Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Daily Current Affairs 2nd February 2016

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Daily Current Affairs 2nd February 2016
  • Rajasthan starts scheme to protect girl child
  • Major rivers in Arunachal Pradesh pollution free
  • Low cost motorized wheelchair LOCOMO launched by Union Government for disabled persons
  • Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) gives nod to set up India’s first Defence Industrial Park at Ottappalam
  • India gets its first underwater restaurant
  • India’s 1st railway university to come up in Gujarat
  • World Health Organization asked all countries to introduce age-classified ratings for films with tobacco imagery
  • Switzerland first to propose unconditional Wage
  • British Muslims invite public to visit Mosques
  • 2.8 million Cancer deaths in China in 2015
  • Muktesh Kumar Pardeshi appointed as India’s Envoy to Mexico
  • Mutual funds roll out Aadhaar number
  • Wi-Fi deployment gains momentum
  • Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg set to join telecom biggies at the MWC 2016
  • Canadian Startup develops smart robot dog ‘CHiP’
  • Fukuoka to host 2021 World Aquatics Championships
  • Malayalam actor Kollam G K Pillai passes away
  • Famous British television and radio personality Terry Wogan died

Modi government praises UPA’s MGNREGA as scheme completes 10 years 

  • As MGNREGA completes ten years tomorrow, Narendra Modi govermment, which earlier appeared critical of the UPA’s flagship rural job scheme, hailed the measure saying the achievements of a decade are a “cause of “national pride and celebration”.
  • Some announcements are also when Finance Minister Arun Jaitely delivers a key note address at MGNREGA SAMMELAN-2016.
  • The person day generation is the highest in the second quarter (45.88 crore) and third quarter (46.10 crore) than it has been in the last five years.

‘Indian likely to become CFO of AIIB’

  • India is likely to bag the post of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in the newly launched Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) the multilateral bank, whose formation was steered by China in order to boost infrastructure development in Asia.
  • The South China Morning Post (SCMP) is reporting that the vice-presidents working alongside China’s Jin Liqun the newly appointed President of the AIIB will be from Germany, India, South Korea, Britain and Indonesia.
  • The Vice-President from Germany would serve as the Chief Operating Officer, while his peer from India would become the bank’s first CFO.

Rajasthan sets minimum wages for domestic help

  • Enforcing labour reforms in the unorganised sector, the Rajasthan government has fixed minimum wages for domestic help and set limits to their working hours.
  • According to a recent notification by the state’s labour department, the rate for an entire day’s (defined as eight hours) chores including cooking, washing, baby sitting and other work has been fixed at a minimum of Rs 5,642 per month.
  • In case of overtime, employers will have to pay workers double the minimum fixed per hour for each hour beyond the mandated eight hours.

TSPSC to go in for e-verification of certificates

  • The Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) will be soon going for e-verification of certificates, including caste and community, towards providing a fool-proof mechanism for selection of candidates to various government jobs.
  • We have also charted a new path by conducting computer-based recruitment exam for 30,000 candidates simultaneously.

Marriott-Starwood deal gets CCI nod

  • The Competition Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide by Marriott International Inc, a deal that would create the world’s largest hotel company.
  • Post deal, estimated to be worth about USD 12.2 billion, the combined entity would have more than 5,500 hotels spread across 100 countries.
  • Both the groups manage upscale hotel accommodation and related services under different brand names in India.

WHO declares Zika a global emergency

  • The World Health Organization has announced that the explosive spread of the Zika virus in the Americas is an “extraordinary event” that merits being declared an international emergency.
  • The agency convened an emergency meeting of independent experts on Monday to assess the outbreak after noting a suspicious link between Zika’s arrival in Brazil last year and a surge in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads.

World’s first ‘robot-run’ farm set to open in Japan

  • Japanese firm it would open the world’s first fully automated farm with robots handling almost every step of the process, from watering seedlings to harvesting crops.
  • Kyoto-based Spread said the indoor grow house will start operating by the middle of 2017 and produce 30,000 heads of lettuce a day.

Indonesia working on rice import deal with India

  • In a move that could boost sagging rice exports from the country, Indonesia is working on an agreement with India to buy rice to get over its temporary deficit of the cereal.
  • Both sides are working out details of a memorandum of understanding which is expected to be signed when Indonesian Trade Minister Thomas Lembong visits New Delhi later this month.

China to blacklist unruly air passengers

  • Unruly air passengers in China will be blacklisted under a new regulation that came into effect.
  • Five top Chinese airlines Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines and Spring Airlines also decided to limit services to passengers deemed “uncivilised”.

Archana Ramasundaram is SSB chief
Senior IPS officer Archana Ramasundaram was appointed Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the first woman to head a paramilitary force. Ms. Ramasundaram, a 1980 batch officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, is currently Special Director, National Crime Records Bureau. She has been appointed to the post till the date of her superannuation September 30, 2017 an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
About Ms. Ramasundaram
58-year-old Ms. Ramasundaram is the first woman police officer to be appointed chief of a paramilitary force. The officer was in the news in 2014 over her appointment as Additional Director in the CBI.

‘Andaman Bush Toad’ discovered by CCMB scientists

  • Scientists from the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) have discovered a new genus and species of ‘arboreal toad’ or ‘bush toad’ in the Andaman Islands, which could open up opportunities of research into the geophysical aspects of the region where it was found.
  • Sized only about 21-27 millimetres from snout to vent, the tiny amphibian named ‘Blythophryne beryet’ can be held between the tip and the first node of the index finger.

Microsoft testing underwater datacentres

  • Microsoft revealed that as the world turns to computing power in the cloud it is working to put data centres under water.
  • Researchers working on “Project Natick” tested a prototype vessel on the ocean floor about a kilometer off the US Pacific Coast for about four months last year.
  • The vessel was named after a “Leona Philpot” character in popular Xbox video game franchise ‘Halo.’

Rewati Chetri, Crowned Miss Asia at World Miss University

  • The gorgeous Rewati is a student of Guwahati Law College and had won Miss Popular and Miss Multimedia titles in Femina Miss India 2015.
  • Rewati had also made it to the Top 50 of Times Most Desirable Women 2015 along with top Bollywood actresses like Anushka Sharma and Kangana Ranaut. Kelin Rivera Kroll from Peru was crowned Miss World University, 2016.

Priyanka Chopra to present at the Oscars

  • Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who has made a successful international debut with American show ‘Quantico,’ is all set to present at the upcoming 88th Academy Awards.
  • Priyanka becomes the sole representative of India at this year’s Oscar ceremony. The country’s official entry in the best foreign film category for the Oscars 2016, ‘Court’ could not make it to the final five.

10 books by Mamata Banerjee released at Kolkata Book Fair

  • West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee broke her own record at the 40th Kolkata International Book Fair (KIB) by penning and releasing 10 books.
  • The books are on a wide ranging subjects from delivery of good governance to “return of peace” in the Darjeeling hills or partially Maoist controlled Junglemahal area. She has also penned a book on ‘intolerance’, while rest of the books are for the children.
  • Ms. Banerjee has written more than 60 books over the last few decades.

Pep Guardiola signs three-year contract with Manchester City

  • Spaniard Pep Guardiola has signed a three-year contract to take over as Manchester City manager in July, the Premier League club.
  • Guardiola, who won 14 titles with Barcelona in his four-year coaching spell, had turned down a contract extension at Bayern late last year after winning back-to-back league titles and being on course for a third straight Bundesliga crown under the Spaniard.

TRAI for PPP model for Bharat Net Project

  • The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended public private partnership (PPP) model for the roll out of the Bharat Net project that has been marred by delays.
  • Bharat Net seeks to connect all of India’s households, particularly in rural areas, through broadband by 2017, forming the backbone of the government’s ambitious Digital India programme. TRAI has also said that the task of rolling out broadband network should be given to a concessionaire selected through reverse bidding.

RBI makes online filing of FDI forms a must from Feb 8

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) asked banks to file forms related to foreign direct investment (FDI) only online on the e-Biz portal from February 8.
  • With a view to “promoting ease of reporting” of such transactions, RBI, under the e-Biz project of the government, has enabled online filing of three returns ARF, FCGPR and FC-TRS with RBI.

Google Alphabet comes before Apple as world’s most valuable company

  • Alphabet now comes before Apple a top the list of the world’s most valuable companies.
  • The shift occurred in extended trading after Alphabet, Google’s new parent company, released a fourth quarter earnings report that highlighted the robust growth of the digital ad market. Alphabet Inc. earned $4.9 billion on revenue of $21.3 billion in the fourth quarter.

LIC launches online repository

  • Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), the country’s largest life insurer, announced the launch of its own insurance repository LIC E-services.
  • Chairman SK Roy said that for policies sold online, the policy bond will be hosted on the E-services portal but other policyholders can also register on the portal, which will be free of cost for the policyholder.

RBI keeps key rates unchanged

  • RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan left the key policy rate unchanged but indicated at accommodative stance saying with “inflation moving closer to the target” there would be more room for rate cut to support growth.
  • The repo or short term lending rate remains unchanged at 6.75 per cent and the reverse repo rate at 7.75 per cent.

Virender Sehwag appointed KXIP mentor

  • Former India opener Virender Sehwag was appointed mentor of the Kings XI Punjab team for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL).
  • In his new role, Sehwag will work closely with head coach Sanjay Bangar and would be responsible for guiding and motivating the squad, a statement from the Kings XI franchise stated.

Kohli replaces Finch as No 1 batsman in T20 rankings

  • Virat Kohli was rewarded for his stupendous performance in India’s clean sweep against Australia in the T20 internationals as he replaced Aaron Finch as the top-ranked batsman in the ICC list for the shortest format.

NSS leader passes away

  • Senior lawyer and long-time director board member of the Nair Service Society, N.S. Prabhakaran Pillai, died of old age-related ailments in Thiruvalla. He was 84.

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