7 February 2018 Current Affairs

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1) Kolkata’s iconic “Rabindra Setu” (Howrah Bridge) completed how many years during February 2018? – 75

Explanation: “Rabindra Setu” (popularly known as Howrah Bridge), the iconic cantilever bridge in Kolkata, completed 75 years of its opening on 3 February 2018. The bridge is over Hooghly River and connects the two cities of Howrah and Kolkata (Calcutta).

Howrah Bridge was commissioned on 3 February 1943 as it replaced an old pontoon bridge at the same location, which was set up in 1874. On 14 June 1965 it was renamed Rabindra Setu after the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore.

Out of total steel required for the historic bridge, only 3,000 tonnes were supplied from England. The remaining 23,000 tonnes were supplied by India’s Tata Steel and even the erection work was reassigned to a local engineering firm of Howrah – the Braithwaite, Burn and Jessop Construction Co.

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2) Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen declared a 15-day state of emergency in the island country on 5 February 2018 while Chief Justice of Supreme Court Abdulla Saeed was arrested in the early hours of 6 February 2018. What is the main cause for emergency declaration of President Yameen? – The Supreme Court ruling that overturned terrorism convictions against nine of his opponents

Explanation: The Supreme Court of the Maldives had on 1 February 2018 overturned terrorism charges against nine opponents of President Abdulla Yameen and had said that these charges were illegal. The apex court had also annulled the 13-year jail sentence of country’s exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed.

But President Yameen didn’t enforce Supreme Court’s order and called it an infringement of national security and public interest. On 5 February 2018 the government imposed 15-day emergency that gave security forces sweeping powers to make arrests and curtailed the authority of the judiciary.

Soon after the emergency declaration, soldiers forced their way into the Supreme Court building. Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Judge Ali Hameed were arrested in the early hours of 6 February. Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, an estranged half-brother of President Yameen and who has sided with the opposition, was also arrested.

However, the Supreme Court caved in to the pressure and revoked its order of 1 February and tried to resolve the confrontation with the President.

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3) What are the most important aspects associated with the All India Tiger Census 2018 that was kicked-off during February 2018? – This tiger census is employing the most modern technology ever used and is relying on digital methods of data collection

Explanation: All India Tiger Census 2018, which is largest survey of wildlife anywhere in the world, was kicked-off during February 2018. This Census is using more technology, including a mobile app, with more intensive ground coverage and a higher focus on the northeast to determine the country’s tigers. The Census is being undertaken by the National Tiger Conservation Authority and Wildlife Institute of India.

The ground staff involved in the count will be using a mobile app, MSTrIPES, for the first time. On the other hand more units of high-resolution digital cameras are being employed. The last census, in 2014, had estimated India’s tiger population at 2,226, up from 1,706 in 2010.

However, the basic census methodology – double sampling based on ground-based surveys for tiger signs and actual images captured on camera-traps, along with statistical extrapolation – remains unchanged. It was first used in 2006 after the previous “pugmark” surveys were found woefully inaccurate.

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4) What is the name of the campaign started by search engine giant Google in India from 5 February 2018 to create about Internet safety? – #SecurityCheckKiya

Explanation: #SecurityCheckKiya (Hindi for “Did you do a Security Check?”) is the name given to the awareness campaign started by Google India that primarily aims to create security awareness among young and first-time internet users. The campaign was started from 5 February 2018, on the eve of the Safer Internet Day.

The campaign outlines basic steps users can take to protect themselves from account hijacks, safeguard Android devices from malware, and secure personal data in the event of a device loss.

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