Daily Current Affairs Updates– 8th February 2016:
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· Union government on 8 February 2016 launched the 24×7 Toll Free Tourist Infoline in 12 International Languages including Hindi and English in New Delhi.
· The languages handled by the contact centers include ten International languages besides English and Hindi, namely, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
2). UP has been turned into ‘Islamic state’: Sena:
· Following Pakistani artist Ghulam Ali’s concert in Lucknow on Sunday, the Shiv Sena on Monday branded Uttar Pradesh as an “Islamic state” in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
· It alleged that the UP state government has begun “anti-national business” for appeasement politics. The Sena also said that the BJP has been reduced to a “mute spectator” to Ali’s performance.
· The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has dedicated the state of the art Paradip Refinery in Odisha, to the nation.
· Addressing the large gathering on the occasion, the Prime Minister said he appreciated the participation of a such a large number of people in an official programme related to development.
4). India discussing cyber security with US, others:
· IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government is in talks with several countries, including the US, regarding the issue of cyber security. He added that India is targeting a total digital economy of $1 trillion in the next three years.
5). Abu Dhabi crown prince to visit India on Feb 10:
· The crown prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed-Al-Nahyan, will begin his three-day visit to India on February 10.
· Sheikh Mohammad will meet PM Narendra Modi and discuss “regional and international issues of mutual concern”. Notably, Modi visited UAE last year, the first by an Indian PM in 34 years.
6). NISER campus in Odisha was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi:
· Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the permanent campus of National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) in Jatani near Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
· NISER has been established on the lines of IISc Bangalore and its five sister institutions IISERs that are being established at Pune, Kolkata, Mohali, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal.
· Unlike the IISERs, which are governed by the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD), NISER operates under the umbrella of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).
· The primary objective of NISER is to train and nurture human resources in the field of Sciences for the knowledge economies of the future.
7). Rs.1L cr loans sanctioned under MUDRA scheme: Modi
· PM Narendra Modi said loans of aboutRs.1 lakh crore have been sanctioned to small entrepreneurs under the MUDRA scheme.
· He emphasised on the “personal sector” apart from private and public sector so that youth could start businesses and generate new employment avenues.
· An official web portal of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) was hacked by a suspected Pakistani hacker team on Saturday.
· The website, which acts as a communication medium between the Central Board of Direct Taxes and the IT department field offices, was hacked with messages saying “Pakistan Zindabad” and “we are team Pak cyber attacker”.
· Dmitri Mendeleev, who formulated the periodic table of chemical elements in 1869, was born on February 8, 1834, in Siberia.
· The modern periodic table used today is an expanded and refined version of Mendeleev’s periodic table. Mendeleev organised the elements in increasing order of their atomic masses while the current one is arranged in increasing order of atomic number.
10). China Forex reserves drop to lowest since 2012
· China’s Foreign-exchange reserves have dropped by $99.5 billion in January to $3.23 trillion, the lowest level since 2012, according to a People’s Bank of China statement.
· The fall in reserves was attributed to the weakening Yuan, slower economic growth in China and increasing outflows. Notably, China’s foreign-exchange reserves fell by over $500 billion in 2015, its first-ever annual decline.
· The UK wind energy industry received a boost with the announcement of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, to be built off the north-east coast.
· The announcement has been made by Danish firm, Dong Energy.
· The company, which has already put £6bn into wind power in the UK, said this was its largest investment in offshore wind to date.
12). Banks write offRs1.14L cr bad loans from 2013-15:
· In response to an RTI query, the RBI has revealed that 29 state-owned banks have written off a total ofRs 1.14 lakh crore bad debts between 2013-15, more than what was written off in the preceding nine years combined.
· Further, bad debts for the financial year ending March 2015 stood atRs. 52,542 crore, over three times the FY12 value.
· Market regulator SEBI, for the first time ever, has cited ‘mutual friends on Facebook’ as evidence to prove charges against an individual in an insider trading case.
· SEBI found that these entities made unlawful gains by trading the shares of Palred Technologies Ltd while having price-sensitive information. It also impounded over₹2 crore from 15 individuals connected to the case.
14). SEBI ups revenue forecast for current fiscal year:
· Market regulator SEBI has increased its total revenue forecast for the current fiscal by around 9% to₹536.75 crore over anticipations of higher-than-expected income from fees and investments.
· Further, the merger of SEBI with commodity futures markets regulator Forward Markets Commission (FMC) last year is also expected to boost SEBI’s income from commodity brokers and commodity exchanges.
· Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata has invested an undisclosed sum in business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce company Moglix. Founded in 2015 by a former Google employee Rahul Garg, Moglix aims at allowing procurement of industrial products across various countries.
· The marketplace for business and industrial supplies had previously raised $1.5 million from Accel Partners and Jungle Ventures.
16). Israeli startup makes smart pen ‘Phree’
· Israel-based startup OTM Technologies has developed a smart mobile input pen ‘Phree’, that makes any surface writable by securing the penned information.
· Controlled through a dedicated app, Phree connects to all devices including phone, tablet, laptop and lets users receive and send text messages through an integrated touchscreen. Phree comes with a special case that also acts as a charger.
17). Coal India to hold special coal auction in Feb:
· State-owned Coal India Limited (CIL) has announced that it will offer three million tonnes of coal under the third phase of its ‘Special Forward E-auction’ from February 16-18.
· Notably, the coal will be offered to distressed power plants, which do not have power purchase agreements. The first two rounds of auction for this fiscal were held last year.
· Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has barred telecom companies from differential pricing which involves charging different prices for data traffic.
· Service providers will be fined₹50,000 a day for discriminatory tariffs.
· Under TRAI’s new guidelines, products like Airtel Zero and Facebook’s Free Basics will not be allowed in India.
19). India’s mobile production may hit 500mn in 2 yrs:
· India’s mobile phones production may reach 500 million units in the next two years, Telecom Secretary JS Deepak said.
· The production for 2015 was 100 million units while it was 68 million in 2014. Under the ‘Make in India’ initiative, device makers including Micromax, Lava, Gionee, Lenovo, OnePlus and Xiaomi have started their assembling units in the country.
20). Project “SUNRISE” to improve HIV interventions among PWID in North-Eastern states launched:
· Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda 2016 launched the Project Sunrise in Imphal, Manipur.
· The project seeks to improve interventions against human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) among people who inject drugs (PWID) in eight north east States.
· The Agriculture Ministry has sought funds worth₹140 crore for the launch of the proposed‘Pashu Sanjeevani scheme’for livestock.
· Under the scheme, health cards with a unique identification number will be provided to around 300 million cattle in the country.
· This will help create a national database for cattle and ensure door step delivery of health services.
22). Vishal Mehta appointed as President of International Grown Diamond Association:
· Vishal Mehta was appointed as the President of the newly- formed International Grown Diamond Association (IGDA).
· Mehta is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IIa Technologies, which grows diamonds at its state-of-the-art facility in Singapore.
AWARDS AND HONORS
· The Revenant director Alejandro Gonzalez received his second consecutive Directors Guild of America (DGA) award for best feature film at the 68th annual DGA Awards.
· Previously he won the same award for the movie Birdman which went on to win three Oscars for best picture, original screenplay and director.
· He has joined a select group of directors who have won the DGA trophy twice including Ang Lee, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, George Stevens, David Lean, Ron Howard and Joseph Mankiewicz.
SUMMITTS AND CONFERENCES:
24). India to host first ever Global Maritime Summit:The Revenant director Alejandro Gonzalez won Directors Guild of America award 2015
· Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India will host the first ever Global Maritime Summit in April this year.
· Modi further said that the Indian Ocean Region is one of his foremost policy priorities, adding that 37 of all Indian Naval ships participating in the Fleet Review are made in India.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
25). US startup develops glowing plants:
· A US startup has developed glowing plants that provide natural light without electricity.
· The glowing plant uses DNA from luminous living organisms like fireflies and other bacteria.
· These DNAs are collected and imbibed into real plants which glow in the dark. These plants are made using synthetic biology and special software called Genome Compiler.
26). Paper waste turned into non-toxic green Aerogel for first time
· For the first time, scientists from National University of Singapore (NUS) have successfully converted paper waste into green nontoxic cellulose aerogels.
· Aerogels are among the lightest solid materials in the world and are also one of the finest insulation materials available.
· Green Aerogels are ultra-light, non-toxic, extremely strong, flexible and water repellent. It is obtained by converting paper waste into biodegradable Aerogels which is a simple, cost-effective and fast method.
· Direct-to-home (DTH) operators in India including Tata Sky and Videocon d2h are set to launch new Set Top Boxes that will allow subscribers to browse internet applications on their TVs.
· Converting a standard TV into a smart TV, this will also give users access to social networks like Facebook and Twitter. The service is expected to be available at no extra cost.
28). Google AIphaCo to play Go World championship live on YouTube:
· Google’s AlphaGo artificial intelligence (AI) is set to play the Chinese board game ‘Go’ against the world number one Lee Se-dol from South Korea.
· The $1 million contest, consisting of five matches, will be played in March and will be broadcasted live on YouTube.
29). NASA captures image of merging galaxies:
· NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image in which two or more galaxies are in the act of merging together to form a single new galaxy.
· The resultant galaxy, NGC 1487, is situated about 30 million light-years away in the southern constellation of Eridanus. Each galaxy has lost its original appearance as its stars have been displaced by gravity.
30). India plans to end malaria by 2027:
· India will launch a programme aimed at eliminating malaria in the country by 2027, ahead of the World Health Organisation (WHO) target of 2030.
· The National Framework for Malaria Elimination, set to be launched on February 11, will be implemented in phases across states.
· Indian and Chinese troops held a joint tactical exercise in Eastern Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, the first ever in the region, where the Line of Actual Control (LAC) has not been demarcated.
· This is part of ongoing initiatives being taken by both countries, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said. A joint exercise was recently conducted in Sikkim.
32). Chappell-Hadlee Trophy won by New Zealand:
· New Zealand defeated Australia by 55 runs in captain Brendon McCullum’s final ODI to clinch the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.
· The Kiwis posted 246 thanks to McCullum’s whirlwind 47 and then dismissed the Australians for 191, with Matt Henry taking 3 wickets while Ish Sodhi and Corey Anderson took 2 wickets each.
· McCullum played 260 ODI matches and scored 6,083 runs.
33). Modric goal helps Real Madrid defeat Granada 2-1:
· Real Madrid got past Granada 2-1 in their hard-fought La Liga encounter, courtesy an 85th-minute winner from Luka Modric.
· Real had earlier taken the lead in the first half through Karim Benzema, but Granada drew level through Youssef El-Arabi’s goal in the 60th minute.
· The win leaves Real Madrid third in the table, four points behind leaders Barcelona.
34). 26 medals for India on South Asian Games day 2:
· India took their overall medals tally to 45 on day two of the South Asian Games, winning 26 medals.
· The second day saw the Indians win ten medals in swimming, five medals in wrestling, four medals in weightlifting, three in cycling and two each in table tennis and wushu.
· Sri Lanka are second with 40 medals.
35). Veteran poet Nida Fazli dies aged 78:
· Renowned Urdu and Hindi poet Nida Fazli, 78, passed away in Mumbai today following a heart attack.
· His most popular Bollywood works include ‘Aa Bhi Jaa’ (Sur), ‘Tu Is Tarah Se Meri Zindagi Mein’ (Aap To Aise Na The) and ‘Hosh Waalon Ko Khabar Kya’ (Sarfarosh).
· Fazli has been conferred with numerous awards including the Padma Shri in 2013.
· Renowned American singer-songwriter Dan Hicks passed away after a two-year long battle with throat and liver cancer. He was 74.
· He was known for his traditional mix of folk, jazz and country music. He was known as the frontman of the acoustic band Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks.
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