GK Eduwrap – 17th Feb 2016

Eduwrap Daily 17th feb

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National – Across the India:


1. Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated Jharkhand’s first mega food park at village Getalsud in Ranchi district.

  • Food park has been set up with the project cost of 114.73 crore rupees in an area of 51.50 acres.
  • It will provide better prices to farmers, increase value to agricultural produce, reduce wastage of perishables and create huge opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship for the youth in the state.

2. Commemoration 200th Birth Anniversary of Tatya Tope was observed in NewDelhi.

  • He was one of the notable generals in India’s First War of Independence (1857-58) of Revolt of 1857.
  • On this occasion, Union Ministry of Culture with the support of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library had organized a national conference and special lecture.


International – Across the Globe:


1. Sindh became the first Pakistan province to adopt landmark Hindu Marriage Bill, 2015 to allow the minority community to register their marriages.

  • First time a law passed to safeguard rights of Hindus, since formation of Pakistan in 1947.
  • Minimum age of marriage has fixed by the law as 18 years.
  • It makes mandatory, that a marriage is solemnized after consent of both female and male in the presence of at least two witnesses and registration of the marriage.

2. India has participated in the Cobra Gold 2016 multilateral exercise for the first time, hosted by Indonesia after 12 member Indian Army delegation joined it.

  • Cobra Gold multilateral exercise is the largest Asia-Pacific military exercise held annually in Thailand.
  • Cobra Gold 2016 is 35th edition of multilateral exercise in which 35 countries have participated and its main theme is humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.


Awards & Recognition:


1. The 58th Annual Grammy Awards were announced by the Recording Academy announced at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The best recordings, compositions and artists in the eligibility year, which was from October 2014, to September 2015 announced in this ceremony.

  • Best album of the year (Album-1989 by Taylor Swift)
  • Best record of the year (Album-Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars)
  • Best song of the year (Album-Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge)

Appointments & Resignations:


1. Devaraja Reddy has been appointed as President of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

  • He will have tenure of one year of ICAI which is an apex body of Indian Chartered Accountant.
  • He was Vice President of ICAI for the Council Year 2015-16.
  • He is chartered accountant from past 28 years.


Economics & Banking GK:


1. The Union Government has unveiled a National Capital Goods Policy 2016 to give an incentive to the capital goods sector and the Make in India initiative.

  • It will increase exports of capital goods from the current 27% to 40 % of production and share of domestic capital goods production in terms of demand from 60% to 80% in order to make India a net exporter of capital goods.
  • It will improve technology depth across sub-sectors, ensure mandatory standards, increase skill availability and promote growth and capacity building of MSMEs.
  • It will enhance Indian made capital goods export through a “Heavy Industry Export & Market Development Assistance Scheme (HIEMDA)”.


MoU & Mergers:


1. A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) has been signed between National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) and Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), for commercialization of technologies and intellectual properties (IP) developed at IACS.

  • NRDC is an Enterprise of Department of Scientific & Industrial Research under the aegis of Union Ministry of Science & Technology.
  • IACS is an autonomous and oldest research institute in Kolkata (West Bengal).


Science & Technology:


1. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is going to conduct captive flight trials of an advanced, state-of-the-art Anti-Radiation Missile (ARM) in April-May 2016.

  • ARM is an air-to-surface tactical missile indigenously developed by Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) including its heat seeker.
  • It has a range of 100 to 125 km and will be mounted on combat aircraft Sukhoi (Su-30) and Tejas-Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) and capacity to target enemy’s air defence capabilities by attacking radars and communication facilities by picking up the radiation or signals from these facilities.




1. Indian Railways for the first time won the 36th National Chess team Championship in Bhubaneswar, Odisha by defeating Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) team in the final.




1. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the Former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General passed away in Cairo, Egypt. He was 93.

  • He was born in Cairo on 14 November 1922.
  • He had worked in the administrations of Egyptian Presidents Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak, served as Egypt’s Minister of State (MoS) for Foreign Affairs from 1977 till 1991 and as first Secretary General of La Francophonie, an organisation of French-speaking nations from 1997 to 2002.



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