Daily GK Digest – Feb 18 – Top Current Affairs

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Daily GK Digest – February 18th, 2017 for top current affairs of today. 

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Daily GK Digest

Here is the daily GK Digest for February 18th, 2017.

Daily GK Digest : Top Five Current Affairs for Today

Palaniswami wins floor test

  • The AIADMK government led by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami proved its majority in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
  • Chief Minister gets 122 votes in favour and 11 against following the eviction of DMK MLAs and walkout of Congress and IUML members.
  • The 11 members who voted against the government belonged to the rebel AIADMK including former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, former School Education Minister K. Pandiarajan, MLAs Semmalai and R. Natraj.
  • The House had to be adjourned twice following violence by the DMK members, who wanted Speaker P. Dhanapal either to adjourn the trust vote or opt for a secret ballot.

Pak Senate Passes Landmark Hindu Marriage Bill

  • The much-awaited landmark bill to regulate marriages of minority Hindus in Pakistan is set to become a law with the Senate unanimously passing it.
  • The Hindu Marriage Bill 2017, which is the first elaborate Hindu community’s personal law, was adopted by the Senate on.
  • The bill had already been approved by the lower house or the National Assembly on September 26, 2015, and it now just needs signature of the President, a mere formality, to become a law.
  • The bill will help Hindu women get documentary proof of their marriage.
  • It will be the first personal law for Pakistani Hindus, applicable in Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. The Sindh province has already formulated its own Hindu Marriage Law.

India’s only active volcano spewing ashes : CSIR-NIO

  • India’s only live volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands started spewing ash, says experts.
  • Volcano had started showing activity in the year 1991 after being dormant for over 150 years has once again started spewing ash, the researchers at Goa based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) said.
  • “The team moved about one mile from the volcano and began closely observing it. It was erupting in small episodes lasting about five to ten minutes,” said the release.
  • During the daytime only ash clouds were observed.

Sumitra Mahajan inaugurates South Asian Speakers’ Summit

  • Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan inaugurated the two-day South Asian Speakers’ Summit on ‘Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)’ in Indore on Saturday.
  • In her speech Mahajan pitched for inclusive economic growth to reduce the widening gap between the rich and the poor.
  • Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of Sri Lanka Parliament; Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed, Speaker of Maldives Parliament; Onasari Gharti, Speaker of Nepal Parliament, and members of Parliaments from the participating countries were all present at the event.
  • Pakistan and Myanmar did not take part in the summit.

India ranks 143rd in Economic Freedom Index

  • India ranked 143rd in an annual index of economic freedom by a top American thinktank.
  • The Heritage Foundation in its Index of Economic Freedom report said despite India sustaining an average annual growth of about 7 per cent over the past five years, growth is not deeply rooted in policies that preserve economic freedom.
  • Also, India’s overall score of 52.6 points is 3.6 points less than that of last year, when India was ranked 123rd.
  • Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand topped the index. Among South Asian countries, only Afghanistan (163) and Maldives (157) were ranked below India.
  • Nepal (125), Sri Lanka (112), Pakistan (141), Bhutan (107), and Bangladesh (128) surpassed India in economic freedom.