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Important Current Affairs 9th JANUARY 2018

Important Current Affairs 9th  JANUARY 2018

Current Affairs 9th JANUARY 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

The Central Government notifies the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017

●    The Central Government notified the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017.
●    Section 53 of the Companies Act, 2013 prohibited issuance of shares at a discount. 
●    Section 197 of the Companies Act, 2013 required approval of the company in a general meeting for payment of managerial remuneration in excess of 11 percent of the net profits. 

India unveils Pratyush, its fastest supercomputer yet

●    India unveiled Pratyush.
●    It is India’s fastest supercomputer till now. 
●    It was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Earth Sciences Dr.Harsh Vardhan.
●    Pratyush costs over Rs. 450 crores.

Bihar government bans electronic cigarettes in state

●    Bihar has banned e-cigarettes. 
●    E-cigarette is smoked through electronics nicotine delivery system (ENDS).
●    State drug controller (SDC) Ravindra Kumar Sinha issued ordered the new rule.
●    The state has already banned all tobacco products and items containing nicotine not approved by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).


Snowfall in Sahara Desert's Ain Sefra for 3rd time in 37 yrs

●    Snowfall has been recorded in the Sahara.
●    It happened in Ain Sefra.
●    It has made a layer of 16 inches.
●    Ain Sefra has seen record lows of -10.2C in winter.
●    In 1979, a snowstorm lasting half an hour stopped traffic. 
 

AR Rahman appointed Sikkim's brand ambassador

●    Music composer A R Rahman became the brand ambassador of Sikkim.
●    It was announced by Sikkim chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling.
●    Sikkim witnessed approximately 12 lakh tourist footfalls in 2017.
●    It was 7.5 lakh domestic and 62,000 foreign tourist footfall in 2016.

Current Affairs 9th JANUARY 2018: DAYS AND DATES

Army Technology Seminar: 2018

●    The second edition of Army Technology Seminar was organised at Manekshaw Centre in Delhi.
●    It was organised by Indian Army on 08 January 2018. 
●    The theme of the seminar was ‘Technology as a Key Enabler to Overcome Challenges of Military Operations in High Altitude’. 

January 9 observed as Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

●    Pravasi Bhartiya Divas is annually celebrated on January 9
●    It is celebrated to remember the contribution of NRI community towards India.
●    This began in 2003.
●    On January 9, 1915 Mahatma Gandhi left South Africa and returned to India.

Current Affairs 9th JANUARY 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

China agrees to stop road construction in Arunachal Pradesh

●    China agreed to stop road construction in Arunachal Pradesh.
●    The Chinese labourers have been called off after Indian Army intervention.
●    Both countries had meeting on January 6.
●    Stand-off between both the troops started on 16 June.
●    The stand-off ended on August 28.

Kannur airport to be fully solar-powered

●    Kannur International Airport (KIAL) would be fully solar powered airport.
●    This airport has been commissioned by the govt. recently.
●    Decision was taken in the director board meeting of the airport board.
●    The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.


UK's ban on plastic microbeads takes effect

●    UK banned making any product with microbeads.
●    It is a tiny plastic particles which are used in the manufacturing of cosmetics to shampoo and toothpaste.
●    Barack Obama in his presidency signed a bill to outlaw microbeads in rinse-off products in 2015. 


Jeff Bezos now worth more than Bill Gates ever was

●    Jeff Bezos’s net worth has crossed $105.1 billion.
●    Amazon shares have gone up by 6.6 percent this year.
●    It has  captured 89 percent of online spending among all the retailers.
●    Bill Gate has given away almost 700 million Microsoft shares and $2.9 billion of cash and other assets since 1996.


World's oldest known wild bird aged 67 lays egg

●    The world's oldest known wild bird has laid an egg.
●    She has done it at an age of 67 years.
●    The lifespan of Laysan albatrosses around 50 years.
●    Wisdom was first given an identification tag in 1956, by ornithologist Chandler Robbins.


N Korea agrees to participate in Winter Olympics in S Korea
 
●    North Korea will send athletes and cheerleaders Winter Olympics in South Korea.
●    Both countries ended their first official talks.
●    Winter Olympic Games are going to start from 9 February.
 

Current Affairs 9th JANUARY 2018: SPORTS

22-yr-old Rabada becomes world's highest-ranked Test bowler

●    Kagiso Rabada has become the number-one ranked bowler.
●    He scored this rank in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.
●    He was one in South Africa’s campaign in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.
●    It was in the UAE in 2014.

Current Affairs 9th JANUARY 2018: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

ISRO made ₹289 cr from foreign satellite launches in 2016-17
 
●    ISRO's earned ₹288.75 crore by launching satellites for other countries in 2017.
●    ISRO’s commercial arm, Antrix earned this revenue.
●    ISRO has launched over 200 foreign satellites.
●    It includes 101 Nano satellites in its record launch in February 2017.

Current Affairs 9th JANUARY 2018: AWARDS

HG Khorana is the only India-born Medicine Nobel Laureate
 
●    Biochemist Har Gobind Khorana jointly won the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
●    He was born in Punjab on January 9, 1922.
●    He got Nobel for "interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis".
●    He generated first artificial gene in 1972.
●    He died in 2011.

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Important Current Affairs 8th January 2018

Important Current Affairs 8th January 2018

Current Affairs 8th January 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Haryana launches HRP portal

●    Haryana has become first state in the country to launch High Risk Pregnancy (HRP) Portal. 
●    This portal helps in early identification of high-risk pregnant cases.
●    State health minister Anil Vij launched the portal.
●    The Mission Director, National Health Mission is Amneet P. Kumar.


Arunachal to have India’s 2nd FTII

●    Arunachal Pradesh is going to get its first Film and Television Institute.
●    This would be the second FTII in the country. 
●    The first FTII was set up in Pune.
●    It is an autonomous institute operating under the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.


Tirumurti appointed eco. relations secy

●    T S Tirumurti has been appointed as the Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry.
●    He is Indian High Commissioner to Kuala Lumpur.
●    He has been appointed in place of Vijay Keshav Gokhale.
●    Tirumurti is a 1985-batch officers of IFS.
●    He became High Commissioner of India to Malaysia on December 20, 2013.

The third meeting of the Business Development and Promotion Council was held today in New Delhi

●    Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhu chaired the third meeting of the Business Development and Promotion Council in New Delhi today.
●    The Lord emphasized the importance of creating a favorable environment for promotion of exports.
●    He said that there was a need to develop state and district level strategies.
●    He said that districts should be made new units of development and plans related to them should be made.

Ananth Kumar inaugurated the 18th All India Whip Conference in Udaipur, Rajasthan

●    Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Anant Kumar today inaugurated the 18th All India Whip Conference in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
●    The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt. Vasundhara Raje Scindia chaired the inaugural session as the chief guest.
●    In this two-day conference, about 90 representatives from 19 states and the Center are participating.
●    The conference will conclude on January 9, 2018.

Govt cancels ₹32,000-cr Make in India warship project

●    The government has cancelled the project to construct 12 advanced minesweepers.
●    It was a Rs 32,000 crore project.
●    It was going to be  in collaboration with South Korea at the Goa Shipyard.
 

Current Affairs 8th January 2018: DEFENCE

INS Arihant left crippled after ‘accident’ 10 months ago

●    Nuclear submarine was damaged after water entered its propulsion chamber few months back.
●    The submarine is built under the Advanced Technology Vessel project (ATV).
●    It is being repaired.
●    On July 26, 2009, Gursharan Kaur launched it in Visakhapatnam.
●    She is wife of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Current Affairs 8th January 2018: SCHEMES

Punjab launches farm debt waiver scheme

●    Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh launched farm loan waiver scheme.
●    5.63 lakh farmers would benefit in first phase.
●    It was one of the promise of the Congress party before elections.

Current Affairs 8th January 2018: AWARDS

SPB to get LV award

●    On January 12, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam will  receive the LV Lifetime Achievement award.
●    He is the Playback singer and music composer.
●    It will mark 75th birth anniversary of music director and violin artist L. Vaidyanathan.
 

Current Affairs 8th January 2018: ECONOMY 


Global debt over 3 times the size of world economy: Study

●    Global debt became highest ever of $233 trillion in the third quarter of 2017.
●    It’s over three times of the global economy.
●    It’s more than $16-trillion extra than 2016. 
●    World's per capita debt is over $30,000.

'Three Billboards...' named Best Picture at Golden Globes

●    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won the Best Motion Picture Drama award.
●    It was announced on 75th annual Golden Globes. 
●    Only A24 got more than one Lady Bird was named Best Picture Comedy or Musical and scored a Best Actress win for Saoirse Ronan, and James Franco won Best Actor Comedy/Musical for The Disaster Artist.
●    The film stars McDormand.

Current Affairs 8th January 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

World's largest ice festival kicks off in China

●    The world's largest ice festival has started.
●    It started in Harbin, northeastern China.
●    Its 34th Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.
●    It’s going to began on January 5.


Dormant volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts for 1st time

●    A surprise eruption from a dormant volcano covered the village below with dust and ash.
●    Volcanic eruption took place over Kadovar Island off the northeastern coast of Papua New Guinea.
●    Approximately 600 people left the island.


Mahathir to lead Malaysia’s Opposition

●    Malaysia’s opposition named Mahathir Mohamad as candidate for prime minister.
●    He is 92 years old.
●    Election is going to be held by August.
●    Current prime Minister is Najib Razak.
●    He is 64 years old. 


China to build naval base in Pakistan

●    China is planning to build its second overseas naval base near Pakistan Gwadar port.
●    Gwadar port is a key part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
●    China began construction of base in Djibouti in 2016.
●    It is to be used to resupply navy ships taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions in Yemen and Somalia.

Current Affairs 8th January 2018: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 

SpaceX launches 'secret' satellite on its 1st flight of 2018

●    SpaceX has launched a secret satellite code-named Zuma.
●    It’s the first flight of the 2018. 
●    The Falcon rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
●    Northrop Grumman provided the satellite.
●    The Govt. which provided the satellite, was not announced. 
●    The name Zuma is of a Southern California beach.
●    Last year SpaceX launched 18 satellites.

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Important Current Affairs 7th JANUARY 2018

Important Current Affairs 7th January 2018

Current Affairs 7th JANUARY 2018: NATIONAL NEWS


'KPME Bill gets Governor’s nod

●    Governor Vajubhai Vala gave his agreement to the Karnataka Private Medical Establishment (Amendment) Bill 2017.
●    It will enforce patients rights charter. 
●    The Act will be enforced in February.
●    It was announced by, Health Minister Ramesh Kumar

States ranked on logistics performance

●    The commerce ministry will launch Logistics Performance Index (LPI) on January 8.
●    The index will act as a dynamic tool for the ministry to identify bottlenecks in this area.
●    The ranking will be based on 8 parameters such as transportation facilities available in states and documentation procedures.
●    The ranking targets to encourage states to work and improving their logistics related infrastructure. 
 

Lalu gets jail term of 3.5 years

●    Bihar's politician Lalu Yadav was convicted in a second case of fodder scam.
●    It was a scam of Rs. 89 lakh.
●    He was given three-and-a-half-years jail term and a fine of Rs. 10 lakh by a special court in Ranchi. 
●    Lalu Yadav is preparing for an appeal in High court.

KIOCL to explore iron ore, gold in Mysore, Tirupur

●    Union Minister for Steel is Chaudhary Birender Singh.
●    KIOCL (Kudremukh Iron Ore Ltd.) has been given task to explore ore and gold in South India, in Tiruppur of Tamil Nadu and Mysuru of Karnataka.
●    KIOCL recently had entered into a MoU with Vishakhapatnam- based Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd., (RINL), also known as Vizag Steel.

US engineer discovers the largest ever prime number

●    A largest ever prime number has been discovered.
●    It has 23,249,425 digits. 
●    It's called M77232917,.
●    It's the 50th prime number of its type ever discovered.
●    It's called a Mersenne prime.
●    It is found by multiplying twos together many times, and subtracting one from the final number. 

Coir sector seeks measures for product value addition

●    The Coir Board is encouraging the setting up of large industries to make value-added coir products. 
●    For this the board is going to unveil a scheme next week.
●    S. Mahesh Kumar is the director of the Federation of Indian Coir Exporters’ Associations.
●    Under this scheme 25% subsidy would be offered for a ₹10-crore investment in plant and machinery. 
●    Coir products worth ₹2,281 crore were exported in 2016-2017. 

Khelo India logo launched

●    The vibrant Khelo India logo of New India was launched by Indian Govt. .
●    It was launched by the Union Minister of State Youth Affairs and Sports Col Rajyavardhan Rathore.
●    The ceremony took place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi.
●    The logo conveys an impression of fitness and competitiveness. 

Current Affairs 7th JANUARY 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

Iran bans English in schools fearing 'cultural invasion'

●    Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary schools.
●    It was termed as the "cultural invasion" from western countries.
●    The teaching of English usually starts in middle school in Iran, around the ages of 12 to 14.
●    Some children also attend private language institutes after their school day. 

Argentinian teen sets Guinness World Record for longest hair

●    A 17-year-old Argentinian, Abril Lorenzatti set the Guinness World Record for the longest hair on a teenager.
●    Her hair is 1.52 meters long.
●    Her nickname is 'Rapunzel'.
●    She did not had a haircut for 10 years.

NZ 'poo tracker' website checks sewage pollution at beach

●    Auckland, New Zealand is introducing a new tool which allows visitors to know in advance the quality of water at each of their city beaches. 
●    Name of this website is “poo tracker,”.
●    It predicts and tracks the safety of Auckland waterways in real time.
 

Current Affairs 7th JANUARY 2018: OBITUARIES 

 
Indian powerlifting world champion dies following car crash

●    Five powerlifting players from Delhi were killed in a car accident.
●    Amog the killed people, a world champion also died.
●    He had bagged the title for India in Moscow last year.
●    The six athletes were going from Delhi to Panipat.
●    Powerlifting world champion Saksham Yadav and Rohit was admitted to Hospital. 

1st astronaut to fly solo around the Moon dies at 87

●    John W. Young was the 1st astronaut  to fly solo around the moon.
●    He was born on 24th September 1930.
●    He has lots of records on his name.
●    He was a navy pilot and served during Korean war.
●    He passed away at the age of 87.
●    He flew into space twice during NASA's Gemini program in the 1960s.
●    Twice on the Apollo lunar missions and twice on space shuttles in the 1980s.

Current Affairs 7th JANUARY 2018: SPORTS

PV Sindhu defeats world number 1 in Premier Badminton League

●    Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu defeated world no.1 Tai Tzu Ying.
●    She was defending champions Chennai Smashers afloat against Ahmedabad Smash Masters in the third Premier Badminton League.
●    It was a big win for Chennai.


Cook youngest to 12,000 Test runs, beats Tendulkar's record

●    Alastair Cook reached 12,000 Test runs and beaten Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
●    He became the sixth batsman to score 12,000 test runs.
●    He IS 33-year-old.
●    Alastair Nathan Cook was born on 25 December 1984.
●    He is an English cricketer. 

Current Affairs 7th JANUARY 2018: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

NASA unveils 60th anniversary logo

●    NASA was founded by the President Dwight D. Eisenhower on July 29, 1958.
●    But the space agency marks it birthday on Oct. 1. 
●    NASA graphic artist Matthew Skeins created a logo featuring a towering "60" above NASA's name.

1st proof of ozone hole recovery post CFC chemical ban found

●    With international ban on chlorine-containing man-made chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), has resulted in about 20 percent less ozone depletion.
●    CFCs are long-lived chemical compounds that eventually rise into the stratosphere.
●    There they are broken by Sun’s ultraviolet radiation.
●    This breaking releases chlorine atoms that destroys ozone molecules. 
●    Stratospheric ozone protects life on the planet by absorbing harmful ultraviolet radiation.

Current Affairs 7th JANUARY 2018: ECONOMY

CBDT relaxes norms for MAT on insolvents

●    The Income Tax Department relaxed norms for levy of Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) on companies facing corporate insolvency proceedings.
●    As per Section 115JB of the Income Tax Act, MAT is levied on book profit after deducting the amount of loss brought forward or unabsorbed depreciation, whichever is less.
●    This has been done to minimise the genuine hardships faced by such companies, said the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

Current Affairs 7th JANUARY 2018: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

US, South Korea to not hold military drill during Olympics

●    Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have decided not to hold joint military drills during the Winter Olympic Games in February.
●    They both agreed on a phone call.
●    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has long bemoaned the joint US-South Korean drills.
●    He takes the drill as a direct threat to Pyongyang.
 

Current Affairs 7th JANUARY 2018: DAYS AND DATES

1st man-made object to orbit Earth lasted for 92 days

●    On 4 January 1958, the first man-made object to orbit Earth was the Soviet Sputnik I satellite.
●    It fell back into the atmosphere, after 92 days in space.
●    Sputnik means 'companion'.
●    It was launched from Kazakhstan. 
●    The craft circled Earth every 95 minutes at over 40 000 kilometres per hour, 800 kilometres above the planet.

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Important Current Affairs 6th JANUARY 2018

Important Current Affairs 6th  JANUARY 2018

Current Affairs 6th JANUARY 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Bengal unveils official State emblem

●    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee unveiled the official emblem of the state government.
●    This was approved by the centre in January 2018.
●    The logo highlights the Ashoka emblem on the top with the theme of "Biswa Bangla" at the centre. 
●    Chief Minister has also contributed its design.

Constitution Bench to look at adultery law

●    A 3 judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra announced to reconsider its past decisions on adultery law.
●    The Supreme Court asked constitution Bench a petition to decide if the pre-Independence provision of adultery in the Indian Penal Code treats a married woman as a commodity owned by her husband or not.
●    The petition wants Section 497 (adultery) IPC to be dropped as a criminal offence from the penal code.

Indian-origin man named best central banker in Asia-Pacific

●    An Indian-origin banker in Singapore has been named as the best central bank governor in Asia-Pacific for 2018.
●    Ravi Menon, managing director of Singapore’s central bank Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), has been named for the position.
●    Singapore’s Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat was also named the best banker in 2011. 
●    In last three years, the central bankers of Vietnam, India and Bangladesh were named for the recognition.


After four decades, India gets a Kashmiri film

●    A Kashmiri feature film, shot and produced entirely in the Valley is going to be released.
●    This is going to happen for the first time in 45 years.
●    Unique thing is that this film was produced in a place with no cinema halls and no film industry. 
●    Last Kashmiri film was in 1972.
●    Two locally made films, Partav and Akh Daleel Looluch, produced in the past two decades were not released in cinemas.


Ocean dead zones with no oxygen quadrupled since 1950: Study

●    Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950.
●    Climate change caused by fossil fuel burning is the cause of the large-scale deoxygenation.
●    The oceans feed more than 500 million people.
●    It provides job for 350 million people. 
●    The open ocean has natural low oxygen areas.
 

Government launches online cancer detection course

●    Union health ministry launched a seven-month online cancer detection course.
●    This course is designed by Tata Memorial.
●    It will help people in detecting early signs of the disease.
●    This course is specially targeted to the village and small town population.
●    The course is for physicians, gynaecologists, dentists and other health care professionals, basically non-oncologists.
●    It can play a crucial role in early detection and diagnosis of cancers.
 

Current Affairs 6th JANUARY 2018: DEFENCE

Women can join Territorial Army: HC

●    Women can now join the Territorial Army.
●    Delhi High Court quashed the Centre's advertisements excluding them from being recruited.
●    A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar ordered this decision.
●    It declared that 'any person' mentioned in section 6 of the Territorial Army Act, 1948 "includes both males as well as females".
 

Current Affairs 6th JANUARY 2018: DAYS AND DATES

Earth made its closest approach of 2018 to Sun on Jan 3

●    On January 3, the Earth was most close to the Sun in the year 2018.
●    This is called perihelion.
●    The word is derived from Greek where 'peri' meaning 'near' and 'helios' meaning 'sun'.
●    This distance was 147 million km.
●    On July 6 Earth would reach the most distant point at 152 million km.
●    This most distant position is called the aphelion.

Current Affairs 6th JANUARY 2018: SPORTS

Sachin was first batsman to be given out by third umpire

●    Sachin Tendulkar was the first batsman in history who was given out by a third umpire.
●    He was given run-out by TV umpire Karl Liebenberg in the first Test.
●    It was given in 1992. 
●    Jonty Rhodes was the baller.
●    He was sent back by Ravi Shastri.

Lynn becomes first player in BBL history to slam 100 sixes

●    Chris Lynn became the first player to score 100 sixes in the Big Bash League.
●    Christopher Austin Lynn was born on 10 April 1990.
●    He is an Australian cricketer. 
●    Lynn is a right-handed middle order batsman.


Smith becomes joint second-fastest to reach 6,000 Test runs

●    Steve Smith became second fastest along with Sir Donald Bradman to reach 6000 test runs.
●    He is currently the world's No.1 batsman.
●    He became the equal-second fastest player in history to bring up 6000 Test runs.
●    Smith reached the milestone in his 111th innings.
 

Jasprit Bumrah becomes India's 290th Test player


●    Bumrah became the 290th player to represent India in the test matches.
●    India is ranked No. 1 in this format.
●    Bumrah is also the first debutant to represent India from Gujarat in the last 15 years.
●    Parthiv Patel was the previous one.

Current Affairs 6th JANUARY 2018: ECONOMY

RBI to issue new ₹10 notes in chocolate brown colour: Report

●    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will issue new banknotes of Rs. 10.
●    The new Rs. 10 notes will be in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series, and will have signature of RBI Governor Dr Urjit R Patel.
●    The dimension of the new Rs. 10 banknotes will be 63 mm x 123 mm.
●    The Rs. 10 rupee will be printed on the front of the note in the Devnagari script.
●    The Ashoka Pillar emblem will be on the right side of the front side. 

Ripple Co-founder becomes richer than Google Founders

●    Former CEO of Ripple, Chris Larsen became a multi-billionaire.
●    Ripple issues the cryptocurrency token XRP.
●    value of XRP jumped from $0.25 in December last year to $3.16 now.
●    This cryptocurrency now ranks as the second biggest after Bitcoin.

Current Affairs 6th JANUARY 2018: AWARDS

Ashwini Ponnappa is ‘Coorg Person of the Year’

●    Badminton player and Olympian Ashwini Ponnappa has been named Coorg Person of the year, 2017.
●    It has been announced in a poll conducted by a news portal dedicated to Kodagu. 
●    Ashwini won a gold medal in the womens double event of the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.
●    Ashwini Ponnappa is the youngest sportsperson from Kodagu to win the prestigious Arjuna award. 
●    Her father Ponnappa, worked for the Reserve Bank of India at Hyderabad.
●    He was a hockey player and was in the Indian hockey camp during the 1982 Asiad. 
 

Current Affairs 6th JANUARY 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

China to build AI development park worth over ₹13,400 crore
●    China plans to build a technology park for the development of artificial intelligence.
●    It will cost over ₹13,400 crore which is ¥13.8 billion. 
●    It is targeted at attracting enterprises that work on big-data, biometric identification and cloud computing. 
●    Park will generate an annual estimated output value of ₹48,800 crore which is ¥50 billion.

Dubai to break own record of world's tallest hotel

●    Dubai is going to get a 356-metre-high hotel in 2018.
●    It is going to be the tallest hotel in the world. 
●    This hotel will have 528 rooms.
●    It will have 75 floors.
●    Currently 355-metre-high JW Marriott Marquis hotel in Dubai is the tallest one.

Current Affairs 6th JANUARY 2018: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

NASA to launch two missions to explore Earth-space boundary

●    NASA is going to launch two missions to explore area 96 km above Earth's surface. 
●    GOLD and ICON will team up to explore the ionosphere.
●    It is a boundary area between Earth and space where particles are heated up into a sea of electrically-charged electrons and ions by the Sun's radiation.
●    These layers are home to radio signals used to guide planes, ships and GPS satellites.

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Important Current Affairs 5th January 2018

Important Current Affairs 5th January 2018

Current Affairs 5th January 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Cabinet gives ex-post facto approval to India's stand at WTO

●    The Union Cabinet gave its ex-post facto approval to the stand taken by India at the MC11 of the WTO.
●    It was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in December 2017.
●    The MC11, took place from December 10 to 13 in 2017.
●    It was chaired by Minister Susana Malcorra of Argentina.

Cabinet approves Indo-Myanmar agreement on land border crossing

●    The Union Cabinet recently approved the MoU between India and Myanmar on Land Border Crossing.
●    The agreement will regulate free movement rights for the people living in the border areas of both the countries.
●    It will also also facilitate the movement of people on the basis of valid passports and visas.
●    It will boost the economy of the North East.
●    It will safeguard the traditional rights of the tribal communities living in border areas.

Lok Sabha passes bill to hike salaries of Supreme Court, High Court judges

●    A bill was passed in Lok Sabha which will increase the salaries of judges of the Supreme Court and the 24 high courts.
●    The increment will be more than twice.
●    After the bill is passed SC Chief justice will get a monthly salary of Rs. 2.80 lakh.
●    His current salary is Rs. one lakh a month .
●    Judges of the Supreme Court and chief justices of the high courts will get a monthly salary of Rs. 2.50 lakh.
●    Their current salary is Rs. 90,000.
●    The judges of the high courts will get Rs. 80,000 per month.
●    Their current salary is Rs. 2.25 lakh per month.

Panneerselvam appointed Leader of the House in Tamil Nadu Assembly

●    Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam has been appointed as leader of the house.
●    It was announced by the assembly secretary K Boopathy on 4th January 2018.
●    He’ll replace K A Sengottaiyan.
●    Panneerselvam was the leader of the house during former chief minister J Jayalalithaa regime. 
●    2018 assembly session is set to begin on January 8.
 

Cate Blanchett to head Cannes Festival jury

●    Cate Blanchett became head of the Cannes festival jury.
●    Cate is a two-time Academy award winner.
●    She will succeed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar.
●    Pedro headed the 70th edition of the festival last year.
●    This year's festival will take place from May 8-19.

Amazon patents mirror that lets users try clothes virtually

●    Amazon has patented a mirror that let the consumer try on clothes virtually.
●    Consumer can do it by placing themselves into a virtual location.
●    The patent describes the mirror as partially-reflective and partially-transmissive.
●    It uses displays, cameras, and projectors to create the blended image. 
●    Amazon acquired Body Labs last year.
●    Body Labs is an AI-software and computer vision company.
●    Amazon has made its place in the fashion industry.

Current Affairs 5th January 2018: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIP 


Cabinet nod to pact signed with US for co-hosting GES 2017

●    The Union Cabinet gave its ex-post facto approval for a pact signed between India and the US.
●    This pact is for co-hosting the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2017 in India.
●    The GES-2017 was held in Hyderabad.
●    It was held from 28 November 28 2017.
●    It was attended by delegates from 150 countries.
 

Current Affairs 5th January 2018: GLOBAL NEWS 

Ancient Aztec Map of Universe Found on Mexican Volcano

●    The remains of an ancient stone sanctuary was found In mexico.
●    It is situated in the middle of a pond, on the side of a volcano.
●    The sanctuary is at a height of 13,000 feet below the Iztaccihuatl volcano.
●    The National Institute referred to the sanctuary as a iztacalco. 

Chinese globes sold in Canada depict J&K out of India

●    It was the third reported instance since December where chinese globe has shown Kashmir separate from India.
●    These globes were manufactured in China and sold at mainstream Canadian outlets.
●    Before this there was another retailer selling globe, made in China, that removed both J&K and Arunachal Pradesh from India.

Power prices go negative in Germany due to overproduction

●    Electricity prices dipped below zero on Christmas in Germany.
●    It means people are being essentially paid to use electricity.
●    This is because Germany's wind and solar plants are very efficient at generating power.
●    But they can’t still match the power demand.
●    The negative pricing compensates the consumers' subsequent electricity billing.

Current Affairs 5th January 2018: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Novel sperm-sorting device could improve IVF success

●    A new device has been discovered by scientists.
●    This device can select fast and healthy sperm cells.
●    This technology will help women undergoing IVF procedure.
●    It uses a field of 3D posts which creates an obstacle for the swimming sperm cells.
●    The strongest and healthiest sperm get through this obstacle and then are collected & used in the IVF process.
●    This device is called the SPARTAN device.

Current Affairs 5th January 2018: DAYS AND DATES

A "super blue blood moon" is coming January 31 

●    On January 31 earth will see third supermoon in a row.
●    It will also be the second full moon of January.
●    It is going to coincide with total lunar eclipse.
●    The last time it happened together 152 years ago.
●    Any full moon which falls within the 90% of the lunar orbit close to Earth is called supermoon.
●    Another such event will happen in 2019.

Current Affairs 5th January 2018: ECONOMY

Govt to launch new savings bonds with 7.75% interest

●    The government of India announced the launch of new savings bonds.
●    It will bear an interest of 7.75% and mature in seven years.
●    Eligible investors can buy 7.75% Savings Bonds from 10 January.
●    The minimum issuance amount for these bonds is Rs1,000. 
●    The interest of 7.75% per annum will be paid semi-annually.
●    Interest on these bonds will be taxable under the Income Tax Act, 1961. 


SRL becomes 1st Indian diagnostic firm to hit ₹1k cr revenue

●    SRL Diagnostics (SRL) announced that the company become first Indian diagnostics company to surpass Rs. 10 billion in revenue in 2017.
●    SRL Diagnostics was established in 1995.
●    Today SRL has a reach of 15 million patients annually.
●    It exists in 600 cities across 30 states in India.
●    The company has also partnered with the government under PPP in Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh.
●    SRL has also been chosen as the lab partner for UNICEF's Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey.


India signed ₹2.8 lakh-crore defence deals in last 4 years

●    In last four years India has procured 187 defence deals to procure military platforms and equipment from domestic and foreign firms. 
●    Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre gave this data in Lok Sabha. 
●    India has signed the total value of the defence deals worth ₹2.8 lakh crore. 
●    63% of the total deals were signed with Indian vendors.
 

Current Affairs 5th January 2018: SPORTS

SC directs BCCI to allow Bihar to take part in Ranji Trophy

●    Bihar state cricket team will be playing in Ranji and other national level cricket tournaments in 2018.
●    It will happen after a gap of 17 years.
●    This is directed by the supreme court of India on 4th January 2018.
●    Bihar was banned in 2000 from participating in cricket tournaments at national level when BCCI de-affiliated Bihar Cricket Association.
●    This was because the BCA was released of its value after Separation of Jharkhand from Bihar. 
●    The state team had been participating in Ranji trophy from 1935 to 2000.

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Current Affairs 4th JANUARY 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Hyderabad gets its own ‘Art District’

    Necklace Road station got an artistic makeover. 
●    It is Blue Chowk, Yellow Gully, Pink Gully at the Necklace Road station. 
●    At the entrance of MS Maqtha is the sign in black and white about the Art District.
●    All this in one of the rundown areas of the city where sewage flows on the street.


India’s 2nd largest rooftop solar plant

●    GAIL India Ltd commissioned the country's second largest rooftop solar power plant. 
●    It has installed 5.76 MWp (MegaWatt peak) solar plant at its petrochemical complex at Pata in Uttar Pradesh. 
●    In December 2015, Tata Power Solar commissioned a 12 MW solar rooftop project in Amritsar.



Crisil’s index to track FPI investment

●    Rating agency Crisil launched an index to measure the performance of investments of foreign portfolio investors (FPI) in the fixed-income market. 
●    The Crisil FPI index would serve as benchmark for performance of FPI investments.

 
Cabinet approves MoUs with Italy, Israel in energy sector

●    The Union Cabinet approved an MoU with Israel in the field of oil and gas.
●    It also had another MoU signed with Italy on renewable energy. 
●    The MoU between India and Italy was signed on October 30, 2017 in New Delhi.


India calls off missile deal with Israel

●    India has turned down an order to buy Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel.
●    The deal was of approximately $500 million.
●    The two countries have came closer since Modi became PM of India.
●    Since 2009 Prime Minister of Israel is Benjamin Netanyahu.
●    He is the 9th Prime Minister of Israel.
●    Netanyahu held longest single term as Israeli prime minister. 

PM Modi Talks To Vladimir Putin, Vows To Strengthen Russia Ties

●    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on telephonic conversation with Vladimir Putin promised  to intensify Indo-Russia ties.
●    Both sides agreed to strengthen the bilateral partnership.
●    They reviewed the relationship between two countries in 2017.
●    During the Cold War, India and the Soviet Union had a strong strategic, military, economic and diplomatic relationship. 
●    After the Soviet Union collapsed, Russia inherited the close relationship with India.
 

Telugu Desam to launch ‘go to villages’ on Jan. 26

●    Telugu Desam Party will launch ‘go to villages’ programme from January 26.
●    It’s a 82 days program.
●    Program will conclude on the birthday of CM N.Chandrababu naidu on 20 April.
●    It aims to improve civic amenities, including roads, particularly in Dalit areas.
●    Foundation stone of a 125 ft statue of B.R. Ambedkar would be laid at Amaravati on the concluding day.
 

Current Affairs 4th JANUARY 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

International meet for women entrepreneurs

●    Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of India (ALEAP) is going to hold an international conference for women entrepreneurs.
●    This is being held to focus on innovation, incubation and industrialisation.
●    It is going to start from January 17 till January 19.

Turkey’s Bird Language in UNESCO’s List

●    Unesco accepted the "bird language" of Black Sea villagers as world heritage.
●    The unusual whistle language is used as a means of communication by villagers in remote northern Turkey.
●    People in the district of Canakci in Giresun province, still use whistling to communicate.
●    This form of communication dates back to 500 years ago.

6 nations join UN Security Council as non-permanent members

●    Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Netherlands joined non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council.
●    Three women and 12 men are among the 15 ambassadors who will sit in the center of the Security Council’s chamber. 
●    Karen Pierce will take her seat as Britain’s new ambassador.

Pakistan test-fires naval cruise missile Harba

●    The Pakistan Navy successfully test-fired naval cruise missile 'Harba'. 
●    The missile is capable of hitting its target from surface to surface and ground.
●    Pakistani Naval Chief is Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.
 

Current Affairs 4th JANUARY 2018: AWARDS

Shree Saini from Punjab crowned Miss India

●    Shree Saini was crowned Miss India USA 2017.
●    She is 21-year-old & is a student at the University of Washington
●    Prerna was the first runner-up while Ishwarya was declared the second runner-up at the grand finale of the pageant. 

Current Affairs 4th JANUARY 2018: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Kumbh Logo Before Films In UP Halls To Highlight Religious Importance

●    A new logo for Kumbh Mela has been made by U.P. Govt.
●    This logo will be played in all Cinema halls in U.P. after the national anthem.
●    The decision comes soon after the Yogi Adityanath government announced that all official letters will carry the Kumbh logo.
●    The Kumbh Mela has been recently added in UNESCO's list of intangible world heritage.
●    Kumbh Mela will start in Allahabad from January 2019
 

Current Affairs 4th JANUARY 2018: ECONOMY

Government Approves Rs. 5,369 Crore Waterway Project On NW 1

●    On Wednesday govt. approved Rs 5,369-crore Jal Vikas Marg Project.
●    This project will enhance navigation on the National Waterway-1 (NW-1).
●    The project comes in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and major districts under its ambit are Varanasi, Ghazipur, Ballia, Buxar, Chhapra, Vaishali, Patna, Begusarai, Khagaria, Munger, Bhagalpur, Sahibganj, Murshidabad, Pakur, Hoogly and Kolkata.
●    The project is going to complete by 2023.

Government's Nod To Rs. 6,809 Crore Tunnel That Will Connect Leh All Year

●    The government approved the Rs 6,809 crore Zojila pass tunnel project in Jammu and Kashmir.
●    It will provide connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh in all weathers. 
●    Zojila pass is located at a height of 11,578 feet on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway.
●    This approval includes construction, operation and maintenance of this tunnel.
●    This tunnel is going to be of 2-lanes & bi-directional. 
 

Current Affairs 4th JANUARY 2018: SPORTS

New Zealand's Colin Munro 1st batsman to hit 3 T20 hundreds

●    New Zealand's cricketer Colin Munro became first batsman to score three hundreds in international in T20 matches.
●    He scored his third hundred against west Indies.
●    He scored 104 runs off 53 deliveries.
●    Colin Munro was born on 11 March 1987.
●    He was born in South Africa.
●    He plays for New Zealand in all formats of the game. 
 

Current Affairs 4th JANUARY 2018: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Ex-ISRO head once took blame for Kalam-led mission failure 

●    Former ISRO Chairman Satish Dhawan once took responsibility over himself when a SLV-3 mission satellite failed.
●    That SLV-3 was actually headed by late President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at that time.
●    Next year when the mission succeeded, Dhawan gave all credits to Abdul Kalam.
●    Prof. Satish Dhawan was born on 25 September 1920 & he died on 3 January 2002.
●    He was born in Srinagar.
●    In 2002, satellite launch centre at Sriharikota was renamed as the Prof. Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
●    He is known as the father of experimental fluid dynamics research in India.
●    Satish Dhawan was  a Padma Vibhushan-awardee too.

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Current Affairs 3rd January 2018: APPOINTMENT NEWS

Parekh takes over as Infosys CEO

●    Infosys CEO Salil Parekh took charge of the company on 2nd January.
●    He was in the chairmanship race in 2014 as well.
●    Parekh has 30 years of experience in the Indian IT outsourcing industry.
●    He has handled clients in North America and Europe too.

New chair for IPAB

●    Justice Manmohan Singh has been given additional charge as the chairman of the Chennai-headquartered Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB).
●    He’ll take charge from January 1, 2018.
●    Before him the IPAB was without a regular chairman for 19 months.

Rajendran appointed as REAT chairman

●    Former High Court judge B. Rajendran has been appointed as the chairperson of the Real Estate Appellate Tribunal (REAT) for Tamil Nadu and Andaman & Nicobar
●    Salary of the chairperson is ₹80,000 per month.

Current Affairs 3rd January 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Avian flu scare in city

●    One confirmed case of a chicken infected with the H5N1 virus was reported in Bengaluru. 
●    Bird flu was last reported in Bangalore in October 2012.
●    All chicken stalls in the area were immediately shut down to prevent spread of the virus.

Taking Karnataka tourism to the world

●    Tourism Department of Karnataka is going to hold ‘Karnataka International Travel Expo’ (KITE) from February 28 to March 2. 
●    It is being said to be the “largest B2B travel event in India”.
●    It aims to provide platform for over 400 registered buyers and media representatives from more than 25 countries.

Trial of ‘panic button’ on mobiles to begin on Republic Day from U.P.

●    ‘panic button’ mobile phone feature will start from Uttar Pradesh on January 26.
●    Union Minister Maneka Gandhi announced it.
●    In April, 2016, the Department of Telecommunications made it mandatory for mobile companies to  give panic buttons in mobile phones by January 2017.

PM pays tribute to First Female Teacher of Country 

●    Savitribai Phule, was born on January 3, 1881. 
●    She is known as the country’s first woman teacher.
●    She was also a poet.
●    She is known for laying the foundation stone of education opportunities for women in India. 

Water Urbanism Project: IIT Kharagpur Joins Hand With US Universities

●    IIT Kharagpur joined hand with 3 universities of the United State for water urbanism project at Varanasi. 
●    Water urbanism is a geo-hydrological exploratory study of Varanasi.
●    The Water urbanism project is part of the multi-focal point of research under the Science and Heritage Initiative.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Israel on Cooperation in the Oil and Gas Sector

●    The Union Cabinet approved the MoU between India and Israel on cooperation in the Oil and Gas Sector.
●    The MoU is expected to boost India - Israel ties in the energy sector. 
●    The cooperation under the agreement will facilitate promotion of investments in each other's countries, technology transfer, R&D, conducting joint studies, capacity building of human resources and collaboration in the area of Start-ups.

Current Affairs 3rd January 2018: SCIENCE NEWS

Scientists develop world's first 'speed breeding' technique to boost production of wheat by three times

●    Australian scientists have developed the world’s first ‘speed breeding’ technique.
●    It can boost the production of the crop by up to three times. 
●    Earlier NASA experimented such thing using the continuous light on wheat.

China to become world's first country to launch a lunar probe on far side of moon

●    China's space program is going to land a probe on the darker side of the moon for the first time.
●    In December 2016, China announced its plans to launch a lunar probe in 2018.
●    With this single move, China will outdo the historical achievements of the US and the USSR.

N. Korea's Chilling New Weapon: Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Made Of Ice

●    Glimpse of the country's latest weapon ICBM in frozen form was seen in North Koreans ice sculpture festival.
●    Weapon seen in ice sculpture is a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, which North Korea tested it in November.
●    It is capable of attacking the US mainland.

Current Affairs 3rd January 2018: ECONOMY NEWS

China To Invest $1 Billion In Mega Sri Lanka Project

●    China will invest $1 billion in the construction of three 60-storey buildings.
●    These buildings will be made near Sri Lanka's main port, Colombo.
●    With this China aims to boost its waterways business.

Current Affairs 3rd January 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

China's First Emperor Ying Zheng Ordered Search For Immortality Elixir

●    China's first emperor Ying Zheng sanctioned a nation-wide search for the elixir of life more than 2,000 years ago.
●    This has been said by scientists in researchers from Hunan Institute of Archaeology and China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences.

Blue Whale Game Couldn't Be Established as a 'Child Killer': MEA

●    Parliament was informed that the Incidents of children committing suicide with "Blue Whale Challenge Game" in India could not be established in a CERT-In investigation.
●    The Blue Whale Challenge, was created in Russia.

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Current Affairs 2nd JANUARY 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Wayanad to be made floriculture hub
●    Government has initiated a series of efforts to develop Wayanad district as the floriculture hub of the State.
●    Wayanad had been designated as special zone for floriculture and aromatic rice cultivation.
●    The 18-day fete is being organised jointly by the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) and the Department of Agriculture Development and Farmers’ Welfare.

AAP govt revamps fair price shops

●    The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government announced a revamped system for distribution of rations.
●    It includes an e-point of sale (POS) system.
●    It will allow beneficiaries to buy from any fair price shop.


First Telugu woman to scale Mt. Aconcagua
●    G.R. Radhika, Addl. SP, climbed Mount Aconcagua in Argentina on December 30.
●    She became the first Telugu woman to climb the highest peak in South America.
●    ONGC Supported her financially.
●    She plans to complete the 7-summit world challenge by climbing two more left out peaks.


MGR’s childhood home to become a memorial

●    The childhood home of M.G. Ramachandran will get a facelift.
●    He was former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister & All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam founder.
●    The new house will function as an interpretation centre with displaying of books and photographs of the leader. 
●    There will be a mini-theatre inside the house to screen documentaries on MGR and films in which he acted.

Hollywood women launch abuse campaign


●    More than 300 actresses, writers and directors have launched a project to help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces.
●    The initiative is called Time's Up.
●    The campaign is backed by hundreds of actresses.
●    They have already raised more than $13m (£9.6m) of its $15m target.


Vikas Samiksha Yatra


●    Nitish Kumar laid foundation stones for more than 100 projects worth Rs 700 crore in Nalanda district.
●    This has been done as part of his statewide "Vikas Samiksha Yatra".


Cargo Movement On Brahmaputra starts


●    Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari flagged off cargo movement on the Pandu-Dhubri route of the Brahmaputra river.
●    It will boost the inland waterway transport system in the northeast, 
●    5 bridges would be constructed on the river to ease transportation.


Telangana constituted Fin. Commission


●    The State Finance Commission of Telangana has been constituted by the government.
●    The Constitutional body will review financial positions of the local bodies.
●    Former minister and ZP chairman G Rajesham Goud, from Jagtial, has been appointed as chairman of the commission. 

Current Affairs 2nd JANUARY 2018: SPORTS


Vidarbha wins maiden Ranji Trophy

●    Vidarbha won maiden Ranji Trophy after beating Delhi by nine wickets in the final of domestic tournament.
●    Opting to field, Vidarbha bowled out Delhi for 295 in the first innings.
●    Vidarbha scored 547 in reply.
●    In second innings, Delhi were all out for 280.

Current Affairs 2nd JANUARY 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

China-hand Gokhale to be Foreign Secretary
●    Vijay Gokhale is going to become next Foreign Secretary.
●    He is an officer with great experience on China and the East Asian neighbourhood. 
●    Gokhale is a 1981-batch officer.
●    He is currently Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.

Marijuana legalised in California

●    California legalised marijuana in new year.
●    It is a much-anticipated change that comes two decades after the State was the first to allow pot for medical use. 
●    Pot is now legal in California for adults 21 and older, and individuals can grow up to six plants.
●    About 90 businesses received state licenses to open on New Year’s Day.



China Develops Underwater Surveillance Networks In Indian Ocean, South China Sea

●    China has established an underwater surveillance network.
●    It will help Chinese navy track its target accurately.
●    It will give China a cutting edge in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.


UK To Tax Tech Giants Over Extremist Content
●    Britain is planning to impose new taxes on tech giants like Google and Facebook. 
●    This will be done if they are not able to fight online extremism by taking down material aimed at radicalising people or helping them to prepare attacks.
●    Tech giants are being accused of putting private profit before public safety.


S Korea offers high-level talks with North
●    South Korea has offered high-level talks with North Korea.
●    It will also discuss its possible participation in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
●    Kim Jong-un, is considering sending a team in South Korea for the Games in February.


China’s waste ban will affect US
●    China's waste import ban ha came into effect.
●    Now U.S. and UK will have to deal with mountains of recyclables.
●    Every single day, about 4,000 shipping containers full of recyclables leave U.S. ports, bound for China. 
●    In return, China sends back, electronics, and clothing.


Former winner Carlson crowned new chairperson for Miss America
●    Gretchen Carlson has become chairperson of the Miss America organization’s board.
●    She is former Fox News host and Miss America 1989.
●    Carlson joins the board after the Huffington Post revealed lewd e-mails between former pageant C.E.O. Sam Haskell and lead pageant writer Lewis Friedman on December 21. 

Current Affairs 2nd JANUARY 2018: AWARDS


GAIL Awards Contracts for PMUG yojana


●    GAIL India has awarded contracts for a 520-km pipeline under the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga gas pipeline project. 
●    With this phase-II of the Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL) project has been finalised.
●    JHBDPL is a 2,655-km long project.
●    It is also known as the 'Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga' project.

Current Affairs 2nd JANUARY 2018: SPORTS


India Hosting 10 Asean Leaders on 26 Jan
●    Indian government will host leaders of 10 Asean countries as chief guests on January 26.
●    It will happen for the first time that 10 country’s leader will take part in the event.
●    In 2017 Southeast Asian bloc completed its 50 years of formation.

Current Affairs 2nd JANUARY 2018: SCHEMES


Bhavantar Bharpai scheme in Haryana
●    Haryana government has launched Bhavantar Bharpai scheme.
●    It is also known as  the price deficit compensation scheme for vegetables. 
●    This is being done to support farmers in distress.
●    The scheme aims to ensure income of up to Rs 48,000 to 56,000 per acre to farmers.
 

Current Affairs 2nd JANUARY 2018: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY


NASA’s to explore Saturn’s moon
●    NASA's flying observatory is preparing its 2018 observing campaign.
●    It includes observations of Saturn's giant moon Titan.
●    Sofia is a Boeing 747SP jetliner modified to carry a 100-inch diameter telescope. 
●    It is a joint project of NASA and the German Aerospace Center.

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Current Affairs 1st JANUARY 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Nyctibatrachus mewasinghi was discovered in the Western Ghats -New night frog species found
●    Another frog from Kerala is the most recent commitment to the spurt in land and water proficient revelations crosswise over India.
●    Researchers have quite recently found the Mewa Singh's Night frog.
●    It was found from the Western Ghats, from Kozhikode Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary.
●    The new night frog Nyctibatrachus mewa singh is light dark colored with a grayish underside.


Chandragiri fort set to get a facelift

●    Kerala Minister declares Rs. 80 lakhs for stage I of the facelift project.
●    The 17-century Chandragiri fortress will see scientific protection with Minister of Archeology and Archives Kadannappally Ramachandran declaring a Rs. 80-lakh amount for the primary renovation.
●    The venture conceives enhancing the fundamental framework, keeping the legacy of the fortress in place.

 
Karnataka - Dhaatu International Puppet Festival
●    The three-day Dhaatu International Puppet Festival will be held from January 5 to 7 in the city.
●    Entering its fourth progressive year, the celebration will likewise have 200 years old tradition of puppets.
●    The occasion is being bolstered by the Union Ministry of Culture, State Department of Tourism, and The Cultural Forum of Austria. 
●    The entry fee for all these shows are covered by the government and Dhaatu themselves.

Alok Mohan posted as ADGP of the bureau

●    Alok Mohan has been posted as the Additional Director-General of Police (ADGP), Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
●    The State government has also transferred another senior official from the ACB, K.V. Sharath Chandra, as IGP, Eastern Range, Davangere. 
●    Soumendu Mukherjee, IGP and Additional Director, Fire Services, has been given the additional charge of the post of IGP, Special Investigation Team, Karnataka Lokayukta.


Hindustani vocalist Shruti Sadolikar gets Mallikarjun Mansur Samman

●    Eminent Hindustani vocalist Shruti Sadolikar Katkar was regarded with Mallikarjun Mansur Samman, while promising vocalists Deepika Bhide Bhagwat and Anagha Bhat were awarded with Mallikarjun Mansur Rashtreeya Yuva Puraskar at Srujana Ranga Mandir in Dharwad on Sunday.
●    Mallikarjun Mansur Samman Award conveys a money prize of ₹1 lakh, while yuva Puraskar grant conveys a money prize of ₹25,000.
●    Award has been given by the Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur Trust. 
●    The trust has been recognizing prominent vocalists and performers who have colossally added to the field of music and is exhibiting them National honor each year.


Kerala - KAS comes into force today

●    As the State formally changes over to the Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) from Monday, the legislature should speed up the enlistment procedure for accomplishing its expressed target of making the common administrations altogether proficient and productive.
●    Preparatory systems for propelling the administration have just been started and the 29 recorded divisions, including the Administrative Secretariat, Finance Secretariat, Civil Supplies, Survey and Land Records and such others, have been coordinated to recognize and reserve the 10% retirement opportunities of second gazetted posts that are emerging. 


Andhra Pradesh- Transgenders to become road safety ambassadors

●    Transgenders will be made brand ambassadors for road safety measures, Kurnool Superintendent of Police Gopinath Jatti said.
●    Transgenders, alongside the SP and Municipal Commissioner C.B. Harinatha Reddy, participated in Swachh Bharat cleanliness drive in Kurnool RTC transport stand. 
●    CCTV cameras will also be setup.

Lok Sabha Passes Insolvency And Bankruptcy Code Amendment Bill

●    The much-awaited Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill is passed by Lok Sabha. 
●    This bill will tighten norms on willful defaulters.
●    Amendment in IBC, excludes willful defaulters from bidding to purchase stressed asset of companies, which are undergoing insolvency proceedings. 


Indian History Congress Meeting held in Kolkata

●    The three-day long 78th session of the Indian History Congress started in Kolkata.
●    This time this congress has six sections – Ancient India, Medieval India, Modern India, Countries Other than India, Archaeology and Contemporary India. 
●    Indian history congress is held for the promotion and encouragement of the scientific study of Indian History.


Paul McCartney congratulates Ringo Starr on knighthood

●    The 77-year-old The Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, was bestowed with the Knighthood honour for his services to music
●    His real name is Richard Starkey.
●    Starr was earlier knighted in 1965 along with his bandmates as Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.


Triple talaq petitioner Ishrat Jahan joins BJP


●    One of the petitioners in the triple talaq case, Ishrat Jahan has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
●    Ms. Jahan, lives in Howrah district and she joined BJP at its Howrah office. 
●    She was among the five petitioners in the triple talaq case, that led to Union government tabling a bill to criminalise triple talaq.
●    She was divorced by her husband over phone from Dubai by uttering talaq consecutively three times in 2014.

Current Affairs 1st JANUARY 2018: GLOBAL NEWS


China's ban on ivory trade comes into force

●    China has for quite some time been one of the world's greatest market for ivory, however starting at 2018 all exchange of ivory and ivory items in the nation has been declared illicit.
●    The move is being hailed as a noteworthy improvement in endeavors to ensure the world's elephant populace.
●    There had just been a 65% decrease in the cost of crude ivory over the previous year.
●    There had additionally been a 80% decrease in seizures of ivory entering China.

 
The Indian who became the first female doctor in the UAE

●    Indian national Zulekha Daud is generally comprehended to be the first practicing female doctor in the United Arab Emirates and has had a pivotal influence in changing healthcare sector. 
●    Dr Daud, came  to Dubai in 1963.
●    Dr Daud's rise to prominence coincides with the rapid growth of medical facilities after the foundation of the UAE in 1971.


 India and Pakistan exchange 27th list of nuclear installations

●    India and Pakistan on Monday signed agreement of their atomic establishments under an assertion that means to keep the two sides from assaulting such facilities.
●    The deal was done through discretionary channels at the same time at New Delhi and Islamabad.
●    This is the twenty-seventh successive agreement of such a rundown between the two nations.
●    The Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear establishments amongst India and Pakistan was marked on December 31, 1988 and came into force on January 27, 1991.

Current Affairs 1st JANUARY 2018: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS


Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates introduce VAT for first time

●    Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates started VAT from Monday, a first for the Gulf which has since quite a while ago prided itself on its tax-exempt.
●    The five per cent sales tax applies to most goods and services.
●    Analysts project that the two governments could raise as much as $21 billion in 2018, equivalent to 2 percent of the total GDP. 

Current Affairs 1st JANUARY 2018: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY


Astronauts identify unknown microbes in space for first time

●    Space travelers on board the International Space Station (ISS) have recognized microorganisms in space without sampling back to Earth for tests. 
●    The capacity to recognize organisms in space could help to analyze and treat space traveler afflictions progressively, and additionally aiding the distinguishing proof of DNA-construct of life in different planets.
●    The examination was broken into two sections: the accumulation of the microbial examples and intensification by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).
 

2 new ginger species found in the northeast

●    Scientists have discovered two new species of Ginger in northeast.
●    Those two species are Ukhrul in Manipur and Tuensang in Nagaland.
●    Both the plants are from the family of Zingiberaceae, to which the commonly found Ginger belongs.
 

Current Affairs 1st JANUARY 2018: SPORTS

Rural girl wins gold in world yoga meet

●    Yoga student C. Kamatchi, won Asian yoga sports title, & made a record winning gold in the '2017 World yoga sports positioning title' held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on December 29 and 30.
●    Kamatchi, is from Mudukulathur, & studies M.Sc (yoga) from Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University.
●    She displayed 10 'asanas' in the athletic category of 19 to 25 years of age and won gold.


Shahzar reigns with a record

●    Shahzar Rizvi made a national record of total 241.7 points and took the men’s 10m air pistol gold in the 61st National shooting championships.
●    Championship concluded at the National Games shooting range.
●    Yashwant Singh (Army) took the silver.
●    In the junior men’s category, Anmol Jain (Haryana) won the gold medal with a record total of 244.1.

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Current Affairs 31st DECEMBER 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

New Aadhaar linking form for Atal Pension Yojna from January 1 
●    The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has asked Atal Pension Yojana (APY) service providers to use a revised form to seek consent of subscribers' for seeding Aadhaar with their accounts from Monday.
●    APY, is a government's flagship social security programme.
●    After getting the Aadhaar information, the service providers will have to upload it into Central Recordkeeping Agency.

Country's organised sector created 4 lakh jobs in 2016-17 

●    India's organised sector created approximately 1,100 jobs a day in 2016-17.
●    The rate of job creation was 2% higher than 2015-16. 
●    Nearly 45% of the total jobs created during the year were generated between January and March 2017.
●    India has been adding about 8 lakh workers to its labour force every year.
●    This implies that organised sector absorbed only about 50% of new workers who seek employment.

Three years in jail for ousted Egyptian President Morsi

●    An Egyptian court has convicted former president Mohammed Morsi and 18 others of insulting the judiciary, sentencing them to three years in prison in a court.
●    The court also ordered Morsi to pay 1 million Egyptian pounds as compensation to one of the judges.
●    It ordered 22 of the defendants to pay 1 million Egyptian pounds each to a powerful union of judges known as the Judges Club.

The fortune hunters of Qinghai

●    The frenzied global hunt for lithium is in anticipation of a boom in the sale of environment-friendly electric cars.
●    Chinese companies are trying to take lead in this market.
●    The lithium rush usually begins with Golmud. This is the third largest city in the Tibetan plateau after Xining and Lhasa. 
●    Among the water bodies in the area, the Chaerhan Salt Lake is a star attraction. 
●    The vast lake, 160 km long from east to west, with a 20-40 km north-south stretch has copious mineral reserves.

India’s Copper demand to Rise

●    India’s demand for copper is set to rise because of rise in electric vehicles (EVs) to displace fossil fuel-driven vehicles by 2030.
●    The current demand for copper in India, is expected to get doubled by financial year 2026.
●    This has been states in a report by International Copper Association India (ICAI). 
●    The electrical sector accounts for 56% of total demand.
 

New endemic ants from the Andamans

●    Scientists have discovered two new ant species of the genus Tetramorium in the evergreen forests of the archipelago, Andaman. 
●    Scientists of the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan have discovered the new species Tetramorium krishnani and Tetramorium jarawa 
●    The species are named in honour of late scientist K.S. Krishnan of the NCBS, and after the Jarawas.
●    Jarawas are the indigenous people of the islands.
●    They are believed to have inherited this island since thousand of years.

Current Affairs 31st DECEMBER 2017: DEFENCE

Danush induction to army delayed

●    The Dhanush is an upgraded version of the Swedish 155-mm Bofors howitzers, which India procured in the mid-1980s.
●    Its induction in Indian Army was delayed after failed trial earlier.
●    The upgrade is being done by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).
●    Six guns would be offered to the Army for balance user exploitations by February-March 2018.

Current Affairs 31st DECEMBER 2017: GLOBAL NEWS

Brexit frees uk from german occupation

●    Pro-Brexit activist van Randwyck has said Brexit will help "liberate" the rest of Europe from "EU-German occupation.
●    Britain’s role in the past 200 years has been to restore democracy and self-government to European countries and to ensure there’s a balance of power in Europe.
●    The United Kingdom was a co-founder of European Free Trade Association(EFTA) – the second biggest European trading bloc after the EU – and was a member until it voted to join the European Union in 1974.
●    EFTA has well-established trade relations with 24 states and territories in addition to trade agreements with the EU27.
 

America’s declining life expectancy

●    America’s average lifespan has decreased for two years in a row. 
●    Life expectancy in America as of 2016 is 78.6 years, down 0.1 years from 2015.
●    This has been revealed in a report by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
●    The decline is due to an alarming drop in male life expectancy at birth that fell from 76.3 in 2015 to 76.1 in 2016. 
●    For females, life expectancy remained the same at 81.1. 


The King of North

●    Atta Muhammad Noor is serving as the Governor of Balkh Province in the north of the Afghanistan. 
●    He was appointed in 2004 by President Hamid Karzai.
●    He is also known as the “King Of The North”.
●    Under Mr. Noor, Balkh and it’s neighbouring provinces have seen a semblance of security and development even in the most tumultuous times.

Napoli ends the year on top

●    Napoli’s record goal-scorer Marek Hamsik scored again to keep his side top of Serie A with a 1-0 win at Crotone.
●    Crotone new coach was Walter Zenga.
●    Napoli are four points clear of six-time defending champions Juventus.

Current Affairs 31st DECEMBER 2017: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

India-China witnessed roller-coaster relationship in 2017 

●    India and China had a roller-coaster relationship in 2017, thanks to the Doklam standoff.
●    The Doklam standoff pushed the two Asian powers to the brink of war, becoming the biggest crisis between them in the past 55 years.
●    The two sides, however, ended the torrid 2017 on a promising note with the most candid talks during the visits of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to New Delhi.
●    It was followed by the 20th round of the border talks between National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi this month.

Current Affairs 31st DECEMBER 2017: SPORTS

Kadapa lifts trophy

●    Kadapa defeated Nellore by 97 runs to lift the ACA South Zone under-23 trophy.
●    Chittoor 231 for nine in 50 overs (E. Hemadri Naidu 103, Shamimulla 41, S. Babu 30) lost to Anantapur 232 for eight in 48.2 overs (M. Sai Kumar 88, R. Kartik 55, N.S. Vineel Kumar 32, S. Babu three for 28).

Bronze for Anand

●    Viswanathan Anand won the bronze medal in the World blitz chess championship at Riyadh on Saturday . 
●    He defeated Maxim Vachier-Lagrave of France in the final round.
●    Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the title. 
●    The silver went to Russia’s Sergey Karjakin.


Serena loses on comeback

●    Serena returned from a maternity break in December 2017.
●    In her first match after return she lost 6-2, 3-6, 10-5 to the 20-year-old Latvian.
●    The former world No.1 will vie to defend her Australian Open title when the tournament gets underway January 15.

Current Affairs 31st DECEMBER 2017: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

JNCASR adds more security to LiFi

●    Like WiFi, the light-fidelity (LiFi) technology uses both visible and near-visible light is used for free-space communication. 
●    Microwaves used in WiFi technology to transmit signals can pass through walls but the light that carry the LiFi signal cannot.
●    It makes the network more secure. 
●    Researchers from Bengaluru’s Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) have added another layer of security to LiFi.

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