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February 08, 2018

8th February 2018 Events - Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (8th February 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 8th February 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Bermuda has become the world's first country to abolish same-sex marriages, almost a year after it had allowed the same in May 2017.
  • A Bangladesh court today sentenced Opposition leader and two-time ex-PM Khaleda Zia to five years in jail for corruption.
  • The European Commission (EC) has announced that Serbia and Montenegro could join the European Union (EU) in 2025 as part of the EU enlargement plan for the Western Balkans.
National Current Affairs
  • The Union Cabinet has approved implementation of Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF) Scheme for doctoral students pursuing research in areas related to technology. 
    • Aim of PMRF : To realize importance of innovation and technology for progress and development of the nation.
  • Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is going to launch 20 bike ambulances to deal with casualties in the state's tourism belt. 
    • The ambulances will be equipped with basic life-saving equipment and two oxygen cylinders to serve as rapid service at places where four-wheeler ambulances cannot reach. 
    • A total of 100 bike ambulances will be introduced in the next six months.
MOUs & Agreements
  • The Union Cabinet approved signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for Secondment Programme between India and Australia.
    • The MoU will be signed between Department of Economic Affairs (DEA)-Indian Economic Service Cadre and The Treasury, Government of Australia for period of three months.
  • Search Engine giant Google and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has signed an agreement to integrate a course on ‘Digital Citizenship and Safety’ in information and communication technology (ICT) curriculum.
    • The course aims to bring awareness amongst the young generation of India to make Internet a Safe space.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Business magazine Forbes has released its first-ever Crypto Rich List, comprising 20 wealthiest people in the cryptocurrency space. 
    • The list was topped by Ripple Co-founder Chris Larsen, who is estimated to have a crypto net worth of $7.5-8 billion.
    • He is followed by Ethereum Co-founder Joseph Lubin ($1-5 billion) and Founder of cryptocurrency exchange Binance Changpeng Zhao ($1.1-2 billion).
Recent Committees in News
  • The 9 member committee constituted by Karnataka government has submitted it's report recommending separate state flag
    • The committee has recommended new tricolour having yellow (at top), white (in middle) and red (at bottom) colorus, with state’s emblem Gandaberunda (a two-headed mythological bird) in centre. 
    • The white colour in new flag symbolizes peace and captures Karnataka’s image the best, while other two colours are synonymous with Kannada identity.
Books & Authors
  • Bollywood Actress Anjana Sukhani wrote a book titled "Hisaab Kitaab".
    • It’s a hand book for housewives on how-to keep a note on household budgeting.
Science & Technology
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) today announced that it successfully completed the first flight of Hawk-i fighter jet with indigenous Real Time Operating System (RTOS) developed by it.
  • India successfully test-fired indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile
    • The surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, is capable of carrying 500-1,000 kg of warheads.
New Appointments
  • An officer of Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) of 1981 batch, A.K. Prasad has been appointed as the new Financial Commissioner (Railways).
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian women's cricket team pacer Jhulan Goswami has become the first woman in the world to take 200 wickets in ODI cricket.
  • Mumbai Indians have appointed IPL history's leading wicket-taker and their former player Lasith Malinga as the bowling mentor ahead of the 2018 season. 
  • Virat Kohli became the first Indian batsman to score 100 runs by running in an ODI innings, achieving the feat during his 160*(159) against South Africa.
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