DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS-31 JANUARY 2015
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1) GDP’S BASE YEAR CHANGED
Ø The revision of the base year is to make easy for the government to meet its fiscal deficit target
Ø The base year is now 2011-12 from 2004-05 .The base year was revised in January 2010.
2) GOVERNMENT DIVESTED 10 PERCENT STAKE IN COAL INDIA LIMITED
Ø Government has fetched about Rs 22600 crore by selling 10% stake in Coal India
Ø This is the biggest ever share sale by any private or public sector company
Ø With this, government’s share in CIL came down to 79.65 percent.
3) NATION PAYS TRIBUTE TO ‘MAHATMA GANDHI’
Ø India has paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 67th death Anniversary
4) 18th NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON E-GOVERNANCE HELD IN GUJARAT
Ø 18th National Conference on e-Governance was held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
Ø The main Theme of the Conference was Digital Governance – New Frontiers.
Ø The focus sector was Skill Development & Employability.
Ø The conference explored the benefits of the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
5) PAUL VAN ASS IS NEW COACH OF NATIONAL MEN’S HOCKEY TEAM
Ø Former Dutch National Hockey team coach Paul van Ass appointed as the head Coach of Indian men's hockey team.
Ø He succeeded Terry Walsh of Australia.
Ø New Zealand's Anthony Thornton was appointed as the coach of National women’s hockey team.
Ø Van Ass and Thornton were awarded a three-year contract till 2018. India will host the 2018 men's Hockey World Cup.
6) RBI CONSTITUTED COMMITTEE ON URBAN COOPERATIVE BANKS
Ø The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) constituted a High Powered Committee to re-examine and recommend appropriate set of businesses, size, conversion and licensing terms for the Urban Cooperative Banking (UCB) Sector.
Ø The eight-member committee will be chaired by R Gandhi, the Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India.