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National – Across the India:
1. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched 104 satellites in one go from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
The PSLV-C37/Cartosat2 Series satellite mission included the primary satellite (Cartosat-2) and 101 International Nano satellites.
It was ISRO’s second successful attempt after launching 23 satellites in one go in June 2015.
Of 104 satellites, 96 belong to USA, 3 from India and 5 from – Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, respectively
2. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee declares Kalimpong as new district.
Rs.220 crore road link project will be taken up to connect Kalimpong with Sikkim via the old Silk Route.
Rs.50 crore water supply project by the public health engineering department will be taken up soon to address Kalimpong’s water scarcity problem.
3. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has opened a South Asia Training and Technical Assistance Centre (SARTTAC) in New Delhi for economic capacity building in South Asia.
It will work to support local member countries of South Asia viz. India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
The aim is to build human and institutional capacity and implement policies for growth and poverty reduction.
4. The Supreme Court has clarified that there is no need to stand inside a cinema hall when the national anthem is featured as a part of a film.
This is second clarification issued by SC on its November 2016 order.
The first clarification directed all persons to stand up when the national anthem is sung or played in a cinema theatre.
5. Sachin Tendulkar has adopted the village of Donja in Maharashtra’s Osmanabad district, under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.
He has sanctioned over Rs.4 crore for the development of the village from his MPLAD fund.
The amount will be spent on development of a new school building, a water Supply scheme, concrete roads and a sewage line attached to it.
6. According to study, India’s air pollution is the world’s deadliest as compared to China.
The report was issued jointly by Health Effects Institute and Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation.
About 1.1 million people to die prematurely each year in India.
International – Across the Globe:
1. Toshiba chairman Shigenori Shiga has resigned to take management responsibility for the loss in company’s nuclear business.
The company projected a 712.5-billion-yen loss for its nuclear business related to the acquisition of CB&I Stone & Webster by its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse.
2. The 2017 UNESCO Natural Heritage Festival was held at Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) in Sairopa, Himachal Pradesh.
The fest was held in collaboration with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII).
The festival feature a media workshop on environmental journalism, discussions on natural and cultural heritage of the Himalayan region and a heritage walk.
3. Military Exercise Cobra Gold 2017 Begins in Thailand.
It is the 36th edition of the multinational military exercise.
Around 30 nations will take part in the exercise that will continue till 24th February 2017.
Sports & Athletics:
1. Adam Voges, Australian batsman, announced his retirement from international cricket.
He has played 20 Tests, scoring 1485 runs at an average of 61.87 – second highest average in Tests after Don Bradman.
He has also figured in 31 One-Day Internationals and scored 870 runs with an average of 45.78.
Awards & Recognition:
1. Usain Bolt wins Laureus ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award for the fourth time.
Simone Biles clinched the ‘Sportswoman of the Year’.
Michael Phelps bagged the ‘Comeback of the Year’ award.
Formula One champion Nico Roseberg claimed the ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ award.
2. Kush Bhagat was awarded the title of Candidate Master (CM) by World Chess Federation body, FIDE.
The title comes after a range of admirable performances by him, over the span of last six months.
Appointments & Resignations:
1. France’s Jean-Pierre Lacroix has been appointed as the Under-Secretary-General for the United Nation’s Peacekeeping Operations.
He has been appointed for the period of one year beginning 1st April 2017.
In his new position, Jean-Pierre Lacroix will be replacing Herve Ladsous, who will step down in March 2017 after six years of service.
2. Shri Ravi Shankar has been concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Rwanda, with residence in Kampala (Uganda).
He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.
Presently he was High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Uganda.
Economics & Banking GK:
1. The ‘name and shame campaign’ initiated by Catholic Syrian Bank seems to have started paying dividends.
The campaign is started for bank employees and retirees against willful defaulters in Kerala.
Of the 30 defaulters identified by the bank with dues of more than ₹50 lakh each, 10 borrowers have already approached the bank.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):
1. The Publications Division and Sasta Sahitya Mandal (SSM) signed a MoU in New Delhi.
The MoU facilitates joint publication of books on heroes of the Indian freedom struggle, cultural leaders and other eminent personalities who worked towards nation development.
The MoU includes joint publication of a set of 20 books out of which 10 books will be selected through each other’s catalogue.
Science & Technology:
1. Scientists have developed novel rubber like material nicknamed thubber which has high thermal conductivity and elasticity.
It is an electrically insulating composite material that exhibits an unprecedented combination of metal-like thermal conductivity.
It has application in developing wearable computing and soft robotics etc.
2. Scientists have found high levels of human-made pollutants, including chemicals that were banned in the 1970s.
These chemicals are found in the tissues of marine creatures dwelling in the deepest oceans of the Earth.
These chemicals were discovered after sampling amphipods from the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana and Kermadec trenches, which are over 10 km deep and 7,000 km apart.
Recent Notable Deaths:
1. Veteran journalist T.V. Parasuram, who served for long as the Washington correspondent of the Indian Express, died on in Maryland. He was 93.
Parasuram, who won a Harvard Niemen Fellow in journalism, was known to take shorthand notes at 170 words per minute and would type almost as fast in the typewriter era.
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