DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 30TH JAN 2017
(Daily News India)
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1. IMD TO SET UP WEATHER STATIONS IN 660 DISTRICTS BY 2019
i. The India Meteorological Department has decided to set up weather stations in 660 districts of the country for better and prompt weather forecasting with major focus on non-rain-fed and rain-fed areas to give crop specific advisories.
ii. Initially, IMD has planned to set up the system in 130 districts and gradually increase it to 660 by 2019. After successful functioning at district level the plan will be taken at block level.
iii. The India Meteorological Department has also tied up with the Ministry of Agriculture to use the Krishi Vigyan Kendras, under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in the districts, as weather forecasting observatories.
iv. The India Meteorological Department is an agency of the Ministry of Earth Sciencesof the Government of India responsible for meteorologicalobservations, weather forecasting and seismology.
2. INHERITANCE COURT FOR NON-MUSLIMS TO BE SET UP IN ABU DHABI
i. The Deputy PM and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued a resolution to set up a Personal Status and Inheritance Court for non Muslims in Abu Dhabi.
ii. The objective of setting up the Court is to ensure access to services for all segment of the society and promote the culture of tolerance and acceptance of other communities values at the judiciary level.
iii. The aim of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department is to enhance the sustainability and effectiveness of the judicial procedures in harmony with the prevailing norms in the community
3. INDIA’S FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES RISES BY $ 932.4 MILLION TO $ 360.775 BILLION
i. The Reserve Bank of India informed that the Foreign Exchange Reserves of India rose by $ 932.4 million to $360.775 billion for the second consecutive week.
ii. In previous week, India’s forex reserve increased by $687.9 million to $359.843 billion.
iii. Besides, the foreign currency assets had gone up by $926.4 million to $338.434 billion during the week.
iv. However, the gold reserves remained unchanged at $18.584 billion during the week, while its special drawing rights went up by $2.3 million to $1.442 billion.
v. India’s reserve position increased by $3.7 million to $2.315 billion during the week in the International Monetary Fund.
4. INDIA’S LARGEST STARTUP INCUBATOR TO BE BUILT AT HUBBALLI
i. Indian-American entrepreneur, venture capitalist and philanthropist Gururaj Deshpande has decided to launch India’s largest startup incubation centre at Hubballi in Karnataka.
ii. The decision was based on the idea of expansion of the Deshpande Foundation’s initial incubation center, Sandbox, which was founded by Deshpande and his wife Jaishree.
iii. The new incubator centre would be spread over an area of 85,000 sq ft alongside the new campus of IT giant Infosys and will be able to house 1,200 people at a time. This will pave way for at least 200 startups.
iv. The new facility will have a makers’ lab, 3D printing lab, Internet of things lab. It will focus on all sectors -from manufacturing and agriculture to IoT.
vii. The incubation centre aims to encourage entrepreneurs, the young generations from any background and across the sectors, to come up with innovative new-age solutions, social entrepreneurship projects and business models.
5. ABUL HOSSAIN WINS 2017 KOLKATA MARATHON
i. Siliguri based Abul Hossain won the Kolkata Full Marathon by completing the race in 02:34:02.
ii. Hossain defeated Kolkata lad Biswanath Pal.
iii. In Women’s Half Marathon Category, Sikkim’s Mangali Tamang won the rac. Meghalaya’s Kyntimon Marwein stood second while her younger sister Dateibankynmaw finished third.
iv. In Men’s Half Marathon Category Shubhankar Ghosh stood first, Jomsing Star Ramsiej second and Uttam Bhujel third.
6. WORLD LEPROSY DAY-JANUARY 29
i. The World Leprosy Day was celebrated on January 29 all over the world.
ii. The World Leprosy Day is celebrated worldwide on January 30 annually or its nearest Sunday, as the day coincide with the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s death on 30 January..
iii. The Objective of the day is to increase the public awareness of the Leprosy also known as Hansen’s disease.
iv. Leprosy is one of the oldest recorded diseases in the world. It is an infectious chronic disease that targets the nervous system.
OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS
Q1. IN HOW MANY DISTRICTS THE INDIA METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT HAS PLANNED TO SET UP WEATHER STATIONS BY THE END OF 2019?
a) 400 Districts
b) 710 Districts
c) 660 Districts
d) 520 Districts
Q2. WORLD LEPROSY DAY IS CELEBRATED ON JANUARY 30 ANNUALLY TO COMMEMORATE THE DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF WHICH FAMOUS FREEDOM FIGHTER?
a) Mahatma Gandhi
b) Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
c) Subhash Chandra Bose
d) Lala Lajpat Rai
Q3. WHO OF THE FOLLOWING WON THE 2017 KOLKATA MARATHON?
a) Paritosh Roy
b) Abul Hossain
c) Shubhankar Ghosh
d) Biswanath Pal
Q4. IN WHICH CITY OF KARNATAKA, DESHPANDE FOUNDATIONS IS SET TO LAUNCH INDIA’S LARGEST STARTUP INCUBATION CENTRE BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER 2017?
Q5. A PERSONAL STATUS AND INHERITANCE COURT FOR NON MUSLIMS WOULD BE SET UP IN WHICH COUNTRY TO ENSURE EQUAL SERVICE TO ALL SECTIONS OF THE SOCIETY?
a) Abu Dhabi, UAE
b) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
c) Baghdad, Iraq
d) Kabul, Afghanistan
1 - C 2 - A 3 - B 4 - D 5 - A