Current Affairs February 9, 2017
India will be world’s fastest growing economy in next 5 years: Top US think-tank
India will be the world’s fastest growing economy during the next five years as China’s economy cools and growth elsewhere sputters according to a top US intelligence think-tank .
Centre shuts health mission gate on Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Centre has shut the gate on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on a critical national health mission, and possible conflict of interest issues arising from the foundation’s “ties” with pharmaceutical companies is one of the reasons.
- All financial ties of the country’s apex immunisation advisory body, National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), with the Gates Foundation have been cut off.
Govt makes Aadhaar mandatory for availing PDS foodgrains
After cooking gas LPG, the government made Aadhaar mandatory for availing subsidised foodgrains from the ration shops with a view to better target Rs 1.4 lakh crore subsidy under the food security law.
- The government has given time to those not having the biometric-based unique identification number to apply for Aadhaar by June 30.
All gram panchayats to be connected through Optical Fibre Cable by 2018-end
One lakh gram panchayats are to be connected by underground Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) by March this year under the first phase of BharatNet project.
- Under the second phase of BharatNet project, remaining 1.5 lakh gram panchayats are to be provided connectivity by December 2018.
MEA joins hands with Department of Posts for opening of first batch of new POPSK
In January 2017 the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Department of Posts (DOP) announced their decision to utilize the Head Post Offices (HPO) in the various States as Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) for delivering passport related services to the people.
- The objective of this partnership is to extend passport services on a larger scale and to ensure wider area coverage of the travel document.
Rajasthan to set up skills varsity
Showing the way to the Centre, the Rajasthan government is set to open the country’s first government-run Skills University.
- Apart from advanced courses, the university is also expected to enhance a worker’s self-respect and competency by providing him or her with formal certification.
Hyderabad surgeon Raghu Ram wins B C Roy award
Dr P Raghu Ram, president of Association of Breast Surgeons of India, has won the prestigious Dr B C Roy national award for outstanding service in the field of socio medical relief for 2016.
Canadian honour for M.S. Swaminathan
Agricultural scientist M.S.Swaminathan on Tuesday received the Canadian Governor General’s Medallion for his “contribution to improved agricultural practices and rural development in India and globally.”
- M.S. Swaminathan – is known as “Indian Father of Green Revolution”.
Karnal Singh gets two-year fixed tenure as ED Director
Karnal Singh, a 1984-batch IPS officer, has been granted a two-year fixed tenure as the Enforcement Directorate chief following the Supreme Court’s directions. He was to retire in August this year.
Writer-artist Gopal Krishna Nayak passes away
Kannada writer and artist Gopal Krishna Nayak (89) died after a brief illness.
India, Indonesia to hold joint air combat exercise
India and Indonesia have decided to hold their first-ever joint air combat exercise as well as enhance maritime security cooperation.
Nepal to host 4th BIMSTEC Summit
The fourth edition of BIMSTEC Summit-2017 will be held in Nepal. It was announced in the 17th session of BIMSTEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) held in Kathmandu, capital Nepal.
Somalia’s Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo chosen as new President
In Somalia, former Prime Minister Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo who holds dual Somali-US citizenship has been declared Somalia’s new President.
China to take fingerprints of foreign visitors due to security reasons
China has announced that it will start taking fingerprints of all foreign visitors from tomorrow in a bid to steps up security on its borders.
- The United States, Japan, Taiwan and Cambodia, among others, have similar requirements.
Facebook launches Community Help for disaster situations
Facebook has introduced Community Help, a new update to Safety Check that lets people find and give help in the form of food, shelter and transportation after a crisis.
- Community Help lets people find and give help, and message others directly to connect after a crisis thanks to posts that can be viewed by category and location.
Pak’s Bill on transgender rights copied from India
A Bill in Pakistan that seeks to protect the rights of transgenders apparently is an identical copy of a piece of legislation from India and also a replica of the provision of the 1973 Constitution.
Saudi Arabia celebrates first ever Women’s Day to fight for gender equality
International Women’s Day is widely celebrated across the globe where people pledge their support for gender equality and celebrate the achievements of women and has become a regular event in the social calendar. Yet, many countries beyond this ambit and Saudi Arabia is one such nation where many basic rights are denied to its women. But in a great move, the orthodox country celebrated its first ever Women’s Day from February 1 to 4.