18 January 2016 – Important Current Affairs Updates

///18 January 2016 – Important Current Affairs Updates

National News Daily Current Affairs Update – 18 January 2016

ExamPariksha publishes relevant fact based Current Affairs daily to cover all important happening and developments in the National sphere in this section. Usually examiners ask GA GK questions in personal interviews focussing on recent events to check how informed you are, is an attempt to cover all important topics for such scenarios also.

  • The government is set to launch a scheme to solve the issue of beggers by providing food, shelter, rehabilitation and healthcare facilities to the homeless. The scheme is being prepared by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, aimed to provide skill development to the able beneficiaries and will also develop and maintain a database of them in due time.
  • Showing positive signs for the demography, for the first time in Haryana, the sex ratio at birth has crossed the 900 mark with 903 girls per 1,000 boys as per records for December 2015.
  • Delhi government has written to Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Ajay Devgn, Sunny Leone and others requesting them to not endorse pan masala products, and join the government’s anti-tobacco campaign. The letter has mentioned that even though pan masala does not contain tobacco or nicotine, it “surely” has areca nuts that have been scientifically proven to cause cancer.
  • Khesari Dal, widely known as the poor man’s dal has received clearance for consumption from the Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) after a 55-year-long ban. The dal was earlier banned in 1961 after cases of a neurological disease called lathyrism or paralysis of the lower body were reported due to its consumption.
  • Following the Pathankot attack, laser walls will soon be used to cover over 40 unfenced areas along the India-Pakistan border as the Home Ministry has made this a top priority to prevent entry of terrorists. The riverine stretches in Punjab will be covered with laser walls that detect objects and caution with a loud siren in case of any breach.
  • The World Bank has extended an assistance of $20 million for reconstruction and eco-development of the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park in Vishakhapatnam (AP). This is the first time that World Bank is directly involved with a zoo, because it is a part of the Bank’s $250 million assistance for the damage caused by cyclone Hudhud.
  • India’s renowned author Anuradha Roy has won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016 for her novel Sleeping on Jupiter at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka. This award consists of US $50,000 DSC Prize and a trophy.
  • Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has announced plans to introduce mobile toilet vans to be stationed in areas that do not have public toilets as a “step towards the Swachh Abhiyan”.
  • The Delhi government has set up its first State Human Rights Commission with Justice Uma Nath Singh as its chairperson.

International News Daily Current Affairs Update – 18 January 2016

Questions about International Relations (IR) are often asked in interviews, written exams conducted by various recruiters. The following international news has important daily current affairs which you must know as an aspirant for exams conducted by UPSC and State PSCs.

  • NASA astronaut and Expedition 46 commander Scott Kelly has shared an image of the first ever flower grown in space. The flower belongs to the zinnia plant and is expected to help astronauts better understand plant growth in conditions of microgravity. Note that: This is the second plant grown aboard the International Space Station after the red romaine lettuce.
  • The Madhya Pradesh government has inked a pact with International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to set up the world’s largest single-site solar energy plant. The 750 MW Rewa Ultra-Mega Solar Power Project will be set up in Gurh tehsil of Rewa district over a 1,500-hectare area at an estimated cost of ₹4,500 crore.
  • The world powers have lifted economic sanctions against Iran after it had agreed to impose curbs on its nuclear programme in July. Iran’s assets have been unfrozen and companies across the world can now do business with the country. Iran has said it could export 500,000 barrels of oil a day, a move that reportedly could further reduce global oil prices.

Economics News Daily Current Affairs Update – 18 January 2016

  • The Department of Posts (DoP) is set to plan to open 1,000 ATMs and bring all 25,000 departmental post offices under Core Banking System (CBS) by March. CBS will enable customers to operate their accounts and avail banking services from any post office on the CBS network (regardless of where they maintain their account).
  • Under an effort to find new sources to finance the UN aid operations, a United Nations panel has recommended that a voluntary tax be imposed on concerts and sporting events. It has also recommended that the UN tap into the Islamic social finance and the mandatory alms-giving. Note that: The requests for UN aid have reportedly increased from $2 billion in year 2000 to $24.5 billion in year 2015.
  • India is ranked first in business optimism, according to the Grant Thornton International Business Report, a quarterly global survey of 2,580 business leaders across 36 nations. As per the survey, 89% Indian respondents expect an economic recovery, owing to a stable government in the centre, followed by recent policy announcements and regulatory changes.

Sports News Daily Current Affairs Update – 18 January 2016

  • Indian batsman Virat Kohli, while playing against Australia in the third ODI, has become the fastest cricketer to score 7,000 runs in the limited overs format. He has achieved this feat in 161 international ODI innings. This record was previously held by South African captain AB de Villiers, who reached this milestone in 166 innings.
    • Note that: Virat Kohli has also become the fastest cricketer to score 24 centuries in this format. He has achieved this also in 161 innings.
  • The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has banned the on-tour Indian cricket team from visiting casinos in Australia, as a proactive image-building measure for the Indian team.
  • The 13th edition of Standard Charted ‎Mumbai Marathon‬ has been successfully organised on 17th January’s morning. 104-year-old Fauja Singh who retired from the marathon three years ago, on Sunday also expressed his happiness to participate in his second Mumbai Marathon. Known as ‘Turbaned Tornado’, he is the world’s oldest marathon runner.
    • Kenyan athlete, Gideon Kipketer has clinched the top position by winning the international men’s full marathon.
    • Ethiopian Shuko Genemo has won the top position in international women’s full marathon.
  • India’s Gopi T and Kheta Ram have qualified for the Rio Olympics by finishing second and third respectively, among the Indian runners in the Mumbai Marathon .
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