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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 10TH FEB 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 10TH FEB 2017
(Daily News India)
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1. JHARKHAND CM RAGHUBAR DAS LAUNCHES UJALA SCHEME
i. Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das launched energy efficient fans and LED tube lights under the ‘Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All’  scheme in the state.
ii. The UJALA scheme is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a JV under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India.
iii. EESL plans to distribute more than 25 lakh LED tube lights and 1 lakh energy efficient fans to people on upfront payment. It is estimated that over 5.5 lakh consumers will benefit from the scheme.

2. CABINET APPROVALS-FEBRUARY 8, 2017
i. The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan’ to make 6 cr rural households digitally literate by March 2019 .The outlay for PMGDISHA is Rs.2,351.38 cr.
ii. The Union Cabinet chaired by the PM Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of the Framework Agreement between India and Vietnam on cooperation in the exploration and uses of outer space for peaceful purposes.
iii. The Union government 2017 approved signing a Memorandum of Understanding between India and Senegal in the field of Health and Medicine.

3. 2017 DESERT FESTIVAL BEGINS IN JAISALMER
i. The 3 day long International Desert Festival 2017 started with great enthusiasm in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
ii. The festival was inaugurated by Jaisalmer MLA Chhotu Singh Bhati and district collector  Matadin Sharma by flagging-off the shobha yatra.
iii. A cavalcade of 48 camels of Border Security Force was the major attraction on 1st day of the festival. Famous folk artists coming from different parts of the country performed as the procession moved further.
iv. The major attraction of 2017 is the women wrestling which has been introduced for the 1st time.
v. Other interesting events include camel polo race, kite flying competition, camel tattoo competition, the panihari matka race, shan-e-marudhara competition, camel decoration competition, tug of war, air warrior drill show by the Indian Air Force among others.


4. INDIA RANKS 43 AMONG 45 NATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INDEX
i. In the 5th Annual International Intellectual Property Index released by US Chambers of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center, India has been ranked very poor at 43rd position out of 45 countries.
ii. The 2017 International Intellectual Property Index titled ‘The Roots of Innovation’ revealed that though India showed slight improvement its performance, still it continued to lag behind the rest of the world in IP protections.

5. GOVERNMENT APPOINTS 3 NON-OFFICIAL DIRECTORS ON RBI CENTRAL BOARD
i. The central government appointed 3 part-time Non-Official Directors on the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India for a 4-year term after an approval from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
ii. The Cabinet has appointed economist Ashok Gulati, economist and former FICCI secretary general Rajiv Kumar and chairman of services provider Teamlease Manish Sabharwal and as part-time Non-Official Directors on the Central Board.
iii. Earlier, government had appointed current Tata chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran,former Gujarat chief secretary Sudhir Mankad and Mahindra & Mahindra non executive chairman Bharat Doshi as non official directors in March 2016.
iv. The ACC has also approved the proposal of Department of Financial Services for appointment of 3 Members on the Local Board of RBI.
v. Therefore Prasanna Kumar Mohanty (Southern, Vallabh Roopchand Bhanshali (Western) and Sunil Mitra (Eastern) have been appointed for 4 years on the local board of RBI.

6. ABDULLAHI MOHAMED FARMAJO ELECTED NEW PRESIDENT OF SOMALIA
i .Former PM Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was declared the new President of Somalia.
ii. Farmajo won the seat after two rounds of voting and quickly took the oath of office.
iii. The dual Somali-US citizenship holder Farmajo defeated the incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
iv. Earlier, Farmajo had been appointed the country’s PM in 2010 and stayed on the job for 8 months.

7. NATIONAL DEWORMING DAY: FEBRUARY 10
i. The Natonal Deworming Day, a School and Anganwadi based Mass Deworming Programme was observed in all the states and Union Territories of India on February 10.
ii .The day is celebrated annually on February 10 since 2015 in all the schools across India to stop the infections due to Soil Transmitted Helminths or worms infections among the children.
iii. NDD is implemented through combined efforts of Department of School Education and Literacy under Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Ministry of Women and Child Development.
iv. Infections due to Soil Transmitted Helminths or worms cause morbidity by adversely affecting nutritional status, impairing cognitive processes and causing complications that may require surgical intervention.
v. it aims to cover 7.8cr children in private schools under the one-day programme. Besides, the overall target for 2017 is to cover 34cr children. About 4.3 cr out-of-school children will be covered through Anganwadi workers and ASHAs.
vi. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also developed a National Deworming Day app for quick and easier data collection and reduce the probability of reporting errors.
OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. WHAT IS THE RANK OF INDIA IN THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INDEX RELEASED BY US CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE’S GLOBAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CENTER?
a)  45
b)  37
c)  43
d)  41
Q2. WHAT IS THE TOTAL OUTLAY OF THE ‘PRADHAN MANTRI GRAMIN DIGITAL SAKSHARTA ABHIYAN’ APPROVED BY PRIME MINISTER MODI?
a)  Rs. 2,525.25 crore
b)  Rs. 2,351.38 crore
c)  Rs. 2,250.12 crore
d)  Rs. 2,935.05 crore
Q3. THE ANNUAL DESERT FESTIVAL IS A POPULAR ART AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATED IN WHICH PART OF RAJASTHAN?
a)  Jaisalmer
b)  Jaipur
c)  Jodhpur
d)  Ajmer
Q4. WHO HAS BEEN ELECTED AS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF SOMALIA?
a)  Mohamud Ibrihim Adan
b)  Omar Abdirashid Ali
c)  Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo
d)  Hussein Kulmiye Afrah
Q5. NATIONAL DEWORMING DAY IS OBSERVED ON WHICH DATE?
a)  February 11
b)  February 9
c)  February 7
d)  February 10

ANSWERS: 

   1 - C 2 - B    3 - A    4 - C    5 - D

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