Daily Current Affairs - 02nd Feb 2017

Alok Verma takes over as CBI chief

Former Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma took over as Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI). The 1984 batch IPS officer has served the Delhi Police in various capacities including the vigilance, intelligence, crime & railways and administration.

CBI gets time to obtain prosecution sanction in Devas-Antrix deal case

A Special court gave two months time to the CBI to get sanction for prosecution of former ISRO chairman G. Madhavan Nair and other former senior officials for allegedly extending illegal monetary benefit of Rs. 578 crore to private multi-media company Devas by Antrix, ISRO's commercial arm.

Economic Survey: Labour migration rose to 90 lakh over last 5 years

According to the Economic Survey of India 2016-17, the inter-state migration of workers in India has increased to 90 lakh annually between 2011-16 period compared to the previous years. The data was based on the analysis of census data of 2011 and railway passenger traffic in the unreserved category and new methodologies including the Cohort-based Migration Metric (CMM).

Former UN chief Ban won't run for South Korean Presidency

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ended the speculation by stating that he won't run for South Korea's presidency. Politics in South Korea have been in turmoil in the wake of a massive scandal that prompted millions to take to the streets in protest, the impeachment of the country's conservative president, Park Geun-hye.

Former Union Minister E. Ahamed passed away

Former Union Minister and Lok Sabha MP from Indian Union Muslim League E. Ahamed passed away after a cardiac arrest. During his tenure in Parliament, he was a member of several parliamentary committees, including External Affairs, Railways, Civil Aviation and Tourism.

India and Russia holds high-level consultations on counter-terrorism

India and Russia have held high-level consultations on counter-terrorism issues in New Delhi. Both sides shared views on the threats posed by the increasing terrorist activities including India’s concern on state-sponsored and cross-border terrorism. The Indian delegation was led by Preeti Saran, Secretary in the Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), while the Russian delegation was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Oleg V. Syromolotov.

India beat England in third T20 by 75 runs to clinch T20 series

Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took six wickets as England collapsed from 119-2 to 127 all out to lose the deciding T20 international by 75 runs. Chasing 203 for victory, England seemed to be on course when Eoin Morgan and Joe Root were at the crease.India won the T20 series 2-1

New TB-resistant cows developed in China

Chinese scientists from Northwest A&F University have used a novel version of the CRISPR gene-editing technology to successfully produce live cows with increased resistance to bovine tuberculosis (TB). They inserted a new TB resistance gene NRAMP1 into the genome of bovine foetal fibroblasts, cell derived from female dairy cows.

Pakistan imposes international travel ban on Saeed

Pakistani authorities have placed on Exit Control List the name of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, along with that of 37 members of Lashkar e Taiba.

Researchers discover oldest human ancestor

Researchers have discovered a microscopic sea animal Saccorhytus, the earliest known ancestor of humans along with a vast range of other species.This creature is a well preserved fossilised 540-million-year-old. This balloon-like sea is the earliest known step on the evolutionary path that led to fish and eventually to humans.

Scientists confirmed the existence of a "lost continent" under the Indian Ocean island

Scientists have confirmed the existence of a "lost continent" under the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius that was left-over by the break-up of the supercontinent, Gondwana, which started about 200 million years ago.The lost continent was covered by young lava during volcanic eruptions on the island, which is a tiny part of the ancient land that broke off from the island of Madagascar, when Africa, India, Australia and Antarctica split.

Sports Editor Nirmal Shekar passes away

Nirmal Shekar, former Sports Editor of The Hindu and former editor of Sportstar, passed away. He was 60. He was one of India’s most widely read sportswriters in a career that spanned more than three decades.

Thailand and US to host Cobra Gold 2017 military exercise in February

Thailand and the United States will be Co-hosting the 36th annual Cobra Gold millitary exercise starting from Feb 14-24,2017. Up to 29 participating and observing nations will take part in this year's event. Cobra Gold is the largest multilateral millitary exercise in Asia

The Union Cabinet gives nod to modify Scheduled Castes list in Odisha

The Union Cabinet had approved the amendments in the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950 to modify the list of SC in Odisha. It also approved amending the Constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964 to change the name of the Union territory to Puducherry from Pondicherry.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals to be made from ‘recycled’ mobile phones

Organizers of Tokyo 2020 Olympics want their games to be remembered for being nature-friendly and keeping that in mind, the medals are going to made from recycled mobile phones. The move is not only aimed at promoting sustainability.

Trump nominates conservative judge for Supreme Court

The US President Donald Trump has nominated conservative appeals court judge Neil GorSuch to the Supreme Court. His nomination to the Supreme court is aimed to restore the court's conservative majority and shape rulings on divisive issues such as abortion, gun control, the death penalty and religious rights.