Thursday, 4 February 2016

Daily Current Affairs 4th February 2016

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Daily Current Affairs 4th February 2016

Current Affairs Feb 4 th 2016

  • WHO declared Public Health Emergency of International Concern over Zika virus outbreak
  • SBI FlexiPay Home Loan launched
  • S N Prasad assumes charge as CIL director
  • National Pension System has 1.15 crore subscribers now
  • Alphabet officially dethrones Apple as the world’s most valuable company
  • Persons with disability to get Unique identity cards
  • Gujarat Government to implement National Food Security Act by April 2016
  • India pips US to become world’s second largest Smartphone market
  • India ranked 76 in Transparency International Report 2015
  • Infosys to build the World’s tallest Clock Tower
  • World Wetlands Day observed with theme Wetlands for our Future – Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Dubai International Airport World’s busiest in 2015
  • Embassy says no ban on Sikh turbans in public places in France
  • Vietnam gets world’s longest cable car system
  • Ambiga Dhiraj, First woman CEO of an Indian unicorn
  • Pak’s oldest Test cricketer Israr Ali dies
  • Veteran Pakistani writer Intizar Husain dies at 93
  • Former RBI Deputy Governor SS Tarapore passes away
  • First T-20 Asia Cup to be held in Bangladesh from February 24

Gadkari promises Rs. 1.1 lakh crore for developing State’s infrastructure

  • Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari said his ministry would execute projects worth Rs. 1.1 lakh crore in Karnataka for expanding the national highway network and developing ports.
About the Highway Network
  • 4,000 km of national highway network would be added to the State’s existing national highway network of 9,632 km, involving an investment of Rs. 60,000 crore by December 2016.

Indian company claims breakthrough in developing vaccine to fight Zika

  • Bharat Biotech, a city-based vaccines and bio-therapeutic manufacturer, claimed to have achieved a breakthrough in developing a vaccine to fight the dreaded mosquito-borne Zika virus, which causes serious birth defects in children.
  • Bharat Biotech is home to some of the most brilliant minds in the world and began work on the Zika virus a year ago, Krishna Ella, CMD Bharat Biotech.

Instructions on OROP implementation issued

  • Moving a step closer to fulfilling its promise of implementing the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for military personnel, the government released detailed instructions and tables on its implementation.
  • According to the notification, the annual recurring cost of the scheme would be Rs.7,500 crore, pushing the total Defence budget for pensions from Rs.54,000 crore (Budget estimate 2015-16) to around Rs.65,000 crore (proposed estimate for 2016-17).
  • The government appointed a one-man judicial commission headed by Justice L.Narasimha Reddy, former Chief Justice of Patna High Court.

Maha launches scheme for Dalit industrialists

  • Maharashtra government decided to re-launch a scheme to encourage Dalit entrepreneurs’ participation in service and manufacturing sectors.
  • The scheme, named after BR Ambedkar, reserves 20% plots for small and medium scale industries with Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation for Dalits. The policy is only limited to industries with 100% investment from SC/ST people.

12 nations sign Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the world’s biggest multinational trade deals, was signed by 12 member nations in New Zealand.
  • The signing is “an important step” but the agreement is still just a piece of paper, or rather over 16,000 pieces of paper until it actually comes into force.
  • The TPP will now undergo a two-year ratification period in which at least six countries – that account for 85 per cent of the combined gross domestic production of the 12 TPP nations – must approve the final text for the deal to be implemented.
  • The 12 nations include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.

Ban appoints Major General Menon as UNDOF head

  • Major General Jai Shanker Menon of the Indian Army, a veteran of peacekeeping operations, has been appointed as the head of a key United Nations force stationed in Golan to maintain the ceasefire between Israeli and Syrian forces.
  • U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Major General Menon as the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

TCS rated world’s most powerful IT services brand

  • India’s top multinational IT company Tata Consultancy Services has been rated as the world’s most powerful brand in information technology services by a leading global brand valuation firm.
  • Brand Finance’s 2016 annual report evaluated thousands of the world’s top brands to determine which are the most powerful and the most valuable.

Adani Group to invest Rs. 11,500 cr. on Udupi thermal power plant

  • Adani Group has proposed to invest Rs. 11,500 crore for expanding the capacity of Udupi Power Corporation Ltd. (UPCL) from 1,200 MW to 1,600 MW.
  • The group has also proposed to invest Rs. 2,000 crore on developing the Tadadi port in Uttara Kannada district.

Honda to recall 2.2 million vehicles

  • Honda is recalling an additional 2.2 million Honda and Acura vehicles because the driver’s air bag inflators made by Takata can explode and hurl shrapnel into the passenger compartment.
  • The recall is a big chunk of the 5 million additional vehicles to be repaired for Takata inflator problems that U.S. safety regulators announced last month.
  • The recall brings to about 24 million the number of vehicles recalled in the U.S. due to Takata inflator problems that have caused at least 11 deaths and 139 injuries worldwide.

SwiftKey is joining Microsoft

  • Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our mission is to enhance interaction between people and technology. We think these are a perfect match, and we believe joining Microsoft is the right next stage in our journey.
  • Our users have saved an estimated 10 trillion keystrokes across 100 different languages, which adds up to over 100,000 years of reclaimed typing time.
  • Our number one focus has always been to build the best possible products for our users. This will not change. Our apps will continue to be available on Android and iOS, for free.

‘Ready to provide 500 acres for urea plant in north Karnataka’

  • The Karnataka government has said it will provide 500 acres of land for setting up a fertilizer (urea) plant in north Karnataka and 100 acres for a centre of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) either in Mysuru or Mangaluru.
  • Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced this on the opening day of ‘Invest Karnataka 2016’, 5 acres would be allotted for establishing an R&D centre of the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology in Bengaluru.

Google search chief Amit Singhal to quit

  • Google parent Alphabet Inc said that Amit Singhal, the longtime chief of its Internet search business, will retire.
  • Singhal will be replaced by John Giannandrea, the vice president of engineering who heads its efforts in machine learning, the process in which computers improve performance by analyzing users’ actions.

Twitter rolls out home timeline feature for offline users

  • Twitter, in an attempt to enhance logged out user experience rolled out a home timeline feature for people across 23 countries, who visit the homepage of the site on their mobile devices.
  • Twitter has enabled viewing and participating in real-time content for offline users. Twitter is also expanding its refreshed homepage on web, which is already available in the US and Japan.

Google develops Android-powered ‘smart mirror’

  • Google Software engineer Max Braun has developed a ‘smart mirror’ which gives him important updates as the weather, date, time and other important news. The mirror is powered by Android and is developed using the Android APIs.
  • The display is only a couple of millimeters thin and embedded in a layer between the two-way mirror glass and the door of the medicine cabinet. That way it looks immaculate, and I can keep using all the shelf space inside.

Microsoft releases HoloLens clip focussed on NFL

  • Microsoft released a new video demonstrating the use of its upcoming augmented reality headset HoloLens to improve the viewing experience for National Football League (NFL) fans. It was released ahead of the league’s annual championship game Super Bowl.
  • Microsoft is set to release the developer kits of the headset in the first quarter of this year at $3,000.

Even Kate Winslet thinks Rose let Jack die in Titanic

  • It’s considered one of the greatest love stories of the past century.
  • One dies to save the other, he, sinking into the freezing deep, while she, wistfully promising that she’ll never let him go.
  • Titanic did a lot of things for people alive in the 1990s. It made us weep. It pushed us to rethink boundaries between the rich and poor. As Celine Dion soulfully crooned, our hearts have gone on and on and on for the ballad of Jack and Rose.

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