Current Affairs 20th January 2018 | Current Affairs in India
Current Affairs 20th January 2018:
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India’s first-ever ‘Livability Index’ to rank 116 cities:
Central Government announced the commencement of the country’s first-ever ‘Livability Index’ to rank 116 cities. The result of the exercise will be announced in June.
The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has decided to assess the livability standard of 116 Indian cities, which include the identified Smart Cities and few more cities with a population of over 1 million.
Among the cities to be assessed for the ‘Livability Index’, include Delhi’s three municipal corporations, Bangalore (Karnataka), Kochi (Kerala), Ghaziabad, Meerut, Varanasi, Allahabad and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) and Faridabad in Haryana.
The cities will be assessed on 15 core parameters like governance, social infrastructure, education, employment, health and safety and security.
Rajnath Singh launches Bharat Ke Veer anthem, short film on India’s bravehearts:
Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched Bharat Ke Veer anthem and a short film on India’s bravehearts.
Bharat Ke Veer is a fund to support the families of those courageous and brave Indian soldiers belongings to the eight Central Armed Police Forces, who lost their lives protecting the nation from terrorists and other anti- social elements.
The fund is directly administered by the Home Ministry and is given as an annuity or one time grant to the family of the martyred soldier.
Ministry of Home Affairs (Cabinet minister)
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Ministry of Home Affairs (Minister of state)
Kiren Rijiju, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir
Government allows import of non-standard steel via two more ports:
The commerce ministry has allowed imports of non-standard steel products through Nhava Sheva, Mumbai and ICD-Tughlakabad in the national capital.
Earlier, import of these non-prime products called as seconds or defectives were not permitted through these ports.
The DGFT under the commerce ministry deals with export and import related matters. The terminologies like ‘Non-Prime’ or ‘Seconds & Defective’ or ‘Second Grade’ are commonly used in steel trade and industry.
Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Minister of state independent charge)
Member of Rajya Sabha
Five days Ramayana festival with ASEAN nations begins in Delhi:
The five day Ramayana festival with the ASEAN nations kick off in Delhi.
Troupes from ASEAN countries will display the shared heritage also at Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Ayodhya and Kolkata.
Cultural groups from the 10 member-nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will stage musicals and plays based on the epic at the festival celebrating the India-ASEAN dialogue.
The festival seeks to underline the common cultural heritage and India’s friendship with ASEAN nations.
Current Affairs Today: INTERNATIONAL
India to host yoga training sessions at World Economic Forum in Davos:
In a first, India will host Yoga training sessions at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.
As part of this, Yoga has been included in the main WEF programme for which we will be taking two acharyas to Davos to provide yoga classes during the five-day summit.
This will be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first Davos visit and also the first by an Indian Prime Minister since the one by H D Deve Gowda in 1997.
US government officially shutdowns for first time in 5 years:
The US government officially shutdown for the first time in five years after lawmakers failed to agree on a spending deal.
Despite last minute bipartisan meetings, the bill to fund the government until 16 February did not receive the required 60 votes in the Senate.
The House of Representatives voted 230-197 on to extend funding until next month, but the measure failed to pass the Senate.
Many government offices will close unless a compromise is found before the midnight deadline.
However, essential services like national security, post, air traffic control, inpatient medical services, emergency outpatient medicine, disaster assistance, prisons, taxation and electricity production will continue.
United States Dollar
Current Affairs Today: STATE
Five municipal corporations and 30 districts declared Open Defecation Free in Uttar Pradesh:
In Uttar Pradesh, five municipal corporations including Varanasi, Allahabad, Kanpur, Gorakhpur and Ghaziabad and 30 districts have been declared Open Defecation Free, ODF by end of last year.
The government has targeted to declare the state as ODF by October 2 this year.
Swachchhata hi Seva drive was initiated from September 17 last year by the President Ramnath Kovind from Kanpur. All villages located on the banks of river Ganga have been declared ODF.
The state government has announced to give cash rewards to villages and districts working for ODF campaign.
22 local bodies from Bijnore, Agra, Amroha, Hapur and Shamli will soon be declared ODF as they have completed their all ODF protocols and submitted it to the government of India.
Uttar Pradesh Capital
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Uttar Pradesh Governor
Odisha e-Hospital Management system launched:
The state government launched Odisha e-Hospital Management Information System (OeHMIS) in which paperwork would be reduced and diagnostic reports, prescription details and doctor’s advices would be found at the click of a mouse.
The pilot project, launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, will get technical support of the Centre for the Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC).
Under the OeHMIS, patients can be registered online. They can view and download their individual Electronic Health Records through a web portal or mobile app.
The system will first be effective at Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar and SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack. The initiative will later be extended to other health institutions.
Odisha Chief Minister
Current Affairs Today: BANKING and ECONOMY
Mauritius largest source of FDI in India:
Mauritius was the largest source of foreign investment in India, followed by the US and the UK, according to a census by the Reserve Bank.
Singapore and Japan were the next two sources of foreign direct investment (FDI), said the Census on Foreign Liabilities and Assets of Indian Direct Investment Companies 2016-17, released by RBI.
Mauritius was the largest source of FDI in India (21.8 per cent share at market value) followed by the USA, the UK, Singapore and Japan whereas Singapore (19.7 per cent) was the major ODI destination, followed by the Netherlands, Mauritius, and the USA.
AU Small Finance Bank inks MoU with LIC to offer PMJJBY scheme:
Banking finance company AU Small Finance Bank has signed an MoU with LIC to offer Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY).
Under the MoU, LIC will give a life cover of ₹2 lakh in case of death to the customer at a nominal premium of ₹330 per annum.
The company will also offer loans under government’s affordable housing and subsidy schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
AU Small Finance Bank Headquarters
AU Small Finance Bank MD and CEO
Apple named the world’s most admired company for 2018:
Technology giant Apple has topped Fortune magazine’s list of the ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ for 2018.
E-commerce giant Amazon has retained its second spot, followed by Google’s parent Alphabet.
Social media giant Facebook lost its place in the top ten most admired companies this year and was ranked 12th on the list.
Current Affairs Today: APPOINTMENTS
Anandiben Patel to be Madhya Pradesh’s governor:
Gujarat’s first woman Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has been appointed as Governor of Madhya Pradesh.
The post of Madhya Pradesh Governor was vacant and Gujarat Governor O.P. Kohli was assigned the charge till now.
Madya Pradesh Capital
Madya Pradesh Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Madya Pradesh Governor
Two Indian-origin women lawmakers inducted into Ontario Cabinet:
Two Indian-origin women lawmakers, including a Sikh, have been inducted into the Cabinet of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, in an apparent move to woo the community ahead of a major provincial election. The Indian-origin ministers inducted are — Harinder Malhi and Indira Naidoo-Harris.
Wynne appointed 38-year-old Malhi, a Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton-Springdale, as the Minister of the Status of Women. Malhi is the daughter of Canada’s first Sikh MP Gurbax Singh Malhi.
Harris, another Indian-origin Member of Provincial Parliament for Halton, was promoted to Education Minister. She will remain Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care.
Canada Prime Minister
Harish Manwani is new ISB chairman:
The non-executive chairman of Hindustan Unilever Limited, Harish Manwani, has been appointed the new chairman of the Indian School of Business (ISB) Executive Board with effect from April 2018.
He succeeds Adi Godrej, who has been the chairman of the Board since April 2011.
Manwani has been a member of the school’s Board since April 2006.
Sudeep Lakhtakia appointed new NSG chief:
CRPF special DG Sudeep Lakhtakia has been appointed as the new chief of National Security Guard (NSG).
Lakhtakia will take over from S P Singh, the current chief of the elite counter terror force, who retires on January 31.
The 1984-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer is currently serving as a Special Director General in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) headquarters in New Delhi.
Lakhtakia will head the force till July next year, when he is also scheduled to retire.
Current Affairs Today: SCIENCE
Paper-based device costing £1 can detect toxins in water:
UK-based researchers have developed a bacteria-based paper sensor costing less than £1 (about ₹88) for detecting toxic compounds in water.
The recyclable device weighing less than 1 gram, generates an electric signal when exposed to polluted water.
The team is currently investigating how to link the sensor to a smartphone for a user-friendly way of identifying safe drinking water.
Current Affairs Today: SPORTS
Chennai Super Kings announce Laxmipathy Balaji as bowling coach for IPL 2018:
Chennai Super Kings have appointed former pacer Laxmipathy Balaji as a bowling coach. Franchise CEO KS Viswanathan made the announcement at a promotional event in Chennai.
Fleming as the head coach and (Michael Hussey) Hussey as the batting coach and Balaji, as bowling coach
Current Affairs Today: OBITUARY
Senior journalist Anindya Sengupta passes away:
Journalist Anindya Sengupta passed away in Kolkata. He was 52.
Sengupta started his career with Bengali newspaper ‘Bartaman’, and then worked with English dailies ‘The Statesman’ and ‘The Telegraph’.
He had served as the secretary of Kolkata Press Club for six terms, and was presently the secretary of the Indian Journalists Association (IJA).