Current Affairs of 8 February


Helina Test Fired
Helina Test Fired
Helina Test Fired - India test-fired its helicopter-launched version of one of the most-advanced anti-tank weapons from Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, Odisha coast. Helina, the helicopter-launched version of the Nag anti-tank guided missile with a hit range of 7-8 km, was launched from an Army chopper. It is developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Awards
Yojana Awards
Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Awards - The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs instituted the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) awards for Implementation and Innovation’ under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) to reward the “Top Performers” in different categories and attain the goal of ‘Housing for All’ in a sustained manner. The Award has 3 broad levels - States, UTs and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) for performance on key indicators of the Mission. 

Parmanu Tech 2019
Parmanu Tech 2019
Parmanu Tech 2019 - Ministry of External Affairs and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) organized Parmanu Tech 2019 in New Delhi to discuss the issues related to Nuclear Energy and Radiation Technologies. The main motive of this conference is to showcase India’s capabilities in Nuclear Energy with environmental responsibility.

DD Arunaprabha
DD Arunaprabha 
DD Arunaprabha - Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to launch DD Arunaprabha, India’s public service broadcaster Doordarshan’s exclusive channel based in Arunachal Pradesh, at Itanagar. This will be Doordarshan’s 24th channel.

Russian Investment in Pakistan
Russian Investment in Pakistan
Russian Investment in Pakistan - Cash-strapped Pakistan is set to receive an integrated Russian investment package of USD 14 billion for the country’s energy sector, including offshore gas pipeline and underground storage projects. The Russian companies would build a gas pipeline from Karachi to Lahore to transport imported gas for meeting the needs of the Punjab province.

Guidelines For Angel Tax
Guidelines For Angel Tax
Guidelines For Angel Tax - The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) agreed to compile a list of startups eligible for angel tax exemption. The government also decided to raise the maximum time limit below which a firm would be deemed eligible for angel tax exemption to 10 years from the earlier seven. Further, the paid-up share capital threshold below which startups would be eligible for an exemption has been set at Rs 25 crore.

Biopic on Sania Mirza
Biopic on Sania Mirza 
Biopic on Sania Mirza - Tennis star Sania Mirza announced that a biopic on her will be made by Bollywood film-maker Ronnie Screwvala. Sania said she has signed a contract for the biopic and the initial work has already begun. Sania is the only Indian woman tennis player to win a Grand Slam title (in doubles).

Project For Woman Empowerment
Project For Woman Empowerment
Project For Woman Empowerment - The Trump administration has announced that it will launch two projects in India in partnership with the private sector as part of its historic initiative to empower 50 million women globally to tap their economic potential. The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative will be led by Ivanka Trump, the senior adviser and daughter to President Trump. One of the programmes will be launched in West Bengal.

GeM and CCI Signed MoU
GeM and CCI Signed MoU
GeM and CCI Signed MoU - In a bid to prevent cartelization and curb anti-competitive practices on its platform, central government’s nodal body for online procurement – Government E-Marketplace or GeM has entered into an agreement with the country’s anti-monopoly watchdog – Competition Commission of India. GeM is a state-of-the-art national public procurement platform of Ministry of Commerce and Industries. Competition Commission of India is a statutory body of the Government of India, responsible to prevent activities that have an adverse effect on competition.

Voter Verification and Information Programme
Voter Verification
Voter Verification and Information Programme - Election Commission has launched a Voter Verification and Information Programme (VVIP) to help citizens verify their names in the electoral rolls, register as new voters, update voter details and make corrections in their voter identity cards ahead of the general election due in April-May.

Ladakh Got Divisional Status
Ladakh Got Divisional Status
Ladakh Got Divisional Status - The administration of Governor Satya Pal Malik granted Ladakh a divisional status, thus creating three administrative units of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Ladakh was earlier a part of the Kashmir division. 

Penalty on SBI
Penalty on SBI
Penalty on SBI - State Bank of India (SBI) said the Reserve Bank of India had slapped Rs. 1 crore penalty on the lender for violating norms.

Francois Laborde
Francois Laborde
Francois Laborde - Father Francois Laborde, a 92-year-old priest, was conferred the Légion d'Honneur (Legion of Honour), the highest civilian award of France, in recognition of his work for specially-abled children. 

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu 
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu - World champion Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu notched up a gold medal at the EGAT Cup in Thailand.