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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 20JAN 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 20 JAN 2018
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
SHARED BY: WWW.DAILYGK.IN

1.      4TH INDIA INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN LUCKNOW
i. The 4th edition of the India International Science Festival will be held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The decision to hold the Festival in Lucknow was taken at the first preparatory meeting for the 4th India International Science Festival.
ii. The meeting was chaired by Union Minister for Science & Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan. The 1st IISF was held at Indian Institute of Technology New Delhi.

2.      ARUN JAITLEY LAUNCHES NATIONAL CSR DATA PORTAL & CORPORATE DATA PORTAL
i. The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley launched the National CSR Data Portal & Corporate Data Portal in Delhi. This initiative is a significant step towards driving accountability and transparency for corporate India.
ii. The portals’ easy accessibility to the general public will ensure a high level of compliance and will also help in institutionalising and consolidating the CSR activities.

3.      INDIA BECOMES 43RD MEMBER OF AUSTRALIA GROUP
i. India has joined the Australia Group export control regime and has become the 43rd Member of that Group. It is an informal forum which seeks to ensure that exports do not contribute to the development of chemical or biological weapons.
ii. India has managed entry into Missile Technology Control Regime, the Wassenaar Arrangement and Australia Group despite not being a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.


4.      MAURITIUS LARGEST SOURCE OF FDI IN INDIA- RBI
i. Mauritius was the largest source of foreign investment in India (21.8 per cent share at market value), followed by the US and the UK, according to a census by the Reserve Bank of India.
ii. Singapore and Japan were the next two sources of foreign direct investment, reported the Census on Foreign Liabilities and Assets of Indian Direct Investment Companies 2016-17, released by RBI.

5.      AU SMALL FINANCE BANK INKS MOU WITH LIC TO OFFER PMJJBY SCHEME
i. Banking finance company AU Small Finance Bank has signed an MoU with LIC to offer Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana. Under the MoU, LIC will give a life cover of Rs2 lakh in case of death to the customer at a nominal premium of Rs330 per annum.
ii. The company has re-entered the housing finance segment. The company will also offer loans under government’s affordable housing and subsidy schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

6.      GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES LIST OF 9 NEW SMART CITIES
i. Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced the list of nine new Smart Cities, which have emerged winners in Round 4.
ii. These nine cities are, Silvassa in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Erode in Tamil Nadu, Diu in Daman and Diu, Bihar Sharif in Bihar, Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh and Kavaratti in Lakshadweep.

7.      INS VIKRAMADITYA FORMALLY AFFILIATED TO BIHAR REGIMENT
i. Indian Naval Ship Vikramaditya, the Indian Navy's largest ship and its sole aircraft carrier was formally affiliated to the Indian Army's highly-decorated and battle-hardened Bihar Regiment and the Indian Air Force's No 6 Squadron.
ii. The ceremony was held onboard INS Vikramaditya at the Karwar Naval Base, Karnataka.

8.      PRESIDENT KOVIND UNVEILS BOOK ON SELF-DEVELOPMENT IN DELHI
i. President Ram Nath Kovind unveiled a book on heartfulness techniques and principles titled 'The Heartfulness Way'. Kamlesh D. Patel is the author of this book. It is the fourth Global Guide of Heartfulness.
ii. Joshua Pollock is the second author of this book. It was launched by Commerce and Industries Minister Suresh Prabhu.

9.      NDRF CELEBRATED ITS 13TH RAISING DAY
i. The National Disaster Response Force celebrated its 13th Raising Day in New Delhi. The Director Intelligence Bureau, Rajiv Jain was the chief guest on this occasion.
ii. The meeting highlighted the disaster threat of country and important changes taken place in Disaster Management in India and across the world.

10.  SUDEEP LAKHTAKIA APPOINTED NEW DG OF NATIONAL SECURITY GUARD
i. Senior IPS officer Sudeep Lakhtakia has been appointed as the new Director General of the 'black cats' commando force NSG.
ii. The officer is currently serving as a Special DG in the Central Reserve Police Force headquarters New Delhi.  He will take over from incumbent S P Singh.

11.  ICONIC CARTOONIST CHANDI LAHIRI PASSES AWAY
i. Famous Cartoonist Chandi Lahiri passed away after a brief period of illness, marking the end of a chapter in Bengal's history of the cartoon. Lahiri was 86.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1.   BANKING FINANCE COMPANY AU SMALL FINANCE BANK HAS SIGNED AN MOU WITH LIC TO OFFER PMJJBY SCHEME. WHAT DOES 'JJ' STANDS FOR IN PMJJBY?
a)  Jeevan Jagran
b)  Jeevan Jigyasa
c)  Jeevan Janani
d)  Jeevan Jyoti
Q2. PRESIDENT RAM NATH KOVIND UNVEILED A BOOK ON HEARTFULNESS TECHNIQUES AND PRINCIPLES TITLED 'THE HEARTFULNESS WAY'. THIS BOOK IS AUTHORED BY?
a)  Vikram Chandra
b)  Kamlesh D. Patel
c)  Jhumpa Lahiri
d)  Amish Tripathi
Q3. UNION HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS MINISTER HARDEEP SINGH PURI ANNOUNCED THE LIST OF NINE NEW SMART CITIES. WHICH AMONG THE FOLLOWING IS NOT ONE OF THEM?
a)  Moradabad
b)  Panaji
c)  Silvassa
d)  Kavaratti
Q4. ACCORDING TO A CENSUS BY THE RESERVE BANK OF INDIA, NAME THE COUNTRY THAT WAS THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN INDIA.
a)  Mauritius
b)  Singapore
c)  Japan
d)  USA
Q5. WHO IS THE PRESENT MD AND CEO OF AU SMALL FINANCE BANK?
a)  Uttam Tibbrewal
b)  Mannil Venugopalan
c)  Sanjay Agarwal
d)  Jyoti Narang

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


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