Current Affairs: 28 February 2017

Antyodaya Express flagged off

  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off the country’s first Antyodaya Express. 
  • Tejas and UDAY Express will be launched soon. 
  • Antyodaya Express is a long-distance, fully unreserved, superfast train service, for the common man to be operated on dense routes. Antyodaya Express will have facilities like Cushioned luggage racks which can serve as seats Additional hand holds in doorway area, J-Hook near longitudinal luggage racks, Multiple Unit cables at both ends of the coach, Vestibuled ends for internal movement of the passengers, Potable Drinking water dispenser, Mobile charging points, Fire Extinguisher with anti-theft lock, FRP (Fibre Reinforced Plastic) Modular Toilets, Pleasing interior colour scheme, Toilet Occupation indication display board, LED Lights, SS Slip-free flooring at Doorway & Gangway, Anti-Graffiti coating for exterior painting, etc
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Virat Kohli named captain of the year at ESPNcricinfo Awards

  • India Test skipper Virat Kohli has been named as the 'Captain of the Year' at the 10th annual ESPNcricinfo Awards.
  • Kohli led India to nine wins out of 12 Tests in the year gone by.
  • Englishman Ben Stokes won the Test Batting Performance of the Year for his incredible counterattacking innings of 258 runs off 198 balls against South Africa in Cape Town.
  • Stokes team-mate Stuart Broad's 6 for 17 in the third Test ensured a series victory for England and fetched him the Test Bowling Performance of the Year award - for the second year running.
  • Sunil Narine was awarded the ODI Bowling Performance of the Year award
  • Bangladesh left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman took away the T20 Bowling Performance of the Year award

Kabir Bedi appointed honourary brand ambassador of Sightsavers

  • Noted film actor Kabir Bedi was appointed as the honourary brand ambassador of Sightsavers, a global organisation working to prevent avoidable blindness.
  • Sightsavers with its presence in several nations across the world as well as 13 states in the country needs all the support in its endeavour to help eradicate blindness which is avoidable if treated in time
  • Six blind girls from Madhya Pradesh, who had participated and won medals in the 5th National Blind and Deaf Judo Competition held in Gurgaon in January, were felicitated by Bedi and and SY Quraishi, honourary chairman of the India chapter of the organisation and former Chief Election Commissioner of India.

Government to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016 -17 – Series IV

  • Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India(RBI), has decided to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17–Series IV. Applications for the bond will be accepted from February 27, 2017 to March 03, 2017. 
  • The Bonds will be issued on March 17, 2017. The Bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices and recognised stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange.
  • The Bonds will be restricted for sale to resident Indian entities including individuals, HUFs, Trusts, Universities and Charitable Institutions.
  • The Bonds will be denominated in multiples of gram(s) of gold with a basic unit of 1 gram.
  • The tenor of the Bond will be for a period of 8 years with exit option from 5th year to be exercised on the interest payment dates.
  • Minimum permissible investment will be 1 grams of gold.
  • The maximum amount subscribed by an entity will not be more than 500 grams per person per fiscal year (April-March). A self-declaration to this effect will be obtained.
  • In case of joint holding, the investment limit of 500 grams will be applied to the first applicant only.
  • The investors will be compensated at a fixed rate of 2.50 per cent per annum payable semi-annually on the nominal value.

Paytm arm unveils online shopping portal Paytm Mall

  • Paytm E-Commerce, the online marketplace arm of One97 Communications Pvt. Ltd, launched Paytm Mall, a mobile app and online shopping portal.
  • Paytm Mall is the new avatar of Paytm’s three year-old e-commerce business. According to a Paytm statement, Paytm Mall will allow customers to shop from 68 million products across categories such as fashion, electronics, consumer durables and home furnishings, from about 140,000 sellers.
  • It will manage its deliveries through 17 fulfilment centres of third-party warehouse providers and those owned by sellers and will leverage the network of its 40 courier partners.
  • Paytm Mall also marks the formal entry of Alibaba into the e-commerce sector in the country.
  • Paytm Mall will focus on structured categories and brand authorised stores. 
  • It will also be focusing on electronics, top fashion brands and FMCG categories, while another section under Paytm Mall called Paytm Bazaar will focus on fashion, home furnishing and goods from small sellers

Puducherry ranks third in having lesser infant mortality rate

  • Director of Health and Family Welfare Services K V Raman said that Union Territory was having 11 deaths of children per 1000 babies born.
  • This is a recordand is culmination of initiatives of various departments including the Social Welfare, Women and Child Development, Health and other departments implementing the Integrated Child Development scheme"
  • Puducherry ranked third in the achievement next to Goa and Kerala. 

Kalinga Lancers beat Dabang Mumbai to clinch maiden Hockey India League title

  • Last year’s finalists Kalinga Lancers made amends to lift their maiden Hockey India League title, defeating Dabang Mumbai 4-1 in the final
  • Dabang Mumbai, who were leaders at the end of the league stage, could not find their best as Kalinga Lancers emerged victorious to claim the purse of Rs 2.5 crore. The runners-up received Rs 1.25 crore.
  • Kalinga Lancers skipper Moritz Fuerste of Germany, who has won three Olympic medals, converted two penalty corners and the team’s Australian import Glenn Turner scored a field goal to seal the issue. A field goal gets two points.
  • Fuerste and Turner also finished as the league’s joint highest scorers with 12 goals each in as many matches.

Apollo Munich enters into bancassurance tie-up with Dena Bank

  • Standalone health insurer Apollo Munich Health Insurance is expanding its footprint across the country with bancassurance tie-up with state-owned Dena Bank . 
  • Under the tie-up the bank will distribute customised Apollo Munich Health insurance and personal accident policies to the bank's 20 million customers nationwide. 
  • Apollo Munich Health has developed specialised health insurance solutions with distinctive benefits and an uncomplicated application process, exclusively for Dena Bank customers.

Haryana Sets Up Sex Ratio Monitoring System For Panipat

  • The Haryana government has set up an online system for Panipat to monitor the sex-ratio in the district as part of the 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' programme.
  • The system, called the sex ratio monitoring dashboard, will have the data of child sex-ratio collected from all villages by the Health and Women and Child Welfare Departments every month.
  • It will also have the data on critical villages where more attention was required towards skewed child sex-ratio and steps needed to taken to set up the efforts accordingly
  • The dashboard had been developed in association with National Informatics Centre (NIC) as a pilot project.
  • The dashboard is also proving to be an effective tool for enhancing ground-level coordination between the Health and Women and Child Welfare Departments.
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