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National Important Current Affairs Update – 16 February 2017
■ 34 MLA’s of the Nagland people’s front have signed a memorandum seeking the removal of Chief Minister T.R Zeliang and extended their support to party president Shurhozelie Lieziestsu as the state’s new Chief Minister.
■ The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), has constituted a Scientific Panel on “Food Fortification and Nutrition” for addressing the nutritional gap in the population through fortification of various foods.
- The Panel will identify critical nutritional gaps in the Indian diet in general as well as in specific target groups based on diet surveys and credible scientific evidence and define strategies to address nutritional needs of the general population and vulnerable groups.
- It will also address regulatory and related technological issues, review proposals from industry using modern risk assessment methods, and prescribe standard sampling and test methods for effective monitoring, surveillance and enforcement of the relevant regulations.
- Note that: Micronutrient Malnutrition Disorders are prevalent in all age groups of the population.
- According to National Family Health Survey (2006-07) and the World Bank (2006), about 70% preschool children suffer from iron deficiency anaemia and 57% preschool children have sub-clinical Vitamin A deficiency respectively. Further, as per the World Bank (2006), Iodine deficiency is endemic in 85 per cent of districts.
FSSAI has also unveiled a Logo for fortified foods which may be used by food businesses.
This Food Fortification Logo comprises of a square encompassing an F with a ‘+’ sign with a ring around it which signifies the addition of extra nutrition and vitamins to daily meals to provide good health, protection and an active life.
■ The Supreme Court has referred to a Constitution Bench a batch of pleas filed by the Delhi government against the high court verdict which had held that the national capital is not a state and the Lieutenant Governor (LG) is its administrative head.
- The Aam Aadmi Party government had, earlier, told the apex court that it has exclusive executive powers in relation to matters falling within the purview of the Legislative Assembly and neither the Centre nor the President or the LG can encroach upon these.
- Note that: Earlier in September last year, the apex court had refused to grant an interim stay on the Delhi High Court’s August verdict.
■ Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS II) will be flagged off on February 17 from Safdarjung Railway station in Delhi. The SECAS II will run from February 17 to September 8 2017, culminating its journey at Gandhinagar.
- The SECAS II is a unique collaborative initiative of Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Railways and Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC).
Science Express, a state-of-the-art exhibition aims to create awareness among various sections of society, as to how climate change can be combated through mitigation and adaptation.
This unique mobile exhibition was first launched in October 2007 by DST. Science Express has become the largest, the longest running and the most visited mobile science exhibition, with six entries in the Limca Book of Records.
■ The Kalimpong subdivision of the Darjeeling hills has become the 21st district of West Bengal. Kalimpong was once known for the Silk Route that passed through the region, connecting Nepal and Bhutan with the hill city.
■ The Government of Kerala’s ambitious Muziris Heritage Project (MHP), which seeks to link up heritage sites, restore monuments and community spaces is on the cusp of being revitalised and fast-tracked by the Kerala State Tourism Department.
All you should know about the Muziris Heritage Project:
Muziris is an ancient port town in little Kerala which still holds a kind of beauty that is filled with history and culture.
The Muziris heritage Project seeks to explore at a global level the possibilities of a region, which lost its glory centuries ago.
The Government of Kerala has initiated this project to reinstate the historical and cultural significance of the legendary port of Muziris. The region is dotted with numerous monuments of a bygone era showcasing the vast and vivid past. The entire project is designed to involve and integrate the local community in all intended developmental initiatives.
■ The Indian Air Force has formally inducted the first indigenously built Airborne Early Warning and Control System – NETRA developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
- The AEW&C NETRA consists of a state-of-the-art active electronically scanned radar, secondary surveillance radar, electronic and communication counter measures, LOS (Line of Sight) and beyond-LOS data link, voice communication system and self-protection suite, built on an Emb-145 platform, having a mid-air refueling capability to enhance surveillance time.
- This system has been developed and evaluated through collaborative efforts between the DRDO and the Indian Air Force.
- The indigenous system mounted on an aircraft can track an area within 240 degrees of its sides at any given point of time.
International Daily Current Affair Capsule – 16 February 2017
■ The European Union has warned UK, France, Germany and two other countries to check menace of Air-Pollution in their cities. The European Parliament has adopted draft reforms of Europe’s carbon market after 2021, a key step in reaching the bloc’s climate change goals.
- The European Commission published its reform plans in July 2015 for the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS), which is the world’s largest.
- These reforms would help the EU meet the Paris climate change targets, agreed at a landmark conference in December 2015.
- Under the carbon trading system, a cap on the amount of carbon dioxide allowed to be emitted by large factories and other companies is placed. The firms can trade in quotas of these emissions – the idea meant to act as an incentive to improve energy efficiency or switch to cleaner sources so that they keep within the ceiling.
■ According to a new study of global air pollution, conducted by the Health Effects Institute and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, India’s air pollution levels are surpassing China’s as the world’s deadliest.
- India’s poor air quality causes nearly 1.1 million premature deaths every year, which is almost on a par with China.
- There has been a recorded 50% increase in premature deaths linked to fine airborne particles known as PM2.5 between 1990 and 2015.
- India and China, account for more than half of all global deaths related to PM2.5 exposure.
- India has undergone a rapid economic transformation in the past two decades but burning coal for energy and torching farmland to plant new crops has seen pollution rocket.
- The report asks the government to undertake sustained public policy initiatives to reduce the air pollution.
■ Singer Justin Bieber is set to perform in India, Mumbai, for the first time in May as part of his Purpose World Tour 2017.
■ India and Croatia have signed an agreement to boost bilateral trade and enhance economic cooperation. This agreement was signed by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Martina Dalic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, Government of the Republic of Croatia, in their capital Zagreb.
Location of Croatia: Useful for #PrelimsGeography
It was formerly part of Yugoslavia, declared independence in 1991. Croatia is located in Central and Southeast Europe, bordering Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the southeast, Montenegro to the southeast, the Adriatic Sea to the southwest and Slovenia to the northwest. The Adriatic is the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea.
Economics News Current Affair Capsule – 16 February 2017
■ Hyderabad-based GVK Power & Infrastructure, which is presently running the Mumbai and Bengaluru airports, has now won the bid to develop Mumbai’s second airport in Navi Mumbai.
■ A two-day mega event of Global Investor Summit, branded as “Momentum Jharkhand” begins at Khelgaon of Ranchi today. More than one thousands delegates, including many leading industrialists, both Indian and from other countries, will take part in this. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghuwar Das and cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is also the brand ambassador of the event, will also be present.
■ Infibeam, the first e-commerce company in India listed with SEBI, has announced plans to merge operations with online payment gateway CCAvenue. The deal is estimated to value CCAvenue Rs 2,000 crore. It was founded in 2010 by former Amazon executive Vishal Mehta. Infibeam will also invest Rs 150 crore for a 7.5% stake in CCAvenue, in addition to the 3.85% it currently owns.
Sports News Current Affair Capsule – 16 February 2017
■ American gymnast Simone Biles and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt have won the Laureus Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year awards respectively.
■ Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj has become the second woman player to cross 5,500 runs in ODIs. She achieved this feat during India’s women’s World Cup qualifier against South Africa.
■ India’s first sport-themed literary festival, SporTale, will be held in Pune on February 21 and 22. The event will feature 38 luminaries from the field of sports, media, cinema, books and photography.
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