FEBRUARY 4, 2015 COMPLETE REFERENCE TO CURRENT AFFAIRS

Sports:

  1. The 12-year-old, Saloni Dalal won a Bronze medal in the 200 meter breast stroke swimming event. She became the youngest medal winner in the ongoing 35th National Games in Kerala. She belongs to Karnataka

Business:

  1. The Reserve Bank of India extended the range of collateral that can be used for repo transactions on the country’s interbank market to include bonds issued by multilateral financial institutions such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.
    Currently, such collateral is limited to commercial papers, certificate of deposits, non-convertible debentures, and listed corporate debt securities of more than one year maturity and rated AA or above.
  2. The government has set up a high level panel to suggest a framework to assess CSR activities done by corporates under the companies law.
    The panel, headed by former Home Secretary Anil Baijal

National:

  1. The State Government of Bihar on 3 February 2015 decided to provide free education to the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and girl students till Post Graduation (PG) level in the State. No fee would be taken from SC/ST and girl students at the time of admission in government universities and colleges in Bihar. 
  2. Maharashtra Government is planning to revamp the Jeevan Amrut Yojana (blood-on-call)scheme to make it more beneficial to people.
    About Jeevan Amrut Yojana
    *It is first of its kind scheme in the country, launched in 2014.It aimed at facilitating blood supply to patients scheduled to undergo surgeries and medical procedures in remote areas.
    *The patients, who need the blood, have to pay 450 rupees towards the cost of blood and 50 rupees to 100 rupees as transportation cost depending on the distance after the request (for blood) is placed by the hospital concerned.
  3. Visakhapatnam will be the first city to be taken up for development as a ‘smart city’ by Cisco Systems, the global IT networking major and the implementing company.

International:

  1. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 3 February 2015 ruled that neither Croatia nor Serbia had committed genocide against each other’s populations during the 1990s Balkan Wars sparked by the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.
    The 17-judge panel headed by Judge Peter Tomka
  2. Microsoft on 3 February 2015 launched Outlook app for iOS, Android users. The new app is a replacement for email startup Acompli. Acompli was acquired by Microsoft for 200 million US dollar in December 2014.
  3. Former US judge Mary McGowan Davis was appointed as the new head of United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC’s) Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict.
    She will replace William Schabas
    Earlier in August 2014, UNHRC had appointed three members Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict. This commission was tasked to probe possible war crimes and human rights violations during a month long conflict in Gaza in July 2014.
  4. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) has released its third annual international intellectual property (IP) index list.
    In this list India is placed at 29th rank among the 30 countries. While, US has been placed at the top in the list and Thailand at last position.
  5. World Cancer Day was observed across the world on 4 February. The tagline for the WCD 2015 was Not beyond Us.This day is observed to raise the collective voices for improving the general knowledge around cancer and dismiss the misconceptions about the disease.

Appointments and Resignations:

  1. Madhusudhan Prasad was on 3 February 2015 appointed as the Secretary in the Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD)
  2. LC Goyal has taken charge as the Union Home Secretary. He replaced Anil Goswami who had resigned following a controversy over the arrest of former Union Minister Matang Sinh in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.
  3. India’s second largest software services firm, Infosys has appointed Roopa Kudva as an independent member on its board of directors.
    At present, she is managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO) of Crisil, a subsidiary of global rating agency- Standard & Poor’s.

Awards

  1. India’s Dr. Zakir A. Naik has won the prestigious 2015 King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) in category of Service to Islam. It was announced by Makkah Governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and KFIP Secretary-General Abdullah Al-Othaimeen.
    It is awarded in five categories: Service to Islam; Islamic studies; Arabic Language and Literature; Science; Medicine.
    2015 KFIP other awardees are
    Chemistry– Professor Omar Mwannes Yaghi (US) and Professor Michael Gratzel (Switzerland),
    Islamic studies– Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Kaki.
    Medicine- Jeffrey Ivan Gordon (US).
  2. Indian Journalist-writer Hindol Sengupta’s book Recasting India: How Entrepreneurship is Revolutionizing the World’s Largest Democracy, has been shortlisted for the U.S.’ prestigious Hayek Prize, 2015.
    It is awarded each year to writers whose work best celebrates the principles of Austro-Hungarian Nobel laureate in economics, Friedrich von Hayek


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