DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 22TH JAN 2017
(Daily News India)
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1. LLOYD’S GETS FINAL APPROVAL FROM IRDAI TO OPEN FIRST BRANCH IN INDIA
i. London’s insurance giant Lloyd has received the final approval from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority to set up its first branch in India.
ii. The specialist insurance and reinsurance company will open its first branch office in India before April 2017 at Mumbai.
iii. Lloyd’s will bring expertise and specialist capacity to India’s insurance market and work in partnership with local insurance businesses to develop innovative solutions that meet the unique needs of the growing economy.
2. BIRENDER SINGH YADAV CONCURRENTLY ACCREDITED AS THE HIGH COMMISSIONER OF INDIA TO THE REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE
i. Former IFS officer Shri Birender Singh Yadav was appointed as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Sierra Leone, with residence in Accra.
ii. Currently Yadav is working as the High Commissioner of India to Republic of Ghana.
3. GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES WEB-PORTAL ‘SHAGUN’ FOR MONITORING SARVA SHIKSHA ABHIYAN
i. The Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launched a dedicated web portal ‘ShaGun’ for continuous monitoring of the elementary education scheme Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and promote the development of education sector of India.
ii. The portal has been developed by World Bank in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource Development.
iii. The portal first-of-its kind platform would perform dual function. Firstly it would focus on displaying positive stories in the field of education in the form of videos, case studies, testimonials, and images on the web portal for further improvement in performance under SSA.
iv. Secondly it provides an online monitoring module to measure state-level performance and progress against key educational indicators to enable the government and administrators to track the efficiency with which SSA funds are being utilised and the results that this is delivering.
4. ALIBABA BECOMES WORLDWIDE SPONSOR OF OLYMPIC GAMES THROUGH 2028
i. The International Olympic Committee and Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group entered into a long-term partnership through 2028 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
ii. The partnership was agreed between Alibaba Group Founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma, IOC President Thomas Bach and Alibaba Group Chief Executive Officer Daniel Zhang.
iii. Alibaba has become the first company in the world to make a long-term commitment to the IOC through 2028.
5. ADAMA BARROW SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT OF GAMBIA IN SENEGAL
i. Adama Barrow was sworn in as the third President of The Gambia at a ceremony in the Gambian embassy in Dakar, Senegal.
ii. Adama Barrow is a member of the United Democratic Party.
iii. Barrow served as the treasurer of the UDP and operated a real estate agency, before winning the presidential elections.
6. ALOK KUMAR VERMA APPOINTED AS CBI DIRECTOR
i. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment of Alok Kumar Verma as the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation.
ii. His tenure will be for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge of his office.
iii. Alok Kumar Verma succeeded Anil Sinha.
iv. At present, Rakesh Asthana is the interim director of the investigating agency.
7. PUNJAB ROYALS WINS PRO WRESTLING LEAGUE SEASON 2
i. NCR Punjab Royals were crowned the champions of the Pro Wrestling League Season 2.
ii. The Punjab Royals defeated Haryana Hammers at the K D Jadhav Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
iii. The Pro Wrestling League is the initiative of Pro Sportify and Wrestling Federation of India.
8. PNB LAUNCHES CONTACTLESS CREDIT CARD
i. Punjab National Bank has launched a Contactless Credit Card. This new credit card, which has been named PNB Wave N Pay- Contactless Card, was launched by Usha Ananthasubramanian, MD & Chief Executive Officer, PNB in New Delhi.
ii. The customers simply need to waive the card across the terminal to complete the transaction process, there is no need to enter any PIN for transactions up to Rs. 2,000.
OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS
Q1. WHICH WEB PORTAL WAS LAUNCHED BY UNION MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT FOR PROMOTING AND MONITORING THE SARVA SHIKSHA ABHIYAN?
Q2. WHO HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE NEW HIGH COMMISSIONER OF INDIA TO THE REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE?
a) Mr. Pankaj Saran
b) Shri Sanjeev Ranjan
c) Shri Birender Singh Yadav
d) Shri Navtej Sarna
Q3. WHICH TECHNOLOGY GIANT HAS PARTNERED WITH THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE TO BECOME THE WORLDWIDE SPONSOR OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES THROUGH 2028?
Q4. WHO HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE NEW DIRECTOR OF CENTRAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION?
a) Pulkit Trivedi
b) Rakesh Asthana
d) Alok Kumar Verma
Q5. WHO HAS BEEN SWORN IN AS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF GAMBIA?
a) Paolo Gentiloni
b) Adama Barrow
c) Nana Akufo Addo
d) Bill English
1 - B 2 - C 3 - A 4 - D 5 - B