Current Affairs News Update for February 17, 2016

Current Affairs 2016February 17: On this day in the year 1816, an instrument was invented which has been serving mankind till now.French physician Rene Laennec, who discovered the stethoscope, was born today & on his 235th birth anniversary, many people remember him for his contribution to the medical field.Laennec died in 1826 from tuberculosis which he diagonised himself using the stethoscope.Here are the latest current affairs for February 17, 2016


National News:

The Swach Sarvekshan function was held at Delhi.Tiruchirapalli city in Tamil Nadu received the best city performer award in behavioral change communication category from Union Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naiadu. .


Nagpur Central Prison in cooperation with State Bank of India shall provide ATM cards to all the inmates for completion of financial transactions in the jail.


The Samej village in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, has been made smokeless by the Indian Oil Corporation under a campaign run by Indian Government.


Police officers at Bhopal's Hanumanganj Police Station are offering free education to poor children in the Slums under a programme called 'Bal Sanjeevani Paramarsh Kendra'.


South Korean state of Chungcheonbuk & Haryana agreed to enter into a sister statehood relationship for Development.


International News:

In Angola, a yellow fever outbreak has killed 51 people out of 241 suspected cases over the last six weeks. There is no specific treatment for the viral hemorrhagic disease  transmitted by infected mosquitoes & found in tropical regions of Africa and Latin America’s Amazon region.


The first train to connect China & Iran has reached Tehran. The train, carrying 32 containers of commercial products from China`s eastern Zhejiang province took 14 days passing through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.


Australia has introduced its First ever pop-up urinal in Perth to discourage men from urinating in Public Areas.


US President Barack Obama opened the summit between leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations & the United States that began in California.


Science & Technology:

India test-fired its indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile from a test range at Chandipur.


Nidar is India’s first indigenously developed lightest revolver (gun) weighing merely 250 grams.It was launched to boost the "Make In India" initiative.



Boutros Boutros Ghali, the Former United Nations Secretary General passed away in Cairo, Egypt at the age of 93. He was the First African to hold the Position.


Awards & Honours:

Fashion Designer Manish Arora was awarded with the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), France's highest Civilian Honour for his renowned and critically acclaimed contribution to the Fashion World.


Sports News:

Indian boxers MC Mary kom, Sarita Devi and Pooja Rani won Gold medals in their respective categories at the 12th South Asian Games held in India.


The International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket for Good & United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with BCCI launched the Team Swachh clinics during the ICC WT20 Host City Tour.


India was crowned the Overall Champion at the 12th South Asian Games after finishing top with a total tally of 308 medals including 188 Gold, 90 Silver and 30 Bronze Medals.


Indian Railways won the 36th National Chess team championship in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.


Dena Bank’s S. Sridhar has been selected to represent India as Umpire (Table Tennis) in the forthcoming 2016 Rio Olympic Games.


Banking & Economy:

Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) announced an increase in interest rate on Provident Fund (PF) deposits for 2015-16 to 8.8% from 8.75%.


Online Fashion and Lifestyle Products retailer Myntra relaunched its mobile website.


Chinese e-commerce major Alibaba has bought nearly 33 million shares of Chicago based Online Daily Deal Service GroupOn.


Vjay Mallya-led United Breweries Holdings Ltd was a “illful Defaulter” by Punjab National Bank.


Yes Bank signed an agreement with the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) to foster renewable energy (RE) development in India.

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