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February 16, 2017

16th February 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (16th February 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 16th February 2017

International Current Affairs
  • US President Donald Trump today lifted anti-corruption rules which forced oil companies to disclose payments made to foreign governments to secure mining and drilling rights. 
    • The regulations were a part of financial reforms passed by the Barack Obama administration after the 2008 financial crisis. 
    • The oil industry had opposed the rules claiming they gave global rivals a competitive edge.
National Current Affairs
  • Delhi Police today celebrated its 70th Raising Day with a ceremonial march at Kingsway Camp in New Delhi. 
    • Note : February 16 is celebrated as the Raising Day to commemorate the day DW Mehra was appointed as Delhi's first Inspector General in 1948. 
  • The Bihar Cabinet today passed a proposed amendment to the state service rules forbidding government employees from consuming alcohol anywhere in the state. 
    • The service rules earlier prohibited government servants from consuming alcohol or any other intoxicant at workplace only. 
    • Note : This comes after the Bihar government imposed a liquor-ban policy across the state in April last year.
  • The Centre today launched an initiative to provide pre-loaded SIM cards to foreign tourists arriving in India on e-Visa. 
    • The initiative was launched along with state-run telecom company BSNL
    • The SIM cards will have ₹50 talk time and 50 MB data. 
    • The SIM will be activated on an immediate basis so that tourists can use the facility instantly.
New Appointments
  • Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup has been appointed as the High Commissioner of India to Canada
    • He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986 and had served in countries like Turkey, the US, Ethiopia, the UK, and South Africa.
    • Important Note : Swarup had also penned a novel, 'Q & A', which served as the inspiration for Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire.
  • AIADMK chief Sasikala Natarajan's choice, Edappadi K Palanisamy, was today sworn in as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, along with 30 ministers of the state cabinet. 
    • He has been given 15 days to prove his majority in the Assembly. 
    • Note : Palanisamy previously served as the Minister for Highways and Minor Ports in the state.
  • Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has hired Matt Idema, its first ever Chief Operating Officer (COO), since its initial release back in 2009. 
    • Until now, Idema was leading product marketing for all of Facebook's business products worldwide. 
  • 5 new judges were appointed to the Supreme Court today, taking its working strength to 28. 
    • The new judges elevated to the apex court include four chief justices of state high courts and a sitting Karnataka High Court judge. Notably, the Supreme Court has a total sanctioned strength of 31 judges.
    • The Newly Appointed Judges are
      • Sanjay Kishan Kaul - Chief Justices of the High Court of Madras
      • Dipak Gupta - Chief Justices of the High Court of Chhattisgarh
      • Mohan M. Shantanagoudar - Chief Justices of the High Court of Kerala
      • S. Abdul Nazeer - Chief Justices of the High Court of Karnataka
      • Navin Sinha - Chief Justices of the High Court of Rajasthan
Awards & Honors
  • Shand Panesar, an Indian-origin constable with Scotland Yard, has been awarded 2017's Outstanding Bravery of the Year Award
    • Panesar was given the award for risking his life with a colleague to rescue a couple from a burning building in London last September. 
  • The AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), New Delhi has won the first prize among all central government hospitals and a ₹5 crore cash reward for maintaining high standards of sanitation and hygiene under the Centre's Kayakalp awards
    • North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences in Shillong bagged the second prize while PGIMER, Chandigarh received the third prize.
  • Veteran actress Rekha will hand over actor Shah Rukh Khan the 4th Yash Chopra Memorial Award during a ceremony which will be held on February 25. 
    • The award commemorates the late director-producer by honouring excellence in various spheres of cinema like acting and music.
Business & Economic Affairs
  • Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today announced that the Cabinet has approved the merger of State Bank of India with its 5 subsidiary banks
    • The associate banks include State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Travancore, and State Bank of Hyderabad. 
    • The proposal was cleared by SBI last year.
  • India's foodgrain production is expected to rise by 8.1% from last year to a record high of 271.98 million tonnes
    • The rise has been attributed to good monsoon rains, which have ultimately improved yields. 
    • The production of wheat is likely to rise by 4.7% from last year to 96.64 million tonnes, Agriculture Ministry announced in a statement.
  • Tata Motors today announced a partnership with technology major Microsoft to develop India's first cloud-connected smart cars
    • The first vehicle showcasing the companies' technology will be unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 7 under the newly launched 'TAMO' brand
    • This comes after Tata Motors said it would premiere its first sports car 'Futuro' at the event.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian professional boxer Vijender Singh is set to face WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion China's Zulpikar Maimaitiali on April 1 in Mumbai for the title. 
    • The 31-year-old Olympic bronze medal winner, who defeated Tanzania's Francis Cheka in his title defence in December last year, is undefeated in the circuit so far. 
    • Zulpikar has fought in eight bouts so far.
Science & Technology
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has released a video footage from the onboard camera of the PSLV-C37, providing a ‘selfie’ view of the 104 satellite launch mission
    • You can watch that video from HERE
    • Note : ISRO created history by successfully launching 104 earth-observation satellites, which were placed in their orbits within 28 minutes, on a single mission on February 15.
Question of the Day
  • How many foreign satellites has ISRO launched since 1999 ?
    • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched a total of 180 foreign satellites through its launch vehicles since 1999.
      • The US has been the biggest customer of the Indian space agency with 114 satellites launched while Canada comes second on the list with 11 launches
      • Important Note :  India became the sixth nation to launch its own rocket in 1980.
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