) honoured the visiting actor with anachievement award for making his mark in the film industry.
· Receiving the award, Hooda said he got his first break in the Bollywood industry because of his Australian accent. The actor who made his debut as an NRI from Australiain Mira Nair’s film ‘Monsoon Wedding’ in 2001, said he was very happy to be back in the country after 15 years.
· Eighteen-year-old Sataparna Mukherjee, a Class 12 student from a village around 30km from Kolkata, has been selected by theNational Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) for its Prestigious Goddard InternshipProgrammeunder theGoddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).
· She is among five scholars chosen from across the world for this programme.
· Nasa’s GIP selects five exceptional individuals from across the world every year and funds their entire education after school.
· Under the Goddard Internship Programme, Sataparna will work as an “employee and researcher”, where she will be part of its earth science and technology development programme. Nasa is paying her a generous sum as honorarium, apart from bearing all her expenses.
· Indo-British filmmaker Asif Kapadia has won the best documentary Oscar for his film “Amy”, featuring the musical genius and drug-induced death of jazz singer Amy Winehousesinger.
· Kapadia paid tribute to the promising singer, who died in 2011 following a battle with drug and alcohol. He has already won the Golden Globe and Bafta awards for the documentary.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
38.Google takes some responsibility after self-driving car hits bus in minor crash:
· Alphabet Inc’s Google said it bears “some responsibility” after one of its self-driving cars struck a municipal bus in a minor crash earlier this month.
· The crash may be the first case of one of its autonomous cars hitting another vehicle and the fault of the self-driving car.
· The Mountain View, California-based internet search leader said it made changes to its software after the crash to avoid future incidents.
· A German court has fined Facebook 100,000 euros ($109,000) for refusing to follow an order to adequately inform users about how it was using their intellectual property, a consumer group said.
· News of the ruling followed a visit last week byFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerbergin which he mounted a charm offensive in the face of increasing antipathy in Germany towards theworld’s biggest social media network prompted by fears for data protection.
· The Berlin regional court ruled that Facebook had not adequately changed the wording of a clause on intellectual property in its terms and conditions after a complaint was filed by theFederation of German Consumer Organisations (VZBV).
40.Microsoft to start shipping developer HoloLens in March:
· Microsoft says it will start shipping a developer version of its augmented reality device, HoloLens, for $3,000 on March 30.
· That’s around the same timeFacebook’s Oculus will begin shipping the consumer version of its Rift virtual-reality headset for $600.
· HoloLens differs from the Oculus Rift in thatit makes the viewer see three-dimensional objects in the real world, rather than blocking out the real and replacing it with a 360-degree fictional universe.
· The HoloLens operates on Windows 10 and unlike the Rift, requires no tethering to a separate computer.
· In Hockey,Indian women’s team suffered its second successive loss in as many days against Germany on their South African tour.
· In a nail-biting finish at Stellenbosch last evening, world no. 8 Germans scored on a penalty corner in the dying seconds of the game to clinch it by 3-2.
· Forwards player Anuradha Devi Thokchom and Defender Sunita Lakra scored the two goals for India.
42.Rahul Sachdev won 1st All India Open Invitational Snooker Championship 2016:
· Rahul Sachdev won the1st All India Open Invitational Snooker Championship 2016 in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
· This tournament was organized by Billiards and Snooker Association of Aurangabad and had no relation with Cue Sports India.
· Rahul defeated Pushpender Singh of Railways in the final with 5-3 Score. Though Pushpender emerged as a strong contender and had lost only one frame before reaching the final while Rahul scored a break of 104.
43.Navarro jumps to sixth, Thiem rises to 14th in latest tennis rankings:
· Carla Suarez Navarro is up to a career-best sixth in the WTA world rankingsfollowing her win in the Doha tournament.
· It was just the second top-tier title of the Spaniard’s career and it moved her up five places just ahead of Maria Sharapova who is down one place.
· Serena Williams, who has missed the last two tournaments due to injury, remains in top place ahead of Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber, while Spain’s Garbine Muguruza is up one place to fourth.
· Among men,Dominic Thiem is up to 14th in the ATP world rankings following his second tournament win inside a month in Acapulco.
· World indoor 1500 metres champion Abeba Aregawi has been suspended from Swedish athletics after she tested positive for a banned substance, the national federation said.
· The decision means the Ethiopian-born runner’s place in the Swedish team for the Rio Olympics in August is now in doubt.
45.Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2016 becomes first to be run physically, socially and virtually:
· Over 40,000 people step out onto the streets of Mumbai every year to run for a reason. They do so at theStandard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, Asia’s largest mass participation sporting event.
· Thus began the 2016 Run For A Reason campaign, a 360 degree digital first effort that was aimed at helping the masses connect with the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on a personal level.
· Led by ibs, the campaign comprised of digital films, engaging social content, AMAs, radio spots, a virtual run and also the world’s first Twitter Run.
· TheAmerican actor George Kennedy, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of a savage chain-gang convict in the 1960s classic “Cool Hand Luke,” has died. He was 91.
· Known for his tough guy portrayals, Kennedy carved out a niche as one of Hollywood’s most recognizable supporting actors.
· His characters in other movies also got to rough up screen legends, including Cary Grant, as a hook-handed thug on a roof-top in the 1963’s “Charade” and Clint Eastward.
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