Daily Current Affairs: February 10, 2017

Current Affairs February 10, 2017

Arundhati Bhattacharya is ambassador for its SBI PO recruitment ad

State Bank of India (SBI) put out a big advertisement seeking probationary officers for the bank. Half the advertisement has a smiling picture of the bank’s chairman, Arundhati Bhattacharya, who herself was part of the 1977 batch of probationary officers.

Axis Bank invites ideas on ‘Future of Jobs in India’

Axis Bank, the country’s third largest private sector bank, has launched the largest crowd-sourcing competition, ‘Future of Jobs in India’, seeking ideas from young minds.

  • The competition, under the aegis of ‘Axis Moves’, is open to all Indian citizens in the age group of 18 to 30 years.
  • The winning teams will be awarded prize monies of Rs. 25 lacs, Rs. 15 lacs and Rs. 10 lacs respectively, including Rs. 5 lacs each as seed funding for the start-up.

Govt launches Braille atlas to let the visually impaired study maps

The Ministry of Science and Technology has come up with a comprehensive Braille atlas for nearly 50 lakh visually challenged people in the country, especially students. This is for the first time that a comprehensive atlas has been prepared for physically challenged with such minute details

  • The atlas has 20 maps on different themes like physical, socio-economic, river system, crops pattern, natural vegetation, cultural, metropolitan areas, roads and railways, and crops.
  • Developed in Hindi and English by the National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO), Kolkata, an institute under the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Braille atlas has been made using indigenously developed silk-screen painting technology.

National Women’s Parliament begins in Andhra Pradesh

A first-of-its-kind conclave in India, the three-day National Women’s Parliament, being organised by Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly with the theme of ‘Empowering Women – Strengthening Democracy’, began on Feb 10 in the state capital region Amaravati.

Kerala to host international conference on special education

Kerala’s tea-town Munnar is all set to host a two-day international conference to discuss recent trends in special education on Feb 11. A host of global experts from various countries, including Sweden, Israel, Australia, United States, besides India, are expected to take part in the two-day event.

  • Titled ‘Recent trends in Special Education for Young Persons With Special Needs’, the conference is being organised by ‘Srishti’, a public charitable trust and ‘DARE’ (Developmental Activities in Rehabilitative Education) which provides special education to differently-abled.

Hemant Bhargava appointed LIC’s MD

Hemant Bhargava is at present LIC’s Zonal Manager, Delhi.

  • The top LIC management consists of the Chairman and three Managing Directors.

Ajay Tyagi appointed as SEBI Chairman

ACC approved the appointment of Ajay Tyagi as the new chief (chairman) of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

Official mascot of FIFA U-17 World Cup unveiled

With just 238 days remaining for the start of the tournament, the official mascot of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, ‘Kheleao’ was unveiled at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

  • The clouded leopard is an endangered wild cat whose habitat extends from the Himalayan foothills to mainland Southeast Asia.
  • Kheleo will participate in numerous activities in the run-up to the first-ever FIFA tournament to be hosted by India, which will be played from October 6 to 28 this year.

I&B Team win inter-ministry Hockey tournament 2016-17

The inter-ministry Hockey tournament 2016 – 17 was held at Central Secretariat Ground Vinay Marg, New Delhi. The final match played between I & B Ministry and Ministry of Health.

  • I&B Team won the final match by three goals to Nil.

Mission XI million flagged off by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and AIFF in Delhi

Driven by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s, vision of making football the sport of choice in India, Mission XI Million (Government of India and All India Football Federation initiative) is the biggest school sport outreach programme done in the country.

  • A first of its kind, it will encourage children to play the beautiful game, gain healthy habits and final motor skills and learn important life lessons in teamwork and sportsman spirit.

Intech DMLS launches India’s first indigenously developed jet engines

Intech DMLS Limited, a metal 3D printing provider and metal additive manufacturing establishment in aviation sector, has launched the country’s first indigenously developed jet engine series.

GMR Hyderabad Airport bags CAPA award

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, which operates Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, has won the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) Chairman’s Order of Merit for its focus on environmental sustainability and becoming the first airport in Asia Pacific to become carbon neutral.

UNO ropes in Satinder Sartaaj for campaign against trafficking

Folk singer Satinder Sartaaj has been roped in by the United Nations Office on Drugs under its project against human trafficking called “Blue Heart Campaign”.

  • The 34-year-old artist has collaborated with other celebrated Indian musicians like AR Rahman and Sonu Nigam in this drive to spread awareness about the illegal practice through Music to Inspire album.

China releases theme and details of 2017 BRICS Summit

China has released the theme and topics of discussion for the 2017 BRICS Summit, which will be held in September this year in Xiamen, in the Fujian Province of east China.

  • The 2017 theme will be – “BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future”.
  • The 2017 summit will take place in Xiamen which is located in east China’s Fujian Province.

Shawna Pandya clarifies on Facebook: Not shortlisted for NASA.

Shawna Pandya, an Indian-origin astronaut, has denied news reports that said she was shortlisted by NASA for its 2018 space mission under the Citizen Science Astronaut (CSA) programme.

  • Earlier, it was widely reported she would become the third Indian-origin woman in space.
  • Earlier two Indian origin women are Kalpana Chawla (Late) and Sunita Williams who went to space.


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