Current Affairs 12th February 2018
Current Affairs 12th February 2018
Mallya asked to pay $90 million claims to BOC Aviation
The High Court in London on Monday ordered embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya to pay an estimated USD 90 million to a Singapore-based aircraft leasing company in claims.
Rajnath Singh inaugurates first of its kind spoken Sanskrit center
National Productivity Day being observed today
National Productivity Council is observing National Productivity Day on Monday, and National Productivity Week till 18th February.
It is the 60th Anniversary of the National Productivity Council and is being celebrated as Diamond Jubilee Year. The theme for the National Productivity Week is – Industry 4.0 Leapfrog Opportunity for India.
4th meeting of EAC-PM held in New Delhi
The 4th meeting of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) was held in New Delhi today under the chairmanship of Dr Bibek Debroy.
During the meeting, the Council discussed the possible modalities of implementing the National Health Scheme announced by the government in the Union Budget-2018-19. Besides, presentations were made on Health Reforms, World Bank Report on Indian Economy and on Indian Fiscal – Monetary Framework.
Annual Sahitya Akademi awards for 2017 presented today
The annual Sahitya Akademi awards for 2017 were presented today at a function in New Delhi. The awards were given in 24 languages. The awarded works includes Seven novels, five collections each of poetries and short stories, five works of literary criticism, a play and a book of essays.
Eminent Novelist and Playwright Kiran Nagarkar was the Chief Guest this year. President of Sahitya Akademi Dr Chandrashekhara Kambara presented the awards. Mrs Mamang Dai received the award in English language for her novel-The Black Hill. Ramesh Kuntal Megh got the award in Hindi for his literary criticism work Vishw Mithak Sarit Sagar.
In Assamese, Jayant Madhab Bora was awarded for his novel Moriahola, Afsar Ahmed received the award for his Bengali Novel Sei Nikhonj Manusta and in Bodo language Rita Boro was presented the honours for her Novel Thwisam. While in Dogri, Shiv Mehta received the award for his short stories ‘Banna’, Urmi Ghanshyam Desai got the award for her literary criticism Gujarati Vyakaranna Baso Varsh.
T P Ashoka received the award in Kannada language for his literary criticism Kathana Bharathi and Autar Krishen Rahbar got the award for his Kashmiri short stories Yeli Parda Woth. Gajanan Jog was presented award for his Konkani short stories Khand Ani Her Katha and Uday Narayan Singh (Nachiketa) was awarded for his Maithili poetry Jahalak Dairy.
In Malayalam, K P Ramanunni got award for his novel Daivathinte Pusthakam and in Manipuri, Rajen Toijamba got the award for his play Chahee Taret Khuntakpa. In Marathi, Shrikant Deshmukh was awarded for his poetry Bolave Te Amhi and in Nepali, Bina Hangkim got award for literary criticism Kriti Vimarsha.
In Odia, Gayatri Saraf was awarded for her short stories Etavatira Shilpi and in Punjabi, Nachhatar got the award for his novel Slow Down. Neeraj Daiya was awarded for his Rajasthani criticism Bina Hasal Pai and Niranjan Mishra was honoured for his Sanskrit novel Gangaputravadanam.
In Santhali, Bhujanga Tudu got the award for his poetry Tahena Tangi Re and Jagdish Lachhani was awarded for his Sindhi essays Aachhende Laja Maraan. In Telugu, Devipriya was awarded for her poetry Gaali Rangu and in Urdu, Baig Ehsas was honoured for her short stories Dakhma.
Govt committed to providing electricity to un-electrified households by 2019: MoS RK Singh
Union Minister of State for Power and New and Renewable Energy RK Singh said that the government was committed to providing electricity to un-electrified households by 2019.
Mumbai 12th Richest City Globally, New York Tops: New World Wealth Report
PM Modi, UAE Crown Prince agree to initiate joint development projects for third countries
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Sunday discussed the importance of sharing each other’s experience in the field of development and aid.
India, Oman to cooperate in education, tourism sectors
India and Oman on Monday agreed to cooperate in the tourism and educational sectors.
Both countries agreed to expand the cultural cooperation, including through regular exchange of cultural troupes and holding of cultural festivals.
The two sides underlined the importance of cooperation in education, including higher education, and agreed to take initiatives to encourage students from each other’s countries to join their higher educational institutions.
Oman sought India’s support in encouraging India’s engineering, management and Information Technology (IT) institutions to collaborate with Omani educational institutions.
PM Modi visits Sultan Qaboos Mosque, leaves for New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque here on Monday.
He was accompanied by the King of Oman, Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said and other officials.
CM Naidu reviews plans for ‘Happy Cities Summit’
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Monday reviewed themes, designs and plans for the Happy Cities Summit.
The Happy Cities Summit will be held from April 10 to 12, at A-1 Convention Center.
The theme of the summit is ‘Urban Transformation to Global Living’.
Hyderabad attempts Guinness record through cleanliness drive
In an attempt to achieve a Guinness world record through the swach sarvekshan, around 15,000 students here on Monday began a cleanliness drive.
SBI reports Rs 2,416 cr loss in Q3
The State Bank of India (SBI) on Friday reported loss of Rs. 2,416 crore in the third quarter of the current fiscal, attributed to lower trading income on account of hardening of bond yields, higher corporate slippages leading to higher loan loss provisions and significant investment depreciation hit.
Cryptocurrency regulation inevitable, claims IMF Chief
Amid the rising popularity of bitcoins and other form of cryptocurrencies, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde noted that cryptocurrency regulation is “inevitable”.
In an interview to CNN held on the sidelines of the World Government Summit in Dubai, Lagarde said “We have had an entity-based regulation over the past ten years. After the financial crisis, we clearly have to move into an activity-based regulation, forget about the entities, work on the activities themselves, who does what, who is licensed to do what and who is properly regulated and supervised.”
Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals appoints Ashok Bajpai as MD
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics: Canada win figure skating team gold, Russia silver
Ice dance stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir inspired Canada to the figure skating team title to secure the Winter Games heavyweights’ first gold at Pyeongchang 2018 today.
The Russians took their first silver of the Games. The USA team was third. Canada finished on 73 points, with OAR on 66 and the USA a further four points behind.
In South Korea, teenage snowboarding sensation Red Gerard won the first gold for the United States at the Pyeongchang Olympics today. The 17-year-old landed an 87.16 point final effort in the slopestyle to snatch victory from Canadians Max Parrot, who took silver and Mark McMorris, who picked up a bronze.