Current Affairs 24th January 2018 | Current Affairs in India

Current Affairs 24th January 2018:

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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

National Girl Child Day – 24th January 2018

  • National girl child day is celebrated every year on 24th of January as a national observance day for the girl child.
  • This celebration was started to offer more supports and new opportunities to the girls in the country.

Uttar Pradesh foundation Day:

  • In Uttar Pradesh, Foundation Day of the State is being celebrated on January 24 2018.
  • After independence, in the year 1950, on January 24, the State was renamed as Uttar Pradesh. Earlier it was known as United Provinces during British rule. This is the 68th foundation day of the State.
  • UP Government has announced policy of one district one product to promote minimum one product from each and every district.
  • Several programs and cultural events are also being organised in all 75 districts of the State and State Government Ministers have graced the functions.
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Uttar Pradesh Capital Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik

Current Affairs Today: NATIONAL

India Ranks 81st on Global Talent Competitiveness Index:

  • India has moved up on a global index of talent competitiveness to the 81st position, but remains a laggard among the BRICS nations.
  • While Switzerland continues to top the list released every year on the first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting, India has improved its position from 92nd last year.
  • India was at the 89th place in 2016 on the index that measures how countries grow, attract and retain talent.
  • India’s ranking was the worst among the five BRICS countries in 2017 as well when China was ranked 54th, Russian Federation was placed at 56th, followed by South Africa (67) and Brazil (81).
  • China has moved up to 43rd now, Russia to 53rd, South Africa to 63rd and Brazil to 73rd position.
  • Among the countries, Switzerland is followed by Singapore and the US. European countries dominate the top ranks, with 15 out of the top 25 places.

Centre to declare 2018 as ‘national year of millets’:

  • Nutrient-rich millets have got a boost with the Union government deciding to declare 2018 as the ‘national year of millets’.
  • This decision has been taken following a request by Karnataka, which is the country’s leader in the millet sector.
  • Karnataka Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda has been campaigning for declaring 2018 as national year of millets.

Current Affairs Today: INTERNATIONAL

China to build ‘Great Wall’ to prevent militant infiltration:

  • China will build a ‘Great Wall’ along the border of the Muslim-dominated Xinjiang province to prevent infiltration by militants.
  • China believes exiled separatists belonging to the minority Uighur community may have links to groups outside the country.
  • ISIS militants from the community threatened China for the first time last year.
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China Capital Beijing
China Currency Renminbi
China President Xi Jinping

WEF launches Global Centre for Cybersecurity:

  • In a bid to safeguard the world from hackers and growing data breaches — especially from nation-states — the World Economic Forum (WEF) announced a new Global Centre for Cybersecurity.
  • Headquartered in Geneva, the centre will become operational from March.
  • Cyber breaches recorded by businesses are on the rise. In the last five years, these have almost doubled to an average of 130 breaches per business in 2017.
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World Economic Forum Headquarters Cologny, Switzerland
World Economic Forum Chairman Klaus Schwab

Spain develops AI that can predict corruption in government:

  • Scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence system that can predict the likelihood of corruption in a government.
  • The computer model based on neural networks developed by researchers from the University of Valladolid in Spain predicts provinces in which cases of corruption are more likely to appear, as well as the conditions that favour their appearance.
  • The system also confirms that the probabilities increase when the same party stays in government more number of years.
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Spain Capital Madrid
Spain Currency Euro
Spain Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS

Shape of Water leads Oscar table with 13 nominations:

  • The team shape of water lead the Oscar nomination table with the list of 13 nominations.
  • The Shape of Water is a American fantasy drama film directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor.

Lokesh receives innovation in governance award:

  • Panchayat Raj & Rural Development and IT Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Lokesh received the Kalam Innovation in Governance Award-2018 (KIGA) presented by the Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre in New Delhi as part of the Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial Summit and Awards on Innovation in Governance.
  • The Kalam Centre for Livable Planet Earth and Sustainable Development, recognising the development of rural areas and integration of technology in rural governance, selected Andhra Pradesh for the innovation award in the Panchayat Raj & Rural Development category.
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Andhra Pradesh Capital Hyderabad, Amaravati
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu
Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S Lakshmi Narasimhan

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE

Marriage Registration can be done via video conferencing:

  • The Kerala High Court has announced that Marriage Registration can be done via video conferencing
  • It waived off the requirement for the couple to be physically present for the process. The court ruled that the couple can appear via video conferencing as well.
KERALA CAPITAL   Tiruvananthapuram
CM     PINARAY VIJARAN
GOVERNOR P. SADASIVAM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palanichamy receives UNESCO Award:

  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanichamy received the UNESCO Award of Merit awarded to the iconic Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple in Tiruchirapalli.
  • The award of merit is being awarded by UNESCO Asia Pacific region for the reconstruction activities undertaken in the temple without in the least affecting its traditional splendour and Vedic rituals.
  • The temple complex, situated in a sprawling ground of more than 156 acres, is the most sacred pilgrimage centre of the Vaishnava Hindus.
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Tamil Nadu Capital Chennai
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS

Twitter COO Anthony Noto Resigns:

  • Anthony Noto resigns COO post from Twitter. He has been with Twitter since 2014 and is the company’s most important executive outside of CEO.
  • He going to take charge as the CEO job at finance startup SoFi from March 1.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND FINANCE

H Powell Is the next chairman of the Federal Reserve

  • The United States Senate on Wednesday confirmed Jerome H Powell as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, a powerful post having an influence on global economy.
  • Powell (64) will replace Janett Yellen, whose term ends in February.
US   Capital Washington DC
Currency Dollar
President Donald Trump
Apex of  US Federal Reserve

Current Affairs Today: OBITUARY

Jimmy Armfield, former England football team captain and broadcaster passes away:

  • Jimmy Armfield, a former England football team captain who led Leeds to the European Cup final as a manager before a distinguished career in broadcasting, has died. He was 82.
  • Armfield played 43 times for England from 1959-66, losing his place in the team because of injury ahead of the 1966 World Cup.
  • The defender didn’t play in the tournament, which England won by beating West Germany 4-2 in the final at Wembley Stadium.

Veteran Communist leader Yashwant Chavan passes away:

  • Veteran Communist leader and noted trade unionist Yashwant Chavan passed away in Pune. He was 97.
  • Born in 1920, Mr. Chavan, a bright student and son of a judge, was the last of the Marxist luminaries in the heyday of the Indian Communist Party (CPI) in the late 1930s and 40s, which included such legendary firebrands as S.K. Limaye and Shripad Amrut Dange – both of whom served as his ideological mentors.
  • Chavan’s ideological convictions were fortified at the tender age of 17 when Limaye came looking for volunteers in Kolhapur and the young Chavan eagerly signed on.
  • By 1938, he had his first brush with trade unionism, addressing gate meetings during the 1938 textile strike led by Dange.

Veteran South Indian actor Krishna Kumari passes away:

  • Actress Krishna Kumari, who has acted in over 200 Telugu, Tamil and Kannada films and dominated the south Indian film industry for more than two decades passed away in Bangalore. She was 84.
  • Her Kannada films included Jaladurga, Asha Sundari, Bhakta Kanakadasa, Dashavatara, Shrishaila Mahatme, Swarna Gauri, Bhakta Kabira, Chandrakumara, and Sati Savithri and shared the screen with legendary actors of Kannada cinema, including Rajkumar.
  • Born in 1933, Krishna Kumari made her debut through Navvithe Navaratnalu, a Telugu movie, and shared screen with all the top actors of the time including, N.T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageshwara Rao Shivaji Ganesan, Kantha Rao and Jaggayya.

Ceylon Manohar of Surangani fame passes away:

  • Pop singer and actor A.E. Manoharan, popularly known as ‘Ceylon Manohar’ passed away. He was 73.
  • He was best known for the song Surangani. Mr. Manoharan began his singing career in Colombo in the 1970s.
  • He also acted in movies in Tamil, Malayalam, Sinhala and Hindi and shared screen space with Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Dharmendra and Madhavan, among others.
  • Manoharan also made a mark in Tamil television and was seen in the TV shows Thirumathi Selvam and Anjali.

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