DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 10TH JAN 2017
(Daily News India)
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1. TAMIL NADU BECOMES 21ST STATE TO JOIN UDAY
i. The Tamil Nadu Government signed an MoU with the Ministry of Power to join the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana scheme which aims at reviving the financial turnaround of debt stressed electricity distribution companies of India. With the agreement Tamil Nadu has become the 21st state to join UDAY scheme.
ii. Tamil Nadu’s discom TANGEDCO, would save around Rs 11,000 crore by 2019 under UDAY by saving interest cost, interventions in energy efficiency, reduction in AT&C and transmission losses, coal reforms etc. The state will take over 75 per cent of Rs 30,420 crore debt of TANGEDCO.
iii. Under the scheme the balance debt is also issued as state guaranteed discom bonds, at coupon rates around 3-4 per cent less than the average existing interest rate.
2. 9TH JAIPUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS IN JAIPUR
i. The 9th edition of the world’s fastest growing film festival, Jaipur International Film Festival began on 7 January 2017 and will conclude on January 11, 2017 at the Golcha Cinema in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
ii. The five-day event aims to promote emerging directors, as well as encourage the exchange of knowledge, information, ideas and culture between India and the participating nations.
iii. A Committee headed by noted film director Shaji N Karun has selected internationally acclaimed cine-visionary Ramesh Prasad for the Life Time Achievement award at the JIFF.
3. ANDHRA PRADESH ORGANIZES ITS FIRST DIGI DHAN MELA
i. The first Digi Dhan Mela in the state of Andhra Pradesh was launched by the Urban Development and Information Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu along with Andhra Pradesh CM N. Chandrababu Naidu in Vijayawada at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium.
ii. The two-day event to be concluded on January 10, 2107 emphasized on teaching the people about the digital payment system like Internet, Debit cards, Credit cards, E-Wallet and other modes to encourage the cashless transactions.
4. RAJNATH SINGH LAYS THE FOUNDATION STONE FOR NEW NDRF CAMPUS
i. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh laid the foundation stone for the construction of a new campus of the National Disaster Response Force at Kondapavuluru village of Gannavaram mandal in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh.
ii. The campus would consist of world class training centre, dormitories, administrative block, residential area, swimming pool, helipad, play ground, guest house, quarters for officials, vehicle depot, training centre, school and other facilities.
iii. 10th Battalion NDRF is responsible for providing rescue operation during natural calamities, accidents, cyclones and floods in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.
5. ASSAM GOVT COMES UP WITH E-WALLET
i. The Assam government will be shortly launching its indigenously-developed e-Wallet, Tokapoisa.in.
ii. Its main aim is to enable the people of the state for hassle-free online transactions in local language.
iii. The mobile application Tokapoisa.in has been developed by the Assam Electronics Development Corp. Ltd. Besides being an e-Wallet, it will be a virtual payment terminal.
6. HDFC BANK LAUNCHES HUMANOID ROBOT IRA
i. India’s second largest private sector lender HDFC Bank has launched a human shaped robot named IRA at its Mumbai branch to help the assist the customers in banking activities.
ii. IRA which stands for Intelligent Robotic Assistant aims to provide smoother customer service, employee assistance, marketing, and automate the banking process. Depending on customer reaction the Bank would install more such robots across its branches in the country.
iv. The bank launched the second edition of its Digital Innovation Summit on the occasion.
7. JAIPUR TO BE NEXT DESTINATION FOR STARTUPS AFTER BENGALURU
i. The state government of Rajasthan led by CM Vasundhara Raje has collaborated with the American MNC Cisco to develop the state capital Jaipur as the second startup destination after Bengaluru.
ii. The joint programme, Jaipur Lighthouse City programme, would comprise of series of initiatives for the digial transformation of the state.
iii. The main focus of the initiative would be the girls. The state government and Cisco will focus on training the girls in information and communication technology. For this purpose the networking giant would set up video-enabled digital classrooms in women colleges covering 10,000 women students in both rural and urban areas in one year.
8. LA LA LAND WINS RECORD 7 AWARDS AT GOLDEN GLOBES
i. The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony was organized at Beverly Hills, California, United States.
ii. La La Land, an American romantic musical comedy-drama film, broke the record at the 74th Golden Globe Awards winning in every category of award it was nominated.
iii. The movie won all seven awards including best musical or comedy film, best director, screenplay, score and song along with the actors of the film.
iv. Veteran actress Meryl Streep was bestowed with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.
9. AMITABH BACHCHAN AWARDED BY US EMBASSY FOR TB AWARENESS
i. The Bollywood Actor Amitabh Bachchan was honoured by the US Embassy for his immense contribution to the India-US partnership on tuberculosis.
ii. The award was presented by US Ambassador to India Richard R Verma to the 74-year-old actor, who himself was diagnosed TB in 2000.
iii. The US and Indian government has been working for over 20 years on tuberculosis.
OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS
Q1. WHO HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED FOR THE LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT THE 9TH JAIPUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL?
a) Abbas Rafei
b) Narges Abyar
c) Ramesh Prasad
d) Sadegh Daghighi
Q2. IN WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING CITIES OF ANDHRA PRADESH WAS THE FIRST DIGI DHAM MELA OF THE STATE ORGANIZED?
Q3. IN WHICH DISTRICT OF ANDHRA PRADESH IS THE NEW CAMPUS FOR THE NATIONAL DISASTER RESPONSE FORCE’S 10TH BATTALION BEING BUILT?
Q4. WHICH STATE HAS LAUNCHED ITS OWN E-WALLET TOKAPOISA.IN TO ENABLE THE RESIDENTS PERFORM DIGITAL TRANSACTION?
b) Arunachal Pradesh
c) West Bengal
Q5. WHICH BANK HAS INTRODUCED A HUMANOID ROBOT IRA FOR EASY SERVICE TO CUSTOMERS?
a) Andhra Bank
b) Citi Bank
c) HDFC Bank
d) ICICI Bank
1 - C 2 - B 3 - D 4 - A 5 - C