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15 FIRs Ordered Against Dainik Jagran by EC  for Posting UP Exit Polls 

Election Commission (EC) on Monday ordered the District Election Officers (DEOs) of 15 districts in Uttar Pradesh to lodge separate criminal cases against the editors of Dainik Jagran newspaper for running an exit poll on the first phase of polling held in the state last week.

●    The EC asked for 15 separate FIRs to be lodged against Resource Development International (I) Pvt. Ltd, the agency that conducted the poll, and the editorial head of the Hindi daily under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) read with Section 126A and 126B of Representation of People (RP) Act, 1951. 
●    Offences under Section 188 of IPC are cognisable, which means the police have the authority to make an arrest without either a warrant or the permission of a court.
●    Section 126A(1) of RP Act prohibits the conduct and publicising of an exit poll through print or electronic media during the period specified by the poll watchdog. 
●    An offence under this section is punishable by imprisonment of up to two years or with fine or both. 
●    For the ongoing assembly elections in Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Manipur, the EC, through a notification on January 27, banned exit polls from February 4 to March 8, which is the last day of voting.


West Bengal gets a new district carved out of Darjeeling - Kalimpong

Kalimpong became West Bengal's 21st district.

●    Carved out of Bengal's northernmost hill district of Darjeeling, Kalimpong district is spread over 1,056 square kilometers and with a population of just under 50,000, is also densely populated Bengal's least populated district.
●    The dream for a separate district for a region that was for 152 years under the Bhutanese rule and then annexed by British during the Anglo-Bhutanese war of 1864, gained momentum after former Gorkha Janamukti Morcha leader Harka Bahadur Chhetri formed his own party Jan Andolan Party (JAP) on January 27 last year that came close with ruling Trinamool Congress. Kalimpong was made part of Darjeeling district in 1866.
●    Though the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) did not openly oppose the new district, party insiders revealed that GJM chief Bimal Gurung is worried over the weakening of the party in the new district, which is a bastion of JAP. The JAP defeated GJM in student council election held in Kalimpong college recently.


Govt Allocates Rs. 13000 crore to DoT for BharatNet, NFS

Government has allocated Rs 13,000 crore to the Department of Telecom (DoT) to roll out broadband network across gram panchayats and building alternate communications network for Defence, as per the Output-Outcome Framework for Schemes 2017 issued today.

●    The government has allocated Rs 10,000 crore for rolling out optical fibre-based broadband network across “One lakh fifty thousand cumulative GPs” in 2017-18.
●    The government has set a target to provide high speed broadband connectivity across one lakh gram panchayats (GPs) by March 2017 and in rest of the 1.5 lakh panchayats by 2018.
●    Government has also allocated Rs 3,000 crore for laying of OFC and Procurement of equipment for the Network For Spectrum (NFS) project in 2017-18.
●    The Cabinet, in July 2012, had approved an outlay of Rs 13,334 crore for the project, which includes OFC-based network for Army, Navy and Tri-services backbone.


Virat Kohli, First Indian Captain to bag 6 Consecutive Test Series Wins

India on 13 February 2017 won the one-match Test series against Bangladesh 1-0. In the match played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, India defeated Bangladesh by 208 runs.

●    Chasing a target of 459, the visitors were bundled out for 250, just before a tea break on the final day of the match.
●    Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja continued their magic with the ball as they bagged 4 wickets apiece in the second innings. 
●    Pacer Ishant Sharma took two. Earlier, Bangladesh had resumed their second innings at the overnight score of 103 for 3.
●       Earlier on 12 February 2017, India had declared their second innings at 159 for 4, after bundling out Bangladesh for 388. 
●    In the first innings, the hosts had posted a mammoth 687 for 6 declared after opting to bat. The win is India's sixth successive series victory.


Government Confirms ISRO Mission to Mars, Venus

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning its maiden mission to Venus and its second one to the Red planet.

●    The same is confirmed by the newly allotted budget to the department of space, which shows a 23% increase. 
●    The Budget also mentions some provisions under its space sciences section for ‘Mars Orbiter Mission II and mission to Venus’.
●    The Mars mission is tentatively scheduled for 2021-22.
●    ISRO may also attempt to put a robot on the Red planet’s surface this time.
●    Mangalyaan was ISRO’s first interplanetary mission, which made it the 4th agency to reach Mars after Soviet space program, NASA and the European space agency.
●    The mission also made India the first Asian nation to reach Mars orbit and the first one in the world to do so in the first attempt.


 DRDO Young Scientists Meet 2017 Inaugurated

DRDO Young Scientists Meet (YSM) 2017 was inaugurated today by Dr. S Christopher, Secretary, DDR&D and Chairman DRDO at Yelahanka, Bengaluru on the sidelines of Aero India Seminar. 

●    For the first time the event has been planned during Aero India to provide an opportunity for the young scientists to witness the biennial mega event. 
●    YSM is a two-day technical event with participation of young scientists coming from DRDO laboratories all over India. 
●    The program emphasizes on making participants to enthusiastically take part in various open competitions and team building activities. 
●    During the meet eminent experts and speakers from inside and outside DRDO deliver their talk to motivate the young minds. 
●    The meet offers young scientists from DRDO an opportunity to share and exchange scientific experience, present their work before the head of the organization and unleash their creative and innovative potential. 
●    The organizing team comprising young scientists under the age of 35 is given complete autonomy by DRDO headquarters to conduct the event right from the inception and planning to execution of the event.


India’s first floating elementary school inaugurated in Manipur

India’s first floating elementary school named Loktak Elementary Floating School was on 13 February 2017 inaugurated at Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok floating village on Loktak Lake in Manipur.

●    This first of its kind school was set up with an aim to provide education to dropouts students as well as illiterate adults. 
●    It will provide education to around 40 children from Class I-III by engaging two local teachers. 
●    It was built under the initiative undertaken by All Loktak Lake Fishermen's Union with the support of an NGO People Resources Development Association (PRDA). 
●    The school was established to control the sudden high dropout rate of children living in the Champu Khangpok floating villages who were rendered homeless due to the recent evacuation of phumdis.

On This Day

On 14 February 1929, Sir Alexander Fleming, then a young bacteriologist, made an accidental discovery that led to one of the great developments of modern medicine on this day. Having left a plate of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered, Fleming noticed that a mold that had fallen on the culture had killed many of the bacteria. He identified the mold as penicillium notatum. Fleming thus introduced his mold by-product called penicillin to cure bacterial infections.


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