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Current Affairs 8th FEB 2017

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SPORTS

 Mohit Ahlawat scores first 300 in T20 at Any Level 


21-year-old Mohit Ahlawat became the first batsman in the world to score a 300 in a T20 match on Tuesday. 

●    While the match had no official status and was only a local match played in Delhi, Ahlawat’s knock was one was filled with superlatives and his triple century came in 72 balls.
●    The Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman smashed a whopping 39 sixes and 14 boundaries on his way to the total. 
●    No player has ever crossed the 200-run-mark in international or domestic T20 matches. In professional cricket, the highest individual score in T20 cricket belongs to Chris Gayle, who made 175 runs in just 66 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore. 
●    The highest individual in international cricket is 156 that Aaron Finch smashed in 63 balls for Australia against England. 

BUSINESS

Ratan Tata launches 'Moonshot Wheels'


Tata Group patriarch Ratan Tata today launched Team Indus Foundation's 'Moonshot Wheels' - a bus which will traverse the country with an aim to inspire the next generation about India's first private moon mission.

●    Team Indus Foundation is the CSR arm of Team Indus, the only Indian team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE of USD 25 million that requires privately funded teams to land their spacecraft on the surface of the moon, travel 500 metres and broadcast high-definition video, images and data back to Earth.
●    Moonshot Wheels is a bus which will traverse nine states, 12,500 kms in 12 months, across India impacting 36,000+ students in government schools, the foundation officials said.
●    This programme is curated and administered by Team Indus Foundation with on ground implementation by Agastya International Foundation, which has been dedicated to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) alive for children.

NATIONAL NEWS

 Over 19 lakh covered in Measles Rubella Drive 

A total of 9,00,546 children were vaccinated on Monday, the first day of the mass Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination drive across the State.

●       On Tuesday, over 10 lakh students are estimated to have received the vaccine, said Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine K. Kulandaisamy.
●    While the campaign has been by and large smooth, some hiccups were reported in Chennai with some parents not bringing in their children.
●    Though most schools have been cooperative, some have expressed reservations, Dr. Kolandaisamy said.
●    Day one’s target was slightly lower than expected as there were local holidays in Tiruvannamalai and Tiruchi districts, he said.
●    Both days saw anxious parents and panicky students in some districts including Tiruvallur, Sivaganga, Krishnagiri, Virudhunagar, Ariyalur, Tirunelveli and Vellore, but health officials reassured all those who had come, said Dr. Kolandaisamy

NATIONAL NEWS


West Bengal Advocate General Jayanta Mitra Resigns

West Bengal’s Advocate-General Jayanta Mitra today resigned following difference of opinion with the state government.

●    He tendered his resignation to Governor K.N. Tripathi.
●    Mitra said that he did his job properly during his two-year tenure but was forced to quit because of a “difference of opinion with the state government on certain issues”. 
●    Mitra had earlier resigned from his post on May 19 last year but was reinstated in June. 
●    An economics graduate from Presidency College, had Mitra studied law in London and became a barrister in 1963.

NATIONAL NEWS

National Marine Police Training Institute to be set up


With the Union ministry of home affairs keen on setting up the National Institute of Coastal Policing at Dwarka, Gujarat, the internal security division of the state government is now gearing up to use the land reserved for this in Udupi district to set up the State Marine Policing Training Centre.

●    The UPA government had initially planned to set up the institute at Palghar, Maharashtra which the current NDA government shifted to Dwarka.
●    The home ministry intended to set up the institute under the coastal security scheme phase II. 
●    The state government set aside 24.9 acres at Airody village in Kota hobli, Udupi taluk for it. 
●    This included 19.54 acres in Survey No. 120; 2.26 acres in Survey No. 72 and 3.1 acres in Survey No. 112/1A1A. 
●    Accordingly, the land was reserved for the coastal security police subject to certain conditions and made available for public purposes.
 

SPORTS

 Genzebe Dibaba runs fastest ever women's 2000 metres


Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba ran the fastest ever women's 2,000 metres at the indoor Miting Internacional de Catalunya meeting in Sabadell, Spain on Tuesday.


●    Her time of five minutes 23.75 seconds sliced almost seven seconds off the previous indoor world record of 5:30.53 set by Romania's Gabriela Szabo in 1998.
●    The IAAF, athletics' world governing body, said although the 2,000m is not an official indoor world record event, Dibaba's performance was "an outright world record" as it was faster than the outdoor mark of 5:25.36 set by Ireland's Sonia O'Sullivan.
●    The 25-year-old Dibaba, a three-time world indoor champion, now owns the fastest recorded times indoors for the 1500m, mile, 2,000m, 3,000m, two miles and 5,000m as well as the outdoor 1500m world record. 

GLOBAL NEWS


17th International Counter Terrorism Seminar held today


The Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore inaugurated the 17th International Seminar on Counter Terrorism, being organised by National Security Guard, in Manesar, Haryana today.


●    Speaking on the occasion, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that terrorism is a global threat and the footprint of terrorism does not restrict to any border. 
●    He said that there should be proper coordination between the agencies within the country, as well as between the countries, because terrorists take advantage of element of surprise if we live in isolation The Minister said that now the focus should be more on Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).
●    The Minister said that the outcome of the seminar should be shared among the different agencies, to develop intelligence and also use the knowledge for safety and security. He said that there should be collaboration in intelligence, strategy and technology. He appreciated the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Defence for keeping pace with other countries in terms of modernising the forces.
●    The Minister unveiled the NSG annual magazine ‘The Bombshell’, which contains details of various IED explosions that occurred in various parts of the world in 2016.
●    Earlier, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also inaugurated the Niranjan Auditorium, in memory of Lt Col. Niranjan Kumar, who laid down his life during the Pathankot attack in 2016.
●    During the day, two sessions were held to discuss on the manifestation of IED threats in the last decade and the global cooperation to mitigate IED menace.
●    The Minister of State for External Affairs Shri M. J. Akbar will deliver the keynote address on the second day of 17th International NSG Seminar at Manekshaw Centre, 

NATIONAL NEWS

Shri Piyush Goyal to launch TAMRA Portal and Mobile Application

With an objective to enhance transparency and accountability as a part of the Ease of Doing Business in the Mining sector, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal will launch TAMRA (Transparency, Auction Monitoring and Resource Augmentation) portal and Mobile Application here on 10th February, 2017. 


●    Ministers of Mining and senior officers from 12 mineral rich States would also be connected through videoconferencing.
●    In context of Prime Minister , Shri Narendra Modi’s Ease of Doing Business initiative, which advocates facilitating overall business activity in India, the Ministry of Mines has developed the TAMRA Portal and Mobile Application which is a step to speed up mining activity in India and facilitate all the stakeholders to track the status of the statutory clearances associated with mining blocks for getting mines to reach till operationalisation for the same. 
●    TAMRA will be an interactive platform for all the stakeholders to compress the timelines for statutory and other clearances as it would help minimize the gestation period for commencing production. 

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