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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 30 JAN 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 30 JAN 2018
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
SHARED BY: WWW.DAILYGK.IN

1.      INDIAN, VIETNAMESE ARMIES HOLD 1ST MILITARY EXERCISE- VINBAX
i. Armies of India and Vietnam have begun a 6-day-long military exercise in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. The exercise named ‘VINBAX’ is the first military exercise between the two countries.
ii. Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was in New Delhi to participate in the India-ASEAN Commemorative summit and attend the Republic Day celebrations.

2.      FIRST EVER 'KHADI HAAT' INAUGURATED IN DELHI
i. Marking the 69th Republic Day celebrations, Khadi and Village Industries Commission and New Delhi Municipal Council have launched the first ever 'Khadi Haat' in the country.
ii. The Khadi Haat was inaugurated by Union Minister of State Giriraj Singh in Connaught Place, New Delhi.

3.      AADHAAR IS OXFORD DICTIONARY’S HINDI WORD OF 2017
i. Oxford Dictionaries has chosen ‘Aadhaar’ as the Hindi word of 2017. The word gained popularity due to Aadhaar card, which was in news in 2017.
ii. The announcement was made in the Jaipur Literature Festival.


4.      INTERNATIONAL BIRD FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN DUDHWA NATIONAL PARK
i. A 3-day international bird festival will be held at the Dudhwa National Park, Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh in February 2018 with nearly 200 leading ornithologists expected to attend.
ii. The purpose of the international bird festival is to promote eco-tourism in Dudhwa and to give it a distinct international identity besides highlighting its traditional arts, culture and heritage.

5.      INDIA CHEAPEST COUNTRY TO LIVE IN AFTER SOUTH AFRICA: SURVEY
i. India is ranked second only to South Africa as the cheapest country to live or retire, according to a recent survey of 112 countries by GoBankingRates. The survey ranked nations on the bases of four key affordability metrics which are Local purchasing power index, rent index, Groceries index, and Consumer price index.
ii. India's local purchasing power is 20.9% lower, rent is 95.2% cheaper, groceries are 74.4% cheaper, local goods and services are 74.9% cheaper. The top three most expensive countries in the survey are Bermuda (ranked 112), Bahamas (111), and Hong Kong (110).

6.      5 MPS CHOSEN FOR OUTSTANDING PARLIAMENTARIAN AWARD
i. The Indian Parliamentary Group headed by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan announced that five members of parliament selected for the Outstanding Parliamentarian Awards.
ii. This includes, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad (2015), Trinamool Congress’ Dinesh Trivedi (2016), Manipur’s governor Najma A Heptulla (2013), BJP’s Lok Sabha member Hukumdev Narayan Yadav (2014) and five-time Rajya Sabha member Bhartruhari Mahatab of the Lok Biju Janata Dal (BJD) (2017).

7.      CRISIL UPGRADES OUTLOOK ON 18 PSBS FROM NEGATIVE TO STABLE
i. Rating agency CRISIL has revised its outlook on 18 public sector banks from “negative” to “stable” after the government announced bank-wise capital infusion and reform plans.
ii. The revision in outlook is primarily driven by the government’s PSB recapitalisation programme for this fiscal (2017-18).

8.      ASHA BHOSLE TO GET YASH CHOPRA MEMORIAL AWARD
i. Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle will be given the 'Yash Chopra Memorial Award'. She will be the fifth winner of the award.
ii. The award has been instituted by the TSR Foundation of T. Subbarami Reddy in memory of producer-director Yash Chopra, who died in 2012.

9.      INDIAN-AMERICAN ADOBE CEO SHANTANU NARAYEN TO LEAD USISPF BOARD
i. Indian-American Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen has been elected as the Vice Chairman of the US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum. It is a new organisation set up to enhance business relations between India and the US.
ii. The new representative body - US-India Strategic Partnership Forum was set up to promote bilateral trade and work on creating meaningful opportunities that have the power to change the lives of citizens. The USISPF now has 31 board members.

10.  PAYTM, ALIBABA’S AGTECH HOLDINGS LAUNCH NEW MOBILE GAMING PLATFORM
i. Mobile payments company Paytm and Alibaba Group-owned AGTech Holdings Ltd have formed a joint venture to launch 'Gamepind' a gaming platform aimed at mobile users in India.
ii. AGTech Media currently holds 45% in the joint venture, and Paytm owns the rest. At the time of the signing of the agreement, Paytm’s parent company One97 invested $8.8 million in the venture for its 55% stake, and AGTech Holdings put in $7.2 million for its 45% stake.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. MOBILE PAYMENTS COMPANY PAYTM AND AGTECH HOLDINGS LTD HAVE FORMED A JOINT VENTURE TO LAUNCH 'GAMEPIND' A GAMING PLATFORM AIMED AT MOBILE USERS IN INDIA. AGTECH HOLDINGS LTD IS OWNED BY?
a)  Apple
b)  Alibaba Group
c)  Tancent Technologies  
d)  Walmart
Q2. ARMIES OF INDIA AND WHICH COUNTRY HAS BEGUN A 6-DAY-LONG MILITARY EXERCISE NAMED ‘VINBAX’ IN JABALPUR IN MADHYA PRADESH?
a)  Vatican City
b)  Venezuela
c)  Vietnam
d)  Vanuatu
Q3. A THREE-DAY INTERNATIONAL BIRD FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD AT THE DUDHWA NATIONAL PARK. THIS NATIONAL PARK IS LOCATED IN?
a)  Jharkhand
b)  Himachal Pradesh
c)  Maharashtra
d)  Uttar Pradesh
Q4. RATING AGENCY CRISIL HAS REVISED ITS OUTLOOK ON 18 PUBLIC SECTOR BANKS FROM _______ AFTER THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED BANK-WISE CAPITAL INFUSION AND REFORM PLANS?
a)  Negative to Stable
b)  Stable to Negative
c)  Critical to Negative
d)  Negative to Critical
Q5. THE INDIAN PARLIAMENTARY GROUP HEADED BY LOK SABHA SPEAKER SUMITRA MAHAJAN ANNOUNCED THAT FIVE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT SELECTED FOR THE OUTSTANDING PARLIAMENTARIAN AWARDS. WHO AMONG THE FOLLOWING IS NOT ONE OF THEM?
a)  Hukumdev Narayan Yadav
b)  Ghulam Nabi Azad
c)  Najma A Heptulla
d)  Banwari Lal Purohit

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


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