This Daily Current Affair Capsule 12th January aims to help you go through relevant news from national dailies and government releases on PIB. Aspirants for UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etc. will find it highly useful to cover for revision and awareness purposes.


National Important Current Affairs – 12 January 2018

■ The nation is celebrating the 155th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, one of the greatest spiritual leaders of India. Swami Vivekananda introduced Indian philosophies of Vedanta and yoga to the western world. He became popular in the western world after his famous speech at the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893. He was the chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna Paramhansa.


■ National Youth Festival, the five-day event which will provide a platform to bring the youth of the country together and an opportunity to showcase their talents in various activities. Around five thousand volunteers of National Service Scheme and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan across the country along with local accredited youth will participate in the event. The theme of the National Youth Festival is Sankalp Se Siddhi, to capitalize on the demographic dividend of young India. The Youth festival also provides an arena, by creating a Mini-India, where youth interact in formal and informal settings and exchange their social and cultural uniqueness.


ISRO has successfully launched its 42nd Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, the PSLV-C40 which will place 31 satellites, belonging to seven countries, across two orbits. India got its weather observation satellite Cartosat 2 Series onboard the Polar rocket from Sriharikota.

ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar announced that the Cartosat 2 Series satellite, the seventh in the series, a nano satellite and 28 commercial payloads were successfully injected into the orbit one by one by the PSLV C-40. International customer satellites are 3 micro and 25 nano-satellites from six countries — Canada, Finland, France,
Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The “Cartosat-2 Series” is the 7th remote sensing satellite in its series and will be hurled into a 505 km sun-synchronous orbit, has a mission life of 5 years. The satellite will be useful for monitoring urban and rural applications, coastal land use regulation, managing services like road networks and water distribution, detecting changes in geographical features and creation of land use maps.


■ The 4th edition of International Dharma Dhamma conference (IDDC-2018) has been inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind in Rajgir, Bihar. Over one hundred dignitaries and experts from 11 countries will hold deliberations and present research papers on various topics related to Buddhism and other religions and global peace. Sages, monks and Swamis will also share their spiritual views in different sessions.

The conference is an endeavour of Nalanda University as a bridge between India and other nations. This 3-day conference has been jointly organised by India Foundation, Nalanda University, Ministry of External Affairs, ASEAN-India and Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha.

Inaugurating the Dharma-Dhamma conference on state and social order has said Buddhism was the basis for an early form of globalisation, and of interconnectedness in our continent.


■ The Supreme Court three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has directed the Center to set up a special committee to exclusively prepare disaster management plans, for the Mullaiperiyar dam. This comes despite assurances from the Union government that the 122-year-old Mullaiperiyar dam is “safe”.

The Bench said the step was taken to allay the fears of thousands of people who live downstream of the dam. The special committees have nothing to do with the lifespan or safety of the dam. The work of these committees is restricted to disaster management plans to prevent a calamity or contain the loss of life and damage to property in case a tragedy hits the dam.

The SC bench also directed Tamil Nadu (which owns the dam), and Kerala (where it is situated), to set up similar committees for preparing the disaster management plans. All these three committees would work in harmony. This dam is built on an elevated junction of 850m and has a height of 176ft from the foundation, for catering to the irrigational needs of Tamil Nadu.


■ The Election Commission has constituted a 14-member committee to suggest modifications in Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act in view of the expansion of electronic and social media. Section 126 prohibits poll campaign in the last 48 hours of voting.

The Committee is being chaired by Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha, and will study the impact of social media during the silence period. The Committee has been tasked to examine the difficulties faced in regulating media platforms during the prohibitory 48 hours in a multi-phase election. The panel will submit its report within three months.Further, it will suggest modifications to the election law and model code of conduct accordingly.

This is required because regulating and controlling the display of election matter in the poll area within the time period of 48 hours of the close of the poll has thrown several challenges with the rise of electronic internet-based media.


■ In a historic decision, the Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra has unanimously recommended senior advocate Indu Malhotra for appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court. Indu Malhotra will be the first woman lawyer in the country to be directly recommended from the Bar to Supreme Court. If appointed, Malhotra would be only the 7th woman judge in the Supreme Court’s 68-year-old history.


■ The Punjab government has rolled out e-Raktkosh web portal in all the 45 government blood banks. The portal streamlines the workflow of blood blanks and storage centres across the nation and interconnects all blood banks with a single network.


International Current Affairs Capsule – 12 January 2018

■ Ecuador has granted citizenship to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Assange, an Australian earlier, now became an Ecuadoran citizen. Ecuador has also sought to give Assange diplomatic status, which would give him diplomatic immunity to allow him to leave the embassy without the possibility of being arrested for jumping bail in 2012. But Britain has rejected the request.

Note that: He has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, when he was faced with extradition from UK to Sweden for allegedly sexually assaulting two women.


■ An international survey by Switzerland-based Gallup International, has ranked Prime Minister Narendra Modi among the top three leaders of the world. The survey titled ‘Opinion of Global Leaders’ had interviewed 53,769 persons in 55 countries. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has topped the chart, followed by French president Emmanuel Macron in second place.


■ UK Prime Minister Theresa May has inducted Rishi Sunak, an Indian-origin lawmaker, into her government as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Sunak is the son-in-law of Infosys Co-founder Narayana Murthy.


Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 12 January 2018

■ India’s largest IT firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has bagged an over $ 2-billion deal from Transamerica to transform their US insurance and annuity business. The partnership will allow Transamerica to rapidly enhance its digital capabilities, simplify the service of more than 10 million policies into a single integrated modern platform.


■ The Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has signed a MoU with South Korea for Business co-operation with a focus on automobile, defence and textiles sectors. The objective of the MoU is to help Gujarat-based Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to explore opportunities through joint ventures with South Korean firms.


■ US imaging firm Eastman Kodak has announced its cryptocurrency KODAKCoin. It has also announced a blockchain-powered image rights platform KODAKOne which will create a digital ledger of rights ownership of photographs that photographers can use to register and license their work.


Sports Current Affairs – 12 January 2018

■ BCCI has announced a 16-member women’s cricket squad for the 3 match ODI series against South Africa. Mithali Raj has been named the captain of the team while Harmanpreet Kaur will be her deputy. 17-year-old Mumbai school girl Jemimah Rodrigues is one of the youngest to be selected in the Indian women’s cricket team.


“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims – 12 January 2018 “

Q1. Who has won the 2018 Kolkata Open International Invitation Snooker Championship?

  • A) Aditya Mehta
  • B) Brijesh Damani
  • C) Alfie Burden
  • D) Laxman Rawat

Q2. Which CABE Sub-Committee on girl child education has recommended free education for girls up to Post Graduation level?

  • A) Himanta Sharma committee
  • B) Neera Yadav committee
  • C) Kadiam Srihari committee
  • D) Prakash Javadekar committee

Q3. Which Indian bank has tied up with National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC) for assisting SC families in the country?

  • A) Bank of India
  • B) Punjab National Bank
  • C) State Bank of India
  • D) Canara Bank

Q4. The Ministry of Railways has recently launched which app for freight managers?

  • A) SFOORTI app
  • B) SKOORTI app
  • C) SORTI app
  • D) SMOORTI app

Q5. Who will become the new Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)?

  • A) A K Sinha
  • B) Amar Gupta
  • C) Narinder Singh Kapany
  • D) K Sivan

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