Current Affairs Daily Digest – February 08 2018

Latest Current Affairs – February 08 2018

  1. NPCI appoints Biswamohan Mahapatra as non-executive chairman

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has appointed Biswamohan Mahapatra as non-executive chairman for two years.

He succeeds B Sambamurthy who was the interim chairman. Last month NPCI had appointed Dilip Asbe as its managing director and CEO.

  1. Goa CM Parrikar to launch bike ambulances in the state

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is set to launch 20 bike ambulances to deal with casualties in the tourism belt and other hot-spots.

The two-wheeler ambulances, equipped with basic life-saving equipment and two oxygen cylinders will serve as rapid service at places where 108 ambulances (four-wheeler) cannot reach.

  1. Gadkari launches campaign to connect people with Mahayagya

Union minister Nitin Gadkari has launched a campaign to connect people with the “Rashtra Raksha Mahayagya” to be held at the Red Fort Grounds here next month.

Gadkari unveiled a mobile phone number, issued by the organisers, where people can give a missed call to connect with the Mahayagya and get details about the event.

The Mahayagya underscores the eight pledges to honour women, protect the Constitution, environment, public property, ensure cleanliness, exercise right to vote, rid the nation of corruption and eradicate casteism and communalism, which are important for nation-building,.

  1. 14 Coastal Economic Zones being developed under Sagarmala

For promoting port-led industrialization, 14 Coastal Economic Zones (CEZs) covering all the Maritime States and Union Territories have been identified as part of the National Perspective Plan under the Sagarmala Programme.

The Perspective Plans for all 14 CEZs have been prepared in consultation with relevant State Governments and Central Ministries.

Port-led industrialization through the proposed development of CEZ under Sagarmala Programme are expected to provide impetus to the “Make in India” initiative of the Government of India, that will aid in creation of jobs in India.

  1. Nuclear Energy Collaboration With Canada

An agreement between the Government of India and the Government of Canada for Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy was signed on 27.06.2010. Government of India entered into an agreement with M/s CAMECO Inc., Canada for supply of Uranium Ore Concentrate during the period 2015-2020.

Nuclear technologies are being developed and applied in the areas of health, including cancer care; agriculture; food preservation; waste management apart from generation of power.

  1. Bank of Baroda launches ‘Baroda DigiNext’

Bank of Baroda has launched ‘Baroda DigiNext’, a product for digitising cash management of corporate and government customers.

Baroda DigiNext aims at bringing the benefits of the new digital landscape to its corporate and government customers by seamlessly connecting them with their customers, suppliers, employees and revenue departments.

  1. Mou between India-Britain To Improve Transport System And Passenger Service

AMemorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between India and Britain to improve public transport system and passenger services.

The MoU would help in sharing of information in the areas of Public Transport System, passenger services, data analysis, induction of electric vehicles, introduction of technology, ticketing and the provision of passenger information, urban transport planning and policy, institutional organisation of transport, governance and accountability arrangements, project financing, strategy and procurement methodologies, policy development and assessment of technology strategies, operations procurement and contracting, infrastructure maintenance strategies, infrastructure design and delivery etc.

  1. Badminton Asia Team C’ships: Indian women lose to Japan

Rio Olympics silver-medallist P.V. Sindhu was the only one to manage a win over her opponent as the Indian women team lost 4-1 to Japan in the Badminton Asian Team Championships at the Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium.

In the first women’s singles, the Indian heavyweight defeated world No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi 21-19, 21-15 without much fuss.

  1. Jio bags digital rights to broadcast Winter Olympics in India

Reliance Jio’s live television app Jio TV has bagged digital rights to broadcast the Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 across India.

JioTV will work with IOC (International Olympic Committee) to provide comprehensive coverage of the Games in India, thus enabling millions to access live and catch-up content on their mobile devices, on the move.

The Olympic Winter Games — scheduled to be held from February 9 to 25 in PyeongChang County, South Korea — will feature 102 events across 15 sports, including Skiing, Skating, Luge, Ski Jumping, Ice Hockey, Snow Boarding, among others.

  1. Odisha win boys’ hockey gold, Haryana bag girls’ title

Odisha clinched the men’s boys hockey gold after a 2-1 victory over Punjab while Haryana bagged the girls’ title after beating Jharkhand by an identical margin in the summit clash of the Khelo India School Games.

Overall, Haryana won five of the 16 gold contested for, while Punjab won three. Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat and Manipur won two each.

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