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Daily Free Current Affairs 2nd Jan. 2016 ( Free GK Updates )

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 2 JAN 2016
(Daily News India)
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1. NDC TO BE SCRAPPED, NITI AAYOG COUNCIL LIKELY TO GET ITS POWERS
i. The Union government is going to scrap the National Development Council.
ii.  The Cabinet will take up its closure and also pass a resolution for transferring its powers to the Governing Council of the NITI Aayog shortly.
iii. National Development Council was set up on 6th August, 1952 and it served as “the highest decision-making authority” in the country on development matters.

2. 18 STATES AGREE TO REVOKE ‘NO DETENTION POLICY’ IN RTE
i.   Committee led by Rajasthan Education Minister Vasudev Devnani has sent recommendations to the Central government that the ‘no detention policy’ under the Right to Education Act should be revoked.
ii.  The committee had received the consent of 18 States to make amendments in the ‘no detention policy’ under the Right to Education Act.
iii. Under the no detention policy, no student can be failed or expelled till Class VIII.
iv. The committee stated that a ‘learning level’ must be fixed for each class to check whether a student is eligible for the class that he or she is in.

3. GLOBE SOCCER AWARDS 2015 CONFERRED
i.   The Globe Soccer presented the sixth edition of Globe Soccer Awards 2015 to the winners at a ceremony held in Dubai, UAE.
ii. Awarded for excellences in the field of football, Globe Soccer Awards are the first and only awards for the Best Club Director and the Best Agent of the Year.
ii. The awards conferred were based on the performance of the players and football clubs in 2015.
List of awardees:
a.    Best Player of the Year - Lionel Messi
b.   Best President of the Year - Josep Maria Bartomeu
c.    Best Club of the Year - F.C. Barcelona
d.   Best Media Attraction in Football - F.C. Barcelona
e.    Best Coach of the Year - Marc Wilmots
f.     Best Agent of the Year - Jorge Mendes
g.    Best Referee of the Year - Ravshan Irmatov
h.   Best Academy of the Year – Benfica

4. NAGI DAY CELEBRATED BY THE ARMY ON 28TH DECEMBER
i. The 44th Nagi Day was recently celebrated at Sriganganagar Military Station and Nagi in memory of gallant soldiers of the Indian Army.
ii.  Nagi a small village located in Sri Karanpur close to International Boundary where famous Battle of Nagi on 27-28 Dec 1971 was fought between India and Pakistan.
iii. The day is observed in the remembrance of those soldiers  who laid down their lives for the Nation .

5. RBI PANEL FOR DIRECT TRANSFER OF CASH, ABOLISHING FARM SUBSIDY
i.   A Committee of  Reserve Bank of India  on financial inclusion has suggested the government to transfer cash directly to persons in place of giving subsidies.
ii.  The committee has recommended government to replace interest subvention on agriculture loans with affordable universal crop insurance scheme.
iii. Key recommendations by the committee:
a.    Changes in  interest subvention scheme and ploughing the subsidy amount into a mandatory crop insurance scheme for small and marginal farmers
b.   Banks should  open more accounts for females
c.    Suggests stepping up financial inclusion in north-eastern, eastern and central states
d.   Recommended ‘Gold KCC’ scheme for good borrowers
e.    Recommended commercial banks to open specialized interest-free windows with simple products
f.     Recommended more bank credit to the MFI sector

6. VIRAT KOHLI NAMED CRICKETER OF THE YEAR' 2015 AND MITHALI RAJ PICKED FOR WOMEN'S TOP AWARD
i.   Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has been selected for 'Cricketer of the Year' award 2015.
ii.  Mithali Raj was selected for the top women's award in the BCCI annual honours.
iii. Former wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani will behonoured with the Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.

7. DAVA PROJECT OF DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WON 2015 EASIA AWARD
i.   Drug Authentication and Verification Application Project  won the 2015 eASIA Award under Trade Facilitation category.
II.       The award was announced by Asia Pacific Council for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business in Tehran, Iran.
ii.  DAVA is an platform for implementation of the Track and Trace system both for exports and domestic markets of Drugs and Pharmaceuticals.
iii. The project was started last year by the Department of Commerce.
iv. The main aim of the project is to provide simpler means to the consumer and regulatory agencies for establishing drug authentication and protect the India’s Brand image in international trade.

8. TERROR ATTACK AT PATHANKOT AIR FORCE BASE AND 4 TERRORISTS KILLED
i.   The terrorists attacked Pathankot Air Force Base Punjab, four to five militants believed to be from the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist group attacked in the early morning with an aim of destroying the air base.
ii.  The Gun battle between Terrorists and security forces lasted for more than five hours.
iii. The four militants were killed in the battle and two jawans were also martyred and six sustained injuries.
iv. It is the second major terrorist attack on Punjab earlier terrorists attackede in Dinanagar in Gurdaspur  July last year.

9. VOCALIST SANJAY SUBRAHMANYAM CONFERRED WITH 2015 SANGITA KALANIDHI AWARD
i. South Indian classical vocalists Sanjay Subrahmanyam was conferred with the 2015 Sangita Kalanidhi award in tamil nadu.

ii. Sangita Kalanidhi award is a award given annually to an expert of Carnatic Music by the Madras Music Academy. 

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