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Current Affairs for 10 February 2016
February 10, 2016
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FORMER NEPAL PRIME MINISTER SUSHIL KOIRALA PASSES AWAY

1.Koirala succumbed to Pneumonia at 12.50 am, Koirala ‘s private secretary Atul Koirala told the Kathmandu Post, IANS reported.

2.Koirala was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

3.Koirala was not able to attend formal events today.

3.Meanwhile, Nepali Congress postponed its electoral process prior to the General Convention, General Secretary Prakas Man Singh said.


MOBILE PHONES SOLD IN INDIA MAY HAVE LOCAL FONTS BY END OF APRIL

1.Indian fonts may be mandatory for mobile phones sold in the country according to new standards for handsets being finalised by the government, Ram Sewak Sharma, chairman at the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said on Tuesday. The Bureau of Indian Standards is expected to notify the standards that will require handsets to be able to render Indian font messages as well as allow users to type in Hindi, Tamil and other Indian languages, by end of April 2016.


 

GADKARI SEEKS 50% HIKE IN BUDGET ALLOCATION FOR ROADS IN FY17

1.Making Bharat Mala as an umbrella scheme, the Road Ministry estimates investment in border and coastal roads network of 7,000-km stretch for Rs 80,250 crore and another 7,000-km connectivity for backward areas, religious and tourists spots at Rs  85,250 crore, Setubharatam for 1,500 bridges and over-bridges at Rs 30,000 crore, 9,000km stretch of connecting district head quarters at Rs 60,000 crore and the 900 km stretch of Char-Dham connectivity of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri at Rs 11,700 crore.

2.Gadkari has reiterated that construction of highways has gone up to 13 km per day in the last one year compared with just 3 km per day during the last year of previous UPA regime. The target is to step it up further to 30 km per day within two years.

3.Road Ministry aims to award for Rs 5 lakh crore worth of road projects in the next three years


 

BIHAR GOVT. NOD FOR METRO PROJECT IN PATNA

1.The Bihar Cabinet on Tuesday gave green signal to Metro rail project in the State capital that would be carried out in the next five years at an estimated cost of Rs. 16,960 crore.

2.The Cabinet gave its approval to urban development department to send a proposal to JICA and Asian Development Bank for the project, Principal Secretary of Cabinet Coordination Brajesh Malhotra told reporters.

3.The meeting was presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar


399 CRORE TO BE SPENT FOR FAST RESTORATION OF JHELUM EMBANKMENTS

1.Embankments along Jhelum which the swollen river breached in 2014 causing devastating floods, will be restored and other remedied measures taken at a cost of Rs 399 crore over the next two years, a senior government official said.

2.Mr Kansal, who took stock of the progress of dredging work of river Jhelum and inspected various dredging spots including Qamarwari and Mehjoor Nagar here, said work is progressing on a war-footing to increase the carrying capacity of the river and its spill over channel to prevent floods in future.

3.Around 5.86 lakh cubic metres of soil has been excavated so far, he added.


HARYANA GOVT. INKS PACT FOR MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE STATE

1.The Haryana government on Tuesday inked an agreement with Indo-UK Healthcare Private Limited to establish medical institutions in the State with proposed investment of Rs 1,000 crore.

2.This project is expected to generate employment for 3,000 persons.

3.A pact to this effect was signed here Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Devender Singh, on behalf of the Haryana government, and Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, Indo-UK Healthcare Private Limited, Ajay Gupta.

4.Under this agreement, the Haryana government would facilitate Indo-UK Healthcare Private Limited to obtain necessary permissions, registrations, approvals and clearances for the project from the departments concerned in order to ensure the establishment of the project in a time-bound manner.


 

GSI SAYS IT IS SOLE AGENCY TO RESEARCH METEORITE FINDS

1.In the wake of two suspected meteorite falls in Vellore district in the last fortnight, the Geological Survey of India (GSI) has written to the State government seeking a direction to all District Collectors that any such cases be reported to GSI and any finds handed over, as it was the only nodal agency authorised to possess and carry out research on meteorites in the country.

2.As per a circular issued September 2013, the GSI is the custodian of all meteorite finds in India and all such falls or finds have to be registered in the National Meteorite Repository of India in GSI, Kolkata. instantly after reportage.

3.The circular also states that meteorites may be categorised as “contraband items”, entailing a restriction on their free movement both within the country and across the borders. NMRI has over 700 meteorites on display collected from across the country.


 

UN COMMISSIONER CALLS FOR RETURN OF LAND, DE-MILITARISATION IN SRI LANKA

A 2012 satellite image of the Yongbyon nuclear site in North Korea.

1.Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein also calls for reducing the size of the military force in the North and East to a “less intrusive” level.

2.The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, on Tuesday urged the Sri Lankan military to accelerate the return of lands to rightful owners and reduce its size in the Northern and Eastern provinces.

3.Mr. Al Hussein told a press conference at the end of his four-day visit to Sri Lanka that “while some land has been returned in the Jaffna and Trincomalee areas, there are still large tracts which can and should be swiftly given back.”

(According to the Sri Lankan government, about 3,000 acres of land were returned since January 2015 and 2,329 families had been resettled).


 

NORTH KOREA HAS RESTARTED YONGBYON PLUTONIUM REACTOR, US SPY CHIEF SAYS FOLLOWING ROCKET LAUNCH

1.North Korea has restarted a plutonium reactor that could provide fuel for nuclear weapons, US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says.

2.The statement comes days after the North reportedly launched a satellite via a long-range rocket which has been criticised as a guise for developing ballistic missiles.

3.North Korea mothballed the Yongbyon reactor in 2007 under an aid-for-disarmament accord, but began renovating it after its third nuclear test in 2013.


MINISTRY SIGNS MOU WITH CHHATTISGARH GOVERNMENT FOR RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT

 

1.Indian Railways on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chhattisgarh Government to establish a joint venture for laying tracks and expedite implementation of railway projects in the state.

2.Under the MoU, the state government will hold 51 per cent stake and the Indian Railways the balance.The joint venture will focus on project development and implementation, resource mobilisation, land acquisition and monitor the progress of critical rail projects in the state.


 

12TH SOUTH ASIAN GAMES MEDAL TALLY

 

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  India (IND) 78 36 10 124
2  Sri Lanka (SRI) 17 37 33 87
3  Pakistan (PAK) 5 12 20 37
4  Bangladesh (BAN) 3 10 27 40
5  Nepal (NEP) 1 5 15 21
6  Afghanistan (AFG) 0 2 5 7
7  Bhutan (BHU) 0 1 4 5
8  Maldives (MDV) 0 1 1 2
Total 104 104 115 323