Daily Current Affairs Updates – 5th February 2016:
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1. Budget session of Parliament to commence on February 23:
· The Budget Session of Parliament will commence on February 23, 2016. after the meeting of Cabinet Committee onParliamentary Affairs, Union minister Venkaiah Naidu said, Rail Budget to be presented on 25th, economic survey on 26th and general budget on February 29, 2016.
· The first part of budget session will end on March 16, 2016 and the second part will start from April 25, 2016. It will conclude on May 13, 2016. The session will have31 sittings.
2. Government to increase reservation for women to 50% in the Budget session:
· The Government will bring constitutional amendment in upcoming budget session of Parliamentto give 50 percent reservation to women in rural panchayats and urban local bodies.
· Announcing this at a conference in New Delhi today, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Birender Singh said, this will enhance reservation for women in panchayats at all tiers from thecurrent one-third to at least 50 per cent.
3. Supreme Court of India vacated Madras High Court decision to stay issue of Patta to forest dwellers:
· The Supreme Court of India has vacated the interim order ofMadras High Courtstaying the issue of patta (community titles) under theScheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (in short, FRA) on February 1, 2016.
· The decision was taken on an application filed byUnion Ministry of Tribal Affairs
4. India-Brunei Darussalam: Vice President of India Dr. Hamid Ansari paid official visit to Brunei:
· The Vice President of India Dr. Hamid Ansari paid an official visit to Brunei Darussalam from February 1 to February 3, 2016 at the invitation ofCrown Prince Haji Al Muhtadee Billah.
· This was the first official high level visit by India to Brunei since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1984.
· The Vice President of India was accompanied by theUnion Minister of state for Home Affairs Haribhai Pratibhai Chaudhary along with other member of parliaments from India.
5. Vice President Dr. Hamid Ansari on visit to Thailand:
· Vice-President Mohd Hamid Ansari has saidIndia-ASEANeconomic progress is intimately linked to the growth and prosperity of the entire Asian Continent.
· He addressed to the audience at the full-packed auditorium in theChulalongkorn University at Bangkok this morning.
· He said India and Thailand need to increase their efforts to improve economic and trade relations and enhance defence ties. Mr. Hamid Ansari listed outcommerce, culture and connectivity as the future focus areas of cooperation between India and the ASEAN.
6.Election Commission in Kerala to check preparations for assembly elections:
· The full Election Commission held meetings with political leaders and senior state government officials in Thiruvananthapuram to take stock of preparations for assembly elections in the state.
· Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi andElection Commissioners A K Jyoti and Om Prakash Rawat arrived in the state capital on February 3, 2016.
7. Bombay High Court asks citizens to refuse to pay Taxes if Corruption not dealt with:
· Expressing anguish over growing corruption in the government machinery and corporations, theBombay High Court has said that it’s high time citizens come together to fight this menace and can refuse to pay taxes if this“hydra-headed monster” is not eliminated.
· The High Court also asked the Director General of Police to probe and book those responsible formisappropriation and embezzlement of public money in various corporations.
8. Indian Air Force issue shoot at sight orders for anyone trying to scale walls of its installations:
· Indian Air Force has issuedshoot-at-sight orders against anyone attempting to scale the walls of the bases under sensitive Western Air Command in the backdrop of the terror attack on Pathankot air base in Punjab.
· A senior IAF official said the IAF has also urged the government to clear a comprehensivesecurity proposal with an estimated cost of nearly 8,000 crore rupees for its 54 airbases across in the country.
9. Rescue operation on to locate Army jawans trapped in avalanche in Siachen:
· Massive rescue and search operation continued atSiachen Glacier where 10 army men went missing following an avalanche.
· Defence sources said, specialised teams of army and airforce have been deployed to search the missing soldiers. The search operation continued throughout last night.
· A JCO and 9 soldiers of Madras regiment went missing after the avalanche in norther part of Siachen Glacier.
10.Liquor policy: MP govt allows 100 bottles of liquor:
· The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to allow those with an annual income of over Rs 10 lakh to stock as many as 100 bottles of expensive liquor in their homes for an annual fee of Rs 10,000.
· The minimum price of each bottle must be Rs 1,000.
· This is a quantum leap from the existing policy which allows only two bottles at a time.
· The new excise policy cleared by the CM is set to come into force by April 1. While those in the income bracket can apply for a licence, they will not be allowed to sell the liquor.
11.Commerce Ministry will consult Nasscom on US visa fee hike issue:
· The Commerce Ministry will consultIT industry body Nasscom to decide on an action plan against the US move to increase professional visa fees as it does not want to take steps that the industry considers “too harsh’’.
· In December, US President Barack Obama brought in a legislation which introduced a $4,000 fee for certain categories of H-1B visa and $4,500 for L1 visa.
12.Sushma Swaraj leaves for two-day visit to Sri Lanka:
· External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj left for Colombo on a two-day visit during which she is expected to discuss the fishermen’s issue and rights of minority Tamils with the top Sri Lankan leadership.
· Ms. Swaraj and her Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera will co-chair the9th Joint Commission meeting to discuss key bilateral and regional issues in Colombo later today.
· The discussions will cover the entire gamut of relationship pertaining to economic cooperation, trade, power and energy, technical and maritime cooperation, social, cultural and educational matters, science and technology, defence cooperation, health, civil aviation, tourism and people-to-people contact.
13. Odisha Government allowed tourists into certain tribal areas after three years ban:
· The Odisha government lifted therestrictions onvisit of foreign tourists to certain tribal areas in the State.
· The ban was lifted after three years.
· The revised guidelines relaxed restrictions that will enable foreign tourists to trek and learn the lifestyle of primitive tribes living in certain hilly terrains.
14. India signed agreement to become an Associate Member State of EMBO:
· India through the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology signed a Cooperation Agreement to acquire the status of theAssociate Member State European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).
· The agreement will strengthen scientific interaction and collaborative research betweenIndia and Europein this field.
· After the signing of an agreement with Singapore by Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC) in July 2015, India became second such country outside the European region.
· The official kick-off launch ceremony of the agreement was held on 4 February 2016 in New Delhi
15. Canadian province of Prince Edward Island& Ontario signed MoUs in Chandigarh:
· Canadian Provinces of Prince Edward Island (PEI) and Ontario in first week of February 2016 inked Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) inChandigarh.
· The MoUs were inked during the India visit of the premiers of PEI and Ontario Wade MacLauchlan and Kathleen Wynne respectively.
· They were focused on cultivating relationships with India inrenewable energy, sustainable development, food products, and post-secondary education.
16. Union Government granted Miniratna Category-I Status to HSCC:
· Union Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Naddaawarded the certificate of Miniratna Category-I status toHospital Services Consultancy Corporation (I) Ltd (HSCC).
· The honour was awarded to itsCMD Gyanesh Pandeyat Nirman Bhawan in New Delhi.
· It got the status for its consistency in excellent performance in top and bottom-line growth along with its turnover, particularly for the last five years. These status are granted by the Department of Public Enterprises under Union Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
· HSSC is a Public Sector Enterprise under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare since its inception it has been a profit making organisation. As a result, it attained the Miniratna-II status in 2002
17. IIT Hyderabad enters agreement with McMaster University:
· The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad has entered into a research partnership agreement withOntario-based McMaster University, which will generate opportunities to create intellectual property through innovation and to commercialise research outcomes.
18.UN unveils stamps promoting equality for LGBT:
· The United Nations Postal Administration has released six new postage stampspromoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
· The colorfully designed stamps by artist and UNPA art director Sergio Baradatare also meant to celebrate the diversity of the gay community and marks the first time the global body’s post office has issuedstamps with an LGBT theme.
19. Supporting Syria& the Region Conference 2016 held in London:
· Supporting Syria and the Region Conference 2016 was held inLondon.
· Theobjective of the conference was to discuss issues related to the over 5-year old civil war in Syria and measures to mitigate the humanitarian conflict faced by the country and the region as a whole.
· The conference was co-hosted by Germany, Kuwait, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United Nations and saw the participation of over 60 countries.
· In addition to deliberating onthe2016 Syria humanitarian response plan (HRP) and Regional refugee and resilience plan (3RP) 2016-17, the conference announced 10.7 billion US dollars to undertake humanitarian activities in Syria between 2016 and 2020.
20. Canada imposes restrictions on blood donations to prevent Zika virus:
· Canadian blood agencies have announced a temporary restriction on blood donations aimed atkeeping the Zika virus out of the nation’s blood supply.
· Canadian Blood Services said, anyone who has travelled outside of Canada, United States or Europe, will be ineligible to give blood for three weeks upon their return from abroad.
21. World leaders organise donor conference in United Kingdom for Syrian refugees:
· World leaders will gather for adonor conference in London in an attempt to raise nine billion dollars for those affected by the war in Syria.
· Some 70 leaders are expected to attend the conference, the fourth of its kind, including UK PM David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. They are aiming to raise funds for education and jobs for Syrian refugees.
22. Iraq to build wall around Baghdad to prevent attacks from ISIS:
· Iraqi security forces have begun building a wall around the capital Baghdad in an effort to prevent attacks by the so-called Islamic State (IS).
· The reported 300 kilometers barrier will surround the city from all sides. An official said IS controls large swathes of northern and western Iraq and has claimed several recent attacks in the capital.
23. Earthquake of 5.2 magintude hit Indonesia:
· In Indonesia, an earthquake of 5.2-magnitude struck Timor island in eastern part of the country early.
· US seismologists said, the shallow quake struck at around 2 AM IST, some 11 kilometresnorth of the cityof Kupang. No tsunami warning has been issued.
24. National Anthem sung in Tamil in Sri Lanka on its 68th Independence day:
· The 68th Independence Day of Sri Lanka was celebrated in Colombo.
· In a politically significant gesture, the state ceremony at Galle Face in Colombo concluded withthe singing of national anthem in Tamil for the first time since 1949. In his speech, President Maithripala Sirisena said that the country will have to implement theUN Human Rights Council Resolution to protect the dignity of the nation and armed forces.
25. European Union approved 3.3 Billion Euros to help Turkey deal with Syrian refugee crisis:
· The EU has approved 3.3 billion Euros in funding to help Turkey cope with record numbers of Syrian migrants.
· The organisation hopes the fund will lower the number of arrivals into EU nations. Under the deal, the EU’s executive is contributing one billion euros to the fund, while the 28 member states will contribute the rest. More than a million migrants reached the EU last year by sea, many of them travelling through Turkey.
26. Columbia Government seeks help from USA to reach a deal with rebels:
· Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos says he will ask President Obama to help implement a peace accord that his government expects to sign with the Farc rebel group next month.
· Peace negotiations were launched in Cuba in November 2012. The Colombian government and the left-wing rebels have set a 23 March deadline to reach an agreement.
27. World Health Organisation gave PQP certification to India’s BCG vaccine manufacturer GreenSignal:
· World Health Organisation (WHO) gave PQP (Pre-qualification of Medicines Programme) certification to India’s BCG vaccine-making firm GreenSignal Bio Pharma Private Limited. GreenSignal Bio Pharma Private Limited has become the second Indian company to get PQP certification from WHO.
· After PQP certification, GreenSignal will be able to participate in the global immunisation programme facilitated by international bodies like UNICEF
GreenSignal Bio Pharma Private Limited:
· Currently, former Chief Election Commissioner, N.Gopalaswamy is the Chairman of GreenSignal Bio Pharma Private Limited. It produces BCG vaccine. It is based at Gummidipondy in Thiruvallur district.
· Presently, GreenSignal Bio Pharma Private Limited is supplying BCG vaccine to the Government of India and Indonesia. After WHO certification, it will get the opportunity to supply its BCG vaccine to 5-7 countries
BANKING AND ECONOMY:
28.Large firms benefit, laws apply quickly to small cos:
· Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, who is now leading the RBI initiative of cleaning up banks’ balance sheets, said promoters benefited while resolving distress in large firms.
· On the other hand, laws applied more quickly to small firms.
· Highlighting the bias towards big firms, Rajan said, laws applied more quickly to small firms sometimes with a bias to creditors. Laws become more draconian to give creditors powers. However, operational and speedy bankruptcy code will level the playing field.”
· The government and regulators are needed to set the rules of the game and enforce behaviour.
29.IDBI Federal Life ties up with KSCA for bowling foundation:
· IDBI Federal Life Insurance, a private life insurer, has partnered with theKarnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA)for the launch of a bowling foundation.
· The entity called KSCA IDBI Federal Life Insurance Bowling Foundation, is along the lines of a similar tie-up with Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
· The Foundations will help the respective cricket associations to nurture the bowling talent under the guidance of top coaches and cricket experts, company executives said
30.Amazon Web Services builds 5 data centres in Mumbai:
· Amazon’s cloud service arm Amazon Web Services has built its data centres in around5 locations in Mumbai,as it looks to tap on the growing potential of the Indian e-tailing and cloud computing space, said sources privy to the development.
· The move comes at a time when Amazon’s closest rival in India, Flipkart, has already started moving its data centres in-house, while Microsoft has brought online three cloud data centres in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai to improve the performance of Azure services for Indian customers. IBM is also looking to build its data centres in India.
31.Apollo Munich’s policy to cover overseas treatment and travel expenses:
· Apollo Munich is set to launch Critical Advantage, which covers eight critical illnesses treated abroad, and will also pay for travel and accommodation expenses for the insured and an accompanying person.
· This is offered as a rider with its Optima Restore or Easy Health policy of above `10 lakh and is available for a sum assured of either Rs 1.5 crore or Rs 3 crore.
· The premium for a 35-year-old for the base policy and rider works out to about Rs 16,000.
32.Micromax to enter new markets in Africa, Middle East, CIS next fiscal year:
· Micromax, India’s top home-grown phone maker, will enternew markets in Africa, West Asia and CIS countries in the fiscal year beginning April 1.
· The company’s international operations from Russia, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will make up Rs 1,000 crore in revenue by March 2016, doubling up from revenue clocked in 2014-15.
· Amit Mathur– senior vice-president-international business at Micromax
33.J&K Governor appoints Advisers amid uncertainty:
· Mr.Vohraappointed two former IAS officers,Parvez Dewan and Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, as Advisers and entrusted them with key departments.
· Besides, State Chief Secretary B.R. Sharma and Financial Commissioner B.B. Vyas were also given charge of important departments.
· The Governor also approved the constitution of the State Administrative Council, with himself as its Chairman and the Advisers as Members, to address governance issues.
34. US General John Nicholson named NATO commander in Afghanistan:
· Army Lieutenant General John Nicholsonwas appointedas the commander of the NATO forces in Afghanistan.
· His nomination to the post was confirmed by US Senate committee on 4 February 2016.
· He succeededUS General John Campbellwho has been leading the Afghan operations for nearly 18 months.
· The powerful Senate Armed Services Committee confirmed Nicholson’s nomination during a Congressional hearing on Afghanistan where the outgoing commander US General John Campbell testified before the Senators.
· At present, Nicholas was US Army commander of NATO land forces.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
35. Geetu Mohandas won Global Filmmaking award 2016 for script of Insha Allah:
· Indian writer Geetu Mohandas wonSundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award 2016 for her script of yet-to-be shot filmInsha Allah.
· The award was presented at2016 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony held in Park City, Utah.
· Geetu won the award for her wonderful narration about an 11 year old boy, Mullakoya who sets off on a treacherous journey from the Lakshadweep Islands in the Arabian Sea to Indian mainland in search of his missing older brother and tired of living in the shadow of the colorful, magical-realist folklore.
36. She-Taxi initiative of Kerala bagged Chief Minister’s Award for Innovation:
· Kerala’s all-women taxicab service She-Taxireceived the prestigious Chief Minister’s Award for Innovation in Public Policy 2014 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
· It was selected for the recognition in thedevelopmental interventions category.
· This initiative was selected for the award considering it as a unique model and its possibility to replicate in other places.
· In short span of time, it addressed the safety and security concerns of women travellers along with the contribution to socio-economic empowerment aspect of women in the state.
About She Taxi:
· It was launched by the Gender Park which was an autonomous institution under the state Social Justice Department in 2014.
· It is considered as the India’s first 24×7 taxi network by women for women.
· It was to promote entrepreneurship, self-employment and security among women.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
37.NASA’s most powerful rocket to send 13 tiny satellites into space:
· The Space Launch System (SLS) NASA’s most powerful rocket ever that will launch an uncrewed Orion spacecraft to a stable orbit beyond the Moon in 2018 will also carry13 tiny satellites to test innovative ideas.
· These small satellite secondarypayloads or ‘CubeSats’ will carry science and technology investigations to help pave the way for future human exploration in deep space, including the journey to Mars
38. ICC appointed Rahul Dravid as member of newly constituted Anti-Corruption Unit Oversight Group:
· The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board constitutedAnti-Corruption Unit Oversight Group.
· A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting headed by theICC Chairman Shashank Manohar.
· The meeting was held at theICC headquarters in Dubai, the UAE.
· Apart from Rahul Dravid as a member,the group will consist of a Chairman, two members and two ex-officio members
· The ICC mandated the Anti-Corruption Unit Oversight Group to meet once a year to review and provide independent input into the strategy adopted by the sport to tackle corruption and its implementation.
· The group was further mandated to offer its advice and guidance to the Chairman of the Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) where required.
39.India, England,Australia removed from Permanent Positions:
· India, England and Australiawon’t have permanent positions in two of ICC’s most powerful bodies, namely the Executive Committee and Financial and Commercial Affairs Committee.
· The Board agreed to approve changes to the terms of reference of the Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee and Executive Committee so as to remove the permanent positions for the nominees of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on these committees, and to allow fair access to membership for all Full and Associate Member directors, with the sole criteria being the skill, competence and experience of the relevant director.
· Meanwhile, the new chairman will be elected for a two-year term at the June 2016 Board meeting through a secret balloting processoverseen by the ICC’s independent Audit Committee Chairman.
40. 12thSouth Asian Games begin in North East India:
· The stage has been set for the12th South Asian games to held in Guwahati and Shillong.
· Over four thousand players and officials from eight countries will take part in the event.
· Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the inaugural program at Sarusajai stadium in Guwahati. All steps taken for the smooth conduct of the first mega sports event of North Eastern region.
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