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Daily Current Affairs 09th Feb 2018

President of India to address the 1st convocation of National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Sonepat

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will visit Haryana (Sonepat) tomorrow (February 10, 2018) to grace and address the 1st convocation of National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM).

President of India addresses 56th convocation of Indian Agricultural Research Institute

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the 56th convocation of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) today (February 9, 2018).
  • The President said that IARI should start ‘Innovation Centres’ or ‘Incubation Centres’ to help students to launch start-up ventures in the agricultural sector. There are several schemes of the Central and State Governments that offer special incentives to enterprises engaged in the agriculture sector.
  • There are also many venture capital funds that can come forward to invest in agriculture-based enterprises. Students should use these opportunities, set up their ventures and become job creators.

International Conference on Unani Medicine to be inaugurated tomorrow

  • The Minister of State (IC) for Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, MoS PMO, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy and Space Dr. Jitendra Singh will inaugurate the two-day International conference on Unani Medicine on 10th February, 2018 at New Delhi.
  • Various national level eminent personalities and stakeholders from academia, industry, regulators, and researchers in the field of Unani Medicine will participate in deliberations. Besides national delegates, countries like South Africa, UK, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, USA, Portugal, UAE, Slovenia, Israel, Hungary, Bahrain, Tajikistan, etc is also participating in the conference.
  • The conference will cover issues related to globalization, research, standardization, quality control, safety assessment, and industry perspective.
  • The conference is expected to provide a platform to academia, researchers, regulators, industry and students to develop visions, linkages and initiate projects which would help in promoting Unani system of medicine as one of the preferred systems of medicine across the globe. An exhibition showcasing Unani/herbal pharma sector, service providers, educational institutions, research organisations, also in the offing.

804 complaints of misleading advertisements of Ayurvedic and herbal products reported during the last two years: AYUSH Minister

  • Ministry of AYUSH has come across 804 instances of misleading advertisements/claims allegedly of herbal/AYUSH products & services including Ayurvedic medicines during the period of last two years and current year from April, 2015 to January, 2018 as reported from the Advertising Standards Council of India  (ASCI) and the  Grievances  Against Misleading Advertisements (GAMA) portal maintained by the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Encouragement of Ayush Medicines

  • Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, an autonomous body under the Ministry of AYUSH has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, United Kingdom on Cooperation in the field of Research and Education in Homoeopathic Medicine.
  • The MoU aims at strengthening & developing co-operation in the field of Research & Education in Homoeopathic Medicine at International level. This encompasses joint research projects; exchange of information; organisation of seminars/workshops etc.

Inauguration of Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological Systems (IAAMS) At INS Garuda

  • Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, VSM, Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Southern Naval Command inaugurated the ‘Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS)’ at INS Garuda today.
  • INS Garuda is the fourth air station to have been installed with this integrated system.  IAAMS is an ambitious project of the Indian Navy to modernise the Meteorological infrastructure of the nine Naval Air Stations. The IAAMS project at INS Garuda will give a major fillip to aviation safety through automation of weather monitoring process.

President Honours Premier Units of IAF 

  • The Hon’ble President of India and the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, has given consent to ward the prestigious President’s Standard to 51 Squadron and Colours 230 Signal Unit of the Indian Air Force on   22 Mar 2018.
  • The ceremony will be conducted at Air Force Station Halwara in Punjab, which is one of the premier airbases of the Indian Air Force.

“Swachh Bharat Sanitation Park” inaugurated in Delhi

  • The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, in collaboration with the Environmental Sanitation Institute and Tata Trusts, has developed a Sanitation Park which was inaugurated in the Capital today by Union Minister, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Sushri Uma Bharti, and Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri ParameswaranIyer.
  • The Sanitation Park was developed at CGO Complex in New Delhi with an objective to create awareness on various safe technological options. The Park demonstrates various options pertaining to toilet technologies and solid and liquid waste management technologies, with a brief description of these technologies.

Union Home Minister to inaugurate “Hunar Haat” on Sunday

  • Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will formally inaugurate “Hunar Haat”, on February 11, 2018 at Baba Khadak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi.  The theme of “Hunar Haat” being organized by the Ministry of Minority Affairs is “Development with Dignity”.

ASH TRACK Mobile App for better management of fly ash produced by thermal power plants

  • Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R.K Singh, launched a Web based monitoring System and a Fly Ash mobile application named ASH TRACK today.
  • These platforms will enable better management of the ash produced by thermal power plants by providing an interface between fly ash producers (Thermal Power Plants) and potential ash users such as – road contractors, cement plants etc.

Coach Mitra Facility in Railways

  • ‘Clean My Coach’ service is now being upgraded to ‘Coach Mitra’ facility which is a single window interface to register coach related requirements of passengers such as cleaning, disinfection, linen, train lighting, air conditioning and watering of coaches. ‘Coach Mitra’ facility has been introduced in about 800 pairs of trains.

President to Inaugurate Mega ADIP  &   Vayoshri  Yojna Camp of M/O Social Justice & Empowerment at Gwalior

  • A Mega Camp for Distribution of Aids and Assistive Devices to Divyangjan and Senior Citizens under ADIP & Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana will be organized by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India at Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh) on 11th February 2018.
  • The camp will be held at Jiwaji University Ground, Gwalior where aids and assistive devices will be distributed to Divyangjan and Senior Citizens in the august presence of the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind. This will be the first ever Mega distribution camp to be graced by the President of India.

PM Narendra Modi leaves for four-day Palestine, West Asia visit

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left on a first-ever Indian prime ministerial visit to Palestine, a four-day trip will also take him to Jordan as well as the UAE and Oman in the Gulf.
  • The visit was aimed at deepening “our multifaceted ties with the Gulf and West Asian region”.
  • Officials said energy and security cooperation, trade and investment and counter-terror efforts will top Modi’s agenda during the February 9-12 trip to the region.
  • Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Palestine where he will meet President Mahmoud Abbas.
  • In both Oman and the United Arab Emirates, Modi was expected to meet the Indian diaspora which he described as “a bridge of friendship between India and the Gulf countries”.
  • Modi is expected to hold talks with the Sultan of Oman and other leaders.

Kerala tops NITI Aayog’s Health Index, Uttar Pradesh worst performer

  • Kerala has topped among large states on overall health performance in NITI Aayog’s Health Index, while Uttar Pradesh appears at the bottom though it has shown big improvement in the recent past.
  • Kerala was followed by Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, according to the report — ‘Healthy States, Progressive India: Report on Rank of States and UTs’.
  • Rajasthan, Bihar and Odisha are among those which have performed poorly on the index.
  • In terms of annual incremental performance, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh are the top three states.

South Central Railway with 100% LED Lighting

  • The South Central Railway (SCR) has become the first railway zone in the country to complete 100% LED lighting at all the stations under its jurisdiction.
  • The SCR has been on the forefront of adopting energy conservation measures.
  • It has attained the status of becoming the first zone in the Indian Railways to complete 100% LED lighting in all the 733 stations under its jurisdiction.

India Ranks 44th In GIPI

  • India has increased “substantially” its score in the International Intellectual Property (IP) Index, ranking 44th among 50 nations, according to the US Chambers of Commerce report.
  • Last year, India ranked 43rd out of 45 countries in the Index.
  • The top 3 countries in the list are- The USA, The United Kingdom, Sweden.

Goa to launch bike ambulances in the state

  • Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is planning to launch 20 bike ambulances to deal with casualties in the state’s tourism belt.
  • The ambulances will be equipped with basic life-saving equipment and two oxygen cylinders to serve as rapid service at places where four-wheeler ambulances cannot reach.
  • A total of 100 bike ambulances will be introduced in the next six months.

₹1,650cr allotted for PM Research Fellow plan

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the implementation of ‘Prime Minister’s Research Fellows’ scheme at a cost of ₹1,650 crore for a period of seven years starting 2018-2019.
  • Under the scheme, students pursuing PhD in IITs and IISc will be offered fellowships worth ₹70,000-80,000 per month for five years.
  • A total of 3,000 fellows will be selected for the fellowship.

Haryana to name projects after Captain Kundu

  • Afer two days of cremation of 22-year-old Captain Kapil Kundu, in his native village, Ransika, the government school will be named after him.
  • The road leading towards the area and the Khod village bus stop, located nearby, will be named after him.
  • Kundu was martyred in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Sunday, as a result of shelling from Pakistani forces across the border.

India rejects meeting with Maldives

  • India has rejected a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Maldives Mohamed Asim.
  • As the crisis there reached its peak, the Maldivian government under President Yameen has taken a stance to send emissaries to “friendly nation”.
  • Apart from India, America and the European Union have all expressed serious concern over the present situation in Maldives.

Former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia Gets 5 Years In Jail For Corruption

  • A court in Bangladesh sentenced opposition leader Khaleda Zia to five years in jail on Thursday after convicting the two-time former premier of embezzling money meant for an orphanage.
  • Zia, leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was found guilty of stealing $252,000 from a trust created for an orphanage, a charge she had dismissed as politically motivated.

Saudi Arabia temporarily bans poultry imports from India over bird flu

  • Saudi Arabia has temporarily banned imports of live birds, hatching eggs and chicks from India after a form of bird flu that is highly lethal for poultry was found in the south Asian country, the Saudi agriculture ministry said on Thursday.
  • In January, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said, citing a report from the Indian agriculture ministry, that India had reported an outbreak of a highly contagious bird flu virus near Bengaluru in the southern state of Karnataka.

Egypt Army launches major operation in Nile Delta, Sinai Peninsula

  • The Egyptian Army announced that it had launched a major operation in the Nile Delta and the northern Sinai Peninsula, heart of a persistent Islamic State group insurgency.
  • Police and troops have been put on “maximum alert” for the duration of the operation, the army said in a statement.
  • The security forces have been increasingly targeted by jihadists since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Moody’s ups Indian Overseas Bank, Central Bank of India outlook to positive

  • Moody’s Investors Service has changed the outlook of Central Bank of India and Indian Overseas Bank (IoB) to positive from stable.
  • The positive outlook reflects the possible upward pressure on these banks’ long-term ratings if their capital positions continue to improve over the next 12-18 months due to fund infusion by the government.
  • The positive outlook also reflects Moody’s view on the expected evolution of their balance sheets, including a stabilisation in asset quality, moderate improvement in profitability metrics, and stable funding and liquidity positions.

Google fined ₹136 crore for ‘search bias’

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a fine of ₹135.86 crore on Google for “search bias”, in the latest regulatory setback for the world’s most popular internet search engine.
  • The CCI said Google was abusing its dominance in online web search and online search advertising markets.
  • The fine has to be deposited within 60 days, it added.

WhatsApp rolls out Payments feature in India

  • Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has started rolling its Payments feature on both Android and iOS operating systems in India, according to reports.
  • The feature will allow users to instantly transfer money via the Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
  • Earlier reports said that WhatsApp was working with banks including HDFC and ICICI to integrate its UPI-based payments platform.

Google Chrome to mark all HTTP sites as ‘not secure’ from July

  • Google will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”, Emily Schechter. The move is aimed at encouraging websites to adopt HTTPS encryption.
  • The Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP – the protocol over which data is sent between the user’s browser and the website that they are connected to.
  • The “not secure” tag will start rolling out for Chrome, starting July 2018, which is when Chrome 68 makes a debut.

HAL Develops First Hawk-I Flight

  • The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has developed the first flight of Hawk-i with indigenous Real Time Operating System.
  • Hawk-i is the first indigenous RTOS developed in India from scratch and certified by Center for Military Airworthiness and Certification.
  • The RTOS provides a standard run-time environment for real-time applications execution in a safe and reliable manner.

Abhilasha Kumari sworn-in as Chief Justice of Manipur High Court

  • Justice Abhilasha Kumari was sworn-in as new Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur.
  • Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla administered her the oath of office at Raj Bhavan in Imphal.
  • Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh, former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, Ministers, MLAs and Judges attended the swearing-in ceremony.
  • Justice Abhilasha was a judge of the Gujarat High Court.

Antony Dominic sworn in as Chief Justice of Kerala

  • Justice Antony Dominic was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Kerala.
  • Kerala Governor P. Sadasivam administered the Oath of Office in the presence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Raj Bhavan in Thiruvanthapuram.
  • Chief Secretary Paul Antony read out the Presidential order appointing Justice Dominic as the Chief Justice of the state.
  • Senior High Court judges, judicial officers, cabinet ministers, political leaders and other officials filled the audience.

PepsiCo CEO Nooyi becomes ICC’s 1st independent female director

  • PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi has been appointed as the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) first ever independent female director.
  • Nooyi will join the cricket body in June 2018 for a 2-year term. The introduction of an Independent Director, who must be female, was approved by the ICC in June 2017, aimed at improving the global governance of the sport.

Khelo India School Games concludes; Haryana tops overall medal tally with 38 gold medals

  • The first Khelo India School Games concluded in New Delhi with sports powerhouse Haryana topped the overall medal tally.
  • The state won 102 medals which include 38 gold and 26 silver. Maharashtra with 111 medals finished second while Delhi with 94 medals came third.
  • Khelo India School Games was a part of the Khelo India programme which has been introduced by the Sports Ministry to revive the sports culture in the country at the grassroots level and make India a sporting nation.
  • 16 sports disciplines including Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Shooting, Weightlifting and Wrestling were the part of the week long event.
  • It was organized at multiple venues across Delhi including Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

Guinness World Record attempted for playing Ice Hockey at highest altitude

  • To set a record in the Guinness book for ice hockey on the world’s highest altitude, an international level tournament was organised at Chibra Kargyam in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Five international teams from USA, Germany, Canada, Solvakia and Russia and a local team participated in the tournament.
  • It was jointly organised by the Hockey Foundation , USA , Ladakh Winter Sports Club and Lalok Winter Sports Association.
  • The event at this altitude was certified by the Geological Department government of India. To make the rink as per the international standards, it was prepared by international experts with professional side boards imported from Austria.
  • The mega event of this ice hockey held in Ladakh have submitted for analysis to Guinness World Record to certify it as the world’s highest altitude ice hockey tournament.

Former minister Anil Patel dies

  • Former Minister in the then Narendra Modi government and founder of Ganpat University, Anil Tribhovandas Patel passed away. He was 73.
  • Patel was born at Lanva in Patan district in 1944. Very active in public life, he was chairman of Mehsana Urban Co-operative Bank and head of Umiya Sansthan, Unjha.
  • He was also chairman and managing director of Apollo Group of Industries.

John Perry Barlow, Internet pioneer and songwriter passes away

  • A founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead John Perry Barlow has died.
  • Barlow was known for his belief in cyber liberties and co-founded the EFF in 1990 to champion free expression and privacy online.

John Mahoney of ‘Frasier’ fame dies at 77

  • John Mahoney, a veteran character actor best known for playing the curmudgeonly dog-loving father of the title character in TV’s “Frasier,” has died. He was 77 years old.
  • Mahoney was born in Blackpool, England, according to his biography on the online Broadway database Playbill.
  • He worked as a college professor and a medical orderly also.
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