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National Daily Current Affairs pdf – 8 February 2017
☀ The Implementation and Assessment Group Meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism begins in New Delhi today. Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar will inaugurate the meet organised by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Department of Atomic Energy.
- The meeting highlights India’s commitment to global nuclear non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
- It is a part of country’s overall engagement with the international community on nuclear security issues.
- The possible use of weapons of mass destruction and related materials by terrorists is no longer a theoretical concern. It is imperative to strengthen international efforts to combat such threats.
The Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism was launched in 2006 by the Russian Federation and the United States jointly. Now, it has 86 partner nations and five official observer organisations.
☀ The 14th BioAsia, an annual flagship event of the Telangana government, has begun in Hyderabad. The event covers many areas ranging from innovation and R&D, manufacturing, digital healthcare, diagnostics and hospital infections to anti-microbial resistance.
It has emerged as a preeminent technology and bio-business convention in Asia for Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and healthcare.
☀ The WLPGA Asia LPG Summit was recently inaugurated in Delhi. The Asia Summit will be accompanied by the India LPG Summit ‘Emerging Trends’.
- India will showcase its various initiatives – the ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’, ‘Pahal’- Direct Benefit Transfer and ‘Give-it-up’ schemes – aimed at increasing access of its population to LPG.
- India is today the world’s second biggest consumer of LPG in the domestic sector with annual consumption exceeding 18 million tonnes and about a 10% annual growth.
The WLPGA (World LPG Association) is organizing its major global event ‘the WLPGA Asia LPG Summit’ for the first time in India in partnership with the major Oil PSUs Indian Oil, HPCL, and BPCL.
The World LPG Association (WLPGA) is the authoritative global voice for the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry and the worldwide industry association which represents the interests of the LPG industry globally. The WLPGA promotes the use of LPG to foster a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous world. The WLPGA was officially granted Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 1989.
☀ The Government has taken note of the menace of human waste excreta being splattered on houses near airports by aircraft while landing. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said there is no switch or system available in aircraft to dispose the lavatory waste during flight and it can only be dispensed off on ground during its servicing.
- The aircraft system has three levels of in-built external protection to prevent inadvertent disposal of the soil waste during the flight.
- Note that: Last year, National Green Tribunal (NGT) had slapped a fine on an airline, as environmental compensation, whose aircraft emptied toilet tanks on air near the IGI Airport in New Delhi.
International Current Affairs PDF – 8 February 2017
☀ Indian-origin British sculptor Anish Kapoor was awarded with Israel’s $1 million Genesis Prize for his commitment to Jewish values. The award is dubbed as the Jewish Nobel, it was awarded to Kapoor for speaking against “abhorrent government policies” towards refugees.
☀ Achamkulangare Gopinathan, a top Indian diplomat, has been re-appointed by the UN General Assembly to the Joint Inspection Unit.
- The Joint Inspection Unit is the only independent external oversight body of the UN system.
☀ China has surpassed Germany to become the world’s largest producer of solar energy after it doubled its installed photovoltaic capacity to generate 66.2 billion kilowatt-hours of energy in 2016. It however accounted for only 1% of its electrical output.
Economics Today’s Current Affairs PDF – 8 February 2017
☀ Mining giant Rio Tinto has exited from country’s first private diamond mining project. The Rs 2,200-crore Bunder mining project in Madhya Pradesh has been handed over to the MP state government. Note that: Rio Tinto employs more than 250,000 diamond cutters and polishers in India.
About the Bunder Diamond Mines:
The Bunder deposit was discovered in Chhatarpur’s Bunder area in 2004. As per government records, the estimated deposit of diamond at the site is 34.2 million carat. The diamond mine was expected to yield Rs 2,058 crore and Rs 208 crore towards royalty and taxes, respectively, to the state once excavation began.
What did Rio Tinto exit Bunder Diamond Mining project ?
- Rio Tinto was asked to explore the possibility of underground mining and wait until the Ken-Betwa river linking project was finalised.
- The diamond mining project was red-flagged for undermining the wildlife corridor between the Panna Tiger Reserve and the Navardehi Wildlife Sanctuary. A report by the National Tiger Conservation Authority said that the project “has the potential to disrupt tiger dispersal around Panna landscape”.
8 February 2017 – Sports Daily Current Affairs PDF
☀ The International Association of Athletics Federations has extended its ban on Russia, ruling them out from the World Athletics Championships to be held in London in August.
- However, Russians may be allowed to compete under a neutral banner, if they individually satisfy testing criteria. Note that : Russia was first banned by the IAAF in November 2015 after a World Anti-Doping Agency report revealed mass doping.
☀ In the 81st Senior National Badminton Championships, Mens Singles title was grabbed by Sorabh Verma by defeating Lakshya Sen. The Womens Singles was won by Rituparna Das by defeating Reshma Karthik.
☀ Indian National Army veteran Colonel Nizamuddin has passed away at 116 years of age. He had proclaimed himself as one of the most trusted lieutenants of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, he used to be Netaji’s driver.
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