Current Affairs: 13 February 2017

India beat Pakistan to win second straight T20 World Cup for Blind title


  • Defending champions India defeated Pakistan by nine wickets in the final of the T20 World Cup for Blind to lift their second straight title
  • Chasing 198, India sauntered to the target at the loss of just one wicket to score 200/1 in 17.4 overs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
  • India and Pakistan entered the summit clash on the back of a terrific run in the league stage
  • Chasing 198, India sauntered to the target at the loss of just one wicket to score 200/1
  • Prakash Jayaramaiah top scored for India with an unbeaten 99
  • Opener Prakash Jayaramaiah top scored for India with an unbeaten 99, laying a solid platform for the chase. With his opening partner and captain Ajay Kumar Reddy (43), he added 110 runs for the first wicket. Ketan Patel, who came in at no 3, was retired hurt for 26 but Jayaramaiah continued his assault on the Pakistan bowlers finishing with 15 fours in his 60-ball 99.
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NBA and Take-Two team to launch eSports league


  • NBA 2K eLeague, centered around Take-Two's "NBA 2K" franchise, will launch in 2018 and represents the gamemaker's first major push into the world of competitive gaming. 
  • Teams in the league will be operated by each of the NBA's 30 franchises and will follow a tournament format similar to the NBA — meaning a regular season, a bracketed playoff, then a championship match.
  • Electronic Arts launched competitive gaming subsidiaries. 
  • EA tapped long-time gaming veteran Peter Moore (who previously served as COO of the company) to run the unit, while Activision brought in the former CEO of ESPN and the NFL Network to run its division.

National Women’s Parliament begins in Andhra Pradesh


  • The three-day National Women’s Parliament, being organised by Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly with the theme of ‘Empowering Women — Strengthening Democracy’, began in the state capital region Amaravati.
  • The vision of NWP is to enable and encourage social, political and economic empowerment of women in all strata of the society.
  • One of the objectives of NWP is to generate new ideas, concepts, theories and ideologies for women empowerment.
  • An ‘International Woman Icon of the World’ award and 12 best young achievers awards for women in different fields will be presented at the NWP.
  • The NWP would facilitate interaction among women from all backgrounds and girl students to sensitise the society on issues like malnutrition, social security, sexual harassment, sanitation, oppression and other gender-based problems.
  • One of the objectives of NWP is to make young girls realise their potential and make them aware of the canvas where they can leave their footprints.

IIT Kharagpur to set up India's first school on Quality and Reliability


  • The Indian Institute of Technology is starting an inter-disciplinary school on Quality and Reliability (Q&R), a first of its kind in India, it said in a statement on Friday.
  • The school in collaboration with other academic units in the Institute will offer academic courses, research and mission-mode programmes in the area of Quality and Reliability which would bring about social transformations. It shall also serve as a hub of Intellectual Property in Quality
  • The faculty members as well as students will be from various disciplines, and apart from traditional Q&R areas, the school will have a holistic view on QR by including various application domains of the trinity of Process, Planet and People (3Ps) targeting Engineering systems, Human systems and natural systems.
  • Dual Degree programme with B.Tech. in any discipline and M.Tech. in QRE will be launched in academic year 2018-19. Integration with MBA and Entrepreneurship programmes was on the cards.
  • Additionally at least one course will be taught by an international expert in a year. The school will also offer PhD courses in all areas of Quality and Reliability.

India plans to host counter-radicalisation conference with ASEAN


  • India plans to host a conference with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to share experiences and ideas on prevention of radicalisation. 
  • The event is likely to be held in October.
  • The plan is to share India’s experience and benefit from that of ASEAN countries, especially Malaysia. More countries could be invited as observers depending on the interest. 
  • The UAE is one such country — it has expertise in deradicalisation that was one of the key areas of discussions during the recent bilateral interactions
  • The countries in the region from ASEAN to Gulf have agreed to coordinate efforts to counter radicalisation and misuse of religion by groups and countries for inciting hatred and terrorism to deal with growing IS threat. 
  • Malaysia and Indonesia are among the countries working on this aspect, and India wants to gain from their expertise

FSSAI sets up panel to finalise laws on food fortification


  • Food regulator FSSAI has set up a scientific panel to frame final regulations on fortification of foods and prepare strategies to address malnutrition problem. 
  • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has already issued the draft guidelines on fortification for five food items -- salt, milk, wheat flour, rice and edible oil -- to boost production and consumption of fortified foods.
  •  The draft rules were operationalised in October even as FSSAI sought comments from stakeholders before finalising the final regulations Fortification means deliberately adding or increasing the content of essential micro-nutrients in food items to improve quality.
  • The panel has 11 experts and scientists -- Ambrish Mithal from Medanta; CS Pandav and R K Marwaha (Retd) from AIIMS; Anura Kurpad from St John's Medical College; Yogeshwar Shukla from CSIR - Indian Institute of Toxicilogy Research, HPS Sachdev from Sita Ram Bharatia Institute of Science and Research; KM Nair from NIN; P Ramachandran from Nutrition Foundation of India; Sumit Arora from NDRI; Sirimavo Nair from the MS University, Baroda, and Harsulkar from Bharati Vidyapeeth.
  • Apart from framing standards, FSSAI has launched the Food Fortification Resource Centre (FFRC) to promote large-scale fortification of food across India.

Diego Maradona to get ambassador role with FIFA


  • Diego Maradona is getting an ambassador's role with FIFA.
  • The governing body wants to ensure the Argentina great "has a major role in FIFA's activities to promote the game across the globe," including with its Legends team.
  • FIFA says the 56-year-old Maradona will be involved in "relevant development projects."
  • Maradona announced his new role on Thursday, hailing FIFA as "clean and transparent" under president Gianni Infantino.

Dr Neelu Rohmetra, First Woman Indian Institute of Management Director


  • Dr. Neelu Rohmetra of Jammu University has been appointed as the director of Indian Institute of Management Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh and she has become the first woman to helm an IIM in that capacity. 
  • Professor Neelu Rohmetra is currently the Rector of Kathua and Billawar Campuses of Jammu University Business School and is also the founder director of International Centre for Cross-Cultural Research and Human Resource Management (ICccR and HRM), University of Jammu. 
  • The government appointed 10 heads of IIMs which includes Dr. Neelu Rohmetra. The tenure of a new director will be for five years or until they turn 65 years of age.
  • Dr. Neelu Rohmetra is specializing in Human Resource Development, Organisation Behaviour, Change Management and Cross-Cultural Management and has been working as Professor of Management for the last 12 years in the Jammu University Business School in which she joined as an Assistant Professor in Management Studies in 1989.

Narinder Chauhan appointed as Ambassador of India to the Republic of Philippines


  • Narinder Chauhan, who is presently the Ambassador of lndia to the Republic of Serbia, has been appointed as the next Indian envoy to the Republic of the Philippines.
  • High level visits and interactions between India and the Philippines have seen some intensification in the recent past, especially since the initiation of ASEAN-India Summit level partnership and establishment of East Asia Summit, of which India is a founding member

R Ashwin becomes fastest bowler to claim 250 Test wickets


  • R Ashwin became the fastest bowler to claim 250 Test wickets, achieving the milestone in his 45th Test match.
  • By doing so, the Indian all-rounder surpassed Dennis Lillee’s record, where the former Australian right-arm fast had achieved the milestone in 48 matches.
  • Ashwin reached his 250th wicket by dismissing Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim in the one-off Test match Hyderabad.
  • Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan managed to take 250 wickets in 51 Tests, Pakistan’s Waqar Younis achieved the milestone against South Africa in his 51st match while India’s Anil Kumble claimed his 250th wicket in his 55th Test match against New Zealand.
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