10 February 2017 - Daily Current Affairs

10 February 2017 - Daily Current Affairs

10 February 2017 - Daily Current Affairs

Indra Nooyi appointed ICC's first independent female director

  • PepsiCo Chairman and CEO ‘Indra Nooyi’ has been appointed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board as the governing body's first independent female director.
  • Nooyi will join the Board in June this year to align with the term of the ICC Independent Chairman.
  • In June last year, the ICC Full Council has approved an Independent Director (must be female) as part of wide ranging constitutional change aimed at improving the governance of the sport.
  • Nooyi was born to a Tamil-speaking family in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • She received bachelor's degrees in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from Madras Christian College of the University of Madras in 1974 and a Post Graduate Programme (MBA) from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 1976.

Abhilasha Kumari sworn-in as Chief Justice of Manipur High Court

  • Justice Abhilasha Kumari has been sworn-in as new Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur.
  • Manipur Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla administered her the oath of office at Raj Bhavan in Imphal.
  • Justice Abhilasha was a judge of the Gujarat High Court.
Note: The High Courts are the principal civil courts of original jurisdiction in each state and union territory.

RK Singh launches ASH TRACK mobile app for better management of fly ash

  • The Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R.K Singh has launched a Web-based monitoring System and a Fly Ash mobile application ‘ASH TRACK’.
  • These platforms will enable better management of the ash produced by thermal power plants by providing an interface between fly ash producers and potential ash users such as the road contractors, cement plants etc.

Govt to give fellowship to 1,000 B. Tech, M. Tech meritorious students every year

  • Under the Prime Minister's Research Fellows scheme, the union Govt will give fellowships to 1,000 meritorious students of B. Tech and M. Tech every year.
  • The fellowship amount will be Rs. 70 to 80 thousand per month.
  • Apart from this, a research grant of Rs. two lakhs will be provided to each of the fellows for a period of five years.
  • Under the scheme, the best students, who have completed or are in the final year of B. Tech or Integrated M.Tech or M.Sc. in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/IIITs, will be offered direct admission in PhD programme in the IITs/IISc.

India ranks 44 out of 50 nations in global IP index

  • India has ranked 44 out of 50 nations in the global Intellectual Property (IP) index.
  • The index is released by the US Chambers of Commerce.
  • Last year, India ranked 43rd out of 45 countries in the index.
  • The US tops the list followed by the United Kingdom and Sweden.
  • Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the intellect for which a monopoly is assigned to designated owners by law.

Direct tax collection grows Rs 6.95 lakh crore during April-January period

  • The union government's direct tax collection has grown Rs. 6.95 lakh crore during the April-January period of the current fiscal.
  • The net collections for Corporate Income Tax (CIT) showed a growth of 19.2% and for Personal Income Tax, PIT, at 18.6 %.
  • The net direct tax collections represent around 69% of the revised estimates of 10 lakh five thousand crore rupees for direct taxes in 2017-18
  • Refunds amounting to 1.26 rupees lakh crore have been issued during 10-month period of the current fiscal.

IndusInd Bank launches New Sonic Identity, a musical logo

  • IndusInd Bank launched its new Sonic Identity, which is essentially a musical logo called 'MOGO', as part of its branding initiatives.
  • The objective for associating to a sonic identity is building the Bank's brand imagery with the strategic use of music and sound for brand experiences and audience connection.
Note: IndusInd Bank Limited is a Mumbai based Indian new generation bank, established in 1994.

Dharmendra Pradhan & Manoj Sinha Flag off weekly Rajdhani express

  • Dharmendra Pradhan (Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas) and Manoj Sinha (Minister of State for Railways) flagged off Bhubaneswar-New Delhi weekly Rajdhani Express via Sambalpur City through video conferencing in New Delhi.
  • It was a long-standing demand of people of Odisha particularly in the Western and Middle part of the state.

Doyen of Odia literature Chandrasekhar Rath passes away

  • The doyen of Odia literature Chandrasekhar Rath (89-year) passed away in Bhubaneswar.
  • Rath was conferred with several awards, including Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award, Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award and Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman for his contribution in the field of literature.
  • The writer was nominated for the prestigious Padma Shri award this year.

UN allows sanctioned North Korea official to attend Winter Olympics

  • The UN Security Council gave permission for a North Korean official under international sanctions to travel to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
  • Earlier, South Korea presented a request to the council's sanctions committee for an exemption to the travel ban imposed on chairman of North Korea's National Sports Guidance Committee Choe Hwi.
  • The exemption will also be extended to all members of the delegation, meaning that a ban on luxury goods to North Korea will be temporarily lifted.

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