Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Current Affairs-GK Update 15th February 2017

Current Affairs and GK Update 15th February 2017
1. ISRO successfully launches record 104 satellites in One Go:
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) created history by successfully launching a record 104 satellites in single go. 
  • These satellites were launched on board of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37, on its 39th mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.’ 
  • Of the total 104 satellites, three were Indian and remaining 101 belonged to international customers. 
  • India’s three satellites included earth-mapping Cartosat-2 satellite (main payload) and nanosatellites INS-1A and INS-1B.
2. International Coin Fair Begins in Thiruvananthapuram:
  • The International Coin Fair was inaugurated at Kanakakunnu Palace in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala by the Kerala state Minister for Tourism, Cooperation and Devaswoms Kadakampally Surendran.
  • The three day exhibiton 13-15 February, 2017 has been organized by the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC).The exhibition has been organized to showcase more than 2,500 coins from around 500 regions including those from the time of empires and princely states.
  • It would also feature the collection of Justin Gilbert Lopez who holds a Guinness world record for the largest coin collection of nearly 310 countries.
3. IMF opens technical assistance and training centre SARTTAC in New Delhi:
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has opened a first-of-its-kind South Asia Training and Technical Assistance Centre (SARTTAC) in New Delhi for economic capacity building in South Asia. 
  • It will work to support local member countries of South Asia viz. India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka to build human and institutional capacity and implement policies for growth and poverty reduction.
4. Haryana govt imposes curbs on liquor consumption:
  • Haryana government has notified that no person will be allowed to consume liquor at a place which is not licensed or authorized under the Punjab Excise Act, 1914 except his dwelling unit. 
  • Giving this information, Excise and Taxation Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu stated at Chandigarh that the consumption of liquor in a vehicle running or parked, along the road or in a park/garden/market or a river side etc. shall be an offence. 
5. Harsh Vardhan inaugurates International Conference on NexGen Technologies for Mining, Fuel Industries:
  • Today Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the International Conference on NexGen Technologies for Mining and Fuel Industries in New Delhi.
  • The three day conference will cover areas like Innovative ming technology for sustainable development and advances in mine design mine planning recent advancement in drilling and blasting. 
  • The conference, organized by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry will take place at Vigyan Bhawan.
6. Tehmina Janjua Appointed First Women Foreign Secretary of Pakistan:
  • Pakistani Career diplomat Tehmina Janjua was appointed as the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.She is the first women to be appointed on the post and will serve as the 29th Foreign Secretary of Pakistan. 
  • Tehmina Janjua will replace outgoing foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and assume office in the first week of March 2017.Presently, she was serving as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to  Tehmina Janjua Athe United Nations in Geneva since October 2015.
7. Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey appointed new President of ICAI:
  • Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey was elected as the new President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for the year 2017-18.The 40-member Central Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) also elected Naveen N D Gupta as the Vice-President for the year 2017-18.
  • ii. Prior to this, Vikamsey served as vice-president and has been the member of ICAI since 1985 while Gupta was Chartered Accountant of ICAI for more than 20 years. 
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) was established under the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 passed by the Parliament of India with the objective of regulating accountancy profession in India.
  • The council has 32 elected members and eight are nominated by the Central government.
8. UNESCOs Nature Fest held in Himachal Pradesh:
  • France based UNESCO organised the two-day Nature Fest at the World Heritage Site Great Himalayan National Park (GNHP) at Sairopa in Kullu district in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
  • The festival was organised in collaboration with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and would be attended by prominent conservationists.A media workshop held on the sidelines and Discussion on nature conservation to discuss various aspects of environmental journalism.
9. IAF inducts indigenous early warning system NETRA:
  • The Indian Airforce (IAG) has formally inducted the first indigenously built Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) dubbed as NETRA
  • The AEW&C NETRA has been indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). 
  • It was unveiled at the 2017 Aero India exhibition held in Bengaluru, Karnataka.  
  • AEW&C are airborne radar systems mounted on a carrier jet for airborne surveillance system i.e. to detect and track aircraft, missiles, ships and vehicles and provide command and control to direct friendly forces.
10. Veteran Journalist T V Parasuram Passed Away:
  • Former correspondent of the Press Trust of India,  T V Parasuram passed away. He was 93.
  • Parasuram has won a Harvard Niemen Fellowship in journalism. He had served as the correspondent for The Indian Express for two decades.
  • He has authored two books -‘ A Medal for Kashmir’, and ‘Jewish Heritage in India.‘
11. Winning Legendary Jazz Singer Al Jarreau Dies at 76:
  • Legendary American jazz singer Al Jarreau passed away in Los Angeles. He was 76.
  • Al Jarreau was nicknamed as 'Acrobat of Scat'  for his unique singing style and was best known for his 1981 album 'Breakin’ Away and singing the theme song to the popular 1980’s TV show Moonlighting.
12. Centre Allocates Rs. 500 crore to India Post Payments Bank for FY18:
  • Government has allocated an amount of Rs 500 crore to India Post Payments Bank for the financial year 2017-18 to help it in setting up 650 branches across country by September 2017.
  • As per Output-Outcome Framework for Schemes 2017-18 for the Department of Posts released that out of the allocated amount, Rs. 125 crore has been allocated as capital infusion into corporate entity for India Post Payments Bank” and Rs 375 crore as grant in aid to India Post Payments Bank (IPPB).
  • Besides, Rs 110.83 crore has been allocated for establishing e-commerce, parcel booking, international business centres, Rs 73.5 crore for estates management, Rs 32 crore for mail operations and Rs 17.7 crore for equipments and IT infrastructure in rural post offices.
  • Apart from this, government has allocated Rs 3.8 crore for setting up 246 offices and 200 outlets for providing better access to communication and financial services.
13. Jehan Daruvala wins New Zealand GP, finishes fifth in Toyota series:
  • Jehan Daruvala became the first ever Indian to claim the New Zealand Grand Prix at Jehan Daruvalathe Chris Amon Circuit in Manfeild, New Zealand.
  • With this win, Jehan, a Force India F1 team racing driver, scored 781 points in the Toyota Racing Series having 15-race held in January-February and was placed in fifth position.
  • Australia’s Thomas Randle became the first Australian to win the Toyota Racing Series with 855 points followed by Brazilian Pedro Piquet (850 pts) at second and Dutch driver Richard Verschoor (843) at third.
14. Mumbai Boy Kush Bhagat Awarded CM Title by World Chess Federation:
  • Mumbai based Kush Bhagat has been awarded the Candidate Master (CM) title by the World Chess Federation body, FIDE on February 14, 2017 for his outstanding performance in Western Asian Youth Chess championship 2016 at UAE. 
  • Kush, a second grade student from Hill Spring International School has presented tremendous performances in the past 6 months.

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