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Today’s National News Current Affairs – 18 February 2017
■ BJP veteran and tribal leader from Chhattisgarh, Nand Kumar Sai, has been appointed as chairman of National Commission for Schedule Tribes.
About the National Commisson for Schedule Tribes:
It was established by amending Article 338 and inserting a new Article 338A in the Constitution through the Constitution (89th Amendment) Act, 2003.
By this amendment, the erstwhile National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes was bifurcated into two separate Commissions namely- (i) the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), and (ii) the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) w.e.f. 19 February, 2004.
Schedule Tribe communities are notified as per provisions contained in Clause 1 of Article 342 of the Constitution.
■ Well-known painter and freedom fighter Shahabuddin Ahmed of Bangladesh will be the first foreign artist to live in Rashtrapati Bhavan as a guest of President Pranab Mukherjee. He will stay as an Artist In-Residence from February 18 to 22.
- The ‘In-Residence’ programme was launched by President Mukherjee in 2013 with the aim of providing Writers and artists an opportunity to stay at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
■ The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully ground tested its indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage engine for GSLV Mark III at its Liquid Propulsion Complex at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu.
- ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar said the full duration flight test of cryogenic upper stage for GSLV Mark III was last in the series before going for an actual rocket launch. This engine will be put into use in April.
|The C25 stage (Cryogenic Upper Stage engine) is the most powerful upper stage developed by ISRO and uses Liquid Oxygen and Liquid Hydrogen propellant combination.
The development of C25 cryogenic stage will provide ISRO capability to launch 4-ton class satellites in Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit.
■ Renowned Hindi litterateur and playwright Surendra Verma has been selected for the prestigious Vyas Samman Award 2016. He is being for his novel titled “Kaatna Shami Ka Vriksha : Padma Pankhuri Ki Dhar Se”, which was published in 2010. This book has been translated into six Indian languages.
- Note that: He has previously won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1993 and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1996.
■ Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju laid the foundation stone of the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), an institute of national importance. The Ministry of Home Affairs will provide all the support to NIDM for taking the capacity building forward.
■ Aadhaar card will be mandatory for College & University students availing benefits under Central Scholarships scheme.
- The HRD ministry issued a notification stating those who are receiving these scholarships but don’t have an Aadhar card will have to apply for enrolment by June 30th.
- It is, however, not applicable in Jammu and Kashmir.
- The move brings in transparency and enables beneficiaries get entitlements directly to them in a convenient and seamless manner and Aadhaar obviates the need for producing multiple documents to prove identity.
■ The Supreme Court has introduced Middle Income Group Scheme (MIGS) a self-supporting scheme for providing legal services to the middle and relatively lower income groups. Under this scheme, middle class people who cannot afford the expensive litigation in the apex can avail the services of the society at a nominal fee.
Important International Current Updates – 18 February 2017
■ An official watchdog in Germany, Federal Network Agency, has asked parents to destroy a talking doll called Cayla because its smart technology can reveal personal data. The Agency oversees telecommunications, has highlighted that hackers can use an insecure bluetooth device embedded in the toy to listen and talk to the child playing with it.
■ India and Nepal have agreed to build new cross-border power transmission lines during their 4th bilateral meeting on power cooperation. These new transmission lines will help in distribution of electricity from upcoming power projects in Nepal.
- India has also expressed readiness to train Nepalese engineers and also consider new letters of credit for building infrastructure in Nepal.
Daily Economics Current Affairs – 18 February 2017
■ Thailand-based airliner Air Asia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Odisha government for beginning two-ways direct flights from Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to Odisha capital Bhubaneswar. Odisha government has taken steps to encourage airline services in the capital.
- Earlier last year, the Odisha government allowed Air Asia to receive subsidy support of 1 lakh 70 thousand per round trip for starting air service operations from Bhubaneswar to Singapore/Bangkok/ Kuala Lumpur.
- Recently, state government reduced Value Added Tax (VAT) on Aviation Turbine Fuel to 0% for direct international flights.
■ At the 11th Foundation Day celebrations of Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Ltd. (SPMCIL) Union Minister of Finance, Arun Jaitley gave away awards for excellence. SPMCIL has recently contributed to the world’s biggest exercise of demonetisation of currency notes.
SPMCIL is among the few government companies to have become debt free. The Corporation is wholly owned by the Central Government.
It is a Miniratna Category-I, Schedule-‘A’ Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) incorporated in 2006 to manage four India Government Mints, two Currency Presses, two Security Presses and one Security Paper Mill, which were earlier being managed directly by the Government of India (Ministry of Finance).
■ World’s biggest maker of smartphones and memory chips, Samsung Group chief Jay Y Lee has been arrested over his alleged role in a corruption scandal rocking South Korea.
18 February 2017 – Important Sports Current Affairs
☀ India’s star shuttler PV Sindhu has risen to a career best BWF ranking of number five. She overtook Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, as per the latest rankings released on Wednesday. This is the first time that Sindhu has broken into the top five.
■ Mohammad Kaif has been appointed as the assistant coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Gujarat Lions for the 10th edition of the tournament starting April 5. He will work alongside Australian Brad Hodge, who was retained as the head coach.
■ India’s women’s cricket team has qualified for the 2017 women’s cricket World Cup to be held in June in England. The team registered a 9-wicket win over Bangladesh in the ICC Women’s World Cup qualifiers in Sri Lanka.
- The team has remained unbeaten in the qualifying event, and will play against Pakistan on Sunday.
■ Writer and illustrator, Dick Bruna, the Dutch creator of Miffy the cartoon rabbit has died aged 89. He died peacefully in his sleep in the Dutch city of Utrecht.
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