DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 21ST FEB 2017
(Daily News India)
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1. BIHAR GOVERNMENT PROHIBITS STATE OFFICIALS FROM CONSUMING LIQUOR ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
i. The Bihar Cabinet under the chairmanship of CM Nitish Kumar has ruled out a new rule under which no officials of the state government would be allowed to consume liquor either in the state or outside the state and not even abroad.
ii. This makes Bihar the 1st state to have such restrictions for officials and judges.
iii. The cabinet amended the Bihar Government Servants’ Conduct Rules 1976 and approved the Bihar Judicial Officers Conduct Rules, 2017.
iv. Any officer found guilty would be liable to face dismissal, suspension or even salary cuts.
2. KHAJURAHO DANCE FESTIVAL STARTS IN MADHYA PRADESH
i. The Khajuraho Dance Festival kicked off at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.
ii. The dance festival is conducted every year by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad.
iii. This cultural festival showcases various Indian classical dance styles such as Bharathanatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Kathakali, Kuchipudi and Manipuri with performances of some of the best exponents in the field.
3. SBI REBRANDS CORPORATE WEBSITE AS BANK.SBI
i. The country’s largest lender State Bank of India rebranded its corporate website as “bank.sbi” from the earlier “sbi.co.in”.
ii. Now bank.sbi is the highest domain protocol commonly known as generic top level domain.
iii. With this, SBI has become the 1st banking organization in India to adopt gTLD for its internet presence.
iv. The adoption of gTLD will enable SBI to use its corporate name .sbi as their website’s top-level identifier instead of using “.com” or “.co.in” as domains.
4. HEMA MALINI: BEYOND THE DREAM GIRL PENNED BY RAM KAMAL MUKHERJEE
i. Hema Malini’s journey from an actor and filmmaker to a politician penned by Ram Kamal Mukherjee is being chronicled as an authorised biography titled ‘Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl‘.
ii. The biography is written by author-columnist Ram Kamal Mukherjee.
iii. The book will be published on her birthday by the publisher HarperCollins India.
5. SEBI APPROVES IRB INVIT FUND TO RAISE FUND THROUGH IPO
i. Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India has given its approval to IRB InvIT Fund to raise Rs 4,300 cr through an initial public offering.
ii. IRB InvIT Fund is an investment trust sponsored by IRB Infrastructure Developers Limited.
iii .Infrastructure Investment Trusts are like mutual fund schemes which pool in money from individual investors for investing in infrastructure initiatives.
iv. Some of the other such trusts registered with SEBI are GMR Infrastructure Investment Trust, MEP Infrastructure Investment Trust and IL&FS Transportation Investment Trust.
6. MICROSOFT-FLIKPKART ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC TIE-UP
i. US based IT giant Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Indian electronic commerce company Flipkart Group CEO Binny Bansal has announced a “strategic partnership”.
ii. Its aim is to provide consumers in the country the best online shopping service.
iii. Flipkart, will adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform.
v. Flipkart also plans to leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics capabilities in Azure, such as Cortana Intelligence Suite and Power BI, to optimize its data for innovative merchandising, marketing, advertising and customer service.
7. TATA STEEL OWNED KATAMATI IRON MINE WINS BEST GREEN ORGANIZATION AWARD
i. Katamati Iron Mine, owned by Tata Steel, was conferred with the Best Green Organisation of the Year Award in recognition of its environmental protection measures, at the Global Green Future Leadership Awards in Mumbai.
ii. The award was received by Rahul Kishore, Head of Mining Operations, Katamati Iron Mine on behalf of Tata Steel from Jordan Reeves, Consul General of Canada in Mumbai.
iii. The Global Green Future Leadership Awards is awarded to any organization that participates in environmentally friendly or green activities to ensure that all processes, products, and manufacturing activities adequately address environmental concerns while maintaining a profit.
8. NPF SUPREMO SHURHOZELIE LIEZIETSU ELECTED AS NEXT CM OF NAGALAND
i. Nagaland CM T R Zeliang stepped down from the post facing revolt from his party MLAs against the decision to reserve 33% seats for women in urban local bodies.
ii. Zeliang submitted his resignation to the Governor of Nagaland P.B. Acharya.
iii. The Nagaland People’s Front leader Zeliang, called for an emergency meeting of the NPF Legislature Party at the State Banquet Hall in Kohima to select a new consensus leader to succeed him.
iv. Shurhozelie Liezietsu was unanimously elected as the legislature party leader of the ruling Democratic Alliance to be the new Nagaland CM.
9. WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE: FEBRUARY 20
i. 20th February is observed as World Day of Social Justice to recognize the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment
ii. 2017 Theme was “Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work”.
iii. Its main Objectives is to encourage people to look at how social justice affects poverty eradication and focus on the goal of achieving full employment and support for social integration.
10. HINDI NOVELIST VED PRAKASH SHARMA PASSES AWAY
i. Famous Hindi novelist Ved Prakash Sharma was passed away in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.
ii. Sharma has written nearly 176 novels include “Qaidi No 100” and “Vardi Wala Gunda“.
iii. He had also written scripts for about half-a-dozen Hindi movies.
OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS
Q1. KHAJURAHO DANCE FESTIVAL HAS BEEN STARTED IN WHICH STATE?
a) Madhya Pradesh
b) Andhra pradesh
Q2. WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE WAS OBSERVED ON?
a) February 18
b) February 19
c) February 20
d) February 21
Q3. WHO OF THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN ELECTED AS NEXT CM OF NAGALAND?
a) Edappadi Palaniswami
b) Pema Khandu
c) T R Zeliang
d) Shurhozelie Liezietsu
Q4. VED PRAKASH SHARMA WHO PASSED AWAY RECENTLY WAS A?
c) Film Maker
1 - A 2 - C 3 - D 4 - B