Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Daily Current Affairs 23rd February 2016

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"Daily Current Affairs 21st February 2016"

Top "Daily Current Affairs" Head Lines:

  • PM Inaugurated Rurban Mission in Chhattisgarh
  • Harsh Vardhan Dedicates Ksheer-Scanner Systems
  • India and Armenia Sign MoU on Agriculture Cooperation
  • Ricoh India wins Rs 344 crore contract to supply computer hardware to Odisha schools
  • PIB Clears India Post’s Rs 800 Cr Proposal For Payments Bank
  • Italian Novelist Umberto Eco Passed Away
  • Ri Myong Su Appointed As New Military Chief Of North Korea
  • West Bengal government is planning to get Geographical Indication (GI) tag for four traditional sweet delicacies of the state.
  • The 1986 IFS batch officer Dr.Ketan Shukla is appointed as the new High Commissioner to the Republic of Botswana.
  • Senior envoy Sujan R Chinoy has been appointed as India’s Ambassador to republic of the Marshall Islands , presently he is serving ambassador to Japan.
  • Vinay Kumar Singh accredited as the MD of NCRTC World Bank to help Rajasthan in energy reforms
  • All Villages to get Banking Access Zones
  • “Royal state” and “Heart” of India composed SPVs for Smart Cities
  • Jharkhand State Budget 2016-17 publicized
  • PM Initiates Rurban Missios
  • 17 AIIMS, 20 Cancer centres to be opened: Nadda
  • Maharashtra to offer interest-free loans to women SHGs
  • Jayaraj’s ‘Ottaal’ awarded at Berlin Film Fest
  • 6 Indian-Americans to get top US research award

Prez Pranab to inaugurate 1st ever Gender Park at Kozhikode on Saturday

  • The first ever Gender Park in the country to promote research and other initiatives to enable total gender equality will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee at Kozhikode.
  • The park has come up on a 24-acre campus. It is an initiative of the Department of Social Justice of the State government to bring together the state, academia and civil society on a common platform to address various gender issues.
  • The park will be the country’s first large scale initiative to create an environment to share global knowledge and experiences in reducing gender inequalities.

Odisha CM seeks declaration of Biju Patnaik International Airport as embarkation point for Odisha’s Haj pilgrims

  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has requested the Union Civil Aviation Minister A Gajapati Raju to declare the Biju Patnaik International Airport as the embarkation point for the Haj pilgrims of Odisha from this year.
  • In a letter to the Union Minister, Mr Patnaik said this year more than 600 pilgrims from Odisha are expected to undertake pilgrim and it would help them if the journey could be done directly from Bhubaneswar. The Chief Minister said the Haj pilgrims of Odisha were using the Kolkata airport route for the journey.

Madhya Pradesh Announces Free Education For Scheduled Caste Students In Government Colleges

  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan  announced free education for Scheduled Caste students in government colleges including, engineering and medical institutions.
  • Later he joined BJP and resigned from the Assembly, to be reelected on BJP ticket.
  • Mr Chouhan on this occasion also said that ‘Mahakumbh’ would be organized on the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti at Maihar every year.
  • Ravidas’s birthplace Varanasi will be linked with the Mukhya Mantri Teerth Darshan Yojna (Chief Minister’s Pilgrimage Scheme) so that people can visit the place free of cost.

Govt to sell 5% stake in NTPC to garner Rs 5K cr

  • Government will sell five per cent stake in country’s largest power producer National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). It will be sold at a floor price of 122 rupees per share to raise over five thousand crore rupees. The stake sale would be spread over two days with institutional bidders getting the first chance to buy shares.
  • Retails investors, for whom 20 per cent shares have been reserved, will get to bid on 24th of this month. In May last year, the Cabinet had approved the five per cent stake sale in NTPC. The government holds 74.96 per cent in the firm.

India remains world’s largest arms importer, with 14% of total share

  • India continues to remain the world’s largest arms importer, accounting for 14% of the global imports in the 2011-2015 timeframe, in yet another indicator of the country’s enduring failure to build a strong domestic defence-industrial base (DIB).
  • The latest data on international arms transfers released by a global think-tank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), also shows India’s arms imports remain three times greater than those of its rivals China and Pakistan. Its biggest suppliers are Russia, the US, Israel and France.

Govt notice to HSBC for abetting tax evasion

  • Indian tax authorities have issued notices to global banking giant HSBC, warning of prosecution against its Swiss and Dubai arms for allegedly abetting tax evasion by four Indians and their families.
  • The UK-based HSBC, which also disclosed ongoing probes by tax authorities from various countries in connection with alleged abetment of tax evasion and money laundering through its Geneva branch.
  • HSBC has been under scanner ever since a leaked list of hundreds of Indian clients of its Geneva branch found its way to Indian tax authorities.

Budget Session of Parliament to begin today; Key Bills to come up for consideration

  • Budget Session of Parliament will begin today. Since it is the first session of the new calendar year, it will begin with the address of President Pranab Mukherjee to the joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. During the session, the Rail Budget will be presented on 25th and General Budget on 29th of this month.
  • The first phase of the Session will come to an end on 16th of next month. The second phase will start from 25th April and conclude on 13th May.
  • The government has prioritised 32 items for the session including 11 Bills pending in the Rajya Sabha and one in the Lok Sabha besides transacting financial business related to budget.

Volvo recalling 59,000 cars across 40 markets over engine fault

  • Swedish car maker Volvo is recalling 59,000 cars across 40 markets over a fault that can temporarily shut down the engine.
  • The software fault is restricted to five cylinder diesels from the 60 and 70 series constructed from the middle of last year. He, however, said there had been no recorded accidents as a result.
  • The glitch can shut down the engine and electrical system while the car is in motion, they would then both restart immediately.

BankBazaar.com expands into Asian markets

  • After consolidating its position in the India market over the last seven years, online financial marketplace BankBazaar.com has expanded into Asian markets, with special focus on Singapore.
  • Aman Narain, former global digital banking head of Standard Chartered, has been appointed CEO for International Markets. He will help globalise the company’s ‘Made in India’ intellectual property.

Reliance Communications gets CCI nod to acquire Sistema’s MTS

  • Reliance Communications (RCom) said fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI) has given nod to its deal to acquire Russian conglomerate Sistema’s Indian telecom unit, Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd (SSTL) that operates under the MTS brand.
  • In November, India’s leading telecom operator RCom announced acquisition of Sistema’s Indian telecom unit in an all-stock deal that will create an operator with 118 million subscribers.
  • As per the deal, SSTL will hold about 10 per cent stake in RCom and pay off its existing debt before closing the deal.

HSBC India under RBI lens for breaches

  • The RBI has concluded that HSBC may have possibly encouraged Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) breaches by allowing certain customers to bank with offshore private banking locations despite not qualifying for the same.
  • Checks carried out by the central bank have revealed that HSBC may have breached the limits under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme. Under this scheme, Indians are allowed to open accounts abroad, but outward remittances are limited to an annual ceiling.
  • It added that deficiencies were observed in KYC, including an instance where a decoy customer was able to persuade the bank to open a dubious account in September 2014.

Cloud computing major DigitalOcean to set up first data centre in India

  • DigitalOcean, the world’s second-largest cloud computing provider, will set up its first India data centre in Bengaluru, in the April–June quarter of 2016.
  • The New York-headquartered firm, which is setting up shop in India, will invest $5 million in the data centre in Electronics City and is looking to hire a Country Manager, supported by a small marketing team that will be based out of Bengaluru.
  • India is one of the company’s top five markets after the US, the UK, Canada and Brazil.

Long jumper Prem Kumar wins silver in Asian Indoor Athletics

  • India’s Kumaravel Prem Kumar bagged a silver in long jump on the final day of Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Doha. Prem Kumar cleared a creditable 7.92m in his final attempt to win the silver.
  •  Zhang Yaoguang of China won the gold with a best effort of 7.99m. Another Indian, Ankit Sharma could manage only 7.66m with four fouls which marred his chance to win a medal.
  • Om Prakash Singh Karhana added a bronze in shot put by clearing a distance of 18.77m. With this, the Indians signed off their campaign in Doha with 1 Gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.
 Note: Ranchi will host 2017 Asian Athletics (Outdoor) Championships.

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