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Current Affairs - February 2016

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TNPSC Current Affairs February 2016
Miscellaneous 
  • Important Days
    • February 4 - World Cancer Day
    • February 10 - National Deworming Day
    • February 13 - World Radio Day
    • February 28 - National Science Day
  • Important Persons in News
    • Shiv Shankar Menon - National Security Advisor

    • Sudhir Tailong - famous cartoonist passed away.
    • O N P Kurup - veteran Malayalam poet passed away.
  • Awards
    • Sanrangi maestro Ram Narayan - Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Classical Music Award 2015-2016.

  • Ottapalam
    • India's first defence industrial park to be set up in Ottapalam (Kerala).
  • Faridabad
    • 30th Surajkund International Crafts festival was held in Faridabad in Haryana.
  • Banaras Hindu University - 100 years
    • Banaras Hindu University celebrated its 100th year of inauguration.
    • It was founded in 1916 by Pt Madan Mohan Malviya
Polity
  • Important Appointments
    • 11 new members appointed to TNPSC
      1. R. Pratapkumar
      2. V Subbaiah
      3. S Muthuraj
      4. M Sethuraaman
      5. A V Balusamy
      6. M Madasamy
      7. V Ramamurthy
      8. P Krishnakumar
      9. A Subramanian
      10. N B Punnaiamoorthi
      11. M Rajaram
      • They hold the office for 6 years or upto 62 years of age
    • K Durga Prasad - Appointed as the new Director General of CRPF.
    • Archana Ramasundram - became the first woman to be appointed as the Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal.
Economics
  • Important appointments
    • Aruna Sethi - appointed as the first woman head of Indian cost Accounting Service.
  • Intellectual Property Index
    • India ranks 37th among the 38 countries.
    • IPI was released by United States Chamber of commerce.
Environment & Health
  • Zika Virus
    • It is transmitted by aedes mosquito.
    • WHO declared the outbreak of Zika virus as International Emergency.
    • Zika Virus was first identified in 1947 in Uganda.
  • Poject Sunrise
    • It is a scheme launched by the Union government for prevention of AIDS among the drug addict who take drugs through injections in the 8 North eastern States.
  • BGR-34
    • BGR-34 - Blood Glucose Regulator
    • It is India's First ayurvedic anti-diabetic drug launched by CSIR.
  • Sikkim
    • Sikkim state became the first state in India to become a fully organic State.
    • Union Government has decided to set up National Organic Farming Research Institute in Sikkim.
  • National Air Quality Index
    • Recently the Central Pollution Control Board has released the National Air Quality Index for major cities in india.
    • As per the Index Varanasi tops the list with severe air pollution and followed by Muzzafarpur in Bihar.

Science & Tech
  • Important Appointments
    • Ashok Chawla - appointed as the new chairman of TERI - The Energy and Resources Institute.
  • Ottapallam
    • India's First Defence Industrial park to be set up in Ottapallam in Palakad district of Kerala.
  • Ahmedabad in Gujarat
    • India's first Aviation park to be set up near Bagodara Village in Ahmedabad of Gujarat.
  • US-2 Amphibious Aircraft
    • It is an aircraft which can be landed on both land and water.
    • Japan has planned to set up a manufacturing unit for this aircraft in India as an initiative of Make in India programme.
  • Karnataka Mobile One application
    • This application bagged the gold at the fourth world Government summit held in dubai in the mobile governance category.

Sports
  • 12th South Asian Games
    • It was hosted jointly by Guwahati (in Assam) and Shillong (Capital of Mehgalaya).
  • Australian Open 2016 Titles
    • Men's Singles
      • Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Won Vs Andy Murray (UK)
    • Women's Singles
      •  Angelique Kerber (Germany) Won Vs Serena Williams (USA)
    • Men's Doubles
      • Jamie Murray + Brazil Bruno Soares Won Vs Daniel Nestor + Radek Stepanek
    • Women's Doubles
      • Martina Hingis + Sania Mirza Won Andrea Hlavackova + Lucie Hradecka
    • Mixed Doubles
      • Elena Vesnina + Bruno Soares Won Vs Coco Vandeweghe + Romania Horia Tecau


World
  • International Fleet Review 2016
    • It is an international Military exercise conducted by Indian Navy in Vishakapatnam coast in Andhra pradesh
    • Naval Ships from 50 countries has participated in this event.
  • Morocco - World's Largest Concentrated Solar Plant
    • The world's largest concentrated solar plant project was launched in Morocco.
    • On completion it will have the capacity of 510 MW.
    • In concentration solar plant, the sunlight is focussed to heat up a liquid mixed with water at 400 degree Celcius.
    • The steam thus produced is used to drive a turbine which generates electricity.
  • Surya Kiran IX
  • Sushil Koirala
    • The Former Nepal prime Minister passed away.
  • Harinder Sidhu
    • An Indian origin person who was appointed as the new Australian high Commissioner to India.


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