Current Affairs, News & Facts of 09 Feb 2016

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  • Noted Urdu poet Nida Fazli passes away


    Noted Urdu poet Nida Fazli passes awayNoted Urdu poet and well known Bollywood lyricis Nida Fazli passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra following a heart attack. He was 78. He was best known among  the readers and ghazal singers for his elegant presentation and exclusive use of colloquial language for ghazals, dohaas and nazms.

    About Nida Fazli

    He was born as Muqtida Hasan Nida Fazli on 12 October, 1938  in Delhi, India into a Kashmiri family and grew up in Gwalior. He was the son of famous poet Murtaza Hasan Baidi. At the time of partition, his parents had migrated to Pakistan while he preferred to stay in India. 

    He moved to Mumbai in search of a job in 1964 and wrote in Dharmayug and Blitz magazines in early days of his career. His poetic works attracted the notice of filmmakers and writers of Hindi and Urdu literature.

    His poetry were unique mixture of both urban and village landscapes exploring nature and human relations. Songs written by his have been featured in several Indian films. He has authored 24 books in Urdu, Hindi and Gujarati languages. Some of his books are assigned as school textbooks in Maharashtra.

    • Best Known Works : Lafzon ke Phool (collection of sher-o-shayari), Mor Naach (collected works) in 1978, Mulaqaten (character-sketches), Aankh aur Khwab ke Darmiyan, Safar Mein Dhuup to Hogi, etc.
    • Popular film songs : Tu is tarah se meri zindagi mein (Aap To Aise Na The), Aa bhi jaa (Sur) and Hosh waalon ko khabar (Sarfarosh) etc.
    • Most acclaimed shers : ‘Duniya jise kehte hain jaadu kaa khilona hai, Mil jaaye to mitti hai, kho jaaye to sona hai’.
    • Awards and Honours : Sahitya Akademi Award  (1998), Star Screen Award for Best Lyricist (2003), Bollywood Movie Award - Best Lyricist (2003), Padma Shri (2013).
  • Chettinad Cotton Saree gets Indian Handloom tag  


    Chettinad Cotton Saree gets Indian Handloom tagThe Union textile ministry has awarded ‘India Handloom’ tag to Chettinad cotton sarees  for its unique designs and identity. This prestigious tag was bestowed under the India Handloom Brand Scheme after checking various quality parameters stipulated by the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). The Union Ministry has also offered a logo which will enhance it's brand value and boost the marketing of the product. It will also enable weavers of these saris to promote the material in the international market thus empower the local workforce.

    Chettinad cotton sareesChettinad cotton saree which is also known as the “kandaangi” is the traditional sari of the Chettinad region in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu. The dramatic and spontaneous use of colour and pattern with bold checks, stripes and contrasting hues makes it unique among other sarees. The colours of these saris never fade, and unlike other cotton saris, they will retain their 48-inch width even after umpteen number of machine or hand washes. These sarees very popular in the northern part of the country and are worn by ladies on special ocassions. It is also famous im countries like Singapore and Malaysia.

    India Handloom BrandThe 'India Handloom Brand' is an endorsement to quality of the handloom products right from its inception, that is raw material, processing, embellishments, design besides compliances of social and environment

  • Indo-Nepal military exercise Surya Kiran IX begins in Pithoragarh


    Indo-Nepal military exercise Surya Kiran IX begins in Pithoragarh

    The 9th India-Nepal combined exercise Surya Kiran IX has commenced at Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. The exercise will culminate on February 21. The 14-day India-Nepal combined military exercise, is being conducted under the aegis of Panchshul Brigade of Central Command. Indian army is being represented by Infantry Battalion while the Nepal army is being represented by officers and troops of the elite Shree RudraDhoj battalion.

    During the combined training, both armies will focus on  upgradation of tactical and practical skills by sharing each other’s experiences. They will also focus on enhancing interoperability in Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare operations in mountain terrain.  Armed Forces of both countries have played crucial role in disaster management and relief operations  in the recent years. Therefore, focus will also be laid on humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations, including medical and aviation aspects.

  • Nepal’s former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala passes away


    Nepal’s former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala passes awayNepal’s former Prime Minister and leader of the Nepali Congress, Sushil Koirala (78), in capital city Kathmandu following his worsening lung condition. He was the Prime Minister of Nepal from 11 February 2014 to 10 October 2015. 

    He presided over the promulgation of the new constitution of Nepal which is criticised for being discriminatory by the pro-blockade activist.  He ceased from office of PM after he lost the elction in October 2015 which brought Kharga Prasad Oli as the next Prime Minister.

    After the unfortunate demise of Sushil Koirala now the future course of the Nepali Congress, the biggest liberal political party of Nepal is left in charge of Sujata Koirala, daughter of Girija Prasad Koirala and her relative Shekhar Koirala as there is no one among the older generation of the Koiralas.

    About Sushil Koirala 

    Sushil Koirala was born on 12 August 1939 in Biratnagar, second-biggest city of Nepal. He was very inspired by the social-democratic ideals of the Nepali Congress and so he joined politics in 1954 by joining Nepali Congress and since than he has served Nepali Congress in various capacities and was elected as its President in 2010 and remained it's president till his death.

    Koirala was from  Nepal’s politically prominent Koirala family and his cousins Matrika Prasad Koirala, Girija Prasad Koirala and Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala were the former Prime Ministers of Nepal. He was in political exile in India for 16 years following the royal takeover of 1960. Koirala also spent three years in Indian prisons for his involvement in a plane hijacking in 1973.

    His leadership played a crucial role in making Nepali Congress as the largest party of Nepal in the 2013 Constituent Assembly elections which made significant contribution is  drafting the new constitution of Nepal. During his tenure as Prime Minister a historic agreement among 4 major political parties was reached was reached in June 2015, which made the way for the  unopposed adaptation of new republic constitution of Nepal.

  • New luminous creatures found in the Red Sea


    New luminous creatures found in the Red SeaRed Sea is known as one of the best tourist destinations for good relaxation and scuba diving, but hardly anyone can imagine that deep below the sea there are many creature awaiting discovery. An international team of biologists from the Lomonosov Moscow State University and the Russian Academy of Sciences, have discovered a new species of hydroid polyps emitting green fluorescence in the Red Sea. The new creature was found when scientists were investigating  the biodiversity of coral reefs of the archipelago Farasan  (Saudi Arabia, south of the Red Sea).

    These Sea hydroids are presumably, a new species of the genus Cytaeis, whose body length reaches 1.5mm. The new species lives in colonies as garlands of ‘fluorescent lanterns’ and emitting a green glow. The zoologists suggest that the glow around the mouths of polyps may attract prey. 

    FluorescenceFluorescence is a glow of some proteins or pigments under light illumination, fading instantly after illumination stops. Fluorescent proteins are found among  corals Anthozoa and hydroid jellyfishes and also among some lancelets (Cephalochordata) and combjellies (Ctenophora).

  • India's first Aviation Park to come up in Gujarat 


    India's first Aviation Park to come up in Gujarat With an aim to strengthen the aviation sector in Gujarat, the state government has planned to set up the country’s first-ever aviation park near Bagodara village in Ahmedabad district. Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure Company Ltd (GUJSAIL) has been tasked by the government to carry out the project.

    Key facts about the Aviation Park :

    It is an integrated aviation park that aims to raise the awareness about the potential of the aviation sector among students, professionals, policy makers and business entities. 

    The park will have a training complex having flight simulator, an aviation and aerospace management school, an aircrew training school, a helipad and a landing strip for smaller aircrafts.

    The Aviation Park will serve as a one-stop destination in the avenues of aerospace training, research, recreation and manufacturing. Everything related to aviation sector will be available under one roof.

    The Aviation Park will create direct and indirect employment for highly-skilled resources in the area of aerospace and avionics as it park will have small manufacturing units to produce spare parts for aircraft.

  • Senior Samajwadi Party leader Kailash Yadav passes away


    Senior Samajwadi Party leader Kailash Yadav passes awayKailash Yadav, a senior leader of Samajwadi Party and cabinet Minister in the present Akhilesh Yadav government passed away at the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon. after reportedly suffering a brain stroke. He was 65.

    Kailash Yadav : Born in 1951 in a village in East UP’s Ghazipur district. He started his political career from a rural background, holding the post of a gram pradhan. Later he was elected as a member of the UP Legislative Assembly on three occasions. Currently, he was MLA from the Jangipur constituency in Ghazipur district. He has served as Minister of State for Revenue and Industrial Development under the Mulayam Singh regime 2003-07 and was considered close to the supremo.

  • SAG 2016: Joshna Chinappa clinches squash gold


    SAG 2016: Joshna Chinappa clinches squash gold

    India’s Star squash player Joshna Chinappa has won the gold medal in women’s individual category at the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) by defeating Pakistan’s Maria Wazir with a score of 10-12, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 at the final match played at  R G Baruah Sports Complex in Guwahati. With this she became first Indian squash player to win individual gold medal in 2016 SAG.

    Winner in the men’s individual category : Pakistani squash player Nasir Iqbal has won the gold medal in men’s individual category at the 12th SAG by defeating Farhan Zaman of Pakistan with a score of 14-12, 11-7, 11-9.

  • Sapna Devi won gold in women Wushu Taulu competition  


    Sapna Devi won gold in women Wushu Taulu competition

    Sapna Devi from India has bagged gold medal in the women Wushu Taulu (Changquan) Competition of the 12th South Asian Games by scoring 9.45 pts. Susmita Tamang of Nepal won silver medal by scoring 8.72 pts. while Nazia Parvaiz of Pakistan won bronze medal by scoring 6:30 pts.

    Winners of the Men’s section :  L. H Lakshan from Sri Lanka bagged gold medal by scoring  8:86 points while Bijay Sinjali from Nepal bagged silver medal by scoring 8:80 points and Anjul Namdeo from India bagged bronze Medal by scoring 8:66 points. 

    What is Wushu  ?

    Wushu is s both an exhibition and a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. It was developed in China after 1949, in an effort to standardize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts.  It is the sports of internationl status governed through the International Wushu Federation (IWUF).


  • France became first country in the world  to forbid food waste by supermarkets


    France became first country in the world  to forbid food waste by supermarkets

    France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate it to charities and food banks. Law in this regard has been unanimously passed by the French Senate.

    Now large shops and super markets will no longer throw away good quality food approaching its expiry date and  instead donate it to charities and food banks due to which charities and food banks will be able to give out millions more free meals each year to people struggling to afford to eat.

    The law comes as a success to grassroots campaign in France by shoppers, anti-poverty campaigners and those opposed to food waste. The campaign, which led to a petition, was started by the councillor Arash Derambarsh. Campaigners now hope to persuade the EU to adopt similar legislation across member states.

    Highlights of the new law

    • Supermarkets will now be bound to make donations to charities and food banks, failing which they face a fine of 75000 euros and a jail term of 2 years.
    • Supermarkets spread across 400 square metres area and above will have to sign donation contracts with charities or face a penalty of 3,750 euros.
  • Ministry of Tourism launches 24×7 multi-lingual helpline


    Ministry of Tourism launches 24×7 multi-lingual helpline

    Union Ministry of Tourism has launched 24×7 Toll Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Info Line for international tourists in 12 international languages.  The 12 languages 

    include 10 International languages besides English and Hindi, namely, French, Arabic, Italian, German, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

    Facts to know about Tourist Infoline Project : The  24×7 Toll Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Info project has been implemented by the Union Ministry through TATA Business Support Services (BSS) Limited. The Infoline service will provide essential information regarding Travel and tourism to both international and domestic tourists.

    Calls made by both international and domestic will be free of charge. These calls will be directed to the call agents proficient in the respective mentioned languages. This 24×7 Tourist Infoline service aims at providing hassel-free experience to tourists travelling or planning to travel to India.

  • Indian-origin Singaporean, Vishal Mehta appointed as President of International Grown Diamond Association


    Indian-origin Singaporean, Vishal Mehta appointed as President of International Grown Diamond Association

    Indian-origin Singaporean, Vishal Mehta has been appointed as the President of the newly- formed International Grown Diamond Association (IGDA). Currently Vishal Mehta is serving as the CEO of a Singapore-based IIa Technologies which grows diamond from its state-of-the-art facility in the city state.

    What is are lab diamonds ?

    Grown diamonds or lab diamonds are man-made diamonds that consist of actual carbon atoms arranged in the characteristic diamond crystal structure. In the 1950s, scientists first created diamonds by replicating the intense heat and pressure that forms them underground.

    International Grown Diamond Association : The IGDA, the first ever grown diamond industry association of more than 10 leading grown diamond producers, distributors and retailers. It aims at representing the grown diamond industry, promoting grown diamonds as a new choice in diamonds and educating about various unique qualities and applications of grown diamonds.


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