DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS : FEBRUARY 1, 2018

NATIONAL

Union Budget 2018-19

  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented his Budget for the year 2018-19 in Parliament.
  • The budget is largely focused on uplift of agricultural sector, along with major push to healthcare and education sectors in the country.
  • The government estimates 7.2-7.5% GDP growth in second half of the current FY18.

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High Performance Computing facility launched in Noida

  • Ministry of Earth Science (MoES) has inaugurated high performance computer system (HPC) or supercomputer Mihir (meaning sun) at National Centre  for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), Noida.

  • It is an initiative to improve India’s weather forecasting.
  • It will propel the country’s ranking from the 368th position to the top 30 in list of HPC facilities across the world.

Uttar Pradesh

Capital: Lucknow

Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath

Governor: Ram Naik

Ministry of Earth Science

Union Minister: Harsh Vardhan

Constituency: Chandni Chowk, Delhi


Union Government launches GeM 3.0

  • The Ministry of Commerce & Industry launched the third version of the Government e-Marketplace (GeM 3.0).
  • GeM is an Online Market platform to facilitate procurement of goods and services by various Ministries and agencies of the Government.
  • It would offer standardised and enriched catalogue management, powerful search engine, real time price comparison.

Ministry of Commerce & Industry

Union Minister: Suresh Prabhu

Constituency: Andhra Pradesh, Rajya Sabha


India Energy Congress 2018

  • The Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh inaugurated the 7th India Energy Congress 2018.
  • It is organised  by World Energy Council India with theme “Energy 4.0: Energy Transition Towards 2030”, in New Delhi.
  • India’s per capita power consumption of 1,200 units is likely to go up by three to four times by 2030, announced by the Union Minister R K Singh.

Centre sanctions Rs 1,500 cr for organic farming in Uttarakhand

  • The Centre has sanctioned Rs 1,500 crore for three years to promote organic farming in Uttarakhand.
  • The amount was sanctioned by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh.
  • The Union minister also cleared a proposal worth Rs 2,600 crore for the co-operative sector in the state. Of which, Rs 200 crore is meant for the reorganisation of sugar mills.

Uttarakhand

Capital: Dehradun

Chief Minister: Trivendra Singh Rawat

Governor: Krishan Kant Paul


BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

FY16 GDP Growth Revised up to 8.2%, FY17 Unchanged at 7.1%- CSO

  • The Central Statistics Office (CSO) revised the gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate for 2015-16 to 8.2% from the earlier estimates of 8% and kept the 2016-17 growth unchanged at 7.1%.
  • The real GDP or GDP at constant (2011-12) prices for the years 2016-17 and 2015-16 stand at Rs121.96 trillion and Rs113.86 trillion respectively, according to the CSO statement.
  • The GVA (gross value added) at constant (2011-12) basic prices grew 7.1 per cent in 2016- 17, as against a growth of 8.1 percent in 2015-16.

Google Introduces a App: Bulletin

  • Google has introduced a new app named “Bulletin” in a limited edition and it is available in Nashville, Tennessee and Oakland, California.
  • It allows anybody to submit stories about their communities.
  • It is a free, lightweight app for telling a story by capturing photos, video clips and text right from your phone and it can be published straight to the web.

Google

CEO: Sundar Pichai

Parent organization: Alphabet Inc.,

Headquarters: The USA


SPORTS

B.N. Mullik Memorial All India Police Football Ch’ship to be held in Jammu

  • Jammu and Kashmir Police will host B N Mullik Memorial All India Police Football Championship.
  • The is the 2nd time to be held in in Jammu.
  • The event would be held at Gulshan Ground, Jammu.
  • Thirty seven teams comprising 900 players and 120 officials from all over India will participate in the event.

Anu Kumar wins first gold in Khelo India School Games

  • Anu Kumar of Uttarakhand grabbed the first gold medal of the Khelo India School Games in 1500 metres at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.
  • Anu Kumar is a past 800-metres silver medalist for India at the World School Games in France.
  • The Khelo India programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in the country at the grass-root level.

OBITUARY

BJP MP Chintaman Wanaga passed away

  • Senior BJP MP from Maharashtra, Chintaman Wanaga, passed away.
  • Wanaga, who was born on June 1, 1950, was elected to the Lok Sabha from Palghar in Maharashtra. He was a member of the 11th and the 13th Lok Sabha.