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Current Affairs National
Gurgaon jail launches bid to help inmates turn musicians
- To provide an alternate means of livelihood by allowing a free expression of creativity and talent behind bars, the authorities at Bhondsi jail are providing opportunities to inmates in the field of music.
- A talent hunt was launched by Dr. Kiran Bedi, the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, on Saturday and she was effusive in her praise of the novel initiative.
- The project started with the idea of not only building a positive atmosphere on the jail premises, but also help inmates with career options in music.
Kerala govt to geotag 10 lakh livestock farmer houses
- The Kerala government is gearing up to geotag the houses and farms of over 10 lakh livestock and poultry farmers in the state as part of its digitisation drive.
- The objective of this drive is to compile a comprehensive digital repository of the information of animal husbandry and dairying in the state and integrate the data using the Geographical Information System (GIS).
- This will make the functioning of the Department ‘paperless’ in the next 6-7 months as part of the digitisation drive, for which 23 mobile applications will be developed.
- The status of domestic animals and birds, the information of veterinary hospitals and related offices would also be linked through the GIS technology.
Maharashtra allows privatisation of cooperative spinning mills
- The Maharashtra government has decided to allow privatisation of spinning mills and powerloom societies that are operated on the cooperative basis across the state.
- The state’s new textile policy allows cooperative spinning mills and powerloom societies to change the use of land, which allows them to engage in other than industrial purposes.
- “If there is any change in the industrial use of the land, then an amount will have to be paid to the government as per the prevailing rules under the ‘one time exit policy’,” the official said.
- The new policy will exist for the next five years from 2018 to 2023.
MoU Signed between Botanical Survey of India and Natural History Museum, UK
- Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and Natural History Museum (NHM), UK signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of genetic/taxonomic studies, research and training, conservation in India, including species and habitat conservation assessments, etc.
- The MoU was signed by Director, BSI Dr Paramjit Singh and Head of the Algae, Fungi and Plants Division, NHM, Dr Sandra Knapp, in the presence of Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan.
GPS-enabled vehicles to carry question papers for exams in Bengaluru
- To ensure safety and security of question papers during the upcoming SSLC and second year pre-university final exams, the State Department of Primary and Secondary Education will install GPS tracking system in the vehicles used for transportation of question papers.
- Following the question paper leak reported during 2016 March/April exams, the department has decided to install GPS in all the vehicles used for question paper transportation.
- According to officials from the department, this measure has been suggested following the advice given by the police department.
Current Affairs Business and Economy
Indian Oil to invest Rs70,000 crore to expand refining capacity
- Indian Oil Corp (IOC) will invest Rs70,000 crore to raise its oil refining capacity by about a quarter by 2030 as it takes the lead to meet rising energy needs of the country.
- IOC will expand its refining capacity to 116.55 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) by 2030 from the current 80.7 MTPA with an investment of about Rs70,000 crore.
- India’s current refining capacity of 247.6 MTPA exceeds consumption but with demand growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 3.5-4%
Fairfax to acquire 51% stake in Catholic Syrian Bank
- Fairfax Holdings Ltd will buy 51% stake in Catholic Syrian Bank, the Kerala-based lender Prem Watsa owner of Fairfax Holdings said.
- Fairfax will acquire the stake through a full equity infusion.
- The deal the first ever takeover of a bank by a foreign institution, has been valued at Rs140 a share.
Current Affairs Sports
Sachin Tendulkar announced as brand ambassador for upcoming Twenty20 Mumbai League
- Probability Sports India Private Limited, a consortium of the IIFL Group as Lead Member and Wizcraft, on Friday announced Sachin Tendulkar as the League Ambassador of the Twenty-20 Mumbai League.
- The Mumbai-based inaugural T20 cricket league, held under the aegis of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), will be held in March.
- “It’s always a pleasure to be associated with the Mumbai Cricket Association. The T20 Mumbai League will not only entertain cricket fans, but also provide a great platform to the talented young cricketers in Mumbai,” Sachin said.
Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma awarded Shiv Chhatrapati State Sports Awards
- Indian cricket team members Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma have both been awarded Shiv Chhatrapati State Sports Awards by the Government of Maharashtra.
- The awards were presented on February 17th in Mumbai, with the winners collecting a trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh.
- Indian cricket Test team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has been selected for his performances for the national team for the 2016-17 season.
- Rohit Shrama, who captained India in their recent ODI and T20 series wins over Sri Lanka, has been chosen for his exploits in the 2015-16 season.
Current Affairs World
US Air Force hosts hackathon
- The US Air Force recently conducted its second security hackathon and paid out a total $ 103,883 for finding bugs across its public websites.
- The event, which found 106 vulnerabilities, set a record for the highest amount for a single bug ($12,500) paid by a federal program and speed where hackers fixed 55 potential exploits in 9 hours.
Current Affairs Miscellaneous
Amazon launches first food retail shop in India
- Amazon becomes first foreign e-commerce firm to launch its own food retail venture in India called Amazon Retail.
- It will be available on Amazon India and sell locally made and packaged food to consumers directly.
- Amazon also has Amazon Now app which will connect retailers with customers for sale of groceries.
Now pay utility bills now with Google ‘Tez’
- Google India on Monday announced that people can now pay water, electricity, DTH and mobile bills with its “Tez” digital payment app without any transaction charges.
- Built on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI), the “Tez” app will bring bill payments for over 80 billers for private and public utility service providers across the country.
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