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NATIONAL NEWS


Google, Yahoo must remove sex determination content : SC


The Supreme Court on Thursday slammed search engines like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft for not obeying Indian laws by allowing online advertisement on sex determination test which is banned in India.


●    The court directed all companies to immediately constitute in-house expert bodies to identify and block keywords indicative of sex determination.
●    The bench took strong exception to Google's affidavit filed in the court which stated that it is not possible to block information on issues that may be illegal in India.
●    Countering search engines claim that they have blocked such advertisements, advocate Sanjay Parikh, appearing for petitioner Sabu Mathew George claimed that still one can see advertisements and information pertaining to gender determination on such websites.

DISCOVERY


New Malaria Vaccine Found 100% Effective

A new vaccine for malaria is up to 100% effective when assessed at 10 weeks after last dose, according to the results of a clinical trial.

●    The vaccine called Sanaria PfSPZ-CVac incorporated fully viable not weakened or otherwise inactivated malaria pathogens together with the medication to combat them.
●    Malaria parasites are transmitted by the bite of female Anopheles mosquitoes.
●    The Plasmodium falciparum parasite is responsible for most malaria infections and almost all deaths caused by the disease worldwide.
●    Most of the previous vaccines which have been tried involved the use of individual molecules found in the pathogen. However, they were unable to provide sufficient immunity to the disease.
●    The study by University of Tubingen in Germany in collaboration with the biotech company Sanaria involved 67 healthy adult test persons, none of whom had previously had malaria.
●    The best immune response was shown in a group of nine test persons who received the highest dose of the vaccine three times at four-week intervals.
●    At the end of the trial, all nine of these individuals had 100% protection from the disease. 

NATIONAL NEWS


 Facebook Page of Hunar Haat Launched


Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launched Facebook Page of second “Hunar Haat” of Minority Affairs Ministry in New Delhi today. 

●    While launching of Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hunarhaat17/ Shri Naqvi said that the second “Hunar Haat”, based on the theme of “Craft Aur Cuisine Ka Sangam”, has been visited by more than 15 lakh people so far. 
●    This “Hunar Haat” is unique in the sense that it is showcasing crafts and traditional cuisines brought from different parts of the country. 
●    It also has a “Bawarchikhana” where the people are enjoying various dishes from across the country.
●    Shri Naqvi said that the Minority Affairs Ministry has been promoting “Hunar Haat” on a large scale. 
●    More than 100 artisans and 30 culinary experts from about all the states and Union Territories are participating at about 130 stalls in the second “Hunar Haat”. 
●    The selected master artisans include several state and national level awardees. They are ftom UP, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Manipur, Assam, Odisha and Kerala, Telangana, Bihar etc. 
●    The first “Hunar Haat” was organized from 14th to 27th November at India International Trade Fair in November 2016. 


NATIONAL NEWS

 43rd Edition of IHGF Delhi Fair Spring 2017 Inaugurated 


Textiles Secretary, Smt. Rashmi Verma inaugurated the 43rd edition of “IHGF- Delhi Fair Spring 2017 in a colourful ceremony at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida today.  

●    The fair is scheduled to be held from 16 – 20 February, 2017 at the state-of-the art India Expo Centre, Greater Noida. 
●    While inaugurating the fair, the Textiles Secretary congratulated EPCH for helping earn a place for IHGF-Delhi Fair in Limca Book of World Records.  
●    Smt. Verma said that every time she visits the fair, she sees new product lines on display; she said this is the reason that large number of buyers from across the globe visit IHGF to source their requirements.
●    She further said that in order to be competitive, artisans and manufacturers of Indian handicrafts at craft clusters need guidance in creating new products.
●    Through this direct buyer-seller meet, Indian handicrafts can not only grow further in terms of exports, but can also further enhance the image of India in the market of home, fashion, lifestyles and textiles across the world.

NATIONAL NEWS


Indian Navy Concludes First Contract Under Buy and Make (Indian) Category


A contract between Nova Integrated Systems Ltd and Indian Navy for procurement of Surface Surveillance Radars (SSR) has been concluded today. 

●    This is the first contract concluded under the Buy and Make (Indian) Category, in line with the Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. 
●    Nova Integrated Systems Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of Tata Advanced System Ltd, would indigenously manufacture these state-of-the-art radars in collaboration with Terma, Denmark. 
●    This contract marks the entry of Indian Private Industry in production of hi-tech sensors for the Indian Navy. 
●    Procurement of SSR is a part of Indian Navy’s Plan for modernisation of its Fleets, and these radars would also be installed onboard the ships under construction. 
●    The government’s drive to modernise the Armed Forces and build an Indian Defence Industrial Base with participation of Private Industry gets a major boost with the signing of this contract today.


NATIONAL NEWS


Tarini to be Inducted into Indian Navy on 18 February 17

The Indian Navy’s second ocean going sailboat Tarini will be inducted at a ceremony scheduled to be held at the INS Mandovi Boat Pool on evening of 18 February 2017. 


 
●    Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Naval Staff will also be present on the occasion.  INSV Tarini is a sloop built by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd at Divar, Goa. 
●    The sail boat Tarini is being inducted into the Navy and is slated to be the platform for First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe expedition of the Indian Navy.
●    The hull is made of wooden core fiberglass sandwich construction for a better performance than aluminum and steel.  INSV Tarini carries a suite of six sails including a Main sail, Head sails (Genoa and stay sails), Downwind sails and Storm sail.
●    The trials of the newly built INSV Tarini were successfully completed on 30 January 17 and all the learning experience from INSV Mhadei has been incorporated in this vessel right from the start.
●    In order to promote ocean sailing activities and to encourage women empowerment, the Indian Navy conceptualized the idea of the First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe. 
●    A team of six women Officers led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi was selected for this project.


AWARDS

 Union Minister of Finance Sh. Arun Jaitley gives away awards at the 11th Foundation Day celebrations of SPMCIL


Union Minister of Finance Sh. Arun Jaitley gave away awards for excellence at the 11th Foundation Day celebrations of Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Ltd. (SPMCIL) at the National Media Centre, New Delhi. He said that SPMCIL played an important role in the world’s biggest exercise of demonetisation. 

●    The event was also attended by Secretary Economic Affairs, Sh Shaktikanta Das and higher officials from SPMCIL. 
●    The awards were given away to 26 employees of SPMCIL for their excellence in various fields during the year 2015-16. Besides, different units of SPMCIL were also awarded for their work in areas of 1) Productivity – India Government Mint, Mumbai, 2) Energy Conservation – India Security Press, Nashik, 3) Environment & Safety – India Government Mint, Noida, 4) Training and Development – Security Paper Mill, Hoshangabad, 5) Vigilance – Bank Note Press, Dewas, and 6) Official Language (Shri Shankar Dayal Singh Shield) – Currency Note Press, Nashik. 
●    The CMD Cup was awarded to the India Security Press, Nashik. The awards were received by the GM/ AGM of the respective units. 
●    The clients of SPMCIL include the Reserve Bank of India for Currency Notes, State Governments for Non-Judicial Stamp Papers and allied stamps, and Postal Department for postal stationery, stamps, etc. 
●    Security Presses also produce various security items like cheques, railway warrants, income tax return order forms, saving instruments, commemorative stamps etc. for various clients and passports, visa stickers and other travel documents for Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs. Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance is the client for Circulating Coins from the corporation.


GLOBAL NEWS


Delhi Police celebrates its 70th Raising Day


The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir was Chief Guest at the 70th Raising Day of Delhi Police, which was celebrated here today. The MoS inspected the Guard of Honour on the occasion. 


●    During the occasion, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said that Delhi is at the centre stage of all political, social, cultural as well as commercial activities happening all over the country and the Delhi Police has to be well prepared to face and control any event at large scale, besides performing it regular duties like maintaining law and order and containing crime. 
●    The Minister cautioned the citizens against internal terrorism but at the same time, he expressed his confidence in Delhi Police force, which is well equipped to fight any kind of contingency. 
●    He stressed upon the friendly police force and said that the interests of women, children and senior citizens should be given top priority. 
●    He highlighted about the enhancement of Nirbhaya Fund by around Rs. 25 Cr and assured that the Home Ministry shall have a positive outlook towards requirements of police force in its efforts in Modernization and Digitization. 
●    The Chief Guest conferred medals on 44 police personnel for Gallantry, President Medal of Distinguished Service and Police Medal for Meritorious Service. 

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