Daily Current Affairs Updates– 9th February 2016

    Daily Current Affairs Updates– 9th February 2016
    Daily Current Affairs Updates– 9th 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.

    NATIONAL:
    1.International Fleet Review 2016 concluded in Visakhapatnam:
    ·       International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016 of the Indian Navy was concluded along the coast ofVisakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
    ·       The 5-day long event was hosted by the Indian Navy with the theme United through Oceans.
    ·       It was attended by thePresident of India Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
    2.Maharashtra to get India’s 1st International Arbitration centre:
    ·       Maharashtra has decided to set upMumbai International Arbitration Centre, the first in the country, ahead of theMake in India Week in Mumbai.
    ·       In the absence of an arbitration centre in India, a majority of global disputes land in theSingapore International Arbitration Centre.
    ·       Reports suggest that the overseas disputes arbitrations could generate revenue worth 2 billion.
    3.Maharashtra tops in internet readiness index:
    ·       Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Telangana and Tamil Nadu score well, but eastern States fare quite poorly, according to a new report “Index of Internet Readiness of Indian States” by theInternet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).
    ·       The Internet index has been arrived at by looking at four things e-infrastructure, e-participation, IT services and e-governance.
    4.India, UAE to sign civil nuclear agreement:
    ·       India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be signing a civil nuclear cooperation agreement during the visit ofCrown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. We will be signing an agreement on nuclear energy cooperation.
    ·       This will be on peaceful use of nuclear energy. There will be setting up of research and development centres,”UAE Ambassador to India Ahmed Al Banna.
    ·       UAE has signed similar pacts for peaceful use of nuclear power with UK, Russia, France, US, Japan and South Korea among others.
    5.Parliamentary committee to review security measures on Indo-Pak border in Rajasthan:
    ·       In Rajasthan,Parliamentary Standing committee of Ministry of Home Affairs reached Jaisalmer today on two day visit.
    ·       The twelve member committee led by P. Bhatacharya will review security measures along Indo-Pak international border. They will also visit security posts along the border. Tomorrow, the committee will also meet officials of various state government departments.
    6.CPWD to generate 42 MW of solar power across India by this year:
    ·       Central Public Works Department, CPWD will generate around42 Mega Watt of solar power across the country.
    ·       Urban development Ministry in a release said, it will replace energy-inefficient electrical fittings in 20 government buildings in Delhi by September 2016 and it will save around 115 crore rupees per year on power costs.
    7.Indian Army observed 68thNowshera Day in J&K:

    ·       The Army yesterday observed 68th ‘Nowshera Day’to commemorate the sacrifice of jawans who laid down their lives while fighting cross-border intruders in thefrontier town of Nowshera of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947.
    ·       Jammu-based defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said, Nowshera Day is the tall testimony of the supreme sacrifice and passionate love of the army and the locals of the area to their motherland. He said, in 1947-48 Indian troops and the locals fought together to defend Nowshera.
    8.Haryana Government to celebrate birthdays of Girl students in state run schools:
    ·       Haryana government will start celebrating the birthday of girl students across all state-run schools.
    ·       The programme‘Kanya Janamdin Utsav’, will be launched on coming Thursday. A spokesperson of the Haryana’s education department announced in Chandigarh, that the birthday of the girls falling in the same month would be celebrated as‘Utsav’ on every second Tuesday.
    9.Punjab Government to re-introduce exams at Primary and Middle school classes:

    ·       Punjab government has decided to re-introduce examination system for the primary and middle school classes.
    ·       In a release,State Education Minister Daljeet Singh Cheema said, different sections of the society were consulted before taking the decision in the larger interest of the students. He said, all the formalities have been completed in this regard.
    10.245 villages electrified in last 1 week under Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana:
    ·       245 villages have been electrified across the country during last week underDeen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY).
    ·       An official release said, out of these electrified villages, 82 villages belong to Assam, 77 in Odisha, 69 in Jharkhand, 13 to Chhattisgarh and 2 each in Tripura and Madhya Pradesh.
    ·       Government has decided to electrify remaining 18,452 unelectrified villages by1st May, 2018.
    INTERNATIONAL:
    11.Storm Imogen lashed parts of Britain:

    ·       Storm Imogen battered parts of southern Britain with heavy rain and winds up to96 miles per hour (mph). It forced the environment agency to issue multiple flood warnings requiring immediate action for parts of the south west, south east and Wales
    ·       Storm Imogen is the ninth named storm to hit the UK this season. In Britain, the 2016 storms are being names by Met Office and Met Eireann. This exercise is an effort to increase public awareness and safety. They were named by public ballot but there are no names for the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z.
    12.Indian Army and Chinese Army conduct 1stJoint Tactical Exercise in Ladakh:
    ·       Indian and Chinese border troops conducted the first ‘joint tactical exercise’ in Chushul-Moldo area of Ladakh inJammu and Kashmir. The day-long exercises focused on the aspects related to disaster relief and humanitarian operations.
    ·       The exercises are part of the ongoing initiatives being taken by the two neighbours to ensure greater interaction between troops stationed along the Line of Actual Control, and thereby ensure peace and tranquility on the border.
    13.First joint tactical exercise Sino-India Cooperation 2016 held in Chusul-Moldo area along LoAC:

    ·       India and China held first joint tactical military exerciseSino-India 2016.
    ·       The one-day long exercise was held in Chusul-Moldo area that is located along the Line of Actual Control (LoAC) in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.
    Details related to Sino-India 2016 exercise:
    ·       The exercise is part of the ongoing initiatives taken by India and China to ensure greater interaction between troops stationed along the LoAC.
    ·       The focus of the exercise was on joint actions to tackle aspects of humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
    ·       It was participated by 30 border troops each from both the countries.
    ·       It complements the Hand-in-Hand series of India-China joint exercises which started in 2007
    BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
    14.India’s foreign exchange record rise of $ 1.5 Billion in January:
    ·       India’s foreign exchange reserves recorded a rise of 1.589 billion US Dollars to 349.152 billion US dollars in the week ended January 29, 2016.
    ·       A RBI press release said that foreign currency assets, a major part of the overall reserves, increased by 1.584 billion dollars to 326.631 billion dollars in the reporting period.
    ·       The reserves had increased by 355.1 million dollars to 347.562 billion dollars.
    15.China’s foreign exchange reserve fell to lowest level in three years to US $ 3.2 Trillion:

    ·       China’s foreign exchange reserves have fallen to their lowest level in more thanthree years to $ 3.2 Trillion.
    ·       The People’s Bank of China which is also the central bank of China announced the figures.
    ·       Main reason for the decline has been selling US dollars to stop theChinese currency Yuan from depreciating any further.
    ·       China which has the world’s largest foreign currency exchange reserve shrank by 99.5 billion US Dollar in January 2016 to some 3.2 trillion US Dollar, the People’s Bank of China updated on its website
    16.India expected to be the fastest-growing economy in 2016: United Nations’ World Economic Situation and Prospects 2016 Report:
    ·       India was expected to be thefastest-growing major economy in the world in 2016as perUnited Nations’ ‘World Economic Situation and Prospects 2016’ report.
    ·       The World Economic Situation and Prospects Report was published byUnited Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Welfare.
    17.TRAI rules in favour of Net neutrality:

    ·       The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) barred telecom service providers from charging differential rates for data services, effectively prohibitingFacebook’s Free Basics and Airtel Zero platform by Airtel in their current form.
    ·       No service provider can offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content.
    ·       No service provider shall enter into any arrangement, agreement or contract, by whatever name called, with any person, natural or legal, that the effect of discriminatory tariffs for data services being offered or charged by the service provider for the purpose of evading the prohibition in this regulation.
    ·       Reduced tariff for accessing or providing emergency services, or at times of public emergency has been permitted.
    ·       Financial disincentives for contravention of the regulation have also been specified
    ·       TRAI may review theseregulations after a period of two years.
    18.Google CEO Pichai receives stock grant worth about $199 million:
    ·       Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai received restricted stock worth about $199 million, according to a regulatory filing by Google parent company Alphabet Inc.
    ·       Pichai, who took over in August, received a grant for 273,328 Class C Google stock units on Feb. 3. The valuation is based on the stock’s closing price on that date.
    ·       On the same day, Pichai sold 375 Class A common shares at a price of $786.28 each, and 3,625 Class C capital stock at a price of $768.84 each.
    19.IRCTC to offer 25 varieties of tea on trains:

    ·       Travelling by train has now become more fun for tea lovers asIndian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has come up with a new offer of providing rail passengers with over 25 varieties of tea, which can further be customised in over 12,000 ways.
    ·       The steaming cup of tea, an inseparable part of any train journey, is going to be tastier and customised in choicest flavours with IRCTC entering into a tie up with leading tea cafe chain Chaayos.
    ·       Another good news for rail passengers is that we have decided to give 10% cash back offer on e-catering orders of over Rs 300,” saidArun Kumar Manocha, chairman, IRCTC.
    SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
    20.US startup develops glowing plants:
    ·       A US startup has developed glowing plants that providenatural 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 a special software calledGenome Compiler.
    21.Facebook bans pages selling medical marijuana in US:

    ·       Social media giantFacebookhas blocked dispensary pages selling cannabis formedical purposes in the US state of New Jersey, even as medical marijuana has been legalised in the state.
    22.Improved call quality coming to Hangouts for Android via peer-to-peer connection:
    ·       Improved Hangouts is one of the most common requests from Android users. It now appears that as a part of that Hangouts will usea peer-to-peer connection when possible.
    ·       Last week, an updated version of Hangouts advised users to switch to Google Messenger, hinting that SMS capabilities might be removed in the future. With that update fully rolled out.
    23.Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers:

    ·       Microsoft’s Bingis trying to carve out a niche for itself on mobile by focusing on the types of common searches and information requests people need to access while on the go.
    ·       To that end, the company this week rolled outnew iOS and Android applicationswith features like a barcode scanner for price comparisons, a tool to find the cheapest nearby gas prices, and, on iOS to start, a new deals browser.
    ·       The refresh is more notable for users on Android, as the iOS app previously included some of these features.
    24.Google launches Android Studio 2.0 beta with Cold Swap, app indexing improvements, and multi-touch support:
    ·       Google has released Android Studio 2.0 beta, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE).
    ·       In November, Google unveiled Android Studio 2.0, the second major version of its IDE. Version 2.0 brings a slew of improvements, including Instant Run, a faster Android emulator, and a new GPU profiler.
    25.Tech Mahindra enters mobile gaming platform with mSportz:

    ·       Tech Mahindra Ltd has entered into the mobile gaming entertainment space with the launch of a mobile gaminglive streaming platform mSportz.tv, under its Growth Factory initiative.
    ·       mSportz is an integrated platform that allows users to view and broadcast mobile gaming content in real-time and showcase their skills with the mobile gaming community.
    ·       mSportz App has a vision to entertain and connect the world’s mobile gaming community. Currently, the beta version of the App is available on Android and iOS.
    APPOINTMENTS:
    26.Sumitra Dutta to become dean of Cornell College of Business:
    ·       Indian-origin academician Sumitra Dutta will become the dean of the prestigiousCornell University’s new College of Business to be established during the 2016-17 academic year as a world-class centre of teaching and research for business management and entrepreneurship.
    ·       The College of Business will comprise Cornell’s three accredited business programmes: the School of Hotel Administration, the Charles H Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management.
    27.New Chief Justice for Bombay High Court:

    ·       The government announced the transfer of the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court,Dhirendra Hiralal Waghela, to the Bombay High Court to assume office as Chief Justice from February 16.
    ·       The Supreme Court Collegium led byChief Justice of India T.S. Thakur had recommended Mr. Waghela’s transfer last month and the President had approved it.
    28.Rajendra K Pachauri appointed as Executive Vice Chairman of TERI:
    ·       Former Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)Rajendra Kumar Pachauriwas appointed as the Executive Vice-Chairman of the organisation with the immediate effect.
    ·       On the other hand,Ajay Mathur, former chief of Bureau of Energy Efficiency, wasappointed as the Director General of TERI.
    ·       The post of Executive Vice Chairman has been recently created and Pachauri will be the first to hold the post
    29.Brij Bhushan Singh appointed as President of South Asian Wrestling Federation:

    ·       The South Asian Wrestling Federation announced the appointment ofBrij Bhushan Sharan Singhas its President.
    ·       During the General Body Meeting of South Asian Wrestling Federation, Singh was unanimously elected as the president.
    ·       Tabiur Rehmanfrom Bangladesh was also unanimously elected Secretary General.
    ·       The House unanimously authorised Singh to appoint one joint secretary from India, a treasurer from Afghanistan and one executive member from each South Asia Foundation (SAF) countries.
    ·       Apart from the two members,Chawdhury Mohd. Ajgarof Pakistan,U.H. Neville Pdmashrifrom Sri Lanka andRaj Mohammed Ansariof Nepal were electedvice presidents.
    BANKING:
    30.RBI cancels registration of 4 NBFCs:
    ·       The Reserve Bank of India said that it has cancelled the certificate of registration of four non-banking financial companies.
    ·       Goyal Commercial Pvt Ltd and First Debt Management Co. of India Ltd are the NBFCs belonging to Kolkata, while Nostalgia Finvest Private Limited and Narad Realtors Private Limited belong to Mumbai.
    ·       The registration certificate of these NBFCs were cancelled in November and December of 2015,Under theReserve Bank of India Act, 1934
    31.RBI panel proposes easier norms for bond options:

    ·       Proposing the introduction of bond options in India, a Reserve Bank of Indiacommittee has recommended simple structured contracts and allowing companies to trade up to Rs 5 crore without documentationrelating to exposure.
    ·       The working group, set up by the RBI, has called for introducing a call and put option format for tradingover-the-counter (OTC)as well as on exchanges.
    ·       All domestic entities with an underlying interest rate risk may be allowed to trade these “interest rate options.
    AWARDS AND HONOURS:
    32.Chettinad cotton saree won India Handloom tag:

    ·       The Chettinad cotton saree in the first week on February 2016 won the India Handloom tag for its unique designs and identity.
    ·       The Textiles Committee, Union Ministry of Handlooms and Textiles, Mumbai, registered the Chettinad cotton saree under theIndia Handloom Brand Schemeafter checking various quality parameters stipulated by theStandard Operating Procedure (SOP).
    ·       The Ministry authorised the Amarar Rajiv Gandhi Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society, which produced the sarees, to use the brand and logo for marketing the product.
    33.UNESCO Medals conferred for contributions to development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies:
    ·       Eight scientists received theUNESCO Medals for their contributions to thedevelopment of nanoscience and nanotechnologies at Paris.
    ·       The winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Isamu Akasaki was among the eight.
    SPORTS:
    34.New Zealand cricket team won Chappell-Hadlee Trophy:

    ·       New Zealand won the three-match Chappell-Hadlee Trophy of cricket against Australia, 2-1. In the third and final match played at Seddon Park, Hamilton, the Black Caps defeated Australia by 55 runs.
    ·       This win of the Black Caps can be termed as the best farewell gift forBrendonMcCullumwho retired from One-Day International (ODI) cricket after the match. They also retained the Chappell-Hadlee trophy by putting tremendous bowling and fielding display.
    Series Report 
    1st Match: Played at Eden Park, Auckland on 3 February 2016. New Zealand won by 159 runs.Martin Guptill (New Zealand) was declared the Player of the Match.
    2nd Match:
     Played at Westpac Stadium, Wellington on 6 February 2016. Australia won by 4 wickets with 21 balls remaining.Mitchell Marsh (Australia) was declared the Player of the Match. Adam Zampa (Australia) played his ODI debut match on the day. 
    3rd Match: Played at Seddon Park, Hamilton on 8 February 2016. New Zealand won by 55 runs.IS Sodhi (New Zealand) was declared the Player of the Match.
    35.Joshna Chinappa clinched squash individual gold at the South Asian Games:
    ·       Joshna Chinappaclinched the gold in women’s individual squash after beating Maria Toorpaki Wazir of Pakistan at the South Asian Games.
    ·       Top seed Chinappa recovered from one set down to beat second seeded Wazir 10-12 11-7 11-9 11-7 at the R G Baruah Sports Complex in Guwahati.
    36.New Zealand cricketer Brendon Barrie McCullum retired from One-Day Internationals:

    ·       New Zealand cricketerBrendon Barrie McCullumretired from One-Day Internationals (ODIs).
    About Brendon Barrie McCullum:
    ·       He made his debut in ODIs as a 20-year-old batsman in 2001 against Australia at Sydney and he played his against the same side in 2016.
    ·       He made his test debut against South Africa in 2003 and has played 99 tests so far and would retire from tests after playing two tests against Australia in February 2016.
    ·       He played 260 ODIs and scored 6083 runs matches. They include 5 centuries and 31 half-centauries.
    ·       He is the first and so far only player to have scored two Twenty20 International centuries; He played 71 T20 Internationals and scored 2140 runs.
    ·       He was the captain for the New Zealand side in 2015 ICC Cricket World cup final which was won by Australia.
    ·       He was selected as New Zealand Cricket Almanack Player of the Year for the years of 2008 and 2015.
    ·       He was honoured as ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year in 2010
    ·       He won ICC Spirit of Cricket Award in 2015.
    37.ICC suspends Yasir Shah for three months:
    ·       The ICC has suspendedPakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah for three months after he tested positive for a banned substance.
    ·       Shah was tested during the one-day international series between Pakistan and England in the United Arab Emirates in November.
    ·       The ICC then provisionally suspended Shah in December when the result showed that his sample contained the banned substance chlortalidone.
    38.Indian paddlers bag team gold:

    ·       India’s stranglehold on table tennis remained as firm as ever in the 12th South Asian Games.
    ·       The men’s and women’s paddlers proved their superiority as the host clinched the team finals, with resounding 3-0 victories over Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively at the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex.
    ·       Participating in the final for the first time since the 2004 SAG, the Pakistan women were content being in the summit clash knowing pretty well it was beyond them to script a win.
    39.Indian wrestlers win 14 out of 16 gold in SAG:
    ·       Indian grapplers simply annihilated their opponents, scooping 14 gold medals out of a total 16 on offer as the wrestling competition in the 12th South Asian Games ended.
    ·       Indian wrestlers thus ended their campaign with a whopping 14 gold and two silver. India won gold in all the eight women’s categories, while their men counterparts won six gold and two silver.Pakistan won two gold.
    OBITUARY:
    40.Former Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala died:

    ·       Nepal’s former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala passed away in Kathmandu, Nepal due to chronic respiratory problem. He was 76.
    ·       Koirala was a key figure in adoption of Nepal’s new constitution in September 2015 with overwhelming support in the Constitution Assembly


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