DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 16TH FEB 2017
(Daily News India)
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1. IMF LAUNCHES SOUTH ASIA TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER IN NEW DELHI
i. The International Monetary Fund launched its 1st fully integrated capacity development centre, South Asia Training and Technical Assistance Center in New Delhi.
ii. The SARTTAC was inaugurated by Shaktikanta Das, Secretary of India’s Ministry of IMF’s SARTTAC Finance.
iii. The main objective of SARTTAC is to help its member countries strengthen their institutional and human capacity to design and implement macroeconomic and financial policies that promote growth and reduce poverty.
iv. SARTTAC will help to assist the local member countries of South Asia including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
v. SARTTAC will enable IMF to meet the growing demand for technical assistance and training from the South Asian region.
2. JAMMU & KASHMIR GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES E-PRISON PROJECT
i. The Jammu & Kashmir government launched an E-Prison project at NIC Centre Civil Secretariat Jammu to digitalize the record about the jail inmates.
ii. The project was inaugurated by the state Minister for Information Technology, Technical Education and Youth Service & Sports, Molvi Imran Raza Ansari.
iii. The e-prison project will enable to provide a centralized platform to avoid any data redundancy, avoid delay in processing the information and manage all the jails efficiently and thus reduce the time and cost of the process.
iv.The e-Prison Project will digitize 25 district jails, 2 central jails and 1 sub-Jail across the State. The jail will also be equipped with Router, Laser Printer, Switch, Desktops, Scanner, Finger Print scanner, UPS and Web camera.
3. INDIA, CROATIA SIGNS AGREEMENT TO BOOST BILATERAL TRADE & ENHANCE ECONOMIC COOPERATION
i. Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Commerce and Industry Minister and Martina Dalic, Deputy PM and Minister of the Economy, Republic of Croatia have signed an agreement to boost bilateral trade and enhance economic cooperation in Zagreb, Croatia
ii. Its aim is to promote and develop bilateral trade and economic relations.
iii. This Agreement would be a step in continuity of the previous agreement which expired in November, 2009.
4. HDFC LIFE LAUNCHES ‘PRAGATI’ PLAN FOR LOW INCOME GROUP
i. HDFC life launched a traditional life insurance plan, Pragati, for low income group people.
ii. The plan has been designed especially to empower low income families by making the plan available at affordable rate to every person who has the desire to secure his family.
iii. Pragati will offer dual benefit. A systematic savings with guaranteed premium returns and A wholesome life protection making it an ideal financial product for every Indian household.
5. AIRBUS SIGNS MOU FOR SETTING UP CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN HYDERABAD
i. National Skill Development Corporation Airbus signs MoU for setting up centre of excellence in Hyderabad, India and AEROCAMPUS France for establishing a Centre of Excellence at at Begumpet Airport for aerospace skill development in Hyderabad.
ii. Its objective is to enhance the employability of young aspirants by imparting the required skills to them and to train candidates ranging from high school graduates to experienced aviation personnel on aircraft manufacturing, Maintenance, logistics, ground handling, Repair and Overhaul and special aviation processes.
6. USAIN BOLT HONORED WITH ‘SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR’
i. Jamaica’s Usain Bolt won the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award at the Laureus World Awards or the ‘Oscar of Sports’ held in Monaco.
ii. This is the 4th time that the world’s greatest sprinter has won the honor.
iii. In women’s category, Simone Biles won the ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ trophy for her outstanding performance in Rio Olympics 2016.
7. ISRO SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES RECORD 104 SATELLITES IN ONE GO FROM THE SATISH DHAWAN SPACE CENTRE IN SRIHARIKOTA
i. Setting a new record in the space mission, the Indian Space Research Organization successfully launched 104 satellites in one go from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
ii. The satellites were launched on Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 which marked its 39th flight.
iii. The 104 satellite included a 714 kg Cartosat-2 Series satellite for earth observation, two Indian nano satellites INS-1A and INS-1B and 101 international nano satellites. Of the 101 satellites, 96 of these belong to USA and 1 each belongs to Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates.
iv. The 2 Indian nano satellites INS-1A and INS-1B were developed as co-passenger satellites to accompany bigger satellites on PSLV.
v. The 101 international customer nano-satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of ISRO and the international customers.
8. 2017 COBRA GOLD EXERCISE BEGINS IN THAILAND
i. The 2017 Cobra Gold Military Exercise kicked off at the Sattahip Royal Thai Marine Corps Base in Chonburi Province, Thailand.
ii. THis is the 36th edition of the multinational drill and is co-organized by Cobra Gold United States and Thailand.
iii. 30 nations are participating in the drill including China, Singapore, India, Malaysia and South Korea who are either involved in or are observing the exercises.
v. The exercise would comprise of a staff exercise, a field training exercise and enhance interoperability and humanitarian civic assistance projects in Thai communities.
OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS
Q1. THE E-PRISON PROJECT HAS BEEN LAUNCHED IN WHICH STATE TO DIGITALIZE THE RECORD OF THE JAIL INMATES?
a) Andhra Pradesh
d) Jammu & Kashmir
Q2. WITH WHICH COUNTRY INDIA HAS SIGNED AN AGREEMENT TO BOOST BILATERAL TRADE AND ENHANCE ECONOMIC COOPERATION?
Q3. LIFE INSURANCE SCHEME PRAGATI HAS BEEN LAUNCHED BY WHICH INSURANCE FIRM WITH FOCUS ON LOW INCOME GROUP PEOPLE?
a) Birla Sun Life Insurance Company Limited
b) ICICI Prudential Life Insurance
c) HDFC Life Insurance Company
d) Bharti AXA Life Insurance
Q4. AIRBUS HAS SIGNED AN MOU WITH WHICH STATE TO SET UP A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR AEROSPACE SKILL DEVELOPMENT IN THE STATE?
c) Jammu & Kashmir
Q5. THE INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANIZATION CREATED A HISTORIC RECORD BY LAUNCHING HOW MANY SATELLITES IN A SINGLE MISSION?
1 - A 2 - D 3 - C 4 - B 5 - A