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February 13, 2017

13th February 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (13th February 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 13th February 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (13th February) is World Radio Day.
    • The day is observed every year on the 13 of February to celebrate radio as a forum for entertainment and information, as a bridge of communication for remote communities and its role in empowering people.
    • This day marks the first broadcast by UN radio in 1946.
    • It was proclaimed on 3 November 2011 by UNESCO's 36th General Conference.
    • It was originally proposed by the Kingdom of Spain.
    • First world radio day was observed in the year 2012.
    • Theme of the year 2017 : “Radio is You”
  • India is planning to host a conference on counter-radicalisation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in October 2017.
    • This conference will provide common platform to countries for sharing experiences and ideas on prevention of radicalisation amid rise of Islamic State and other extremist ideologies.
  • The Islamabad High Court in Pakistan has banned Valentine's Day celebrations across the country after accepting a petition which called it un-Islamic. 
    • The court also ordered print and electronic media to stop promoting Valentine's Day immediately. 

National Current Affairs
  • Delhi was formally inaugurated as the capital of British India by Viceroy and Governor-General of India, Lord Irwin, on this day (13th February) in the year 1931. 
    • Emperor of India, George V, had laid the foundation stone of Delhi on December 12, 1911. 
  • The Karnataka government today passed the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2017, in the Legislative Assembly to legalise the traditional buffalo-racing sport Kambala. 
    • Earlier in November, the Karnataka High Court had banned Kambala through an interim order after a petition was filed by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
  • India's first ever floating elementary school has opened on Loktak Lake, the freshwater lake in the country, in Manipur
    • Situated about 50 km from Imphal, the school will not only cater to the need of the children but of the illiterate adults as well. 
    • The school will be accommodating around 25 students and two teachers from the local community.
  • The 11th biennial edition of International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition - Aero India 2017 will be held at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bangalore from February 14-18.

Awards & Honors
  • 59th Grammy Awards :
    • Indian Tabla player Sandeep Das won the Best World Music Album award for 'Sing Me Home'.
    • Singer David Bowie, who passed away on January 10, 2016, won five awards posthumously for his album 'Blackstar'.
    • Singer Adele won five awards including Album Of The Year for '25'.
    • Check Complete Winners of 59th Grammy Awards from HERE
    • Note : Late Indian classical musician Pandit Ravi Shankar won a total of five Grammy Awards in his life time, making him the Indian with most Grammy Awards.  
  • 70th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) :
    • Indian origin British actor Dev Patel was named the Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film 'Lion'.
    • Casey Affleck won the Leading Actor award for 'Manchester by the Sea'. 
    • Viola Davis was named the Best Supporting Actress for her role in 'Fences' at the awards ceremony.
    • Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling starrer 'La La Land' won five awards, including the award for Best Film. 
    • Check complete winners list of 70th BAFTA Awards from HERE.
  • International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) food relief foundation 'Annamrita' has bagged the IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality award in the NGO category for the second time in a row. 
    • Over 12 lakh underprivileged children across India get nutritious and hygienic meals from its 20 centralised, ISO certified kitchens every day through its mid-day meal scheme.
  • Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been awarded a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) honour in recognition of his efforts to fight terrorism.
    • The crown prince was presented 'George Tenet' medal by CIA Director Mike Pompeo in Riyadh.

Science & Technology
  • Navy's survey-class vessel INS Sarvekshak has become India's first warship to install solar panels on board
    • The Navy said the system was 100% reliable and could be used for communication equipment, battery charging and general lightings. 
  • Indian Air Force will induct the country's first indigenous all-weather airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system, also called the 'eye in the sky', on February 14, the first day of Aero India 2017. 
    • The system will have the capability to detect incoming fighters, cruise missiles and even drones from both Pakistan and China, according to reports.

General Knowledge
  • Indian poet and politician, often referred to as the 'Nightingale of India', Sarojini Naidu's 138th birth anniversary is being observed today.
    • She was the 1st woman Governor of a state in Independent India and was commissioned in Uttar Pradesh
    • She was also the 1st Indian woman to become the President of the Indian National Congress. 

Sports Current Affairs
  • English cricketer Joe Root has been appointed as England's new Test captain.
    • With this he becomes the 80th English Test captain.
  • Netherlands' Germaine de Randamie became the 1st winner of the UFC women's featherweight championship after a second-round victory over Holly Holm at the UFC 208 in Brooklyn, New York. 
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