Daily Current Affairs Updates – 4th 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.Gadkari promises Rs. 1.1 lakh crore for developing State’s infrastructure:
· Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari said his ministry would execute projects worth Rs. 1.1 lakh crore in Karnataka for expanding the national highway network and developing ports.
About the Highway Network:
· 4,000 km of national highway network would be added to the State’s existing national highway network of 9,632 km, involving an investment of Rs. 60,000 crore by December 2016.
2. Reliance Defence to set up Dhirubhai Ambani Centre for Innovation& Research in Aerospace in Bengaluru:
· Reliance Defence Ltd, a subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, will set up theDhirubhai Ambani Centre for Innovation and Research in Aerospace in Bengaluru
· An announcement in this regard was made by the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (Reliance ADAG) chairman Anil Ambani at theInvest Karnataka 2016 summit in Bengaluru.
· The centre, the first-ever of its kind in the private sector in India, will be a world class facility for research, development and innovation in aerospace technology. It will generate more than 1500 highly skilled jobs.
3. Indian company claims breakthrough in developing vaccine to fight Zika:
· Bharat Biotech, a city-based vaccines and bio-therapeutic manufacturer, claimed to have achieved a breakthrough in developing a vaccine to fight the dreaded mosquito-borne Zika virus, which causes serious birth defects in children.
· Bharat Biotech is home to some of the most brilliant minds in the world and began work on the Zika virus a year ago,Krishna Ella, CMD Bharat Biotech.
4. Instructions on OROP implementation issued:
· Moving a step closer to fulfilling its promise of implementing theOne Rank One Pension (OROP)scheme for military personnel, the government released detailed instructions and tables on its implementation.
· According to the notification, the annual recurring cost of the scheme would be Rs.7,500 crore, pushing the total Defence budget for pensions from Rs.54,000 crore (Budget estimate 2015-16) to around Rs.65,000 crore (proposed estimate for 2016-17).
· The government appointed a one-man judicial commission headed by JusticeL.Narasimha Reddy, former Chief Justice of Patna High Court
5. Union Cabinet approved forming of Joint Ventures between Ministry of Railways and State Governments:
· The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for allowing the Ministry of Railways toform Joint Venture Companies with the State Governments.
· As per the decision the Union Ministry of Railways and state Government can form joint venture companies to mobilize resources for undertaking various rail infrastructure projects in States. The Joint Venture Companies would be formed with equity participation of Ministry of Railways and concerned State Governments.
6. CCEA approved making REIL as an independent Public Sector Enterprise:
· The Cabinet committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, today approved delinking Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited from parent company and turn it into independent Central Public Sector Enterprises.
· Briefing media in New Delhi,Power Minister Piyush Goyal said, the CCEA also gave its nod to increase Minimum Support Price, MSP, of Milling Copra and Ball Copra for 2016 season.
7. CCEA approved allocation of coal blocks through auction:
· CCEA approved allocation of coal linkages for non-regulated sectors only through auction on February 3, 2016. Power Minister Piyush Goyal said, 25 per cent of the coal production will be earmarked for non-regulated sectors through auctioning. Mr Goyal said, sectors which included in the non-regulated are Cement, Steel, Sponge Iron, Aluminum, and Others excluding Fertilizer sector.
8. CIPET signed MoU with Karnataka Government to set up Advanced Polymer Laboratory in Bengaluru:
· Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET),under the Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Karnataka Government to set upAdvanced Polymer Design and Development Research Laboratory cum High Learning Centre at Bengaluru.
· The State Government share 50 percent of project cost apart from allotting the required land for the centre.
· Union Government will bear the remaining 50 Percent and act as a multi-functional one-step facility with specialization in product development in Polymer sector.
9. President conferred Honorary rank of General of Indian Army on Nepalese Army Chief:
· President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the honorary rank of General of the Indian Army upon Nepalese Army Chief GeneralRajendra Chettriat Rashtrapati Bhavan.
· Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh, Air Force Chief Air Marshal Arup Raha, Vice Chief of Navy Vice Admiral P Murugesan, Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar were present among others.
· Since 1965, both the armies have been conferring the honorary rank of General on each other’s army chiefs in view of the close military ties shared by the two neighbours.
10. Governor of Arunachal Pradesh terminated services of Advocate General and Addl. Advocate Gen:
· Arunachal Pradesh Governor JP Rajkhowa has terminated the services of the Advocate General and Additional Advocate General of the state which is currently under President’s rule.
· According to a Raj Bhawan release, the governor terminated the services ofRanji Thomas as Advocate General andR H Nabam as Additional Advocate General as of February 1, 2016.
11. Odisha Government to extend the Cheap Meal scheme to all districts:
· Odisha government will extend the cheap meal scheme‘Aahar’to all districts of the state from March this year.
· In a review meeting held yesterday at the state secretariat in Bhubaneswar, it was decidedto set up 58 centres in 29 districts across the state.
· At present, the state government is providing cheaper meal comprising of rice and dalma at 5 rupees to more than 22,000 people at 21 centres in the five cities in Odisha.
12. Madhya Pradesh makes wearing helmet compulsory for two wheelers to buy petrol:
· In Madhya Pradesh, now petrol will not be supplied at petrol pumps to two-wheeler riders not wearing helmet.
· The Food and Civil Supplies Department has issued directives to collectors in this regard. The Food and Civil Supplies Department has directed that strict action under sections of Essential Commodities Act should be taken against violators of this rule at petrol pumps.
13. Smart City Mission project taken by Odisha Government to begin in July:
· The Smart City Mission projects undertaken by the Odisha government in Bhubaneswar will begin work from July 2016.
· The State government will form a ‘smart city company’ and appoint its CEO by the end of this month to ensure proper implementation of the projects.
· The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation would form a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to fund and execute the projects.
14. Digha Sonepur rail bridge operationalised connecting North and South Bihar:
· In Bihar, the train services has been started on newly constructedDigha- Sonepur rail bridgeconnecting north and south Bihar on river Ganga.
· ThePatliputra- Barauni DEMU was the first passenger train to run through this bridge. After commissioning of 4.56 Km long bridge the distance between north and south Bihar has shortened.
15. De-radicalisation programme for the minority community rolled out in Maharashtra:
· Maharashtra Government in January 2016 rolled out a de-radicalisation programme for the minority community.
· The programme was launched to face the challenges of both home-grown extremism and global Islamic State (IS) threat.
· A government resolution on de-radicalisation of youth and preserving communal amity was approved and passed by theChief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
16. World Cancer Day 2016 observed with theme “We can. I can”:
· 4 February: World Cancer Day
· World Cancer Day (WCD) 2016 was observed across the world on 4 February 2016. The day was observed with year’s theme – We can. I can.
World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.
World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.
· The tagline of the theme reflects on what you can do and asks to make a pledge and take action and make a difference in fight against cancer.
· The World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer
17. Lassa Fever outbreak in Africa in Benin:
· Lassa fever has caused a total of 20 suspected cases with nine deaths, saidBenin government health official.
· An ongoing epidemic in neighbouring Nigeria has already killed 84 people, out of 168 suspected cases, said UNICEF statement. Stocks of Ribavirin, a drug used to treat the infection, were being shipped to Tchaourou and Cotonou.
· Benin was last hit by a Lassa fever outbreak in October 2014, when nine people suspected of having the virus died. Lassa fever belongs to the same family as Marburg and Ebola, two deadly viruses that lead to infections with fever, vomiting and, in worse case scenarios, haemorrhagic bleeding.
18. India to participate in Cobra Gold 2016 military exercise in Thailand:
· Cobra Gold: A multilateral amphibious military exercise in Thailand.
· The term Cobra Gold was in news on 3 February 2016 as India confirmed its participation in the annual amphibious military exercise in 2016.
· The decision in this regard was conveyed to Thailand, the host country, during Vice President Hamid Ansari’s visit to the country.
19. European Union releases draft of deal with UK aimed to keep UK in its fold:
· UK Prime Minister David Cameron says the draft deal aimed at keeping Britain in the EU will deliver the substantial change he has been demanding to how it is run.
· But he said there is detail to be worked on before a crunch summit on 18-19 February. The deal, which includes an emergency brake on migrant benefits, paves the way for the UK’s EU referendum to take place as early as June.
20. European Union urges Greece to check flow of migrants:
· The EU has urged Greece to take specific steps to check the flow of asylum seekers to its shores.
· The European Commission adopted a draft report that said Greece had failed to protect the EU’s external frontiers from influx of refugees and migrants.
· The EU’s executive arm yesterday recommended Greece to improve registration procedures, including making sure migrants are properly fingerprinted and their documents checked against various security data bases.
21. Socialist Party of Spain attempt to form a Government:
· Pedro Sanchezof the Spanish Socialists has become the latest party leader to be asked to try and form a government, after December’s inconclusive polls.
· His party came second but the outgoing Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy of the centre-right Popular Party (PP), failed to secure a Parliamentary majority.
· Two new parties, the radical left Podemos and the centrist Ciudadanos, made big gains in the December vote. Along with smaller regional parties, they hold the balance of power.
22. USA to increase its European Defence Budget by 4 times to counter Russia:
· US Defence Secretary Ash Carter says the Pentagon is to propose quadrupling its budget for European defence in 2017. He described Russia as a growing challenge for the US.
· Relations between Russia and the West have plummeted since Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in March 2014. Pentagon will also propose a 50 per cent increase in spending on the campaign against terror group Islamic State (IS).
23. European Union and USA signed new deal on data transfer:
· The EU and United States struck a new deal on data transfers relied on byFacebook and Google.
· This was announced yesterday by European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova in a Press Conference in Brussels. Jourova expected that the deal will take effect in about three months. New agreement named as Privacy Shield replaces the 16-year-old Safe Harbour arrangement that was ruled illegal by European Court of Justice in October in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations on US intelligence.
24. Pacific Rim nations signed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement:
· All twelve Pacific Rim countries signed theUS-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in New Zealand.
· This is one of the biggest trade deals in history. The ceremonial signing event on the pact was led byNew Zealand Prime Minister John Key and US Trade Representative Mike Froman at Auckland’s Sky City Convention Centre.
25. Justice Ramayyagari Subhash Reddy appointed as the Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court:
· Justice Ramayyagari Subhash Reddy was appointed as the Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court on February 3, 2016.The appointment will come into effect when Justice Ramayyagari Subhash Reddy will assume the charge of office of Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court.
· Presently, Justice Jayant M. Patel is the acting Chief Justice of High Court of Gujarat.
· Currently, Justice Ramayyagari Subhash Reddy is serving as the Judge of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for the State of Telangana and the State of Andhra Pradesh
26. Aruna Sethi became the first female ICoAS officer to head Indian Cost Accounts Service:
· Indian Cost Accounts Service (ICoAS) officer of 1985 batchAruna Sethi took charge as theHead of Indian Cost Accounts Service (ICoAS)
· Aruna Sethi is thefirst female ICoAS officer to join the office of Head of Indian Cost Accounts Service (ICoAS).
· Before this appointment she was serving as the Principal Adviser (Cost) as a part of Indian Cost Accounts Service (ICoAS).
27. DJ Pandian appointed Vice President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank:
· Former chief secretary of GujaratDJ Pandian was appointedvice-president and chief investment officerof the newly-createdAsian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
· His appointment as vice-president and chief investment officer was approved by AIIB. The retired 1981-batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre had worked on deputation with the World Bank in Washington. He was also the MD of Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC).
· China had nominated its former finance ministerJin Liqun as the first president of AIIB.
· The three largest shareholders of the bank are China (30.34 percent), India (8.52 percent) and Russia (6.66 percent). Their voting shares are calculated at 26.06 percent, 7.5 percent and 5.92 percent, respectively.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
28. IIT Bombay develops satellite-based fog monitoring system:
· Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) have developed asatellite-based fog monitoring system with the ultimate goal of integrating the fog information to air, rail and vehicular transportation management to ensure safe travel.
· “The Indo-Gangetic Plains covering northern India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh is subjected to dense haze/ fog during winter months severely impacting on air, rail and vehicular traffic,” said Ritesh Gautam, assistant professor at the IIT’s Centres for Resources Engineering and Climate Studies
29. CSIR launched India’s first Ayurvedic drug BGR-34 for Type 2 Diabetes:
· The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched thecountry’s first anti-diabetic ayurvedic drug for Diabetes.
· The drug named BGR-34 was launched at a function in Kozhikode, Kerala by the CSIR’s Senior Principal Scientist Dr A K S Rawat.
30. Twitter rolls out home timeline feature for offline users:
· Twitter, in an attempt to enhance logged out user experience rolled out a home timeline feature for peopleacross 23 countries, who visit the homepage of the site on their mobile devices.
· Twitter has enabled viewing and participating in real-time content for offline users. Twitter is also expanding its refreshed twitter.com homepage on web, which is already available in the US and Japan.
31. Google develops Android-powered ‘smart mirror’:
· Google Software engineer Max Braun has developed a‘smart mirror’ which gives him important updates as the weather, date, time and other important news. The mirror is powered by Android and is developed using the Android APIs.
· The display is only a couple of millimeters thin and embedded in a layer between the two-way mirror glass and the door of the medicine cabinet. That way it looks immaculate, and I can keep using all the shelf space inside.
32. Microsoft releases HoloLens clip focussed on NFL:
· Microsoft released a new video demonstrating the use of its upcomingaugmented reality headset HoloLens to improve the viewing experience for National Football League (NFL) fans.
· It was released ahead of the league’s annual championship game Super Bowl.
· Microsoft is set to release the developer kits of the headset in the first quarter of this year at $3,000.
33. Google search chief Amit Singhal to quit:
· Google parent Alphabet Incsaid thatAmit Singhal, the longtime chief of its Internet search business, will retire.
· Singhal will be replaced by John Giannandrea, the vice president of engineering who heads its efforts in machine learning, the process in which computers improve performance by analyzing users’ actions.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
34. Sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan selected for Bhimsen Joshi Award:
· Sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan was selected for the prestigious Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Classical Music Award for 2015-2016
· Narayan’s selection for the award was announced by Maharashtra’s Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde in Mumbai.
35. Manipuri documentary Phum-Shang won Golden Conch Award at MIFF 2016:
· Manipuri documentary film Phum-Shang bagged the prestigious Golden Conch Award for the best documentary film at the 14thMumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Animation and Short Films (MIFF 2016
· The 52-minute film critically examines the serious environmental problems faced by the Loktak lake, the largest freshwater lake in northeast India. The lake is characterised by its unique floating biomass, known as Phumdi, which is the primary source of livelihood for fishermen who live on huts built on the Phumdis
36. Government to infuse Rs. 5,000 crore in Public sector Banks:
· The Government will infuse about5,000 crore rupees capital in the public sector banks in the current fiscal to strengthen their balance sheet.Financial Services Secretary Anjuly Chib Duggal announced this on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi. In 2015.
· The government had announced a revamp planIndradhanush to infuse 70,000 crore rupees in state-owned banks over four years.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
· According to a new report by researcher Nielsen’s consumer confidence index, once againIndia tops the global confidence index 2016.
· The country’s confidence score remained constant at 131 points in the December quarter, same as the September quarter.
· India was followed by the Philippines (117), Indonesia (115) and Thailand (114), according to the online survey conducted by Nielsen.
38. TCS rated world’s most powerful IT services brand:
· India’s top multinational IT company Tata Consultancy Services has been rated as theworld’s most powerful brandin information technology services by a leading global brand valuation firm.
· Brand Finance’s 2016 annual report evaluated thousands of the world’s top brands to determine which are the most powerful and the most valuable.
39. Adani Group to invest Rs. 11,500 cr. on Udupi thermal power plant:
· Adani Group has proposed to invest Rs. 11,500 crore for expanding the capacity ofUdupi Power Corporation Ltd. (UPCL) from 1,200 MW to 1,600 MW.
· The group has also proposed to invest Rs. 2,000 crore on developing the Tadadi port in Uttara Kannada district.
40. ‘Ready to provide 500 acres for urea plant in north Karnataka’:
· The Karnataka government has said it will provide500 acres of land for setting up a fertilizer (urea) plant in north Karnataka and 100 acres for a centre of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) either in Mysuru or Mangaluru.
· Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced this on the opening day of ‘Invest Karnataka 2016’, 5 acres would be allotted for establishing an R&D centre of the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering& Technology in Bengaluru
41. Honda to recall 2.2 million vehicles:
· Honda is recalling an additional 2.2 million Honda and Acura vehicles because the driver’s air bag inflators made by Takata can explode and hurl shrapnel into the passenger compartment.
· The recall is a big chunk of the 5 million additional vehicles to be repaired for Takata inflator problems that U.S. safety regulators announced last month.
· The recall brings to about 24 million the number of vehicles recalled in the U.S. due to Takata inflator problems that have caused at least 11 deaths and 139 injuries worldwide.
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