2nd week of Feb - 2017 (English)

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign as part of Universal Immunization Programme in Bengaluru.

Sports Minister Vijay Goel lays the Foundation Stone for the first ever training center dedicated for Para Athletes at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

World’s smallest pacemaker dubbed as Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) was successfully implanted by US scientists. It is one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker and is the only wireless pacemaker approved for use in the US.

Indian Navy has launched an Integrated Underwater Harbour Defense and Surveillance System (IUHDSS) in Mumbai.

A 16 member committee of experts has been constituted by Ministry of AYUSH to prepare a Yoga Protocol for Diabetes Control. The Committee is headed by Dr. H.R. Nagendra.

India and Vietnam share a strategic partnership. Defense cooperation, including supply of defense equipment, is an important aspect of this partnership.

Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LR-SAM) and Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MR-SAM) are jointly developed by Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI).

The Finance Act, 2016 amended the Income-tax Act, 1961 (the Act) to provide that 40% of the amount payable to the employee subscriber of NPS on his closure of account or his opting out of the scheme, shall be exempt from tax.

V K Sasikala was set to become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu as the AIADMK Legislature Party elected her as its leader.

India and Venezuela have stepped up cooperation in various sectors, including pharmaceutical industry and education and a new student exchange programme involving a petroleum university in the country, expected to begin soon.

India defeated Malaysia to win the gold medal in the boys’ team event at the Asian Junior Squash Championships in Hong Kong.

Sweden’s deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin signed a climate bill aimed at cutting all greenhouse gas emissions in the country by 2045.

A penalty of equal amount will be levied for any cash transaction of over ₹3 lakh from April 1, 2017.

India will allow non-state mining companies to mine and sell coal for the first time in more than four decades. The Coal Ministry will auction four mines to both state-run and private companies in April.

Pink Polling Booth were installed to Encourage Young Voters in Goa. Pink teddy bears were distributed at the specially designed polling stations, in a bid to incentivize young voters to vote.

England Test captain Alastair Cook has been honoured with Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). The 32-year-old is the only England player to have scored over 10,000 runs in Tests and has also led England in the most number of Tests.

Virat Kohli became the second Indian after Sachin Tendulkar to feature on the cover of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, an annual cricket reference book published in the UK.

American startup Planet Labs, that launches small satellites into orbit and sells the imagery, has announced its acquisition of Google’s ‘Terra Bella’ satellite business. Terra Bella, formerly Skybox, was acquired by Google in 2014 for $500 million.

Renowned Indian-origin British sculptor Anish Kapoor has been selected for Israel’s prestigious Genesis Prize for his commitment to Jewish values.

China’s newly-formed Rocket Force has held an exercise with advanced DF-16 medium-range ballistic missile with a range of over 1,000 kms.

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar will be conferred with D.Litt by the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) for her contribution in the field of music.

The Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) announced that India will host the World Billiards Championship for the next four years.

Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) has partnered with Indian mobile wallet major, MobiKwik to introduce digital ticket payment across its fleet of 8000 passenger buses. The tie-up will enable commuters to book tickets by scanning a QR code within seconds without standing in queues.

Member (Finance) in Prasar Bharati, Rajiv Singh took over as the acting CEO of the country’s public service broadcaster.

Sports Minister Vijay Goel laid the Foundation Stone at Sector – 25 Gandhinagar, Gujarat for the first ever training centre dedicated for Para Athletes.

Aiming to empower women, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly will host the country’s first National Women’s Parliament in Amravati. The three-day event will see girl students connecting with 401 women legislators, 91 women Members of Parliament and 300 social and corporate women leaders of India and overseas.

India and Austria signed a protocol to amend their existing bilateral taxation treaty to prevent tax evasion.

Private lender IDFC Bank picked up a 5 per cent stake in financial services major IIFL Holdings.

Reserve Bank of India has kept repo rate unchanged at 6.25 per cent in its sixth bi-monthly monetary policy review. With this all the major policy rates are unchanged.

N Chandrasekaran, chairman designate of Tata Sons has been elected as Chairman of Tata Steel Board. He is currently the CEO and Managing Director of Tata Consultancy Services.

Surakhpur village in south-west Delhi became the first fully digital payment enabled village of the national capital.

Private sector lenders HDFC Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank have gone live with the Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS). The BBPS is a centralised system created by the National Payments Corporation, involving banks and non-banks.

Jovenel Moise sworn in as Haiti’s President. He will serve a five-year term.

Enforcement Directorate (ED) chief Karnal Singh has been given a fixed tenure of two years.

India will host the first-ever meeting of national security chiefs of BIMSTEC member countries to discuss action against terrorism, extremism and radicalization.

Ministry of Tourism, NPCC, NBCC and Government of Jammu and Kashmir signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for implementation of Tourism projects in Jammu and Kashmir.

Sourabh Varma defeated Lakshya Sen to win the men’s singles title at the 81st Senior Badminton National Championship.

The Odisha government accorded in-principle approval to a proposal for hosting the 14th Men’s Hockey World Cup-2018 in Bhubaneswar.

Dr Shawna Pandya, a neurosurgeon working at Canada’s Alberta University Hospital has been selected for a space mission. With this, she would be the third Indian-origin woman to go to space.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh released the book titled ‘Veerappan, Chasing the Brigand’, written by K. Vijay Kumar, Senior Security Adviser, Ministry of Home Affairs.

National Stock Exchange (NSE) has appointed IDFC chief Vikram Limaye as its new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

Surgeon P Raghu Ram has been awarded with the prestigious Dr B C Roy national award 2016 for outstanding service in the field of socio medical relief.

According to a report by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC), India has been ranked 43rd in the list of 45 global economies in the intellectual property index.

Former Prime Minister of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, sworn in as the new president of the country.

The government approved signing of an agreement between India and Senegal in the field of health and medicine which includes cooperation in AIDS control, integrated disease surveillance and emergency relief.

Sony BBC Earth will be launched soon. This factual entertainment channel has appointed Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan as its brand ambassador.

Jeff Sessions has been confirmed to be the next attorney general of USA.

Cab aggregation service provider Ola has appointed Badri Raghavan as its Chief Data Scientist.

The government appointed three non-official directors – Ashok Gulati, Manish Sabharwal and Rajiv Kumar on the all-powerful central board of Reserve Bank of India. These Directors have been appointed for four years.

Hemant Bhargava has been appointed as the Managing Director of Insurance Company Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India.

Technology major Google will set up the world’s Google Station in Pune. Google has bagged the ₹150 crore contract in collaboration with IBM, Larsen & Toubro and RailTel from the Pune Smart City Development Corporation.

Physicist Peter Mansfield died. He was 83. Mansfield was awarded with the Nobel Prize for helping to invent MRI scanners.

Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel industry, has been named Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as its ‘primary technology partner’.

Additional Chief Conservator of Forests in Himachal Pradesh N. Nanda has been appointed as expert member of the National Green Tribunal.

A book ‘Pakistan – Courting the Abyss’ by Security expert, Tilak Devashar was released in Jaipur.

For the first time, two Indian players, Akshay Verma and Priyanka Prabhakara, have been selected in a 67-strong international group of boys and girls for the NBA and FIBA’s third annual ‘Basketball without Borders’ Global Camp in New Orleans, USA.

Indian football team lost a place in the latest FIFA World Rankings to reach 130th position.

Indian captain Virat Kohli surpassed the legendary Sir Donald Bradman and Rahul Dravid by

becoming the first batsman to score double hundreds in four successive Test series.

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