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National News Daily Current Affairs – 5 January 2017
☀ The 350th birth anniversary of the 10th and last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh is being celebrated across the country with main function being held at Takht Harmandar Sahib in Patna where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also participate in the Prakash Parva.
☀ Election Commission has initiated the process for the two warring factions of Samajwadi Party - one led by Mulayam Singh Yadav and the other by Akhilesh Yadav to prove their majority to get the right to use the party symbol. The EC wrote to both factions asking to show strength among party delegates and MLAs, MPs and MLCs through signed affidavits.
☀ The Election Commission has declared the schedule for upcoming Assembly polls in five states. The counting of votes for all the five states will be held on March 11.
- In Goa and Punjab on February 4
- In Uttarakhand would be on February 15.
- In Manipur would be held in two phases starting March 4.
- In Uttar Pradesh would be in seven phases starting from February 11 to March 4.
☀ India’s first bus running on human and animal waste will debut on the Ultadanga to Garia route (17 km) in Kolkata on March, 2017. About 12 buses are expected to start plying on 12 routes in the city soon.
☀ Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu has launched a new scheme titled “NTR Arogya Raksha Scheme” for providing the medical treatment to the people below Above Poverty Line (APL) at Rs. 1200 premium per annum. The new health scheme offering medical insurance to those who were not covered under any of the existing health schemes of the state government.
International Updates Current Affairs – 5 January 2017
☀French police has arrested the former Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj based on a Serbian arrest warrant for alleged war crimes. Haradinaj has served as a rebel commander in the 1998-1999 Kosovo conflict, which eventually led to the Kosovo declaring independence. He twice faced war crimes charges at the UN but was acquitted both times.
☀ UK Senior diplomat Sir Tim Barrow has been appointed the new ambassador to the EU, replacing Sir Ivan Rogers.
☀ European Union has lifted its 3-year ban on import of some vegetables including bittergourd, snakegourd & aubergines from India. This ban has been imposed by the European Commission in May 2014 on import of mangoes, bitter gourd, egg plant, snake gourd and taro leaves from India on grounds of interceptions of harmful organisms leading to fears on account of bio-security of the region.
☀ Irish professor J Calvin Coffey has identified a new organ called mesentery in the human body, connecting the abdomen to the intestine. It was previously thought to be a group of structures, it has now been classified as one continuous organ. Its function is still unclear, scientists believe abdominal diseases can be categorised in terms of this organ.
Economics Today’s Current Affairs – 5 January 2017
☀ The Reserve Bank of India has said that net profit of listed private sector companies recorded a robust growth of 16 per cent in the second quarter of the fiscal compared to 11.2 per cent in the previous quarter. Among the sectors, manufacturing continued to record high net profit growth, whereas services (Non-IT) sector continued to witness contraction in net profits but at a much lower rate.
☀ The Reserve Bank of India has given permission to formally launch the Paytm Payments Bank. Paytm’s CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma has said that he intends to take a full-time executive role in the bank.
☀ The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has issued a consultation paper on the issue of net-neutrality as it looked to formulate “final views on policy or regulatory interventions” on the subject. The last date for public comments on the paper is February 15 and for counter comments is February 28.
☀ The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has appointed Surekha Marandi as the new Executive Director (ED). She is set to look after the Financial Inclusion and Development Department, among others.
5 January 2017 – Sports Current Affairs Today
☀ Former Australian cricketer Arthur Morris has been inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame by ex-Australian captain Steve Waugh. Morris was given the honour posthumously. Note that: Morris had played 46 matches scoring 3,533 runs for Australia from 1946 to 1955.
☀ India wins SAFF women’s Championship for 4th consecutive time after defeating first timers Bangladesh 3-1. The fourth consecutive South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women’s Football Championship title was won in Siliguri. The Indian team is now unbeaten in 19 matches having won 18 and drawn one.
☀ Mahindra Singh Dhoni has announced his decision to step down as captain of Team India’s limited over cricket matches. He will, however, be available for selection for the ODI and T20 England series starting 15th of this month. Now Dhoni has relinquished captaincy in all formats of the game. Note that: Under Dhoni, India had won a T-20 and ODI World Cup and a Champions Trophy title.
☀ Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders appointed former Indian pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji as the team’s bowling coach for the 2017 season. Balaji had retired from all forms of cricket last year, and now will be replacing Pakistan’s Wasim Akram.
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