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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13 JAN 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13 JAN 2018
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
SHARED BY: WWW.DAILYGK.IN

  1. 5TH BILATERAL MEETING BETWEEN INDIA AND MALAYSIA HELD IN NEW DELHI
i. The 5th Bilateral Technical Meeting on cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine between Govt. of India and Malaysia was held in New Delhi.
ii. The Meeting had discussed the following agenda:- Establishment of Ayurveda Chair in University of  UTAR, Malaysia, The evaluation of safety and efficacy of combination Ayurvedic/ traditional products for clinical trials.
iii. Professional training in Panchakarma therapy for Malaysian experts in India, Safety evaluation of Ayurvedic products based on Good Laboratory Practices, Bilateral MoU between National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of AYUSH and Malaysia for Cooperation in the field of Medicinal Plants.


  1. INDUSIND BANK TO INTRODUCE INDIA’S FIRST BATTERY-POWERED INTERACTIVE PAYMENT CARD
i. IndusInd Bank and Dynamics Inc. at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show announced plans to introduce the first battery-powered, interactive payment cards to the Indian market in 2018.
ii. The new IndusInd Bank card from Dynamics has multiple buttons that let the consumers use a single card to pay in multiple ways.

  1. 4TH ASEAN-INDIA MINISTERIAL MEETING ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY HELD IN NEW DELHI
i. 4th ASEAN-INDIA Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry was held in New Delhi. The Meeting was Co-chaired by Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India and Grisada Boonrach, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand.
ii. Objective of the meeting was to promote joint research for development of technologies for increasing production and productivity of crops, livestock, fisheries, and natural resources management in the ASEAN region.
iii. Discussions during the meeting also focused on enhancing cooperation on exchange of expertise to promote resilience in food security and to address the price volatility of food supplies in the region. 5th ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry will be held in Brunei Darussalam in 2019.

  1. ISRO'S SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF 42ND PSLV
i. The Indian Space Research Organisation launched its 42nd Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from the 1st Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The PSLV-C40 is to place 31 satellites, originating from seven countries, across two orbits.
ii. Its primary payload was the 4th satellite in the advanced remote sensing Cartosat-2 series. The satellite's design life is five years. ISRO successfully sent up a rocket carrying India's 100th satellite along with 30 others.
  1. ELECTION COMMISSION SETS UP PANEL UNDER UMESH SINHA TO SUGGEST NEW POLL RULES
i. The Election Commission has formed a 14-member panel to study the usage of social media and other digital platforms before elections and to suggest modifications in the Model Code of Conduct. Currently, the Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act bans all campaigning 48 hours before voting. The new panel will suggest changes to this in 3 months.
ii. Umesh Sinha, Deputy Election Commissioner, will be the head of the panel. It will comprise of 8 Election Commission officers, 1 member each from the ministries of information and broadcasting, law, and information and technology, 1 senior representative each from the National Broadcasters Association and the Press Council of India.
iii. The panel will also suggest regulations required for several media platforms in the 48-hour period before voting.

  1. INDIA TOPS DOMESTIC AIR TRAFFIC DEMAND AT 16.4% IN NOVEMBER: IATA
i. India's domestic air passenger traffic grew by 16.4% in November 2017, topping the growth chart worldwide, according to the global aviation body, the International Air Transport Association.
ii. Globally, the total revenue passenger kilometers increased 8% compared to November 2016. The available seat kilometres or capacity grew by 6.3 percent. The ASK for India was at 10.4%, second only to China where capacity grew by 12.9%, according to the IATA's monthly data.

  1. UN ENVIRONMENT AND WHO AGREED TO MAJOR COLLABORATION ON ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RISKS
i. UN Environment and the World Health Organization have agreed a new, wide-ranging collaboration to accelerate action to curb environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million deaths a year.
ii. Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, signed an agreement to step up joint actions to combat air pollution, climate change and antimicrobial resistance, water quality, and food and nutrition issues, in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya.

  1. CHINA BECOMES NEPAL’S 2ND INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER
i. China became Nepal’s 2nd internet service provider, breaking India’s monopoly in providing internet access to Nepal.
ii. The Hong Kong and Beijing based China Telecom Global has teamed up with Nepal Telecom to provide alternate cyber-connectivity to Nepal. CTG was formed in 2012.

  1. V J MATHEW APPOINTED MARITIME BOARD CHAIRMAN
i. V J Mathew was appointed Maritime Board Chairman. The decision in this regard was taken by the Kerala cabinet.
ii.Mathew is the legal consultant of Vizhinjam International container terminal company and Indian Maritime Association Co-President.

  1. NATIONAL YOUTH DAY: 12 JANUARY
i. The National Youth Day has been celebrated every year on 12 January. This is the day when Swami Vivekananda, one of the greatest social reformers, thinkers, and philosophers of India, was born. The Indian government had declared back in 1984 that Swamiji’s birthday would be celebrated as the National Youth Day.
ii. PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Youth Festival in Greater Noida through Video conferencing. The Theme of the Festival is 'Sankalp Se Siddhi'. Culture Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma will be the guest of honour on the occasion.

  1. NUCLEAR PHYSICIST AND NIAS DIRECTOR BALDEV RAJ PASSES AWAY
i. Baldev Raj, the director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru, and a renowned administrator of nuclear power technologies in the country has passed away. He was 70 years old.
ii. Mr Raj had assumed leadership of the NIAS in 2014. Before that, he was president of research at P.S.G. Institutions (2011-2014).

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING BANK HAS RECENTLY ANNOUNCED PLANS TO INTRODUCE THE FIRST BATTERY-POWERED, INTERACTIVE PAYMENT CARDS TO THE INDIAN MARKET IN 2018?
a)  Kotak Mahindra Bank
b)  Karur Vyasya Bank
c)  South Indian Bank
d)  IndusInd Bank
Q2. THE 5TH BILATERAL TECHNICAL MEETING ON COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF TRADITIONAL SYSTEMS OF MEDICINE BETWEEN WAS HELD INDIA AND IN WHICH COUNTRY?
a)  Russia
b)  Indonesia
c)  Malaysia
d)  Singapore
Q3. THE ISRO HAS RECENTLY LAUNCHED ITS 42ND POLAR SATELLITE LAUNCH VEHICLE FROM THE FIRST LAUNCH PAD OF SATISH DHAWAN SPACE CENTRE IN SRIHARIKOTA. THE PSLV HAS BEEN NAMED AS?
a)  PSLV-C40
b)  PSLV-C45
c)  PSLV-C44
d)  PSLV-C42
Q4.  WHO IS THE PRESENT GOVERNOR OF MADHYA PRADESH?
a)  Satya Pal Malik
b)  Om Prakash Kohli
b)  S. C. Jamir
d)  Kalyan Singh
Q5. IN WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING CITY, PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI INAUGURATED THE NATIONAL YOUTH FESTIVAL 2018?
a)  Varanasi
b)  Bareilly
c)  Greater Noida
d)  Lucknow

ANSWERS: 
1 - D    2 - C    3 - A    4 - B    5 - C


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