Who has been appointed the chairman of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal ? Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre
Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre of the Supreme Court has been appointed as the chairman of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal , succeeding Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan who resigned from the post. Chief Justice of India Justice J. S. Khehar nominated Justice Sapre on this post. In December 2016, the Union Cabinet gave its nod to a proposal to set up a single, permanent Tribunal to adjudicate all inter-state river water disputes subsuming existing tribunals.
Who is the new Editor-in-Chief of PTI ? Vijay Joshi
Veteran journalist Vijay Joshi assumed charge of the Editor-in-Chief of the Press Trust of India on February 10, 2017, replacing M. K. Razdan on this post. He has experience of more than three decades as a journalist working in numerous positions in numerous news agencies including PTI. Prior to this new assignment, he was with the Associated Press as director of news for Southeast Asia. He has served as journalist in Singapore, Egypt, Malaysia, Thailand and the Middle East with many news agencies.
Raj Chengappa has been re-elected the President of The Editors’ Guild of India
Senior journalist Raj Chengappa was unanimously re-elected as the President of the Editors’ Guild of India at the Annual General Meeting of the Guild on February 18, 2017 in New Delhi. Prakash Dubey was named the General-Secretary of the Guild while Kalyani Shankar became its Treasurer. Chengappa is currently the Group Editorial Director of ‘India Today’ (Publishing).
How many satellites ISRO launched in its record-breaking mission on board PSLV-C37 104 Satellites
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on February 15, 2017 scripted history by successfully launching a record 104 satellites in one shot onboard its reliable launch vehicle, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The PSLV–called PSLV–C37 for this historic mission successfully placed a payload of total 1,378 kg into space in its 38th consecutive successful mission. ISRO bettered Russian space agency’s feat of launching 37 satellites at one shot in 2014 and set a new world record. It was largely a commercial mission as all, but three satellites belonged to six other countries. ISRO launched its earth observation Cartosat-2 satellite weighing 714 kg in this record-making mission.
The Union Cabinet gave its nod to the merger of SBI and Five of its associate banks
The Union Cabinet on February 15, 2017 gave its approval to the merger plan of the State Bank of India with five of its associate banks. State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Travancore (SBT), State Bank of Patiala (SBP), State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH) and State Bank of Mysore (SBM) will be merged with the State Bank of India with the aims of creating a globalized bank, increasing operational efficiency at a reduced rate of expenditures. With the merger of all the five associates, SBI is expected to have over 50 crore customers with an asset base of 37 lakh crore in about 22,500 branches in total.
Who has been named new NSA of America ? Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster
Veteran military strategist Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster was appointed the new National Security Adviser (NSA) of the USA on February 20, 2017 by President Donald Trump. Mr. McMaster succeeded Michael Flynn on this post. McMaster is the author of the book ‘Dereliction of Duty : Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff and Lies that Led to Vietnam’. In this book, he unveiled numerous aspects of the Vietnam war.
Which country’s Senate gave its nod to the Hindu Marriage Bill – 2017 recently ? Pakistan
Pakistan’s Senate unanimously passed the Hindu Marriage Bill – 2017 on February 17, 2017 to regulate marriages of minority Hindus in Pakistan. The Bill now needs the President of Pakistan’s assent to come into force as a law as it had already been cleared by the National Assembly, the lower house of Pakistani Parliament. It will be the first elaborate Hindu Community’s personal law. The bill aims to regulate marriage, registration of marriage, separation and remarriage and other marriage related issues of Hindus in Pakistan with the minimum age of marriage set at 18 years for both boys and girls.
Who has been elected the new President of Germany ? Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Former Foreign Minister and a Social-Democrat leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected the new President of Germany with a massive majority on February 12, 2017. 630 lawmakers of German Parliament’s lower house and an equal number of representatives from 16 states of Germany took part in the election. The German President has little executive power, but is considered an important moral authority and symbol of the national integrity.
Which country has been rated as the most free economy in the 2017 Index of Economic Freedom ? Hong Kong
Hong Kong was rated the most free economy of the world with a score of 89·8 points out 100 in the Index of Economic Freedom – 2017 released in February 2017 by US-based the Heritage Foundation. Singapore (88·6) and New Zealand (83·7) secured second and third spots respectively in the Index while North Korea was rated the least free economy with only 4·9 points. Total 186 economies were included in the Index. The Index has been prepared on the basis of 10 factors of economic freedom, using the statistics from international organizations like World Bank, IMF, and Transparency International. India was ranked 143rd in the Index with a score of just 52·6 points, 3·6 points less than its performance in the 2016 Index. It was the 23rd edition of the Index.