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National Daily Current Affairs pdf – 18 January 2017
☀ The sub-committee under chairmanship of professor Timothy Gonsalves has recommended reservation for girl students in IITs in order to address the issue of slump in number of female students entering the prestigious institutes. The recommendation of the committee will now be taken up in the meeting of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) for a final decision.
☀ A financing agreement for IDA credit of US$ 48 million for the ‘Nagaland Health Project’ has been signed between India and the World Bank.
- The Objectives of this project is to improve health services and increase their utilization by communities in targeted locations in Nagaland.
- Note that: International Development Association (IDA) is the part of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries by lending money on concessional terms. IDA credits have a zero or very low interest charge and repayments are stretched over 25 to 40 years, including a 5- to 10-year grace period.
☀ The Centre, under its Digital India programme, has announced Karang in Manipur as the country’s first cashless island. The Karang island is located in the middle of Loktak lake (the largest freshwater lake in the North Eastern part of India).
☀ For tracking severe cyclonic storms, such as Vardah, the Ministry of Earth Sciences has commissioned a very high resolution (12 km) global deterministic weather prediction model for generating operational weather forecasts. This model has been on trial since September 2016.
- The Ministry’s operational Ensemble Prediction System (EPS) will also be upgraded to 12 km.
- The EPS was adopted to overcome the problem of uncertainties in the forecasts and involves the generation of multiple forecasts using slightly varying initial conditions.
☀ Highlighting the urgency to find immediate solutions to curb air pollution rather than mull over possible solutions, the Supreme Court has asked the Environment Pollution Control Authority to inspect over 900 Pollution Under Certificate stations across Delhi.
International Current Affairs PDF – 18 January 2017
☀ Indian passport has ranked 78th in a list of the world’s strongest passports, as it offers visa-free or visa on arrival facilities to 46 countries, according to financial advisory firm Arton Capital.
- German passport is the strongest in the world, offering visa-free or visa on arrival facilities to 157 countries.
- The passports of Sweden and Singapore share the second place, with a visa-free score of 156.
- Afghanistan’s passport has been rated the weakest, with a rank of 95, while Pakistan’s passport has been placed second lowest, occupying the 94th position.
☀ India has officially became an associate member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), which is deemed as the world’s largest nuclear and particle physics laboratory. This membership would cost India approximately ₹78 crore per year.
- Note that: Indian scientists played a significant role at CERN including the construction of the Large Hadron Collider, which helped confirm the Higgs boson.
☀ The government of Northern Ireland has collapsed, forcing early elections after the ruling party, Sinn Fein refused to name a replacement for Deputy First Minister. The country will go to the polls on 2nd March 2016.
☀ Prince Charles has co-authored a Ladybird book on climate change with environmental campaigners Tony Juniper and Emily Shuckburgh. ‘The Ladybird Book on Climate Change,’ the first in a new series for adults, will be published in late January.
Economics Today’s Current Affairs PDF – 18 January 2017
☀ Chinese search engine operator Baidu has hired former Executive Vice President of Microsoft, Qi Lu as its Chief Operating Officer (COO).
☀ Tata Motors has appointed Natarajan Chandrasekaran as an Additional Director and Chairman of the board with immediate effect. Note that : Chandrasekaran is the first non-Parsi chairman of the 150-year-old Tata Group.
☀ According to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer, India has emerged as the most trusted nation in terms of its institutions by general population, among the 28 nations. India has emerged as the most trusted nation in terms of institutions with 72% of the respondents from general population feeling so. India is followed by Indonesia, China, Singapore and UAE.
- The Indian government is the second most trusted after neighbouring China.
- Globally, the trust levels have decreased to 47% cent this year from 50% in 2016.
☀ India has slipped 3 places to 92nd rank on the global index of Talent Competitiveness that measures how countries grow, attract and retain talent. The list is topped by Switzerland. Last year, India came in at 89th on the index.
- India’s ranking is worst among the five BRICS countries.
- China was ranked at the 54th place, Russian Federation was placed at 56th, followed by South Africa at 67th and Brazil 81st.
- Switzerland topped the overall index, followed by Singapore and the United Kingdom in second and third places respectively.
- The United States (4th), Sweden (5th), Australia (6th), Luxembourg (7th), Denmark (8th), Finland (9th) and Norway (10th).
☀ Apart from 57 founding members, 30 more countries have applied to join the China-sponsored Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in which India is the second largest shareholder.
- The AIIB was officially established late last year.
- China is the largest shareholder with 26.6 per cent voting shares.
- India is the second largest shareholder with 7.5 per cent followed by Russia 5.93 per cent and Germany with 4.5 per cent.
- The US and Japan have stayed away from joining the bank.
18 January 2017 – Sports Daily Current Affairs PDF
☀ Mercedes has hired Finnish racing driver Valtteri Bottas as the replacement for recently retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg.
☀ Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has announced his retirement from football citing family reasons. The 65-year-old former Netherlands coach was sacked by Manchester United in May 2016 and has not taken up any assignments since then.
☀ Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on Moon, has passed away at 82 years of age. He was an American astronaut and a retired Naval officer. Cernan landed on Moon in December 1972 during NASA’s Apollo 17 mission.
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