Current Affair For Month “February, 2017”

Zealandia: Probably 8th Continent

Date: February 20, 2017

A group of geologists believes New Zealand and several surrounding islands, including New Caledonia, should be reclassified as part of an eighth continent called Zealandia, rather than be grouped with Australia in the Australasia region.As the islands are connected by submerged continental crust, which is separate and distinct from Australia and Antarctica, the geologists argue that they should...

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State Bank of India Announces Financial Blockchain Consortium ‘Bankchain’

Date: February 19, 2017

Government-owned State Bank of India (SBI), the largest bank in India, is taking the lead in the launch of a financial blockchain consortium that will include privately-owned banking giants and technology companies.

The announcement follows the recently concluded Reserve Bank of India’s pilot blockchain project. The project involving the use of blockchain technology for trading ap...

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Government e-Marketplace (GeM - gem.gov.in)

Date: February 19, 2017

Public procurement forms a very important part of Government activity and reform in Public Procurement is one of the top priorities of the present Government. Government e-Marketplace (GeM - gem.gov.in) is a very bold step of the Government with the aim to transform the way in which procurement of goods and services is done by the Government Ministries and Departments, Public Sector Undertaking...

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February 20:World Social Justice Day & India's response

Date: February 17, 2017

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, said Martin Luther King. It is not just judicial justice. Judicious society is expected to ensure a just regime across colour, creed, class, caste – any social barrier for an inclusive system so that nobody is excluded.

Exclusion is also against the tenets of social justice. The inclusive society is expected to ensure equal...

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Economic Freedom Index 2017:India Ranked 143

Date: February 17, 2017

India ranked a dismal 143 in an annual index of economic freedom by a top American thinktank, behind its several South Asian neighbours including Pakistan, as progress on market-oriented reforms has been "uneven".

The Heritage Foundation in its Index of Economic Freedom report said despite India sustaining an average annual growth of about 7 per cent over the past five years, growth is ...

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ISRO scripts history, launches 104 satellites in a mission

Date: February 15, 2017

Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) on Wednesday successfully placed a record 104 satellites, including the country's earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series, into the polar sun synchronous orbit.

The PSLV-XL variant rocket standing 44.4 metre tall and weighing 320 ton tore into the morning skies at 9.28 a.m. with a deep throated growl breaking free of the eart...

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‘Aajibaichi Shala’ Is India’s First School For Elder Women

Date: February 15, 2017

When Bringham Young said ‘you educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation,‘ he never mentioned a woman’s age. If there’s a will to learn, a woman can gain as much knowledge she can at 16, at 60, if she decides to.

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11th Biennial Edition Aero India 2017 Takes Off at Bengaluru

Date: February 15, 2017

Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the 11th biennial edition of International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition and declared the Aero India 2017 open today at Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru. This edition of Aero India, for the first time, combines the defence and civil aviation segments into a holistic event with the co involvement of the defence and civil aviation min...

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National Workshop on Training on Autism Certification tools held from 9-11th February, 2017; Know about Autism

Date: February 15, 2017

“2nd three-day Workshop for Training Master Trainers in Autism Tools-INCLEN & ISAA” was organized by the National Trust for the welfare of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, and Multiple Disabilities, a statutory body under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in collaboration with C...

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February 13: World Radio Day

Date: February 14, 2017

The World Radio Day is observed every year on 13th February.The Theme for 2017 is: “Radio is You”.

It was to honour this radio that the United Nations proclaimed 13 February as World Radio Day in 2011, with the vision of celebrating how it helps shape our lives.

To quote from the UNESCO website, “By listening to its audiences and responding to their needs, ...

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