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 – 10 February 2017
☀ Today is birthday of Guru Ravidasji, known as Ravidas Jayanti.
- Guru Ravidas, was a great religious reformer who dedicated his life for the establishment of a casteless society.
- He was a North Indian mystic poet-saint of the bhakti movement during the 15th to 16th century, whose devotional songs made a lasting impact.
- He is venerated as a Guru (teacher) in the region of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.
- Saint Ravidas is considered as the founder of 21st-century Ravidassia religion, by a group who previously were associated with Sikhism.
- Note that: Ravidas’ devotional songs were included in the Sikh Scriptures, Guru Granth Sahib.
☀ State of Arunachal Pradesh has become the first state in the northeast to implement e-Cabinet solution for their state cabinet members.
- Using this, the cabinet members can access the cabinet notes before the meeting. The solution lets Ministers prepare for cabinet meetings, conduct them and review minutes, entirely without paper.
- It is implemented by the department of Information Technology and Communication.
☀ Dr P Raghu Ram, President of Association of Breast Surgeons of India has been awarded prestigious Dr B C Roy National award for 2016, for hisoutstanding service in the field of socio-medical relief. The award will be conferred by President Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of the Doctors day on 1st July.
☀ The Central government has not accepted the recommendation of a Parliamentary Committee to come up with a new law for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
- The 85th report of the Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, had strongly recommended that the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) revisit the 24th report of the committee on “The Working of the Central Bureau of Investigation.”
- The Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act, 1946 governs the working of the Central Bureau of Investigation. The powers given to the CBI under the DSPE Act are not adequate considering the pace of changing times and in this context, the Committee has recommended for a separate statute for the CBI.
- Given that the CBI is the only agency in India which has acquired and accumulated the necessary expertise in successfully investigating wide hues of transnational, terrorist and organised crimes. Enacting an enabling legislation for the CBI will be a major step toward evolving it into an independent and accountable agency which specialises in prevention, investigation and prosecution of crimes.
Government has declined the recommendation to replace the 70-year-old Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act which governs the agency, saying that the new law may impinge on the federal structure of the Constitution and the mandate of Parliament to enact a law which would be in conflict with Entry 2 of List II which is in the domain of the States.
☀ Gujarat has become the first state in the country to establish cashless distribution of food grain. The beneficiaries under NFSA (National Food Security Act) will only need to carry Aadhaar cards for getting their food grain in Gujarat.
☀ The Budget Session, 2017 of Parliament has been adjourned for recess for a period of 27 days on 9th February. Both the Houses will reassemble on 9th March, to enable the Departmentally related Standing Committees to examine the Demands for Grants relating to various Ministries/Departments.
Note that : The Budget Session commenced on 31st January, and will be adjourned sine die on Wednesday, 12th April, 2017.
International Current Affairs Capsule – 10 February 2017
☀ MIT scientists have developed a small battery that runs on stomach acids and could power next-generation ingestible electronic pills which may monitor patient health or treat diseases by residing in the gastrointestinal tract for extended periods of time.
- Researchers took inspiration from a very simple type of voltaic cell known as a lemon battery. It consists of two electrodes – often a galvanised nail and a copper penny stuck in a lemon. The citric acid in the lemon carries a small electric current between the two electrodes.
- The researchers attached zinc and copper electrodes to the surface of their ingestible sensor to replicate this. The zinc emits ions into the acid in the stomach to power the voltaic circuit, generating enough energy to power a commercial temperature sensor and a 900-megahertz transmitter.
☀ France will erect a 2.5 meter wall of bulletproof glass around the Eiffel Tower as a new security measure. It is meant to protect France’s most recognizable symbol in the event of a terrorist threat. An estimated 6-million people visit the Eiffel Tower every year.
☀ Nepal government has extended the tenure of Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons by 1 year.
Both the commissions were set up on 10 February 2015 for two year tenure, after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2006 between the Nepal Government and then CPN-Maoist to look into human rights violations occurred during 10-year civil war.
☀ An explosion occurred at France’s Flamanville nuclear plant. The 1,300 MW each Flamanville 1 and 2 reactors were build in the 1980s.
Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 10 February 2017
☀ With a view to strengthen cyber security system, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to set up an inter-disciplinary panel on cyber security to examine various threats and suggest measures to deal with it.
- The panel will review the threats inherent in the existing or emerging technology on an ongoing basis.
- The committee will also suggest appropriate policy interventions to strengthen cyber security and resilience.
The Cyber security threats in India was highlighted in the biggest-ever breach of debit card data, as many as 32.14 lakh cards were compromised in 2016.
- Note that: There are around 75 crore debit cards operational in India.
☀ The government of India has appointed 3 non-official directors on the RBI’s board for a period of four years. They are :
- Ashok Gulati
- Manish Sabharwal
- Rajiv Kumar
☀ Technology major Google has bagged the 150 crore contract in collaboration with IBM, Larsen & Toubro and RailTel from the Pune Smart City Development Corporation, to set up its first city-wide Wi-Fi project called Google Station in Pune. Under this project, Google will deploy fast-internet hotspots in public places in Pune.
☀ The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), Delhi has adopted first-of-its-kind Green Building Performance Monitoring Platform – ‘Arc’ developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), for Terminal 3, Delhi Airport.
☀ Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla could be the Chairman of the entity formed by the merger of telecom majors Vodafone and Idea. This proposed merger will create the nation’s largest telecom firm with combined revenue of around Rs 80,000 crore.
Sports News Current Affair Capsule – 10 February 2017
☀ India defeated Nepal by 152 runs in their final league match of Twenty-20 World Cup for the Blind at Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh. It is India’s eighth win in total 9 games.
☀ For the first time, two Indian cagers – Aashay Verma and Priyanka Prabhakara – have been selected in a 67-strong international group of boys and girls for the NBA and FIBA’s third annual Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp in New Orleans, USA.
☀ Nobel laureate English physicist, Sir Peter Mansfield, who developed Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), has died at the age of 83. Mansfield was born in 1933, and was a Professor at the University of Nottingham starting from 1964 until 1994, when he retired.
- He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2003, along with late American chemist Paul Lauterbur, for discovering Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a technique used by medical specialists to generate images of the human body’s anatomy.
- MRI uses magnetic fields, radio waves, and field gradients to detect damage, such as cancer, in various parts of the body.
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