February 15, 2018

Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (05 Feb - 11 Feb) 2017: Download Now

Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (05 Feb - 11 Feb) 2017: Download Now

The one liner of the week is a recap of the important happenings that occurred Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (05 Feb - 11 Feb) 2017: Download Now
Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (05 Feb - 11 Feb) 2017: Download Now

The important happenings of the week covered in this segment include the appointment of Budget 2018, Australian Open 2018 and India& First Kachra Mahotsav among others.

þ BANKING & ECONOMY
  • The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Feb 07 has decided to maintain status quo and keep its key interest rate, the repo rate, unchanged at 6 per cent in its sixth and last bi-monthly policy review of the fiscal year 2017-18.
    • GVA growth for 2017-18 is projected at 6.6 % and for 2018-19 it is projected at 7.2 %.
    • Consumer price index (CPI) inflation hit a 17-month high of 5.21 per cent in Dec, 2017.
  • The Union Cabinet approved amendment to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act, 2006 for classifying MSMEs from current investment in plant and machinery criteria to annual turnover criteria.
    • Micro enterprise will be unit with annual turnover does not exceed Rs. 5 crore.
    • Small enterprise will be unit with annual turnover is more than Rs. 5 crore but does not exceed Rs. 75 crore.
    • Medium enterprise will be unit with annual turnover is more than Rs. 75 crore but does not exceed Rs. 250 crore.
þ NATIONAL NEWS
  • The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development is planing to establish National Women Entrepreneurship Council (NWEC) to promote entrepreneurship among women.
  • The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has launched National Deworming Initiative on the occasion of National Deworming Day (Feb 10).
  • The Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, R.K Singh has launched Web based monitoring System and Fly Ash mobile application named ASH TRACK in New Delhi.
  • The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs at its 30th meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee has approved the construction of 1,86,777 more affordable houses under its flagship programme, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).
  • The India Health Fund (IHF), launched by Tata Trusts in collaboration with Global Fund in Aug 2016, has come forward to financially support innovations and technologies designed to combat tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.
  • India ranked 44 out of 50 countries in the Intellectual Property (IP) Index released by US Chamber of Commerce, which is topped by US followed by UK and Sweden.
  • The South Central Railway (SCR) becomes the first railway zone in India to complete 100% LED lighting at all the 733 stations under its jurisdiction.
  • President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas has conferred ‘Grand Collar of the State of Palestine’ on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his key contribution to promote relations between India and Palestine.
  • Kerala topped the list of larger states on overall health performance in the Health Index report released by Niti Aayog while Uttar Pradesh appeared at the bottom in terms of overall performance.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the enhancement of target base of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) from 5 crore to 8 crore.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved increase in Minimum Support Price
  • (MSP) for Fair Average Quality (FAQ) of “Milling Copra” for 2018 season.
  • The  Union  Cabinet  has  approved  implementation  of  Prime  Minister’s  Research  Fellows  (PMRF)
  • Scheme at a total cost of Rs. 1650 cr for doctoral students pursuing research in areas related to technology.
  • The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy sanctioned development of 60 Solar Cities including 13 Pilot and 5 Model Cities up to 12th Five-year Plan period (2012–2017) under “Development of Solar Cities” scheme.
  • The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is going to launch a pilot project of "Pay as You Use" tolling on the Delhi-Mumbai national highway to study and implement the ability of system in the country.
  • The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) under Commerce Ministry has launched 3 tools to rank States and Union Territories on the basis of their performance in implementation of the central govt's Startup India programme.
  • Only two Indian institutes, Indian Institute of Science (29) & Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (44) have featured in the top 50 Asian institutes in recently released TIMES Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for educational institutes in Asia.
  • The 9-member committee, headed by former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan, will submit its report to draft new National Education Policy (NEP) by Mar 31, 2018.
  • India has contributed an additional $1 million to India-UN Development Partnership Fund, earmarked for South-South cooperation.
  • The book “Exam Warriors” authored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been released by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at a function in New Delhi.


þ STATE NEWS
  • The Haryana govt launched the ‘Gobardhan Yojana’ to provide for the sale of organic manure and cow urine with an aim to benefit farmers.
  • The second edition of Thespis 2 National Micro Drama Festival (NMDF-2018), organised by Delhi-based theatre group ‘Vriksh the Theatre’, held at Kamani Auditorium in New Delhi.
  • The 2018 International Conference on Unani Medicine has been inaugurated by Dr Jitendra Singh (the Union Minister of Development of North-East Region) with the theme “Integration of Unani System of Medicine in Mainstream Healthcare” in New Delhi.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated 88th Mahamastakabhisheka of Lord Gomateshwara by unveiling an idol of Bahubali at Shravanabelagola in Hassan district, Karnataka.
  • A three-day National Meet on Grassroot Informatics- VIVID 2018 has been organized by National Informatics Centre (NIC) in New Delhi with the theme, "Cyber Security and Innovation".
  • The first (inaugural) edition of Khelo India School Games (KISG) held from from Jan 31 to Feb 08, 2018 at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
  • Haryana emerged as overall champions, finishing with 102 medals, which included 38 gold, 26 silver and 38 bronze medals.
  • Uttar Pradesh in association with UNICEF has launched massive door to door campaign, DASTAK to eradicate deadly Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) disease in the state.
  • The war cry of DASTAK is "Darwaja khatkhatao, AES aur JE ko bhagao".
  • The 5th edition of the South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference (SARPPC-2018) was inaugurated by Arun Jaitley in New Delhi with the theme “Public Procurement and Service Delivery”.
  • Nine member committee headed by the principal secretary, Department of Kannada and Culture constituted by Karnataka govt has recommended the designing of separate flag for the state and providing a legal standing for it.
  • Recommended new tricolour having yellow (at top), white (in middle) and red (at bottom), with state’s emblem Gandaberunda (a two-headed mythological bird) in centre.
  • The foundation stone of Rhodendron Park laid by Chief Minister Pema Khandu in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Mumbai airport created a new world record for single-runway operations by handling 980 arrivals and take-offs in 24 hours, or almost one flight every minute on Jan 20, 2018.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the two-day 'Global Investors' Summit-'Advantage Assam' in Assam.
  • The Union Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Dr. Harsh Vardhan has launched Green Good Deeds campaign in New Delhi with an aim to sensitise people and students, in particular about climate change and global warming.


þ INTERNATIONAL NEWS
  • The 4th Nepal Buildcon and Wood International Expo 2018 has been inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal Kamal Thapa at Kathmandu in Nepal.
  • Britain’s Prince Charles launched a new 10-million-dollar Development Impact Bond (DIB) to help improve education for over 200,000 children in India.
  • China has become the second country in the world as China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force. (PLAAF) commissioned its domestically developed new generation J-20 fourth-generation stealth fighter into combat service.
  • 6th edition of World Government Summit (WGS) 2018 hosted by Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from February 11 to 13.
  • 32nd edition of Saudi Arabia’s National Heritage Festival has been inaugurated by King Salman bin Abdulaziz in the presence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Janadriyah village, Riyadh.
  • Bermuda has become the world’s first country to legalise and then repeal same-sex marriage.
  • The Maldives govt declared a 15-day state of emergency overnight as the political crisis deepened in the Indian Ocean nation amid an increasingly bitter standoff between the president and the Supreme Court.
  • Sri Lanka celebrated her 70th Independence Day, under the patronage of HE the President, Maithripala Sirisena who is also the Commander -in -Chief of the Armed Forces, at Galle Face grounds in Colombo on the Feb 04.


þ SCIENCE & DEFENCE
  • Search engine giant, Google has launched ‘#SecurityCheckKiya’ campaign in India to create awareness around Internet safety on the occasion of Safer Internet Day (Feb 06).
  • India has successfully test-fired its short-range nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-1 with a strike range of over 700 km from a test range off the Odisha coast at the Dr Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known as Wheeler Island.
  • The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has launched the world’s smallest rocket with the ability to put a tiny satellite into orbit.
  • The Indian Navy has unveiled the Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS) at
  • INS Garuda, naval air station located in Kochi, Kerala.
  • Scientists from Britain and United States for the first time have succeeded in growing human eggs in laboratory outside the human body from their earliest stage in ovarian tissue to full maturity.
  • 13-member Raksha Mantri Advisory Committee on Ministry of Defence Capital Projects (RMCOMP), headed by Vinay Sheel Oberoi, has been constituted by the Union Ministry of Defence (MoD) to monitor and expedite capital acquisition projects for modernisation of armed forces and bolster armed forces preparedness.
  • Indigenously developed nuclear capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile has been successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur near Balasore, Odisha.
  • The Maratha Light Infantry has celebrated 250 years of its existence on Feb 04.
  • The Chief of US Air Force, General David L Goldfein flew a sortie in indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, pegged as world’s smallest and lightest supersonic fighter, at the Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.


þ APPROVALS & MOUS
  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed Rs.136 cr fine on world’s most popular search engine, Google for unfair business practices in Indian market for online search.
  • The Union Cabinet approved ratification of Minamata Convention on Mercury and depositing instrument of ratification enabling India to become Party of Convention.
  • The Union Cabinet approved the signing of MoU for Secondment Programme between India and Australia.
  • The Union Cabinet approved signing and ratification of protocol amending Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and China.
  • The Union Cabinet approved new recommendation adopted by International Labour Organization (ILO) concerning “The Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience (Recommendation No-205) before Parliament.
  • Sweden signed Strategic Partnership Agreement with United Nations (UN) for committing record $370 million dollars to UN World Food Programme.
  • Google and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) signed a pact on ‘Safer Internet Day’ (Feb 6) to integrate a course on ‘Digital Citizenship and Safety’ in information and communication technology (ICT) curriculum.
  • Homegrown cab-hailing company Ola inked MOU with Govt of Assam to pilot an app-based river taxi service in Northeast India's financial hub Guwahati.
  • The Union Cabinet approved second round of Discovered Small Field (DSF) auctions under Discovered Small Field Policy.
  • The Indian Railways has signed MoU with Ministry of AYUSH in New Delhi to augment Ayush services in Railway hospitals i.e. New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Guwahati. .
  • India and Palestine have inked six Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) in different areas including health and education.
    • MoU for setting up of India-Palestine Super-specialty hospital at Beit Sahour in Bethelhem Governorate.
    • MoU for construction of Turathi: India Palestine Centre for Empowring women.
    • MoU for setting up of new National Printing Press at Ramallah.
    • MoU for Construction of school in Muthalth Al Shuhada Village.
    • MOU for construction of school in Tamoon village in Tubas Governorate. 
    • MoU for providing assistance for construction of additional floor to Jawahar Lal Nehru for Boys at Abu Dees.

þ APPOINTMENTS
  • MD & CEO of SBI Card: Hardayal Prasad     
  • Non-executive chairman of NPCI: Biswamohan Mahapatra
  • 16th Chairman of Federal Reserve: Jerome H Powell         
  • Director General of NSG: Sudeep Lakhtakia
  • First Woman Chief Justice of Manipur HC: Abhilasha Kumari        
  • Chief Executive of NFC (Nuclear Fuel Complex):       Dinesh Srivastava
  • Alphabet Chairman: John Hennessy 
  • Chief Justice of Bangladesh: Syed Mahmud Hossain
  • Chief Justice of Kerala: Justice Antony Dominic     
  • First independent female director of ICC Board: Indra Nooyi


þ AWARDS
  • Writer T.D. Ramakrishnan has been selected for 2nd edition of Akbar Kakkattil Award 2018 for his novel “Sugandhi Enna Andaldevanayaki”.
  • The Times Group has recently celebrated the invaluable contribution of women by introducing The Times Power Woman 2017 (Pune) awards and Shabnam Asthana was awarded the 'Times Power Women of the Year 2017'- Pune for Global PR.


þ SPORTS
  • India’s veteran pacer, Jhulan Goswami has become the first female cricketer in the world to take 200 wickets in One-Day Internationals (ODI) cricket.
  • Shubhankar Sharma emerged as the best Indian golfer in the world, grabbing the 72nd position in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) after his recent title triumph at Maybank Championship.
  • Four Indian sportspersons Jasprit Bumrah, Harmanpreet Kaur, Savita Punia and Heena Sidhu made it to 2018 Forbes India 30 Under 30 list.

þ IMPORTANT DAYS
  • Feb 11: National Unani Day   “Integration of Unani System of Medicine in main stream healthcare”
  • Feb 10: National Deworming Day          


þ OBITUARY
  • Former speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly: B.G. Banakar
  • Doyen of Odia Literature: Chandrasekhar Rath
  • Kathakali Maestro: Madavoor Vasudevan Nair
  • English-American actor of stage, film and television: John Mahoney
  • BJP MP from Kairana in UP: Hukum Singh
  • Veteran theatre artist, director, and pioneer of Children’s Theatre in Maharashtra: Sudha Karmarkar



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