DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 26TH JAN 2017
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1. NATION CELEBRATES ITS 68TH REPUBLIC DAY
i. India celebrates its 68th Republic Day on 26th January 2017. On January 26, 1950, the Constitution of India came into force. President Pranab Mukherjee has started the ceremony by hoisting the Indian flag, following which the Republic Day Parade from Rajpath.
ii. The Theme of 2017 Republic Day is: Skill India and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.
iii. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the Chief Guest at the ceremony.
iv. PM Narendra Modi, who personally received the Prince at the airport, stated that United Arab Emirates is India's valued partner and close ties between the two countries are important for the entire region.
v. President Pranab Mukherjee conferred 3 Gallantry awards on the Indian Navy, also approved 398 Gallantry awards and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others.
2. LIST OF PADMA AWARDEES 2017
i. The Padma awards announced every year on India's Republic Day. This Year both Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awards given are as follows:
i. Padma Vibhushan awardees: Murli Manohar Joshi, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Sharad Pawar, K.J.Yesudas, P.A. Sangma, Sunder Lal Patwah, Vishwa Mohan Bhat.
ii. Padma Shri awardees: Basanti Visht, T. K. Murthy, Emrat Khan, L. Birender Kumar Singh, Baoa Devi, Kailash Kher, Mukund Naik, Anuradha Podwal, T. K. Vishwanathanan, Kanwal Sibal, G. Venkata Subbaiah, Birkha Bahadur Limboo Muringla, Eli Ahmed, Bhavna Somaya, Kashinath Pandit,Harkishan Singh, Sanjeev Kapoor, Ashok Kumar Bhattacharya, H. R. Shah,Dr Mapuskar, Virat Kohli, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar, M. Thanghavelu.
3. NATIONAL VOTERS’ DAY BEING OBSERVED 25 JANUARY 2017
i. The Election Commission of India will celebrate the 7th National Voters’ Day across the country on 25 January for enhanced participation of citizens in the electoral process.
ii. President Pranab Mukherjee will give awards for best electoral practices to Superintendents of Police, District Collectors and other functionaries involved in election management.
iii. The Day is also utilized to spread awareness among voters regarding effective participation in the electoral process.
4. UN APPOINTS DIRECTOR OF UNIC IN NEW DELHI
i. Derk Segaar has been appointed as the Director of the New Delhi based United Nations Information Centre covering the Kingdom of Bhutan and India by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
ii. He was the Head of Communications of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in New York.
5. RUBBER SOIL INFORMATION SYSTEM LAUNCHED BY THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY FOR RUBBER GROWERS
i. The Minister of Commerce & Industry, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman launched Rubber Soil Information System in New Delhi to provide the detail about the soil quality to the rubber growers to enhance productivity besides reducing the cost of production.
ii. RubSIS is an online platform developed to recommend application of appropriate mix of fertilizers to the specific plantations of rubber growers depending upon their soil nature.
6. MATTHEW HAYDEN INDUCTED INTO AUSTRALIAN CRICKET HALL OF FAME
i. Former Australian cricketers David Boon and Matthew Hayden have been inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
ii. Betty Wilson, who was known as the 'female Bradman' during her career in the 1940s and 50s, was also added to the Hall of Fame. The trio will be inducted on the Allan Border Medal night.
7. KREMLIN TO HOST 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP FINALS
i. The country’s Football Union chief Vitaly Mutko stated that the draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals hosted by Russia will take place in the Kremlin.
ii. Mutko,the deputy prime minister of Russia stated FIFA had approved the plan, which world football’s ruling body later confirmed. The World Cup finals draw ceremony will take place.
8. MADHYA PRADESH CM ANNOUNCES TOTAL BAN ON POLYTHENE BAGS
i. Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced a total ban on polythene carry bags from May 1, 2017. "Use of polythene carry bags and their littering was affecting environment and cleanliness.
ii. He stated that cows were dying eating such bags. Chouhan also said that 3 months are being given to polythene manufacturers before the ban.
9. BURJ KHALIFA LIGHTS UP IN 'TRICOLOUR' TO MARK 68TH INDIAN REPUBLIC DAY
i. Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building located in Dubai, has lit up in the colours of the Indian National flag on 25th January and 26th January to celebrate India's 68th Republic Day.
ii. The LED shows were to be held on both days along with complimenting Dubai Fountain shows. The Indian Consulate in Dubai has a flag-hoisting ceremony at the consulate premises by Consul General Anurag Bhushan, followed by flag-hoisting at the Indian High School grounds in Oud Metha, Dubai.
OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS
Q1. PADMA SHRI AWARD WINNER SAKSHI MALIK BELONGS TO WHICH SPORTS?
d) Discuss Throw
Q2. WHICH STATE HAS ANNOUNCED TO COMPLETELY BAN THE USE OF POLYTHENE CARRY BAGS TO CONSERVE THE ENVIRONMENT?
a) Madhya Pradesh
b) Himachal Pradesh
Q3. WHAT WAS THE THEME OF THE 68TH REPUBLIC DAY?
a) Digital India with Digital Citizen
b) Inclusive Growth for All
c) Sustainable Development with Women Empowerment
d) Skill India and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao
Q4. BURJ KHALIFA IS THE WORLD’S TALLEST BUILDING LOCATED IN WHICH COUNTRY?
b) United Arab Emirates
d) Saudi Arabia
Q5. WHO INAUGURATED THE NATIONAL FESTIVAL BHARAT PARV ON THE OCCASION OF REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION AT RED FORT IN NEW DELHI?
a) Shri Manish Tewari
b) Smt Salja Kumari
c) Dr. Mahesh Sharma
d) Shri Rao Inderjit Singh
1 - B 2 - A 3 - D 4 - B 5 - C