Daily GK Digest – Feb 17 – Top Current Affairs

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Daily GK Digest – February 17th, 2017 for top current affairs of today. 

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Here is the daily GK Digest for February 17th, 2017.

Daily GK Digest : Top Five Current Affairs for Today

Aadhaar mandatory for scholarship schemes

  • The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has made Aadhaar mandatory for providing scholarships to meritorious school students of economically weaker sections.
  • Students who want to avail scholarship benefits under ‘National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme’ need to get enrolled under Aadhaar by June 30, according to a notification issued by the HRD Ministry on February 15.
  • Aadhaar has also been made mandatory for 12 scholarship schemes administered by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for Scheduled Caste, Other Backward Classes (OBC), economically backward classes and semi-nomadic and nomadic tribe students. Such students need to apply for Aadhaar by March 31.
  • The Centre has so far identified 31 schemes where the Aadhaar number can be used as identification for providing various benefits.

The First City On Mars By 2177 : UAE

  • UAE announced that it was planning to build the first city on Mars by 2117.
  • According to sources, UAE engineers presented a concept city at the event about the size of Chicago for guests to explore.
  • This won’t be the Gulf state’s first foray into space travel. The UAE launched its own space agency in 2014, which launched partnerships with French and British space agencies the next year.
  • It is planning to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021, a project that was described as “on track” just last month.

Supreme Court Gets 5 More Judges

  • Five new Supreme Court judges were today sworn in, taking the top court’s strength to 28, including the Chief Justice of India.
  • Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Navin Sinha, Mohan M Shantanagoudar, Deepak Gupta and S Abdul Nazeer were administered the oath of office by CJI J S Khehar.
  • The sanctioned strength of judges in the Supreme Court is 31, including the Chief Justice.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee had recently signed their Warrants of Appointment.

Bihar’s new rule: Officials Can’t Drink Anywhere In The World

  • Officials of Bihar, which went dry 10 months ago, cannot drink outside the state or even abroad, in Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s new rule.
  • The Bihar cabinet cleared an amendment in the state prohibition law earlier this week, after which bureaucrats, judges or magistrates caught drinking anywhere in the world will be punished.
  • They may face dismissal, suspension or even salary cuts. Service rules for officials, which banned them only from drinking on duty, have been amended.
  • Bihar is the first state to have such restrictions for officials and judges. The drinking ban will also apply to Bihar officials on deputation outside the state.

MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup appointed as new envoy to Canada

  • A 1986-batch IFS officer, Vikas Swarup appointed as the High commissioner to Canada.
  • Mr Swarup is at present an Additional Secretary and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said he is expected to take up his new assignment shortly.
  • Gopal Baglay, who is Joint Secretary in the Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan division in MEA, will succeed Mr Swarup.
  • In his diplomatic career, Mr Swarup has been posted in various countries including Turkey, the United States, Ethiopia, Britain, South Africa and Japan.
  • Mr Swarup’s debut novel Q & A was made into the Oscar-winning movie “Slumdog Millionaire”.