GK Updates – February 2017

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28 Feb 2017

  • National Science Day was celebrated with the theme “Science and Technology for Specially Abled Persons” to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman on 28 February 1928. The aim is to widely spread a message about the importance of science used in the daily life of the people.
  • 86th Death anniversary or  Martyrdom Day of Chandra Shekhar Azad popularly known as ‘Quick-silver’  was observed on 27th February.

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  • Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has for the first time introduced a separate category of Lifetime Achievement Awards for Women in the upcoming BCCI Annual Awards 2016-17. Former Indian skipper Shanta Rangaswamy will be the first receiver of the award under the category.
  • India and Israel hold a series of events to celebrate 25 years of establishment of their diplomatic ties. India is the largest buyer of Israel’s military hardware and the latter has been supplying various weapon systems, missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.

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  • Senior tribal leader from Chhattisgarh and ex-parliamentarian Nand Kumar Sai assumed charge as the chairperson of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) in New Delhi.

27 February 2017

  • The 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC) began in Mobile World Capital Barcelona. MWC is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organized by the GSMA. The GSMA Mobile World Congress is a combination of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a conference featuring prominent executives representing mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners from across the world.
  • The Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17–Series IV will be issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on behalf of Government of India. The Bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices, National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange. The bonds will be issued in denominations of one gram of gold and multiples thereof and be available in both demat and paper form. Minimum investment in the bonds shall be 1 gram per person while maximum limit of 500 grams per person per fiscal year. The bonds shall bear a fixed interest rate of 2.50 percent per annum on the amount of initial investment. The holding period of the bond has been fixed for a period of 8 years.
  • Noted film actor Kabir Bedi was appointed as the honorary brand ambassador of Sightsavers, a global organisation working to prevent avoidable blindness.

26 February 2017

  • According to the New World Wealth report, Mumbai, the financial capital of India has been named as the Richest Indian city with a total wealth of $820 billion followed by Delhi & Bangalore.
  • Indian Badminton ace Saina Nehwal has been named to represent the panel of International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission (AC) in the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
  • Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje inaugurated a medical project Rajasthan Heart Attack Treatment programme (RAHAT), launched by a private hospital. Under the programme, the patients from remote geographical locations facing heart attack would be provided with emergency ambulance service and telemedicine service through Eternal Heart Care Centre Hospital. With this Rajasthan has become the second state in India after Tamil Nadu to launch programmes against Heart Diseases.
  • The 89th Academy (Oscar) Awards ceremony presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, to honor the best films of 2016.
    • Best picture: Moonlight
    • Best director: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
    • Best actor: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
    • Best actress: Emma Stone (La La Land)
    • Best score: La La Land
    • Best song: City of Stars (La La Land)

25 February 2017

  • The government has announced to bailout IDBI Bank with 3,000-crore capital infusion to enable the bank to have better capital-adequacy ratio and further enhance credit growth. IDBI Bank’s lending portfolio is mostly in corporate segment and that is one of the major reasons for increase in its bad loans.
  • The UN General Assembly has barred six countries including  Venezuela and Libya for the second time from casting votes in the 2016-2017 session because they are over two years in indebtedness.
  • Vivek Chaand Sehgal, Chairman of auto parts maker Motherson Sumi SystemsLtd, has been named as the Indian Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 by consulting firm, EY formerly known as Ernst & Young. Sehgal will now represent India at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Monte Carlo from June 7-11 2017 where he will compete with business leaders from around the world.
  • Besides, Infosys Ltd co-founder Nandan Nilekani was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for heading the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for the Aadhaar project.
  • Belgium’s Hockey Captain and Olympic silver medalist John-John Dohmen was awarded the Best Male Player of the Year Award (2016) by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) at the gala FIH Hockey Stars Awards in Chandigarh.
  • In the Women’s category, Netherlands’ Naomi van As won the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Best Female Player of the Year (2016) awards.

24 February 2017

  • 74th Central Excise Day was observed on 24th February, 2017 to mark the enactment of the Central Excise and Salt Act in 1944. It aims to encourage the employees of excise department to carry out the central excise duty all over the India in a better way in order to prevent the corruption.
  • Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd (MASL), a part of Mahindra & Mahindra has launched a mobile app ‘MyAgriGuru’ as a part of Government’s target to double the farmer income by the year 2022. This app will provide information about crop, agri-buzz, market price and weather in English and Hindi.
  • The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a 375-million-dollar loans and grants to develop 800-km Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor.
  • Rajasthan has become the second largest crude oil producer in India after Bombay High, an offshore oilfield of Mumbai which is the largest producer of crude oil in India and accounts for half of the domestic oil production.
  • Indian film actress, producer, former model Shilpa Shetty was roped as the Brand Ambassador for cleanliness initiative Swachh Bharat Mission by the central government.

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  • In a first of its kind development of a cross-border zip line in the world, an international zip line named as Limite Zero has been created to connect Spain and Portugal. The project undertaken by Englishman David Jarman will enable the thrill seekers to reach the place in less than a minute with a speed of about 50kmph by flying through the air plus without the need for a passport.

23 February 2017

  • China is hosting the first official BRICS Sherpas meeting in Nanjing -Jiangsu Province on February 23 and 24 under its chairmanship. The meeting is focusing on the theme of “Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future” upon considering the current international situation. The Sherpas mechanism, as a main vehicle to coordinate and promote the BRICS cooperation, primarily serves to make political preparations for the BRICS Summit. 
  • India’s largest domestic telecom operator Bharti Airtel has signed an agreement with Telenor South Asia Investments to acquire Telenor India Communications. Telenor will give Airtel an access to 7 circles including Gujarat, Maharashtra, UP East and UP West.
  • The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, released the book “Judicial Reforms – Recent Global Trends” written by Dalveer Bhandari, a judge at the International Court of Justice, talks about the need of judicial reforms.
  • Nobel-winning economist, mathematician Kenneth J Arrow has died in USA. Arrow came to prominence in 1951 with a book, “Social Choice and Individual Values,” which used mathematical logic to discuss collective decision-making.

22 February 2017

  • Hyderabad-based non-banking Microfinance institution Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd launched an instant loan approval at a village near Bassi in Jaipur district, Rajasthan. The objective of this initiative is to help rural areas embrace cashless transactions. The loan amount will be deposited directly to the loanees bank account. The loan facility based on a three-step verification process of Aadhar-based eKYC, credit bureau authentication and e-Sign and non-collateral loans up to Rs 60,000 for one year to rural women. It will be rolled out by June 2017 in all microfinance companies nationwide network with several being in Rajasthan, Bihar and Delhi.
  • Bangalore-based Indian food-products corporation Britannia has signed an MoU with Greece’s cakes and confectionery major Chipita for exploring certain business opportunities. This is the first joint venture after Britania’s tie-up with New Zealand’s Fonterra Dairy and dairy giant Groupe Danone SA dissolved in 2009.

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  • The CEO of Jasper Infotech-owned digital payments platform FreeCharge, Govind Rajan has submitted his resignation. Snapdeal’s chief strategy and investment officer, Jason Kothari will oversee the business operations of FreeCharge.
  • German Sportswear giant Adidas announced its ties up with FIFA U-17 World Cup Local Organising Committee for the Mission XI Million programme which is the biggest school sport outreach programme.

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  • The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) announced that India will be hosting the CombinedWorld Cup for shooting in 2019. Combined World Cup will be a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will comprise all the three categories — shotgun, rifle and pistol.
  • Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh’s biography, ‘The People’s Maharaja‘, written by Khushwant Singh was released. Presently, he is the sitting President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC).

21 February 2017

  • UNESCO celebrated IMLD (International Mother Language Day) on 21 Feb 2017 on the theme “Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education.” in Paris, France.

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  • Union Minister of Electronics and IT,  Ravi Shankar Prasad launches Cyber Swachhta Kendra in New Delhi for Botnet cleaning and Malware analysis as a part of digital India initiative. He also launched two mobile apps: Mkavach and Samvid.
  • Naga People’s Front (NPF) President Shurozelie Liezitsu was selected as a consensus candidate by the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland for the post of Chief Minister.
  • J & K CM Mehbooba Mufti has declared 2017 as ‘Year of Apple’ to promote the famed Kashmiri apples in domestic and foreign markets. She also launched the High Density Apple Plantation Scheme in Srinagar to provide 50% subsidy. The government is setting up mega mandies and high-tech cold storage at Jablipora in Anantnag and Aglar in Pulwama to promote apple industry.

20 February 2017

  • World Day of Social Justice was celebrated with the theme:“Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work” to recognize the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment.
  • The Bihar Cabinet under the chairmanship of CM Nitish Kumar has amended the Bihar Government Servants’ Conduct Rules 1976 and approved the Bihar Judicial Officers Conduct Rules, 2017. As per this rule, no officials of the state government would be allowed to consume liquor either in the state or outside the state and not even abroad. This makes Bihar the first state to have such restrictions for officials, officials on deputation outside the state and judges. Any officer found guilty would be liable to face dismissal, suspension or even salary cuts.
  • Nagaland CM, T R Zelian has resigned bowing down to sustained agitation by tribal bodies for reservation.
  • According to a report released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), India emerged as the world’s largest importer of major arms during 2012–16. 
  • US-based IT giant Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Indian electronic commerce company Flipkart Group CEO Binny Bansal has announced a “strategic partnership” to provide consumers in the country the best online shopping service. As per the deal, Flipkart will adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform.
  • Apple has announced to acquire Israel-based start-up “RealFace” to add facial recognition to the upcoming Apple’s iPhone 8.

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  • Indian international cricketer Virat Kohli became the first Indian sportsperson who had signed an eight-year deal worth Rs 100-crore endorsement deal with a sports apparel brand Puma.

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  • Legendary Pakistani cricket Shahid Afridi announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket.

19 February 2017

  • The newly appointed Chief Minister of Tamil NaduEdappadi Palaniswami won the trust vote in the Assembly. With this, Palaniswami will continue to remain at the position of CM.
  • T C A Ranganathan and Sunil Mehta were appointed as Non-Official Directors in Indian Overseas Bank and Punjab National Bank for three years.
  • Indian Movie Newton wins top Honor under Art Cinema at Berlin Film Festival. 
  • Lost Continent Zealandia, that sunk about 100 million years ago has been discovered underneath New Zealand by the scientists. It submerged in the southwest Pacific Ocean and is large enough to be recognized as a separate continent.
  • India will host Next Davis Cup tie in Bangalore in April as per the announcement made by the All India Tennis Association (AITA).
  • An actor-turned-politician Hema Malini’s journey from an actor and filmmaker to a politician is being chronicled as an authorised biography titled ‘Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl’. The biography is written by author-columnist Ram Kamal Mukherjee.

18 Feb 2017

  • RBI has permitted Multilateral Financial Institutions (FIs) to invest in rupee denominated bonds commonly known as ‘Masala Bonds’ issued by Indian entities in offshore market to raise funds in terms of Indian rupee only. The Multilateral and Regional Financial Institutions where India is a member country can only invest in the rupee denominated bonds for example Asian Development Bank, BRICS led New Development Bank etc. The major benefit of this bond is that there is no currency risk. These bonds are traded on London Stock Exchange instead of being traded in India.
  • The second ocean going sailboat of Indian Navy “Tarini” was successfully inducted by the Navy at a ceremony held at the INS Mandovi Boat Pool. The vessel is slated to be the platform for the first Indian all-women global circumnavigation. It is the second sailboat after INS Mhadei of Indian Navy.

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  • South Korea won gold medal & India won the silver medal at the Women’s Asian Rugby Sevens Trophy held at Vientiane, Laos.
  • The National Regulatory Authority of India (NRAI), the vaccine regulating authority of India, has been given the highest ratings by global health body World Health Organization for vaccine regulations.
  • Melody Queen and Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar has been conferred with the 2017 Legendary Award by the Brand Laureate for giving a unlimited memorable hits and soulful melodies in Hindi film music.

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17 Feb 2017

  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has unveiled plans to build the first city on Mars by 2117 during World Government Summit in Dubai.
  • An electrical equipment company, Havells India has announced to acquire Lloyd Electric & Engineering for its consumer durables business for around Rs 1200 -1500 crore. Havells India Ltd is one of the largest electrical equipment companies in India and leading Fast Moving Electrical Goods (FMEG) manufacturer.

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  • Mangalore-based public sector lender Corporation Bank was awarded the 2017 National MSME Excellence Award.

                                                                                                                                                                           16 February 2017

  • The Union Government approved setting up of Food Legumes Research Platform (FLRP) at Amlaha, Sehore in Madhya Pradesh for meeting the emerging food security challenges.
  • The Cabinet approved the signing of Air Services Agreement between India and Rwanda which will enable the airlines of the two countries to operate services in each others’ territory.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its approval to award contract in 31 contract areas under Discovered Small Fields Policy 2016 undertaken last year.
  • The Union Cabinet approved the merger of the State Bank of India with its 5 subsidiary banks namely State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur; State Bank of Hyderabad; State Bank of Mysore; State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of Travancore.
  • The Reserve Bank of India has decided to reimburse banks Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) charges on debit cards used by citizens for payment with effect from January 1, 2017. MDR is a charge to a merchant by a bank for accepting payment from their customers in credit and debit cards every time a card is used for payments (like swiping) in their stores.
  • The Reserve Bank of India increased the gold loan limit for RRBs (Regional Rural Banks) to Rs 2 lakh from the current Rs 1 lakh to help the farmers and artisans have access to credit who are willing to pledge gold as collateral. Besides, the facility will be available with bullet repayment scheme. Under the scheme, while interest will be charged on a monthly basis on the total outstanding, it will become due for payment along with principal only at the end of 12 months from the date of sanction.
  • The Name and Shame Campaign initiated by Catholic Syrian Bank (an Indian private sector bank) Employees and Retirees against willful Defaulters in Kerala have started paying dividends.
  • The Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao appointed Edappadi K Palaniswami as 13th chief minister of the state. The Governor has invited him to form the ministry at the earliest as well as requested him to seek the vote confidence of the assembly within 15 days. O Panneerselvam was appointed as the Chief Minister within hours of death of AIDMK supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016. Later on February 5, 2017 Panneerselvam stepped down paving the way for Sasikala to be elected its legislature party leader who was already chosen AIADMK general secretary. But then Sasikala was convicted in wealth case.

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  • India has been ranked 143 out of 186 economies in the annual Index of Economic Freedom 2017 released by top US-based Think Tank, The Heritage Foundation. Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand are the top three nations in the Index respectively. India has been placed in the category of “Mostly Unfree” Economies in which the points ranges from 50.0-59.9.
  • Tata Motors Ltd and Microsoft India entered into strategic agreement to collaborate on the technology front for making driving a more personalized experiences for the customers.
  • India’s premier health institute the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi was awarded the first prize of the Government’s Kayakalp Award under the Central Government Hospitals category for maintaining high standards of sanitation and hygiene.
  • The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has promoted Norman Isaac as the Technical Delegate (TD) of the sport’s worldwide governing body. He has become the first Indian to be ever appointed to the post.

15 Feb 2017

  • Setting a new record in the space mission, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched 104 satellites in one go from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in SriharikotaAndhra Pradesh. The satellites were launched on Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 which marked its 39th flight. The 104 satellite included a Cartosat-2 Series satellite for earth observation, two Indian nano satellites INS-1A and INS-1B and 101 international nano satellites. Earlier, the record was held by the Russian Space Agency that launched 37 satellites in 2014.

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  • West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee declared Kalimpong as 21st district of West Bengal. The new district is from Darjeeling.
  • Life insurance firm, HDFC life launched a traditional life insurance plan, Pragati, for low-income group people. Pragati will offer dual benefit. Firstly, a systematic savings with guaranteed premium returns and, secondly, a wholesome life protection making it an ideal financial product for every Indian household.
  • Jean-Pierre Lacroix from France has been appointed as the head of UN peacekeeping for a year pending a review of the world body’s functions and structure by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
  • India has become one of the nine members of the new ‘Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health’ that aims to improve the quality of care for new mothers and babies. The global health network is supported by World Health Organisation (WHO), UN International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other partners.
  • India participated in a conference organised to discuss Afghanistan’s future in Moscow along with Russia, India, Iran, Pakistan, China and Afghanistan. The conference was led by Russian President Putin’s special envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov.

14 Feb 2017

  • Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey was elected as the new President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).
  • Jehan Daruvala, a Force India F1 team racing driver became the first ever Indian to claim the New Zealand Grand Prix at the Chris Amon Circuit in Manfeild, New Zealand. 
  • Cricket great and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar has adopted the village of Donja in Maharashtra’s Osmanabad district, under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna, sanctioning over Rs. 4 crore for the development of the village from his MPLAD fund.
  • Laureus Awards:
    • World’s “greatest” sprinter Usain Bolt win the Laureus ‘Sportsman of the Year’ trophy for the fourth time.
    • Simone Biles ‘Sportswoman of the Year’.
    • Michael Phelps ‘Comeback of the Year’
    • Formula One champion Nico Roseberg ‘Breakthrough of the Year’
    • Italy’s Beatrice – The Disability Award.
    • Olympic refugee team won the Laureus Sport for Good award.

13 Feb 2017

  • World Radio Day is observed with the theme Radio is You across the world to remember the unique power of radio to touch lives and bring people together across every corner of the globe.
  • Union Government has decided to launch ‘Indradhanush 2.0’ for recapitalisation of public sector lenders so that the banks remain solvent and fully comply with the global capital adequacy norms namely Basel-III.
  • Delhi International Airport was the 12th busiest airport worldwide for the month of November 2016, according to the latest report published by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). This is the first time an Indian airport has entered the big league of top 15 airports in the world, which comprises of major airports like Atlanta, Dubai, Los Angeles and Changi airports.
  • Indian Navy’s survey class vessel INS Sarvekshak has become the first ship in India to be fitted with solar power system on board.
  • Germany’s former Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected as the 12th Federal President of Germany.
  • Sandeep Jajodia, the CMD of Monnet Ispat & Energy Ltd. has been appointed as the new president of industry chamber Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). 
  • The Karnataka assembly unanimously passed the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2017 to legalize the conduct of “Kambala” and bullock cart races in Karnataka. The Bill seeks to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, (Central Act 59 of 1960) and exempt the two sports from the ambit of the Act keeping in mind their traditional nature and also to protect native breeds of buffaloes.
  • Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” dominated the 70th British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night, claiming five prizes including best film, director, and leading actress for Emma Stone. Dev Patel, Indian origin received first BAFTA award as supporting actor for Lion.
  • The 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

         Album Of The Year –  Adele for ’25’

         Record Of The Year – ‘Hello’ by Adele

         Song Of The Year – Hello by Adele and Greg Kurstin

        Singer Adele, winner of the Oscar for best original song, is interviewed at the Governors Ball for the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood

12 Feb 2017

  • In a first of its kind initiative, National Women’s Parliament was organized by the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly to empower women in association with MAEER’s MIT School of Governance at Pavithra Sangamam in Amravati, Andhra Pradesh with the theme: ‘Empowering Women — Strengthening Democracy’.
  • The FIFA governing body has named Argentina’s former soccer player Diego Maradona as the new Ambassador of the FIFA.

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  • Neelu Rohmetra of Jammu University became the first woman director of Indian Institute of Management Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh.
  • India defeated Pakistan by 9 wickets to clinch the T20 World Cup for Blind tournament at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. 

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  • Indian off-spin specialist, Ravichandran Ashwin becomes the fastest bowler to take 250 Test wicket.

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11 Feb 2017

  • The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was celebrated with the theme “Gender, Science and Sustainable Development: The Impact of Media”. This is to recognize the achievements of women in science and inspire and engage women and girls in science.
  • 12th-18thFebruary is celebrated as the ‘National Productivity Week’ every year with the theme “From Waste to Profits-through Reduce, Recycle and Reuse”.
  • Senior IAS officer Ajay Tyagi will replace incumbent Chief UK Sinha to become the 9th Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI).
  • To pull out black money from shell companies (which do not conduct any operations and indulge in large scale money laundering and tax evasion in India), PM Narendra Modi has constituted a task force under the co-chairmanship of the Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia and the Corporate Affairs Secretary Tapan Rayto and members of various regulatory Ministries and enforcement agencies.
  • The Union Government has planned to set up a Defence Procurement Organisation (DPO) to integrate and streamline the long and complex process of defence acquisitions. The committee would be headed by former Director of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow, Pritam Singh.
  • The Ministry of Human Resource Development has combined entrance examination for admission in all engineering and architecture colleges for undergraduate courses from 2018. The aim is to make the admission process more transparent and put a stop on heavy capitation fee levied on students.
  • Bank of Baroda is planning to launch a supply chain financing product for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in the diamond industry to boost their existence in the sector.
  • C K Birla Group-owned, Hindustan Motors Sells iconic Ambassador car brand to French Company Peugeot for 80 crore. 

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  • GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), which operates Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, has been honored with the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) Chairman’s Order of Merit for its focus on environmental sustainability. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport was also awarded for becoming the first airport in Asia Pacific to become carbon neutral.
  • India successfully test-fired Ashwin, Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile from launching complex-IV of Dhamara Abdul Kalam defence base off Odisha coast under its Ballistic Missile Defence Programme. The successful testing leads India towards achieving a robust two layered Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system like US, Russia and Israel. It has the capability to destroy the incoming enemy missile in the endo-atmospheric region at a low altitude of less than 30 kms. It is  a5-metre-long single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile equipped with a navigation system.
  • Intech DMLS Launches India’s First Indigenously Developed Jet Engines Series under the brand name Poeir Jets for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) & Remote Controlled (R/C) Aircraft. With this India has become the first country in Asia and the fourth country after the US, Europe and Israel to indigenously develop such an engine in the private space.

10 Feb 2017

  • The official Mascot for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup India tournament was unveiled during the launch of Mission XI Million programme at New Delhi. A clouded leopard named Kheleo with young and charismatic face has been launched as the Mascot. It will participate in numerous activities during the first FIFA tournament to be hosted by India, from October 6 to 28, 2017.

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  • The Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal Launches TAMRA (Transparency, Auction Monitoring and Resource Augmentation) Portal and Mobile Application for Transparency in Statutory Clearances for Mining Operations and accountability in the mining sector as a part of the Ease of Doing Business.
  • The Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan released the world’s first comprehensive Braille atlas for nearly 50 lakh visually challenged people in India in New Delhi. The Braille Atlas has been prepared by National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO) under Department of Science & Technology.
  • 2017 BRICS association of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to be held in Xiamen, China in September 2017. The summit will be held under the theme “BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future’’.
  • Folk singer from Punjab, Satinder Sartaaj has been selected for the awareness project against human trafficking “Blue Heart Campaign” by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
  • Shawna Pandya an Indian-origin woman will become the third woman after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams to go into space in 2018. A neurosurgeon by profession, Shawna Pandya is one of the only two candidates selected from 3200 brilliant people to fly into space through the Citizen Science Astronaut programme in Canada.
  • Hemant Bhargava has been appointed as one of the three managing director of Mumbai-based Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India.
  • State Bank of India (SBI) Chairman, Arundhati Bhattacharya has been selected as the ambassador for the advertisement seeking probationary officers for SBI bank.
  • Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba created the world’s record by becoming the fastest athlete to complete the women’s indoor 2,000 metres at the indoor Miting Internacional de Catalunya meeting in Sabadell, Spain. She not only broke the previous indoor world record of 5:30.53 set by Romania’s Gabriela Szabo in 1998 but also surpassed the outdoor record of 5:25.36 set by Ireland’s Sonia O’Sullivan in 1994.
  • Virat Kohli became the first player to score double century in four consecutive Test series on February 10, 2017 while playing against Bangladesh in Hyderabad. He also became the second captain to score four double centuries for his country.

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9 Feb 2017

  • The Ministry of External Affairs in coordination with the Department of Atomic Energy is hosting the Implementation and Assessment Group Meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) from February 8-10, 2017 at the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, New Delhi.
  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan’ (PMGDISHA) to make 6 crore rural households digitally literate. PMGDISHA is expected to be one of the largest digital literacy programmes in the world.
  • Fertiliser major IFFCO has tied up with Bank of Baroda to launch co-branded debit cards for farmers as part of a strategy to promote cashless transactions in the rural area.
  • Largest retail brokerage ICICI Securities announced a strategic partnership with Denmark-based Saxo Bank to enable domestic investors enter overseas markets, including equities and debt segments.
  • A former prime minister, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo who holds dual Somali-U.S. citizenship has been declared Somalia’s new president.
  • Hyderabad based Dr P Raghu Ram, President of Association of Breast Surgeons of India (ABSI)has been honored with the prestigious Dr B C Roy National Award for ‘outstanding service in the field of socio-medical relief’ for the year 2016.
  • The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh released the book titled ‘Veerappan, Chasing the Brigand’, written by K. Vijay Kumar, Senior Security Adviser, Ministry of Home Affairs. Vijay Kumar, who was the Chief of the Special Task Force (STF) that was behind the killing of Veerappan during “Operation Cocoon” in 2004.
  • Pakistan’s Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif imposed a “complete ban” on Basant, a festival celebrated to mark the start of the spring season as it endangers people’s lives.

8 Feb 2017

  • India and Austria signed a protocol to amend the existing bilateral taxation treaty for Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion. This will help to curb tax evasion and tax avoidance between the two nations as well as enable mutual assistance in relation to collecting taxes.
  • Arunachal Pradesh became the first state in the northeast to implement e-Cabinet solution for the state cabinet members. Using this system, the cabinet members can access the cabinet notes before the meeting.
  • China has surpassed Germany to become the world’s largest producer of solar energy after nearly doubling its installed photovoltaic capacity in 2016.
  • Rajiv Singh took over as the acting CEO of the country’s public service broadcaster after the retirement of Suresh Panda.
  • 21-year-old Delhi batsman Mohit Ahlawat has become the first batsman to score a triple century in a T20 match at any level.

7 Feb 2017

  • The Lok Sabha has passed the Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to enable employers to pay wages to workers through cheque or directly crediting to their accounts. The bill will replace the Ordinance promulgated by the President in December 2016 to amend the Payment of Wages Act, 1936
  • The fourth edition of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative on Multi sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Summit-2017 will be held in Nepal.
  • Renowned Indian-origin British sculptor Anish Kapoor was honored with the prestigious $1 million 2017 Genesis Prize on February 6, 2017 by Israel for his utmost contribution for Jewish community.
  • Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, launched Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) to bring a revolutionary change in the state by doubling the farm income by 2022.

 

6 Feb 2017

  • United Nations (UN) campaign held on the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (February 6) to stop genital mutilation of girls and women.
  • Public sector lender Bank of Maharashtra has partnered with health insurance company Cigna TTK Health to market the insurer’s products in the bank’s branches across the entire country.
  • India’s third largest private bank, Axis Bank has tied up with Earthport Plc, a cross-border payment network, to enable faster outbound cross-border payments for its customers. Axis Bank has become the first bank in India to connect with Earthport’s global payments network, which spans over 60 countries.
  • Alastair Cook has resigned as England Test captain.
  • The Billiards and Snoooker Federation of India (BSFI) informed that India will host the World Billiards Championship for the next four years.

5 Feb 2017

  • Tamil Nadu’s political party AIADMK has elected Sasikala Natarajan as the Legislative Party leader. Now she is set to become the Chief Minister of the state as O. Panneerselvam stepped down from the post.
  • Basketball Federation of India announced that India will host FIBA Women’s Asia Cup basketball tournament in July 2017 in  India will also host the FIBA U-16 Women’s Asian Championship in October in Hyderabad.
  • Leading professional services firm KPMG India has appointed the former US government official Arun M Kumar as the Chairman and CEO to lead KPMG India operations. He succeeds Richard Rekhy.
  • The Qatar Airways has launched the World’s fastest and longest scheduled commercial service to ply between Doha to Auckland. It will take 16 hours and 20 minutes to travel 14,535 kilometers to reach Auckland in New Zealand.
  • The England Test captain Alastair Cook was honored with the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, London.
  • Oncologists in United States successfully implanted World’s smallest pacemaker, Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS), in a patient in US.
  • Alphabet Inc’s Google would sell its satellite imaging business, Terra Bella, to Planet Labs, a San Francisco-based private satellite operator founded by former NASA scientisits.

4 Feb 2017

  • IDFC MD Vikram Limaye is appointed as new CEO & MD of National Stock Exchange (NSE) after the position was lying vacant due to Chitra Ramakrishna’s quit. Limaye would be the first NSE CEO from outside the founding team that set up the exchange in the 1990s.
  • Noted economist Sanjeev Sanyal has been appointed as the Principal Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
  • The World Cancer Day was celebrated to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment. The theme of 2017 World Cancer Day is We Can, I Can.
  • TATA Motors has introduced TAMO, a sub-brand start-up that will act as an incubator to develop new range of technologies, business models & partnerships for heavy mobility solutions for Indian & global market.

3 Feb 2017

  • Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley presented Demonetisation Bill or The Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Bill, 2017 in Lok Sabha.The Bill provides for holding, transfer and receiving of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, which were demonetized after November 8, 2016, as a criminal offence and punishable with a minimum fine of Rs 10,000.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) permitted the NRIs to access the exchange traded currency derivatives (ETCD). 
  • The Union Ministry of Railways has signed an MoU with an Italian Firm Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane Group (FS Group) for technical cooperation in rail sector with focus on safety operations.
  • Sundar Pichai’s Google has surpassed Apple, which was on top for last five years to achieve the top position in Global 500 rankings of most valuable and powerful brands across the globe.
  • Former Deputy CAG Suman Saxena, Mukulita Vijaywargiya and Navrang Saini have been appointed as whole-time members for 5 years or till completion of 65 years in Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI).
  • Former Exxon Mobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson(64) has taken the oath of office as US secretary of state by Vice President Mike Pence in the presence of President Donald Trump in the White House’s Oval Office.
  • Indian cueist Pankaj Advani clinched his 29th Indian National Snooker Championship title at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana, Pune. With this win, Advani has become the only Indian player to win all the national titles in both the long and short formats of snooker, 6-red Snooker and 15-red Snooker.
  • Virat Kohli Tops T20 batsman list in the Latest ICC rankings. Virat is ranked Second in Tests and Third in ODIs. This makes him the only Indian batsman to be ranked in top five among all formats.
  • Sitar player Ustad Imrat Khan returned Padma Shree as the award had come to him too late and should have been upped to the Padma Bhushan or Padma Vibhushan, given his experience and age (81).

2 Feb 2017

  • 15-year-old Indian badminton player Lakshya Sen has created history after he attained World No. 1 Rank in the latest Junior Badminton World Federation (BWF). He is the youngest ever player and the first ever from Uttarakhand to win the title at senior level.
  • India defeated England in the Twenty20 International series played at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. This is India’s first win in a bilateral T20 International series against England. Yuzvender Chahal was named the man of the series for taking eight wickets and giving away only 85 runs. He became the first Indian bowler to record a five-wicket haul in the history of Indian cricket.  Rishabh Pant from Delhi has become India’s youngest T20I Debutant.
  • Gurgaon-based airline, SpiceJetmade record by winning awards in three prime categories at the Asia One Awards held in Singapore.
  • ‘Asia’s Greatest Brands – 2016’ ; ‘Global Asian of the year’, 2016 for the Chairman and Managing Director of SpiceJet, Mr. Ajay Singh & ‘Asia’s Greatest CFO 2016’ for the  Chief Financial Officer Mr. Kiran Koteshwar.
  • World Wetlands Day with the theme Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction was celebrated to mark the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands or Ramsar Convention on 2 February 1971. Main aim is to raise awareness and to highlight the vital role of healthy wetlands in reducing the impacts of extreme events such as floods, droughts and cyclones on communities, and in helping to build resilience.
  • Olympic game medals will be made from recycled mobile phones for the year 2022 to promote sustainability said by 2020 Olympic Games organizers, Japan.
  • Kuwait has banned the Visas for five Muslim majority countries over security issues. The five countries include Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation’s (SAARCs) 53rd Programming Committee Meeting began on February 1, 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The two day meeting was attended by joint secretary/director general of the eight member nations.
    The main area of discussion was Budget allocation for the management of SAARC. It was earlier scheduled to be hosted by Pakistan in November 2016. However, the country postponed the Summit over Nepal as  Afghanistan, Bangladesh & Bhutan declined to attend the Summit.
  • Noted Indian singer Neeti Mohan to collaborate with UN for the first time for women empowerment project titled “Music To Inspire – Artists United Against Human Trafficking” which is managed by the  She has composed Udne De as a tribute to all the women and in support of equality for all.
  • The Indian Policy Think Tank, NITI Aayog together with Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has launched a first of its kind online portal, India Innovation Index in India to rank the states on the basis of innovation.
  • PM Narendra Modi will attend Peterburg International Economic Forum as Guest of honor in Russia.

1 Feb 2017

  • An IT Risk Assessment and Digital Security Services Providing Firm, Lucideus, was awarded the best IT Start-up under the IT (Information Technology) and ITES (Information Technology Enabled Services) category during the National Entrepreneurship Awards 2016.
  • Rajasthan and Telangana received eGovernance awards for Excellence under the state category at the CSI -Nihilent eGovernance Awards held in Coimbatore.
  • Odisha and Nagalandbagged the Award of Recognition for the year 2016.