This Daily Current Affair Capsule is a brief collection of important news from national dailies and government releases on PIB useful for UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etc. It covers national, international, economic, sports news.
National Important Current Affairs – 24 February 2017
☀ Over 61 percent voter turnout was recorded in the 4th phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. 53 assembly constituencies spread over 12 districts in Bundelkhand and Eastern regions of the state went to poll in this phase.
☀ Gujarat Assembly has passed Gujarat Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2017. This bill seeks to empower the state government to use Aadhaar number as the sole identifier for the delivery of various subsidies and benefits in an effective and targeted manner.
☀ Union Defence Ministry has given its nod to the Phase II of coastal surveillance project to expand the coastal radar surveillance network. It will strengthen surveillance of over 7,500-km coastline of the country. This decision was taken by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
☀ One of the significant biodiversity mega events of India, the National Biodiversity Congress (NBC) 2017 was recently held at Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala). The event is hosted by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board. The main aim of the event is to identify practical, evidence-based case studies at the regional level to support the plan of action.
- The Theme of National Biodiversity Congress (NBC) 2017 : “Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Sustainable Development”.
☀ The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched SAATHIYA Resource Kit and SAATHIYA SALAH mobile app for adolescents as part of the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) programme. The Saathiyas will act as catalyst for generating demand for adolescent health services and also impart age appropriate knowledge on key adolescent health issues to their peer groups.
☀ In a first in India, the Kerala government has decided to set up a registry of sex offenders. This publically available registry will contain the names and details of people who commit crimes against women. This would enable
- employers in profiling prospective employees
- the police to keep a track of offenders’ activities
☀ The Union Ministry of Textiles and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment have signed an MoU to set up interventions for the welfare and economic development of scheduled caste artisans. This MoU was signed between Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles and National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC), which is a CPSU under Ministry of Social Justice.
☀ Under stringent anti-poaching measure, authorities at Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) have issued shoot-at-sight orders “to prevent killing of big cats in the reserve”. Other steps being taken by the authorities, include barring villagers in the vicinity from entering the protected area and subjecting visitors to the park to extensive frisking.
International Current Affairs Capsule – 24 February 2017
☀ Britain has appointed Cressida Dick as the next Commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police. With this, she will become the first woman to head Scotland Yard in its 188-year history.
☀ The UK government and the European Union have pledged £170 million (around Rs 1,400 crore) aid to South Sudan following the declaration of the world’s first famine since 2011. This came after warnings by the UN that about 40% of South Sudan’s population is in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and people are already dying from hunger caused by famine.
☀ NASA has discovered seven Earth-like planets orbiting a star just 40 light-years away. All of them orbit at the right distance to possibly have liquid water somewhere on their surfaces. These planets closely circle a dwarf star named Trappist-1, which at 39 light years away makes the system a prime candidate to search for signs of life.
Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 24 February 2017
☀ According to a New World Wealth report, India held a total wealth of $6.2 trillion (over ₹415 lakh crore) as of December 2016. India is also home to over 2.6 lakh millionaires and 95 billionaires.
☀ The Union Cabinet has approved an investment of Rs 8,100 crore for setting up at least 50 solar parks and ultra mega solar power projects. This investment would double the solar power production target to 40,000 MW.
- Note that: The government has laid down a plan to achieve 100 GW solar power capacity by 2022.
☀ Sunil Bharti Mittal-led India’s largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel has announced it is buying Norwegian telecom company Telenor’s India operations.
Sports News Current Affair Capsule – 24 February 2017
☀ India has won both the women’s and the men’s Roll Ball World Cup Championship as they beat Iran 8-7 in the final. Roll Ball is a combination of roller-skating, handball, and basketball, and it was invented by an Indian sports teacher Raju Dabhade in 2003.
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