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February 2016 Current Affairs

NASA’s New Horizons mission spotted floating hills on Pluto

Feb 5, 2016
As the nitrogen-dominated ice is dense than water ice, it is believed that newly found water ice hills are floating in a sea of frozen nitrogen and resembles icebergs in Earth’s Arctic Ocean.

ICC appointed Rahul Dravid as member of newly constituted Anti-Corruption Unit Oversight Group

Feb 5, 2016
The group will be headed by the Chairman of the ICC Executive Committee David Peever.

Supporting Syria & the Region Conference 2016 held in London

Feb 5, 2016
The conference was co-hosted by Germany, Kuwait, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United Nations and saw the participation of over 60 countries.

Odisha Government allowed tourists into certain tribal areas after three years ban

Feb 5, 2016
The ban was imposed after two Italian tourists were abducted in Kandhamal district by Maoists three years ago.

India signed agreement to become an Associate Member State of EMBO

Feb 5, 2016
After the signing of an agreement with Singapore by Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC) in July 2015, India became second such country outside the European region.

US General John Nicholson named NATO commander in Afghanistan

Feb 5, 2016
Nicholson who is currently the US Army commander of NATO land forces, would replace Gen John Campbell, who has been leading the Afghan operations for nearly 18 months.

Geetu Mohandas won Global Filmmaking award 2016 for script of Insha Allah

Feb 5, 2016
She won the award for her wonderful narration about an 11 year old boy, Mullakoya who sets off on a treacherous journey from the Lakshadweep Islands in the Arabian Sea to Indian mainland in search of his missing older brother and tired of living in the shadow of the colorful, magical-realist folklore.

10-years of MGNREGA: The way forward

Feb 4, 2016
Touted as one of the largest employment generation programmes in the modern world history, it made the right to employment as a legal right in independent India.

EU approved 3.3 billion euros funding to Turkey to cope with Syrian refugee crisis

Feb 4, 2016
The funding is aimed at curbing flow of asylum seekers into the Europe by tightening its borders with Turkey.

Canadian province of Prince Edward Island & Ontario signed MoUs in Chandigarh

Feb 4, 2016
MoU to facilitate exchanges of faculty and students and collaboration on research and programming was inked.

She-Taxi initiative of Kerala bagged Chief Minister's Award for Innovation

Feb 4, 2016
This initiative was selected for the award considering it as a unique model and its possibility to replicate in other places.

Bharat Biotech unveiled first vaccine candidate Zikavac for Zika Virus

Feb 4, 2016
One of the possible vaccines is recombinant, which means it is created by genetic engineering, while the other was inactivated, and will enter pre-clinical trials in animals in two weeks.

De-radicalisation programme for the minority community rolled out in Maharashtra

Feb 4, 2016
The programme aim at teaching religious texts from all sects in minority schools and provides merits of democratic States and demerits of dictatorships as a separate chapter.

India to participate in Cobra Gold 2016 military exercise in Thailand

Feb 4, 2016
It is among the largest Asia-Pacific multinational military exercise in which the USA participates.

Reliance Defence to set up Dhirubhai Ambani Centre for Innovation & Research in Aerospace in Bengaluru

Feb 4, 2016
The centre, the first-ever of its kind in the private sector in India, will be a world class facility for research, development and innovation in aerospace technology.

Manipuri documentary Phum-Shang won Golden Conch Award at MIFF 2016

Feb 4, 2016
The 52-minute film critically examines the serious environmental problems faced by the Loktak lake, the largest freshwater lake in northeast India.

WHO recommended to rate movies with smoking scenes to protect children from tobacco addiction

Feb 4, 2016
In addition, the it also recommended making media productions that promote smoking ineligible for public subsidies.

World Cancer Day 2016 observed with theme We can. I can.

Feb 4, 2016
The World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

DJ Pandian appointed Vice President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Feb 4, 2016
The retired 1981-batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre had worked on deputation with the World Bank in Washington.

TCS became world's most powerful IT Services brand

Feb 4, 2016
Scoring highly on a wide variety of measures such as familiarity, loyalty, staff satisfaction and corporate reputation, TCS emerged as the IT services industry's most powerful brand with a score of 78.3 points earning it an AA+ rating.
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