Daily Current Affairs Updates–26th January 2017:
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DAYS TO REMEMBER:
i) 68th Republic day of India – January 26, 2017
ii) International Customs day- January 26
iii) National day for Australia – January 26
Madhya Pradesh Chief MinisterShivraj SinghChouhan today announced a total ban on polythene carry bags from May 1 across the state. “Use of polythene carry bags and their littering was affecting environment and cleanliness. Besides, cows were dying eating such bags,” he said. “Three months are being given to polythene manufacturers before the ban,” Chouhan added.
State : Madhya Pradesh
Chief Minister :Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Governor : Om Prakash Kohli (Additional charge)
PM Modi greets nation on India’s 68th Republic Day
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi, on Thursday, extended his greetings to the nation on the occasion of the 68th Republic Day. Vice PresidentHamid Ansari also conveyed his greetings and said in his message that “we should reaffirm our commitment towards the Constitution and founding principles of our Republic”. Congress President Sonia Gandhi also wished the country.
The Gujarat government has ordered the release of439 prisoners, over half of them serving life sentences, on humanitarian grounds, an official press release said on the eve of Republic Day. Among these,243 convicts, including 21 women, had been awarded life imprisonment and have completed at least 12 years of their sentence, the release added.
State : Gujarat
Chief Minister : Vijay Rupani
Governor : Om Prakash Kohli
PVVS Mallikharjuna Rao fromAndhra Pradesh has been recognised by the Guinness World Records for the largest individual laddu weighing29,465 kilograms. The laddu, which established the record in September 2016, was made using a traditional Boondi recipe. The ingredients included ghee, refined oil, cashew nuts, sugar, almonds, cardamom and water.
State : Andhra Pradesh
Chief Minister :Chandrababu Naidu
Governor : E. S. L. Narasimhan
In an attempt to push Indian brands, severalTamil Nadu traders organisations have asked their members to stop selling soft drinks made by multinational companies including Coca-Cola and PepsiCo fromMarch 1, reports said. We cannot ban these products, so we will educate the traders in February regarding the “evils” of these foreign brands, a trade association head said.
State : Tamil Nadu
Chief Minister : O. Paneerselvam
Governor :C.Vidyasagar Rao(additional charge)
China is planning to build the world’s brightest light source facility in Beijing, the China Daily reported. Expected to start in 2018, the project will effectively be a next-generation synchrotron radiation facility and will create the brightest X-rays worldwide. The facility, dubbed Beijing Light Source, willcost $698 million(Rs4,760 crore) and is estimated to be completed in six years.
Country : China
Capital : Beijing
President: Xi Jinping
TheNetherlandsis launching a global fund to help women access abortion services to compensate forUS President Donald Trump’s ban on US government funding for NGOs performing or providing information about abortions abroad, according to reports. Trump’s restrictions are expected to cause a funding shortfall of $600 million (over Rs4,000 crore) over the next four years, reports said.
Country : Netherland
Capital : Amsterdam
Currency : Euro
Prime minister: Mark Rutte
On the occasion of 68th Indian Republic Day, theBurj Khalifa inUnited Arab Emirates’Dubai will be lit up in tricolour on Wednesday and Thursday evening. This comes amid an official visit of the crown prince of Abu Dhabi,Mohammed BinZayed Al Nahyan to India. The prince will also be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade.
Country : United Arab Emirates
Capital : Abu Dhabi
Currency : United Arab Emirates dirham
President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahya
An incredible1,186 cyclists have set the Guinness World Record for the longest line of moving bicycles after travelling together in a single file line down a highway in Bangladesh
Currency :Bangladeshi taka
Prime minister:Sheikh Hasina
The Election Commission on Wednesday asked the Reserve Bank of India to raise the weekly cash withdrawal limit fromRs24,000 toRs2 lakh for election candidates in the poll-bound states. The RBI had raised the ATM withdrawal limit fromRs4,500 to Rs10,000 earlier and also doubled the weekly withdrawal limit for current accounts toRs1 lakh from Rs50,000.
Israel has approved the construction of 2,500 settler homes in the Israeli-occupiedWest Bankdespite a UN resolution demanding that Israel stop its settlement activities in occupied Palestinian territories. This is second such approval since Donald Trump was appointed US President. Former US President Barack Obama was critical of new Israeli settlements and supported the two-state solution.
Country : Israel
Capital : Jerusalem
Currency: Israeli new shekel
President: Reuven Rivlin
Prime minister: Benjamin Netanyahu
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY
Toyota is planning to launch an India-specific model focusing on hybrid technology in five years, according to a top official. The car will comply with India’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) norms, to ensure that mileage of cars improves by 10% between 2017 and 2021, and 30% from 2022. Further, carbon dioxide emissions shall reduce to 108 grams/litre starting 2022
Company :Toyota Motor Corporation
Headquarters:Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
South Korean tech giant LG Electronics on Wednesday reported its first quarterly operating loss in six years in October-December due to a poor mobile division performance. According to company data, LG’s fourth-quarter loss reached nearly $30.06 million, with the mobile business reporting its seventh straight money-losing quarter with around $400 million in operating loss, its largest ever.
Tata Motors on Tuesday launched its Starbus brand of fully electric and hybrid buses with prices ranging betweenRs1.6 crore and Rs2 crore. The company also unveiled India’s first hydrogen-powered fuel cell bus developed in partnership with ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation). The bus produces electricity using hydrogen and oxygen with only water and heat as a byproduct.
Company:Tata Motors Limited
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
US space agency NASA has developed a webpage which allows the public to vote for the best locations in the atmosphere of Jupiter, which would then be imaged by the Juno spacecraft. JunoCam, the camera aboard the spacecraft, will take the selected pictures during its close flyby of the planet, which will be then posted for the voters for processing.
AWARDS AND HONOURS
Havildar Hangpan Dada of the Army’s Assam Regiment was posthumously awarded theAshok Chakra,India’s highest peacetime military award on the Republic Day. Dada, in May 2016, had single-handedly killed two terrorists from close quarters. Despite being injured in the ensuing gunfight, he killed another terrorist in hand-to-hand combat, and his action also led to the fourth terrorists’ elimination.
Nineteen soldiers of the 4 and 9 Para, the special forces’ units which undertook the cross-border surgical strike across LoC, were awarded gallantry medals on the eve of Republic Day.Major Rohit Suri of 4 Para, who led one of the teams across the LoC targeting terrorists’ launch pads, was awarded theKirti Chakra, the second highest peacetime gallantry award.
Bipin Ganatra, an electrician from Kolkata who has been voluntarily fighting fires for over 40 years, has been conferred withPadma Shri. Ganatra (60) lost his brother in a fire at the age of 12, after which he took up the cause. He is always on a lookout for fire-related incidents and at times reaches the location before fire brigades.
Daripalli Ramaiah, who has planted over one crore saplings spanning over the last five decades, has been named in the list ofPadma Shri awardees this year. Ramaiah, known as‘Chettla Ramaiah’ in his home district Khammam in Telangana, moves around on his cycle with seeds in his pocket and plants them wherever he sees barren land.
NCP leader Sharad Pawar and BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi were on Wednesday announced as the awardees for this year’sPadma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in India. The list of Padma Vibhushan awardees also includes musicianKJ Yesudas, authorSJ Vasudev, Physics researcher UR Rao, former Madhya Pradesh CM SL Patwa(Posthumous) and former Meghalaya CM PASangma(Posthumous).
Princess of ThailandMaha Chakri Sirindhorn and Nepalese social activistAnuradha Koirala have been named among the awardees for India’s highest civilian honours, the Padma awards. WhileSirindhorn will be receiving thePadma Bhushan for her contribution in the field of literature and education,Koiralawill be getting thePadma Shri in the field of social work.
Rio Olympics bronze medal-winning wrestlerSakshi Malikand Olympic gymnastDipaKarmakar are set to receive thePadma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour. Paralympic Games medalistsDeepa Malik andMariyappanThangavelu are also among thePadma Shri awardees. The list further includes hockey captainPR Sreejesh, four-time OlympianVikas Gowda and blind cricket team captainShekar Naik.
Indian-American and former South Carolina GovernorNikki Haleyon Wednesday was sworn in as the US Ambassador to the United Nations. Haley was earlier confirmed for the position with a 96-4 vote in her favour by the Republican-led US Senate. The Democrats had also supported her, with one saying he was reassured by Haley’s“moral clarity”.
Chinese electronics makerXiaomi’s former Global Vice President Hugo Barra, who quit the company onJanuary 22, is joining Facebook to lead its virtual reality efforts, including the Oculus team. “Hugo shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform,” saidFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Previously, Barra helped in developing Android at Google.
Japan gets its first sumo wrestling grand champion in 18 yrs
Sumo wrestlerKisenosatobecame the first Japanese wrestler to be titled ‘yokozuna‘, the sport’s grand champion, in almost 18 years. The 30-year-old, who weighs 178 kilograms, became the sport’s72ndyokozuna and Japan’s first after Wakanohana, who won the title in 1998. The sport had seen foreign sumo wrestlers getting crowned grand champions for the past few years.
Capital : Tokyo
Currency: Japanese yen
Prime minister: Shinzō Abe
Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt has been stripped of his 4x100m gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after his teammate Nesta Carter tested positive for banned substances on re-analysis. The 30-year-old will have to hand back one of his nine Olympic gold medals, losing the record for the triple-triple gold haul, won across three consecutive Olympic events.
Russian Ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin passed away due to heart failure this morning. He was 67. He breathed his last at 8:50 am in New Delhi after brief illness.
Mr Kadakin had contributed greatly to strengthen India-Russia relations. He had served as the Russian Ambassador to India since October 2009.
Country : Russia
Capital : Moscow
Currency: Russian ruble
President: Vladimir Putin
Prime minister: Dmitry Medvedev
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