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Important Current Affairs 3rd January 2018

Important Current Affairs 3rd January 2018

Current Affairs 3rd January 2018: APPOINTMENT NEWS

Parekh takes over as Infosys CEO

●    Infosys CEO Salil Parekh took charge of the company on 2nd January.
●    He was in the chairmanship race in 2014 as well.
●    Parekh has 30 years of experience in the Indian IT outsourcing industry.
●    He has handled clients in North America and Europe too.

New chair for IPAB

●    Justice Manmohan Singh has been given additional charge as the chairman of the Chennai-headquartered Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB).
●    He’ll take charge from January 1, 2018.
●    Before him the IPAB was without a regular chairman for 19 months.

Rajendran appointed as REAT chairman

●    Former High Court judge B. Rajendran has been appointed as the chairperson of the Real Estate Appellate Tribunal (REAT) for Tamil Nadu and Andaman & Nicobar
●    Salary of the chairperson is ₹80,000 per month.

Current Affairs 3rd January 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Avian flu scare in city

●    One confirmed case of a chicken infected with the H5N1 virus was reported in Bengaluru. 
●    Bird flu was last reported in Bangalore in October 2012.
●    All chicken stalls in the area were immediately shut down to prevent spread of the virus.

Taking Karnataka tourism to the world

●    Tourism Department of Karnataka is going to hold ‘Karnataka International Travel Expo’ (KITE) from February 28 to March 2. 
●    It is being said to be the “largest B2B travel event in India”.
●    It aims to provide platform for over 400 registered buyers and media representatives from more than 25 countries.

Trial of ‘panic button’ on mobiles to begin on Republic Day from U.P.

●    ‘panic button’ mobile phone feature will start from Uttar Pradesh on January 26.
●    Union Minister Maneka Gandhi announced it.
●    In April, 2016, the Department of Telecommunications made it mandatory for mobile companies to  give panic buttons in mobile phones by January 2017.

PM pays tribute to First Female Teacher of Country 

●    Savitribai Phule, was born on January 3, 1881. 
●    She is known as the country’s first woman teacher.
●    She was also a poet.
●    She is known for laying the foundation stone of education opportunities for women in India. 

Water Urbanism Project: IIT Kharagpur Joins Hand With US Universities

●    IIT Kharagpur joined hand with 3 universities of the United State for water urbanism project at Varanasi. 
●    Water urbanism is a geo-hydrological exploratory study of Varanasi.
●    The Water urbanism project is part of the multi-focal point of research under the Science and Heritage Initiative.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Israel on Cooperation in the Oil and Gas Sector

●    The Union Cabinet approved the MoU between India and Israel on cooperation in the Oil and Gas Sector.
●    The MoU is expected to boost India - Israel ties in the energy sector. 
●    The cooperation under the agreement will facilitate promotion of investments in each other's countries, technology transfer, R&D, conducting joint studies, capacity building of human resources and collaboration in the area of Start-ups.

Current Affairs 3rd January 2018: SCIENCE NEWS

Scientists develop world's first 'speed breeding' technique to boost production of wheat by three times

●    Australian scientists have developed the world’s first ‘speed breeding’ technique.
●    It can boost the production of the crop by up to three times. 
●    Earlier NASA experimented such thing using the continuous light on wheat.

China to become world's first country to launch a lunar probe on far side of moon

●    China's space program is going to land a probe on the darker side of the moon for the first time.
●    In December 2016, China announced its plans to launch a lunar probe in 2018.
●    With this single move, China will outdo the historical achievements of the US and the USSR.

N. Korea's Chilling New Weapon: Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Made Of Ice

●    Glimpse of the country's latest weapon ICBM in frozen form was seen in North Koreans ice sculpture festival.
●    Weapon seen in ice sculpture is a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, which North Korea tested it in November.
●    It is capable of attacking the US mainland.

Current Affairs 3rd January 2018: ECONOMY NEWS

China To Invest $1 Billion In Mega Sri Lanka Project

●    China will invest $1 billion in the construction of three 60-storey buildings.
●    These buildings will be made near Sri Lanka's main port, Colombo.
●    With this China aims to boost its waterways business.

Current Affairs 3rd January 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

China's First Emperor Ying Zheng Ordered Search For Immortality Elixir

●    China's first emperor Ying Zheng sanctioned a nation-wide search for the elixir of life more than 2,000 years ago.
●    This has been said by scientists in researchers from Hunan Institute of Archaeology and China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences.

Blue Whale Game Couldn't Be Established as a 'Child Killer': MEA

●    Parliament was informed that the Incidents of children committing suicide with "Blue Whale Challenge Game" in India could not be established in a CERT-In investigation.
●    The Blue Whale Challenge, was created in Russia.

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Important Current Affairs 2nd JANUARY 2018

Important Current Affairs 2nd  JANUARY 2018

Current Affairs 2nd JANUARY 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Wayanad to be made floriculture hub
●    Government has initiated a series of efforts to develop Wayanad district as the floriculture hub of the State.
●    Wayanad had been designated as special zone for floriculture and aromatic rice cultivation.
●    The 18-day fete is being organised jointly by the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) and the Department of Agriculture Development and Farmers’ Welfare.

AAP govt revamps fair price shops

●    The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government announced a revamped system for distribution of rations.
●    It includes an e-point of sale (POS) system.
●    It will allow beneficiaries to buy from any fair price shop.

First Telugu woman to scale Mt. Aconcagua
●    G.R. Radhika, Addl. SP, climbed Mount Aconcagua in Argentina on December 30.
●    She became the first Telugu woman to climb the highest peak in South America.
●    ONGC Supported her financially.
●    She plans to complete the 7-summit world challenge by climbing two more left out peaks.

MGR’s childhood home to become a memorial

●    The childhood home of M.G. Ramachandran will get a facelift.
●    He was former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister & All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam founder.
●    The new house will function as an interpretation centre with displaying of books and photographs of the leader. 
●    There will be a mini-theatre inside the house to screen documentaries on MGR and films in which he acted.

Hollywood women launch abuse campaign

●    More than 300 actresses, writers and directors have launched a project to help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces.
●    The initiative is called Time's Up.
●    The campaign is backed by hundreds of actresses.
●    They have already raised more than $13m (£9.6m) of its $15m target.

Vikas Samiksha Yatra

●    Nitish Kumar laid foundation stones for more than 100 projects worth Rs 700 crore in Nalanda district.
●    This has been done as part of his statewide "Vikas Samiksha Yatra".

Cargo Movement On Brahmaputra starts

●    Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari flagged off cargo movement on the Pandu-Dhubri route of the Brahmaputra river.
●    It will boost the inland waterway transport system in the northeast, 
●    5 bridges would be constructed on the river to ease transportation.

Telangana constituted Fin. Commission

●    The State Finance Commission of Telangana has been constituted by the government.
●    The Constitutional body will review financial positions of the local bodies.
●    Former minister and ZP chairman G Rajesham Goud, from Jagtial, has been appointed as chairman of the commission. 

Current Affairs 2nd JANUARY 2018: SPORTS

Vidarbha wins maiden Ranji Trophy

●    Vidarbha won maiden Ranji Trophy after beating Delhi by nine wickets in the final of domestic tournament.
●    Opting to field, Vidarbha bowled out Delhi for 295 in the first innings.
●    Vidarbha scored 547 in reply.
●    In second innings, Delhi were all out for 280.

Current Affairs 2nd JANUARY 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

China-hand Gokhale to be Foreign Secretary
●    Vijay Gokhale is going to become next Foreign Secretary.
●    He is an officer with great experience on China and the East Asian neighbourhood. 
●    Gokhale is a 1981-batch officer.
●    He is currently Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.

Marijuana legalised in California

●    California legalised marijuana in new year.
●    It is a much-anticipated change that comes two decades after the State was the first to allow pot for medical use. 
●    Pot is now legal in California for adults 21 and older, and individuals can grow up to six plants.
●    About 90 businesses received state licenses to open on New Year’s Day.

China Develops Underwater Surveillance Networks In Indian Ocean, South China Sea

●    China has established an underwater surveillance network.
●    It will help Chinese navy track its target accurately.
●    It will give China a cutting edge in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.

UK To Tax Tech Giants Over Extremist Content
●    Britain is planning to impose new taxes on tech giants like Google and Facebook. 
●    This will be done if they are not able to fight online extremism by taking down material aimed at radicalising people or helping them to prepare attacks.
●    Tech giants are being accused of putting private profit before public safety.

S Korea offers high-level talks with North
●    South Korea has offered high-level talks with North Korea.
●    It will also discuss its possible participation in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
●    Kim Jong-un, is considering sending a team in South Korea for the Games in February.

China’s waste ban will affect US
●    China's waste import ban ha came into effect.
●    Now U.S. and UK will have to deal with mountains of recyclables.
●    Every single day, about 4,000 shipping containers full of recyclables leave U.S. ports, bound for China. 
●    In return, China sends back, electronics, and clothing.

Former winner Carlson crowned new chairperson for Miss America
●    Gretchen Carlson has become chairperson of the Miss America organization’s board.
●    She is former Fox News host and Miss America 1989.
●    Carlson joins the board after the Huffington Post revealed lewd e-mails between former pageant C.E.O. Sam Haskell and lead pageant writer Lewis Friedman on December 21. 

Current Affairs 2nd JANUARY 2018: AWARDS

GAIL Awards Contracts for PMUG yojana

●    GAIL India has awarded contracts for a 520-km pipeline under the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga gas pipeline project. 
●    With this phase-II of the Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL) project has been finalised.
●    JHBDPL is a 2,655-km long project.
●    It is also known as the 'Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga' project.

Current Affairs 2nd JANUARY 2018: SPORTS

India Hosting 10 Asean Leaders on 26 Jan
●    Indian government will host leaders of 10 Asean countries as chief guests on January 26.
●    It will happen for the first time that 10 country’s leader will take part in the event.
●    In 2017 Southeast Asian bloc completed its 50 years of formation.

Current Affairs 2nd JANUARY 2018: SCHEMES

Bhavantar Bharpai scheme in Haryana
●    Haryana government has launched Bhavantar Bharpai scheme.
●    It is also known as  the price deficit compensation scheme for vegetables. 
●    This is being done to support farmers in distress.
●    The scheme aims to ensure income of up to Rs 48,000 to 56,000 per acre to farmers.


NASA’s to explore Saturn’s moon
●    NASA's flying observatory is preparing its 2018 observing campaign.
●    It includes observations of Saturn's giant moon Titan.
●    Sofia is a Boeing 747SP jetliner modified to carry a 100-inch diameter telescope. 
●    It is a joint project of NASA and the German Aerospace Center.

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Important Current Affairs 1st JANUARY 2018

Important Current Affairs 1st January 2018

Current Affairs 1st JANUARY 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Nyctibatrachus mewasinghi was discovered in the Western Ghats -New night frog species found
●    Another frog from Kerala is the most recent commitment to the spurt in land and water proficient revelations crosswise over India.
●    Researchers have quite recently found the Mewa Singh's Night frog.
●    It was found from the Western Ghats, from Kozhikode Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary.
●    The new night frog Nyctibatrachus mewa singh is light dark colored with a grayish underside.

Chandragiri fort set to get a facelift

●    Kerala Minister declares Rs. 80 lakhs for stage I of the facelift project.
●    The 17-century Chandragiri fortress will see scientific protection with Minister of Archeology and Archives Kadannappally Ramachandran declaring a Rs. 80-lakh amount for the primary renovation.
●    The venture conceives enhancing the fundamental framework, keeping the legacy of the fortress in place.

Karnataka - Dhaatu International Puppet Festival
●    The three-day Dhaatu International Puppet Festival will be held from January 5 to 7 in the city.
●    Entering its fourth progressive year, the celebration will likewise have 200 years old tradition of puppets.
●    The occasion is being bolstered by the Union Ministry of Culture, State Department of Tourism, and The Cultural Forum of Austria. 
●    The entry fee for all these shows are covered by the government and Dhaatu themselves.

Alok Mohan posted as ADGP of the bureau

●    Alok Mohan has been posted as the Additional Director-General of Police (ADGP), Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
●    The State government has also transferred another senior official from the ACB, K.V. Sharath Chandra, as IGP, Eastern Range, Davangere. 
●    Soumendu Mukherjee, IGP and Additional Director, Fire Services, has been given the additional charge of the post of IGP, Special Investigation Team, Karnataka Lokayukta.

Hindustani vocalist Shruti Sadolikar gets Mallikarjun Mansur Samman

●    Eminent Hindustani vocalist Shruti Sadolikar Katkar was regarded with Mallikarjun Mansur Samman, while promising vocalists Deepika Bhide Bhagwat and Anagha Bhat were awarded with Mallikarjun Mansur Rashtreeya Yuva Puraskar at Srujana Ranga Mandir in Dharwad on Sunday.
●    Mallikarjun Mansur Samman Award conveys a money prize of ₹1 lakh, while yuva Puraskar grant conveys a money prize of ₹25,000.
●    Award has been given by the Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur Trust. 
●    The trust has been recognizing prominent vocalists and performers who have colossally added to the field of music and is exhibiting them National honor each year.

Kerala - KAS comes into force today

●    As the State formally changes over to the Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) from Monday, the legislature should speed up the enlistment procedure for accomplishing its expressed target of making the common administrations altogether proficient and productive.
●    Preparatory systems for propelling the administration have just been started and the 29 recorded divisions, including the Administrative Secretariat, Finance Secretariat, Civil Supplies, Survey and Land Records and such others, have been coordinated to recognize and reserve the 10% retirement opportunities of second gazetted posts that are emerging. 

Andhra Pradesh- Transgenders to become road safety ambassadors

●    Transgenders will be made brand ambassadors for road safety measures, Kurnool Superintendent of Police Gopinath Jatti said.
●    Transgenders, alongside the SP and Municipal Commissioner C.B. Harinatha Reddy, participated in Swachh Bharat cleanliness drive in Kurnool RTC transport stand. 
●    CCTV cameras will also be setup.

Lok Sabha Passes Insolvency And Bankruptcy Code Amendment Bill

●    The much-awaited Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill is passed by Lok Sabha. 
●    This bill will tighten norms on willful defaulters.
●    Amendment in IBC, excludes willful defaulters from bidding to purchase stressed asset of companies, which are undergoing insolvency proceedings. 

Indian History Congress Meeting held in Kolkata

●    The three-day long 78th session of the Indian History Congress started in Kolkata.
●    This time this congress has six sections – Ancient India, Medieval India, Modern India, Countries Other than India, Archaeology and Contemporary India. 
●    Indian history congress is held for the promotion and encouragement of the scientific study of Indian History.

Paul McCartney congratulates Ringo Starr on knighthood

●    The 77-year-old The Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, was bestowed with the Knighthood honour for his services to music
●    His real name is Richard Starkey.
●    Starr was earlier knighted in 1965 along with his bandmates as Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Triple talaq petitioner Ishrat Jahan joins BJP

●    One of the petitioners in the triple talaq case, Ishrat Jahan has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
●    Ms. Jahan, lives in Howrah district and she joined BJP at its Howrah office. 
●    She was among the five petitioners in the triple talaq case, that led to Union government tabling a bill to criminalise triple talaq.
●    She was divorced by her husband over phone from Dubai by uttering talaq consecutively three times in 2014.

Current Affairs 1st JANUARY 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

China's ban on ivory trade comes into force

●    China has for quite some time been one of the world's greatest market for ivory, however starting at 2018 all exchange of ivory and ivory items in the nation has been declared illicit.
●    The move is being hailed as a noteworthy improvement in endeavors to ensure the world's elephant populace.
●    There had just been a 65% decrease in the cost of crude ivory over the previous year.
●    There had additionally been a 80% decrease in seizures of ivory entering China.

The Indian who became the first female doctor in the UAE

●    Indian national Zulekha Daud is generally comprehended to be the first practicing female doctor in the United Arab Emirates and has had a pivotal influence in changing healthcare sector. 
●    Dr Daud, came  to Dubai in 1963.
●    Dr Daud's rise to prominence coincides with the rapid growth of medical facilities after the foundation of the UAE in 1971.

 India and Pakistan exchange 27th list of nuclear installations

●    India and Pakistan on Monday signed agreement of their atomic establishments under an assertion that means to keep the two sides from assaulting such facilities.
●    The deal was done through discretionary channels at the same time at New Delhi and Islamabad.
●    This is the twenty-seventh successive agreement of such a rundown between the two nations.
●    The Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear establishments amongst India and Pakistan was marked on December 31, 1988 and came into force on January 27, 1991.


Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates introduce VAT for first time

●    Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates started VAT from Monday, a first for the Gulf which has since quite a while ago prided itself on its tax-exempt.
●    The five per cent sales tax applies to most goods and services.
●    Analysts project that the two governments could raise as much as $21 billion in 2018, equivalent to 2 percent of the total GDP. 


Astronauts identify unknown microbes in space for first time

●    Space travelers on board the International Space Station (ISS) have recognized microorganisms in space without sampling back to Earth for tests. 
●    The capacity to recognize organisms in space could help to analyze and treat space traveler afflictions progressively, and additionally aiding the distinguishing proof of DNA-construct of life in different planets.
●    The examination was broken into two sections: the accumulation of the microbial examples and intensification by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).

2 new ginger species found in the northeast

●    Scientists have discovered two new species of Ginger in northeast.
●    Those two species are Ukhrul in Manipur and Tuensang in Nagaland.
●    Both the plants are from the family of Zingiberaceae, to which the commonly found Ginger belongs.

Current Affairs 1st JANUARY 2018: SPORTS

Rural girl wins gold in world yoga meet

●    Yoga student C. Kamatchi, won Asian yoga sports title, & made a record winning gold in the '2017 World yoga sports positioning title' held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on December 29 and 30.
●    Kamatchi, is from Mudukulathur, & studies M.Sc (yoga) from Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University.
●    She displayed 10 'asanas' in the athletic category of 19 to 25 years of age and won gold.

Shahzar reigns with a record

●    Shahzar Rizvi made a national record of total 241.7 points and took the men’s 10m air pistol gold in the 61st National shooting championships.
●    Championship concluded at the National Games shooting range.
●    Yashwant Singh (Army) took the silver.
●    In the junior men’s category, Anmol Jain (Haryana) won the gold medal with a record total of 244.1.

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Important Current Affairs 31st DECEMBER 2017

Important Current Affairs 31st DECEMBER 2017

Current Affairs 31st DECEMBER 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

New Aadhaar linking form for Atal Pension Yojna from January 1 
●    The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has asked Atal Pension Yojana (APY) service providers to use a revised form to seek consent of subscribers' for seeding Aadhaar with their accounts from Monday.
●    APY, is a government's flagship social security programme.
●    After getting the Aadhaar information, the service providers will have to upload it into Central Recordkeeping Agency.

Country's organised sector created 4 lakh jobs in 2016-17 

●    India's organised sector created approximately 1,100 jobs a day in 2016-17.
●    The rate of job creation was 2% higher than 2015-16. 
●    Nearly 45% of the total jobs created during the year were generated between January and March 2017.
●    India has been adding about 8 lakh workers to its labour force every year.
●    This implies that organised sector absorbed only about 50% of new workers who seek employment.

Three years in jail for ousted Egyptian President Morsi

●    An Egyptian court has convicted former president Mohammed Morsi and 18 others of insulting the judiciary, sentencing them to three years in prison in a court.
●    The court also ordered Morsi to pay 1 million Egyptian pounds as compensation to one of the judges.
●    It ordered 22 of the defendants to pay 1 million Egyptian pounds each to a powerful union of judges known as the Judges Club.

The fortune hunters of Qinghai

●    The frenzied global hunt for lithium is in anticipation of a boom in the sale of environment-friendly electric cars.
●    Chinese companies are trying to take lead in this market.
●    The lithium rush usually begins with Golmud. This is the third largest city in the Tibetan plateau after Xining and Lhasa. 
●    Among the water bodies in the area, the Chaerhan Salt Lake is a star attraction. 
●    The vast lake, 160 km long from east to west, with a 20-40 km north-south stretch has copious mineral reserves.

India’s Copper demand to Rise

●    India’s demand for copper is set to rise because of rise in electric vehicles (EVs) to displace fossil fuel-driven vehicles by 2030.
●    The current demand for copper in India, is expected to get doubled by financial year 2026.
●    This has been states in a report by International Copper Association India (ICAI). 
●    The electrical sector accounts for 56% of total demand.

New endemic ants from the Andamans

●    Scientists have discovered two new ant species of the genus Tetramorium in the evergreen forests of the archipelago, Andaman. 
●    Scientists of the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan have discovered the new species Tetramorium krishnani and Tetramorium jarawa 
●    The species are named in honour of late scientist K.S. Krishnan of the NCBS, and after the Jarawas.
●    Jarawas are the indigenous people of the islands.
●    They are believed to have inherited this island since thousand of years.

Current Affairs 31st DECEMBER 2017: DEFENCE

Danush induction to army delayed

●    The Dhanush is an upgraded version of the Swedish 155-mm Bofors howitzers, which India procured in the mid-1980s.
●    Its induction in Indian Army was delayed after failed trial earlier.
●    The upgrade is being done by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).
●    Six guns would be offered to the Army for balance user exploitations by February-March 2018.

Current Affairs 31st DECEMBER 2017: GLOBAL NEWS

Brexit frees uk from german occupation

●    Pro-Brexit activist van Randwyck has said Brexit will help "liberate" the rest of Europe from "EU-German occupation.
●    Britain’s role in the past 200 years has been to restore democracy and self-government to European countries and to ensure there’s a balance of power in Europe.
●    The United Kingdom was a co-founder of European Free Trade Association(EFTA) – the second biggest European trading bloc after the EU – and was a member until it voted to join the European Union in 1974.
●    EFTA has well-established trade relations with 24 states and territories in addition to trade agreements with the EU27.

America’s declining life expectancy

●    America’s average lifespan has decreased for two years in a row. 
●    Life expectancy in America as of 2016 is 78.6 years, down 0.1 years from 2015.
●    This has been revealed in a report by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
●    The decline is due to an alarming drop in male life expectancy at birth that fell from 76.3 in 2015 to 76.1 in 2016. 
●    For females, life expectancy remained the same at 81.1. 

The King of North

●    Atta Muhammad Noor is serving as the Governor of Balkh Province in the north of the Afghanistan. 
●    He was appointed in 2004 by President Hamid Karzai.
●    He is also known as the “King Of The North”.
●    Under Mr. Noor, Balkh and it’s neighbouring provinces have seen a semblance of security and development even in the most tumultuous times.

Napoli ends the year on top

●    Napoli’s record goal-scorer Marek Hamsik scored again to keep his side top of Serie A with a 1-0 win at Crotone.
●    Crotone new coach was Walter Zenga.
●    Napoli are four points clear of six-time defending champions Juventus.


India-China witnessed roller-coaster relationship in 2017 

●    India and China had a roller-coaster relationship in 2017, thanks to the Doklam standoff.
●    The Doklam standoff pushed the two Asian powers to the brink of war, becoming the biggest crisis between them in the past 55 years.
●    The two sides, however, ended the torrid 2017 on a promising note with the most candid talks during the visits of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to New Delhi.
●    It was followed by the 20th round of the border talks between National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi this month.

Current Affairs 31st DECEMBER 2017: SPORTS

Kadapa lifts trophy

●    Kadapa defeated Nellore by 97 runs to lift the ACA South Zone under-23 trophy.
●    Chittoor 231 for nine in 50 overs (E. Hemadri Naidu 103, Shamimulla 41, S. Babu 30) lost to Anantapur 232 for eight in 48.2 overs (M. Sai Kumar 88, R. Kartik 55, N.S. Vineel Kumar 32, S. Babu three for 28).

Bronze for Anand

●    Viswanathan Anand won the bronze medal in the World blitz chess championship at Riyadh on Saturday . 
●    He defeated Maxim Vachier-Lagrave of France in the final round.
●    Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the title. 
●    The silver went to Russia’s Sergey Karjakin.

Serena loses on comeback

●    Serena returned from a maternity break in December 2017.
●    In her first match after return she lost 6-2, 3-6, 10-5 to the 20-year-old Latvian.
●    The former world No.1 will vie to defend her Australian Open title when the tournament gets underway January 15.


JNCASR adds more security to LiFi

●    Like WiFi, the light-fidelity (LiFi) technology uses both visible and near-visible light is used for free-space communication. 
●    Microwaves used in WiFi technology to transmit signals can pass through walls but the light that carry the LiFi signal cannot.
●    It makes the network more secure. 
●    Researchers from Bengaluru’s Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) have added another layer of security to LiFi.

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Important Current Affairs 30th DECEMBER 2017

Important Current Affairs 30th DECEMBER 2017

Current Affairs 30th DECEMBER 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

India's First Design University Opened in Ujjain 

●    Avantika University is a private, university based in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India. 
●    It is India’s first design-centric university.
●    The university is supported by Maharashtra Institute of Technology's Institute of Design.
●    It offers bachelor's and master's courses in design in 2017.

Govt. injects funds into 6 public banks
●    The PSBs receiving funds from Govt. are Bank of India, Central Bank of India, Dena Bank, IDBI Bank, Bank of Maharashtra and UCO Bank.
●    All these banks have huge non-performing assets.

Bill to set up National Medical Commission introduced

●    A Bill for setting up a National Medical Commission was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Health Minister J.P. Nadda. 
●    It aims to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) .
●    National Medical Commission will lead to development and regulation of all aspects relating to medical education, medical profession and medical institutions.

Lok Sabha amends bankruptcy law

●    The Lok Sabha amended the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code law on 29th December 2017.
●    It has been done for the prevention of wilful defaulters.
●    According to this amendments defaulters can not take part in bidding proceedings.
●    A defaulter, can become “eligible to submit a resolution plan” if they clear all dues with interest for their NPA.

Amarinder will meet Trudeau

●    Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his visit to India in February.
●    He is planning to raise, “pro-Khalistan propaganda”, rising from Canada.
●    Amarinder belongs to Indian National congress party and has recently made his govt. In Punjab.
●    Punjabi people are the biggest part of Canada population and Punjabi is one of the official language of Canada.

E-way bill passed

●    Implementation of the e-waybill system will be mandatory from February 1.
●    The government expects goods and services tax (GST) collections to rise by 20-25 per cent after the introduction of electronic way (e-way) bills.
●    This bill will help in tracking of the movement of consignments across trucks and help check revenue leakage. 

Current Affairs 30th DECEMBER 2017: ECONOMY

KKR gets RBI Nod to Start India’s 1st Foreign-owned ARC 

●    KKR & Co. L.P. was formerly known as Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
●    It is one of the most aggressive investors in financial services.
●    It plans to deploy a major chunk from its record Asia fund for buying troubled assets in the country
●    It has got approval from RBI for India’s first foreign owned ARC.
●    ARC means Asset Reconstruction Company

World Bank Ink $40 Million Loan Agreement for UP Tourism

●    The total project cost is around $57.14 million.
●    $40 million will be financed by the World Bank, and the remaining amount will be funded from the state budget.
●    It is to improve poor tourism of the state.
●    Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs on behalf of the Government of India and John Blomquist, Acting Country Director of the World Bank (India) signed the agreement.

Paytm Becomes India's First Payments App to Cross 100 mn Downloads on Play Store

●    Paytm Became India’s first payment app to cross 100mn Mark.
●    Paytm was launched in 2010.
●    Vijay Shekhar Gupta is it’s owner.

Current Affairs 30th DECEMBER 2017: AWARDS

K S Chitra bags 'Harivarasanam' Award 

●    Veteran singer K S Chitra has been selected for prestigious  ‘Harivarasanam’ award 2017.
●    Award is instituted by the Kerala government. 
●    The award carries a cash prize of Rs one lakh, citation and plaque.
●    It will be presented to her on January 14, 2018.

Anushka Sharma is PETAs Person of the Year 

●    Anushka Sharma has been announced has the PETA person of the year.
●    She is an Indian actress known for her acting in PK, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Aye Dil Hai Mushkil etc.
●    She has recently got married with Indian cricketer Virat Kohli.

Ronaldo wins Globe award

●    Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo was named as Globe Soccer’s Best Player 2017.
●    He has received this award for the second year in a row.
●    He has got this award for four times overall.


ISRO to launch 31 satellites in single mission on Jan 10 

●    ISRO announced that it would launch 31 satellites on 10th Jan.
●    It will have India’s Cartosat-2 series earth observation spacecraft too.
●    PSLV-C40 will be used for the launch from the spaceport in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota, about 100 kms from Chennai.
●    It will have 28 nano satellites from foreign countries, including Finland and the US, one micro and nano satellite from India along with one Cartosat satellite.

4 students chosen for Google PhD Fellowship 

●    The winners of Google PhD Fellowships 2017 from India are : Preksha Nama, Indian Institute of Technology Madras; Sayak Ray Chowdhury, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore ; Avijit Dasgupta, International Institute of Information Technology – Hyderabad; and Bidisha Samanta, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.
●    For 2017 globally, 50 students have been awarded for Google PhD Fellowships in various research subjects.
●    The 2018 program will open for applications in March 2018.

Current Affairs 30th DECEMBER 2017: RANKING

India Ranks 5th in List of Countries with Highest NPA Levels 

●    India has the highest level of non-performing assets (NPA) among BRICS countries.
●    It is ranked fifth on a list of countries with the highest levels of NPAs.
●    This is revealed by a report of CARE Ratings.
●    A non-performing asset refers to a classification for default loans.
●    Debt is classified as nonperforming when loan payments have not been made for a period of 90 days.

Current Affairs 30th DECEMBER 2017: SPORTS

Viswanathan Anand wins World Rapid Chess Championship
●    In the final, Anand beat Russia’s Vladimir Fedoseev to reclaim the title he had won in 2003.
●    Anand is former World No 1, who had lost his overcall crown to Carlsen in 2013.

Anisa Wins Women's 25m Pistol with New National Record 

●    Haryana shooter Anisa Sayyed won the women's 25m pistol gold.
●    She made a new record at the ongoing 61st National Shooting Championship Competitions.
●    She shot a new finals national record score of 33.
●    Earlier Shital shot 30 in the eight-woman final to claim a new finals national record while Rahi finished with 28. 

Current Affairs 30th DECEMBER 2017: GLOBAL NEWS

China successfully tested its first Photovoltaic road 

●    China successfully tested its first photovoltaic highway based on home-grown technology in country’s eastern Shandong province. 
●    The road has wireless charging systems for electric vehicles.
●    The tested segment of highway can generate 817.2 KW of power and is expected to generate 1 million KW hours of electricity each year. 

Prince Harry Named President of African Conservation Group 

●    Prince Harry has been named the president of African Parks.
●    It is a conservation group that manages a dozen wildlife areas across the continent. 
●    Kensington Palace and Johannesburg-based African Parks announced the appointment it considering Harry's dedication to African conservation since he left the British military in 2015.

George Weah is the new President of Liberia

●    Former footballer George Weah has been chosen as the President of the Liberia.
●    He will be sworn in as a President on 22 January.
●    Mr. Weah, entered politics after retiring from football in 2002.
●    He got 61.5% of the ballot against 38.5% for his rival.

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Current Affairs 29th DECEMBER 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Triple Talaq Bill passed in Lok Sabha

On December 28, 2017, the Lok Sabha passed a bill prohibiting three divorces ie triple divorce.
●    Final decision was taken for voting in Muslim Lok Sabha (Protection of Marriage Rights) Bill.
●    Now this bill will be sent to the Rajya Sabha where it has to be passed by majority.
●    After this, it will be sent to the President's approval.
●    After the signature of the President, it will be applicable in the country in the form of law. It is worth noting that many parties want that the bill be sent to the Standing Committee.
●    The present government had demanded a law for the three divorces which on August 3, 2017, the Supreme Court declared three divorces as unconstitutional.

George Wei was elected as Liberia President

George Wei was declared victorious on December 26, 2017, in a vote for Liberia's presidential nominee.
●    They are former football players; He had entered politics after retiring from the game.
●    In the voting held during the first hiatus in October, George Weye won with 38.4 percent of the vote, while Bocaai had 28.8 percent of the votes.
●    After the final phase of polling on December 26, the National Selection Committee said that George Wei had won 61.5 percent of the votes with 98.1 percent of the vote.
●    His rival Joseph Bocci was far behind with 38.5 percent of the votes.
●    They have AC Milan, Chelsea and Paris Set have played for football clubs, including German.
●    George Wei is the only African footballer to win the FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or in 1995.

President will participate in the 22nd Convocation of Nimhans

President Shri Ramnath Kovind will leave for Karnataka tomorrow (December 29, 2017) to attend the 22nd Convocation of Nimhans in Bangalore (December 30, 2017) tomorrow (December 29, 2017).
●    On this day (December 30, 2017), the President will inaugurate the Service Festival -2018 organized by Unmanned Consciousness and Dr. H.H. in Bangalore. Narsimhaiah Birthday Celebration and National High School's Centenary Celebrations.
●    After that, he will visit Bidadi (District Ramnagar) before returning to Delhi, where Amrit will inaugurate the new campus of Engineering and Management Science Institute.
●    They will also inaugurate the 111th Annual Festival of the Basaveshwar Veerashaiva Ambedkar Sangh Sangh.

Commerce secretary launches e-catalog of EEPC India

Commerce Secretary Smt. Rita Teotia launched E-catalog of EEPC India in New Delhi today.
●    This is a digital program to promote the export of engineering products under the aegis of EEPC India.
●    Under the 'Brand India' initiative, efforts have been made to reach major export destinations through digital technology.
●    Commerce Secretary Smt. Rita Teotia, while launching the e-catalog, said that e-catalog could be a model for other export promotion councils.
●    A company profile can be downloaded through e-catalog.
●    EEPC India will arrange special kiosks in world-class engineering exhibitions to provide information to foreign buyers, to be promoted in the media and to provide digital incentives.

Current Affairs 29th DECEMBER 2017: DEFENCE

India successfully tested supersonic interceptor missile

India successfully tested the indigenously developed Advanced Air Defense (AAD) Supersonic Interceptor Missile on December 28, 2017.
●    The missile was tested from Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha.
●    India, which has developed this missile system, has become the fourth country in the world.
●    This missile is capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile in low altitude.
●    This was the third supersonic interceptor test this year, in which the target of ballistic missile was successfully stopped by interceptor within 30 kilometers of the Earth's atmosphere.
●    This is an interceptor missile, which is 7.5 meters long.
●    This is a single stage rocket guided missile.

Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanova made the last flight of 'Hockey' aircraft

Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanova PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC Air Chief, is on the journey of Air Force station Nal from 28th to 30th December 2017.
●    NAL is one of the old air base operators of MIG-21 aircraft.
●    Chief of the Air Force received the Air Commodore Rajat Mohan VM, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Nal and senior officials of the station.
●    Air Chief flew the last flight of the Hawkeye aircraft with the 'Air Force One' signal
●    Along with this, T-96 aircraft with the squadron has got a great conclusion.
●    During his visit the Chief of the Air Staff addressed the officers and personnel of the station.
●    In his address, he highlighted the importance of aerospace safety, the importance of its various aspects and the safety of the base.

Current Affairs 29th DECEMBER 2017: AWARDS

Online quiz competition on gallantry awards

In order to create a sense of love and patriotism in the public and youth, the Ministry of Defense is organizing an online quiz contest on gallantry awards (Param Vir Chakra, Mahavir Chakra, Veer Chakra, Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra and Shaurya Chakra).
●    It will be organized from 01 January 2018. Quiz questions will be prepared based on the information available in connection with gallantry awards and rewarding persons.
●    Online quiz on gallantry awards will take place from 01 to 10 January 2018, i.e. 10 days period.
●    There will be two classes of competition, i.e. the first competition will be for those under 18 and for those 18 years and over.
●    The winners of the Quiz will be honored during the Republic Day celebrations -2018.
●    The arrangements for the arrival and lodging of the winners outside Delhi will be done by the government.
●    Five winners will be arranged from Jan 25 to 2018 on January 25, 2018 for these winners.

'Youthquake' Word of the Year

Oxford Dictionaries has declared 'Youthquake' as the 2017 Word of the Year.
●    It means 'political awakening' between millennial voters.
●    For the first time, the word was used by Vogue magazine editor in the 1960s.
●    At that time, Diana Rheland used it for a sudden change in fashion, music and behavior.
●    Oxford English Dictionary defines YouthQuake as 'a series of hardcore political and cultural upheaval between students and youth in the 1960s'.
●    The Dictionary said on Thursday late evening that its use was seen again in the recent past.
●    With this word, those young people were asked about political change.

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Current Affairs 28th DECEMBER 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Telangana government gives Rs 1 crore to Mithali Raj

The Telangana government has gifted one crore rupees to Indian women cricket team captain Mithali Raj and 600 square feet to build the house.
●    According to a release issued by the Telangana government on Thursday, state sports minister T. Padmarao honored Mitali in Hyderabad and presented the amount as a gift.
●    State Sports Minister T. Padmarav also presented a cash prize of 25 lakh rupees to the captain of Indian women's cricket team and veteran batsman Mitali Raj's coach RSR Murthy.
●    Regarding the promotion of the game, the government has taken this step following the instructions of Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao.
●    In the captaincy of Mithali Raj, the Indian team reached the finals of the women's cricket World Cup played in July but they had to face a near loss of 9 runs to England in the title match.
●    Mithali scored a total of 409 runs in 9 innings of this tournament and he became the highest run Indian.

Reliance will buy RCom's wireless assets

Reliance Jio Infocomm of Mukesh Ambani has made a deal to buy Reliance Mobile Communications (RCom) spectrum, mobile tower and other mobile business associations including optical fiber network.
●    This deal is being seen as a big relief for Mukesh Ambani's younger brother Anil Ambani's company RCom.
●    RCom is suppressed with a heavy burden of about 45 thousand crore and has been engaged in efforts to repay it for a long time.
●    Reliance Jio has informed about this deal in a statement.
●    The company has said that he has made a certain agreement about this.
●    According to Jio's statement, Geo or its designated entities will purchase four categories - tower, optical fiber cable network, spectrum and media convergence nodes (ACN) Assets from RCom and its affiliated units under this deal.

Government to introduce methanol in petrol to reduce the country's oil imports

On the import of oil, the government has to spend a large part of foreign capital every year. The government is working on a policy that will reduce the oil import bill by $ 20 billion ($ 6.4 billion) by 2030.
●    According to this policy, methanol will be added to cooking gas and petrol and diesel.
●    This information was given by Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari in a statement made in the Lok Sabha. He told that 15 percent of the methanol will be mixed in petrol.
●    He said that the government will soon introduce a scheme under which 15% methanol will be added to the petrol, which will reduce the cost of fuel by 10%.
●    Gadkari said that the country currently needs about 2,900 million liters of petrol and 9,000 million liters of diesel and now we are the sixth largest consumer of the world.
●    By 2030 we will become the third largest consumer of oil and our import bill relies on crude oil and it is about 6 lakh crores.

Country's first bitcoin trading app Pluto Exchange Launched

The country's first bitcoin trading app has been launched. Mobile based application, Pluto Exchange, launches on Thursday.
●    Now the bitcoin-like crypto (virtual currency) transaction can be done through the app.
●    It will execute all the transactions only through the use of mobile number.
●    By using a 4-digit PIN, users will be able to purchase, sell, store and spend their bitcoins using the mobile number.
●    Bharat Verma, Chief Executive Officer of Pluto Exchange, said, "The slogan of the Pluto Exchange is Unbank the Banked Bank" that means liberate people from the complexity of the bank's work.
●    All other apps already in use in the market use bittoine addresses for the transaction of bitcoin.

Three percent additional dearness allowances announced for employees of Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur announced the announcement of three percent additional dearness allowance for the employees of the state government.
●    This dearness allowance will be payable on July 1, 2017.
●    Addressing the state secretariat employees, the Chief Minister said that the additional dearness allowance will be paid in cash with the salary of January.
●    This will also give dearness relief to pensioners.
●    He said that this will add additional burden of Rs 180 crore annually to the state.
●    On this occasion, he appealed to the employees to work with dedication.
●    He said that the government would try to create new employment opportunities, although it also said that its possibilities are very low.
●    He asked the staff to serve people while appealing to work extra from scheduled time.

Current Affairs 28th DECEMBER 2017: GLOBAL NEWS

US embassy ends visa crisis with Turkey

The Turkish Embassy in Turkey announced Thursday that it will resume normal visa service for Turkish citizens.
●    After the incident in October that a Turkish citizen posted in the US Consulate in Istanbul, the United States had stopped visa services for Turkish citizens.
●    In return, Turkey had stopped the visa service for American citizens coming here.
●    After meeting and following the Turkish officials' assurances, the US announced the launch of a general visa service.

Israel will give exploration license to ONGC-led group

Under the leadership of ONGC Foreign in Israel, a consortium of Indian government companies is getting an exploration license.
●    The decision to issue licenses has been done before the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India in mid-January.
●    This is another step towards strengthening the relationship between the two countries.
●    Israel had auctioned offshore gas fields, but it did not show much interest in global companies.
●    In the Israeli offshore licensing round that ended last month, only Indian consortium and a company in Greece had bid.
●    24 blocks were offered in this auction. It is estimated to be 6.6 billion barrels of oil and 213.7 billion cubic meter natural gas reserves.
●    Bidders will now have to give signature bonuses, license fees and other guarantees to complete the licensing process.

Current Affairs 28th DECEMBER 2017: ECONOMY

Milk production increased by 16.37 million tonnes in last year: Lion

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said today that the country's milk production was 1.7-22 million tonnes in the year 1960, it has increased to 163.7 million tonnes in the previous year.
●    He was addressing the meeting of the Advisory Committee on Dairy Development here.
●    He said that India has been the largest milk producing country of V in the last 15 years.
●    It is credited to the campaigns of the government, under which various schemes focused on enhancing the productivity of milch animals have been adopted.
●    He said that similarly, per capita milk availability has increased by 14.3 per cent compared to 307 grams in 2013-14, to 351 grams in 2016-17.
●    Dairy farmers' income has also increased 23.77 percent in 2014-17 compared to 2011-14.
●    Singh said that during the last three years, India's annual milk production of 5.53 per cent has been much ahead of the global growth rate of 2.09 per cent.

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Current Affairs 27th DECEMBER 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Instructions for giving details of property to IAS officers

The Central Government has instructed all the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers to complete the details of their total assets till January 31, 2018.
●    If the officials do not do this, they may face difficulties in promotion and foreign posting in the coming days.
●    The Central Personnel and Training Department (DOPT) has written a letter to all the departments, states and Union Territories of the central government and asked them to deposit real estate returns (IPR) by 31 January 2018 by the IAS officers.
●    According to DOPT 4 April 2011, the IAS officers who have not submitted the returns of immovable property within the stipulated deadline will not get necessary vigilance clearance for promotions and deployment in foreign countries.
●    According to these 2011 instructions, whatever officers do not provide relevant details, they will not get Vigilance clearance.
●    His name will not be considered in future for his promotion and appointment to senior level post in the Government of India.

Agreement for skill development between Uttar Pradesh and South Korea

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and the Cabinet of South Korea recently to promote tourism and trade.
●    In addition, there was agreement in the field of culture, agriculture and skill development.
●    According to this memorandum, a monument of Korea's princess Suriratna will be made in Ayodhya which will be culturally better between the two countries.
●    Korea is a country which has close ties to Ram Nagar Ayodhya.
●    People from Kim, from Korea, come to Ayodhya every year because people here consider Ayodhya as their ninja.
●    The queen's mother of Korea was right here. Because of this, the people of Korea also have a special attachment to Ayodhya.
●    Principal Secretary Agriculture Amit Mohan Prasad, Secretary Business Education Bhuvnesh Kumar, Principal Secretary Tourism Avnish Kumar Awasthi and Culture Secretary Anita C. Meshram signed MoUs with Korean Delegates.

Famous actor Parth Mukhopadhyay passes away

Famous actor of Bengali films Parth Mukhopadhyay died on December 25, 2017, due to a heart attack in a private hospital. He was 70 years old. They were walking ill for some time now.
●    Parth Mukhopadhyay's contribution to Bengali cinema is priceless. His departure has caused unprecedented damage to Bengali cinema.
●    Children liked their films too. The death of Parth Mukhopadhyay is a shock to the people of the film industry once more.
●    As an actor, Parth Mukhopadhyay was also a great singer.
●    Parth Mukhopadhyay was born on June 21, 1947.
●    Parth Mukhopadhyay started in films as a child artist and later earned a reputation as a character actor.
●    Not just the audience, but the people who reviewed the film were convinced of Parth Mukhopadhyay's acting.

Government to borrow additional Rs 50 thousand crore in January-March

After the GST came into force, the revenues falling constantly became the cause of concern for the government.
●    The fiscal deficit target could cross the target in 2017-18.
●    Given this, the government will borrow Rs 50 thousand crore in the current financial year 2017-18.
●    This additional loan will be borrowed from January to March, which will further increase the country's fiscal deficit.
●    On Wednesday, the government said in an official statement that between January and March, additional loans of Rs 50 thousand crore would be borrowed from Government Securities.
●    No changes will be made in the next financial year's borrowings and that will be according to budget 2017-18.
●    After reviewing the lending program with the Reserve Bank, it has been decided that the government will borrow extra in the financial year 2017-18 which will be taken from Dated Government Securities.

Amarinder Singh approves setting up of Punjab Startup Center

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today approved the Punjab Startup Hub Hub.
●    Under this, it is proposed to set up a state-of-the-art incubation center for entrepreneurs in Mohali.
●    According to an official release, the Chief Minister has also approved the formation of a high-level committee for this.
●    The committee will prepare a draft for the rehabilitation and rehabilitation of those affected in the process of setting up such centers in the state.
●    The committee will include Financial Commissioner Revenue, Principal Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayat and Principal Secretary.
●    Chief Minister Amarinder Singh chaired the first meeting of the Punjab Industrial and Business Development Board and issued these guidelines.
●    The board has been set up to ensure effective and easy implementation of the state's new industrial policy.

Current Affairs 27th DECEMBER 2017: GLOBAL NEWS

5% VAT in 2017 to Saudi Arabia and UAE

Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE), which give employment to a large number of foreign workers and rely on tax-free lifestyle, are now in the process of taxing.
●    These countries can hire 5 percent tax on goods and services next year.
●    After the massive decline in crude oil prices three years ago, the revenues of the Gulf countries had decreased considerably, in order to fulfill Saudi Arabia and UAE tax importer.
●    In addition to new tax or VAT food, clothing, electronics and gasoline, phones, water, hotels and electricity bills will also be found.
●    The impact of tax will also ease the pockets of tourists who travel around the citizens living in these countries.

Afghanistan also joins China-Pak Economic Corridor

Visit to China on December 26, 2017 by Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani.
●    During this time, he announced that Afghanistan would also join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPC).
●    Afghanistan is ready to actively participate in Belt and Road Project and to extend cooperation with China.
●    Rabbani met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif.
●    Beijing has already offered other countries to partner in this project.
●    India is being opposed by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) because it proposes to construct a large portion of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
●    India did not even attend the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in May this year due to its sovereignty concerns about the CPEC of about $ 60 billion.
●    China and Pakistan have long wanted to include Afghanistan in the project.

Current Affairs 27th DECEMBER 2017: SCHEMES

Uttar Pradesh Government launches 'Prakash Hai Hai Vikas Hai' scheme

The Uttar Pradesh Government launched a new scheme to give free electricity connections to the poor families of the state on December 25, 2017.
●    This scheme was started on the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
●    On behalf of the Uttar Pradesh government, the state's power minister Shrikant Sharma started the 'Prakash Hai Hai Vikas Hai' scheme from two villages of Mathura, Lohaban and Gausana.
●    On behalf of the state government, 100 percent electrification of these two villages was electrified.
●    The Central Government has set a target to provide electricity to 1.6 crore people by the end of 2018.
●    Under the good luck scheme by the Central Government, it is aimed to provide electricity to 40 million people. Out of this 25 lakh families have been provided electricity.
●    It is being aimed at keeping the focus of the state's Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's goal light and development.

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Current Affairs 26th DECEMBER 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Center launches Ganga Gram Project

The Central Government launched the Ganga Gram Project in Ganga Gram Sanitation Conference in New Delhi on December 23, 2017.
●    This project is a part of Clean Ganga Mission Namami Ganges. 
●    Under this, development of villages along the Ganges river will be ensured with the help of villagers.
●    Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister Uma Bharti and Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari were present on the occasion.
●    In August 2017, the central government declared all 4,470 villages free of defecation in open open on the banks of Ganga in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
●    Under the project, 24 of these villages will be developed as Ganga Village.
●    Under the project, work of solid and liquid waste management, renewal of ponds and water resources, water conservation, organic farming, horticulture and medicinal plants will be done.
●    The Ganga village project is to take an integrated approach to the overall development of the villages on the Gangetic coast with active participation of the villagers.

Vijay Rupani becomes Chief Minister of Gujarat for second time

Vijay Rupani sworn in as chief minister of Gujarat on December 26, 2017 at Gandhinagar.
●    Vijay Rupani is the Governor O.P. Kohli administered oath of office and secrecy. Vijay Rupani became the Chief Minister of Gujarat for the second time.
●    Meanwhile, other 19 members of the additional Cabinet Minister Nitin Patel were also sworn in.
●    In the Cabinet of the Rupani Government, about 20 ministers have been given space, including nine cabinet ministers.
●    In the Gujarat cabinet, Saurabh Patel, Dilip Thakore, Kaushik Patel, Ishwar Parmar, Bhupendra Singh Chudasama took oath as cabinet minister.
●    At the same time Pradeep Singh Jadeja, Bachu Bhai Khabar, Parabat Patel, Purushottam Solanki, as Minister of State took oath of office and secrecy.

Jayaram Thakur new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh

Jairam Thakur will be the 14th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh.
●    They will swear on December 27, 2017. 
●    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah will also be in the oath ceremony. 
●    He was elected unanimously in the BJP legislative party meeting at Shimla.
●    Jayaram Thakur is the first leader of the politically significant Mandi area in Himachal Pradesh, who is going to be the Chief Minister.
●    Due to having more seats in the mandi, it is considered as important.
●    Most of the Chief Ministers of Himachal Pradesh were from Shimla, Kangra and Sirmaur areas. There are 10 assembly seats in Mandi while Kangra has 15 assembly seats.
●    In this assembly election the BJP had captured 9 out of 10 Mandi seats.
●    BJP has won 44 out of 68 seats and has put the Congress out of power. He has left behind the Union Minister, J.P. Nadda in the Chief Minister's race.

India's first local air-conditioned train starts in Mumbai

Indian Railways have flagged the country's first air-conditioned suburban local train for the passengers of Mumbai on December 25, 2017.
●    This first air-conditioned local train launched on Christmas Eve was run between Borivali and Churchgate of Western Railway.
●    The full operation of this train will start from January 1, 2018, where it will take 12 rounds daily.
●    The services of this train (12 returns, total 12) will be operated in the suburban area in regular intervals on all working days.
●    It will not be circulated only for the purpose of maintenance at week-end.
●    Seats are reserved for the services of AC locals like Divyaang, Senior Citizens and Women passengers like normal local. To maintain normal system in all coaches, RPF jawans will be deployed.
●    The rent for this local train will be 1.2 times the normal first class basic fares for the first six months of the beginning and will be 1.3 times after that.
●    In addition to the normal ticket, only Weekly, Weekly and Monthly Season tickets will be available.
●    The ticket will also be added to MUTP surcharge and 5 percent GST charge.

Sumita Mishra will be the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council, Joint Secretary

Government has transferred middle-level executives today Under this, senior bureaucrat Sumita Mishra was appointed Joint Secretary at Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council PMEAC.
●    According to the orders of the Ministry of Personnel, the IAS officer of the 1990 batch of Haryana cadre, Sumita has been appointed for this term for five years.
●    Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council was formed in September.
●    Apart from this, 10 officers including five IAS officers have been made joint secretaries in different central departments.
●    Amardeep Singh Bhatia, IAS officer of the 1993 batch of Nagaland cadre, has been appointed as Director in the Serious Fraud Investigation Office, which is under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
●    He is currently the joint secretary in the ministry.
●    IAS officer Mukkamat Singh Bhatia will be the joint secretary in the 15th Va Commission under the Department of Economic Affairs.
●    His tenure will be for five years.
●    Amit Mehta, the 1987 batch officer of the Indian Ordnance Factory Service, will be the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs.

Launch of Saubhagya Plan in Madhya Pradesh

In order to provide electricity to the 45 lakh families deprived of power in Madhya Pradesh, Prime Minister, Sahitya Laxmi has started every household scheme in Lucknow State.
●    Public sector Rural Electrification Corp. REC said this.
●    According to REC statement, Power and Innovative and Renewable Energy Minister RK Singh and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan started the Saubhagya Plan on December 22.
●    There are 45 lakh families deprived of power in the state. These families are proposed to be brought under the purview of Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana and Sadbhavana Yojana.
●    With the introduction of this scheme, 5000 new electrical connections have been released in Rewa district.
●    Saubhagya plan was started in September last year.
●    Under this scheme costing Rs 16,320 crore, there are about 40 million families deprived of power in the country. 
●    It includes budgetary support of Rs 12,320 crore.

Current Affairs 26th DECEMBER 2017: SPORTS

Yoga recieved sports status in Saudi Arabia

The Trade and Industry Ministry of Saudi Arabia has given official recognition to teach as a sports activist.
●    Yoga can be taught now in Saudi Arabia with license now.
●    A woman named Nof Marwai has also got the status of Saudi Arabia's first yoga instructor.
●    Knof is also credited with giving yoga recognition as a sport in Saudi.
●    Knopf had campaigned for this for a long time.
●    Founder Knopf of the Arab Yoga Foundation believes that there is no conflict between yoga and religion.
●    Yoga was universally accepted on September 27, 2014 in the United Nations General Assembly and on June 21 every year, Yoga Day is celebrated worldwide.

Indian men's hockey team sixth, women's team ranks 10th

Indian men and women's hockey teams are ranked sixth and 10th in the latest rankings of the International Hockey Federation (IHF) respectively.
●    From the beginning of this year, the Indian team is in sixth place and throughout the year the team has been able to retain this ranking.
●    India recently finished third in the men's hockey World League Finals held in Bhubaneswar, reducing the gap between Germany and the ones they have reached at fifth position.
●    India has 1566 while Germany has 1680 points.
●    Australia defeated Argentina 2-1 in the Hockey World League Final and again regained the top spot.
●    Australia overtook Argentina in the rankings.
Belgian and Netherlands are third and fourth respectively.

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Current Affairs 25th DECEMBER 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Hotels and restaurants can sell bottled water at a higher price than MRP: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has given the order on December 13, 2017 that the hotel and restaurant are not obliged to sell the packed products at the maximum retail price (MRP).
●    The Supreme Court said that the Legal Metrology Act will not be applicable on bottled water sold in hotels and restaurants.
●    Therefore, if they sell these products at a higher price than MRP, then no action can be taken against them.
●    Justice R.F. The bench chaired by Nariman gave this decision, saying that hotels and restaurants are a combination of sales and service, there is a pleasant and comfortable environment in which customers are invested very much.
●    This is not a simple sale issue. No person is going to take only bottles of water in the hotel.
●    The Supreme Court has given this decision in the Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) and the Central Government.
●    FHRAI filed a special leave petition in this regard.

Current Affairs 25th DECEMBER 2017: AWARDS

Swami Chidanand Saraswati honored with 'Global Peace Award'

All India Council of Human Rights Liberties and Social Justice (AHILS) has conferred the 'Global Peace Award' to Lord Shivanand Saraswati, Paramarth Niketan, Rishikesh.
●    He got this honor to spread the message of peace in the world.
●    Along with the above, Parmarth is associated with Niketan Ashram and Swami Chindanand's disciple Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati has been honored with 'Peace Ambassador Award'.
●    The All India Council of Human Rights Liberties and Social Justice (AHILS) organized a function in Delhi on December 10, 2017 to honor.
●    On this occasion Swamy Chidanand Saraswati Maharaj said that the basic purpose of human life is to serve the needy and establish peace with love and goodwill in society.
●    During this time, he also resolved to establish peace with the guests present at the ceremony.
●    In the program, Dr. Lokesh Muni, founder of Vishva Bharati, and Dr. Omar Ahmed Ilyasi, Head of All India Imam Organization were also present.

Current Affairs 25th DECEMBER 2017: GLOBAL NEWS

35 years after the ban on cinema was lifted in Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Culture and Information Ministry of Saudi Arabia announced on December 11, 2017 that the restriction imposed on cinema in the country for the past 35 years will be lifted.
●    According to available information, cinemas can be opened in Saudi Arabia by March 2018.
●    In Saudi Arabia, the ban was imposed from the beginning of the 1980s, since that time the demand for the ban was being sought.
●    This decision was taken under Program 2030 to improve social and economic status initiated by Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
●    In Saudi Arabia, used to be the first cinema, but it has been a conservative Muslim country, so it has been facing various challenges in this area.
●    After this, citing religion in the 1980s, the authorities here decided to close cinemas.
●    Recently, the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia was lifted.
●    Opening cinemas will encourage economic development and diversity in the society.

Feminism is the most popular word for the year 2017

According to the world's famous online dictionary Merriam-Webster, feminism is the most searched term in the year 2017.
●    According to the dictionary, after the women's parade held in Washington on the demand for women's rights and other serious issues, the graph of this word search on the internet has increased rapidly.
●    Words like Dotard, Gafé and Complaisit are also included in this list.
●    The special thing is that most of the words were used in the context of US President Trump's rule or themselves.
●    In December 2017, women were organized in such places for women's rights in many places of the world.
●    After this, it became a matter of discussion that what definition is feminism.

American scientists claims Ram Setu to be man-made

American scientists recently claimed that about the Ram Sethu,in the sea between India and Sri Lanka is a man-made composition.
●    Scientists believe that 83 kilometer long and deep water is made of limestone rocks made by humans.
●    In this, American geologists have said that this series of long stones made from humans from Pamban Island near Rameswaram in Mannar Island in Sri Lanka is man-made.
●    The geo-scientists have described the picture taken from NASA as natural.
●    Scientists found in their analysis that the 30-mile long series is man-made.
●    While analyzing, the geologists found that these stones were brought from a distant place.

Sikh American Gurbir Grewal was nominated for the post of New Jersey Attorney General

Sikh American Gurbir Grewal was nominated for New Jersey's Attorney General on December 12, 2017.
●    He is the first Sikh person to be nominated for this post. Grewal was nominated by the Democrat Governor Phil Murphy for the post.
●    If Grewal's nomination is approved by the State Senate, then he would be the first Sikh American to be in the post.
●    They will be the second Indian after Kamala Harris who has got a position in California after the election in the US Senate.
●    Gravel is the Prosecutor of Bergen County, which is an important district of New York. He was appointed by current Republican governor Chris Christie.
●    Formerly Grewal has been an Assistant Federal Prosecutor in New York and New Jersey.
●    Prior to Bergen County's highest law enforcement officer, he was named the former federal prosecutor Paul Fisherman under the U.S. Worked as the head of the Economic Offenses Unit in the Attorney's office.
●    He also served as president of the South Asian Bar Association in New York and he was also a member of the New Jersey Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association.


Scientists have developed technology to remove water pollution from plastic waste

Indian scientists have developed the technology to remove water pollution from plastic waste.
●    Under this, the researchers of the Indian Toxicology Research Institute in Lucknow have prepared magnetic-sensitive absorbent material from plastic waste, which can be used to remove the pollution from the biopsy called seaflaxin with water.
●    Scientists have developed effective strategies for transforming polyethylene terephthalate (PET) waste into such useful material, which can be helpful in controlling the increasing levels of biological resistant elements in water.
●    With this technique plastic waste will be disposed of as well as water pollution will be removed.
●    Dr Premanjali Roy, who was involved in the study, told that in the controlled conditions, he has been converted into magnetic-sensitive carbon nano-material through carbonization and magnetic transformation by collecting PET refuscions from the surrounding areas.
●    This new low-cost magnetic nano-material, developed by scientists, has the potential to absorb seaflaxin with polluted water.


India-Morocco signed Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in healthcare

India and Morocco signed a memorandum of understanding on December 14, 2017 in New Delhi to increase cooperation in healthcare.
●    On behalf of India, the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri J. P. Nadda and Health Minister of Morocco, Dr. Abdul Kadir Amara signed the memorandum.
●    On this occasion, a high level delegation of Morocco, including top officials of the Central Health Ministry, was present.
●    Simultaneously, a second memorandum was signed between the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) and Marrakech Mohamed Vishwa Vidyalaya Hospital.
●    Ministers of both countries were present on this occasion. Institutions of both countries agreed on cooperation in the field of telemedicine.
●    On this occasion, Mr. J. P. Dinda said that there are strong and rich traditional relations between the two countries.
●    He mentioned India's best generic medicines and said that India is exporting these medicines to more than 200 countries and we have a strong public health system here.

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