Current Affairs – February 10, 2018

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India ranked 44th of 50 countries in Intellectual Property Index

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India has improved its performance both in relative and absolute terms in the latest edition of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center’s (GIPC) ‘International IP Index,’ which analyses the intellectual property (IP) climate in 50 world economies, including India. India ranked 44th of 50 economies – a jump from 43rd of 45 economies one year ago, according to the sixth edition of the Index. The factors that helped India improve its score included passing guidelines to strengthen the patentability environment for technological innovations, improving the protection of well-known trademarks, as well as initiating IP awareness and coordination programs — thereby implementing some tenets of it’s 2016 National IPR Policy. The U.S. led the list with 37.98 points, followed by the U.K (37.97) and Sweden (37.03).

CCI fines Google Rs.136 crore for search bias

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The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a Rs.136-crore fine on Google for “search bias” and abusing its “dominant position”. The Indian competition regulator’s ruling comes after similar setbacks in the European Union and Russia for the world’s most popular search engine. In a 190-page order, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) said Google abused its dominant position on three counts that largely relate to search, while no foul play was seen in case of advertising. CCI imposed a penalty amounting to 5% of the average revenue generated from India over the three years to FY15, an amount of Rs.135.85 crore, which has to be deposited within 60 days. A maximum penalty of 10% can be imposed under the Act.
CCI Chairman: Devender Kumar Sikri
Headquarters: New Delhi

Shri RK Singh launches ASH TRACK Mobile App for better management of fly ash produced by thermal power plants

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Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R.K Singh, launched a Web-based monitoring System and a Fly Ash mobile application named ASH TRACK recently. These platforms will enable better management of the ash produced by thermal power plants by providing an interface between fly ash producers (Thermal Power Plants) and potential ash users such as – road contractors, cement plants etc.peaking on the occasion, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R K Singh said that proper management of fly ash is important for not only the environment but for us also as the ash produced by the power plants occupies a lot of land space. He explained that at present, 63 % of the fly ash is being utilized and a target is for 100 % utilization of the fly ash. For this, the Minister emphasized the need for education and awareness generation.

Janadriyah: Sushma Swaraj inaugurates Saudi Arabia’s National Heritage Festival

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, who inaugurated the prestigious National Heritage and Culture Festival ‘Janadriyah‘ at which India is the guest of honor country. Earlier they discussed steps to further intensify the bilateral strategic partnership in all sectors and to work towards each other’s progress.Janadriyah, 42 km northeast of Riyadh, is the venue for Saudi Arabia’s national festival of heritage and culture. A colorful festival, held in the winter season every year, which normally falls during the month of February or March. Janadriyah Festival, as it is called, is a rich cultural presentation of the past and present Saudi Arabia. It highlights the culture and heritage of the country which, for the new generation, is a window to the vibrant past.

Haryana tops the Khelo India School Games

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After an intense battle among the participating states and their athletes, Haryana emerged as the overall champions, finishing with 102 medals, which included 38 gold, 26 silver, and 38 bronze medals. It was a three-way fight between Haryana, Maharashtra and the hosts Delhi vying for the top honors, but the boy and girl boxers from Haryana produced a dominant show on the concluding day of the Games to pip their rivals at the post. Maharashtra finished the KISG with 111 medals, but due to their lower gold medal count (36), they had to contend with the second spot. Delhi finished the Games at the third position with 94 medals, which included 25 gold, 29 silver, and 40 bronze.


Medals Tally: Top 10

State Gold Silver Bronze Total
Haryana 38 26 38 102
Maharashtra 36 32 43 111
Delhi 25 29 40 94
Karnataka 16 11 17 44
Manipur 13 13 8 34

Indra Nooyi appointed first independent female Director of ICC

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PepsiCo chairperson and CEO Indra Nooyi has been appointed the International Cricket Council’s first independent female director.The 62-year-old will join the ICC board in June following the unanimous confirmation of her appointment at a meeting on Friday, world cricket’s governing body announced. Nooyi was one of the shortlisted candidates put forward to the ICC’s nominations committee out of more than 100 applicants, all of whom were considered.The independent director will have full voting rights and will be appointed for a two-year term.
ICC headquarters: Dubai, UAE
Chairman: Shashank Manohar
Membership: 104 members
Established: 15 June 1909

New Chief Justices appointed for Karnataka, Kerala, Tripura, Meghalaya, Manipur HCs

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President of India has appointed new Chief Justices in Kerala, Karnataka, Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya High Courts. Justice Dinesh Maheshwari has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court. Acting Chief Justice of Kerala High Court Justice Antony Dominic has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of Kerala High Court. Justice Ajay Rastogi, has been appointed as the Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court. Justice Tarun Agarwala is the new Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court. Justice Abhilasha Kumari is the new Chief Justice of the Manipur High Court.

China reopens Nathu La route for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

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China has confirmed “resumption” of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the Nathu La route, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh has said. He also noted that the Kailash Mansarovar yatra via Nathu La was not undertaken last year after the Chinese government cited “unfavorable conditions” to ensure the safe and smooth conduct of the yatra on this route. The yatra was stopped by China in the aftermath of the military face-off with India last year at Doklam. China demanded the withdrawal of Indian forces from the site. The standoff began on 16 June after the Indian troops intervened and stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area claimed by Bhutan as it posed a security risk to Chicken Neck, the narrow corridor connecting India with its north-eastern states.

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