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National – Across the India:
1. On the eve of World Cancer Day, a Centre of Integrative Oncology was inaugurated in Noida.
Dr Ajit Sharan, the secretary of the ministry of AYUSH and Dr Saumya Swaminathan, the secretary of the Department of Health Research at National Institute of Cancer Prevention Research (NICPR) inaugurated the facility.
The first idea of a collaboration of AYUSH and NICPR was given by a team of scientists from the United States of America.
This collaboration will definitely lead to the development of novel drugs for cancer prevention and management.
2. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Pannerselvam removed three top officials from CM’s office, who were appointed by former CM J Jayalalithaa.
The move is an indicator for some major political decisions to be heard from the ruling party in few days.
Former chief secretary Sheela Balakrishnan, K N Venkataramanan and A Ramalingam are the three officials who were removed.
International – Across the Globe:
1. The Right to Information (RTI) Act came into force in Sri Lanka.
A piece of legislation aimed at restoring transparency and good governance in a country that has been plagued by corruption and misrule.
TISL will be filing several public interest RTI requests with the relevant public authorities.
It will seek information like that pertaining to the assets and liabilities declarations of the President and the Prime Minister and a request for financial reports of political parties.
2. India and Norway have founded a Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to accelerate life-saving research and development for epidemics.
An R&D blueprint for action to prevent epidemics will be prepared to develop a research and development blueprint during epidemics.
The CEPI will prioritize list of diseases against which vaccines are most feasible to overcome barriers for development of vaccines.
Sports & Athletics:
1. The player auction of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held on February 20th in Bengaluru.
So far, more than 750 players have registered for the Player Auction 2017.
As per an official BCCI release, auction will have eight franchises having a total balance purse of Rs 143.3 crore for player bids for the upcoming season.
Appointments & Resignations:
1. Sanjeev Sanyal, economist, author and former global strategist and Managing Director of Deutshe Bank, has been appointed as the principal economic adviser in the finance ministry.
He has been appointed on contract for a three-year period from the date of assumption of charge of the post or until further orders.
Sanyal, an alum of Delhi’s Shri Ram College of Commerce and the University of Oxford, has worked extensively in global financial markets.
The World Economic Forum named him the Young Global Leader 2010.
2. The National Stock Exchange (NSE), India’s largest stock exchange by turnover, named Vikram Limaye, Managing Director of IDFC, as the new Managing Director.
The board of directors of NSE, chaired by former finance secretary Ashok Chawla, cleared the decision.
He will fill the post vacant after the resignation of Chitra Ramachandra.
NSE is in the process of going public. It has already filed for its IPO and it likely to hit the market by March.
3. Former Deputy CAG Suman Saxena, Mukulita Vijaywargiya and Navrang Saini have been appointed as whole-time members in Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI).
Vijaywargiya, an officer of Indian Legal Service, is working as Additional Secretary in Ministry of Law and Justice.
Saini, who belongs to Indian Corporate Law Service, is Director General in Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
The board is mandated to regulate the functioning of insolvency professionals, insolvency professional agencies and information utilities under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.
4. Pakistan’s High Commissioner in India Abdul Basit is set to replace Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary as the new Foreign Secretary.
Chaudhary has been designated to become country’s envoy in the US.
Pakistan will take decision about new the high commissioner in India after return of Basit.
Economics & Banking GK:
1. The Reserve Bank will soon put into circulation new Rs 100 banknotes which will be similar to the design of the ones in Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005.
The notes will bear the signature of Dr Urjit R Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India.
The year of printing ‘2017’ will be on the reverse of the banknote.
All the banknotes in the denomination of Rs 100 issued by the Bank in the past will continue to be legal tender.
2. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday introduced a Bill on demonetization in the Lok Sabha to formally make the banning of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes a law.
The bill seeks to replace the ordinance on demonetization promulgated by the government in December 2016.
The Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Bill states holding, transfer and receiving of the recalled Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes will amount to a criminal offence punishable with a minimum fine of Rs 10,000.
3. Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das expressed confidence that the economy will grow upwards of 7 per cent next fiscal.
He said there will be transient impact of demonetization on the economy, but it will not spill over to the next fiscal.
He also said that a large part of economy is moving towards digital transactions.
1. A truly global event taking place every year on 4 February, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.
It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.
Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years).
World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds and in the world’s media.
Recent Notable Deaths:
1. Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Joginder Singh passed away after a prolonged illness. He was 77.
Singh, who was the CBI director for between 1996-97 was an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer.
He has been serving as an Independent Non- Executive Director of Sunil Healthcare Ltd. since January, 2000.
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