Concise Current Affairs Recap: 1 February 2016

1-Nestlé admits slavery in Thailand while fighting child labour

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The world’s largest food maker admitted to find the forced labour in its supply chains in Thailand. A year-long investigation by the company confirmed media reports that the seafood industry in Thailand is riddled with forced labour and human trafficking.

2-Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party takes powerAung San Suu Kyi

The Nobel peace laureate and leader of the National League for Democracy will finally take her seat at the head of Myanmar’s government. It comes 26 years after Suu Kyi won a substantial parliamentary majority in the parliamentary elections in 1990 which was subsequently nullified.

3-Bihar CM Nitish Kumar selected for K Veeramani Award for Social Justice

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has selected for the prestigious K Veeramani Award for Social Justice 2015 for his contribution towards social justice. The award is given away by Periyar International, a Chicago-based voluntary organisation.

4-Switzerland becomes first nation to propose unconditional wageSwitzerland

Switzerland is set to vote on a proposal in which every citizen would be paid 2,500 Swiss Francs per month regardless of whether the citizen is working or not. If the proposal gets accepted, then it would make Switzerland the first country in the World to introduce unconditional wages.

5-Google Fiber Phone may soon become a reality

Google Fiber phone may so

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on be rolled in market. Google is offering select customers the “Google Fiber Phone,” which would allow a customer to connect all phones and their numbers, mobile and landlines alike, to one phone number. It also has several advanced features, including “a phone number that lives in the cloud,” “voicemail … messages transcribed delivered directly to your email,” and “spam filtering, call screening, and do-not-disturb.”

6-Novak Djokovic won the 2016 Australian Open Men’s Singles TitleNovak Djokovic

World Number One Novak Djokovic has won the Australian Open Men’s Singles title. He defeated Andy Murray of Britain in straight sets 6-1, 7-5, 7-6.

7-Moon formed after a head-on collision says a study

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A research from the University of California claimed that the moon was formed after a head-on collision between Earth and another forming planet named ‘Theia’. The study said that similarity in composition between lunar and Earth’s volcanic rocks showed that only a head-on collision could have made this possible.

8-Ashray-Rajasthan starts scheme to protect girl childGirl child

Rajasthan government has come up with an initiative called ‘Ashray’ to stop female infants from being abandoned in unsafe places. Under the initiative, the government will place specifically designed cradles in 65 state hospitals. The cradle comes fitted with an alarm that rings two minutes after the baby is placed in it.

9-Europe Is Building a ‘Space Data Highway’ With Lasers

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The first satellite of the European Data Relay System (EDRS) is set to launch from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It aims to make the transfer of Earth imaging data from satellites to ground stations about 90 times faster than typical earthly internet connection and drastically cut down delays.

10-First Zika medical test developed in GermanyZika Virus2..

Genekam, a German biotechnology company, has created technology that can not only reveal the presence of Zika pathogens in a blood sample, but also shed light on the quantity in the patient’s blood. Until now, the only way to determine if someone had the illness was to wait to see if the disease’s distinctive symptoms appeared.