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1. The 30th edition of Surajkund International Crafts Mela has begun at Faridabad in Haryana after it was formally inaugurated by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
2. Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) of Union Government has given its final approval to Kerala Government’s approval to set up India’s first Defence Industrial Park at Ottappalam.
3. Maharashtra government has announced Bharatratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Special Collective Incentive Scheme for the economically backward Dalit entrepreneurs.
Under it, special facilities will be given to Dalit entrepreneurs besides the present Collective Incentive Scheme 2013.
4. Maharashtra Government has rolled out Deradicalisation Program for the minority community to counter both home-grown extremism and the global Islamic State (IS) threat.
This program aims at bringing youth especially from the minority community into the mainstream and make coordinated efforts and policies in different 13 sectors for their empowerment.
5. The Odisha government lifted the restrictions on visit of foreign tourists to certain tribal areas in the State. The ban was lifted after three years.
1. Japan’s ShinMaywa Industries is planning to set up manufacturing plant of US-2 amphibious aircraft in India under ‘Make in India’ initiative to cater to international demands.
1. Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth won the 2016 Syed Modi International Grand prix Gold Championship Title of Badminton in men’s singles category.
2. World Number One tennis player Novak Djokovic from Serbia has won the 2016 Australian Open Title in the men’s singles category.
3. Brazilian racing driver Pietro Fittipaldi has won the 2015 MRF Challenge Formula 2000 by winning two of the four races.
4. Aditya Mehta won the 83rd Senior National Snooker Championship in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
5. Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag was appointed as mentor of the Kings XI Punjab team for season 9 of Indian Premier League (IPL).
6. The International Swimming Federation (FINA) announced that the Japanese city of Fukuoka will host the 2021 World Aquatics Championships.
7. India won the three-match T-20 series against Australia, 3-0. In the third and final Twenty20 match played in Sydney, India defeated Australia by seven wickets.
8. Kerala has won the 61st National School Athletics championship which concluded in Kozhikode.
With this, Kerala (host) become champions in the event for the 19th consecutive time.
Awards & Recognition:
1. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was selected for the prestigious K Veeramani Award for Social Justice 2015.
2. Veteran wildlife filmmaker Naresh Bedi was honoured with the V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th edition of the Mumbai International Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films (MIFF 2016).
3. Indian filmmaker Kanu Behl directorial film ‘Titli’ has won the Best First Foreign Film Award conferred by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 2016 (FSCC).
4. Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan was presented with the lifetime achievement award in New Delhi.
He received the honour at NDTV Indian of the Year Awards for his contribution to the film industry.
5. Kerala’s all-women taxicab service She-Taxi received the prestigious Chief Minister’s Award for Innovation in Public Policy 2014 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
It was selected for the recognition in the developmental interventions category.
6. Manipuri documentary film Phum-Shang bagged the prestigious Golden Conch Award for the best documentary film at the 14th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Animation and Short Films (MIFF 2016).
7. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced that it has been rated as the World’s Most Powerful Brand in IT Services by Brand Finance, the world’s leading brand valuation firm.
8. Sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan was selected for the prestigious Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Classical Music Award for 2015-2016.
9. India officially became the Associate Member State of European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).
India is second country outside the European region to be an Associate Member State of EMBO.
First one being Singapore which had signed such agreement with European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC) in 2015.
10. Indian writer Geetu Mohandas won Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award 2016 for her script of yet-to-be shot film Insha Allah.
Mergers & Acquisition:
1. Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google has overtaken Apple as s most valuable company in the world.
Alphabet has made a profit of $4.9 billion in the fourth quarter and was valued at 548 billion dollars followed by Apple which was valued 534 billion dollars.
Appointments & Resignations:
1. Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba took over as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of Mumbai headquartered Western Naval Command (WNC) at a ceremonial parade held at INS Shikra.
2. Senior IPS officer Datta Padsalgikar has been appointed as the Commissioner of Police of Mumbai. He will be 40th Police Commissioner of Mumbai.
3. Senior IFS officer Muktesh Kumar Pardeshi was appointed as India’s Ambassador to Mexico.
4. Kamlesh Kumar Pandey was appointed as the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) for a period of three years.
5. Senior IPS officer Archana Ramasundram (58) was appointed as the Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
With this, she became first woman police officer to lead a central police force that guards the country’s international borders.
6. Union Government has appointed senior IPS officer K Durga Prasad has Director General (DG) of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
7. The Union Government appointed Jai Kumar Garg as Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Corporation Bank for a period of three years.
8. An Indian national Saroj Kumar Jha was in news as he was appointed as the Senior Director for the Fragility, Conflict and Violence Groupat the World Bank.
9. Major General Jai Shanker Menon of India has been appointed as the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).
10. Justice Ramayyagari Subhash Reddy was appointed as Chief Justice of the Gujarat high Court.
11. Former IAS officer D J Pandian has been appointed vice-president and chief investment officer (CIO) of Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
12. Principal Adviser (Cost) Mrs. Aruna Sethi has been appointed as head of Indian Cost Accounts Service (ICoAS).
With this, she becomes first lady ICoAS officer to the topmost post.
13. A US Senate Armed Services Committee has confirmed the nomination of General John Nicholson to the commander of the NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Economics & Banking GK:
1. The World Bank Board approved a 35 million US dollars credit for the Citizen Access to Responsive Services Project.
The Project will improve access to selected public services for the people of Madhya Pradesh (MP) and particularly those belonging to deprived groups.
2. The Himachal Pradesh Government decided to spend 15 crore rupees on Swachh Bharat Mission in tribal district of Kinnaur.
3. The Union Government has constituted two new committees namely Tax Policy Research Unit (TPRU) and Tax Policy Council (TPC) to streamline the taxation policy and administration.
Tax Policy Research Unit (TPRU)
It will assist the TPC in taking appropriate policy decisions and shall prepare tax proposal and analysis of legislative intent.
It will also take decisions on expected increase or decrease in tax collection and economic impact.
It will comprise of officers from CBEC, CBDT as well as economists, researchers, statisticians and legal experts.
Tax Policy Council (TPC)
It shall aim to have a consistent and coherent approach to the issue of tax policy.
It will look at all the research findings coming from TPRU and suggest broad policy measures for taxation.
4. The European Union (EU) approved 3.3 billion Euros in funding to help Turkey cope with the issue of Syrian migrants.
At present, Turkey is home to around 3 million Syrians who fled the country since the beginning of the civil war in 2011.
The funding is aimed at curbing flow of asylum seekers into the Europe by tightening its borders with Turkey.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):
1. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has signed two bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) with United Kingdom (UK).
These APAs were signed with two Indian group entities of a UK based Multi-National Company (MNC) as per the terms of Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) process mentioned in the India-UK Double Tax Avoidance Agreement (DTAA).
2. India and Afghanistan inked a pact for visa-free travel by their diplomats.
3. India and Brunei have signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the fields of defence, health and youth affairs & sports.
4. All 12 Pacific Rim countries have signed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in Auckland, New Zealand making it one of the biggest trade deals in history.
These 12 countries are: Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam, Japan, Canada, United States, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Australia and New Zealand.
5. Reliance Infrastructure Ltd (RInfra) announced the signing of Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Birla Corporation Ltd in relation to 100 percent sale of its subsidiary Reliance Cement Company Private Limited (RCCPL).
6. India through the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology signed a Cooperation Agreement to acquire the status of the Associate Member State European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).
The agreement will strengthen scientific interaction and collaborative research between India and Europe in this field.
Science & Technology:
1. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an international public health emergency over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
2. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) under chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) of Jaipur to delink from its parent company Instrumentation Limited (IL) and turn into an independent Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under Department of Heavy Industry.
It will help REIL to attain a level of growth commensurate with its potential.
3. Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister for Science, Technology and Earth Sciences inaugurated the construction work of Borehole Geophysics Research Laboratory (BGRL) at Hazarmachi, Karad of Maharashtra.
BGRL is being developed at Karad to understand and address the challenges of the seismological problems (natural calamities) of societal relevance in the Koyna Region through drilling investigation.
The program is a unique approach to understand the mechanism of earthquakes in the Koyna region.
It is proposed to drill deep boreholes to reach the depths of earthquakes in this region and set-up a deep borehole observatory.
4. Hyderabad-based vaccines manufacturer Bharat Biotech has announced a breakthrough in developing the world’s first Zika vaccine by developing two candidates.
These two candidates are in an advanced stage of development and could be ready soon after pre-clinical studies concluded in the next five months.
5. Reliance Defence Ltd, a subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, will set up the Dhirubhai Ambani Centre for Innovation and Research in Aerospace in Bengaluru.
The centre, the first-ever of its kind in the private sector in India, will be a world class facility for research, development and innovation in aerospace technology. It will generate more than 1500 highly skilled jobs.
The centre will be a knowledge-driven technology venture and will function as a global centre of aerospace excellence.
6. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) launched the BGR-34, the country’s first anti-diabetic ayurvedic drug for Diabetes. BGR is acronym for blood glucose regulator.
7. India has ratified Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC), 1997 which sets parameters on a nuclear operator’s financial liability.
1. The World Wetlands Day was observed on 2 February 2016 across the globe to mark the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in the city of Ramsar in Iran in 1971.
The theme of World Wetlands Day this year is Wetlands for our Future – Sustainable Livelihoods.
2. Every year World Cancer Day (WCD) is being observed on 4 February across the world to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.
The theme (tagline) for year 2016 WCD is “We can. I can”. It reflects on what everyone can do to raise awareness of cancer and asks to take pledge and action in fight against cancer.
3. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), 2005 completed ten years of implementation on 2nd February 2016.
Under the Act, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme was launched with the objective of providing at least 100 days of employment in rural areas across the country.
1. Veteran British TV and radio presenter Sir Terry Wogan passed away in London after long battle with cancer. He was 77.
2. Former Army Chief General Kotikalapudi Venkata Krishna Rao passed away on 30 January 2016 in New Delhi following a cardiac arrest. He was 92.
3. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Balram Jakhar passed away in New Delhi. He was 92.
4. Economist and former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) S.S. Tarapore passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He was 80.
5. Legendary Urdu fiction writer, novelist, columnist and poet Intizar Husain passed away in Lahore, Pakistan. He was 93.