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Current affairs on 16 February 2017

World's Longest elevated cycle path
  1. The longest elevated bike path in the world built by Copenhagen-based firm Dissing + Weitling has been opened in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen which is 5 mile long,16-feet wide bicycle-only pathway – dubbed “the winding viaduct”.
  2. The route can carry 2023 cyclists per hour, while 300 hire bikes are available for people who do not have one.
Jean-Pierre Lacroix of France was appointed the head of the UN peacekeeping
  1. Jean-Pierre Lacroix of France was appointed the head of the UN peacekeeping for a year pending a review of the world body's functions and structure. He serves as the director for the United Nations at the French Foreign Ministry.
  2. 56 year old Lacroix will replace Herve Ladsous who steps down in March after six years in the top job.
New bird species found in Nepal
  1. A Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush has been spotted in the high mountainous region of Nepal by Friends of Nature (FoN) reasearchers and then confirmed by the bird experts Carol Inskipp and Hem Sagar Baral.
  2. Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush is considered an autumn passage migrant bird species in Pakistan and India.
  3. Now total number of avian species in the Himalayan country became 866.

Current affairs on 14 February 2017

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile
  1. North Korea said on Monday it had successfully test-fired a new type medium-to-long-range ballistic missile.
  2. Kim Jong Un supervised the test of the Pukguksong-2, a new type of strategic weapon capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
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Yo-Yo Ma ensemble wins Grammy
  1. Indian tabla player Sandeep Das was part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble “Sing Me Home” which won the Grammy in the World Music category.
  2. Yo-Yo Ma’s ‘Sing Me Home’ features tunes composed or arranged by different global artist
  3.  Nomination for World Music category  also included sitarist Anoushka Shankar’s  for her  “Land of Gold” .
Bafta awards 2017
  1. Hollywood musical “La La Land” leads the nominations on Sunday for Britain’s Bafta awards, which are seen as a good indicator for future Oscar triumphs.
  2. Sci-fi film “Arrival” and psychological thriller “Nocturnal Animals”, both starring Adams, come second in the nomination ranks with nine each.
  3. Meryl Streep is nominated for best actress for “Florence Foster Jenkins
Jiro Taniguchi dies at 69
  1. Jiro Taniguchi, a legend in Japan’s comic art of manga, died  at the age of 69
  2. Taniguchi achieved an international following with works such as The Walking Man, The Summit of the Gods and The Magic Mountain.
  3. He was especially popular in France, one of the biggest markets for graphic art.
70,000 evacuated to defuse WW-II bomb
  1. In Greece, at least 70,000 people in the city of Thessaloniki are being evacuated so that a 500 pound World War-II bomb can be defused
  2. It is thought to be one of the largest wartime bombs to be found in urban Greece.
  3. The bomb was discovered during road works last week and is due to be disposed off today .
US, Japan successfully intercept missile in space
  1. The US and Japanese military have successfully tested the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile defence system by intercepting a medium-range ballistic missile target in space for the first time.
  2. The missile was launched from a ship off the west coast of Hawaii, US. 
World’s first Braille Atlas for visually impaired persons Launched by NATMO
  1. The Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan released the world’s first comprehensive Braille atlas for nearly 50 lakh visually challenged people in New Delhi, India.
  2. This is for the first time that such atlas has been prepared for physically challenged with such minute details. The Braille Atlas has been prepared by National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO) under Department of Science & Technology.
  3. The Braille atlas has 20 maps on different themes like physical, socio-economic, river system, crops pattern, natural vegetation, cultural, metropolitan areas, roads and railways, soil types and crops.
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