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Important Current Affairs 23rd January 2018

Important Current Affairs 23rd JANUARY 2018

Current Affairs 23rd January 2018: PERSONS

Former footballer George Weah sworn in as Liberia President

●    Weah, 51, takes over from Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
●    He ruled for over 12 years.
●    He failed to ease dire poverty.
●    His first priorities, he said, would be to launch a national debate on the fair sharing of resources and root out graft in public institutions.

Current Affairs 23rd January 2018: WORLD NEWS

US govt shutdown ends as Democrats, Republicans reach deal

●    The opposition Democrats reached an agreement with the Republicans to have a debate on immigration so as to end the ongoing federal government shutdown which lasted for three days.
●    Lawmakers in the Senate and the House of Representatives were rushing through procedural legislative motions to fund the spending bill of federal government by a little over two weeks.
●    The necessary legislation is expected to reach the Oval Office desk of US President Donald Trump.

NASA removing astronaut from ISS mission 'racist': Brother

●    NASA’s Jeanette Epps was on track to become the first African-American International Space Station (ISS) crew member. 
●    But the space agency announced it was rearranging their scheduled line-ups and Epps would be replaced by Serena Auñón-Chancellor for the Juno mission.
●    It’s unclear exactly why she was bumped from the mission. 

China invites Latin America to join Belt and Road Initiative

●    China invited Latin American and Caribbean countries to join its "One Belt, One Road" initiative.
●    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the region was a natural fit for the initiative.
●    China has leveraged this initiative to deepen economic and financial cooperation with developing nations.

Volcanic eruption triggers avalanche in Japan

●    People were killed after the 2,160-metre Kusatsu-Shirane volcano erupted near a Japanese ski resort.
●    It triggered an avalanche. 
●    Volcanic rock and snow engulfed the ski resort.
●    More damage is expected to happen.

Guinness World Record for the largest tin of caviar broken

●    The 50 KG serving of caviar at a gala dinner in became world’s largest caviar tin.
●    It broke previous record which was recorded in 2016 weighing in at 17kg.
●    The 50kg serving was presented to guests in a custom-made, diamond shaped caviar tin coined ‘Cleito’ after the famous goddess known as the ‘Mother of Atlantis’.

Current Affairs 23rd January 2018: AWARDS

SRK honoured with Crystal Award by World Economic Forum

●    Shah Rukh Khan was awarded the Crystal Award.
●    He got this award at the World Economic Forum 2018.
●    This is going on in Davos, Switzerland. 
●    The superstar was awarded this humanitarian award along with Sir Elton John and Cate Blanchett, for his efforts to rehabilitate acid attack survivors through his non-profit organisation, Meer Foundation.

'Sachin: A Billion Dreams' wins 2 awards in Tehran

●    “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, is a biopic on cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar.
●    It has won two awards at 11th Tehran International FICTS Festival 2018.
●    Helmer James Erskine won the trophy for the Best Director of a Long Documentary and an honorary diploma.
●    Producer Ravi Bhagchandka received the Special Award for the Best Film in the Long Documentary section.

Current Affairs 23rd January 2018: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to visit India in February

●    Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's visit to India will take place from February 17 to 23.
●    Apart from New Delhi, Trudeau will be travelling to Agra, Amritsar, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
●    Cooperation in security and counter-terrorism as well as exchange of views on global and regional issues of mutual interest.

No mediation on Kashmir unless both India, Pak agree: UN

●    The U.N. Secretary-General’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that in principle good offices of the U.N. chief are always available for mediation.
●    United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has ruled out any mediation to resolve the Kashmir issue unless all parties agree to it.
●    He also asked India and Pakistan to address their outstanding issues through talks amidst heightened tensions along the border.

Current Affairs 23rd January 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Subhas Chandra Bose's 121st Birth Anniversary

●    The nation paid rich tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
●    He is one of India's most celebrated freedom fighters.
●    23rd January was his 121st birth anniversary. 
●    President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to pay their tributes.

Anandiben Patel Takes Oath As Madhya Pradesh Governor

●    Former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today took oath as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh.
●    Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court Justice Hemant Gupta administered the oath of office to Ms Patel in a function at the Raj Bhavan.
●    Parliament Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his cabinet colleagues were present on the occasion.

India to beat China as fastest growing economy in 2018: IMF

●    India is projected to grow at 7.4% of its gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018 as against China’s 6.8%.
●    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced these data.
●    China, during the same period, is expected to grow at 6.8% and 6.4% respectively, the IMF said.

India chose 'reform, perform, transform' route: PM Modi

●    PM Modi addressed World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland's Davos.
●    He said that India has chosen the 'reform, perform, transform' route to revolutionise its economic and social policies. 
●    The improvement in India's ranking reflects its citizens' acceptance of new policies.

Current Affairs 23rd January 2018: SPACE SCIENCE

Changes in Mercury's orbit reveal an ageing Sun: NASA, MIT

●    Mercury is the planet closest to the Sun in the solar system.
●    It has demonstrated the repercussions of an ageing Sun.
●    Sun is losing mass as it ages, weakening its gravitational pull. 
●    As a result, the orbits of planets in the solar system are expanding.

Study shows unified origin for 3 high-energy space particles

●    The origins of very high-energy neutrinos, ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays, and high-energy gamma rays could be connected with black-hole emissions.
●    It has been said by a theoretical model by Penn State researchers. 
●    Neutrinos and gamma rays are produced from cosmic rays.

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Important Current Affairs 22nd January 2018

Important Current Affairs 22nd JANUARY 2018

Current Affairs 22nd January 2018: SPORTS NEWS

Federer oldest to reach Aus Open quarters since 1977

●    Roger Federer reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. 
●    He became the oldest player since 1977 to do so.
●    The 36-year-old Federer will now face Tomas Berdych in the quarters. 

Current Affairs 22nd January 2018: ECONOMY NEWS

Indian-American sworn in as Trump's economic affairs aide

●    Indian American Manisha Singh, a lawyer and Congressional staffer, has been sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of State for economic and business affairs in the Trump administration. 
●    She is the first woman appointed to the post. 
●    Singh was sworn in by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. 
●    Born in India, Singh was the chief lawyer and policy adviser to Republican Senator Dan Sullivan. 

India's richest 1% held 73% wealth generated in 2017: Survey

●    The richest 1 percent in India has 73 per cent of the wealth generated in the country in 2017.
●    67 crore Indians comprising the population's poorest half saw their wealth rise by just 1%.
●    Survey was released by the international rights group Oxfam.

India loses 4% of GDP to malnutrition: Report

●    Nearly 4% of India's GDP is estimated to have been lost due to malnutrition and certainly.
●    India has 50% of undernourished children of the world and women and girl children fall last in the household food serving.
●    Close to 60% of our children aged between 6 - 59 months are anaemic. 
●    It is only about 10% of the country's total children who are receiving adequate diet.

PM Modi will attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) 

●    On Tuesday Narendra Modi will attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.
●    He will use the elite annual meeting of billionaires, businessmen and politicians as a chance to show off his economic successes so far in office.
●    The last Indian PM to attend the summit was H.D. Deve Gowda in 1997.

Current Affairs 22nd January 2018: DEFENCE NEWS

Tokyo holds first missile attack drill since WWII

●    Tokyo held its first missile attack drill after world war II.
●    A loudspeaker rang out a terrifying warning, urging people to seek shelter indoors or underground.
●    Japanese government official Hiroyuki Suenaga told volunteers that "a missile from North Korea would arrive in less than 10 minutes and the first alert would come about three minutes after launch, which gives us only around five minutes to find shelter."

Indian Navy's All-Women Sailing Boat Reaches Falkland Islands

●    The Indian Navy's sailing boat INSV Tarini entered Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands.
●    It has all-women crew.on Monday.
●    The boat is on its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the world. 

Current Affairs 22nd January 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Tiger census begins in Maharashtra

●    The six-day, four-yearly national wildlife census, generally called tiger census, began in Maharashtra.
●    It started with the help of ground staff of forest guards and foresters.
●    Some areas in the state reported non-compliance of mandated use of gadgets like GPS and personal data assistant (PDA) by forest guards and foresters.

Gujarat starts cow tourism project to promote the animal

●    Cow is set to become the newest tourist attraction for travellers in Gujarat. 
●    Authorities have initiated a ‘cow tourism’ project.
●    It has been introduced by the Gujarat State Gauseva Ayog.


Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Joins PM Modi At Davos Summit

●    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will take part in the 48th annual summit of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
●    Mr. Fadnavis will interact with senior directors of the World Bank.
●    He and his delegation will also seek more investments in the state.


India's 1st Garbage Festival organised in Chhattisgarh

●    The Raipur Municipal Corporation organised the three-day Kachra Mahotsav 2018.
●    It is India's first Garbage Festival.
●    The festival used waste generated in the city creatively, and to showcase multiple techniques for reusing things that are labelled as garbage. 


Current Affairs 22nd January 2018: AWARDS NEWS

The Shape of Water’ won Guild Award

●    Movie The shape of the water has won guild award.
●    It is based on the 1960s-set fairytale about a mute government laboratory janitor falling in love with a mermaid-like creature.
●    It won best director for Del Toro at the Golden Globes.
●    It also has 12 other nominations.

Current Affairs 22nd January 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

Researchers patent glasses which can prevent motion sickness

●    University of Michigan have patented a system that could use glasses to prevent motion sickness in a moving car. 
●    The glasses provide light stimuli in the rider's visual periphery to mimic the outside movement to prevent getting sick. 
●    It has been designed for users to read a book or check their phone in self-driving cars.


Global freedom declined in 2017 for 12th straight yr: Report

●    71 countries witnessing net declines in rights and civil liberties, global freedom declined for the 12th straight year in 2017.
●    This report has been given by Freedom House. 
●    Only 45% of the world's countries are 'free'.


Google signs patent agreement with Tencent amid China push

●    Google has announced that it has agreed to a patent cross-licensing deal with China's Tencent Holdings.
●    This will help Google in entering the Chinese market. 
●    Google also said the tie-in with Tencent is "long-term" and covers "a broad range of products and technologies". 
●    Google's Search, Play Store, and services are blocked in China.

 
Malta's capital Valletta named European Capital of Culture

●    Valletta was officially inaugurated as the European City of Culture on 20th January 2018.
●    Valletta was chosen as the European City of Culture on October 13.  
●    The title has triggered several key infrastructural projects, among them a new museum of art and a revamp of the famous Strait Street.
●    With about 6,000 inhabitants, Valletta is the smallest capital in the European Union.
●    It is located in a fortress and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 

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Important Current Affairs 21st January 2018

Important Current Affairs 21st January 2018

Current Affairs 21st January 2018: AWARDS

President of India honored 112 Achievers with actress Aishwarya Rai

●    President Ramnath Kovind honored 112 women who broke all the boundaries in their respective areas.
●    112 women were selected by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, who tried to make their identity as the first woman in their respective areas.
●    On this occasion, while addressing these women, they work towards empowering the rural women of the country with their work and contribution.

Central Water Commission got CBIP Special Recognition Award -2018 for outstanding contribution in conservation and protection of large reservoirs.

●    The Central Irrigation and Energy Board (CBIP) gave the Central Water Commission the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Recognition Award -2018 for outstanding contribution in conservation and protection of large reservoirs.
●    Central Water Commission, using modern technology, works on irrigation management and maintenance of drains, water resources management, flood protection, disaster management etc.
●    It works under the World Bank-funded Reservoir Rehabilitation and Development Project (DRIP, drip).
●    Chairman of Central Water Commission, Shri S.M. Hussain received the award yesterday on the occasion of the CBIP Foundation Day celebrations.


Current Affairs 21st January 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

UP's proposal to stop sugar imports

●    Uttar Pradesh is estimated to produce 103 lakh tonnes of sugar this year.
●    The State Government has sent a proposal to stop the import of sugar to the Central Government.
●    Principal Secretary Sugarcane Development and Sugar Industries Sanjay Bhoosreddy said that in this proposal, demand has been made to increase the import duty on sugar from 50 percent to 90 percent.

Indian citizenship to minorities from Pakistan and Afghanistan

●    Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that minorities are discriminated in Pakistan.
●    He said that those who have come to India from Pakistan and Afghanistan due to religious persecution before December 2014, those minorities will be given Indian citizenship.
●    Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said these things in the central government in a program of distribution of nationality certificates to Sindhi citizens in the capital, Lucknow.

Cabinet approval for revised Model Concession Agreement for PPP Projects in Major Ports

●    Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet has approved the revised Model Concession Agreement (MCA) for PPP projects in major ports.
●    This has been done to make port projects investor-friendly and the investment-environment of the port sector more attractive.
●    Under the amendment to the MCA, the idea of setting up the Society for Fareable Redressal of Disputes-Ports (Sarod-Ports) is considered. 
●    In view of its establishment, a dispute settlement system will be prepared in accordance with the provisions available in the Highway Highway area.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Belgium for cooperation in Information Technology and Electronic Sector

●    Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Cabinet has approved the MoU between India and Belgium for cooperation in Information Technology and Electronic Sector.
●    This consent memo was signed on November 7, 2017, when King Philip of Belgium was visiting India.
●    There are close and friendly relations between India and Belgium.
●    Belgium is the second largest trading partner in India in the European Union.

The Cabinet was informed about the MOU between India and Italy for cooperation in renewable energy sector.

●    Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet was apprised of the MOU between India and Italy for cooperation in renewable energy sector.
●    This MOU was signed on 30th October, 2017 in New Delhi.
●    This MoU was signed by Shri Anand Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of the Government of India and Hon. Mr. Lorenzo Angeloni, Ambassador of Italy to India.

The Cabinet approved the consent memorandum between India and Canada for cooperation in science and technology.

●    Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet has approved the consent memoranda with Canada for cooperation in science and technology.
●    An arrangement will be made from the Memorandum of Understanding and will help in enhancing scientific cooperation between research and development and academic institutions of India and Canada.
●    Under the consent memorandum between the Department of Science and Technology and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), innovative models of research and development cooperation between India and Canada will be implemented.

National Clean Ganga Mission Approves Rs. 295 Crore Namgy Ganges Projects

●    National Clean Ganga Mission has approved five projects worth Rs 295.01 crore related to Namami Ganga project.
●    Of these, three projects costing Rs. 278.6 crores are related to water conservation in West Bengal.
●    A project of 4.68 crores is related to water management in Uttarakhand and another project costing Rs 11.73 crores related to the improvement of the Ghats in Varanasi.
Simultaneously, all the projects for water pollution have been approved for all the polluted cities located on the banks of river Ganga.

Current Affairs 21st January 2018: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY


Health Ministry and Tata Memorial Center Launched First Digital Online Oncology Tutorial Series

●    The Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Smt. Preeti Sudan, today launched the country's first digital online oncology tutorial series designed by the Tata Memorial Center in collaboration with the Health Ministry.
●    The aim of Oncology Tutorial Series is to train and educate doctors across the country about early identification, prevention, reduction of pain, rehabilitation and treatment of various types of cancer.
●    It is part of the national program and will be run by the Tata Memorial Center throughout the country in collaboration with state governments.

Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Human Resource Development and Ministry of Science and Technology signed MoU

●    Under the unique vision of 'Prime Minister's vision for the development of everyone, everyone's development', three ministry of the Central Government has come together to pursue the Indian Railways Technology Mission.
●    On 04 January, the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Human Resource Development and Department of Science and Technology signed a memorandum of understanding for jointly funding TMIR in Rail Bhawan, New Delhi.
●    On behalf of the Ministry of Railways, the Chairman of TMIR, Prof. N.S. Mr. Alok Kumar, Co-Chairman, TMIR, Mr. R. Subrahmanyam, Additional Secretary (TE), and Dr. Neeraj Sharma, Advisor, Department of Science and Technology, from the Ministry of Science and Technology, signed on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. .

Current Affairs 21st January 2018: APPOINTMENT


Om Prakash Rawat to be the new chief election commissioner

●    The Central Government has announced the name of the new Chief Election Commissioner.
●    Current Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat will be the new Chief Election Commissioner.
●    He will replace Achal Kumar Jyoti, whose tenure ends on 23 January.


Current Affairs 21st January 2018: ECONOMY

RBI will deal with bad loans on the lines of US

●    Reserve Bank of India deputy governor Viral Acharya has suggested to prepare an online trading platform for the sale of bad loans on the lines of the US.
●    He said that this would increase transparency and get more price.
●    Deputy governor Viral Acharya said that this will help in preparing the market for selling bad loans.
●    According to data for September, 2017 quarter, the amount of $ 10 trillion in banking system is stuck in bad loans.


Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Shri Arun Jaitley launches National CSR Data Portal and Corporate Data Portal in Delhi

●    Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Shri Arun Jaitley today launched the National CSR Data Portal and Corporate Data Portal in New Delhi.
●    On this occasion, the Minister of State for Corporate Affairs and Law and Justice, Shri P.P. Chaudhary was also present.
●    Arun Jaitley said that this initiative is an important step towards ensuring greater accountability and transparency in the corporate world of India.
●    He said that by ensuring access to the general public on these portals, the government will pave the way for high-level compliance.

Financial Sector Assessment Program 2017 - Detailed Assessment Report (DAR)

●    Two major reports of the Financial Year Assessment Program of the Indian Financial System - Financial System Stability Assessment and Financial Sector Assessment - was released by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on December 21, 2017, on their websites respectively.
●    IMF and World Bank today released two detailed assessment reports related to the 2017 India FSAP.
●    'Detailed assessment of compliance- Basel major principles for effective banking supervision' has been issued by IMF and World Bank and report giving 'Detailed Assessment of Compliance of Clearing Corporation of India Limited Central Counterparty and Trade Repository' Released by World Bank

Current Affairs 21st January 2018: DAYS AND DATE

NDRF celebrates its 13th Foundation Day

●    National Disaster Redressal Force (NDRF) celebrated its 13th Foundation Day here today. Mr. Rajiv Jain, Director, Intelligence Bureau was the chief guest on this occasion.
●    NDRF Director General, Shri Sanjay Kumar, NDMA Member Mr. R. K. Jain, NDRF's IG Shri Ravi Jyesh Kokku and NSDC Vishal Sharma took part in the program.
●    Last year, the NDRF saved the lives of 4,000 people surrounded by disasters in the country.

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Important Current Affairs 20th JANUARY 2018

Important Current Affairs 20th JANUARY 2018

Current Affairs 20th JANUARY 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

U.S Govt shutdown

●    The US government officially shutdown today for the first time in five years.
●    This happened after the Senate rejected a short-term spending bill to keep the federal government running.
●    Trump blamed the Democrats for the shutdown which comes exactly a year after he was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. 
●    More than 800,000 federal employees would be furloughed. 

Current Affairs 20th JANUARY 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

MeitY launches Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative

●    The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology launched Cyber Surakshit Bharat.
●    It is an initiative to strengthen cyber security.
●    It has been launched in association with National e-Governance Division (NeGD) and industry partners. 

Government launches Liveability Index to rate 116 Indian cities

●    The ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has decided to bring out a liveability index of 116 cities.
●    Cities together account for a total population of 13.4 crore people.
●    The ministry has decided to involve the Economist Intelligence Unit, which brings out an annual liveability index of cities.

India’s First Automatic Early Warning Dissemination System to come up in Odisha

●    The Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS is expected to be commissioned by this March.
●    It is a project that aims at establishing a fool-proof communication system to disseminate disaster warning up to the community level, 
●    The EWDS had missed several deadlines of its launch.

India to offer Yoga classes at World Economic Forum

●    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s delegation to the World Economic Forum at Davos will offer yoga classes.
●    India aims to showcase its potential as a driver of global economic growth, after China.
●    Two yoga teachers from India will hold daily classes next week at the summit.
●    It has attracted 70 heads of state and government, including US President Donald Trump as well as celebrities, chief executives and top bankers.
●    Modi will be the first Indian prime minister to attend the WEF in 21 years.

Union Government Announces List of 9 New Smart Cities

●    Nine cities have been chosen in the latest round of the central government's flagship Smart Cities Mission.
●    It was announced by the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
●    The number of cities are now 99. 
●    The nine cities are Bareilly, Moradabad and Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Erode in Tamil Nadu, Bihar Sharif in Bihar, Silvasa in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Diu in Daman and Diu, Kavarati in Lakshadweep and Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh.

India to set up $350 million Solar Development Fund for solar projects

●    India will set up a $350 million fund to finance solar projects.
●    It was announced by Power Minister R.K. Singh.
●    India will need at least $125 billion to fund a plan to increase the share of renewable power supply in the country’s grid by 2022.

Current Affairs 20th JANUARY 2018:: ECONOMY NEWS


Mauritius was largest source of FDI in India in 2016-2017: RBI

●    Mauritius was the largest source of FDI in India.
●    US and the UK are next.
●    Singapore and Japan were the next two sources of foreign direct investment.
●    It was announced by the Census on Foreign Liabilities and Assets of Indian Direct Investment Companies 2016-17, released by RBI.

Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan crosses 1 crore mark

●    Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda said that the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan programme crossed one crore mark.
●    The PMSMA programme was launched in 2016.
It was to fulfil his vision and ensure comprehensive and quality antenatal checkups to pregnant women across India.

Current Affairs 20th JANUARY 2018:: DAYS AND DATES

2018 to be observed as National Year of Millets

●    Union government has decided to declare 2018 as the ‘national year of millets’.
●    Millets are nutrient-rich. 
●    This decision has been taken following a request by Karnataka, which is the country’s leader in the millet sector.

NDRF Celebrated its 13th Raising Day

●    The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) celebrated its 13th Raising Day.
●    The Director Intelligence Bureau, Shri Rajiv Jain was the chief guest. . 
●    An MoU was also signed in between NDRF and NSDC. 
●    National Disaster Response Force is a specialized multi skilled, humanitarian force of the country.
●    It came into existence on January 19th, 2006.

Current Affairs 20th JANUARY 2018:: APPOINTMENT NEWS

Sudeep Lakhtakia appointed as new DG of National Security Guard

●    CRPF special DG Sudeep Lakhtakia has been appointed as the new chief of National Security Guard. 
●    Lakhtakia will take over S P Singh who is the current chief.
●    He is currently serving as a Special Director General in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Current Affairs 20th JANUARY 2018: AWARD

Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust of Odisha wins prestigious UNWTO Award

●    Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust has won the prestigious United Nations World Tourism Organisation Awards.
●    It is a community owned and managed venture promoted by RBS Foundation India and Indian Grameen Services.
●    The trust was honoured with the coveted award for "Innovation in Tourism Enterprise" at the 14th UNWTO Awards ceremony.

Current Affairs 20th JANUARY 2018: SCIENCE
 

4th India International Science Festival to be held in Lucknow

●    The fourth edition of the India International Science Festival will be held in Lucknow.
●    The decision was taken at the first preparatory meeting for the 4th India International Science Festival (IISF) chaired by Union Minister for Science & Technology, Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan. 
●    The 1st IISF was held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) New Delhi in December, 2015.

Current Affairs 20th JANUARY 2018: OBITUARY

Iconic Cartoonist Chandi Lahiri Passes Away

●    Eminent cartoonist Chandi Lahiri passed away.
●    He was 86. 
●    Lahiri, is survived by his wife and a daughter.
●    He started his career as a journalist.
●    He is also called the creator of ‘pocket cartoons’ in Bengal.

Current Affairs 20th JANUARY 2018: DEFENCE

INS Vikramaditya formally Affiliated to Bihar Regiment

●    Indian Naval Ship Vikramaditya was formally affiliated to the Indian Army's highly-decorated and battle-hardened Bihar Regiment and the Indian Air Force's No 6 Squadron.
●    It is the Indian Navy's largest ship and its sole aircraft carrier.

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Important Current Affairs 19th January 2018

Important Current Affairs 19th January 2018

Current Affairs 19th January 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Union Home Minister inaugurated IWDRI 2018
●    Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh today inaugurated an international workshop organized on the subject of the Disaster Resistant Infrastructure (IWDRI) here.
●    This two-day workshop was organized by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with the United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction (UNIDR).
●    Underlining the importance of disaster-resistant opportunities, Shri Rajnath Singh said that it creates opportunities for economic development and plays a major role in sustainable development.


Prakash Javadekar chaired the 65th meeting of Central Education Advisory Board (CABE)

●    Today, 65th meeting of the Central Education Advisory Board (CABE) was organized under the chairmanship of Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar.
●    Keeping in mind the concerns expressed by the State Governments along with the agenda, several decisions were taken in the meeting.
●    In this meeting, Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thawarchand Gehlot, Union Minority Affairs Minister, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Minister of State (Independent Charge) Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Union Human Minister of State for Development, Shri Satyapal Singh was also present.

Saksham -2018

●    The mass-centered mega campaign 'Saksham -2018' of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, was launched on January 16 in an inaugural function held in New Delhi, which will continue throughout the month.
●    PCRA-enabled national essay and painting competition-2013 has been very popular among schoolchildren.
●    Approximately 4 million children from all schools of the country participated in it.

Organizing 'Mega Conclave' to ensure the implementation of the Rail Infrastructure Development Projects of the Ministry of Railways.

●    As a major initiative to ensure speedy implementation of the ambitious 'Rail Infrastructure Development Projects', the Railway Ministry is organizing a 'Mega Conclave' with all the stakeholders, including the leading construction industry on January 17, 2018.
●    During this Conclave, members of the Railway Board and Senior Zonal Railway Officers will interact with the leading companies of the construction sector, but Minister of Railways and Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal will also interact and communicate with the participants personally.
●    The name of this Conclave has been named 'Construction Dialogue', which is being organized by Railway PSU Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), which is a dedicated subsidiary of the Ministry of Railways for the speedy implementation of railway projects.


Arrestor Gohela Boro for financial assistance of Rs. 2 lakhs from 'Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund Scheme' for the players.

●    Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore provided a grant of Rs 2 lakh to the National level archer, Ms. Gohela Boro, under 'Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund Scheme' for his medical treatment. Has approved.
●    Under the 'Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya National Welfare Fund Scheme' for players, lump sum financial assistance is provided to those excellent players for medical treatment, which is currently facing severe poverty.


Former CM of Gujarat Anandiben Patel will be the governor of Madhya Pradesh

●    Former CM Anandiben Patel of Gujarat will be the Governor of Madhya Pradesh.
●    She resigned from the post of Chief Minister of Gujarat and her name was being discussed for a long time.
●    Now the Governor of Gujarat, Om Prakash Kohli, is looking after additional charge of the governor of Madhya Pradesh.

Membership of 20 AAP MLAs canceled

●    The Election Commission has declared 20 MLAs of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party disqualified in Delhi in the case of profit.
●    The Commission will send its report to President Ramnath Kovind.
●    If he issues an order to declare these MLAs disqualified on the recommendation of the commission, then the elections in Delhi can be re-elected.


Honda launches Vintage Style Scooter 'Super Cub'
●    Japanese company Honda recently launched its vintage-style scooter 'Super Cub' in Thailand.
●    This is Honda's so successful scooter that by October 2017 more than 100 million units have been sold globally.
●    This new scooter has been inspired by Honda inspired in the model created in 1958.
●    This scooter was first made in 1958.
●    By 2005, it sold 5 million units worldwide.
●    In the next 12 years the sale doubled and the figure crossed 10 million.


Government finishes subsidy for Haj pilgrims

●    People who visit Haj pilgrimage will not get any concession from this year.
●    Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced on Tuesday that the concession given on Haj pilgrimage has ended this year.
●    It has been said by the government that this decision is a part of the agenda of empowering minorities without appealing.
●    The Government's decision will affect 1.75 lakh Haj pilgrims.
●    In 2012, the Supreme Court had asked the Haj subsidy to be endured gradually by 2022 in a decision.

Current Affairs 19th January 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

India's strong stronghold in NSG, India becomes member of Australia Group

●    India has now become a member of Australia Group.
●    It ensures through its control of the export of group chemical and biological agents that it can not become chemical or biological weapon.
●    This achievement will increase the status of non-proliferation of India in the world.
●    Along with this, India's claim for membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group will also be strengthened, in which China is closing.


Whatsapp App Business App Launch

●    Whatsapp App Business App Has Been Launched
●    It is only available in some countries.
●    This new app will make the process of interaction between shoppers and customers easier.
●    The Business App has been launched to bring shoppers-customers closer.
●    The Business App of WhatsApp has been launched in 5 countries- Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the UK and the US, currently it is not available in India.


The largest submerged cave found in Mexico

●    Archaeologists have discovered the world's largest cave underwater in Mexico.
●    The team of 'The Great Maya Aquarer' (GAM) project has spent many years researching the secrets of Sack Eightan and Dos Ojos and studying the mysterious waters in Tulum of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula.
●    This discovery identifies the identity of an incredible archaeological site, which exposes the stories and rituals of the disappeared Maya civilization.


Pakistani organization demanded Pakistan's highest gallantry medal for Bhagat Singh

●    An organization of Pakistan has demanded that Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh should be given the title of 'Sir-e-Haider', the country's highest gallantry medal and his statue should be installed at Shadman Chowk, Lahore, where he was hanged 86 years ago. 
●    The demanding organization is working to prove the freedom fighters in the court innocent.
●    Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation gave a fresh petition to the Government of Punjab province of Punjab that Bhagat Singh had sacrificed his life for the independence of the subcontinent.


Mobile-Internet in flight

●    Now people will be able to enjoy mobile phones and internet in air travel.
●    TRAI has given a suggestion on Friday about this, as per the availability of ground mobile network, the mobile service will be valid for a minimum of three kilometers in the Indian Air Services.
●    However, the mobile operators who want to call or internet in the aircraft will have to get a separate license for this.

Current Affairs 19th January 2018: ECONOMY


In December, 2017, arrival of foreign tourists increased by 15.2 percent compared to December 2016

●    The Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of the arrival of foreign tourists (FTAs) along with the arrival of foreign tourists on the e-tourist visa as well as on the basis of Nationality-wise and port-wise data obtained from the Immigration Bureau (BOI).
●    Compared to December, 2016, the growth rate of FTA was 15.2 percent during December 2017, compared to December, 2015, when the growth rate was December 11, 2015, at 11.9 percent.
●    The highest number of FTAs in Bangladesh (19.04%) in India during December, 2017 in the top 15 source countries.
●    After this, the United States (16.90%), Britain (10.41%), Australia (5.31%), Canada (3.85%), Russian Federation (3.79%), Malaysia (3.11%), Germany (2.08%), China (2.06%) , Sri Lanka (2.01%), Singapore (1.85%), France (1.81%), Japan (1.64%), Thailand (1.60%) and Italy (1.44%).


Approval of purchase of Assault Rifles and Carbine equal to 3547 crores


●    A meeting of the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) was held today under the chairmanship of Defense Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman.
●    In it, 'Make II' process was simplified.
●    It determines the guidelines followed in the development and manufacturing of defense equipment through the Indian industry.
●    DAC approved the purchase of 72,400 Assault Rifles and 93,895 Carbines on an accelerated basis in order to enable the defense forces to fulfill the urgent need of the troops deployed on the borders.

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Important Current Affairs 18th JANUARY 2018

Important Current Affairs 18th  JANUARY 2018

Current Affairs 18th JANUARY 2018: NATIONAL NEWS


59th National Exhibition of Arts inaugurated by Dr Mahesh Sharma

●    Dr. Mahesh Sharma inaugurated The 59th National Exhibition of Art at Lalit Kala Gallery in New Delhi today. 
●    The exhibition covers artworks from extensive series of mediums like paintings, sculptures, graphics, photographs, drawings, installation and multimedia. 
●    The catalogue for the 59th National Exhibition of Art has also been released by Dr Mahesh Sharma.

Modi has revived the deal to buy Spike anti-tank missiles

●    Narendra Modi has revived the deal to buy Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel.
●    It is a $500 million deal.
●    India had opted out of buying the anti-tank guided missiles in December after the Defence Ministry decided to back the state-owned DRDO.
●    DRDO promised to deliver a world-class missile within four years.


States To Discuss Steps To Empower Minorities 

●    Minority affairs ministers and ministers of social justice from several states will discuss measures to empower minorities.
●    The meeting will be launched by Yogi Adityanath.
●    Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will be the chief guest. 
●    Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, and Chandigarh will take part in the meeting.
 


Mumbai more expensive than Singapore for expats

●    Mumbai has been ranked as Asia's fifth most expensive rental city for expatriates.
●    It makes Mumbai more expensive than Singapore.
●    Tokyo has been ranked second on the list.


Make sanitary napkins available at reduced prices: Bombay HC

●    The Bombay High Court has asked the Maharashtra government to consider making sanitary napkins available at concessional rates to needy women. 
●    The court was hearing a PIL which said 88% women do not have access to sanitary napkins due to lack of awareness and high price of the product. 

Current Affairs 18th JANUARY 2018: DEFENCE


Successful Fifth Flight Test of Agni-5 Ballistic Missile

●    Long Range Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile, Agni-5, was successfully flight tested for its full range today at 0953 hrs from Dr Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha. 
●    This was the fifth test of the Missile and the third consecutive one from a canister on a road mobile launcher. All the five missions have been successful.
●    The flight performance of the missile was tracked and monitored by radars, range stations and tracking systems all through the mission.

Current Affairs 18th JANUARY 2018: ECONOMY

Maharashtra Cabinet Approves 1 Per Cent Quota For Orphans

●    The Maharashtra cabinet approved a 1% reservation for orphans in government jobs.
●    The cabinet, also approved the Maharashtra State Innovation and Startup policy.
●    It aims to attract investment of Rs.5,000 crore.


India To Become $5 Trillion Economy In 8-9 years

●    Commerce and Industries Minister is Suresh Prabhu.
●    He said that India is expected to become a $ 5 trillion economy in the next 8-9 years.
●    Manufacturing sector will contribute 20% to that.

Current Affairs 18th JANUARY 2018: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Namaste Shalom-monthly magazine on bilateral relations between  INDIA-ISRAEL

●    The Jewish community is going to launch 'Namaste Shalom'.
●    It is going to be a regular monthly magazine on bilateral relations between the two countries.
●    The magazine would be launched at the Magen David Synagogue at Byculla in south Mumbai.

Current Affairs 18th JANUARY 2018: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

French startup launches world's 1st hydrogen-powered bicycle

●    Pragma Industries, based in Biarritz, France and makes fuel cells for military use.
●    It has made hydrogen-powered bikes.
●    Cost is about 7,500 euros per bike.
●    The bikes are too expensive for the consumer market.
●    Bike runs for about 100 km (62 miles) on a two-litre tank of hydrogen.

Current Affairs 18th JANUARY 2018: GLOBAL NEWS


Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has been jailed

●    Saudi Arabia's richest man Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was first arrested and detained in "anti-corruption" sweep. 
●    He was moved out of his restricted quarters at the Riyadh Ritz Carlton Hotel and moved to Al Ha'ir prison.
●    For more than two months, the prince had been held at the Riyadh Ritz.


Malaysia's Sultan gets Stone Age 'Flintstones car' as gift

●    A Malaysian sultan has been given a life-size replica of Fred Flintstone's car.
●    This car is from a classic cartoon.
●    Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor is one of Malaysia's most powerful and wealthiest state rulers. 


Israel PM describes Mahatma Gandhi as "Humanity's Great Prophet"

●    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Mahatma Gandhi as one of the great prophets of humanity.
●    Mr Netanyahu arrived the Sabarmati Ashram today.
●    Before this, Israeli PM and his wife spent around 20 minutes in the ashram premises.


This City Could Be World's First To Run Out Of Water

●    South Africa's Cape Town, one of the world's iconic tourist destinations, could run out of water by April.
●    "Day Zero" is the day when the city will go dry. 
●    The date is April 22.
●    Almost 2 million tourists flock to Cape Town every year.
●    A maximum 25 litres of water will be provided per person, per day.


Critically Endangered Sumatran Elephant Gives Birth In Indonesia

●    A critically endangered Sumatran elephant has given birth to a new calf in Indonesia, 
●    Sumatran elephants are a protected species.
●    The newborn was found with its 40-year old mother Seruni.

Current Affairs 18th JANUARY 2018: AWARDS

 National Bravery Awards 2018

●    16 courageous have been selected from different parts of the country to be given the National Bravery award 2018. 
●    Out of f the 16 children, four would be awarded posthumously. 
●    The children have been selected from 13 states.

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Important Current Affairs 17th January 2018

Important Current Affairs 17th January 2018

Current Affairs 17th January 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Government To Announce 10 More Smart Cities

●    10 more cities will be added in Centre's flagship Smart City Mission.
●    Till now 90 cities have been named under the scheme.
●    Under the scheme, each city will get Rs. 500 crore.


Inauguration of oil refinery in Barmer

●    Narendra Modi will inaugurate the oil refinery in Rajasthan's Barmer district.
●    This project is a Joint Venture of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. and Rajasthan government.
●    It is worth over Rs 43,000 crore.

Current Affairs 17th January 2018: ECONOMY

3.36% rural youth can’t name India’s capital, finds survey

●    Fourteen per cent of rural youth in the age group of 14-18 failed to identify the map of India.
●    36% did not know that Delhi is the capital of India.
●    This data was given by Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), brought out by Pratham.

Current Affairs 17th January 2018: SCHEMES 

Lt Governor Approves "Quality Health For All" Scheme

●    Lt Governor Anil Baijal approved a Delhi government scheme.
●    This scheme is for quality healthcare service for people without any income criteria. 
●    The scheme was passed by the AAP cabinet on December 12.

Current Affairs 17th January 2018: GLOBAL NEWS


America's Fastest Spy Plane Could Be Back

●    Lockheed Martin has been developing a successor to the SR-71 Blackbird.
●    Lockheed officials are calling the new upcoming invention as "Son of Blackbird" .
●    It could be fly by 2030.
●    Hypersonic applies to speeds above Mach 5.
●    It is five times the speed of sound. 


UK gets world's first-ever 'Minister for Loneliness'

●    Britain appointed its first-ever minister to combat loneliness.
●    Government said that this affects more than 9 million people in the country.
●    The new minister is Tracey Crouch.
●    She will build on the legacy of the late Jo Cox who was murdered in 2016.


World's coldest village records temperature of -62°C

●    The thermometer in a remote Siberian village has broken all records.
●    It is known as the coldest inhabited place on earth.
●    Temperature has gone down to -67C.
●    Last time such temperature was recorded in 1933.


World's longest underwater cave system discovered in Mexico

●    A group of divers has connected two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico.
●    It is now the biggest flooded cave on the planet.
●    The discovery can help understanding the ancient Maya civilization.


Ferrari will be the first to build an electric supercar

●    Ferrari is going to build a battery-electric supercar.
●    It is being planned to challenge Tesla.
●    It wants to create high-end, eco-conscious luxury market. 
●    Ferrari CEO is Sergio Marchionne.
●    He also heads Fiat Chrysler.

Current Affairs 17th January 2018: SPORTS

Assam wins 8th Sub-junior Hockey Champ

●    Hosts Assam Hockey beat Hockey Rajasthan in the final of the 8th Hockey India Sub Junior Men National Championship 2018.
●    Match took place in Hojai Hockey stadium.
●    Their first breakthrough came in as Manish Sahani scored off a penalty stroke.


North, South Korea to march under 1 flag at Winter Olympics

●    North and South Korean athletes will march together at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.
●    It will happen under a unified flag.
●    The nations have also agreed to form a joint North and South Korean women's ice hockey team.


15-yr-old girl youngest in Grand Slams 3rd round in 20 yrs

●    Ukraine's 15-year-old player Marta Kostyuk became the youngest to enter the third round of a Grand Slam.
●    It happened for the first time after Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the 1997 US Open. 
●    38-year-old Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to reach the Australian Open third round in 40 years.


India lose their first Test series in 3 years

●    South Africa defeated India by 135 runs.
●    Match was held in the Centurion. 
●    The last time India lost a Test series was when Australia defeated them in 2014-15. 
●    The last Test will start from January 24 in Johannesburg.


Pujara first Indian to be run-out twice in a Test

●    Cheteshwar Pujara is the first Indian cricketer to be run out twice in the same match.
●    Pujara was run out in the first innings of the 2nd Test with South Africa.
●    He again got run out on the 5th day.
●    Former Australian skipper Mark Taylor and former Australian wicket-keeper Ian Healy have both been run-out in both innings of a Test on two occasions.

Current Affairs 17th January 2018: AWARDS

Sudhir gets Janakavi Sawlaram award

●    Actor Sudhir Dalvi was honoured with the Janakavi P Sawlaram award.
●    Thane Mayor Meenakshi Shinde gave the 79-year-old artist a citation, shawl and 'shreefal'.
●    The award is jointly given by the Thane Municipal Corporation and the Janakavi P Savlaram Kala Samiti. 
●    Well-known dancer Jaishree T was given the Ganga Jamuna award.
 

seventh South African to win a Man of the Match award

●    Pacer Lungi Ngidi became the seventh South African to win a Man of the Match award on Test debut.
●    Ngidi took six wickets in the second innings.
●    Lungi had replaced injured Dale Steyn for the Test.

Current Affairs 17th January 2018: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Scientists study elasticity of cells using their vibrations

●    Canada-based scientists have developed a technique to map the elasticity of cell components.
●    It is similar to how seismologists study Earth's vibrations.
●    The technology is called "cell quake elastography".
●    It uses a high-speed camera to study cells. 

Harvard team makes 'heart-on-a-chip' for faster drug testing

●    Harvard University researchers have developed a 'heart-on-a-chip'.
●    This can be used to test the reaction of heart tissue to external stimuli. 
●    The team replicated cardiac muscles using hydrogel.
●    The hydrogel-making process is 60% faster than the older one.

NASA image shows cluster with mass of 3 million billion Suns

●    NASA has shared an image of a galaxy cluster containing the mass of three million billion Suns. 
●    Image was shared from the Hubble Space Telescope.
●    It has been Nicknamed as "El Gordo".
●    It is the largest, hottest, and brightest X-ray cluster discovered. 

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Important Current Affairs 16th January 2018

Current Affairs 16th JANUARY 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

T.N. children severely malnourished: report

●    Severe Acute Malnutrition is high among children under the age of five in Tamil Nadu.
●    This is said by the National Family Health Survey-4.
●    Job Zachariah, chief of Unicef for Tamil Nadu and Kerala said that there is a need for a detailed State-level study of this phenomenon as the NFHS data was inadequate. 


Focus on education, skill development in NDMC budget

●    The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) presented its budget for 2018-19.
●    It focused on education and skill development, especially for girls. 
●    The council announced the formation of an Under-10 football team for female students.
●    He said the NDMC will also take care of the diet of the selected students so that all aspects affecting their game are taken care of.

Current Affairs 16th JANUARY 2018: OBITUARY 

Ex-Union Minister Raghunath Jha Passes Away

●    Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and former Union minister Raghunath Jha died.
●    He was 78.
●    Jha was a Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise in the United Progressive Alliance government led by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. 

Current Affairs 16th JANUARY 2018: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS


Israel seeks ‘big data’ from India, signs 4 agreements

●    Israel wants to counter cyberthreats and to “revolutionise” Indian farm production.
●    For this Israel has proposed to access India’s “big data”.
●    Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh participated in the delegation-level talks.
 

Current Affairs 16th JANUARY 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

Presidential term is only five years: Sri Lankan SC

●    President Maithripala Sirisena had proposed for staying in office for a year longer.
●    Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has denied the proposal.
●    A five-judge bench in a unanimous decision ruled that the President's term was limited to five years only.


Israeli PM To Visit Taj Mahal

●    Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Taj Mahal in Agra with his wife Sara.
●    Prime Minister Narendra Modi accompanied Netanyahu to Gujarat on Wednesday.
●    He will be welcomed with a road show in Ahmedabad.
●    The roadshow is an 8-kilometre drive from the airport to the Sabarmati Ashram. 

Benjamin Netanyahu Pushes For Free Trade Deal With India: Report

●    India and Israel will begin work on a free trade pact.
●    Israel has been pushing for it.
●    Israel has given initial approval for Indian energy companies to explore oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean.
●    Bilateral trade has jumped from $200 million in 1992 to $4.16 billion in 2016,.

Japan mistakenly issues false N Korea missile attack warning

●    Japan’s public broadcaster errantly issued a warning of a North Korean missile launch.
●    It happened just days after Hawaii caused panic for its citizens by triggering a false emergency alert of an incoming missile.
●    Japanese broadcaster NHK issued the alert..
●    The warning was flashed across the broadcaster’s website.

Current Affairs 16th JANUARY 2018: ECONOMY

Wholesale inflation eases to 3-month low of 3.58%

●    Wholesale price-based inflation eased to 3.58 per cent in December 2017.
●    Wholesale price index (WPI) based inflation was 3.93 per cent in November 2017.
●    Inflation on food articles slowed to 4.72 per cent in December, from 6.06 per cent in November 2017.

Current Affairs 16th JANUARY 2018: SPORTS

Indian boxers’ gold rush in Serbia

●    In the seventh Nation’s Cup tournament for junior and youth women, India claimed 11 gold medals in all.
●    This tournament is being held in  in Sombor, Serbia.
●    The junior team won 13 medals -- nine gold, two silver and two bronze medals --, while the youth team clinched four medals -- three gold and one bronze.

Shankar, Sanjivani bag National titles

●    Shankar Man Thapa and Sanjivani Jadhav won the men’s and women’s 10km titles in the 52nd National cross country championship.
●    It was organised in Ponda near Panaji in Goa.
●    Sanjivani is the 10,000m silver medallist.

Second win for Anand

●    Viswanathan Anand defeated World No. 2 Fabiano Caruana to a 42-move masterclass.
●    He moved into the joint lead with Anish Giri.
●    This happened after three rounds of Tata Steel chess tournament.
●    It was Anand’s second successive victory which raised the Anand’s tally to 2.5 points.

Maria Sharapova wins her first match on Grand Slam return

●    Former world number one Maria Sharapova returned to Grand Slam tennis recently.
●    In her first match after her return, she won a first-round at the Australian Open 2018.
●    Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer also reached the second round of the tournament with straight-set wins.

Current Affairs 16th JANUARY 2018: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Only 24 astronauts have flown to the Moon, 3 of them twice

●    NASA has sent 24 astronauts to the Moon between December 1968 and December 1972. 
●    12 walked on the Moon while three astronauts were launched twice. 
●    Jim Lovell orbited the Moon on both occasions, Eugene Cernan and John Young landed on their second Apollo missions.

Scientists accidentally find oldest ever butterfly fossils

●    Netherlands-based researchers have accidentally discovered the oldest-ever butterfly fossils.
●    This fossil is at least 200 million years old. 
●    The discovery was made while extracting pollen grains from rock samples in Germany.

Current Affairs 16th JANUARY 2018: DEFENCE

Vajra Prahar: Indo-US joint military exercise to be held in Seattle

●    Joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ will be held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Seattle.
●    45-member Special Forces team from Indian Army’s Southern Command will train alongside US soldiers in the third week of January.
●    ‘Vajra Prahar’ is a Indo-US Special Forces joint training exercise conducted alternately in India and the US. 

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Important Current Affairs 15th  JANUARY 2018

Current Affairs 15th JANUARY 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Telangana to have new passbooks on March 11

●    Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced for the distribution of the new pattadar passbooks in all villages.
●    Distribution will be done in one day on 11th March.
●    The new passbooks are the result of a over-three-month exercise taken up by the Revenue department to verify and update land records by going to the door-step of people.

Tamil Nadu to give Medals for outstanding service

●    The State government announced medals for 1,686 personnel.
●    These medals will be given to the police, Fire and Rescue Services and Prison Services departments.
●    1,500 police personnel in the rank of police constables, head constables and equivalent ranks be awarded the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Constabulary Medals for this year.


Tirupati poised to be an ‘IT Hub’

●    Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said that the temple city Tirupati, would become an ‘IT and Knowledge Hub’.
●    This is because of its proximity to metropolitan cities.
●    He said this after unveiling the Zoho Corporation’s first facility in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Chinese bike-sharing startup Ofo to launch service in India

●    Beijing-based bicycle sharing start-up Ofo will launch its services in India. 
●    It will be made available on Paytm.
●    According to the report, users will be able to book and pick up Ofo bikes for $1 per hour using an app. 
●    Ofo signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) last week.

Current Affairs 15th JANUARY 2018: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

India, Israel sign 9 agreements in space, defence, cybersecurity

●    India and Israel will begin work on a free trade pact.
●    Israel has given initial approval for Indian energy companies to explore oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean.
●    Bilateral trade has jumped from $200 million in 1992 to $4.16 billion in 2016, largely in favour of Israel.
●    Netanyahu wants to increase exports to India by 25 percent over the 3 years.

Current Affairs 15th JANUARY 2018: RANKING

India ranks 30th on WEF’s Global Manufacturing Index

●    The World Economic Forum (WEF) in its Global Manufacturing Index put India on the 30th position.
●    India is five places below China.
●    Japan topped the rankings.
●    India had a total manufacturing value of over $420 billion in 2016 which has grown up by over 7% per year.

Current Affairs 15th JANUARY 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

Teen Murti Chowk renamed after Israeli city Haifa

●    Teen Murti Chowk has been renamed as Teen Murti Haifa Chowk.
●    The three bronze statues at Teen Murti represent the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers who were part of the 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade. T
●    The brigade carried out the victorious assault on the fortified city of Haifa on September 23, 1918, during World War I.

Visitors can zip line over 1,000 feet above Grand Canyon

●    A zip line has been launched over 1,000 feet above Grand Canyon West, United States. 
●    4 visitors at a time can travel at speeds of about 72 kmph.
●    It will cost $89 per person. 


Rhino Shot Dead By Poachers In Kaziranga National Park

●    An adult female rhinoceros was shot dead by poachers in Assam's Kaziranga National Park.
●    This park is a UNESCO declared World Heritage site.
●    Poachers could not take away the horn of the dead rhinoceros.
●    A combing operation has been launched to trace the poachers..
●    The incident was the first case of rhino killing by poachers this year.

Current Affairs 15th JANUARY 2018: DAYS AND DATES

January 15 celebrated as Army Day

●    Indian troops on monday celebrated the 70th Army Day, officials said.
●    Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Indian naval staff Sunil Lanba and Indian air chief marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa visited Amar Jawan Jyoti.
●    Army celebrates Army day in its parade Ground in New Delhi cantonment.
●    This time 15 medals were presented to soldiers.

Martin Luther King Jr Day

●    On 15th January, US celebrated Martin Luther King Jr day.
●    This day celebrates life and legacy of civil rights activist.
●    He was a Baptist minister, Nobel Laureate and civil rights activist.
●    In 1983, then-President Ronald Reagan signed a bill that created a federal holiday in King's honour. 
 

Current Affairs 15th JANUARY 2018: DEFENCE

Navy to buy its 3rd aircraft carrier for ₹1.6 lakh crore

●    The Indian Navy will buy its third aircraft carrier in ₹1.6 lakh crore.
●    It will also buy 57 twin-engine fighter planes.
●    Recently Navy was denied by Nitin Gadkari for giving any land for their families.
 

Current Affairs 15th JANUARY 2018: ECONOMY

First-ever Pentagon audit to cost over ₹5,700 crore

●    The US Department of Defence's first-ever financial audit will cost more than ₹5,700 crore. 
●    Around 1,200 auditors will be tasked with examining the Defence Department's estimated $2.4 trillion assets.
●    Defence Department comptroller is David Norquist.

Current Affairs 15th JANUARY 2018: SPORTS

Virat Kohli fastest player to hit 53 international hundreds

●    Indian captain Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to reach 53 international hundreds.
●    He made his 21st Test hundred against South Africa.
●    After Sachin Tendulkar, he is the only Indian to score multiple Test centuries in South Africa.

Racing legend Dan Gurney dies after pneumonia complications

●    Dan Gurney, died on 14th January.
●    He was 86.
●    He was the first driver with victories in each of the Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR Cup series. 
●    Gurney began racing in 1955.
●    He won almost every race.

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Current Affairs 14th JANUARY 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

108 year old Mono Rail is now operational in National Rail Museum, New Delhi.

●    The rich heritage of Indian Railways has now been opened in the National Rail Museum, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi for viewers.
●    The main center of attraction in the museum is the 108-year-old monorail which used to be used by late Shri Bhupindr Singh, Maharaja of Patiala.
●    This monorail run by steam engines is unique in its kind in the world.

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways signed with Transport for London

●    Ministry of Road Transport and Highways today signed an MoU with Transport for London (TFL) in New Delhi.
●    Its aim is to use the expertise of TFL to bring new life into the public transport infrastructure.
●    TFL is the agency that manages the transportation system in Greater London.

5-day National Youth Festival begins on January 12, 2018

●    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the National Youth Festival through video conferencing on January 12, 2018 and address the present.
●    This festival will commence on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the young heart of India's lord Swami Vivekananda.
●    The inauguration ceremony was co-chaired by Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Adityanath and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Col Rajyavardhan Rathore.
●    On this occasion, the Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) Mr. Mahesh Sharma will be a special guest.
●    It will be held from 12th to 16th January 2018 at Gautam Buddha University, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Greater Noida.

Railway Ministry launches Smart Freight Operation Optimization and Real Time Information (PURCH)

●    Railway Ministry has launched Smart Freight Operation Optimization and Real Time Information (PURCH) application to help in the flow of rail traffic and the best freight operations scheme.
●    This application is for freight managers and its features are supported by monitoring and management of freight business using Geographic Information System (GIS) Views and Dashboard.
●    This app can see the movement of cargo on the Geographic Information System (GIS) view.
●    In a single GIS view in Zone / Mandal and sections, both the carriage and carriage cart can be monitored.
 

Ministry of Tourism launches Incredible India Digital Calendar and Wall and Desk Calendar of 2018

●    In pursuance of Government's Digital India initiative, Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Shri K. J. Alfons launches 'Incredible India Digital Calendar - 2018' here today.
●    He also released the Incredible India wall and desk calendar of 2018.
●    The Incredible India digital calendar application will provide the user with information about all the festivals and festivals of India simultaneously.
●    Digital calendars can be downloaded on Android and iOs platforms.

Ministry of Water Resources signed MoU with Bihar and Jharkhand

●    In order to fulfill the remaining works of the estimated North Kole reservoir project of Rs. 1622.27 crores, the MoU has been signed between the Water Resources, River Development and the Ganga Protection Ministry, Bihar and Jharkhand State Government of India.
●    The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 12 January 2018 during a meeting chaired by Water Resources, River Development and Secretary, Ganga Protection, Shri Upendra Prasad Singh.
●    On this occasion Shri N. D. D.D., Director General, Shri Sanjay Kundu and Deputy Managing Director, NABARD, Shri H.R. Dave was also present.

Seventh edition of 'National Culture Festival -2018' will be held in Karnataka from January 14-20, 2018

●    To commemorate the idea of unity in diversity, the Ministry of Culture is organizing the seventh edition of National Culture Festival in Karnataka from January 14, 2018.
●    Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Ananth Kumar and Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) and Environment Minister Dr. Mahesh Sharma will inaugurate the festival on January 14, 2018 in the Jnan Jyoti Auditorium, Palace Road, Gandhi Nagar and Bangalore.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will launch the project work of Barmer Refinery on January 16, 2018

●    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will launch the project work of Barmer Refinery in Pachapadra, Rajasthan on January 16, 2018.
●    The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt. Vasundhara Raje and Central Petroleum and Natural Gas, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and other dignitaries will also be present on this occasion.
●    Project cost - 43129 crores
●    The goal of concluding the engineering - 4 years
●    Refinery capacity 9 MMTPA
●    HPCL's equity share - 74 percent
●    Equity share of Rajasthan Government - 26 percent

Indian Railways launches 'new online vendor registration system' in its research department RDSO

●    Keeping in mind the priority of making systems and processes digital and transparent, the research arm of Indian Railways - Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO, Headquarters Lucknow) launched the new online vendor registration system.
●    This new system has been developed after reviewing the RDSO's working system by the Union Railway and Coal Minister, Mr. Piyush Goyal.
●    Various changes have been made for registration under the new system.
●    RDSO has invited letter of interest for all over 600 items and services.

The third meeting of the Business Development and Promotion Council was held today in New Delhi.

●    The Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhu chaired the third meeting of the Business Development and Promotion Council in New Delhi today.
●    On this occasion, he called upon the states to find ways to tap the world trade of 5 trillion dollars (trillion) by promoting service exports.
●    At the same time, he also laid special emphasis on organic farming, value addition of agricultural products, use of benefits received by Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and creation of employment.


To increase safety and efficiency in the operation of trains, Railways decided to deploy drone cameras in all its zones / divisions

●    Indian Railways have decided to deploy the drone cameras to monitor their activities, especially the monitoring of the tracks, the tracks and the railway structure.
●    Railways have issued instructions to do all of their boards to do this. With the help of railway technology, it is trying to make the operations of trains more secure and better.
●    Drone cameras will help in monitoring relief and rescue operations as well as important actions, track status and inspection work will be monitored.

Current Affairs 14th JANUARY 2018: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The Cabinet approved the consent memorandum between India and Canada for cooperation in science and technology.

●    Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet has approved the consent memoranda with Canada for cooperation in science and technology.
●    An arrangement will be made from the Memorandum of Understanding and will help in enhancing scientific cooperation between research and development and academic institutions of India and Canada.
●    Under the consent memorandum between the Department of Science and Technology and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), innovative models of research and development cooperation between India and Canada will be implemented.

Current Affairs 14th JANUARY 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

Organized fifth bilateral meeting between India and Malaysia for cooperation in traditional medicine systems

●    The fifth bilateral meeting between India and Malaysia was held here today to cooperate in traditional medicine systems.
●    This meeting was convened in 2010 under the agreement between the two countries.
●    The meeting was presided over by Mr. Pramod Kumar Pathak, Joint Secretary, AYUSH Ministry, and on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Deputy Director, Public Health (Medicine), from the Ministry of Health.
●    In his concluding statement, Secretary, AYUSH, Shri Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha said that steps taken for the promotion of traditional medicine systems and homeopathy from Malaysia are welcome.
 

Current Affairs 14th JANUARY 2018: DAYS AND DATES

Home Minister inaugurated 43rd Anniversary Day of MES Builders Association of India

●    Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has assured that there will be no shortage of funds for border infrastructure.
●    While inaugurating the 43rd Anniversary Day of the MES Builders Association of India here today, he said that the government will accelerate the issues related to forests and environment clearance, which has been consistently hampering strategic projects.
●    Shri Rajnath Singh said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has also emphasized that and clearance will be received to complete the projects in the interest of the nation.
●    He said that private-public partnership (PPP) model for strategic structure will be important.

Home Minister will inaugurate International Workshop on Disaster-Resistant Infrastructure

●    The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh will inaugurate a two-day International Workshop on Disaster-Resistant Infrastructure here on Monday, 15th January, 2018.
●    This workshop was organized by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
●    This workshop will bring together different parts of the world - from Chile to Australia and Japan to Sri Lanka - for various social, economic backgrounds and geographical features.
●    This workshop will be a good opportunity to learn from the experiences of these countries towards the creation of disaster-resistant infrastructure.

Army Air Defense Corps celebrated its 25th Raising Day

●    25th Foundation Day of Army Air Defense Corps (AAD) was celebrated on January 10, 2018.
●    On this occasion, on the occasion of 'Amar Jawan Jyoti', the AAD's Adjutant General and Senior Colonel Commandant Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar and Lt Gen PS Jaggi paid tribute to the martyrs and presented a floral circle.
●    On this occasion, Aad pledged to be dedicated to the nation service and its motto 'Akash Shatru Jahi' by selflessly for the soldiers of all ranks.
●    The establishment of AAD was done on January 10, 1994 and since then its role has increased greatly and it has proved its worth in all previous major wars.

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