8 February 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam

Following is the 8 February 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam

1. MP govt launches app to spread awareness against pollution.

The Madhya Pradesh government launched a mobile application “pollution metre”.
This app is to spread awareness against pollution in the western part of the state.
It has been developed with the help of a private firm and the Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board.
With the help of the app, anybody can check the status of air, water and noise pollution in their respective areas.

2. 5th South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference held in New Delhi.

The Fifth edition of South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference was held in New Delhi.
It was hosted by Public Procurement Division (PPD) of Ministry of Finance and All India Management Association (AIMA).
It was held under auspices of South Asia Region Public Procurement Network (SARPPN), which is sponsored and facilitated by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank.
The theme this edition of the conference was “Public Procurement and Service Delivery”.

3. Prithvi-II missile successfully test-fired.

India successfully test-fired indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile on Wednesday.
The surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, is capable of carrying 500-1,000 kg of warheads.
Developed under DRDO’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme, Prithvi-II uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target.

4. Indian princess gets Royal Mail stamp.

Indian princess Sophia Alexandra Duleep Singh has been honoured with a Royal Mail stamp of the UK to mark the centenary of the suffragette movement.
Sophia, the daughter of Maharaja Duleep Singh, is the only woman to have one of the eight stamps to herself.
The image on the stamp shows her selling copies of a Suffragette newspaper in 1913.

5. Dubai retains rank as World’s Busiest International Airport in 2017.

Dubai International Airport has held on to its No 1 ranking as the world’s busiest airport for international travel, after seeing around 88.2 million passengers in 2017.
Dubai International Airport first surpassed London Heathrow as the world’s busiest airport for international traffic in 2014.
It has maintained the title ever since, with some 90 airlines flying into Dubai, a gateway for East-West travel.

6. Bermuda becomes first country in world to abolish same-sex marriage.

Bermuda becomes the first country to legalize and then repeal same-sex marriage.
Bermuda’s governor John Rankin approved a bill reversing the right of gay couples to marry, despite a supreme court ruling last year authorizing same-sex marriage.

7. Second shipwreck found near Vizag.

A 2nd shipwreck was discovered by a team of experienced divers in the sea off Bheemunipatnam, 45 km from Vizag.
This comes a month after a century-old shipwreck was unearthed in the region.
An extremely rare species of Goliath grouper fish, considered to be the keystone species of an ecosystem is also found here.
This fish is recognised as a critically endangered species by the IUCN.

8. ‘Superionic water ice’ made on Earth.

US-based scientists have detected the first experimental evidence of ‘superionic water ice’.
The new form of matter is said to occur naturally on Uranus and Neptune, when water is heated to several thousand degrees at high pressure.
First predicted in 1988, the exotic state of water is characterised by liquid-like hydrogen ions moving within a solid lattice of oxygen.

9. TVS Motor, Intel tie up for green scooter.

TVS Motor Company Ltd., unveiled ‘futuristic’ scooter and motorcycles to transform future mobility using alternative fuel.
It included electric scooter, ethanol-powered Apache motorbike and cruiser motorcycle.
To reduce the carbon footprint, TVS showcased ethanol-powered TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi Ethanol.
The use of ethanol will reduce the dependence on import of petroleum products.

10. RBI To Link Base Rate With MCLR.

The Reserve Bank of India will link the base rate with the MCLR from 1st of April 2018 to ensure expeditious transmission of its policy rate to borrowers.
The RBI had introduced the MCLR system with effect from 1st April 2016, the Central bank observed that a large proportion of bank loans continue to be linked to Base Rate.
Urjit Patel is the Governor of RBI.

11. RBI keeps repo rate unchanged at 6%.

The RBI has kept the repo rate, the rate at which banks borrow from RBI, steady at 6% for the third time in a row during its sixth bi-monthly monetary policy review.
This comes after retail inflation in December rose to a 17-month high of 5.21%.
The RBI last cut the rate by 25 basis points in August last year.

12. Nancy Pelosi made history of delivering longest 8 hour speech in American Senate.

Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Minority Leader, delivered her speech for more than eight hours in American Senate.
The House Historian’s Office confirmed the lawmaker’s record of longest speech to the media.
The previous record of longest speech dates back to 1909 when a Missouri representative, Champ Clark, spoke for 5 hours and 15 minutes against a tariff overhaul.
Nancy Pelosi’s speech was ended in 8 hours and 5 minutes.

13. Rajnath Singh releases book titled “Mere Sapnon ka Bharat”.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh released a book titled “Mere Sapnon ka Bharat”.
It is a compilation of interviews of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee by Tarun Vijay, an ex-MP, at a function in New Delhi.
The Home Minister described Mr Vajpayee as a distinguished personality who stands alone because of his stature.
He is respected by all cutting across the political parties divides.

14. Forbes releases its first-ever cryptocurrency rich list.

Business magazine Forbes released its first-ever Crypto Rich List, comprising 20 wealthiest people in the cryptocurrency space.
The list was topped by Ripple Co-founder Chris Larsen, who is estimated to have a crypto net worth of $7.5-8 billion.
He is followed by Ethereum Co-founder Joseph Lubin ($1-5 billion) and Founder of cryptocurrency exchange Binance Changpeng Zhao ($1.1-2 billion).

15. Actor John Mahoney passes away.

Actor John Mahoney passed away after brief illness in Chicago, the USA at the age of 77 years old.
He was well-known for playing the title character in the “Frasier” show.
He worked in films for nearly 35 years. His important works are “The American President”, “Moonstruck”, “In the Line of Fire” and “Say Anything”.

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