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Current Affairs for 8 February 2016
February 8, 2016
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NORTH KOREA CLAIMS LONG-RANGE ROCKET SUCCESS

1.North Korea says it has successfully put a satellite into orbit with a rocket launch that is being widely condemned as a disguised long-range missile test.

2.The isolated Communist state is banned by UN resolutions from carrying out any ballistic missile activities.

3.John Sudworth reports from Beijing.


 

BJP, BJD TAKE CREDIT FOR SETTING UP PARADIP REFINERY

1.While the CM in his speech lauds Biju Patnaik for his efforts, the PM tries to play it down

2.Although BJP and BJD had reached an unwritten compromise not to boo Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during their speeches at the ceremony marking the inauguration of Paradip Refinery, the crowd remained largely partisan waving their respective party flags here on Sunday.

3.In the run-up to the inauguration, both parties had undertaken massive publicity drive to take credit for the establishment of 15 MMTPA refinery leading to a poster war at Paradip as well as Bhubaneswar.


MINISTRY NOD FOR ONE ENTRANCE TEST FOR MEDICAL COURSES

1.The Union Health Ministry has cleared an amendment to a law, which, if cleared by Parliament, will allow the Medical Council of India to conduct a single, common entrance test for admissions for undergraduate and post-graduate medical courses across the country.

2.The test may be introduced in 2016 if the Cabinet approves the proposal. A draft note has been circulated among the Ministries before it is presented to the Cabinet, a senior Health Ministry official told PTI.

3.After Cabinet clearance, the amended Indian Medical Council Act needs to be cleared by Parliament for the MCI to finally have the power to conduct such an examination.

4.If it comes into being, students will be spared the burden of traversing the length and breadth of the country and pay multiple entrance fees to take several tests for a shot at a medical seat. The MCI, it is learnt, has told the government that it could either notify an existing examination, for instance, the All-India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT), or a new one as the common test.


 

MANPAT PIPS BINDRA FOR GOLD

1.Rakesh Manpat pipped former World and Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra by 0.3 point for the gold in the third air rifle match of the 39th Intershoot international shooting competition at The Hague on Saturday.

2.It was an impressive fare from the former national champion in 50-metre rifle prone event as the 24-year-old Manpat pounced on the chance in the climax with shots of 10.3 and 10.4 after having seen Bindra lead right till the last two shots. Both the shooters delivered 10.4 on the last shot and Bindra’s 9.8 penultimate shot proved the difference.

3.Manpat capitalised on a sound start when he led after six shots with a score of 63.2. He did grapple with two 9s afterwards but stayed in the hunt for the top honour as he comfortably sailed past London Olympics champion Alin George Moldoveanu of Romania.

4.Interestingly, Bindra had won the gold in the first two matches and that included a win over Manpat by 1.2 points in the first match.


 

2ND DAY OF SOUTH ASIAN GAMES

1.The 2nd day of the 12th South Asian Games saw the dominance of India in most of the sporting events. At the time of filing the report, the host nation sits at the top of the medals tally with 14 Gold medals and 5 Silver followed by Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

2.Damini Gowda of India bagged the gold in the 100 m Women Butterfly Stroke Swimming event. K A Hiruni Perera and Machiko Raheem of Sri Lanka bagged Silver and Bronze respectively in the same event. Matthew Abeysinghe of Sri Lanka continued his dominance in Swimming , bagging the Gold in the 100 m Butterfly Stroke event.

3.Gururaja of India bagged Gold in the 56 Kg category in the Mens weightlifting event while the Wrestling contingent bagged a total of 5 Gold in various categories.

4.Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of 12th South Asian Games, Shri Injeti Srinivas has said, Guwahati and Shillong will put all-out efforts to ensure it to be the best-ever South Asian Games held so far.


 

INDIA EYES AUSTRALIA’S EXPERTISE IN RENEWABLE ENERGY, CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGY TO FUEL GROWTH

1.India is eyeing Australia’s clout in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and its expertise in renewable energy and clean coal technology to fuel the growing economy, as the world’s largest democracy moves towards building a sustainable infrastructure.

2.The third edition of the India-Australia Energy Security Dialogue, which commences on Sunday, seeks to build a stronger relationship as well as strengthen the institutional framework between the two countries across all segments of the energy value chain.

3.Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal is leading a high-powered Indian delegation to Australia to explore the state of art technologies in energy production and also find ways to enhance business-to-business collaboration.