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Current Affairs 15th January 2018:

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Current Affairs Today: IMPORTANT DAY

Indian Army Day:

  • The 70th Army Day is being celebrated on January 15.
  • On January 15, 1949, Lieutenant General KM Cariappa took over as the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, replacing General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India.
  • On this day, tributes are paid to the martyred soldiers at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, followed by military shows featuring the achievements of the Army.
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Army Chief General Bipin Rawat
Chief of the Naval Staff Sunil Lanba
Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa

Current Affairs Today: IMPORTANT DAY

Delhi’s Teen Murti Chowk renamed after Israeli city Haifa:

  • The iconic Teen Murti Chowk has been renamed after the Israeli City Haifa, a year after the plan was put on hold by the NDMC.
  • The announcement comes after the scheduled visit of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India.
  • The idea of renaming Teen Murti road and chowk after Haifa was proposed in the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) council during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel last year.
  • The Teen Murti Chowk will be renamed as Teen Murti Haifa Chowk, in the centenary year of the Battle for Haifa as a symbol of friendship between the people of India and Israel.
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Israel Capital Jerusalem
Israel Currency Israeli New Shekel
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Rajnath Singh inaugurates two-day International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure:

  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a two-day International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure organized by National Disaster Management Authority in New Delhi.
  • This workshop is a paradigm shift in the field of disaster management globally.
  • To take stock of the impact of disasters on different infrastructure sectors and good practices in making infrastructure disaster resilient and identify critical gaps in current practices that need to be addressed in the coming years were the main objectives of the workshop.
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Ministry of Home Affairs (Cabinet minister) Rajnath Singh
Constituency Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Ministry of Home Affairs (Minister of state) Kiren Rijiju, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir

Current Affairs Today: INTERNATIONAL

India, Sri Lanka sign four agreements for collaboration in ICT sector:

  • India and Sri Lanka signed four agreements for collaboration in ICT sector, setting up of e-office system and connecting of National Knowledge network (NKN) for collaboration among universities and academics.
  • The MoU for cooperation was signed by Union minister for Information Technology Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad with his Sri Lankan counterpart in Colombo.
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Sri Lanka Capital Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Sri Lanka Currency Sri Lankan Rupee
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena

Iran lifts restrictions on Internet use:

  • The Iranian government has lifted all restrictions on the use of the Internet, including the Telegram message app.
  • Protests had spread across Iran after residents of the northeastern city of Mashhad took to the streets on December 28 over unemployment and rising prices.
  • 23 people died in clashes between the demonstrators and security forces. The protesters used Telegram and other social networking services. The unrest subsided after the government imposed the controls.
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Iran Capital Tehran
Iran Currency Iranian Rial
Iran President Hassan Rouhani

Current Affairs Today: STATE

New app to clear junk vehicles off roads:

  • The Delhi government aims to launch a dedicated app to check the presence of junk vehicles parked on city roads in accordance with the provisions of the Capital’s first comprehensive parking policy.
  • Tentatively named the ‘Khatara Gadi (Junk Vehicle) app’, the programme, through linkage with a centralised database of vehicles registered here, will be equipped to provide information about the age of a vehicle based on its registration number.
  • Citizens can use the app to click pictures of such vehicles... The app will use geotagging to tow away such vehicles, which can later be disposed at junking facilities
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal

Current Affairs Today: BANKING and ECONOMY

WPI inflation eases to 3-month low of 3.58% in December:

  • Wholesale price-based inflation eased to a three-month low of 3.58 per cent in December 2017 as food prices softened, prompting the industry to seek measures in budget to strengthen agriculture supply chain.
  • Wholesale price index (WPI) based inflation was 3.93 per cent in November 2017 and 2.10 per cent in December 2016.
  • Inflation on food articles slowed to 4.72 per cent in December, from 6.06 per cent in November 2017.
  • In fuel and power segment, inflation rose to 9.16 per cent in December against 8.82 per cent in previous month.

Current Affairs Today: AWARDS

Ammannur award for Girish Karnad:

  • Film director, actor, and playwright Girish Karnad has been selected for the Ammannur Madhava Chakyar award instituted by the Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Akademi.
  • The award, which carries a purse of ₹3 lakh, was instituted by the akademi in 2010. However, it was stopped after a few years. The akademi resumed it last year.
  • Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar was one of the stalwarts of renaissance in Koodiyattam, an extant form of Sankrit theatre tradition in India.
  • And the award in his name is one of the prestigious prizes in the theatre field.

Current Affairs Today: SCIENCE

LG unveils robot to deliver meals in hotels, airports:

  • South Korean electronics company LG has unveiled a hospitality robot at CES 2018 designed to deliver food and drinks to travellers in hotels and airport lounges.
  • The Serving Robot, which is part of a range of concept robots called CLOi, has a built-in sliding tray for serving.
  • It also features a touchscreen which users can tap after receiving their order.

Current Affairs Today: SPORTS

Indian boxers claim 11 gold medals in Nation's Cup tournament:

  • Indian boxers have claimed 11 gold medals and both the team championship trophies in the Nation's Cup tournament for junior and youth women in Sombor, Serbia.
  • The junior team won 13 medals, nine gold, two silver and two bronze medals, while the youth team clinched four medals 3 gold and one bronze.
  • In the junior category, Indian boxers won gold in 46, 52, 54, 70, 75 ad +80 kilogram categories and bagged silver medals in 48 kilogram category and bronze in 50 and 57 kilogram categories.
  • In the youth category, they got gold in 60, 64 and 81 kilogram categories and bronze in 54 kilogram.

Current Affairs Today: OBITUARY

Former Union Minister Raghunath Jha passes away:

  • Former Union Minister Raghunath Jha passed away. He was 78.
  • He served as the Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise under the leadership of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. He represented Bihar's Bettiah constituency in the 14th Lok Sabha.
  • His political career included stints with several different political parties such as the Congress, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Socialist Party and the Samajwadi party.

Racing pioneer and legend Dan Gurney passes away:

  • Dan Gurney, the first driver with victories in each of the Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR Cup series, died. He was 86.
  • Gurney began racing in 1955 and won in nearly every racing series he attempted. He drove for Ferrari, BRM, Porsche and Brabham in Formula One, then formed his own team.
  • He won the Belgian Grand Prix in 1967 in his own car, the first and only time an American won an F1 race in a car of his own design.

Veteran journalist and writer Gnani Sankaran passes away:

  • Veteran Tamil writer, journalist and theatre personality, Gnani Sankaran, died in Chennai. He was 64.
  • Known for his spirited life and daring positions on various issues, Gnani is often recalled by his friends as a firebrand journalist of Madras of early 1980s, besides his many experiments in literature, street plays and theatre.

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