Thursday, 9 February 2017

Current Affairs-GK Update 9th February 2017

Current Affairs and GK Update 9th February 2017
1. Govt. forms committee to expedite ‘Namami Gange programme’:
  • The Union water resources Minister Sushri Uma Bharti has announced to form the committee to expedite the implementation of its ambitious “Namami Gange programme” in New Delhi.
  • Under Namami Gange programme, it plans to free the Ganga river of waste by next year.
  • More than two thousand 700 villages have been declared as open-defecation free out of four thousand 291 marked villages along the main stem of the river.
2. Cabinet approves 'PM Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan' for digital education:
  • The Union Cabinet has approved 'Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan' (PMGDISHA) to make 6 crore rural households digitally literate.
  • Under the scheme, 25 lakh candidates will be trained in the FY 2016-17, 275 lakhs in the FY 2017-18 and 300 lakhs in the FY 2018-19.
  • The expenditure for this project is Rs. 2,351.38 crore to usher in digital literacy in rural India by March,2019.
3. Union Cabinet signed a MoU between India and France in S&T and Innovation:
  • The Union Cabinet has been apprised of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of Cooperation in the field of Science and Technology and innovation
  • The MoU was signed between India’s Technology Development Board (TDB), Department of Science & Technology and France’s public Investment Bank Bpifrance.  
  • The agreement will ensure exchange of best practices and setting up of coordinated measures to foster technological exchanges.
  • TDB is a statutory body established under Technology Development Board Act, 1995.
4. Union Cabinet apprised of India-Vietnam space agreement:
  • The Union Cabinet has been apprised of the Framework Agreement between India and Vietnam on cooperation in the exploration and uses of outer space for peaceful purposes. The Framework Agreement was signed in September 2016. 
  • It will enable pursuing the potential interest areas of cooperation such as space science, technology and applications between both countries. 
  • The agreement covers cooperation in remote sensing of the earth, satellite communication and satellite-based navigation; space science and planetary exploration.
5. Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Senegal in Health and Medicine:
  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Senegal in the field of Health and Medicine
  • Both countries will set up a Working Group to further elaborate the details of cooperation and to oversee the implementation of this MoU.
6. China becomes world’s largest producer of solar power:
  • China has surpassed Germany to become the world’s largest producer of solar energy after nearly doubling its installed photovoltaic capacity in 2016. 
  • With the increased capacity, China generated 66.2 billion kilowatt-hours of energy last year, which however accounted for only 1% of its electrical output. 
  • The country further plans to double its current solar energy capacity by 2020.
7. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo elected Somalia's president:
  • Somalia's Parliament has elected former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo (US-Somali citizen) as the country's new president.
  • He beat incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in a surprise result. Mohamed obtained 184 votes, compared with 97 for the outgoing president.
  • The new president is popularly known as "Farmajo", Italian for cheese, because of his love for the dairy product.
8. Jovenel Moise sworn in as Haiti's new president:
  • After a long-running political crisis Jovenel Moise (48-year) has been sworn in as Haiti's new president in a ceremony in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
  • He has been declared the winner of Haiti's 20th November presidential election, ending a protracted electoral process that has paralysed the Caribbean country's politics for more than a year.
  • According to the UN World Food Programme, two and half million Haitians live in poverty. Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas.
9. IDFC Bank, IndiaLends tie-up for loan services to 1st timers: 
  • Private sector lender IDFC Bank has collaborated with fintech startup IndiaLends to enable first-time borrowers who do not have a credit history to take loans. 
  • Loan requests by salaried applicants without credit history will now be processed on a real time basis. 
  • The unique solution is being offered through a tie-up with IndiaLends, a financial technology startup.
10. Surgeon Raghu Ram awarded 2016 B C Roy Award:
  • Dr P Raghu Ram, President of Association of Breast Surgeons of India was awarded prestigious Dr B C Roy national award for outstanding service in the field of socio-medical relief for 2016
  • The award will be conferred on him by President Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of the Doctors day observed every year on 1st July. 
  • He is claimed to be the youngest surgeon ever from the Telugu states (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) to receive this award.
  • The BC Roy Award is the highest recognition for medical practitioners in India.
11. US Senate votes to confirm Jeff Sessions as next US Attorney General:
  • In United States (US) Senate has voted (52-47) to confirm Republican Senator Jeff Sessions as the next Attorney General of the United States.
  • The Alabama senator is known for his tough stance on immigration enforcement and his early support of President Donald Trump who nominated him for the job.
12. UK House of Commons passes Brexit bill:
  • The UK Parliament has given PM Theresa May, the authority to officially trigger Brexit and start negotiations for leaving the 28-member European Union.
  • The draft legislation has been approved by 494 to 122 votes and now moves to the House of Lords.
  • Shadow business Secretary Clive Lewis was one of 52 Labour MPs to defy party orders to back the bill and he resigned from the front bench.
  • Prime Minister Theresa May wants to invoke Article 50 (the starting gun on the two-year process of the UK leaving the EU) by the end of March.
13. Col Nizamuddin who drove around Netaji has passed away:
  • Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s driver and INA veteran ‘Colonel’ Nizamuddin has passed away in his native village of Dhakwa in Azamgarh after a prolonged illness.
  • Born in 1901, Nizamuddin was over 116 years old. He is survived by his wife Ajbul Nisha, three sons and two daughters. His youngest son Sheikh Akram. 
  • ‘Colonel’ Nizamuddin, who had served in the Indian National Army from 1943-45, had proclaimed himself as one of the most trusted lieutenants of Netaji.
14. IAAF Bans Russia From 2017 London World Athletics Championships:
  • Russia will miss August's World Athletics Championships in London after their doping ban was extended, the world governing body president Sebastien Coe said. 
  • Russia has been barred from international competition since November 2015 following a damaging report alleging that state-sponsored doping was rife in the country. 
  • The ban had already been extended in March and then June 2016, preventing Russia's athletes from competing at the Rio Olympics.


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