Current Affairs Today – January, 9th, 2018 | Latest News and Updates

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Current Affairs Today – January, 9th, 2018 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

FM Arun Jaitley -chaired panel to look into old port projects

FM Arun Jaitley -chaired panel to look into old port projects

  1. The Congress on Saturday has said to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of ignoring economic wisdom and causing a “catastrophic” blow to India’s growth story.
  2. Party communication in-charge Randeep Surjewala has claimed that the double whammy of “Modi Made Disaster of Demonetisation” and the implementation of a flawed GST were responsible for the economy’s downturn.
  3. “An arrogant Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a failed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, hell bent upon ignoring economic wisdom, have dealt a catastrophic blow to India’s growth story as proved by the latest GDP estimates slumping from 7.3 per cent to 6.5 per cent,” he said.
  4. “Hype, hyperbole and headline management cannot be a substitute to the grim reality on the ground. Detailed the failed promise of the prime minister and explained the abject failure of Modinomics. As the government completes four years of its term, the people are seeing through the long distance between rhetoric and reality,” he said.
  5. When asked if Kangana Ranaut would be invited on the show, Karan said, “I am sure when Star Plus invites her we will be happy to have her. Our heart is big, our house is open to all. We will happily, lovingly and respectfully welcome her on the show.”
  6. The tagline of the show is “Na Khaandaan Na Sifaarish” and when asked whether he was looking for an opportunity to answer about nepotism, Karan said, “I don’t think this tagline was an answer from my side to anything. Lot of people want to be part of the entertainment industry but it is difficult to find a platform. We are providing this platform to all those who are talented.”

 

HP govt to set up helpline for reporting crime against women

HP govt to set up helpline for reporting crime against women

  1. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday has announced that the Himachal Pradesh government has been given the adaptation of the zero tolerance towards crime against women and set up ‘Gudiya helpline’ for reporting such crimes.
  2. “The government would also set up Atal helpline for reporting corruption cases and Hoshiar Singh helpline for other cases of crime. All these would be monitored by the CM’s office and action taken would be reported within 48 hours,” Thakur said at ‘Meet the Press’ programme here.
  3. He said, “The law and order situation was not bad in the state but some cases such as the rape and killing of a schoolgirl, who was given the nickname Gudiya by locals, had sullied the police’s image.”
  4. “I’m a new chief minister and want to do something new for development and prosperity of the state,” he said, adding that the state’s financial position was precarious with a debt burden of over Rs 46,500 crore.

 

UP govt curbs unauthorised loudspeaker use at religious places

UP govt curbs unauthorised loudspeaker use at religious places

  1. The Uttar Pradesh police has announced to remove all the loudspeakers present in public places, religious and otherwise, and in that there has been all the installed without appropriate permission being sanctioned towards the same, in a bid to curb noise pollution caused by these.
  2. “The loudspeaker installed in public places cannot have a sound level more than 10 dB above ambient noise level at the periphery of a public place and 5 dB above ambient noise level at the periphery of a private place. This practically implies that sound should not go beyond the periphery of the public or private place,” said Arvind Kumar, Uttar Pradesh’s Principle Secretary (Home).
  3. “The team formed for monitoring the situation is expected to file details of loudspeakers installed without prior permission by January 10. Following this, defaulters must be informed by January 15, who in turn will be given five working days to produce proof of permission, or obtain suitable permission from the appropriate state authorities. In case of failing to comply with this, the speakers will be taken down from these places by January 20,” the order read.
  4. “All the district magistrates have to categorise the districts into areas of industrial, commercial, residential and silence zones. Each area has separate maximum limits for permissible sound levels,” he added.

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

International kite festival begins in Gujarat

International kite festival begins in Gujarat

  1. The international kite festival that has the attraction of the kite flayer from across the country and the world, began on Sunday in Ahmedabad.
  2. The international kite festival that has started by the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani at Sabarmati Riverfront. The Governor O.P. Kohli was also present on the occasion.
  3. β€œPeople from different countries have come here to fly kites. People from different states are also here. For around eight days, kite festivals will be celebrated in different cities in the state,” Rupani told reporters after opening the festival.
  4. The Opposition party said the BJP government should instead provide relief to thousands of families associated with the kite industry by removing the 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) imposed on the sector.

 

Gilles Simon wins inaugural Tata Open title

Gilles Simon wins inaugural Tata Open title

  1. There has been the one of the time when the Frenchman Gilles Simon who has beaten the second seed South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 7-6(4), 6-2 to lift the inaugural Tata Maharashtra Open at Balewadi Sports Complex here on Saturday.
  2. “First, I would like to congratulate Kevin, he is a great player and this is the first time I managed to beat him.
  3. “Well, I would like to say that I have played a lot of tournaments but here the event was pretty amazing. Everybody was fantastic here, we had a warm welcome and big thank you to the crowd here because you guys were great and even if tennis is not big here, it will become a major sport,” he said.
  4. “First, when asked what he did differently this time to get his first win over Anderson, Simon replied: β€œI changed a few things, made small adjustments. It’s not like you can find a magic trick to return his serve every time, so you just try and jump as fast as you can on the ball and I tried to change things on my serve as well.”
  5. Simon, who let go off his entire coaching staff towards the end of the 2017 season, said he was content being on the road alone, and preferred strategising and preparing for matches by himself. With his 13th ATP title, Simon will rise to 57 in the rankings on Monday. “I didn’t have a good season last year. I will try to do better in 2018. I will try to work on it to go back to where I was before,” the animated Frenchman said with a laugh.

BANKING AND FINANCE

Defence innovation hub to come up in Coimbatore

Defence innovation hub to come up in Coimbatore

  1. A Defence Innovation Centre that has been set by industry body CODISSIA to set the assist for the small industries in manufacturing components for the defence sector, Defence Minister Nirmala Seetharaman said today.
  2. “Ministry of Defence has recognised CODISSIA as an innovation centre required for defence production,” she said adding the association had earlier submitted a proposal in this regard.
  3. “They can design or test their products at the centre,” she said adding the association had earlier submitted a proposal in this regard.
  4. The Minister said, “The decision to set up the innovation centre was taken in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” programme and his dream of making India a defence manufacturing hub.”
  5. “Ministry of Defence has recognised CODISSIA as an innovation centre required for defence production,” she said adding the association had earlier submitted a proposal in this regard.

 

1,463 bad loan accounts owe PSU banks Rs 100 crore or more

1,463 bad loan accounts owe PSU banks Rs 100 crore or more

  1. There has some of the 1,463 entities account for bad loans of Rs 100 crore or more in 21 public sector banks (PSBs), finance ministry data showed.
  2. In State Bank of India (SBI) only there has the, 265 accounts had bad loans of more than Rs 100 crore each, totaling Rs 77,538 crore, at the end of the September quarter.
  3. From all over the nationalised banks, Punjab National Bank topped the chart with 143 non-performing asset (NPA) accounts carrying over Rs 100 crore each. They collectively owed the Delhi-headquartered bank Rs 45,973 crore.
  4. PNB was followed by Canara Bank with maximum number of accounts with NPAs of more than Rs 100 crore. Among smaller PSU lenders, Union Bank had 79 such accounts, Oriental Bank 68 and UCO Bank 62, the finance ministry data revealed.

Science and Technology

BRPL’s solar rooftop consumer programme launched

BRPL's solar rooftop consumer programme launched

  1. In the term of the promotion of the clean energy, a major discom has been launched on Sunday at the “country’s first” solar rooftop consumer aggregation programme for residential buildings, because of which there has been the assumes of the provide installations at a single point for an entire apartment complex.
  2. “Taking its commitment to promote renewables to the next level, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL), in partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – PACE-D and Indo-German Collaboration (GIZ) launched the ambitious initiative,” the BSES said in a statement.
  3. “This path breaking ‘utility anchored rooftop program’ aims to maximise the utilisation of solar rooftop potential in south and west Delhi.
  4. “Unlike conventional methods, under this programme, rooftop solar installations will be provided at a single point for the entire apartment complex. In the first phase (Solarise Dwarka), around 150 societies will be targeted in Dwarka. Looking at the response, the program will be expanded to other residential segments across BSES,” it said.
  5. “Moreover, to set up the solar plant, a 30 per cent capital subsidy is provided by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy along with a Rs 2 per unit generation-based incentive allotted to a limited number of early projects by the Delhi government,” the discom said.
  6. “It will also help us in achieving capex deferment for line replacement and unplanned grid upgradation intermittently,” the statement said.

SPORTS

Khelo India logo launched

Khelo India logo launched

  1. The vibrant Khelo India logo, reflecting the freshness, agility and vitality of New India that has launched at the event of the Union Minister of State ( I/C)Youth Affairs and Sports Col Rajyavardhan Rathore at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here last evening. This logi shows the impression of the fitness and competitiveness.
  2. “We are rapidly moving towards the actualization of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modis vision of New India,” Col Rathore said. As the national programme for development of sports, Khelo India, will go a long way in achieving the twin objectives of mass participation and promotion of excellence in sports. Honble Prime Minister sees the future of India aligning with the youth of the nation, adopting sport as part of its culture.”
  3. “The three-stroke Khelo India logo, designed by Ogilvy India, has in-built modularity, allowing plenty of adaptability and flexibility into endless pictorial forms. The colour of the Indian flag evoke a sense of National pride and team-work. We crowd-sourced the logo design and we were delighted that many of them chose the colours of the National Flag,” Col Rathore said.
  4. “We are also excited that there has been wonderful response from across the country for the flagship event, the inaugural Khelo India School Games that will begin on January 31,” Col Rathore said. “These competitions will act as avenues for identification of budding sporting talents in specific sports disciplines. We are proud that everyone is coming together in the movement.”

AWARDS &Β RECOGNITION

2018 Golden Globes: 6 winners and 5 losers from the 75th annual awards

2018 Golden Globes: 6 winners and 5 losers from the 75th annual awards

  1. The 2018 Golden Globe Awards, that has host by the Seth Meyers, kicked off Hollywood’s annual awards season on Sunday, January 7, in that there has the one of the strong words that affected #MeToo movement, as well as the usual mix of expected, surprising, and flat-out weird winners in both film and television.
  2. In the film categories, the big winner was Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri which took home four awards: Best Motion Picture β€” Drama, Best Screenplay, Best Actress in a Motion Picture β€” Drama (Frances McDormand), and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell). Lady Bird, directed by Greta Gerwig, was also a notable winner; it took home two awards, for Best Motion Picture β€” Comedy and Best Actress in a Motion Picture β€” Comedy (Saoirse Ronan).

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OBITUARY

Powerlifting world champion Saksham Yadav passes away

Powerlifting world champion Saksham Yadav passes away

  1. Five powerlifting players from Delhi has been died on the morning of the Monday after their car hit a road divider and crashed into a pole on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway.
  2. β€œThe incident came to light after we received information from passersby regarding the accident near Singhu Border at around 4.14 am on Sunday. We immediately rushed to the spot and found that one Maruti Swift DZire bearing number DL 4 CAU 9585 met with an accident near a petrol pump while going towards Haryana’s Karnal when they were celebrating Rohit’s birthday,” Gupta said.
  3. Gupta claimed that prima facie it appeared that the car was being driven at a very high speed and it was being probed whether it was a case of drunken driving since some liquor bottles were found in the vehicle. β€œWe will ascertain the exact sequence once we will record the statement of both the victims,” he said.
  4. “Locals informed police that the car was being driven at a very high speed and the driver lost control when he was trying to overtake another vehicle and rammed into a roadside pole due to which it overturned. The force of the impact was so high that the car’s roof was completely blown off,” police said.

IMPORTANT DAYS

Non-Resident Indian Day

Non-Resident Indian Day

  1. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas has been celebrated every year on 9th January by the Republic of India to set the contribution of the Indian community towards the development of India. The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on 9 January in the year 1915.
  2. It has been established in the year 2003, and the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Confederation of Indian Industries and the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region has sponsored this.
  3. A celebratory event is held on 7–9 January every other year in an Indian city: a forum for issues concerning the Indian Diaspora is organised and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards are given.

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