This Daily Current Affair Capsule is a brief collection of important news from national dailies and government releases on PIB useful for UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etc. It covers national, international, economic, sports news that is relevant for exams.
Important National Current Affairs – 13 January 2017
☀ In Uttar Pradesh, the Election Commission has removed names of 32.26 lakh voters from the electoral roll across the state. During the revision period, names of 20.57 lakh such voters were added. Chief Electoral Officer T Venkatesh said overall strength of voters in the state now stands at 14.12 crore. The total number of voters in the age-group of 18-19 years is 24.53 lakh.
☀ The Supreme Court has asked the government to set up, streamline and publicise a complaint redressal mechanism under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act to deal with citizens’ complaints about content telecast or aired by private TV channels and radio.
☀ INS Khanderi, Indian Navy’s second Kalvari class Scorpene submarine, has been launched in Mumbai Mazagon Dock Shipyard Limited, paving the way for her sea trials.
About INS Khanderi :
It has superior stealth and the ability to launch an attack with torpedoes as well as tube-launched anti-ship missiles whilst underwater or on surface.
- The submarine is designed to operate in all theatres, including the tropics.
- All means and communications are provided to ensure interoperability with other components of a Naval task force.
- It can undertake multifarious types of missions typically undertaken by any modern submarine, i.e anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying, area surveillance, etc.
- The submarine is expected to be delivered to Navy by the year end.
After Kalveri, Khanderi is the second scorpene stealth submarine under Project 75.
- Project 75 Kalvari is a key milestone in self reliance and indigenisation for the country.
- Indian Navy celebrates Golden Jubilee of the submarine arm in 2017, the induction of Project 75 submarines would mark the beginning of a new chapter in our submarine capabilities.
☀ The Supreme Court has refused to examine a petition alleging dilution in the Whistleblower Protection Act and seeking interim measures to protect whisteblowers who expose corruption in public administration and governance.
☀ The Government has increased the minimum monthly pension to Rs 9,000 per person, besides a two-fold hike in ex-gratia amount for central government employees. The ex-gratia amount for the employees has been increased from 10 -15 lakh to 25-35 lakh rupees.
☀ The Niti Aayog has called for a review of the provisions of the Right To Education Act (RTE) that stipulate that children who don’t perform well cannot be held back up to class VIII. It said the good intention behind the norm is detrimental to the learning process.
☀ The 21st National Youth Festival with the theme “Youth for Digital India” begun in Rohtak, Haryana. At the inaugural ceremony of the 4 day festival, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Youths from across country.
Since 1985 government of India is commemorating birthday of Swami Vivekananda as National Youth Day as the life and teachings of Vivekananda as an inspiration for millions of Youth of this country.
International Daily Current Affairs Capsule – 13 January 2017
☀ Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has signed a 1-trillion yen (about 8.7 billion dollars), aid package over the next 5 years to the Philippines, to improve economic and political relations between the two nations. The package is focused on infrastructure and energy.
- Abe’s visit to the archipelago makes him the first foreign leader to visit since the election of the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte in May 2016.
☀ US President Barack Obama has ended a two-decade-old ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy that allows only Cuban migrants who arrive in the US without a visa to become permanent residents. The ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy mostly allows Cubans who reach US soil to stay in the country. Those caught at sea are returned to Cuba.
- This will be one of the final foreign policy decisions of Obama’s term and it ends decades long policy that many argued amounted to preferential treatment for a single group of migrants.
- Now Onwards, the US are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries.
Economics News Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 13 January 2017
☀ The sharp increase in the Index of Industrial Production in November 2016, which analysts have called a ‘false positive’, comes on the back of a contraction of 3.37% in the same month of the previous year. The Industrial output has expanded by 5.7% , the fastest pace in more than four years, largely on account of a low base effect. This surge was mostly due to the power sector, which grew by 8.9%.
According to data released by the Central Statistics Office :
- Manufacturing sector, which constitutes over 75 percent of the index, grew 5.5 percent in November
- Mining output rose 3.9 percent in November,
- Electricity power generation increased 8.9 percent.
- Capital goods output surged 15 percent during the month.
- Consumer durable output jumped 9.8 percent in November,
- Consumer non-durable production increased 2.9 percent,
- And overall growth in consumer goods output was 5.6 percent.
☀ Tata Sons have appointed TCS Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Mr Natarajan Chandrasekaran as its new Chairman. N. Chandrasekaran’s experience stands him in good stead as Tata Consultancy Services provides solutions to all Tata verticals. He will take charge on 21st February. This appointment comes after the Tata sons removed Cyrus Mistry as the Chairman.
- N. Chandrasekaran is only the 3rd non-Tata after Nowroji Saklatwala and Cyrus Mistry to be named as Tata Sons chairman.
☀ The World Bank has lowered its growth forecast for India to 7 per cent from 7.6 per cent in 2016-17. The reasons cited for the slowdown are: Slowdown in consumption and manufacturing due to demonetisation, ongoing decline in private investment, credit constraints due to impaired bank balance sheets, weak industrial production and manufacturing.
Sports News Current Affair Capsule – 13 January 2017
☀ The Consulate General of India in Dubai announced launch of the ‘Diplomats Cricket Championship Cup‘ in association with the Skyline University College, Sharjah, to promote sportsmanship, camaraderie and harmonious relationship among the diplomatic missions of UAE. The Diplomatic missions from Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to participate in the inaugural edition this year.
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