12 February 2017 - Daily Current Affairs

12 February 2017 - Daily Current Affairs

International Affairs

12 February 2017 - Daily Current Affairs

India, Oman sign eight MoUs including in the defence, health and tourism sectors

  • India and Oman have signed eight Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) in different areas (like defense, health & tourism) during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Gulf nation.
  • The agreements were inked after Mr. Modi held delegation-level talks with Qaboos bin Said al Said (Sultan of Oman) in Muscat.
  • A MoU on legal and judicial co-operation in civil and commercial matters was also signed.
Note: Oman is an Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia.

Important Dates

12th February: National Productivity Day

  • The National Productivity Day is observed every year on 12th February.
  • The main observance of the day is organized by National Productivity Council (NPC) for encouraging all stakeholders in the implementation of productivity tools and techniques with contemporary relevant themes.
  • ‘Industry 4.0 Leapfrog Opportunity for India" has been selected as the theme for the National Productivity Week -2018.
  • Every year 12th to 18th of February is celebrated as the National Productivity Week.
  • NPC is national level organization to promote productivity culture in India, established by the Ministry of Industry, Government of India in 1958,
  • It is an autonomous, multipartite, non-profit organization with equal representation from employers’ & workers’ organizations and Government, apart from technical & professional institutions and other interests.


Icelandic composer and musician Johann Johannsson passes away

  • Acclaimed Icelandic musician and Oscar-nominated composer Johann Johannsson (48-year) passed away.
  • In 2014, he was nominated for BAFTA, Grammy, and Oscar awards for his score for ‘Theory of Everything’.
  • He won the Golden Globe award.
  • He has embarked on a successful career in film composition, including an ongoing collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve on films such as ‘Prisoner,’ ‘Sicario’ and ‘Arrival.’

National Affairs

The first center for spoken Sanskrit to come up in Ahmedabad

  • The union home minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the first center for spoken Sanskrit in Gujarat University, Ahmedabad.
  • The center will offer a six-month course for people on how to speak the Sanskrit language.
  • Earlier, around eight lakh students opted for Sanskrit as a language in class X but in the recent past, only 1.5 lakh students opt for Sanskrit language even in class X.
  • In Master of Arts (MA) with the Sanskrit language, there were only 33 students this year against nine last year.

Govt committed to provide electricity to un-electrified households by 2019: RK Singh

  • According to the Union Minister of State for Power and New and Renewable Energy RK Singh, the union government was committed to providing electricity to un-electrified households by 2019.
  • Out of the 18,450 villages without electricity, more than 16,800 has been given power supply till now.
  • ‘Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana" (Saubhagya) launched in September last year, was a move towards this goal and that about 4 crore households would benefit from it.
Note: The scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana’ (Saubhagya) funds the cost of last-mile connectivity to willing households to help achieve the goal of lighting every household by 31 December 2018.

Rajnath Singh inaugurates 6th Hunar Haat

  • The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the sixth edition of “Hunar Haat”, a platform made available by the government to the artisans from the minority communities.
  • The ‘Haat’ will encourage, promote and provide a national and international market to master artisans and craftsmen belonging to minority communities.
  • Hundreds of artisans from 22 states and union territories were participating in the ongoing edition of the event.
  • Ghazal, qawwali and other musical programmes, featuring famous artists, would also be held daily.
  • As of now, five editions of the ‘Hunar Haat’ have been organized.

Investors pull out Rs. 110 crores from gold exchange-traded funds in January

  • According to the Association of Mutual Funds in India, Investors have pulled out 110 crore rupees from gold exchange-traded funds in January.
  • The total outflow to 679 crore rupees in the first 10 months of the current fiscal.
  • The outflow meant assets under management of gold funds plunged over 15% in January to 4,906 crore rupees, from 5,670 crore rupees in the year-ago period.
  • The total pullout has reached to 679 crore rupees in April to January period of the ongoing fiscal.

National Appointments

Antony Dominic sworn in as Chief Justice of Kerala

  • Justice Antony Dominic (Acting Chief Justice) has been sworn-in as the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court.
  • Kerala Governor P. Sadasivam administered him the oath of office at Raj Bhavan in Kerala.
  • Justice Dominic has become the first Keralite to occupy the post of Chief Justice of Kerala in 17 years.
Note: Justice Dominic got his law degree from SDM Law College, Mangalore and started the legal practice as a lawyer in the Judicial First-Class Magistrate Court in Kanjirapally in 1981.


Railway Sports Promotion Board lifts 8th Senior National Women's Hockey Championship title

  • The Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) has lifted the 8th Senior National Women's Hockey Championship title.
  • In the final, they thrashed Madhya Pradesh 4-0 and finish the tournament without losing a game.
  • Haryana beat home team Jharkhand 2-0 and won the bronze medal.

Rohan More becomes first Asian to swim across Ocean Seven

  • Indian long-distance swimmer Rohan More has become the first Asian and the youngest to swim across the Cook Strait between North and South Islands of New Zealand.
  • He covered the distance in eight hours and 37 minutes.
  • With this feat, Rohan also became the ninth person in the world to swim across Cook Strait.
Note: Earlier, Mr. Rohan More has received the ‘Tenzing Norgay Award’ from the Indian Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Kishan Gangolli wins 13th edition of National Chess Championship for blind

  • Asian Championship winner, defending champion Kishan Gangolli (Karnataka)has won the 13th edition of the National 'A' Chess Championship for the blind in Mumbai.
  • At the end of the 13th round, Gangolli became the champion for the fifth consecutive time with 10.5 points.
  • Ashvin Makwana (Gujarat) stood second with 9.5 points and Soundarya Kumar Pradhan (Orissa) with 9 points came third.
  • The championship was organized by All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB).

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