1. Haryana Government announces Tirtha Darshan Scheme for senior citizens:
- Haryana Government has announced Tirtha Darshan Scheme under which senior citizens above 60 years of age in the state will be able to go on a pilgrimage within the country at government expense
- Under the scheme, state government will bear the entire cost of the tour of senior citizens belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.
- In case of senior citizens of non-BPL families, state government would bear only 70% of the cost. Senior citizens will be selected for the pilgrimage on the basis of lottery system.
2. West Bengal Clinical Establishment Bill passed in state assembly:
- The West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation, and Transparency) Bill, 2017 was passed by the state legislative assembly with full support.
- The Bill aims to regulate the private hospitals and bring transparency, end harassment of patients and take necessary steps to stop medical negligence in health institutes.
- The Bill replaces the West Bengal Clinical Establishments Bill, 2010. The state will set up a 13 member West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission which will monitor private healthcare facilities.
3. WCCB’s Operation Thunderbird and Operation Save Kurma for fight against wildlife crime:
- Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) has successfully coordinated Operation Thunder Bird from January 30 to February 19, 2017 in its fight to end poaching of India’s wildlife animals.
- It also had convened Operation Save Kurma, a species specific operation on turtles between 15 December 2016 and 30 January 2017.
- Operation Thunderbird is code-name of INTERPOL’s (International Criminal Police Organization) multi-national and multi-species enforcement operation for wildlife protection.
- Operation Save Kurma was species specific operation on turtles. Under it total of 15,739 live turtles were recovered from 45 suspects, having inter-state linkages.
4. Government launches first ever across-the-river survey to figure out aquatic life:
- The Union Government has launched the first ever across-the-river survey in River Ganga to determine the population of aquatic life, including that of the endangered Gangetic doplhin.
- The survey will create a baseline scientific data for the government to take suitable measures to improve quality of the Ganga’s water.
- The first of its kind survey is being conducted by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) through Wildlife Institute of India (WII) under Namami Gange programme.
5. World's oldest aircraft carrier 'INS Viraat' retires:
- INS Viraat, which holds a Guinness world record for being the oldest surviving aircraft carrier in the world, retired from service today.
- INS Viraat was first commissioned in the Indian Navy on May 12, 1987.
- Before 1987, the aircraft carrier had served the United Kingdom's Royal Navy for 27 years.
- The ship, famously known as the 'Grand Old Lady', was with the British Royal Navy since 1959 before the Indian government bought it for Rs 6.5 crore in 1987.
6. World’s oldest fossils discovered in Quebec, Canada:
- Scientists have claimed that they have discovered oldest fossils on Earth in rocks from Quebec, Canada. Carbon dating techniques suggest that these rocks are at least 3.8 billion years old and might even be 4.3 billion years old.
- The fossils are thought to be the remains of bacteria that lived on iron and dwelt around hydrothermal vent systems i.e. mineral rich hot springs on the seafloor.
7. India to host its first ever Mobile World Congress in Sep 2017:
- India will be hosting its first ever Mobile World Congress in September 2017.
- Reportedly, the GSM Association, has agreed to associate for the three-day event that would be held in Delhi.
- All Indian mobile operators, Facebook, Huawei, Ericsson, Cisco etc are likely to participate in the mobile congress.
8. First smart tribal village inaugurated in Jammu and Kashmir:
Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali on Sunday inaugurated the first smart tribal model village 'Hubbi' in Rajouri district of the state. Developed under the rural development department, the village has been introduced with smart classes in the schools, better roads, electricity, and water facility.
9. SBI to penalize non-maintenance of Monthly Average Balance in accounts from 1st of April:
- State Bank of India has decided to reintroduce penalty on non-maintenance of minimum balance in accounts from 1st of April 2017.
- Failing to maintain monthly average balance in accounts will attract penalty up to 100 rupees plus service tax.The public sector bank has also revised its charges on other services, including ATMs.
- The country's largest bank will now permit savings bank account holders to free of charge cash deposit only three times a month and levy 50 plus service tax on every transaction beyond that.
- In metropolitan areas, there will be a charge of 100 rupees plus service tax, if the balance falls below 75 per cent of the minimum account balance of 5,000 rupees.
- If the shortfall is 50 percent or less of the balance, then the bank will charge 50 rupees and service tax.
10. NPAs at record high of Rs 6.8 lakh crore:
- As Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) of public sector banks soared to a staggering Rs 6.8 lakh crore, the chairman of a key Parliamentary panel favored 'naming and shaming' corporate houses which default on repayment of bank loans.
- Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chief K V Thomas hopes 'naming and shaming' such corporate houses may help financial institutions get back their money. Out of the Rs 6.8 lakh crore of Non-Performing Assets of public sector banks, a whopping 70% are those of big corporate houses, Thomas said, adding hardly one per cent of it constitutes loans to farmers.
11. Airtel, Millicom ink pact to merge in Ghana:
- Telecom operator Bharti Airtel has signed an agreement with Millicom International Cellular to combine their operations in Ghana.
- The companies through their respective subsidiaries, entered into an agreement for Tigo Ghana and Airtel Ghana to combine their operations in Ghana. As a result, both the companies would have equal ownership and governance rights in the combined entity in Ghana, making it one of the largest communications companies in the country.
12. ISSF 2017: India finish fifth with five medals at shooting World Cup
- India ended their campaign in the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun) with five medals, including one Gold, two Silver and two Bronze medals at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, New Delhi.
- The list is topped by China with 6 Gold & 6 Silver.