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Current Affairs One liner of the Week: 06 February to 12 February 2017

Feb 11, 2017 14:27 IST

The week’s recap covers important current affairs happenings that occurred between 06 February to 12 February 2017 like discovery of ancient undersea landslide,  Sudarsan Pattnaik’s new world record and the world’s worst mass whale stranding among others.

• The Union Cabinet recently approved the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA). The programme aims at - making 6 crore rural households digitally literate

• The Union Government decided to open 56 Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK). The centres will be opened at different locations of many states for delivering passport related services to public. The states include - Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Telangana, West Bengal and Rajasthan

• This iconic monument is going to have a 2.5 meter high bulletproof wall constructed around it – The Eiffel Tower

• This Indian state is going to host a two-day international conference on special education – Kerala

• Scientists have discovered evidence of a massive ancient undersea landslide next to- Australia's Great Barrier Reef

• This Indian sand artist created a Guinness World Record by sculpting the world’s tallest sand castle at Odisha’s Puri beach- Sudarsan Pattnaik

• This Indian cricketer became the first batsman ever to score four double centuries in four successive series – Virat Kohli  

• In one of the world’s worst mass stranding, more than 400 whales got themselves stranded on the shores of– New Zealand

• Person sworn-in as the President of Haiti recently - Jovenel Moise

• Person selected for the prestigious 2016 Dr B C Roy National Award - P Raghu Ram

• Facility developed by ISRO to design, integrate and test novel satellite technologies - Telemetry & Telecommand Processor

• Portal launched by Union Government to ensure transparent award of statutory clearances for mining operations - TAMRA

• The Mission-Eleven-Million programme launched by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is related to – Football

• Veteran agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan received an honorary medallion from this country for his contribution towards development of agricultural practices – Canada

• This regulatory agency announced its plans to set up a separate department to develop a sound framework and process for enforcement action – Reserve Bank of India

• This regulatory agency decided to set up a Standing Committee on Cyber Security - Reserve Bank of India

• This Indian city is all set to host its maiden Global Music and Dance Festival – Amaravati

• The winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine who died recently is - Sir Peter Mansfield

• The two Indian youngsters selected for the third annual Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp are - Aashay Verma and Priyanka Prabhakara

• The Official Mascot of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 is – a clouded leopard called Kheleo

• The person appointed as the Managing Director of the Cushman & Wakefield is - Ritesh Sachdev

• The first phase of polling in the seven-phase assembly elections is going to begin on 11 February 2017 in –Uttar Pradesh

• India’s first National Women’s Parliament (NWP), a three-day conference on women empowerment, is being organised in - Andhra Pradesh

• The Union Government constituted a committee of secretaries to oversee the implementation of this nation-wide programme - Namami Gange Programme

• The book titled ‘Veerappan, Chasing the Brigand’ was written by - K Vijay Kumar

• It is with this country the Union Cabinet gave its approval for signing of a bilateral MoU in the field of health and medicine – Vietnam

• It is with this country the Union Cabinet was apprised of the signing of a bilateral MoU in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation - France

• The first State in the country to establish a cashless system for distribution of food grains is - Gujarat

• Bank that partnered with Fin-tech startup IndiaLends to enable the first time borrowers with no credit history to take loans - IDFC Bank

• This state’s government has announced the introduction of the state’s own civil service awards - Arunachal Pradesh

• The 1984-batch IPS officer of Union Territories cadre, who recently got a fixed two-year tenure to head the Enforcement Directorate following a SC directive, is - Karnal Singh

• India Under-19 team recently clinched One-Day International series against England. The captain of the Indian team is - Abhishek Sharma

• A group of scientists identified the evolutionary pathway that led some plants to turn carnivorous. The findings were published on 6 February 2017 in - Journal Nature Ecology and Evolution

• The first North-East state to implement the e-Cabinet solution for the state cabinet members is - Arunachal Pradesh

• This Republican Senator has been confirmed as the next Attorney General of the United States – Jeff Sessions

• This former Prime Minister won majority consensus in the race for Presidency in civil war stricken Somalia - Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo

• This controversial bill was passed unaltered by Britain’s lower house, the House of Commons on 8 February 2017 – Brexit Bill

• A committee comprising 33 members has been constituted for speedy completion of - Sagarmala Project

• Safe Internet Day was celebrated on – 7 February 2017

• This scheme was modified by the Unio Government to allow erring tax payers to make deposits on one or more occasion - Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme

• The women’s singles title in the 81st Senior National Badminton Championships was won by - Rituparna Das

• The men’s singles title in the 81st Senior National Badminton Championships was won by - Sourabh Verma

• Scientists of this country developed a terahertz transmitter that is capable of transmitting data 10 times faster than 5G – Japan

• The airline that recently launched the world's longest scheduled commercial flight is - Qatar Airways

• Penguin Random House recently announced that a novel titled “The Golden House” will be released in September 2017. The author of the book is - Salman Rushdie

• The Lok Sabha on 7 February 2017 passed the Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2017, which seeks to - enable employers to pay wages to workers through cheque or directly crediting to their accounts

• A census carried out by the Forest and Environment Department of the Odisha Government pointed out to 181 endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in the state. The census was carried out on - 20 January 2017

• The theme of the 2017 Maritime Power Conference is - The Blue Economy: Concept, Constituents and Development

• This famous Battlestar Galactica star passed away on 7 February 2017, after battling from cancer-Richard Hatch

• This mysterious star is the first-ever of its kind to be found in the universe - White Dwarf Pulsar

• The Indian Railway Ministry is set to approve this Union Territory’s first-ever railway link- Andaman and Nicobar Islands

• This Indian-origin sculptor was recently awarded Israel’s Genesis prize-Anish Kapoor

• This country is hosting the 3-day Implementation and Assessment Group meeting of the GICNT partner countries - India

State that signed a tripartite MoU with the Ministry of Tourism for the implementation of the Tourism project - Jammu & Kashmir

Person appointed as the MD and CEO of the Ujjivan Small Finance Bank - Samit Ghosh

Railways Ministry laid the first railway line in Andaman and Nicobar Island that will connect Port Blair to - Diglipur

• Joginder Singh, who passed away recently, was the former Director of - Central Bureau of Investigation

• He resigned as test captain of England cricket teamAlastair Cook

Under the Street Lighting National Programme, this many of number of street bulbs have been replaced with LED Lights throughout the country1.64 million

• The 81st Senior National Badminton Championships was held in Patna

The Union Health Ministry launched the measles-rubella (MR) vaccination campaign in Bengaluru. The crusade against the two diseases will start from five states/UTs - Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Goa and Lakshadweep

• The country that will host the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup basketball tournament is - India

• A group of scientists at the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute confirmed the multiple therapeutic properties of a shrub named - Neurocalyx calycinus

He will be taking over as the acting CEO of Prasar Bharati. His name is - Rajeev Singh

• This Indian state is going to get its first smart police station – Andhra Pradesh

• This technology giant is planning to launch its mobile payment wallet in India Samsung

• The 17th session of senior officials' meeting of BIMSTEC will be held in this country- Nepal

• This new category of service was launched by Uber in the first week of February 2017 - UberHIRE

• Country that successfully tested Dongfeng-5C ballistic missile - China

• Person appointed as the Principal Economic Adviser in the Union Finance Ministry Sanjeev Sanyal

• Person chosen as the Managing Director & CEO of National Stock Exchange - Vikram Limaye

• The renowned Pakistani Urdu novelist and author of the novel named Raja Gidh who passed away recently is - Bano Qudsia

• She is appointed as the Legislative Party leader of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. Her name is- Sasikala Natarajan

• A group of scientists in collaboration with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization conducted two new studies that have shown the emergence of two new groups of rust across various regions of the world in 2016. These are named as - yellow rust and stem rust

• The theme of the 2017 International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is - Building a solid and interactive bridge between Africa and the world to accelerate ending FGM by 2030

• Vijay Goel has laid the foundation stone of 1st centre of excellence for differently -abled sportsmen in - Gandhinagar, Gujarat

• This state’s Chief Minister has launched the Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) to develop its villages and stimulate rural productivity Assam

• This gulf state recorded it lowest ever temperature in February 2017 - Qatar

• Scientists from this country have discovered what could be the world’s earliest emoji - Slovakia

• It is in this city where Indian Navy launched an Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance SystemMumbai

• It is in this State of India Apple Inc. is going to start manufacturing operations Karnataka

• This spacecraft of NASA recently completed its fourth flyby of Jupiter Juno

• It is with this country India signed an MoU for cooperation in the rail sector - Italy

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