This Daily Current Affair Capsule aims to be a time-saving tool for going 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 – 29 January 2018

■ The Budget session of Parliament begins from 29th January with a joint address by President Ram Nath Kovind in Parliament, followed by the presentation of the Economic Survey in the afternoon.

The Union Budget will be presented on 1st of February. The first part of the session will continue until the 9th of next month. Both Houses of Parliament will be adjourned for recess on Friday, 9th February 2018 to reassemble on Monday, 5th March, 2018 to enable the Standing Committees to examine the Demands of Grants of various Ministries/ Departments and make their reports thereon.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to political parties to extend their full cooperation to make the session productive. His appeal came during the all-party meeting that was convened by the government ahead of the session.


■ Seasoned diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale will take charge as the next foreign secretary, succeeding S Jaishankar. A 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Gokhale was India’s Ambassador to China before moving back to the MEA in New Delhi. Gokhale will have a two-year tenure as the Foreign Secretary.

Dr Jaishankar had been appointed foreign secretary in January 2015, for two years. He was given a one-year extension in January last year.


■ Raksha Mantri, Nirmala Sitharaman gave away Republic Day Parade 2018 best contingent and tableau awards at the Rashtriya Rangshala Camp in Delhi Cantt.

  • Punjab Regiment Contingent was awarded the best marching contingent among the three services.
  • Indo-Tibetan Border Police was awarded the best marching contingent among the para-military and other auxiliary forces.
  • In the category of tableaux representing Union Ministries/Departments, the best tableau award has been given to Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for depicting ‘Khelo India’.
  • In the category of school children performances, Nagpur (Maharashtra) performing ‘Baredi Dance’ from Madhya Pradesh was awarded the first prize.
  • Tableau from Maharashtra depicting coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was awarded the first prize.
  • Tableau from Assam depicting traditional masks and sastras begged second prize.
  • Tableau of Chhattisgarh, which depicted Ramgarh’s ancient amphitheatre along with artistes performing dance, based on Kalidasa’s Meghadootam, was awarded third prize.


■ The Oxford Dictionaries has announced ‘Aadhaar’ as its 2017 ‘Hindi Word of the Year’ at the Jaipur Literature Festival.
The shortlist of words included – ‘Mitron’, ‘Notebandi’, ‘Bahubali’ and ‘Gau-rakshak’, among others.


■Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has said that by the end of 2018 or early 2019, smart fencing will be deployed all along the Indo-Bangladesh and Indo-Pakistan border to prevent infiltration and illegal migration. Smart border fencing technology has been already introduced in some pockets in Bangladesh and Pakistan border. It has also been tested by the Border Security Force which found it to be effective.


■ The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has launched a 24X7 ‘Gudiya’ helpline. It has been named after a 16-year old rape and murder victim of Kotkhai. Gudia will be used for a quick police response cases of crimes against women.
The Chief Minister also launched ‘Shakti Button’- a mobile app that is linked to police control rooms for ensuring the safety of women in the state.


International Current Affairs Capsule – 29 January 2018

■ A traditional Indian Chhau dance show will be staged at National Palace Museum in Taipei City as part of efforts to strengthen cultural exchanges between Taiwan and India. It will be jointly organized by NPM and India-Taipei Association. The “Chhau Nritya: Dancing Tales from India” will be presented by Sarberiya Milan Sangha Chhau Nritya Party—a troupe sponsored by New Delhi-headquartered India Council for Cultural Relations.

About Chhau dance:

Originating in eastern India, Chhau features dancers in colorful masks and costumes and depicts episodes from classic Hindu epics. The practice was added to UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010.The dance is traditionally performed by an all males troupe during spring season every year. Chhau shows typically performed in three styles named after the location where they are performed, ie. the Purulia Chau of Bengal, the Seraikella Chau of Jharkhand, and the Mayurbhanj Chau of Odisha.


■ The Polish parliament has approved a bill that prescribes prison time for using phrases such as “Polish death camps” to refer to the concentration camps that Nazi Germany operated in occupied Poland during the World War II. Many Poles fear that such phrasing makes some people, especially younger generations, incorrectly conclude that Poles had a role in running the camps.


■ The documentary ‘Kailash, which is about Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and his efforts to end child slavery, has won the ‘US Grand Jury Prize: Documentary’ at the Sundance Film Festival.


■ The United States has delivered the last batch of Black Hawk helicopters for the Middle Eastern nation, Jordan’s rapid deployment force to bolster its border defences and engage in cross-border operations against the Islamic State terrorist. This military aid to Jordan, which is one of the largest recipients of its foreign military financing, helps to build the kingdom’s military capabilities as part of a wider regional strategy.


■ NASA has honoured the seven astronauts killed aboard shuttle Columbia 15 years ago, which also included the Indian-American female Astronaut – Kalpana Chawla, with a special musical tribute by the son of Israel’s first astronaut. Singer and songwriter Tal Ramon joined a few hundred others at Kennedy Space Center to remember the Columbia crew and other astronauts killed in the line of duty over the decades. Seven astronauts on died 1 February, in 2003, when Columbia shattered in the skies over Texas, just minutes before a Florida touchdown.


Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 29 January 2018

Japan has committed the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Official Development Assistance loan for an amount of 45 billion yen (about Rs 2,587 crore) for Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Project (Phase 3). JICA provides various forms of aid for promoting economic and social development in developing countries.


Sports Current Affairs – 29 January 2018


■In Tennis, the 36-year old veteran Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer has become the first male tennis player to win 20 Grand Slam titles in his career, after winning his sixth Australian Open title. Thereby, world number 2, Roger Federer has retained his Men’s Singles title at the Australian Open. In the summit clash held in Melbourne, he defeated sixth seed Marin Cilic of Croatia in five sets 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

This sixth Australian Open Crown has brought him to the elite group of Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf, the only players to have won 20 or more Grand Slam singles titles.


Meanwhile, India’s Rohan Bopanna and his Hungarian partner Timea Babos have lost their Mixed Doubles final to the Croatian-Canadian team of Mate Pavic and Gabriela Dabrowski in a closely fought match.


Saina Nehwal has lost her final match of Indonesia Masters held in Jakarta to the world number one shuttler, Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei 9-21, 13-21.


“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims – 29 January 2018 “

Q1. Who has become first woman chairman of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA)?

  • A) Archana Bhargava
  • B) Usha Ananthasubramanian
  • C) Arundhati Bhattacharya
  • D) Shikha Sharma

Q2. Which of the following has become the first Indian Metro city to get a floating market?

  • A) Kolkata
  • B) Mumbai
  • C) Delhi
  • D) Chennai

Q3. Which International organisation will launch a new Global Centre for Cybersecurity to safeguard the world from hackers?

  • A) World Economic Forum
  • B) International Telecommunication Union
  • C) United Nations
  • D) International Maritime Organization

Q4. Which of the following has become India’s first indigenously developed vaccine to be pre-qualified by World Health Organisation (WHO)?

  • A) Rabishield
  • B) Rotavac
  • C) Elovac-B
  • D) Abhay-Tag

Q5. Who has taken charge as new Director of ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC)?

  • A) P Y Ayyar
  • B) J L Reddy
  • C) V Narayanan
  • D) V S Smaninathan

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