CURRENT AFFAIRS: FEBRUARY 13, 2018

CURRENT AFFAIRS: FEBRUARY 13, 2018

CURRENT AFFAIRS: FEBRUARY 13, 2018

 

  • (13th February) is World Radio Day

Today (13th February) is World Radio Day. The day is observed every year on the 13 of February to celebrate radio as a forum for entertainment and information, as a bridge of communication for remote communities and its role in empowering people. This day marks the first broadcas t by UN radio in 1946. It was proclaime d on 3 November 2011 by UNESCO’s 36th General Conference. It was originally proposed by the Kingdom of Spain. First world radio day was observed in the year 2012. Theme of World Radio Day 2018 : “Radio and Sports”.

 

  • World Government Summit (WGS) 2018

The 6th edition of World Government Summit (WGS) 2018, a global platform dedicated to shaping future of government worldwide, was concluded today at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Note : India is the guest country at this year’s event.

 

  • Johann Johannsson (48), the acclaimed Icelandic musician, has passed away

Johann Johannsson (48), the acclaimed Icelandic musician, has passed away in Berlin, Germany on February 8, 2018. He was known for giving background scores to films such as “Arrival”, “Sicario” and “The Theory of Everything”. He won a Golden Globe in 2015 for his score to the Stephen Hawking biopic. His work is stylised by its blending of traditional orchestration with contemporary electronic elements.

 

  • Mumbai has been named 12th wealthiest city among the top 15 wealthiest cities
    globally

India’s financial capital Mumbai, with a total wealth of $950 billion, has been named 12th wealthiest city among the top 15 wealthiest cities globally. Mumbai also features among the top 10 cities in terms of billionaire population. The city is home to 28 billionaires, individuals with $1 billion or more in net assets. According to a new report by New World Wealth, the list was topped by New York with a total wealth of $3 trillion. London ranked second in the list with $2.7 trillion, followed by Tokyo ($2.5 trillion), and San Francisco Bay area ($2.3 trillion). Total wealth, refers to the private wealth held by all the individuals living in each city. It includes all their assets (property, cash, equities, business interests) less any liabilities. Government funds are excluded from the figures.

 

  • K P Ramanunni from Kerala has been conferred with the 2017 Sahitya Akademi Award

K P Ramanunni from Kerala has been conferred with the 2017 Sahitya Akademi Award for Malayalam literature for his novel “Daivathinte Pusthakam”, which deals with India’s communal situation, at a function in New Delhi on February 12, 2018. He received a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh. However, the highlight of the event was that Ramanunni donated his prize money of Rs 1 lakh to the mother of Junaid Khan, the teen stabbed to death on a Mathura-bound train from New Delhi in June 2017. Junaid Khan from Haryana was lynched to death while he was returning home after Eid shopping.

 

  • Parbati Ghose (85), the first female filmmaker of Odisha, has passed away

Parbati Ghose (85), the first female filmmaker of Odisha, has passed away in Bhubaneswar on February 11, 2018. She was a symbol of women’s empowerment when an idea like empowerment was unheard of. Her other important works include short film ‘Pitei Nani’ on women emancipation, biopic on the noted philanthropist and freedom fighter Malati Choudhury, serial ‘Pura Puri Parabarika’ for Doordarshan, telefilm ‘Paribartan’ on tribal health in their local dialect and telefilm ‘Pratibha’ based on the famous novel by Utkal Kesri Dr. Hare Krushna Mahtab to mark the celebrations of 50 years of Independence.

 

 

  • International Conference on Unani Medicine was held in New Delhi

The International Conference on Unani Medicine was held in New Delhi. This conference was organised by the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), under Ministry of AYUSH. Theme of this conference : “Integration of Unani System of Medicine in main stream healthcare”.

 

  • Warne has been appointed as the mentor of Rajasthan Royals

Former Australian spinner Shane Warne has been appointed as the mentor of Rajasthan Royals for this IPL season. World’s first robot ski competition was held in South Korea. 8 teams from local universities and tech firms took part in the competition.

 

  • Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has won the ‘Best Minister in the World’

Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has won the ‘Best Minister in the World’ award at the World Government Summit in Dubai. She was honored with this prestigious award for her efforts in implementing successful reforms to tackle corruption and increase transparency in her country.

 

  • CM of Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu is the richest Chief Minister in India

According to a report released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), the CM of Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu is the richest Chief Minister in India with declared assets worth over 177 crore. Naidu is followed by Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu with assets worth over 129 crore and Punjab’s Amarinder Singh with 48 crore.

Note : Tripura’s Manik Sarkar with 27 lakh is the Poorest Chief Minister in India.

 

  • Uttar Pradesh State government in association with UNICEF launched massive door to door campaign titled DASTAK

The Uttar Pradesh has launched massive door to door campaign DASTAK in association with UNICEF to eradicate deadly Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanise Encephalitis (JE) disease in the state. The war cry of DASTAK is Darwaja khatkhatao, AES aur JE ko bhagao. In DASTAK campaign, the whole state machinery with the help of UNICEF will now literally go door to door in 38 JES and AE affected districts which mostly fall in the Tarai region of the state which contributes to about 60% of the total AES cases all over the country. In this massive campaign, many departments of the state especially health, rural development, primary education will work together to spread awareness about the diseases through mass media communication, provide clean drinking water, initiate sanitation drive, ensure vaccination and early treatment so that disease should be nipped in the bud. Children of 600 schools in the affected areas will also be part of this campaign.

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