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Current Affairs 28th February 2017

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INS Viraat to Bow Out of Service

INS Viraat, the second aircraft carrier in the Indian naval fleet, will be decommissioned on March 6, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra said on Monday.
●    INS Viraat is the second centaur class aircraft carrier in service which has spent 30 years in the Indian Navy and before that 27 years in the Royal Navy of UK.
●    The next aircraft carrier is under construction at Cochin. It will be named Vikrant. 
●    As per the contract with the Cochin Shipyard, the ship will commence trials by end-2018 or early 2019.
●    He said the Navy is looking for multi-role helicopters (MRH) with combat and evacuation capabilities to act as force multipliers. 
●    These choppers are meant for anti-surface and anti-submarine roles and for rescue and evacuation.
●    The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) will look at issues like whether the MRH can be developed on a strategic partnership model.


Sumit Mullick Appointed as Maharashtra Chief Secretary

Senior IAS officer Sumit Mullick was today appointed as the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra.
●    He will succeed Swadheen Kshatriya, who was due for retirement on January 31, but was given a month's extension.
●    Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis signed the file on Mullick early this morning, an official from the CMO said.
●    Mullick, a 1982 batch IAS officer is Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) and currently serving as the Chief Protocol Officer in the General Administration department.
●    He had earlier served as the Divisional Commissioner of Amravati and worked as Secretary of School Education.
●    He was also Secretary to the Governor.
●    Mullick is the senior most bureaucrat in the state after Kshatriya and will retire in April 2018.


Rajinder Goel, Padmakar Shivalkar to Receive Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award

The mobile phone of Padmakar Shivalkar, the champion Mumbai left-arm spinner who was unfortunate not to play for India, did not stop ringing on Monday evening after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) nominated him for the Col CK Nayudu lifetime achievement award.
●    Former Haryana left-arm spinner Rajinder Goel, Ranji Trophy’s highest wickettaker with 637 scalps, too didn’t get to play for India as his career ran parallel to that of Bishan Singh Bedi. He has also been bestowed with the same honour.
●    Shivalkar was denied an opportunity to play for India due to the famous spin quartet of Bedi, Erapalli Prassana, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar and R Venkataraghavan.
●    Shivalkar, who was known to recite songs during his playing days, did forget to sing the line of the famous Bollywood song ‘main zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya’.


India and ADB sign loans and grants for first phase of long East Coast Economic Corridor

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed here $375 million in loans and grants to develop 800-kilometer Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor, which is the First Phase of a planned 2,500–kilometer long East Coast Economic Corridor (ECEC). 
●    The Corridor is expected to spur development on India’s eastern coast in line with the Government of India’s Make in India policy to stimulate manufacturing, and Act East policy to integrate the Indian economy with Asia’s dynamic global production networks.
●    The signing event was held on 23.02.2017 followed the ADB approval of $631 million in loans and grants in September 2016 to develop the Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor. 
●    ADB’s approved loans comprise a $500 million multi-tranche facility to build key infrastructure in the four main centers along the corridor – Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Amaravati, and Yerpedu-Srikalahasti in the State of Andhra Pradesh. The First Tranche of $245 million was signed today that will finance sub-projects to develop high-quality internal infrastructure in 2 of the 4 nodes of the corridor–Visakhapatnam and Yerpedu-Srikalahasti.
●    Another component of the approved ADB funds signed on 23.02.2017 was a $125 million policy-based loan that will be used for capacity development of institutions engaged in corridor management, provide support to enhance ease of doing business and for supporting industrial and sector policies to stimulate industrial development. 


Minister for Civil Aviation Dedicates First Integrated Heliport to the Nation

The First Integrated Heliport was dedicated to the Nation by Ministry of Civil Aviation in association with Pawan Hans today at Rohini Heliport, Delhi. After inaugurating the facility the Minister for Civil Aviation Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that the heliport was an excellent infrastructure but pointed out that helicopter services in India are still at a nascent stage. 
●    He added that the facility will keep the cost under control as MRO facility has been incorporated. This would also help in job creation. Speaking to media later, he said that joy rides have a future. He also expressed the hope that the pilot training centre would come up soon.
●    The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri Jayant Sinha said that the Aviation sector is making history almost every day and that the heliport is one such event. 
●    The Secretary for Civil Aviation, Shri R.N. Choubey said that it is part of National Aviation Policy to have four heliports, one in each region and Rohini’s heliport is the first step. He also said that helicopter operations could be shifted from I.G.I to Rohini. 
●    The Rohini heliport has been completed in almost two years at a cost of nearly 100 crores. 
●    The Heliport consists of a terminal building having capacity of 150 passengers, 4 hangers with parking capacities for 16 helicopters and 9 parking bays. 


4th India-CLMV Business Conclave Inaugurated by Sitharaman  

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman will inaugurate the 4th India CLMV Business Conclave here on Monday.
●    The 4th India CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam) Business Conclave will have deliberations on manufacturing, renewable energy, agriculture and skilling among others.
●    Aimed at identifying specific project opportunities and seek business partnerships in the region, the two-day programme will consist of business to business meetings and sectoral sessions.
●    The conclave will focus on sectors such as Pharma, Healthcare, manfAgri Business, Food processing, Gems and Jewellery, Textiles, Leather, Renewable Energy and education.
●    It will be addressed by Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce, Cambodia; Dr Than Myint, Union Minister, Minister of Commerce, Myanmar; Cao Quoc Hung; Vice Minister of Industry and Trade, Vietnam.
●    Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is also expected to attend the conclave to be organised by CII and the ministry of commerce and industries.


Nand Kumar Sai assumes charge as Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes 

Senior tribal leader from Chhattisgarh and ex parliamentarian Shri Nand Kumar Sai assumed charge as the chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) today in New Delhi.
●    Speaking on the occasion Shri Sai said it will be his endeavor to protect rights of tribal living in far flung areas of the country. He said a large percentage of tribals in our country are still not aware of their rights guaranteed to them by the constitutions. Shri Sai said he will see to it that NCST is converted into an important tool for the overall social economic development of STs in the country.
●    Earlier on his arrival to the office of NCST, Shri Sai was greeted by Vice Chairperson of NCST Miss Anusuia Uikey, Members Shri Bari Krishna Damor and Shri Harshadbhai Chunilal Vasava and Secretary of the Commission Shri Raghav Chandra.
●    Born on January 1, 1946 at village Bhagora of Jaspur District in Chhattisgarh Shri Sai studied at NES college Jashpur and obtained Post Graduate degree in Political Science from Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Raipur.
●    Shri Sai was elected to MP legislative assembly in 1977, 1985 and 1998. He was elected to Chhattisgarh legislative assembly in 2000 and was the first leader of opposition in the assembly. Shri Sai was elected to Lok sabha in 1989, 1996 and 2004. He was also elected to Rajya Sabha in 2009 and 2010. He also served as member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Coal and Steel and member of the Parliamentary consultative committee of Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Social Justice and empowerment.


Parshottam Rupala launches NDDB’s Cattle Feed Knowledge Portal

The Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Parshottam Rupala has said that agriculture is the backbone of rural economy in the country and dairying plays an important role in it. Even though India is the largest milk producer in the world, there is ample scope to improve per animal productivity. 
●    Shri Rupala stated it while inaugurating a National Workshop on Improving Feed Production Efficiency & Quality Control Aspects of Cattle Feed Plants organized by the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in Anand, today. 
●    Shri Dilip Patel, Member of Parliament, Shri Dilip Rath, Chairman, NDDB and Dr HPS Makkar, FAO, Rome graced the occasion. Around 200 cattle feed plant professionals from all over the country participated.
●    The Chairman, NDDB informed that the dairy cooperative network produces about 3.6 million tonnes per annum with an installed capacity of about 5 million tonnes in 70 cattle feed plants. 
●    In addition the private sector produces an additional 4.5 million tonnes. A total of 8 million tonnes per annum is sufficient for only about 8 million of the more than 100 million breedable animals.
●    During the workshop issues related to cattle feed production, quality control aspects in a feed plant, improving feed production efficiency, latest trends in feed milling operation, least cost feed formulation and modernization of a quality control lab were discussed in details.