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India wins the WCT20 for the Blind 

India on 12 February 2017 won the ICC T20 Blind World Cup. In the final clash played at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy stadium, India defeated Pakistan by 9-wickets.
●    Successfully defending their title in the T20 Blind World Cup, India achieved the victory target of 198-runs in the 18th over in the final of the tournament.
●    Pakistan had scored 197 for 8 in their 20 overs. The team had won the previous edition by defeating the same rivals in the final in 2012.
●    India made to the finals with eight victories of the nine games. It lost its only match against Pakistan in the group stages at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. 
●    Pakistan also ended as runners-up to India in the 2012 edition of the game. In 2012, which was the inaugural session of the tournament, India defeated Pakistan by 29 runs.
●    Pakistan scored 197 for 8 in 20 overs. The main scorer was Badar Muni (57)
India scored 200/1 in 17.4 overs. Main scorers were Prakasha Jayaramaiah (99 not out), Ajay Kumar Reddy (43)


BAFTA 2017

The American musical-drama film ‘La La Land’ swept the top five awards at the 70th British Academy Film Awards, BAFTA. 
●    The film directed by Damien Chazelle had Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as the lead characters.
●    The winning streak displayed by the film 'La La Land' up until BAFTA is expected to continue further, especially since it has 14, a record number of nominations at the upcoming 89th Academy Awards ceremony (Oscars) that is scheduled to be held on 26 February 2017. 
●    Outstanding British film - Daniel Blake
●    Best film - La La Land
●    Best director - Damien Chazelle -La La Land
●    Best actor - Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea
●    Best actress - Emma Stone -La La Land
●    EE Rising Star award - Tom Holland
●    Best original music - La La Land


Peugeot Buys 'Ambassador' for Rs. 80 crore

Hindustan Motors on 11 February 2017 sold out Ambassador car brand to French automaker Peugeot SA for Rs 80 crore.
●    This deal will help Peugeot to enter into the Indian car market by using Hindustan Motors' existing manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu.
●    In this regard, Hindustan Motors signed an agreement with Peugeot SA for the sale of the Ambassador brand including the trademarks for a consideration of Rs 80 crore.
●    Since 1958, when the Ambassador, based on Britain’s Morris Oxford, started being manufactured in India, it was the emblem of high social standing. 
●    It was the first diesel car of India and was the longest produced auto brand that was manufactured between 1958 to 2014.
●    Since 1958, there have been seven models of the Ambassador beginning with Mark 1 to Encore.
●    The first Ambassador model costs Rs 14000 while the last one costs Rs 5 lakh.


BHIM App for iOS Launched

Indigenous digital payments app BHIM, which the government has developed for fast and secure cashless transactions, has been launched for the iOS platform.
●    The Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) app was available on Android platform till now.
●    On December 30, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the BHIM app for fast and secure cashless transactions using mobile phones.
●    BHIM is a platform designed to make payment through UPI and USSD modes simpler.
●    Last month, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the number of downloads for BHIM app has crossed the 1-crore mark.
●    The BHIM app downloads, which have shot up in a matter of a few days, "show 

how India is changing" with regard to adoption of digital payments and cashless transactions, the Minister had pointed out.
Digital payments channels like mobile wallets, USSD and RuPay have seen massive uptake and rise in transactions post demonetisation.


 Zoom Air to begin Commercial Operations from Feb 15

Zoom Air on Sunday flew its inaugural flight from the national capital and will start commercial operations from February 15.
●    The CRJ 200 LR plane landed at the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, Durgapur, at 1339 hours, where it was accorded the traditional water canon salute.
●    Zoom Air has become the 12th operational domestic carrier. The airline would start commercial services from February 15 with a flight to Durgapur via Kolkata from New Delhi.
●    Promoted by Zexus Air Services, the carrier would also operate flights to Amritsar, Surat and Bhavnagar from Delhi in the first phase of its operations with a fleet of three dry-leased CRJ 200LR planes.
●    Zoom Air's entry is expected to intensify competition in the domestic aviation market, which is seeing over 20 per cent growth over the last two years.
●    Around Rs. 20 crore has been already invested in the carrier, he said, adding that the airline plans to raise Rs. 20-25 crore in 3-6 months, preferably through equity funding.


Feb 13 : World Radio Day

World Radio Day was celebrated across the world on 13 February 2017. 
●    Themed ‘Radio is You’, this year the day calls for a greater participation of both the audiences and communities in the policy and planning of radio broadcasting.
●    Irina Bokova, the Director General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said that at such a time when turbulence is high in the society, radio provides an ideal platform to bring communities together.
●    She further added by saying that radio, as a popular communication medium, is a force for human rights and dignity and also a powerful enabler of solutions to the challenges faced by the society.
●    World Radio Day was celebrated for the first time in 2012, following its establishment during the UNESCO General Conference in the same year.
●    It was later adopted by the United Nations General Assembly as an International Day.
●    Every year, UNESCO commemorates the day by planning activities with organisations, broadcasters and communities from around the world.


Sand Artist Sudarsan’s new sand castle creates Guinness World Record

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a Guinness World Record on 10 February 2017 by sculpting a 48.8 feet tall sand castle at Odisha’s Puri beach.
●    The world’s tallest sand castle carries a message of world peace and features sculptures of legendary leaders and preachers of peace such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Gautama Buddha.
●    Patnaik achieved the huge feat in just four days.
●    He along with his 45 students started work on the sculpture on 7 February. They worked for nearly 12 hours a day.
●    The artwork would be exhibited on the Puri beach for two more days.
●    The official announcement about Patnaik’s feat was made by Guinness authorities in the presence of the state’s chief secretary Aditya Padhi and other senior officers.
●    American artist Ted Siebert was the previous record holder. He had built a 13.97 metre high (45 10 feet) sand castle at Miami Beach, USA in 2015 in seven days.
●    The 39-year-old Odisha-born sand artist is a Padma Shri awardee. He was conferred the prestigious award on 2014.


RBI to set up separate Enforcement Department

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 8 February 2017 announced that a separate department would be set up to develop a sound framework and process for enforcement action.
●    The proposed department is expected to further strengthen the banking structure and enhance the efficacy of the payment and settlement systems.
●    The Enforcement Department will become operational on 1 April 2017.
●    The Enforce Department (ED) will speed up regulatory compliance of banks.
●    The ED will primarily deal with the issues related to penalties imposed on banks for violation of norms.
●    At present, the penalties are decided by the banking and non-banking supervision departments of the Reserve Bank of India. 

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