Daily Current Affairs of 9th February 2018
International Current Affairs
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi today embarked on a 4-day visit to Jordan, Palestine, UAE and Oman.
- Highlights of this Visit :
- His visit to Palestine will begin on February 10 after transiting through Jordan.
- Modi’s Palestine visit comes less than a month after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s India trip.
- Modi will hold meeting with Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas and reaffirm support for the country and its development.
- Modi will then visit UAE and will hold talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
- He will also address the 6th edition of the World Government Summit in Dubai, where India is the Guest Country of Honour.
- In Oman, Modi will hold talks with the Sultan of Oman and other leaders.
- The King and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz along with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, have inaugurated the 32nd edition of Saudi Arabia’s National Heritage Festival in Janadriyah village, Riyadh.
- Important Note : India is guest of honor country for the year 2018.
- India has been ranked 44 out of 50 nations in the latest international Intellectual Property index released by the US Chambers of Commerce.
- Top 3 in the List :
National Current Affairs
- The Union Cabinet has approved the implementation of 'Prime Minister's Research Fellows' scheme at a cost of ₹1,650 crore for a period of seven years starting 2018-2019.
- Under the scheme, students pursuing PhD in IITs and IISc will be offered fellowships worth ₹70,000-80,000 per month for five years.
- A total of 3,000 fellows will be selected for the fellowship.
- The government is going to issue tamper-proof degree certificates secured using blockchain technology from the 2019 academic year.
- President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated 88th Mahamastakabhisheka of Lord Gomateshwara by unveiling an idol of Bahubali at Shravanabelagola in Hassan district, Karnataka.
- President also lighted lamp to mark inauguration of the mega event which is held once in 12 years.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
- Saudi Arabia has temporarily banned imports of live birds, hatching eggs and chicks from India over an outbreak of a bird flu virus in the state of Karnataka.
- The Cabinet has approved a proposal to redefine Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), based on their annual turnover.
- The move, which replaces earlier classification based on investment in plant and machinery, is expected to improve ease of doing business.
- Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has started rolling its Payments feature on both Android and iOS operating systems in India.
- The feature will allow users to instantly transfer money via the Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
Science & Technology
- Social media major Facebook has confirmed that it is testing a 'Downvote' button in the comment section of posts on public Pages.
- The intention behind the test is to gain feedback from users about comments on the posts.
- PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi has been appointed as the International Cricket Council's (ICC) first ever independent female director.
- Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, Antony Dominic, was today sworn in as the Chief Justice of Kerala.
- Kerala Governor P. Sadasivam administered the Oath of Office in the presence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Raj Bhavan.
Sports Current Affairs
- The 1st edition of Khelo India School Games (KISG) was recently held during 31st January to 8th February, 2018 at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
- Haryana had emerged as overall champions, finishing with 102 medals (38 gold, 26 silver and 38 bronze medals) followed by Maharashtra (111 medals) and Delhi (94 medals).
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