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Current Affairs for 1 Feburary 2016
February 1, 2016
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After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement in December that all Japanese citizens would get visas on arrival, the government has decided to extend the facility to businessmen for now. It is planning to include South Korea in this category.


 

DEFENCE PARK: KINFRA GETS CENTRE NOD

1.The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion under the Union Government has approved the proposal submitted by KINFRA to set up a defence park at Ottapalam as part of the Make in India-Make in  Kerala project.

2.This project comes under the Modified Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (MIIUS).

3.The project is intended to create a defence park with modern common infrastructure facilities exclusive for the component manufacturers of the defence industry with Central assistance.

4.Kinfra has acquired the land for development in Palakkad with access of road, railways, airport and seaport.Kinfra has earmarked 60 acres of land for setting up the park.

5.The industrial units in the cluster will be given shared infrastructure facilities for innovative product development.

6.The proposed infrastructure facilities in the park include dedicated power, continuous water supply and communication facilities. The project (`231.35 crore) expects a central assistance of `50 crore.


 

CENTRE TO GIVE RS 148 CRORE TO NATIONAL LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITY 

1.The Union Government is going to give Rs 148 crore to the National Legal Services Authority (NLSA) for providing help to those who cannot afford legal services, chairman of the parliamentary committee on law and justice today said.

2.Standing committee of the Department of Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, headed by its chairman Dr EM Sudarshana Natchiappan, visited Nagpur Central Prison today.

3.Speaking to reporters during the visit, Natchiappan said the Centre was going to provide Rs 148 crore to NLSA.

4.The committee is preparing a report on implementation of legal aid provisions across the prisons in the country.


MAJOR NO.11 FOR NOVAK DJOKOVIC

1.Novak Djokovic crushed Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6(3) at Melbourne Park on Sunday to match Roy Emerson’s record of six Australian Open titles.

2.The defending champion was at his ruthless best under the lights at Rod Laver Arena, mauling Murray in the baseline duels and closing out the match in two hours and 53 minutes.

3.Murray succumbed to his fifth loss in five Australian Open finals, and fourth against the World No.1 Serbian, who claimed his 11th Grand Slam title to draw level with the totals of Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg.

4.The defending champion was at his ruthless best under the lights at Rod Laver Arena, mauling Murray in the baseline duels.

5.For a man who has owned the year’s first Grand Slam for five of the past six years after winning his first in 2008, Djokovic’s celebrations were subdued and he gave Murray a consoling pat on the chest as they shook hands.


 

FUKUOKA, DOHA TO HOST 2021 AND 2023 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

1.Fukuoka, Japan has been named the hosts of the 2021 FINA World Aquatics Championships and Doha, Qatar will organize the 2023 meet, the organization announced on Sunday from Budapest.

2.FINA, the global governing body for 6 aquatic disciplines (pool swimming, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, diving, high diving, and water polo) holds its multi-sport global long course championship in odd numbered years.

3.The two winning cities were chosen from just 3 bidders after bids from Argentina, the UAE, Australia, and Germany pulled out.

Upcoming World Championships hosts:

2016 (short course) – Windsor, Canada

2017 (long course) – Budapest, Hungary

2018 (short course) – Hanzhou, China

2019 (long course) – Gwangju, South Korea

2020 (short course) – Abu Dhabi, UAE

2021 (long course) – Fukoka, Japan

2022 (short course) – TBD

2023 (long course) – Doha, Qatar


 

NASA, INDIA JOIN HANDS FOR ASTROBIOLOGY MISSION

1.Even as India prepares for a second mission to Mars, a team of scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Mars Society Australia and the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany, Lucknow, will mount an expedition to Ladakh this August to study the similarities of certain parts of the region’s topography and microbial life to Martian surroundings.

2.India’s second mission to Mars — scheduled to be in 2020 — will involve collaboration with France and may include a lander or rover — remote controlled vehicles — which can ostensibly better analyse a planet’s surface.

3.“This is the first time that India is part of the Spaceward Bound programme,” said Siddharth Pandey, who is among the coordinators of the expedition “and we hope to have the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) closely involved.” The Spaceward Bound is a NASA project that educates future space explorers and funds expeditions to places with extreme climate conditions.

4.Before Ladakh, there have been expeditions to the deserts such in Atacama, Chile; Mojave, California; Arkaroola, Australia as well as the Arctic and Antarctica, organised since 2006.


‘SPOTLIGHT,’ DIVERSITY WIN BIG AT SAGS

1.Spotlight finally garnered the spotlight this award season, winning the top prize Saturday at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which reflected a diverse cast of winners in movies and television.

2.Although he was snubbed by the Oscars which have been criticized this year for failing to include non-whites in the major acting categories, Idris Elba was shown some serious SAG love. “Two wins in one night is incredible,” Elba said after a pair of honors: outstanding male actor in a supporting role in a movie for Beasts of No Nation as well as male actor in a TV movie or miniseries for Luther.