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    Current Affairs : February 16 2017

    INDIAN AFFAIRS

    Cabinet Approvals on February 15, 2017

    i. The Union Government chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra

    Modi on February 15, 2017 approved setting up of Food

    Legumes Research Platform (FLRP) at Amlaha, Sehore

    inMadhya Pradesh for meeting the emerging food security

    challenges.

    ii. The Cabinet approved the signing of Air Services

    Agreement between India and Rwanda which will enable the

    airlines of the two countries to operate services in each others

    territory.

    iii. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its approval

    to award contract in 31 contract areas under Discovered

    Small Fields Policy 2016 undertaken last year

    iv. The Union Cabinet approved the merger of the State Bank

    of India with its 5 subsidiary banks namely State Bank of

    Bikaner and Jaipur; State Bank of Hyderabad; State Bank of

    Mysore; State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of Travancore.

    Indian Panaroma Film Festival Begins in Port Blair

    i. The Indian Panorama Film Festival kicked off in Port

    Blair on February 15, 2017.

    ii. The five day film festival has been organized by the

    Directorate of Information, Publicity & Tourism, Andaman &

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    Nicobar Administrationin association with the Ministry of

    Information & Broadcasting and Directorate of Film

    Festivals/IFFI, New Delhi, Govt of India.

    iii .The festival was inaugurated by the Chief Secretary, Andaman

    & Nicobar Administration,Shri Anindo Majumdar at DBRAIT

    Auditorium, Dollygunj, Port Blair.

    iv. The inauguration was followed by screening of the film

    Bahubali (Telegu) directed by SS. Rajamauli.

    v. About 15 films of different languages and different genre will

    be screened at two different venues including PBMC Auditorium

    and ITF Ground during the festival.

    vi. The event will conclude on February 19, 2017.

    Himachal Pradesh Governor Inaugurates Campaign against

    Drug Addiction

    i. The Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat inaugurated

    a Campaign againstDrug Addiction on February 15, 2017

    organized by Shimla Press Club in Shimla.

    ii. The campaign aims to make the state drug free.

    iii .The Governor has announced to grant Rs 1 lakh to the Press

    Club Shimla for organising the campaign against drugs

    iv. Through the campaign, the state will make effort to eradicate

    drugs that not only affect the physical and mental health of the

    addict but also lead them towards increase in crime.

    Hill stations in Himachal Pradesh

    Manali, Shimla, Kufri & Chail, Kasauli, Kaso

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    Kerala cabinet Gives In-Principle Approval for Greenfield

    Airport at Sabarimala

    i. The Kerala cabinet gave its in-principle approval on February

    15, 2017 for setting up aGreenfield Airport at pilgrim centre

    Sabarimala located at the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Western

    Ghat mountain ranges of Pathanamthitta District, Kerala.

    ii. The state government has also directed Kerala State

    Industrial Development Corp (KSIDC) to conduct a study on

    the proposed airport.

    iii. Lakhs of devotees visits the Sabarimala hill shrine each year

    and in recent years the number of pilgrims visiting the temple

    had gone up especially during November-JanuaryMandala-

    Makaravilakku pilgrim festival season.

    iv. Thus the airport will cater to the needs of lakhs of devotees

    who visit the famous Lord Ayyappa hill shrine every year

    by reducing the traffic congestion. Currently, only road ways

    medium is available to reach the hill shrine.

    Airports in Kerala

    Cochin International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram International

    Airport, Calicut International Airport, Kannur Airport, Kollam

    Airport.

    Shri Radha Mohan Singh Inaugurated 2017 Indian Seed

    Congress in Kolkata

    i. The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri

    Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated the Indian Seed Congress

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    2017 in Kolkata on February 12, 2017.

    ii. The theme of Seed Congress is Seed of Joy.

    iii. The theme is in line with vision of PM Modi government to

    bring happiness and prosperity in the lives of farmers by doubling

    their farm income by 2022.

    iv. The minister emphasized that to enhance the productivity of

    good quality seeds the centre has directed the state governments

    to prepare variety wise seed rolling plants to meet year wise,

    season wise requirements of quality seeds.

    v. These rolling plants would help in improving the Seed

    replacement rate along with Variety replacement rate so that

    sustainable agricultural production and productivity could be

    ensured.

    vi. Besides vegetable seeds, the conclave also stressed on the

    production of hybrid seeds of maize, paddy, pearl millet and

    cotton for export to African countries.

    vii. Indian seed industry has the potential to become a major

    industry to supply quality seeds in global markets.

    International Conference on NexGen Technologies for

    Mining and Fuel Industries-NxGnMiFu-2017 inaugurated in

    New Delhi

    i. Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Science Dr.

    Harsh Vardhan has inaugurated the three day International

    Conference on NexGen Technologies for Mining and Fuel

    Industries (NxGnMiFu-2017) in New Delhi on February 15,

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    2017

    ii. Aim : To innovate new techniques, technologies and

    applications for clean, safe, symbiotic sustenance of society,

    environment and industries in post-2020 era.

    iii. The conference was organised by CSIR-Central Institute of

    Mining and Fuel Research, Dhanbad as a part of CSIR-Platinum

    Jubilee Celebration to commemorate 75th year of its

    foundation.

    iv. An industrial exhibition is also being organised in the Vigyan

    Bhawan lawns and will run in parallel with the technical sessions.

    v. Eight distinguished luminaries from the mining, fuel sectors,

    800 delegates from India and 50 delegates from countries like,

    UK, Australia, China, Republic of Korea, Czech Republic,

    Germany, USA, Japan, Canada, South Africa, Nigeria etc. have

    expected to participante in the event.

    INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

    India Ranked 143 in the 2017 Index of Economic Freedom

    Index

    i. India has been ranked 143 out of 186 economies in the

    annual Index of Economic Freedom 2017 released by top US

    based Think Tank, The Heritage Foundation.The Index

    measures the degree of economic freedom in the countries of the

    world.

    ii. Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand are the top three

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    nations in the Index respectively.

    iii. India has been placed in the category of Mostly Unfree

    Economies in which the points ranges from 50.0-59.9.

    iv. Among South Asian countries, only Afghanistan (163) and

    Maldives (157) were ranked below India. Nepal (125), Sri Lanka

    (112), Pakistan (141), Bhutan (107), and Bangladesh (128)

    surpassed India in economic freedom

    UNICEF Makes $110 Million Appeal for Sudan Children

    i. The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) has launched

    a $110 million appeal on February 15, 2017 to help two million

    acutely malnourished children across Sudan including

    hundreds of thousands living in conflict areas

    ii. Sudan is home to around 13 percent of all children suffering

    from acute malnutrition across Africa. Two million children under

    five in Sudan are acutely malnourished.

    iii .They have been displaced due to violence in Darfur, Regions

    of South and North Kordofan, Blue Nile and Abyei while many

    separated from their relatives and affected by grave violations.

    iv. UNICEF has spent about $500 million in Sudan over the past

    five years and increasingly aims to tap funds from inside Sudan.

    United Nations International Childrens Fund

    The United Nations International Childrens Fund is a United

    Nations programme that provides humanitarian and

    developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing

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    countries.

    Headquarters: New York City, United States

    CEO: Anthony Lake

    Founded: 11 December 1946

    BANKING & FINANCE

    RBI will Reimburse Banks MDR Charges Effective January

    1, 2017

    i. The Reserve Bank of India has decided to

    reimburse banks Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) charges on

    debit cards used by citizens for payment with effect fr

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