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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 30 JAN 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 30 JAN 2018
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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.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 29 JAN 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 29 JAN 2018
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1.      INDIA AND CAMBODIA INK 4 AGREEMENTS
i. India and Cambodia signed four agreements in the field of cultural exchange, an exchange line of credit of $26.9 million, memorandum of understanding to cooperate in legal matter and an agreement on prevention of human trafficking.
ii. The documents were exchanged in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Cambodian PM Hun Sen following delegation-level talks between the two countries. New Delhi has agreed to set up a centre of IT excellence in Cambodia.

2.      INDIA TO HOST INFORMAL WTO MINISTERIAL GATHERING IN NEW DELHI
i. Trade ministers from various countries including Australia, Japan and Switzerland met for an informal WTO ministerial gathering in Davos, Switzerland. India was represented by Deepak Jagdish Saksena, ambassador and permanent representative to the WTO.
ii. India announced that it will host an informal WTO Ministerial gathering in March 2018. The meeting would be held in New Delhi on March 19-20.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 28 JAN 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 28 JAN 2018
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1.      21ST INDIA INTERNATIONAL SEAFOOD SHOW OPENS IN GOA
i. 21st India International Seafood Show opened in Margao, Goa. This event was inaugurated by Goa CM Manohar Parrikar. IISS is a biennial event which serves as a common meeting point for various stakeholders of marine products sector such as producers, processing machinery manufacturers, processors,  and technical experts.
ii. Focial theme of 21st IISS is ‘Safe & Sustainable Seafood from India’. It has been jointly organised by the Marine Products Export Development Authority and the Seafood Export Association of India. MPEDA is the nodal agency of the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
iii. During the course of this 3-day event, leaders and experts of marine products sector will deliberate on policies, market trends, technology and action plan to achieving an export target of US$ 10 billion by 2022.

2.      AAI, LAO PDR SIGN CIVIL AVIATION COOPERATION AGREEMENT
i. Airports Authority of India signed an agreement with Department of Civil Aviation of Lao PDR, for providing SkyRev360. SkyRev360 is a comprehensive e-data gathering, invoicing and collection system which has been developed in collaboration with the International Air Transport Association under the Government of India’s Make in India initiative
ii. The agreement was signed in Laos in presence of Ravi Shankar Aisola – Ambassador of India in Laos. This agreement is expected to strengthen bilateral cooperation between India and Laos.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 27 JAN 2018

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1.      ASEAN-INDIA COMMEMORATIVE SUMMIT ISSUES DELHI DECLARATION
i. ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations was held in New Delhi.
i. Theme of this Summit was “Shared Values, Common Destiny”. A join statement, titled ‘Delhi Declaration’ was issued outlining the participating countries’ commitment to political, economic and socio-cultural cooperation. Indian PM Narendra Modi and leaders from 10 ASEAN member countries released commemorative postal stamps on Ramayana to mark 25 years of India-ASEAN relations

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 26 JAN 2018

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1.      GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES 4 NEW SCHEMES TO PROMOTE YOUNG SCIENTISTS
i. Central Government launched 4 new schemes to promote young scientists and researchers in India. All the schemes focus on empowering, recognising and motivating youth. Teacher Associateship for Research Excellence Scheme will connect the educators to leading public funded institutions like Indian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Science or national institutions like Council of Scientific & Industrial Research to pursue research.
ii. Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship scheme, support will be offered to 100 PhD scholars for training at foreign universities/laboratories up to 12 months during their doctoral research. Distinguished Investigator Award scheme, 100 fellowships will be offered to principal investigators of Science and Engineering Research Board/Department of Science and Technology projects.
iv. Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research scheme aims to encourage science writing.

2.      KOLKATA BECOMES 1ST INDIAN METRO TO GET A FLOATING MARKET
i. Kolkata has become the first Indian Metro to get a Floating Market. The market will be located on a water-body with boats doubling up as shops. The market, located on the eastern fringes of the city, was inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
ii. The aim is to rehabilitate over 200 shopkeepers from a nearby market that was demolished for the widening of the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. The market will host at least 114 boats, each one accommodating two shops.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 25 JAN 2018

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1.      PM MODI HOLDS BILATERAL TALKS WITH 3 ASEAN LEADERS
i. On the eve of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit to celebrate 25 years of India-ASEAN partnership, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had separate bilateral meetings with leaders of three ASEAN nations - Myanmar, Vietnam and Philippines in New Delhi.
ii. The PM first met his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc and held talks with on issues of mutual interest. Next, he met the Philipino President Rodrigo Duterte and covered a wide range of subjects. Myanmar's State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi also met the PM later in the evening.

Friday, January 26, 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24 JAN 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24 JAN 2018
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1.      INDIA TO HOST 16TH INTERNATIONAL ENERGY FORUM MEET
i. The 16th International Energy Forum Ministerial meeting will be held in New Delhi in April 2018.
ii. According to the Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, the meeting will be hosted by Government of India in New Delhi and co-hosted by the Government of China and South Korea.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 23 JAN 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 23 JAN 2018
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1.      AYUSH MINISTER LAYS FOUNDATION STONE FOR HOMEOPATHY RESEARCH INSTITUTE IN JAIPUR
i. The Minister of State(/IC), for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik laid the foundation stone for Central Research Institute in Jaipur, Rajasthan. This will be the third CRI under the aegis of Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy.
ii. In his address during the stone laying ceremony, Sh. Naik stated that Ministry of AYUSH is determined towards a focused infrastructural push to Homoeopathy and other systems of AYUSH.

2.      INDIA-ASEAN BUSINESS & INVESTMENT CONFERENCE HELD IN NEW DELHI
i. India-ASEAN business and investment conference held in New Delhi ahead of the landmark commemorative summit meeting on the 25th of January. In the conference, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu stresses enhanced connectivity via land to strengthen trade ties.
ii. Silver jubilee of India-ASEAN partnership is being celebrated in New Delhi on the 25th January with an unprecedented summit meet.

3.      ANDHRA PRADESH-ZURICH SIGN SISTER STATE AGREEMENT
i. The Andhra Pradesh Government and the Canton of Zurich signed a letter of intent, to promote mutual prosperity and development.
ii. This will bring the State of Andhra Pradesh and Canton of Zurich closer and ensure that a framework is created, which supports the exchange between both the parties.

4.      ONGC ACQUIRES 51.11% STAKE IN HPCL
i. The Public Sector exploration giant Oil and Natural Gas Corporation has got the consent for acquiring controlling stake in fellow PSU Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. The transaction will be for Rs36,915 cr.
ii. According to a statement issued by ONGC, it has entered into a share purchase agreement with the President of India for acquiring the shares of HPCL (representing 51.11% of HPCL).

5.      INDIA, 5TH MOST ATTRACTIVE MARKET FOR INVESTMENTS: PWC SURVEY
i. India has emerged as the fifth most attractive market for investments and the optimism over global economic growth is at a record level, as per the survey of CEOs by global consultancy PwC.
ii. The US remains the top spot for global investment. Around 46% of global CEOs consider the US as one of the three most important countries for growth, followed by China (33%) and Germany (20%) at second and third places, respectively.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 21, 22 JAN 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 21, 22 JAN 2018
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1.      MEITY LAUNCHES CYBER SURAKSHIT BHARAT TO STRENGTHEN CYBERSECURITY
i. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, announced the 'Cyber Surakshit Bharat' initiative in association with National e-Governance Division and industry partners.
ii. Cyber Surakshit Bharat will be operated on the three principles of Awareness, Education and Enablement. Cyber Surakshit Bharat is the first public-private partnership of its kind and will leverage the expertise of the IT industry in cybersecurity.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 20JAN 2018

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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.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 19 JAN 2018

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1.      14TH MEETING OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE FOR INTER-LINKING OF RIVERS HELD IN NEW DELHI
i. 14th meeting of the Special Committee for Inter-linking of Rivers was held in New Delhi.
ii. The meeting was attended by Nitin Gadkari – Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Arjun Ram Meghwal – Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Dharam Pal Singh – Irrigation Minister of UP, T Harish Rao – Irrigation Minister of Telangana and senior officials from the centre and state governments.
iii. Main topics that were taken up during the meeting included the status of clearance of Ken-Betwa Link Project, Damanganga-Pinjal and Par-Tapi-Narmada Link Projects. Other topics on which discussions were held included Surplus Water in River Basin for Interlinking of Rivers, Restructuring of National Water Development Agency and Status of Intra-State link proposals.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 18 JAN 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 18 JAN 2018
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1.      INDIA ATTENDS ITS 1ST SCO MILITARY COOPERATION MEETING IN BEIJING
i. India, for the first time, took part in a two-day meeting of the international military cooperation departments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Beijing, China. An Indian delegation was led by Major General Ajay Seth.
ii. This is the 1st meeting attended by India in the field of defence cooperation under the SCO framework.

2.      ISRAEL PM ADDRESSES INDIA-ISRAEL BUSINESS SUMMIT IN MUMBAI
i. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visited Mumbai during the final leg of his visit to India. Mr Netanyahu addressed the India-Israel Business Summit at the iconic Taj Mahal hotel in south Mumbai.
ii. Later in the day, Mr Netanyahu attended the ‘Shalom Bollywood’ event at the Taj hotel. A monthly magazine titled ‘Namaste Shalom’ will also be launched to mark Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Mumbai visit.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 17 JAN 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 17 JAN 2018
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1.      65TH MEETING OF CENTRAL ADVISORY BOARD OF EDUCATION HELD IN NEW DELHI
i. The 65th meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education was held under the chairmanship of Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar. The meeting' agenda was focused on issues related to school education and literacy.
ii. At the meeting the National Assessment Survey District-wise report card was released. The meeting was attended by Education Ministers of 20 States, representatives of 28 States and Union Territories.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 16 JAN 2018

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 16 JAN 2018
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1.      WB, KERALA, ODISHA OPT OUT OF CENTRE’S ASPIRATIONAL DISTRICT SCHEME
i. West Bengal, Odisha and Kerala have opted out of the Central Government’s Transformation of Aspirational Districts scheme. In context of this scheme, aspirational districts refer to selected 115 backward districts that are lagging on specific development parameters.
ii. Central Government has undertaken a major policy initiative for rapid transformation of these districts and senior government officials have been assigned responsibility to coordinate the efforts of the Centre and states in facilitating development in such districts.
iii. With the exit of West Bengal, Kerala and Odisha, total number of districts under this scheme has now reduced to 102 from 115.
iv. ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ conference, held in New Delhi in first week of January 2018, NITI Aayog said it will come out with a ranking of 115 aspirational districts by April 2018.

2.      INDIA, ISRAEL INK NINE PACTS ON CYBER SECURITY, OTHER SECTORS
i. India and Israel signed nine documents to further the cooperation. These include cooperation in Cybersecurity, cooperation in the field of Petroleum and natural gas, document for the amendment to the air transport agreement, cooperation in film co-production, cooperation in the homoeopathy medicines, co-operation in the field of space science, boosting investment, cooperation in metal-air batteries and cooperation in solar thermal technology.
ii. The documents were signed in the presence of the two prime ministers. The two leaders also addressed a joint press conference.

3.      UIDAI ALLOWS FACE RECOGNITION FOR AADHAAR AUTHENTICATION
i. The Unique Identification Authority of India approved authentication based on facial recognition in combination with fingerprint or iris scan for Aadhaar users.
ii. This move will benefit persons who have difficulty with other biometric authentications like fingerprint and iris. The facial recognition-based authentication will come into act from 1st July 2018 and will be allowed only in fusion mode combined with fingerprint or iris or OTP to authenticate Aadhaar user.
iii. Also, this facial recognition based-authentication will be permitted “on need basis”. Since photos of users are already available in the UIDAI database collection of new data is not required.

4.     RAJYAVARDHAN RATHORE LAUNCHES ‘KHELO INDIA’ ANTHEM
i. Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore made the announcement during the launch of the official anthem and mascot of Khelo India School Games, beginning January 31.  “Now when an athlete wins a medal at Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Olympics, the coach gets incentive.
ii. The video features India's eminent sports personalities such as Sardar Singh, Leander Paes, Sunil Chhetri, Devendra Jhajharia, Baichung Bhutia, Pullela Gopichand, Akhil Kumar, Sakshi Malik, Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal.

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