February 2016 Current Affairs Download PDF Free – Current 2016

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Aruna Sethi appointed as first woman head of Indian Cost Accounting Service

  • 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.
  • Mrs. Aruna Sethi is a 1985 batch ICoAS officer.

4 February: World Cancer Day – 

  • 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”.

Maharashtra rolls out Deradicalisation Programme in wake of IS threat

  • Maharashtra Government has rolled out Deradicalisation Programme for the minority community to counter both home-grown extremism and the global Islamic State (IS) threat.
  • The plan has been chalked out by the State Home Department that includes a 50-point socio-economic strategy.

US General John Nicholson appointed NATO Commander in Afghanistan

  • A US Senate Armed Services Committee has confirmed the nomination of General John Nicholson to the commander of the NATO forces in Afghanistan.
  • He will succeed outgoing commander US General John Campbell.
  • His appointment comes at a time when serious concerns have been raised about the security situation in Afghanistan.

WHO accords PQP certification to Indian vaccine maker Green Signal Bio Pharma

  • The World Health Organisation (WHO), a UN Health agency has accorded PQP (Pre-qualification of Medicines Programme) certification to Chennai based Green Signal Bio Pharma.
  • The Indian pharmaceutical company was accorded this certification for manufacturing a BCG (Bacillus Calmette–Guérin) vaccine.
  • With this, it became second Indian company to get PQP certification from WHO.

India ratifies Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage

  • India has ratified Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC), 1997 which sets parameters on a nuclear operator’s financial liability.
  • In this regard, India has submitted the Instrument of Ratification of the CSC to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and shall come into force after 90 days i.e May 2016.

India becomes Associate Member of European Molecular Biology Organisation

  • India officially became the Associate Member State of European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).
  • In this regard, Union Ministry of Science and Technology has signed an agreement to acquire the status of Associate Member of EMBO.
  • India is second country outside the European region to be an Associate Member State of EMBO. First one being Singapore.

12th South Asian Games begins in Guwahati

  • The 12th edition of South Asian Games (SAG) has begun in Guwahati, Assam after it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium.
  • The 11-day event is being jointly hosted by Guwahati and Meghalaya capital, Shillong.
  • Over 2,500 athletes from 8 SAARC nations.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) at Lepetkata, Assam and dedicated the facility to the nation.
  • It is the first ever petro-chemical plant located in the entire North-Eastern region of Indian.
  • It has been built at cost of 10000-crore rupees.

Sarangi maestro Ram Narayan chosen for Bhimsen Joshi Award

  • Sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan (88) has been chosen for the prestigious Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Classical Music Award for 2015-2016.
  • Pandit Ram Narayan is first internationally successful sarangi player and has popularised bowed musical instrument as a solo concert instrument in Hindustani classical music.

US Astronaut Edgar Mitchell passes away

  • United States (US) Astronaut Edgar Mitchell passed away Lake Worth, Florida under hospice care.
  • He was 85.
  • He was the sixth man to walk on the Moon.
  • He had spent more than nine hours on the Moon’s surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands region as part of the Apollo 14 mission in 1971.

Noted Political Cartoonist Sudhir Tailang passes away

  • Famous political cartoonist Sudhir Tailang, passed away in Gurgaon, Haryana after battling with brain cancer for a long time.
  • He was 56.
  • He was known for his political cartoons that chronicled contemporary Indian politics with wit and humour.

Project Sunrise launched for prevention of AIDS in NE statesFebruary 2016 Current Affairs Download PDF Free – Current 2016

  • Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda has launched Project Sunrise on for prevention of AIDS specially among people injecting drugs in the 8 North-Eastern states.
  • The AIDS prevention special project aims to diagnose 90 per cent of such drug addicts with HIV and put them under treatment by 2020.

Sapna Devi wins gold medal in women Wushu Taulu competition

  • India’s Sapna Devi has won gold for India in the women Wushu Taulu (Changquan) Competition at the 12th South Asian Games (SAG).
  • She won the medal after scoring 9.45 pts.
  • The silver medal was won by Susmita Tamang of Nepal with a score of 8.72 and bronze medal was won by Nazia Parvaiz of Pakistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicates Paradip Oil Refinery to nation

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated Indian Oil Corporation’s (IOC’s) new state of the art refinery at Paradip in Odisha to the nation.
  • It is overall IOC’s 11th refinery to be set up and has installed capacity of 15 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA).
  • Total cost of built of refinery is 34555 crore rupees.

India-Nepal Combined Military Exercise Surya Kiran IX  at Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand

  • The 9th edition of India-Nepal Combined Military Exercise Surya Kiran IX has commenced at Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand.
  • It culminate on February 21, 2015.
  • The 14-day-long combined battalion Level exercise is being conducted under the aegis of Panchshul Brigade of Central Command.

UP Panchayati Raj Minister Kailash Yadav passes away

  • Uttar Pradesh Panchayati Raj Minister Kailash Yadav passed away in Gurgaon after reportedly suffering a brain stroke.
  • He was 65.
  • He was a senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and a cabinet Minister in the present Akhilesh Yadav government and was considered close to the SP Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Former Prime Minister of Nepal Sushil Koirala passes away

  • Former Prime Minister of Nepal and Nepali Congress (NC) President Sushil Koirala passed away due to Pneumonia in capital city Kathmandu.
  • He was 79.
  • Mr. Koirala was elected as 37th Prime Minister of Nepal from February 10, 2014 till September 2015.

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Union Government releases Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 for North-East

  • Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas (MoPNG) has released the Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 for north-east India.
  • The Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 outlines steps to leverage the hydrocarbon sector for social and economic development of the north-east region.
  • The states covered under it are Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Mizoram and Tripura.

New species of Hydroid discovered in Red Sea

  • An international team of biologists have discovered a new species of hydroid polyps emitting green fluorescence in the Red Sea.
  • These species were found during the investigations of the biodiversity of coral reefs of the archipelago Farasan south of the Red Sea near Saudi Arabia.

Union Government to set up National Organic Farming Research Institute in Sikkim

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  • The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has decided to set up the National Organic Farming Research Institute (NOFRI) in Sikkim.
  • Decision in this regard was taken by Union Agriculture Minister Radha mohan Singh after he met Sikkim Agriculture Minister SomNath Paudiyal in New Delhi.

Singer-songwriter Dan Hicks passes away

  • Renowned American singer-songwriter Dan Hicks passed away after a two-year long battle with throat and liver cancer.
  • He was 74.
  • He was known for his traditional mix of folk, jazz and country music.
  • He was known as the frontman of the acoustic band Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks.

International Fleet Review 2016 held in Visakhapatnam

  • The International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016, an international military exercise hosted and conducted by Indian Navy was inaugurated in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Theme of this edition on IFR is “United through Oceans”
  •  objective is to enhance mutual trust and confidence with neighbouring navies by inviting their ships to participate in the event.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates NISER campus in Odisha

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the permanent campus of National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) in Jatani near Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  • NISER has been established on the lines of IISc Bangalore and its five sister institutions IISERs that are being established at Pune, Kolkata, Mohali, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal.

Joshna Chinappa wins gold medal in women’s individual squash at SAG

  • India’s ace squash player Joshna Chinappa has won the gold medal in women’s individual category at the 12th South Asian Games (SAG).
  • In the final match played at R G Baruah Sports Complex in Guwahati, she defeated Pakistan’s Maria Wazir by 10-12, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 score.

Maharashtra tops in Internet Readiness Index: IIRIS report

  • As per recently released Index of Internet Readiness of Indian States (IIRIS) report, Maharashtra has topped in terms of the overall Internet readiness index.
  • The report has been compiled and published by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Indicus Analytics.

India’s first Aviation Park to come up in Gujarat

  • Gujarat state government has decided to set up India’s first aviation park near Bagodara village in Ahmedabad district to strengthen the aviation sector.
  • In this regard, state government has given this task to Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure Company Ltd (GUJSAIL) to carry out the project.

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Veteran director Aurobindo Mukherjee passes away

  • Veteran film director Aurobindo Mukherjee passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal after ailing from geriatric problems.
  • He was 97.
  • Mukherjee was the maker of cult Bengali classics like ‘Mouchak, ‘Agniswar” and ‘Nishipadma’, all of them starred matinee idol Uttam Kumar in the early 1970s.

Four Indian-Americans selected to US National Academy of Engineering

  • Four Indian-Americans have been selected to the prestigious US National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
  • They are part of total 80 selected members list selected for their valuable contributions to the society.
  • Selected Indian-Americans are Anil K. Jain ,Arati Prabhakar,Ganesh Thakur,K R Sridhar

World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Plant Opened in Morocco

  • The first phase of the world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant was launched in the Souss-Massa-Drâa area in Morocco.
  • It is part of Noor Ouarzazate Solar Complex which will produce enough energy for more than one million Moroccan households on completion by 2018.

Railway Ministry launches 3 IT enabled apps

  • The Union Ministry of Railways has launched 3 IT (Information Technology) enabled apps to bring transparency in Indian Railways on the sidelines of Digital India initiative.
  • These app projects were launched by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu at through Video-Conferencing from Rail Bhawan at a function held in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Three IT enabled apps are –
  1. Hand Held Terminals for TTEs: It is pilot project of Northern Railway that will help in updating status of passenger list of the whole train. Based on the list food-chart/occupancy chart will be manually prepared.
  2. Paperless unreserved ticketing mobile application: It can be used for booking unreserved tickets on many suburban and some long distance routes.
  3. E-booking of disposable linen on trains: Allows passengers to avail bedroll kits through online booking and from IRCTC set up select outlets on the station.

Indian-origin lawyer Davinder Singh named vice-chairman of ICC commission

  • Indian-origin lawyer Davinder Singh (58) has been named as Vice-Chairman of International Chamber of Commerce Commission (ICC) on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-corruption.
  • Mr. Singh is one of top Indian-origin lawyer in Singapore.
  • Currently he is chief executive of the Singapore based law firm Drew & Napier.
  • He was member of Singapore Parliament from 1988-2006.

Soviet football legend Anatoli Ilyin passes away

  • Soviet football legend Anatoly Ilyin passed away in Moscow, Russia.
  • He was 84.
  • Ilyin was best known for scoring winning goal that had helped Russia (then USSR) to win gold medal in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics against Yugoslavia by 1-0 score.

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Geographical Indication tag for Basmati rice of 7 states approved

  • The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) has ordered Chennai based Geographical Indications Registry (GIR) to issue ‘Geographical Indication’ tag for basmati rice.
  • This GI tag will be issued to basmati rice variety grown in 7 states in the Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP) on the foothills of the Himalayas.
  • These states are Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, parts of Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
  • This tag will help to preserve the unique identity of India’s aromatic basmati rice in the international markets

Paper waste turned into non-toxic green Aerogel for first time

  • For the first time, scientists from National University of Singapore (NUS) have successfully converted paper waste into green nontoxic cellulose aerogels.
  • Aerogels are among the lightest solid materials in the world and are also one of the finest insulation materials available.
  • Green Aerogels are ultra-light, non-toxic, extremely strong, flexible and water repellent.

Chettinad Cotton Saree gets Indian Handloom tag

  • The Union textile Ministry has bestowed the Indian Handloom Brand tag on Chettinad cotton saris for its unique designs and identity.
  • This tag was bestowed under the India Handloom Brand Scheme after checking its various quality parameters stipulated by the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

February 10: National Deworming Day

  • Every year on 10 February is observed as National Deworming Day to combat parasitic worm infections among preschool and school-age children across India.
  • This year it is second edition of the observance of this day after it was launched in 2015 by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

India ranks 37th in USCC’s 2016 Intellectual Property Index

  • In recently released Intellectual Property Index (IPI) by United States Chamber of Commerce (USCC), India was ranked 37th among the surveyed 38 countries.
  • These 38 countries benchmarked in the 2016 index accounts for nearly 85% of the global GDP.
  • Venezuela ranked lowest below India at 38th position with 6.42 points on the index.

Pulitzer winning composer Leslie Bassett passes away

  • Pulitzer winning composer Leslie Bassett passed away on 4 February 2016 in Oakwood, Georgia.
  • He was 93.
  • As a master composer he was known for his lush sonorities and ecumenical instrumentation and for compositions of coaxing a vast range of tonal colours from the bits of wood and brass.

Karnataka Mobile One m-governance model wins gold at World Government Summit

  • Karnataka’s flagship mobile-one governance application has won gold medal at the fourth World Government Summit in Dubai, UAE in the m-governance awards category.

Tamar Hahn appointed as Director of United Nations Information Centre

  • Tamar Hahn from Israel has been appointed as the Director of United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • She took the charge of the office after she was appointed to this post by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Pakistan Cricket umpire Asad Rauf banned for 5 years

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has banned Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf for five years after its disciplinary committee found him guilty of corrupt practices.
  • It was announced by BCCI president Shashank Manohar who had headed the disciplinary committee.

Union Government launches 24×7 multi-lingual helpline

  • Union Ministry of Tourism has launched 24×7 Toll Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Info Line for international tourists in 12 international languages.
  • The 12 languages include 10 International languages besides English and Hindi, namely, French, Arabic, Italian, German, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

Noted Urdu poet Nida Fazli passes away

  • Renowned Urdu Poet and well known Bollywood lyricist Nida Fazli passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra following a heart attack.
  • He was 78 years old.
  • He was best known among singers and fans for his elegant presentation of ghazals, nazm and dohaas.

Government sanctions Rs.580 crore for Agartala-Akhaura rail link Project

  • Union Government has sanctioned about 580 crore rupees for Agartala-Akhaura railway link Project to connect Kolkata (West Bengal) with Tripura via Bangladesh.
  • The sanctioned fund will be used for the laying of the five km railway track up to Bangladesh border from Agartala.
  • It is Agartala-Akhaura Railway Link Project.

CPCB releases National Air Quality Indices for 24 cities

  • The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has released National Air Quality Indices (AQI) for 24 cities across India in the month of January 2016.
  • In the list Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) and Muzzafarpur (Bihar) were on the top with an AQI value of 409 points each and were coded as ‘severe’ in terms of air pollution in january 2016

NATO, EU sign agreement on Cyber Defence Cooperation

  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and European Union (EU) have signed an agreement to improve Cooperation in Cyber Defence to counter modern forms of hybrid warfare.
  • In this regard a technical agreement was signed at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium between both organisations which have 22 member countries in common.

Chhattisgarh inks MoU with Indian Railways to form Joint Venture Company

  • Chhattisgarh Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Railway to form a joint venture (JV) company for the expansion of railway tracks in the state.
  • With this Chhattisgarh became 5th state to join hands with the Indian Railways for speedy execution of rail projects through JV route.

Harinder Sidhu appointed as new Australian High Commissioner to India

  • Indian-origin Harinder Sidhu has been appointed as Australian High Commissioner to India.
  • She replaces outgoing High Commissioner Patrick Suckling.
  • She is second envoy from Australia with Indian roots after Peter Varghese who had ancestral roots to southern Indian state of Kerala.

India, UAE ink 9 bilateral agreements for cooperation in various sectors

  • MoU on Technical Cooperation in Cyber Space and Combating Cyber Crime
  • MoU for Participation institutional investors in Infrastructure Investments
  • General Framework Agreement on Renewable Energy Cooperation
  • MoU in the Exploration and use of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes
  • MoU on Bilateral Currency Swap Arrangement ,MoU on Trade
  • MoU for bilateral cooperation in Insurance sector
  • MoU for bilateral cooperation in Insurance sector

MoEFCC declares Wild pig as vermin for year in Uttarakhand

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  • The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has declared Wild Pig (sus scrofa) as vermin in Uttarakhand for a year.
  • In this regard, MoEFCC has used its powers enshrined to it by section 62 of the Wildlife Protection Act (WPA), 1972.

Vilas Tonapi appointed as Director of IIMR

  • Dr. Vilas A. Tonapi has been appointed as Director of Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR).
  • Prior to this appointment, he was working as the Principal Scientist at Seed Science and Technology of the IIMR

Indian Ambassador to Tajikistan Biraja Prasad passes away

  • India’s Ambassador to Tajikistan Biraja Prasad passed away following a massive cardiac arrest.
  • He was the youngest Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer to be appointed as India’s Ambassador to any country.
  • Biraja Prasad’s career as diplomat began after he had joined IFS in 1998.

Vidya Balan awarded Pride of Kerala Award

  • Bollywood actress Vidya Balan has been awarded with the ‘Pride of Kerala’ Award by the World Malayalee Council and Kairali TV.
  • National award-winning actress hails from Kerala and had made her debut in Bollywood in 2005 in Parineeta.

Film on conservation efforts by Nagaland villagers wins award

  • ‘Nagaland is changing, But…’ film has won the Golden Beaver Best Film Award in the institutional category at the 6th National Science Film Festival held in Mumbai.
  • It also has received the technical excellence award for best sound design at the festival.

West Indies wins ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2016

  • West Indies for the first time has won the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup by defeating three time champions India by five wickets played at Mirpur (Bangladesh). In the final match West Indies team achieved the target of 146 runs set by India in in 49.3 overs.

Canada, US, Mexico ink MoU to Cooperate on Climate Change

  • Canada, United States (US) and Mexico have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Climate Change and Energy Collaboration to tap into energy cooperation among three countries.
  • The MoU was signed at the North American Energy Ministers Meeting held in Winnipeg, Canada and hosted by Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr.