Current Affairs PDF February 2017

The Pakistani
cricketer and former Captain of its national cricket team who announced
retirement from international cricket
Shahid Afridi
The venue of the
Third National Dam Safety Conference organized by Central Water Commission in
association with Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam and IIT Roorkee
The former Chief
Justice of India who passed away on 19 February 2017
Altamas Kabir
The internationally
acclaimed Bangladeshi painter who has become the first foreign artist to live
in Rashtrapati Bhavan as an Artist In-Residence as a guest of the Indian
Shahabuddin Ahmed
Indian Navy’s second
sail boat slated to be a platform for the first Indian all-women global
circumnavigation which was inducted into the Indian Navy in Goa
INSV Tarini
The renowned Hindi
writer who has been chosen for the Vyas Samman 2016 by the KK Birla
Foundation for his novel “Kaatna shami ka vriksha padma-pankhuri ki dhar
Surinder Verma
The venue of India’s
Western Regional Agriculture Fair – 2017 inaugurated by Union Minister of
Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh
The multinational
military exercise being held in Thailand from 14 to 24 February 17 with
participation from about 30 countries is named
Cobra Gold 2017
The Indian car racing
driver who has become the first Indian to win Grand Prix by winning the New
Zealand Grand Prix 2017
Jehan Daruvala
The US gymnast who
has been awarded the Laureus World Sports Award for the Sportswoman of the
Year 2017
Simone Biles
The Jamaican athlete
who has been awarded the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year
Usain Bolt
The place in Madhya
Pradesh where establishment of Food Legumes Research Platform (FLRP) by
ICARDA has been approved by the Union Cabinet
Amlaha, Sehore
The sub-division of
West Bengal’s Darjeeling district which has been declared to be its 21st
The venue of 11th
biennial edition of International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition, the Aero
India 2017 declared open by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar
Yelahanka, Bengaluru
The Indian Navy’s
survey vessel which has become the first Indian warship to go green by
installing a 5 kw solar power system on baord
INS Sarvekshak
The Indian sand
artist who has created a Guinness World Record by building the world’s
tallest sand castle which is 48 feet and 8 inch at the Puri beach
Sudarsan Pattnaik
The venue of Indian
Seed Congress 2017 held from 12 to 14 February 2017 with the theme “Seed For Joy
The Indian batsman
who has become the first batsman inthe world to score 4 double centuries in 4
consecutive series breaking the record of Sir Don Bradman and Rahul Dravid
Virat Kohli
The new
exo-atmospheric interceptor missile test-fired by DRDO for engaging the
targets in the exo-atmosphere region at an altitude above 50 kilometers of
earth’s atmosphere
Prithvi Defence Vehicle
The theme of
National Productivity Week observed from 12 to 18 February 2017
From Waste to
Profits-through Reduce, Recycle and Reuse
The team India
defeated to win the T20 Blind World Cup in the finals at Chinnaswamy Stadium,
The number of tests
in which R Ashwin has reached 250 test wickets beating the record of
Australian bowler Dennis Lillee who achieved it in 248 tests
The French car
manufacturing company to which Hindustan Motors has sold its Ambassador brand
for Rs. 80 crores
Peugeot SA
The additional
secretary at the finance ministry’s economic affairs department who has been
chosen to succeed Shri U.K. Sinha as the Chairman of SEBI from 01 March
Ajay Tyagi
The venue of National
Women’s Parliament being held with the theme Empowering Women — Strengthening Democracy
Amaravathi, A.P.
The fifth
multinational naval exercise with participation from 37 countries being
conducted by Pakistan at Karachi is named
The theme of National
Productivity Week being observed by National Productivity Council, an
autonomous body under Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion,
Ministry of Commerce & Industry,
From Waste to
Profits-through Reduce, Recycle and Reuse
The British
scientist, recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize (Physiology and Medicine) with
Paul C. Lauterbur for discoveries concerning magnetic resonance imaging, who
passed away on 08 February 2017
Peter Mansfield
The biggest school
sport outreach programme launched by the Central Govt to encourage school
children to play football is named
Mission XI Million
The official mascot
(a clouded leopard) of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 unveiled by the Sports
Minister Vijay Goel is named
The venue of 11th
biennial edition of International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition – Aero
India 2017 to be held from 14th to 18th February 2017.
The State which has
become the first in the country to make its is public distribution system
(PDS) completely cashless
The venue of 17th
International Counter Terrorism Seminar organised by National Security Guard
on 08 and 09 February 2017
Manesar, Haryana
The theme of Annual
Maritime Power Conference-2017 being conducted by the National Maritime
Foundation at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)
Auditorium, New Delhi, on 09-10 February 2017
The Blue Economy:
Concept, Constituents and Development
The winners of Men’s
and Women’s titles at the 81st Senior Badminton National Championships
Saurabh Verma and
Rituparna Das
The international
airlines which has launched the world’s longest scheduled commercial service
with its inaugural flight from Doha to Auckland (a distance of 14,535
kilometers, or 9,032 miles which is the furthest distance between any two
cities linked by direct flights.)
Qatar Airways
The place at which
foundation stone for the first ever training center for para athletes was
laid by the Sports Minister Shri Vijay Goel
Gandhinagar, Gujarat
The partner nation
at the 31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela – 2017 being held from 01 to
15 Feb 2017 at Surajkund, near Faridabad (Haryana)
The theme State of
31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela – 2017 being held from 01 to 15 Feb
2017 at Surajkund, near Faridabad (Haryana)
The former Minister
of State of External Affairs and MP for Mallapuram, Kerala who passed away
following a cardiac arrest in the Parliament
E. Ahamed
The tagline of
National Capital Region Transport Corporation released by the Minister of
Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu
‘Gati Se Pragati’
(Progress with Speed)

Books in News

The Golden House – Salman Rushdie
Veerappan, Chasing the Brigand –
K. Vijay Kumar

Abbreviations in News

PRAGATI – Pro-Active Governance
And Timely Implementation
QR Code – Quick Response
VoLTE – Voice over Long-Term
PMGDISHA – Pradhan Mantri Gramin
Digital Saksharta Abhiyan

Important Days of February

World Wetlands Day: 02 February 2017

Designated by: Ramsar Convention
Theme: Wetlands for Disaster Risk
First Observed in: 1997

World Cancer Day: 04 February 2017

Designated by: Union for
International Cancer Control (UICC)
Theme: We Can, I Can (for
First Observed in: 2000

International Day of Zero Tolerance for
Female Genital Mutilation
: 06 February 2017

Designated by: U.N.O.
Theme: Building a solid and
interactive bridge between Africa and the world to accelerate ending FGM by
First Observed in: 2013

Safer Internet Day: 07 February 2017

Designated by: European Union
Theme: Be the change: Unite for a
better internet
First Observed in: 2004

World Radio Day: 13 February 2017

Designated by: UNESCO
Theme: Radio is You
First Observed in: 2013

World Day of Social Justice: 20 February 2017

Designated by: UNO
Theme: Preventing conflict and
sustaining peace through decent work
First Observed in: 2008

Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill 2016

The Parliament recently passed
the Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill 2016
Under the Payment of Wages Act,
1936 all wages must be paid either in coin or currency notes, or both. However,
the employer may pay his employee’s wages either by cheque or by crediting it
into his bank account, after obtaining his written authorisation.
The amendment removes the
requirement of obtaining written authorisation from the employee and allows the
employer to pay through cheque or by crediting into his bank account.
In addition the with the
amendment the relevant central or state government may specify certain
industrial or other establishments where the employer should pay his employees
only by: (i) cheque; or (ii) crediting the wages in his bank account.

SAATHIYA Resource Kit and SAATHIYA SALAH Mobile App

SAATHIYA Resource Kit and
SAATHIYA SALAH Mobile App for Adolescents were launched by the Health Secretary
on 20 Februay 2017 as part of the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK)
One of the key interventions
under the programme is introduction of the Peer Educators (Saathiyas) who act
as a catalyst for generating demand for the adolescent health services and
imparting age appropriate knowledge on key adolescent health issues to their
peer groups. In order to equip the Saathiyas in doing so, the Health Ministry
has launched the Saathiya Resource Kit (including ‘Saathiya Salah’ Mobile App).
RKSK identifies six strategic priorities
for adolescents i.e. nutrition, sexual and reproductive health (SRH),
non-communicable diseases (NCDs), substance misuse, injuries and violence
(including gender-based violence) and mental health.
This Resource Kit comprises i)
Activity Book, ii) Bhranti-Kranti Game iii) Question-Answer Book and iv) Peer
Educator Diary.
In addition to the kit is the
mobile app ‘Saathiya Salah’ (downloadable from Google play-store) which acts as
a ready information source for the adolescents in case they are unable to
interact with the Peer Educators. The mobile app is also linked to another
important piece of cost-effective information platform of a toll-free Saathiya
Helpline (1800-233-1250) which will act as an e-counselor.

Launch of TAMRA Portal and Mobile App

Transparency, Auction Monitoring
and Resource Augmentation (TAMRA) Portal and Mobile Application has been
launched by the Ministry of Mines. It was simultaneously launched across 12
mineral rich States.
TAMRA is a step to speed up
mining activity in India and facilitate all the stakeholders to track the
status of the statutory clearances associated with mining blocks for getting
mines to reach till operationalisation for the same. It will be an interactive
platform for all the stakeholders to compress the timelines for statutory
andother clearancesas it would help minimize the gestation period for
commencing production.
In case ofdelay in obtaining any
clearances, TAMRA will send triggers to the concerned authority so that the
remedial steps can be taken immediately by those responsible. The Ministry of
Mines will also receive triggers generated by TAMRA, which will facilitate in
expediting clearances in case the timelines set against each of the statutory
clearances are not met.

Launch of 104 satellites by ISRO

In its thirty ninth flight
(PSLV-C37), ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched the 714
kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 103 co-passenger satellites on
February 15, 2017 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is
the thirty eighth consecutively successful mission of PSLV. The total weight of
all the 104 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C37 was 1378 kg.
The total number of Indian
satellites launched by PSLV now stands at 46.
The imagery from the Cartosat-2
series satellite will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural
applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road
network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change
detection to bring out geographical and manmade features and various other Land
Information System (LIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS)
applications. The data sets could be used for urban planning of 500 cities
under the Amrut Planning Scheme. The government initiative of 100 smart city
programme in which these data sets could be used for master plan preparation
and detailed geospatial data preparation for rural roads and infrastructure
Of the 103 co-passenger
satellites carried by PSLV-C37, two – ISRO Nano Satellite-1 (INS-1) weighing
8.4 kg and INS-2 weighing 9.7 kg – are technology demonstration satellites from
India. The remaining 101 co-passenger satellites carried were international
customer satellites from USA (96), The Netherlands (1), Switzerland (1), Israel
(1), Kazakhstan (1) and UAE (1).
With today’s successful launch,
the total number of customer satellites from abroad launched by India’s
workhorse launch vehicle PSLV has reached 180.

South Asia Training and Technical
Assistance Center (SARTTAC)

IMF’s South Asia Training and
Technical Assistance Center (SARTTAC) was inaugurated in Delhi by the
Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of
India, Shri Shaktikanta Das.
SARTTAC is a collaborative
venture between the IMF, the member countries, and development partners. Its
member countries are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
The centre has been established less than a year after IMF Managing Director Ms
Christine Lagarde and the Finance Minister of India, Shri Arun Jaitley, signed
a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a capacity development center
for South Asia. SARTTAC, the newest addition to the IMF’s global network of
fourteen regional centers which are financed jointly by the IMF, external
development partners, and member countries.
The center’s strategic goal is to
help its member countries strengthen their institutional and human capacity to
design and implement macroeconomic and financial policies that promote growth
and reduce poverty.

India Innovation Index

A joint initiative of NITI Aayog,
States will be ranked on innovations
from 2017
The India Innovation Index
Framework will be structure based on the best practices followed in Global
Innovation Index (GII) indicators and additionally by adding India-centric
parameters those truly reflect the Indian innovation ecosystem.
Data collated on this portal will
not only be used to ameliorate current data gaps w.r.t the GII, but be the
prime source for the India Innovation Index, which will be jointly developed by
NITI Aayog, DIPP and CII, in consultation with World Economic Forum, the World
Intellectual Property Organization, Cornell University, OECD, UNIDO, ILO,
UNESCO, ITU and others with the objective to rank Indian states as per their
innovation prowess and provide impetus to them to build their respective
innovation ecosystems and spur the innovation spirit among institutions and
India currently ranks 66th out of
128 countries on the Global innovation Index (GII) 2016.

Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta

The Union Cabinet has recently
approved ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan’ (PMGDISHA) to make 6
crore rural households digitally literate. The outlay for this project is
Rs.2,351.38 crore to usher in digital literacy in rural India by March, 2019.
This is in line with the announcement made by Finance Minister in the Union
Budget 2016-17.
PMGDISHA is expected to be one of
the largest digital literacy programmes in the world. Under the scheme, 25 lakh
candidates will be trained in the FY 2016-17; 275 lakh in the FY 2017-18; and
300 lakh in the FY 2018-19.
Digitally literate persons would
be able to operate computers/digital access devices (like tablets, smart
phones, etc.), send and receive emails, browse internet, access Government
Services, search for information, undertaking cashless transactions, etc. and
hence use IT to actively participate in the process of nation building.
As per the 71st NSSO Survey on
Education 2014, only 6% of rural households have a computer. This highlights
that more than 15 crore rural households (@ 94% of 16.85 crore households) do
not have computers and a significant number of these households are likely to
be digitally illiterate.

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