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Daily Current Affairs 18th January 2016 (Daily GK Updates)

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 18 JAN 2016
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1. DINESH SHARMA ELECTED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF AIIB
i. Dinesh Sharma  was elected to the member board of directors of the China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank .
ii. China is the largest shareholder in AIIB followed by India as its second largest shareholder.
iii. Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is an international financial institution that aims to support the building of infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region.
iv. The capital of the bank is 100 billion US dollars.

2. ANURADHA ROY WINS 2016 DSC PRIZE FOR SOUTH ASIAN LITERATURE
i. Indian writer Anuradha Roy has grabbed South Asian Literature prize for her novel ‘Sleeping on Jupiter’.
ii. She written her novel Sleeping on Jupiter regarding the violence against women with story revolving around girl named Nomi and is set in Jarmuli a city of temples.
iii. The literary prize awarded annually to writers of any nationality or ethnicity writing about South Asia on themes relating to its culture, history, politics or people.

3. TAIWAN ELECTED TSAI ING-WEN AS FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT
i. Tsai Ing-wen of Democratic Progressive Party  won a landslide victory in Taiwan's presidential election.
ii. She is the first women on the island as first female president.

4. NITI AAYOG COLLABORATED WITH IDFC FOR ENTERPRISE SURVEY OF MANUFACTURING FIRMS
i. NITI Aayog has collaborated with the IDFC Bank Ltd to conduct an enterprise survey of manufacturing firms.
ii. The primary objective of this Survey is to assess the business regulatory environment in each State and Union Territories.
iii. The another objective is to identify policy and regulatory hurdles faced by businesses in the States/UTs.

5. 61ST FILMFARE AWARDS PRESENTED IN MUMBAI
i. The 61st Filmfare Awards were presented at the Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai hosted by Shah Rukh Khan and comedian Kapil Sharma.
List of awards
a.    Best Actor: Ranveer Singh for Bajirao Mastani
b.   Best Actress: Deepika Padukone for Piku
c.    Best Film: Bajirao Mastani
d.   Lifetime Achievement: Moushumi Chatterjee

6. SANIA MIRZA, MARTINA HINGIS WON 2016 WTA APIA INTERNATIONAL SYDNEY TITLE
i. Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won WTA Apia International Sydney title of Tennis in the women’s doubles category in Sydney, Australia.
ii. Together they had won 11th title since 2015 including Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Wimbledon, US Open, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Beijing and the WTA Finals, Brisbane and Sydney.


Daily Current Affairs 17 Jan. 2016 (Daily GK Updates)

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 17 JAN 2016
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1. ANTI-TANK MISSILE NAG TEST FIRED BY DRDO
i. The Defence Research and Development Organisation   has successfully test fired Nag anti tank missile in Rajasthan.
ii. The specialtiy of the missile is that it can be test  fired during night and day time.
iii. It is Featured with top attack capability to nullify the explosive reactive armour of a battle tank.

2. UNION GOVERNMENT LAUNCHED 4 MOBILE HEALTH SERVICES TO PROMOTE PUBLIC HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE
i. The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda launched four mobile health services to provide citizen-centric health services.
ii. These mobile Health services are:
a.    Kilkari : It is an audio-based mobile service that delivers weekly audio messages to families about pregnancy, child birth and child care.
b.   Mobile Academy:  It is a mobile-based application aimed at providing training services to 9 million ASHAs.
c.    M-Cessation: It will be an IT-enabled tool to help tobacco users to quit tobacco.
d.   TB Missed Call initiative: Under TB Missed Call initiative a dedicated toll free number 1800-11–6666 which will provide round the clock counselling and treatment support services for TB patients.

3. SAHAYOG KAIJIN 2016’ BETWEEN INDIA AND JAPAN JOINT COAST GUARD EXERCISE
i. The bilateral exercise by the Indian Coast Guard and Japanese counterpart titled ‘Sahayog-Kaijin 2016’ has started in the coast of Chennai.
ii. Both countries will participate for Anti-piracy procedures, search and rescue operations and interoperability between the two forces and other areas of common professional interest.
iv. Sahayog-Kaijin bilateral exercise is a 15 year old exercise between two countries.

4. WORLD BANK RELEASED REPORT TITLED WORLD DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2016
i. A report named World Development Report 2016 “Digital Dividends” released by the World Bank in Washington DC, USA.
ii. The report explained the impact of the internet and mobile phone on economic development across the world including India.
iii. In this report Chief Economist of World Bank appreciated the Aadhaar scheme of  Indian government as it saved 1 billion US dollars by curbing corruption.

5. UNION GOVERNMENT INKS LOAN AGREEMENT WITH WORLD BANK FOR NEERANCHAL NATIONAL WATERSHED PROJECT
i. Union Government has signed a loan agreement with World Bank for the Neeranchal National Watershed Project to improve watershed management in rural rain fed areas.
ii. The loan credit will support the watershed activities of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana in 9 states.
iii. Neeranchal National Watershed Project  is implemented by the Union Ministry of Rural Development from 2016 to 2021 to achieve objectives PMKSY.
iv. It aims to ensure Har Khet Ko Pani and for efficient use of water (Per Drop More Crop).

6. DELHI WRITER ANKITA ANAND WON THE LORENZO NATALI MEDIA PRIZE FOR WORK ON KHAP PANCHAYATS
i. A Delhi writer Ankita Anand won the European Commission's prestigious Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for 2015 in Asia and the Pacific amateur category.
ii. She grabbed the award for her important portrayal of life for young women facing the threat of the diktat of khap panchayats in Haryana.
iii. The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize is organized by the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development since 1992.

iv. It is awarded to journalists for outstanding reporting on development and poverty eradication.

Daily Current Affairs 15,16 Jan. 2016(Free GK Updates)

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 15 - 16 JAN 2016
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1. 68TH ARMY DAY CELEBRATED ON 15 JANUARY
i. India celebrated the 68th Army Day on 15th January to commemorate the day when Lieutenant General K M Cariappa became the 1st Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army in post independence period.
ii. He took over the command of Army from General Sir FRR Bucher, the last British Commander in Chief on 15 January 1949.
     GENERAL OF INDIAN ARMY: DALBIR SINGH

2. WHO DECLARES WORLD’S WORST EVER EBOLA OUTBREAK OVER
i. The World Health Organisation declared West Africa free from Ebola virus.
ii. Ebola was outbroken in December 2013 in the west Africa badly effecting Liberia as it killed 4809 people in the country.
iii. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea were the badly affected nations in the region.
iv. Recently WHO declared Liberia, Sierra leone and Guinea  all ebola free in 2015.

3. US LIFT NUCLEAR SANCTIONS ON IRAN
i. United States has removed nuclear sanctions against Iran after it has agreed to roll back its nuclear programme.
ii. These sanctions were lifted after International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran has agreed to its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action  also known as  P5+1 countries.
iii. P5+1 include the five permanent members of the UN Security Council including USA, China, Russia, UK, France and non- permanent member Germany.

4. SBI LAUNCHED INDIA’S FIRST START-UP FOCUSED BANK BRANCH SBI INCUBE
i. India’s largest bank State Bank of India inaugurated India’s first start-up focused bank branch called SBI InCube in Bangalore, Karnataka.
ii. The specialized branch aims to understand and address banking needs of a Start-up Business.
iii. SBI InCube branch will work towards fulfilling the specific financial needs of the start-ups.

5. SIKKIM BECOMES INDIA'S FIRST FULLY ORGANIC STATE
i. Sikkim has become India's first fully organic state by utilizing 75,000 hectares of agricultural land into sustainable cultivation.
ii. The land is converted to organic land by implementing organic practices and principles as laid down in National Programme for Organic Production.
iii. Organic farming leads in subsistence of agriculture, bio-diversity conservation and environmental protection.
iv. Sustainable farming will also help in building the soil health resulting in sustainable increased crop production, he said.

6. FIRST 'MAHILA SQUAD' COMMISSIONED FOR HIGH-ALTITUTE
i. A contingent of 500 women personnel will become the first 'mahila' squad to be deployed in high-altitude posts along the India China border.
ii. The squad was commissioned into the Indo-Tibetan Border Police today in Panchkula.
iii. It is the first time that India is deploying women troops in the harsh climatic conditions along the India-China border.
     Director General of ITBP: Krishna Chaudhary

7. MARAT SAFIN INDUCTED INTO INTERNATIONAL TENNIS HALL OF FAME
i. The Russian Tennis Federation announced former World No.1 tennis player Marat Safin joined the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
ii The International Tennis Hall of Fame honours players and contributors to the sport of tennis
iii. Martina Hingis became the first Global Ambassador for the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2015.



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