National News Weekly Current Affairs Update (8 February to 14th February 2016)
The important weekly current affairs update have been listed below along with the other relevant and significant information regarding them. This compilation is not a substitute to regular newspaper reading. Rather, this will help in revision of all relevant current event happenings of the week starting from 8th February to 14th February 2016.
- The Jammu and Kashmir government has reportedly increased the cash reward for killing militants. The reward for killing an A++ category militant has been increased from ₹10 lakh to ₹12.5 lakh.
- Indian Railways is building World’s Highest Rail Bridge at Jammu & Kashmir. This bridge will be 35 m higher than Eiffel Tower. It is to be constructed over Chenab River, Jammu and Kashmir.
- Bollywood actress Vidya Balan has been felicitated with the ‘Pride of Kerala’ award by the World Malayalee Council and media broadcasting channel Kairali TV. The actress hails from Palakkad in Kerala.
- Celebratory gunfire has been banned in the Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh. This move came after an eight-year-old travelling in a rickshaw lost his life when he has been shot at by Samajwadi Party workers celebrating panchayat poll results in the Kairana town of the district last week.
- On 13th February in the year 1931, Delhi became India’s capital. India was then under British Viceroy Lord Irwin who formally inaugurated New Delhi as the capital of the country on February 13, 1931. Delhi has a geographical area of about 1,484 square kilometers, making it the largest city in India, with a population of about 16.3 million.
- The Ministry of Textiles has launched ‘India Handloom Brand’ website where both the producers and consumers can directly sell and buy products. It will provide complete details of all the registered handloom producers and will also have a unique registration number for every product to authenticate the genuineness of each seller.
- Indian startup RailYatri has updated its app to help passengers in medical emergencies during train journeys. This latest update available on the Android app gives passengers a list of hospitals on their train route. And also provides directions of the hospitals from a station and contact numbers of hospitals and ambulance services.
- Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has launched Amma Drinking Water Scheme. This scheme will provide free drinking water for poor sections. Under the scheme, each family will receive 20 litres of free water per day through a smart card system. To initiate the scheme, drinking water dispensing units will be installed in 100 backward localities.
- The government has cleared 13 highway projects, with a total length of 600 km and combined worth of ₹10,300 crore. The projects are spread across seven states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.
- West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has launched a project ‘Muktir Alo’ (Light of Freedom), under which sex workers from Kolkata’s Sonagachi area are being trained to act in films and serials.
- Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has announced that PM Modi will launch the Unorganised Workers’ Identification Number (UWIN) smart cards within a month for India’s 40 crore unorganised sector workers. The UWIN cards will give unorganised sector workers access to insurance, pension and other social security benefits.
- Nearly 1,200 residents of the Elephanta island, famous for its Hindu cave sculptures and located around 10 km off Mumbai coast, will have electricity from the Independence Day this year. Elephanta, is a popular tourist destination, but despite its proximity to the country’s financial capital and housing caves which were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is still without electricity.
- The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is going to offer free Wi-Fi facility at 144 major bus stations of Karnataka including in Bengaluru, Mandya, Mysuru, Mangaluru and Davangere. The service will be available at a speed of 512 kbps for one hour or 100 MB, whichever is consumed first.
- Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch the Cryogenic mark-III based GSLV satellite launch vehicle in December. This will be the first time India will use electric propulsion to launch a satellite. The high-thrust cryogenic engine (CE20) has been recently test-fired at the ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) in Mahendragiri.
- Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has announced that the state government is going to offer 250 services online through its portal ‘Aaple Sarkar‘ by August this year. The e-portal, which currently offers 150 services, allows people to file grievances and offer suggestions to the government on various issues.
- (10th February) is National Deworming Day to combat parasitic worm infections among preschool and school-age children across India. India has attempted the world’s largest deworming programme, covering 27 crore children from 11 states and 1 union territory.
- The central government has installed 1,356 mobile towers in Maoist-hit areas, as part of a ₹3,046 crore project to set up mobile towers in nine Maoist-hit states like Jharkhand and Odisha. The towers have been installed in police stations or paramilitary camps.
- Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has announced that India has retained its position as the world’s highest milk producing country in 2014-2015. India has been topping this chart since 1997.With a total milk production of 146.31 million tonnes, India also witnessed a record enhancement of 6.3% from the previous year’s production against the 2.2% global increase.
- The Madras High Court directed the Home Ministry to consider conferring Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose with the Bharat Ratna. The court has further asked the Ministry to consider declaring his birth anniversary, January 23, as a public holiday.
- The Maharashtra government has sanctioned ₹100 crore as funding towards the ongoing development work of Greenfield Shirdi airport. The amount will be utilised for extending the airport’s runway from 2,200 metres to 3,200 metres. The airport would be operational in the area by 2017-18.
- The Indian Army has observed 68th ‘Nowshera Day’ to commemorate the sacrifice of jawans who laid down their lives while fighting Pakistani intruders in the frontier town of Nowshera in 1947.
- International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016 of the Indian Navy has been concluded along the coast of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Theme of IFR 2016 : “United through Oceans”.
- Objective : To enhance mutual trust and confidence with neighbouring navies by inviting their ships to participate in the event.
- The Ministry of Railways has signed an MoU with Government of Chhattisgarh for “Formation of Joint Venture Companies for Development of Railway Infrastructure in Chhattisgarh State”.
- India is set to get its first ever aviation park in Gujarat, that will include an airstrip, training school, helipad and space for setting up small manufacturing units. The park will also conduct air-shows and other aviation-related adventure sports.
- The union power ministry has electrified 245 villages in India during the first week of February under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna. Under this scheme, A total of 5,027 villages have been electrified during 2015-16, till date.
- According to recently released MHRD data, 96 million schoolchildren were covered under the Midday Meal Scheme in 2015-16. Also in 2015, the Government of India gave 717,195 spectacles to schoolchildren (out of a target of 900,000 spectacles).
- Jaipur-based Jahan Ara has became Rajasthan’s first female Qazi after she completed a two-year training course in Mumbai’s Darul Uloom-i-Nisawa. She can now officiate Islamic weddings, also called ‘Nikah’ among other religious services.
- According to the data released by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Muzaffarpur (Bihar) and Varanasi (UP) are most polluted cities in India.
- Bollywood actress Kajol has been chosen to be a part-time member of the Prasar Bharati board. Her name has been finalised by a committee headed by Vice President Hamid Ansari. Other than Kajol, the committee has also chosen Shashi Shekhar Vempati, a former Infosys employee and head of an online media company, as another part-time board member.
- Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje has launched the ‘School on Wheels’ initiative in Jaipur. Under this initiative, a van, which houses a library, has been set up by an NGO ‘Taabar Society’. The initiative has been introduced for spreading awareness about education among the tribal and nomadic children.
- The Chettinad cotton saree, which inherited the intricacies of now out-of-vogue and over a century-old ‘Kandangi’ pure silk sarees, has won the ‘India Handloom’ tag for its unique designs and identity. The Textiles Committee, Union Ministry of Handlooms and Textiles, Mumbai, registered the Chettinad cotton saree under the India Handloom Brand Scheme after checking various quality parameters stipulated by the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP.
- Punjab government has announced ex gratia payment of ₹25 lakh to the families of Hon. Captain Fateh Singh and Havaldar Kulwant Singh, who lost their lives in the Pathankot terror attack last month. The state will also provide a government job to one member of the family of each martyr.
- India will launch The National Framework for Malaria Elimination, a programme aimed at eliminating malaria in the country by 2027, ahead of the World Health Organisation (WHO) target of 2030.
International News Weekly Current Affairs Update – (8 February to 31 January 2016)
By reading the following Weekly Current Affairs 2016, you can know the highlights of the week starting from 8th February to 14th February in brief.
- According to a recently released United Nation’s report, India has been named the third most disaster-hit nation in 2015. China has topped the list, followed by the US.
- India witnessed 19 disasters, over 2,800 deaths and over ₹22,000 crore economic damage last year.
- The US government has announced the approval of a sale of up to eight F-16 fighter jets, radar and other equipment to Pakistan in a $699 million deal, saying it would aid counter-terrorism operations.
- India ranked 37th among 38 countries, in USCC’s Intellectual Property Index (IPI) by , among the surveyed 38 countries.
- Russia has presented a proposal for a truce in Syria by March. The world powers urged Russia to cease its bombing around the Syrian city of Aleppo, where a government offensive is currently underway to recapture the city.
- Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrives New Delhi on a three-day visit. This is his first state visit to India. During this visit, India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are going to sign a civil nuclear cooperation agreement.
- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU)signed an agreement to improve cooperation in cyber defense. The technical agreement signed at NATO headquarters at Brussels, Belgium will help the two in countering the modern forms of hybrid warfare.
- Qatar has signed a long-term deal with Pakistan to export liquefied natural gas. The deal will see Qatar export up to 3.75 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas a year. This represents around 20% of the south Asian country’s gas requirements.
- After decades of delay and inaction, the Hindu minority community in Pakistan will soon have a marriage law as a parliamentary panel has unanimously approved the Hindu Marriage Bill. The panel adopted the bill unanimously after making two amendments to fix the minimum age of marriage at 18 and making the law applicable to the whole country.
- Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau has announced an end to the country’s involvement in bombing missions against the Islamic State across Iraq and Syria by February 22nd.
- China is celebrating New Year (8th February). The Chinese zodiac calendar is divided into 12 cycles and each of these cycles lasts 12 months and is represented by an animal. According to this calendar, 2016 is the year of the Monkey.
- Britain is set to get the world’s biggest wind farm after the proposal for the 1.2-gigawatt Hornsea Project One in northern England has been accepted. Scheduled to be completed by 2020, the farm would span up to 407 square kilometres and would use 174 wind turbines, each 190 metres tall.
- Indo-Nepal Combined Military Exercise Surya Kiran IX commences. This is the 9th Indo-Nepal Combined exercise and during the next 14 days of combined training, emphasis would be laid on upgradation of tactical and practical skills by sharing each others experiences and also on enhancing interoperability in Jungle Warfare and Counter Terrorism operations in mountain terrain.
Economics News Weekly Current Affairs Update – (8 February to 14th February 2016)
Important news and events in the economic world that happened over the whole week including the Sunday news has been listed here for quick revision.
- Public sector banks have witnessed their highest-ever quarterly loss, aggregating over ₹12,867 crore in the quarter ended December, courtesy mounting bad loans. Bank of Baroda has reported a ₹3,342 crore loss, the highest ever quarterly loss posted by any public sector bank, which has been followed by a ₹2,184 crore and ₹1,505 crore loss posted by IDBI Bank and Bank of India respectively.
- Apple has confirmed that it is building first technology centre in India at Hyderabad, at a cost of $25 million. Expected to create 4500 jobs, the centre will open by June 2016 and start operations by the end of this year.
- Axis Bank has tied up with fitness firm GOQii to collaborate on wearable devices for its customers. This would be the first MasterCard certified wearable device.
- The ‘Make in India’ week has been inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi in Mumbai. The event, which is scheduled to be held from 13th to 18th February 2016, will see the participation of over 2,500 international and 8,000 domestic companies along with government delegations from 68 countries. Earlier, Modi had launched a dedicated ‘Make in India’ centre in Mumbai.
- Multinational e-commerce major Amazon has set up exclusive ‘Make in India’ stores on its India and US websites. These stores will feature products made in the country. The e-stores will showcase products sold by more than 6,000 retailers across the country.
- YouTube has acquired BandPage, a startup that lets artists sell concert tickets, merchandise, and exclusive fan experiences, for $8 million.
- The government in the next two to three months is going to introduce Business Identification Number (BIN) for companies. Once introduced, the BIN will help in reducing the time of registration processes of the companies by acting as an identification number for different regulatory purposes. The companies will have to apply for the BIN on the government’s e-Biz portal.
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced plans to “actively inject” more cash to support the banking system in March. This will be in addition to the short-term cash loans given to banks under RBI’s Liquidity Adjustment Facility (LAF).
- The Southern Railway has announced that a maximum of only 6 tickets can be booked by an individual user in a month online through IRCTC with effect from February 15, 2016. At present, a maximum of 10 tickets can be booked online through IRCTC in a month by an individual user.
- Indian Railways is set to export 120 Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches to Bangladesh for around ₹367 crore. This is the biggest-ever consignment of LHB coaches to be exported by the Railways.
- The Australian government will support the Adani Group’s Carmichael mine and rail project in Northern Australia that is expected to attract investments worth $16.5 billion. The project, which got its approval from the Australian government last year, has been earlier opposed by various groups for its expected environmental damage.
- Twitter has launched a new timeline that shows users customised tweets at the top around the topics they are interested in, in reverse chronological order.
- Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari announced that the government plans to set up 2,000 water ports in the country. He further informed of plans to start Ro-Ro (Roll-on Roll-off) services at five places including Haldia, Patna, and Varanasi with the World Bank’s assistance.
- Union Government has sanctioned about 580 crore rupees for Agartala-Akhaura railway link Project to connect Kolkata (West Bengal) with Tripura via Bangladesh. The sanctioned fund will be used for the laying of the five km railway track up to Bangladesh border from Agartala.
- Private sector bank YES Bank has tied up with Smartbox Ecommerce Solutions for solving challenges related to last mile delivery for e-commerce players.
- Union Minister Piyush Goyal has announced that India is likely to spend about$1 trillion by 2030 on power infrastructure to provide 24/7 affordable electricity supply to its citizens.
- The government is going to focus on developing the North-East Indian region as a petroleum and hydrocarbon hub. The plan reportedly proposes capacity addition in the existing oil refineries and building a network of oil and natural gas pipelines eyeing markets such as Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Thailand.
- Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has barred telecom companies from differential pricing which involves charging different prices for data traffic with immediate effect. Service providers will be fined ₹50,000 a day for discriminatory tariffs. Under TRAI’s new guidelines, products like Airtel Zero and Facebook’s Free Basics will not be allowed in India.
- The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has tied-up with tea cafe chain ‘Chaayos‘ to deliver tea and snacks to train passengers at their seats. The facility will initially be available only for trains at the New Delhi station. The orders can be made either through the IRCTC app or catering website, or through a dedicated toll-free number.
- Firefly, a joint venture firm of Airtel and Vodafone, will install Wi-Fi facilities in all six district courts of Delhi in the next four months. After this, people will have internet access in all public areas of the courts including chamber blocks, lobbies, cafeterias, bar rooms and libraries.
Sports News Weekly Current Affairs Update – (8 February to 31 January 2016)
Important happenings in the field of sports have been given below. Since candidates don’t focus on sports news over the week, below you will find all the exam worthy details. We hope this weekly sports update is sufficient for your perusal.
- India has defeated Sri Lanka by 9 wickets to win the T20 international series 2-1 . Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets for eight runs to register India’s best bowling figures in T20 internationals.
- Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won the St Petersburg Ladies Tournament to clinch their fourth title of the season. This win has been their 40th consecutive victory, four short of the previous longest unbeaten run held by Jana Novotna and Helena Sukova.
- West Indies defeated India by five wickets to win their maiden ICC U-19 World Cup Title.
- Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera has became only the fourth bowler after Tim Southee, Jacob Oram and Brett Lee to take a hat-trick in Twenty20 internationals.
- Argentine professional footballer Lionel Messi has won the La Liga Player of the Month Award for the first time ever in his career. He becomes only the second ever Barcelona player to win the award, after his Brazilian teammate Neymar had won the award earlier in the season.
- The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has slapped a five-year ban on Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf over charges of corruption and misconduct.
- Indian athlete Kavita Raut qualified for the 2016 Olympics after winning Gold in the marathon event at the 12th South Asian Games .
- The Indian sports ministry approved a ₹35 lakh financial assistance for Indian tennis player Somdev Devvarman. The financial assistance will be provided from the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) for Somdev’s training, travel and accommodation requirements this season.
- South African batsman Quinton de Kock became the quickest batsman to score 10 ODI hundreds after his 135 against England in the third ODI. De Kock reached the milestone in 55 innings, two fewer than his teammate, Hashim Amla. At 23 years, 54 days, de Kock also became the youngest to reach 10 ODI hundreds, beating Virat Kohli’s record.
- Jnanpith awardee and eminent Malayalam poet, lyricist and environmentalist O.N.V. Kurup has passed away. The nation honoured him with Jnanpith in 2007 and also conferred on him the Padma Vibhushan in 2011.
- Leslie Bassett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer passed away. He has been known for his lush sonorities and ecumenical instrumentation. Bassett received the Pulitzer Prize in 1966 for “Variations for Orchestra,”.
- Soviet football legend Anatoli Ilyin has passed away at age of 84 years. Ilyin has been the scorer of the first ever UEFA European Championship qualifying goal and the strike that earned the Soviet Union Olympic gold in 1956.
- Lance Naik Hanumanthappa, who has been rescued from under 25 feet snow in the Siachen glacier following an avalanche, has passed away. Hanumanthappa, who has been found alive in critical condition six days after the avalanche, slipped into a coma and has been receiving treatment at an Army Hospital as his condition kept deteriorating.
- Nepal’s former prime minister and president of the Nepali Congress Sushil Koirala has passed away.
- Noted Urdu and Hindi poet Nida Fazli has passed away at age of 78 years. His most popular Bollywood works include ‘Aa Bhi Jaa’ (Sur), ‘Tu Is Tarah Se Meri Zindagi Mein’ (Aap To Aise Na The) and ‘Hosh Waalon Ko Khabar Kya’ (Sarfarosh).
- Fazli has been conferred with numerous awards including the Padma Shri in 2013.
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