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National Current Affairs Feb 3rd Week 2016
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1) Marine Museum inaugrated at Marine Aquarium and Regional Centre in Digha.
  • The Marine Museum at the Marine Aquarium and Regional Centre (MARC) of Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Digha was thrown open to the public, inaugurated by Shri Hem Pande, IAS, Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India and Honb`le Member of Parliament, Shri Sisir Adhikary in the presence of Dr. Kailash Chandra, Director-in-Charge of ZSI, Kolkata and Dr. Paramjit Singh, Director, BSI, Kolkata.
  • The MARC, ZSI, Digha also celebrating its 25th years of service to the nation on faunal inventory and research.
  • On this occasion, a one day National Seminar on Coastal Zone Management and Marine Biodiversity was also organised by the Centre in which students from various colleges of East Medinipur district of West Bengal participated and experts from ZSI imparted talks on marine biodiversity and conservation issues.
2) Central Labour Institute, Mumbai Celebrates its Golden Jubliee.
  • Central Labour Institute, Mumbai is completing 50 years of its existence.
  • It is the leading institute in the country on Safety & Health under Directorate General Factory Advice Service & Labour Institutes (DGFASLI) Government of India.
  • The foundation stone of the CLI building was laid by the first Prime Minister of India, Late Shri Jawahar Lal Nehru on 7th October 1954 and Late Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishanan, the then President of India inaugurated it on 9th February 1966 as a National Centre for research, training and consultancy on various issues related to human factor.
3) National Arogya Fair-2016 concluded at Dehradun.
  • The 4-day National Arogya Fair concluded successfully at Dehradun in Uttarakhand.
  • The themes were based on Immune system, Homeopathy in Women`s disorders, Treatment in Ayurveda, Yog se Arogya and Non-Communicable Diseases management in Siddha System etc.
About National Arogya Fair - 2016:
  1. It was organized by the Union Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in collaboration with the State government of Uttarakhand and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
  2. The Fair attracted immense participation from all stakeholders, residents, practitioners, academicians, corporates, institutes, university heads and students.
  3. Various experts shared valuable information during 17 Learning Sessions organized for the general public.
  4. The Center for Research and Yoga and Naturopathy gave live yoga demonstrations.
  5. The 8 Free Government (AYUSH) clinics served more than 1000 patients in four days. Free medicines were also provided to the patients.
4) Elephanta Island to get electricity from Independence Day 2016.
  • Maharashtra government has decided to provide electricity to the popular tourist destination Elephanta island from August 15.
  • Nearly 1,200 residents live on the island that is famous for its Hindu cave sculptures and is located around 10 km off Mumbai coast.
  • The island, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is still without electricity.
  • The government will lay an underwater power cable network between mainland Mumbai and the island at a cost of Rs. 28 crore. A power supply cable network will be laid with technical assistance from US and UK-based companies.
5) Gujarat To Get India’s First Disabled-Friendly Beach.
  • Gujarat has launched its latest project on making beaches more inclusive for the disabled. The Tithal beach in Valsad district is all set to become the first disabled-friendly beach in India.
  • Most public places like hospitals, movie theatres, train stations, beaches and parks, lack the necessary facilities for the disabled. They are left with no choice but to depend on someone for help.
Disabled-Friendly Beach:
  1. Work on equipping 1 km stretch of the Vithal beach with disabled-friendly facilities have commenced and is tentatively going to be open for public use by June.
  2. Ramps and railings will lead up from the parking area to the beach.
  3. Everything from washrooms to food court will be accessible for those who use wheelchairs.
  4. The food counters will be at a lower height for the disabled.
  5. The total budget for the first phase is set to Rs. 5 crore.
  6. The plans have been chalked out in close consultation with the disabled.
6) Dubai To Build World’s Largest Mall.
  • Dubai aims to build world’s largest shopping mall before Expo 2020.
  • The Mall of the World project, encompassing 8 million sq. feet (745,000 sq. meter) of shopping space connected to a theme park, 100 hotels and serviced apartment buildings with 20,000 rooms, was announced in mid-2014, just as oil prices began a precipitous plunge.
  • The estimated cost of the total bill would be nearly 80 billion dirhams ($22 billion) and that Dubai Holding would provide of 30 billion dirhams.
7) International Radio Fair 2016 Hosted By Bhubaneswar.
  • Outreach International Radio Fair 2016 is to be held at Bhubaneswar city of India.
  • The fair will start on the occasion of World Radio Day i.e. 13th of February and close on 14th.
  • The temple city Bhubaneswar will again host the event. Radio Fair is an event which is first of its kind in India.
  • International Radio broadcasters, broadcasting associations, including All India Radio stations, Private FM channels and Community Radio stations of India can take part.
  • Three days long exhibition will consist Radio shops, old radio set show, radio equipment stall, sand art on radio etc.


8) World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Plant Opened in Morocco.
  • The new site near the city of Ouarzazate - famous as a filming location for Hollywood blockbusters like "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Gladiator" - could produce enough energy to power over one million homes by 2018 and reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 760,000 tons per year, according to the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) finance group.
  • Mirrors focus the sun`s light and heat up a liquid, which, when mixed with water, reaches around 400 degree Celsius. The steam produced from this process drives a turbine and generates electrical power.
9) Jharkhand Gets Its First Mega Food Park.
  • The first mega food park in the state promoted by Jharkhand Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd. was inaugurated by Food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal at village Getalsud, district Ranchi.
  • The mega food park has been set up with the project cost of Rs. 114.73 crore in an area of 51.50 acres. The park will have facilities of multi chamber cold storage, dry warehouse, vegetable dehydration line, modern quality control and testing laboratory and other processing facilities for fruits & vegetables.
  • The park is expected to provide direct and indirect employment to about 6000 people and benefit about 25,000-30,000 farmers in its catchment area.
10) Banaras Hindu University turns 100 years.
  • Banaras Hindu University (BHU) entered its 100th year. An institution founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, BHU has a special significance, and its contribution cannot be measured without understanding this.
  • It was not just a university to disseminate knowledge. It was a university that was founded for a different cause. Perhaps, those raising questions about the Bharat Ratna being conferred to Malaviya are not able to appreciate this reality.
11) Mysuru declared cleanest city in Swachh Sarvekshan 2016.
  • Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu announced the top 10 cities which are among the cleanest in the country.
  • It was a part of the second cleanliness survey `Swachh Sarvekshan` which began 2015.
  • Mysore from Karnataka topped the list of 10 cities, while Chandigarh is in the second position and Tiruchirappalli bagged the third position.
  • The national capital came fourth in the list, whereas Visakhapatnam, Surat, Rajkot and Gangtok were in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth position respectively.
  • Pimpri-Chinchwad and Greater Mumbai ranked ninth and tenth in the list.
  • The cities were declared as a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission in urban areas which is done every year.
  • In 2014, the ministry had carried out a similar exercise in 476 cities and municipalities which have a population of over 1, 00,000.