Saturday, 20 February 2016

Daily Current Affairs 20th February 2016

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"Daily Current Affairs 20th February 2016"

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  • Union Cabinet approved MoU between India and 13 countries for cooperation in field of Agriculture.
  • Google’s Project Loon begins its operations in Sri Lanka
  • Union Cabinet gives nod to Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016
  • Mumbai to get nation’s 2nd International Finance Centre
  • Digital agri market platform to be launched on April 14
  • New textiles policy to be released by Government by April 2016
  • Tamil Nadu launched free bus pass scheme for senior citizens in Chennai
  • Northern Central Railway commissioned ultra-modern computer-based signalling system at Khurja Jn
  • PM Modi released guidelines for Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana at Kisan Mela in MP
  • People in Uganda voted in Presidential elections
  • US President Obama signs North Korea sanctions
  • Obama first US President in 80 years to visit Cuba
  • Nepal PM Oli to reach New Delhi today on six-day India visit
  • Warren Richardson An Australian Photographer Wins World Press Photo of 2015
  • YES Bank, UltraCash partner to launch payments service
  • Karnataka Bank bags IBSA Banking Technology Award
  • SBI Opens “Japan Desk” In New Dehi
  • Robin Chaurasiya Nominated For ‘Global Teacher Prize’
  • Eminent Vocalist Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan Passes Away
  • Yahoo Shuts Down 7 Digital Magazines
  • Tata unveils first ever India-made Robot ‘Brabo’
  • Rio Haryanto Becomes Indonesia’s First Formula1 Driver
  • Google Translate Now features over 100 Languages
  • World’s First Thermal Camera SmartPhone created
  • Four cities submit bid to host Olympics 2024
  • Sachin’s autobiography sets sales record
  • Polish film director Andrzej Zulawski passed away
  • Former West Indies cricketer Andy Ganteaume died.

Panchayat bans mobile phones among girls

  • Blaming mobile phones for “corrupting” girls, a panchayat in an Aligarh village has announced a complete ban on use of the devices by girls younger than 18. Moreover, families of violators will be punished by having to sweep village roads.
  • The decision was announced by the panchayat of Basauli village in Gonda block of Iglas tehsil in the district.

National Food Security Act would be implemented across the country by April

  • Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that the National Food Security Act would be implemented across the country by April this year.
  • Mr. Paswan said that as of now, 28 States and Union Territories have implemented the Act. The Minister said online allocation of food grains has been started in 20 states to make the distribution system leakage free.
  • Mr. Paswan said that storage capacity of over 62 thousand MT has been created in North East.

Printing of Budget 2016 document begins with ‘halwa’ ceremony

  • The process of printing documents for the Budget 2016-17 began with the ritual ‘halwa ceremony’, which was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and his deputy Jayant Sinha in the North Block office.
  • As part of the ritual, which has continued for long, ‘halwa’ is prepared in a big ‘kadhai’ (large frying pot) and served to the entire staff in the ministry.

Former Indian military personnel to guard Reliance Industries’ assets

  • The $57-billion Reliance Industries, the holding company led by Mukesh Ambani, has hired 16,000 former Indian defence personnel and commandos to protect its energy and economic assets.
  • Reliance has created a new business vertical, christened Global Corporate Security (GCS), which apart from these services personnel, will include information security experts to protect the company’s data assets too.

US launches anti-dumping probe on tyres from India, Sri Lanka

  • A US investigative body has decided to go ahead with its anti-dumping investigations into a certain category of tyres imported from India and Sri Lanka that may have a damaging effect on domestic industry even as it let China off the hook.
  • According to a statement, the Commission further determined yesterday that imports of these products from China are negligible.

GST Committee: Amit Mitra named chairman
  • West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra was named the new chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on Goods and Services Tax (GST). He will succeed Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani who had to resign in November over corruption charges.
  • Mitra, an economist, who for long was Secretary General of industry association Ficci before joining politics in 2011 and becoming a minister in the TMC government in West Bengal, was elected at the meeting of state finance ministers that was also attended by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Infosys Consulting Holding appoints Michael Pesch as CEO

  • IT major Infosys has appointed Michael Pesch as Chief Executive Officer of Infosys Consulting Holding AG (formerly Infosys Lodestone), effective from April 1.
  • He will focus on expanding the reach of Infosys consultants and experts in digital transformation and design-led innovation, as well as increasing Infosys’ expertise in large-scale SAP programmes.
  • He will also serve as the Regional Head for the DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) countries, bringing an integrated approach to IT transformation to every client engagement in the region.

Congress rebel Kalikho Pul sworn in Arunachal CM

  • President’s Rule was revoked in Arunachal Pradesh, the dissident Congress leader, Kalikho Pul, was sworn in as Chief Minister in the night.
  • Prior to this, both factions of the Congress, one headed by Mr.Pul and the other by former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, staked their claim to form a new government in the State.
  • Dissident Congress leaders told that the swearing-in was held at the Governor’s house. “We have 32 MLAs with us, including 11 MLAs of the BJP, and have the requisite numbers to form the government”. The total strength of the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly is 50 seats.

Christine Lagarde appointed as MD of IMF for a second five-year term

  • Christine Lagarde has been appointed as the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund for a second five-year term. Her new term will start on 5th of July.
  • IMF said she was the sole candidate nominated for the post. It said that the decision was taken by consensus among its Executive Board. Ms Lagarde, 60, a former French Finance Minister, took over as head of the IMF in 2011 following Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s resignation amid scandal. Ms Lagarde said she was “delighted” to accept a second term to lead the IMF.

Google can now translate text from any mainstream language into Sindhi and Pashto and vice versa

  • Google can now translate text from practically any mainstream language of the world into Sindhi and Pashto and vice versa. With the addition of Sindhi and Pashto, Google Translate now offers the service in a total of 103 languages spoken by 99 per cent of the online population, the tech giant claimed in a blog.
  • About 120 million users will now be able to communicate in their native languages with the introduction of 13 new languages.

Facebook Messenger app now supports multiple accounts

  • Facebook has redesigned its popular Messenger app so several people can use it on the same smartphone or tablet without relinquishing their privacy.
  • The new feature will accommodate multiple accounts without allowing people sharing the more versatile app to get into each other’s queue of messages.
  • Facebook added the ability to switch accounts within the Messenger app after getting requests from people who share their smartphones and tablets with family and friends.

Brendon McCullum smashes fastest Test century

  • New Zealand Skipper Brendon McCullum has smashed the fastest ever Test ton in his final international match on day one of the Second Test Match between Australia and New Zealand at Christchurch.
  • McCullum reached three figures in 54 balls in Christchurch, bettering the previous mark of 56 deliveries held by Viv Richards and Misbah-ul-Haq. Australia had few answers as McCullum marched to the milestone in 79 minutes. He cracked four sixes and 16 fours to post his Second Test ton against Australia.

Harper Lee passes away

  • Harper Lee, who wrote one of America’s most beloved literary classics, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and surprised readers with a second book about racial injustice in the U.S. South after living a largely reclusive life for decades, died at the age of 89.
  • “To Kill a Mockingbird” was published in 1960 as the civil rights movement was heating up and its unflinching examination of racial hatred in the South made it especially poignant.

Umberto Eco, author of ‘The Name of the Rose,’ dies at 84

  • Italian author Umberto Eco, who intrigued, puzzled and delighted readers worldwide with his best-selling historical novel “The Name of the Rose,”.
  • Spokeswoman Lori Glazer of Eco’s American publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, told The Associated Press that Eco died Friday at age 84.

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