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February 2016 Current Affairs

Union Government set up two panels to reform tax policies

Feb 3, 2016
The TPRU will be a multi-disciplinary body to examine and analyse any fiscal or tax policy referred by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).

Veteran Urdu writer Intizar Hussain died

Feb 3, 2016
He was conferred upon the Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ambassador to Pakistan Philppe Thiebaud in September 2014.

NIIF signed MoU with Rusnano OJSC to set-up Russia-India High Technology Private Equity Fund

Feb 3, 2016
They will establish a joint working group with a view to further develop cooperation between them and work on the development of the definitive agreements based on the principles outlined in the Memorandum.

Union Government to set up a BGRL to understand earthquake mechanism in Koyna region

Feb 3, 2016
BGRL is being developed to understand and address the challenges of the seismological problems of societal relevance in the Koyna Region through drilling investigation.

World Wetlands Day observed with theme Wetlands for our Future – Sustainable Livelihoods

Feb 2, 2016
The day is observed on the same day every year to promote, create awareness and ensure positive and affirmative action for conservation of wetlands.

World Bank approved $35 million to improve citizen access to public services in Madhya Pradesh

Feb 2, 2016
The World Bank’s concessionary lending arm, the International Development Association (IDA) will lend the amount with a maturity of 25 years, including a 5 year grace period.

Jai Kumar Garg appointed as MD and CEO of Corporation Bank

Feb 2, 2016
Garg took charge of the public sector bank on 1 February 2016, succeeding S R Bansal, who superannuated from services as CMD on 31 January 2016.

UK granted licence to use gene editing techniques on human embryos

Feb 2, 2016
With this issuance of license, the UK became one of the first countries in the world to give authorization for experimentation on human embryos.

WHO declared Public Health Emergency of International Concern over Zika virus outbreak

Feb 2, 2016
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a member of the virus family Flaviviridae and the genus Flavivirus, transmitted by daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes, such as A. aegypti.

Saroj Kumar Jha appointed Senior Director for Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group at World Bank

Feb 2, 2016
He was appointed to provide strategic leadership to address the challenge of fragility, conflict and violence, working across the Bank Group and in close collaboration with partners.

Himachal Pradesh to spend 15 crore rupees on Swachh Bharat Mission in Kinnaur

Feb 2, 2016
The funds will be utilized on capacity building and organizing of workshops for awareness.

Vietnam lifted ban on import of Indian groundnut

Feb 2, 2016
Vietnam had temporarily suspended import of groundnuts from India with effect from 6 April 2015 due to interceptions of quarantine pests in consignments of groundnuts exported since January 2015.

Bangladesh Cabinet approved draft of Citizenship Law, 2016 expanding scope for dual citizenship

Feb 2, 2016
The new Law was proposed by amending the existing the Citizenship Act 1951 and consolidating it with the Bangladesh Citizenship Temporary Provisions Order 1972 to help future citizens in the complex immigration world.

Companies Law Committee submitted report recommending changes in the Companies Act, 2013

Feb 2, 2016
It was constituted in June 2015 for examining and making recommendations on the issues arising out of implementation of the Companies Act, 2013.

Archana Ramasundram became 1st woman to head paramilitary force

Feb 2, 2016
Archana Ramasundram appointed as the Director General of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) will serve it till superannuation.

India, Afghanistan signed pact for visa-free travel by diplomats

Feb 2, 2016
The Afghan Chief Executive was informed about India's efforts to expedite implementation of as many as 92 small developmental projects in Afghanistan that are nearing completion.

India, NASA to study Ladakh region under Spaceward Bound programme

Feb 1, 2016
Ladakh was chosen as it offers a cold, high altitude, high UV exposed, dry ecosystem with Mars analogue topological features.

CBDT signed two bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) with United Kingdom

Feb 1, 2016
With this signing, CBDT has concluded three bilateral APAs the first one being a bilateral APA signed with Japan in December 2014. This is a significant step towards providing a stable and predictable tax regime.

Aditya Mehta won 83rd Senior National Snooker Championship

Feb 1, 2016
To win the title, he defeated Manan Chandra 6-3 in the final that was held as part of the National Billiards & Snooker Championship 2016.

30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela started at Faridabad

Feb 1, 2016
Telangana was selected as the Theme State and will showcase its unique culture and rich heritage and about 300 artistes from the state will perform different folk arts.
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