Daily Current Affairs - 14th Feb 2017

Ashwin and Jadeja spin India to win over Bangladesh

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<li>Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked up four wickets each to lead India to a comprehensive 208-run win over Bangladesh on the fifth day of their one-off test at Hyderabad.</li>

<li>Bangladesh, chasing an improbable victory target of 459 in their second innings, were dismissed for 250 late in an extended second session as India stretched their unbeaten run to 19 test matches.</li>

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British singer Adele tops the 59th Grammy awards 2017

  • The 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony recognizes the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.
  • British singer Adele won the most awards in 5 different categories.
  • She also created history by becoming the first artist to win the top three categories.
    • Album of the year: 25 – Adele
    • Record of the year: Hello – Adele
    • Song of the year: Hello – Adele

This year Indian-American tabla player Sandeep Das won a Grammy Award as part of the Music Album with Yo-Yo Ma.

  • Grammy Awards are the recording industry’s most prestigious award presented annually by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) of the United States.

Department of Atomic Energy plans to develop Uranium deposits in Meghalaya

  • The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) is planning to develop large deposits of uranium found in Meghalaya to tap its potential to generate substantial nuclear fuel for atomic power plants in the country.
  • Uranium mineralization has been found over a large area around Domiasiat, Lostoin, Wahkyn etc in the northeastern state of Meghalaya.

Four athletes get four-year suspensions

  • The National Anti-Doping Agency’s disciplinary panel has handed four-year suspensions to four athletes for violating anti-doping rules.
  • Gaurav Yadav (javelin thrower), Jagseer Singh (para-athlete), Tejvir Singh (handball player) and Subrata Nandi (swimmer) were handed the punishments following three hearings held over the last month.

GVK wins bid for Rs 16,000 crore Navi Mumbai airport project

  • The GVK-led Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL), which owns and operates the existing city airport, has won the bid to construct and operate the Navi Mumbai airport.
  • Initially four bidders GMR Airports Ltd., MIAL, MIA Infrastructure Ltd. (a joint venture of Tata Realty and VINCI Airport Concessions) and Voluptas Developers Pvt. Ltd. (a consortium of the Hiranandani Group and Zurich Airports), were pre-qualified in the bidding stage since May 2015, only two of them submitted financial bids.
  • GMR Airports Ltd. offered an annual gross revenue share of 10.44%, while MIAL offered 12.6% making it the highest bidder.

Image of Russian envoy's assassination wins World Press Photo of the Year

  • The chilling photograph that captured the moment a police officer shot and killed the Russian ambassador to Turkey at an art gallery in Ankara has won photo of the year at the World Press Photo awards.
  • Burhan Ozbilici, a photographer for the Associated Press in Turkey, who took the picture of 22-year-old gunman Mevlut Mert Altintas before and after he shot ambassador Andrei Karlov last December 2016.

India’s first floating elementary school inaugurated on Manipur’s Loktak Lake

  • India’s first floating elementary school named Loktak Elementary Floating School was inaugurated at Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok floating village on Loktak Lake in Manipur.
  • The school aims to provide education to drop outs students as well as illiterate adults.
  • It was opened under the initiative undertaken by All Loktak Lake Fisherman’s Union with the support of an NGO People Resources Development Association (PRDA)
  • Loktak lake is the largest freshwater lake in northeast India. It is referred as the lifeline of Manipur and plays an important role in the economy of Manipur.
  • The ancient lake is famous for the phumdis (also known as "phumshongs"), the heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil and organic matter at various stages of decomposition floating over it.

Joe Root named England Test captain

  • Joe Root has been named Test captain of England by the England Cricket Board.
  • Root, previously England’s vice-captain, had been the overwhelming favourite to replace Alastair Cook.
  • Root, who made his debut under Cook, is now widely regarded as England’s leading batsman.
  • All-rounder Ben Stokes would succeed Root as vice-captain of the Test side.

Karnataka government passes bill to allow Kambala and Bullock-cart racing

  • Karnataka Assembly has passed Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2017 to allow kambala, the traditional buffalo race and bullock-cart racing.
  • The bill seeks to exempt kambala and bullock-cart racing from the ambit of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960.
  • The Governor of Karnataka may refer the Bill to President for his assent as it amends the central law. Kambala is an annual traditional Buffalo Race (he-buffalo) held in coastal districts of Karnataka to entertain rural people of the area.
  • Slushy/marshy paddy field track is used for Kambala.
  • The sports season generally starts in November and lasts till March.

L&T, European firm tie up to make missile

  • Engineering and construction major L&T entered into a joint venture with the European defence major MBDA Missile Systems for the development of missiles in India.
  • L&T will own 51% stake in the JV named L&T MBDA Missile Systems and the rest 49 would be with the European partner.
  • Radio is the most prevalent mass medium, with the ability to reach up to 95 percent of the world’s population.

Ministry to launch national physical fitness programme

  • The Union Sports Ministry and Director General of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), announced that a national physical fitness programme will be launched within four months to develop norms of fitness of school children in the country.
  • As there are 23 crore children in the country and every student will get a physical fitness measurement and it will be included in their report card.

National Productivity Day : February 12 th

  • The National Productivity Day is observed every year on February 12.
  • 12th-18th February is celebrated as the ‘National Productivity Week’ every year. The theme chosen for this year’s observance is "From Waste to Profits-through Reduce, Recycle and Reuse"
  • The main observance of day is organised by National Productivity Council (NPC) for encouraging all stakeholders in implementation of productivity tools and techniques with contemporary relevant themes.
  • National Productivity Council, an autonomous body under Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India was established on 12th February, 1958, with the objective of stimulating and promoting productivity and quality consciousness across all sectors in the country.

Naval drill Aman-17 with 37 nations begins in Karachi

  • The multinational Aman-17 naval exercise started in Karachi with 37 countries taking part in the event.
  • Aman-17 is the fifth such exercise which Pakistan has been holding every alternate year since 2007.
  • Commander of the Pakistani naval fleet Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini inaugurated the exercise, which includes Australia, China, Indonesia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Britain, the US, Japan and Russia at the Karachi dockyard.

Pablo Erat dominate Goa Triathlon

  • Pablo Erat of Switzerland won the Goa Triathlon, an Olympic sport that involves 1.5 km of swimming, 40km of cycling and 10 km of running, all done consecutively and continuously.
  • Erat, an experienced ironman triathlete who has competed in around 100 such events worldwide, completed the difficult course in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 15 seconds.
  • The event was organised by Goa Outbound Adventures (GO)held at Bambolim in Goa.

Reliance Defence signs warship repair pact with the US Navy

  • Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) owned by Anil Ambani group has signed a Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) with the US Navy to provide repair and alteration services for ships of the Seventh Fleet.
  • RDEL became the first Indian company (either public or private) to provide logistical support to the US military within the Indian territory.
  • RDEL will maintain the vessels of US Seventh Fleet involving 100 vessels operating in the Indian Ocean.
  • The signing of a MSRA agreement is a follow-up to the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) signed between India and US in August 2016.

Retail inflation slows to 3.17% in January, 2017

  • Retail inflation eased in January to 3.17% on the back of a sharp slowdown in food price inflation.
  • The food and beverages category registered an inflation rate of 1.3% in January, down from the 2% witnessed in December 2016.
  • Inflation in the fuel and light segment slowed to 3.4% in January from 3.7%, while the housing segment saw inflation quicken marginally to 5.02% from 4.98% over the same period.
  • Growth in the consumer price index (CPI) slowed from the 3.4% seen in December 2016.

Supreme Court to announce verdict in Jaya's assets case

  • A Bench of Justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Amitava Roy will deliver separate judgments on appeals filed by the Karnataka government and others against the acquittal of Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, J. Ilavarasi and V.N. Sudhakaran in the case.
  • The verdict has cast a shadow over Ms. Sasikala’s campaign for the Tamil Nadu's chief minister’s chair.
  • The possibility of the two-judge Bench delivering split verdicts — one setting aside the acquittal and the other upholding it — cannot be ruled out.

T-20 Blind World Cup 2017: India beat Pakistan by 9 wickets

  • India beat Pakistan by 9-wickets to win T20 Blind World Cup at Bengaluru's M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
  • Pakistan had scored 197 for 8 in their 20 overs. India achieved the victory target of 198-runs in the 18th over in the final of the tournament.
  • The team had won the previous edition by defeating the same rivals in the final in 2012.

U.S. and Canada to form task force for working women

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the U.S. President Donald Trump were to participate in a round-table discussion about women in the work force.
  • The two countries plan to launch a new task force called the United States Canada Council for the Advancement of Women Business Leaders-Female Entrepreneurs.

UN calls for urgent meet over North Korea’s ballistic missile test

  • The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test and called for a united international response to the further troubling violation of UN resolutions.
  • Mr. Guterres appealed to the international community to continue to address this situation in a united manner.
  • The statement came in the backdrop of North Korea successfully test launched a medium-to-long-range ballistic missile recently.