Daily Current Affairs Updates– 30thJanuary 2016:
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1. Ahmedabad nominated for UNESCO heritage city tag:
· The cultural ministry has confirmed thatAhmedabadhas been selected as this year’s nomination from India for theUNESCO world heritage city tag.
· Delhi, Mumbai were also on the list but were rejected later. Even Though there are over 250 heritage cities in the world, India has no UNESCO recognised world heritage city till date.
2. Martyrs’ Day (India):
· In India, there are several days declared asMartyrs’ Day (at national level also known as Sarvodaya day) .It is named in the honour those who recognised as martyrs for the nation.
· 30 January is the date observed at the national level. The date was chosen as it marks the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1948.
3. India to provide 300 MW to power-starved Nepal in 18 months:
· India agreed to supply 300 MW of electricity to energy-starved Nepal in the next one-and- a-half year as the two sides decided to expedite construction of cross-border transmission lines and boost bilateral cooperation including in power trade.
· Energy secretaries of the two countries agreed that Nepal will import 80 MW electricity from India through Muzaffarpur- Dhalkebar transmission line in the next three weeks.
· During the two-day meeting of Joint Working Committee (JWC) and Joint Steering Committee on Nepal-India Cooperation in Power Sector that concluded, both sides also agreed to increase the import of electricity from the transmission line to 200 MW by next winter by increasing its capacity and to run it in full capacity by December, 2017.
4. Patekar to adopt 2 more villages in Maharashtra:
· The NAAM foundation, formed by actors Nana Patekar and Makarand Anaspurehas announced to adopt 2 more drought hit villages namelyKutubkheda and Kaudar in Mahrashtra’s Marathweda region.
· The NAAM foundation works for the welfare of farmers and their families living in the drought hit areas of Maharashtra.
· In October, the foundation had adopted theDhondalgaon and Gogalgaon Villages.
5.CERT-In signs cyber security pacts with 3 nations:
· The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has signed cooperation pacts with its counterparts inMalaysia, Singapore and Japan for cyber security.
· CERT-In is the nodal agency responsible for dealing with cyber security threats.
· The Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) will promote closer cooperation for exchange of knowledge and experience in detection, resolution and prevention of security-related incidents between India and the three countries
6. Dr Reddy’s gets US FDA nod for migraine drug:
· Drug maker Dr Reddys Laboratories Ltd said that it has received theUS Food and Drug Administration approval to launch an injection ‘ZEMBRACE SymTouch’ meant for migraine treatment.
· Notably this is the company’s first product in the neurology portfolio. the drug will be marketed in the US by Promius Pharma, a fully owned subsidiary of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories.
7. Alibaba’s first Indian trade facility centre opens:
· Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s wholesale trading platform opened itsfirst indian physical trade facility in Jaipur.
· Alibaba also launched a dedicated Hindi portal to connect Indian small and medium businesses with global buyers.
· Alibaba alsoprovide a collateral free finance support programme for the Indian SMEs.
· The Supreme Court (SC) directed the Union Government toset up a committee to investigate the living conditions and salary structure of over 3 lakh nurses employed in private hospitals and nursing homes across the country.
· The directive was given by a three-judge Bench headed-by Justice Anil R Dave while hearing a petition filed by theTrained Nurses Association of India.
· The association contended that the nurses were underpaid and their working conditions were in clear violation of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which India is a signatory.
· In the directive, the court further ordered that the guidelines should be formulated within 6 months and salary structure of the nurses should be fixed based on those guidelines in every State
9. Puducherry Lt Governor AK Singh launched MITRA app for women safety:
· Lt Governor of Puducherry AK Singh launched the MITRA mobile application to ensure safety and security of women in the Union Territory.
· The app was launched in the presence of theChief Minister N Rangasamy in Puducherry.
Features of MITRA app:
· The Android based application can send emergency SOS messages when in danger or emergency.
· To launch the application, the person in danger need only press the power button of his/her mobile three times.
· At present, it is available only in smart phones.
· It is an initiative of the Puducherry Police and can be used with ease and without anyone noticing it.
· Though the app can be used by anyone, it will be more useful to women, children and the aged.
10. Kerala To Host Global Skill Summit:
· Kerala will host a‘Nypunyam International Skill Summit and Skill Fiesta 2016’.
· The main aim of the summit is to curb the gap between thejob market requirement and the skill level of available workforce.
· The main focus will be on improving the skill levels and bringing them up to world standards to achieve the Prime Minister’s initiative for skilling 500 million young people by 2020.
· The Nypunyam summit will be jointly organised by Directorate of Employment and Training and Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence, Jose pointed out.
· Ministry of Culture released a commemorativecoin of 150 rupees and a circulation coin of 10 rupees on Lala Lajpat Rai.
· The Commemorative Coin of 150 rupees is made of Quaternary alloy with diameter of 44 mm andweight of 35 grams.
· The Circulation coin of 10 rupees is made of bi-metallic material with diameter of 27 mm andweight of 7.71 grams.
· The coin was released byDr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of state (Independent charge) Minister of Tourism& Culture at New Delhi on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai. Ministry of culture has been celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Rai from 28 January 2015 to 28 January 2016
12.IRCTC restricts ticket booking to six per month:
· In an attempt to prevent possible misuse,Railway Ministry has introduced new checks onbooking of e-ticket and i-ticket through IRCTC website.
· Under the new provisions amaximum of six ticketscan be booked online by an individual user in a month on IRCTC website. This new provision will come into effect from February 15, 2016.
The revised rules for booking ticket through IRCTC are as follows:
· Individuals are allowed only two tickets per user-ID in a day from 8 am to 10 am.
· Individuals are allowed only two tickets per user-ID in a day for Tatkal booking from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
· A maximum of 6 tickets can be booked online in a month by an individual.
· Quick Book Option is disabled from 08 am to 12 noon
· All types of ticketing agents (YTSK, RTSA, IRCTC agents etc.) have been debarred from booking tickets during the first thirty minutes of opening of booking i.e. from 08 am to 08:30 am for general bookings, and from 10 am to 10:30 am and 11:00 am to 11:30 am for Tatkal booking in AC and non-AC classes respectively.
· Booking is not allowed through e-wallet and cash cards from 8 am to 12 noon.
· There is only one booking in one user login session except for return/onward journey between 08 am to 12 noon.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
13. Pharmacist Purushotham Rao gets IAPST award for 2015:
· Purushotham Rao, eminent pharmacist and head of the Hyderabad Karnataka Education Society’s College of Pharmacy here, has bagged the prestigious Indian Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and Technologists (IAPST) Pharmaceutical Professional of the Year Award for 2015.
· The award, carrying a gold medal, citation and a certificate, was presented to Prof. Purushotham Rao at a national seminar of IAPST at Jadavpur University in Kolkata on January 16.
· Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been chosen for the prestigiousK Veeramani Social Justice Award.
· The award is given for his contribution forthe cause of social justice especially for upliftment of weaker and marginalised sections of the society.
· K Veeramani Social Justice Award is the annual award has been instituted by US-based Periyar International, an organisation of non-resident followers of Dalit icon Periyar EV Ramasami.
15.Prince Mahidol Award 2015 conferred in Bangkok:
· Prince Mahidol Award 2015 was conferred uponProfessor Morton Mower and Sir Michael Marmot for outstanding achievements in medicine and public health worldwide.
· The award was presented on 29 January 2016 at theGrand Palace in Bangkok by the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on behalf of the King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej, who couldn’t attend the ceremony due to ill health.
· Mower, a citizen of the USA, received the award in thecategory of medicine for invention of the Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator. The device helps in monitoring heart rate and rhythm and delivers electrical current when abnormality is detected.
· Marmot, a citizen of the UK, won the award inpublic health category for his evidence-based evaluation of the role of Social Determinants of Health, a concept that was adopted by the government of the UK and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to eliminate health inequalities
16. Nisid Hajari won 2016 William E. Colby Award for Best Military Book:
· Nisid Hajari won the2016 William E. Colby Award for his book,Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition.
· Hajari will be presented with the award and honorarium at Norwich University, the USA in April 2016.
· The Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition covers the 1947 partition of India and the violence that surrounded that event.
17. New Secretaries to steer Telecom, Agriculture:
· Replacing Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg withUttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer J.S. Deepak is the most significant change.
· The NDA government carried out a major reshuffle at the top bureaucratic level, bringing in new Secretaries to steer the crucial Ministries of Agriculture, Telecom and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, indicating a willingness and determination to change course based on performance.
· The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved 10 Secretary level shifts, including four appointments made to fill vacancies arising as the incumbents are about to retire.
· Among the most significant changes was the move to replace Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg with Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer J.S. Deepak, who is at present Secretary in the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.
· Union Government has appointedDr. Kamlesh Kumar Pandeyas the ChiefCommissioner for Persons with Disabilities for a period of three years.
· Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities is appointed by the Central Government from persons having special knowledge or practical experience in matters relating to rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities.
· He is responsible to safeguard the rights and facilities made available to persons with disabilities.
19. Cabinet of Somalia agreed on Election Model outlined by Mogadishu Declaration 2015:
· Cabinet of Somalia agreed onElection Model outlined by the Mogadishu Declaration.
· The declaration, which was adopted in December 2015, calls for the electoral process in Somalia to establish a new, bicameral Federal Parliament in 2016, based on inclusivity and representation.
· The election model paves the way for formation of new government as the term of non-electedFederal Government of Somalia (FGS) is set to expire in 2016 after serving for about four years.
· The new electoral model envisioned a 275-member lower house which maintains a power-sharing formula among clans and a 54-member upper house based on equal representation of existing, emerging and prospective federal states plus additional seats for Puntland and Somaliland.
· It also requires thata minimum of 30 percent of seats be reserved for women
20. Pakistan shuts 230 educational institutions due to inadequate security:
· Amidst Taliban threats,over 230 educational institutions, most of them government-run, in Pakistan’s Punjab province have been shut, with authorities asking them to step up security by January 31 or face action.
· The institutions,138 of them run by government, in Punjab’s Rawalpindi division have been asked by authorities to boost their security. As many as 53 educational institutions in the region, including Rawalpindi Medical College, were served final notices to improve security by Sunday, or the head of the institution would be booked, Dawn reported
21. Strong 7 magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Russia:
· A strong 7-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Russia, the US Geological Survey said.
· The quake struck 109km (67 miles) north of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, USGS said.
· It struck at a relatively deep 153km.
· The earthquake struck in an area close to the “Ring of Fire”, an arc of fault lines that circle the Pacific Ocean which is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
· Italy’s Ostana town recently witnessed the first birth of a baby in the past 28 years.
· The newborn named Pablo, is now the 85th inhabitant of the town.
· Reportedly, Ostana was home to over 1000 people in the early 1900’s however its population declined drastically over the past century.
· Notably only 17 babies were born in the town between 1976-1987.
BANKING AND ECONOMY:
· In what appears to be a reaction to stricter norms by banking regulators across the world,India’s public sector banks, including State Bank of India (BSE -2.91 %) and Bank of Baroda (BSE -3.31 %), are creating a separate and stronger anti-money laundering (AML) framework for their branches outside India.
· While the priority is to have AML framework in place in Europe and the United States, in the framework is also being created in Dubai, South Africa, Mauritius and Singapore, where there is a high risk, people close to the development said.
24. Fiscal deficit at 88% of annual target:
· The government has Rs.70,000 cr of unpaid bills to the FCI due to the food subsidy.
· The government’s fiscal deficit for the first nine months (April-December) of this financial year stood at 88 per cent of the annual target comparable with 100.2 per cent of the target it managed during the same period in the previous financial year.
· The April-December fiscal deficit — the difference between government revenue and expenditure — stood at Rs.4.88 lakh crore, which is 88 per cent of the Rs.5.55 lakh crore target for the full year set by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Budget.
25. GDP expanded 7.2 % last year, slower than estimated:
· India’s economy expanded 7.2 per cent in the financial year ended March 2015, marginally slower than theprevious estimate of 7.3 per cent.
· “Real GDP or GDP at constant (2011-12) prices for the years 2014-15 and 2013-14 stands at Rs.105.52 lakh crore and Rs. 98.39 lakh crore respectively, showing growth of 7.2 per cent during 2014-15, and 6.6 per cent during 2013-14,” according to a statement released by theStatistics and Programme Implementation Ministry.
· In terms of real Gross Value Added, that is, GVA at constant (2011-12) prices, there has been a growth of 7.1 per cent in 2014-15, as against a growth of 6.3 per cent in 2013-14, according to the statement.
· The RBI has increased theWays and Means Advances (WMAs) for all states to 32225 crore per year compared to the earlier 15360 crore allotted for the current and next financial year.
· The Reserve Bank.through the WMA, provides financial accomodation to the states to meet any temporary mismatches in the cash flow of their payments and receipts.
27. RBI to announce monetary policy review on FEB2:
· The RBI will reportedly announce thesixth Bi-monthly monetary policy review for the current financial year on February 2.
· The RBI, in 2015 reduced key policy rates by 1.25% points to 6.75%.
· Meanwhile, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said that it expects the RBI to further cut the repo rate by 0..25%points in the review.
· American car maker Ford unveiled its ‘muscle car’ Mustang in India. It will go on sale in the second quarter of this year.
· Currently in its sixth generation, Ford first launched the Mustang in 1964 and has since sold more than 90 lakh units.
· The car will come with a 5–litre V8 engine.
29.Indians 3rd biggest investor in US realty market at $8 bn’:
· Indians are the third biggest international investor community with $8 billion investment in the US realty market after Canadians and Chinese, brokerage firm Sotheby’s International Realty said today.
· Besides, 25 per cent of the international real estate market in London also belongs to Indians with investments around 1 billion pounds while they also invested more than $2 billion in the Dubai real estate market in the first half of 2015 only.
30.Firstsource acquires BPO biz of ISGN:
· Firstsource Solutions Ltd announced theacquisition of BPO unit of ISGN, a full service provider of mortgage technology and services, for an undisclosed sum.
· Over 700 employees from ISGN’s BPO division in the United States and India will become a part of Firstsource through this acquisition.
· It also provides Firstsource with marquee customers, strengthens its Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) portfolio and offers significant potential opportunities for cross-selling of services, the company said in a release post its board meet here in the city.
· The Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) on launched an updated version of its luxury saloon ‘Jaguar XJ’ in India, with prices starting from Rs. 98.03 lakh (ex-showroom, pre-octroi in Mumbai).
· With a combination of technology, craftsmanship and sporting vehicle dynamics, the new Jaguar XJ is “a blend of power and beauty”, available with a range of distinctive new features, JLR said in a statement
32.BlackBerry’s first Android smartphone Priv launches in India:
· The Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry has finally launched its much awaitedAndroid smartphone BlackBerry Priv in India. The company has priced the device at Rs 62,990 and it will be available from 30th January.
· On the specifications front, the BlackBerry Priv has a 5.4-inch QHD display with 1440×2560 pixels resolution protected with a coating of Corning Gorillas Glass 4 on top. Powering the handset is a 1.8GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor coupled with 3GB RAM. It’s on board storage stands at 32GB which can be expanded up to 200GB using a microSD card
· South African Graham Xavier Ford named as thechief coach of the Sri Lankan cricketteam for his second stint.
· At the time of his appointment, he was the head coach of the Surrey County Cricket Club
· For the first time he was appointed as the head coach of the Sri Lanka national team, replacing Geoff Marsh in January 2012 and was in the post for two-year term till January 2014.
· He succeeded Marvan Atapattu, who resigned from the post on 3 September 2015
· AB de Villiershas been appointed as the full-time captain of South Africa’s Test side, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced (January 29).
· Having served as the stand-in-skipper during the recently-concluded series against England, followingHashim Amla’s resignation, de Villiers has agreed to take up the position full-time.
35.Second IND-SL T20I moved from Delhi to Ranchi:
· Jharkhand State Cricket Association International Cricket Stadium in Ranchi will now be the venue for the second game of the three-match bilateral T20I series between India and Sri Lanka, starting on February 9.
36.Ayonika clinches India’s 11th Olympic quota with silver:
· In the Asia Olympic Qualifying Competition match, where the gold match was decided after a shoot-off,Ayonika won India’s 11th quota place for Rio Olympics and a silver with 205.9 in the final and 9.9 in the shoot-off, while Najmeh won the gold (205.9 + 10.1). Ghatkar, who was a gold contender till the 17th shot, shot an 8.8 in the 18th round to finish third with 184.5 points.
37.Zimbabwe appoint Hamilton Masakadza as new captain:
· Batsman Hamilton Masakadza has been appointed Zimbabwe’s new cricket captain, replacingElton Chigumbura who resigned on the recent tour of Bangladesh.
· Masakadza will captain in both Tests and limited-overs games, with Zimbabwe deciding to do away with separate captains for the different formats.
· Masakadza was previously dropped from the team for a loss of form but was one of Zimbabwe’s best players in recent one-day and Twenty20 series against Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
· Patna Pirates named raider Manpreet Singh as their captain andSanjeev Kumar as the head coach for the third edition of thePro Kabaddi League (PKL) which commences from January 30.
· Manpreet of ONGC has represented India from 2000 to 2007. He was part of the gold winning Indian team at the Asian Games in 2002 and 2006 and also won gold in the World Cup in 2007, while Sanjeev was part of the gold medal winning Indian team in the 1998 and 2002 Asian Games.
39. Angelique Kerber stuns Serena Williams to win Australian Open:
· Kerber, ranked sixth in the world and seededseventh at Melbourne Park, claimed her first major singles title with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 defeat ofWilliams, who was chasing aseventh Australian Open crown.
· The 28-year-old becomesthe first Germanto win awomen’s major singles finalsince Steffi Graf claimed the French Open in 1999.
· Veteran Journalist TN Gopakumar died at the age of 58 due to cardiac arrest in Kerala.
· Popularly known as TNG, he was the editor in chief of Asianet news and has anchored and produced a show”Kannadi” in the channel for 22 years.
· A recipient of Sahithya Academy award, Gopakumar worked with BBC and the Indian Express among others.
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