·The National Disaster Response Force
(NDRF) celebrated its 13th Raising Day.
·The Director Intelligence Bureau, Rajiv Jain was the chief guest on this
Voters Day 2018-Jan
of the National Voters’ Day 2018 is ‘Accessible
·January 25th is the
foundation day of the Election Commission,
which came into being on this day in 1950.
·Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat.
P celebrates 48th Full Statehood day
·Notably, it was on this day in 1971, Himachal Pradesh was declared as
an 18th state of the
·Himachal Pradesh is state in North
India. Bordering Tibet, it is noted for its Himalayan landscapes and is popular
tourist destination for trekking and enjoying the natural beauty.
·It also has the 4th highest highest per capita income for Indian States
and is the 3rd fastest growing economy in India.
Parmar became the state’s 1st chief minister.
·Himachal Pradesh is a 2nd least corrupt state in
India after Kerala.
·On July 2, 2013, HP was declared as the
first smoke-free state of the country.
popularly known as ‘Mushroom city’
for its production of mushrooms, is one of the fastest growing city in Asia.
·H.P is India’s 2nd largest producer of apple after Jammu and Kashmir.
railway has been declared as the World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
leopard is now the state animall. It replaced the musk deer.
Rhododendron is now the state flower. It replaced Rhododendrumarboretum. In Hindi, it is called Burans.
·Western Tragopan replaced the bird Monal for the state bird of Himachal.
celebrates 69th Republic Day
·This year, the guests of honour are
leaders of ASEAN Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei, P.M Hun Sen of
Cambodia, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of The Philippines, Joko Widodo,
President of Indonesia, Najib Razak, P.M of Malaysia, Nguyen Xuân Phúc, P.M of
Vietnam, President Halima Yacob of Singapore, President Htin Kyaw of Myanmar,
P.M Prayuth Chan-Ocha of Thailand and P.M Thongloun Sisoulith of Laos.
Customs Day 2018- 26th Jan
·The slogan chosen for 2018 is “A secure business environment for economic
Leprosy Day 2018
·World Leprosy Day takes place on the last Sunday in January. In 2018 this will be 28th January.
·This year’s theme is “Zero Disabilities in girls and boys”.
Indian Coast Guard Foundation Day-1st Feb
·The Indian Coast Guard celebrates its 41st
·ICG headquarters, Coast Guard Region in New Delhi.
is not a part of the Indian Paramilitary Forces but is an Armed Forces of India
that has primary duties to check poaching, smuggling and other illegal
activities; to conduct search and rescue operations; to protect and preserve
is world’s 4th largest
Coast Guard aids and protects the fishermen. It also has the duty to check and
investigate foreign fishermen fishing in our water.
Wetlands Day- 2nd Feb
Saving wetlands is saving humanity: Minister
(February 2 is World Wetlands Day)
·World Wetlands Day is observed on
February 2 each year to mark the day the Convention on Wetlands was adopted in
the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971.
receives 173 cr capital infusion from government
·Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) said that it
has received 173.06 crore capital infusion from the government in the current
Modi, Netanyahu inaugurate iCreate centre in Ahmedabad
·PM Modi and his Israeli counterpart
Benjamin Netanyahu have inaugurated the iCreate centre in Ahmedabad's Deo
·They inaugurate the Centre of Excellence
for Date Palms at Kukama, Kutch District, through a video link.
plans to set up Kerala blockchain academy
·The Indian Institute of Information
Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K) has planned to set up a Kerala
Blockchain Academy, arguably the first of its kind in the country.
biggest flooded cave found in Mexico, explorers say
·A group of divers has connected two
underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the
biggest flooded cave on the planet, a discovery that could help shed new light
on the ancient Maya civilization.
launches Business application
·WhatsApp Business will be a separate
application from the instant messaging platform which will authorize businesses
to communicate with their consumer/client on a personal level in the form of a
of INS Vikramaditya with the Bihar Regiment
·Indian Naval Ship Vikramaditya, the
largest ship in the Navy and the country’s only aircraft carrier was formally
affiliated to The Bihar Regiment, a highly decorated and battle hardened
Infantry Unit of the Indian Army and the No. 6 Squadron of the Indian Air Force
that specializes in maritime strike operations and operates the Jaguar fighter
CM inaugurates girl child week
·Giving a call to protect the vanishing
girls of the national Capital owing to female foeticide, C.M Arvind Kejriwal urged the residents to
stand up for the rights of the unborn girl child and provide information
regarding those who commit such illegal acts.
·National Girl Child Day -Jan 24.
Raipur organises nation's first 'Kachra Mahotsav'
·The Raipur Municipal Corporation in
Chhattisgarh has organised the city’s first garbage festival that ended.
·The aim is to increase awareness, aim to
increase awareness, use the waste generated in the city creatively and to
showcase multiple techniques for reusing things that are labelled as garbage.
minister Nirmala Sitharaman undertakes sortie in Sukhoi
·Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s first
full-time woman defence minister flew a sortie on a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter from the air force station in Jodhpur.
·Sukhoi-30 MKI is a nuclear-capable
aircraft which can penetrate deep into enemy territory.
chief Amit Shah to launch ‘Yuva Udghosh programme’ in Varanasi
·Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President
Amit Shah inaugurated party's Yuva Udghosh programme in Varanasi's Kashi
·The programme focuses on enrolling
youths, aged above 17, who will eligible for voting in the 2019 Lok Sabha
to host DefExpo in April
·In a first, Tamil Nadu will host DefExpo 2018, an international
exhibition on Defence, in April, showcasing some of the latest technologies and
products manufactured by both Indian and foreign companies.
·DefExpo India -Land, Naval &
Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition is held once in two years. The
last edition was held in Goa.
regulator relaxes withdrawal norms under NPS
·Relaxing norms, PFRDA has permitted partial withdrawal under the National Pension
System (NPS) for purchase of residential premises, treatment of critical
illness, higher education and marriage of children.
·"A subscriber on the date of
submission of the withdrawal form, shall be permitted to withdraw not exceeding
25% of the contributions made by such subscriber to his individual pension
account" for specified purposes.
acquires 51.11% stake in HPCL for 36,915cr
·After some minor hiccups on the issue of
valuation, public sector exploration giant ONGC has got the consent for
acquiring controlling stake in fellow PSU Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL).
·The transaction will be for 36,915cr.
All-Woman Crew aboard INSV Tarini Crosses Cape Horn, Roughest Stretch of water
·It was termed as "historic"
when an all-woman Indian Navy team set sail for one of the toughest feats -- a
global circumnavigation trip.
·Led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, the five-leg expedition
is titled 'Navika Sagar Parikrama'.
·The 1st Indian solo
circumnavigation was undertaken by Commander Dilip Donde, on board another India-built vessel INSV Mhadei.
launches Cyber Surakshit Bharat to strengthen cyber security
·Cyber Surakshit Bharat will be operated
on the three principles of Awareness,
Education and Enablement.
·Cyber Surakshit Bharat is the first
public-private partnership of its kind and will leverage the expertise of the IT
industry in cybersecurity.
·Ministry of Electronics and Information
of (POPSK) at Karaikal by EAM
·The Post Office Passport Seva Kendra
(POPSK) at Karaikal in the Union
Territory (UT) of Puducherry was inaugurated by Sushma Swaraj.
·The POPSK at Karaikal is the 60th POPSK to have become
·The POPSK at Karaikal is the first POPSK
to become operational in the UT of Puducherry.
Inclusive Development Index 2018
·The Inclusive Development Index (IDI) is
an annual assessment of 103 countries’ economic performance that measures how
countries perform on 11 dimensions of economic progress in addition to GDP.
ranked at the 62nd place
among emerging economies on an Inclusive Development Index, much below China's26th position and Pakistan's47th.
·Among advanced economies, Norway is followed by Ireland, Luxembourg, Switzerland
and Denmark in the top five.
Valletta becomes Europe's Capital of Culture
·About one fifth of Malta's
450,000-strong population was in the streets of the capital as Valletta was
officially inaugurated as the European City of Culture.
·With about 6,000 inhabitants, Valletta
is the smallest capital in the European Union.
·It is located in a fortress and is a
UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tokyo body sign MoU for municipal waste incineration
·The Telangana government signed a MoU
with the Clean Authority of Tokyo in connection with municipal solid waste
approves disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs
·20 AAP MLAs, accused of holding the
'office of profit', were disqualified from the Delhi Assembly after President
Ram Nath Kovind approved the Election Commission of India's (ECI)
recommendation in the matter.
·Initially, the petition was directed at
21 MLAs, but one MLA, named Jarnail
Singh, resigned to contest in the Punjab elections, last year.
War II Memorial Museum in Arunachal
·Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu
inaugurated the World War II Memorial Museum here in the state's Changlang district bordering Myanmar.
·Built by the Union Culture Ministry, the
Rs 2.25cr museum in memory of those
who laid down their lives in World War II is located adjacent to the historic Stilwell Road.
Global Forum for Food & Agriculture, Berlin, Germany
·Union Minister of State for Agriculture
& Farmers Welfare, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is leading the Indian
delegation to 10th Global Forum for Food & Agriculture which
includes the 10th Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference.
of this year’s event is “Shaping the
future of livestock – sustainably, responsibly, efficiently”.
agreement with Zurich canton
government has entered into a sister-state agreement with the Canton of Zurich.
·The agreement will promote
collaborations through exchange of experience and information, joint
cooperation plans, industry-specific programmes and projects, establishment of
joint expert groups and work, implementation of skill development of an
educational nature and regular expert-level consultations.
Research Institute in Jaipur
·The Minister of State (IC), for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik laid the foundation
stone for Central Research Institute (CRI) in Jaipur.
·This will be the 3rd CRI
under the aegis of Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), an
autonomous body of Ministry of AYUSH for undertaking scientific research in
Homoeopathy, with 23 institutes across the country.
survey: India 5th most attractive market for global CEOs in 2018
·India will be the 5th most attractive market for global industries in
2018, a CEO Optimism survey conducted by international consultancy PwC says.
·It's almost twice the level of last year
(29%) and the largest ever increase since PwC began asking about global growth
·This year, the US reinforces its lead on China.
Germany remains in 3rdplace, followed by the UK in 4thplace, while India overtakes Japan as the fifth most attractive market in 2018.
to host 16th International Energy Forum Meet
·The 16th International Energy
Forum (IEF) Ministerial meeting will be held in New Delhi.
·"The 16th International
Energy Forum Ministerial meeting will be held on April 10 to 12, 2018, which
will be hosted by GoI in New Delhi
and co-hosted by the Government of China
and South Korea."
·India had last hosted the IEF
ministerial conference in 1996.
Asia Steel International Conference from Feb 6
·The 7th Asia Steel
International Conference will be held in Bhubaneswar
from Feb 6 to 9.
·The last Asia Steel conference was held
in 2015 at Yokohama, Japan.
GoI, the Government of Uttarakhand and the World Bank sign $120 million Loan
·The Government of India, the Government
of Uttarakhand and the World Bank Board signed in New Delhi, a $120 million Loan Agreement which will
help increase access to improved water supply services in peri-urban areas in
the State of Uttarakhand.
DIWAS’ Commence in Lucknow
·‘Uttar Pradesh Diwas’ being held for the
first time and scheduled to commence in Lucknow from will be a gala event to be
inaugurated by V.P M Venkaiah Naidu.
·The V.P will lay the foundation of
development schemes worth Rs 11,506cr
and dedicate completed projects worth Rs 12,950 crore.
govt bans sale of tobacco at shops selling FMCG products
government announced a ban on sale of tobacco at shops that sell chocolates,
chips and other edible items.
·The move is aimed at ensuring youngsters
do not get addicted to tobacco products, a top Food and Drug Administration
·Maharashtra, became the first state to enforce the ban.
Quota for acid attack survivors, people with disability
·People with autism, mental illnesses,
intellectual disability and victims of acid attacks will now get quota in
central government jobs.
·In case of direct recruitment, 4% of the
total number of vacancies, up from the existing 3%, in groups A, B and C shall
be reserved for people with benchmark disabilities.
·Benchmark disability means a person with
not less than 40% of a specified disability.
·1% posts each shall be also reserved for
people suffering from autism, intellectual disability, specific learning
disability and mental illness.
Oxford Dictionaries launches 1st ever Hindi Word
of the Year
is Oxford’s first Hindi word of the year
·The accompanying shortlisted words
include Notebandi, Swachh, Vikaas, Yoga and Bahubali, reflect the social,
cultural, political and economic trends and events that have been part of 2017.
India cheapest country to live in after South Africa: GoBankingRates
is ranked 2nd only to
South Africa as the cheapest country to live or retire, according to a recent
survey of 112 countries.
Africa has topped the survey as the cheapest country to
live or retire.
·Among the most expensive countries in
the survey are Bermuda (ranked 112),
Bahamas (111), HongKong (110), Switzerland (109) and Ghana (108).
Polio Immunisation (PPI) programme-2018
·President Ram Nath Kovind launched the
Pulse Polio Immunisation (PPI) programme for 2018 by administering polio drops
to children less than 5 years old at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
·The event was organised on the eve of
the National Immunisation Day, which
is observed on 28 January.
Governor Releases Postage Stamp In Memory Of Dr. T. Ao
·Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi
released a postage stamp as a mark of respect to the legendary footballer Dr. Talimeren Ao on the occasion of his
birth centenary year.
CM launches Zero Budget Natural Farming project to promote organic farming
·Exuding confidence that farmers of his
state would adopt organic farming, Himachal Pradesh C.M, Jai Ram Thakur,
launched Zero Budget Natural Farming project.
birthday to be celebrated as Delhi's Football Day
·Football Delhi announced that India team
captain Sunil Chhetri's birthday on August3 will henceforth be celebrated as
Delhi's Football Day.
Indian, Vietnamese armies hold first military exercise
·For the first time, armies of India and Vietnam began a 6 day-long military exercise in Jabalpur in Madhya
Pradesh, reflecting growing defence ties between the two countries.
·India and Vietnam have been exploring
ways to strengthen defence cooperation.
Paytm, Alibaba’s AGTech Holdings launch new mobile gaming
·Mobile payments company Paytm and
Alibaba Group-owned AGTech Holdings Ltd have formed a joint venture to launch Gamepind, a gaming platform aimed at
mobile users in India.
Rs 3400 Cr for airports in NE: AAI
·The Airports Authority of India (AAI)
has allocated around Rs 3400cr for the upgradation of airports in the North
·AAI chairman- Guruprasad Mahapatra.
·The AAI has allocated Rs 1720cr for
Assam, Rs 525cr for Tripura, Rs 800cr for Manipur, Rs 42cr for Nagaland, Rs
211cr for Arunachal Pradesh and Rs 60cr for Mizoram.
Tribal festival Sammakka Saaralamma Jathara
·'Sammakka Saaralamma Maha Jathara', a
tribal festival, will start in the forest of Eturunagaram, Telangana from Jan 31.
·During the festival, the tribals worship
'Sammakka', the tribal folk goddess.
19th India International Watch & Clock Fair
Samaya Bharati 2018
·The 19th India International
Watch & Clock Fair “Samaya Bharati 2018” was inaugurated by Amruta Devendra
Fadnavis, Deputy Vice President of Axis Bank, Mumbai.
Yogi inaugurates Mahesra bridge
·Uttar Pradesh C.M Yogi Adityanath
inaugurated the Mahesra bridge on the Sonauli- Gorakhpur road.
·The bridge would connect Gorakhpur and its adjoining districts
to Nepal, and usher in development
and employment to the districts of east UP.
India 6th wealthiest country with total wealth of
·According to a report by New World
Wealth, the US is the wealthiest
country with total wealth of $64,584
billion, followed by China
($24,803 billion) and Japan ($19,522
·India has been ranked 6th in the list of
wealthiest countries with total wealth of $8,230billion.
wealth refers to the private wealth held by all the
individuals living in each country/city.
India's crude steel production rises 6.2% to 101.4 MT in 2017
crude steel production grew by 6.2%
to 101.4 million tonnes (MT) in 2017 compared to 95.5 MT in the previous year-
report by World Steel Association.
remained the world leader by producing 831.7 MT in 2017, up 5.7% from 786.9 MT
in the year-ago period.
the 2nd largest global steel producer.
Delhi's Toxic Air Takes City on Top of Most Polluted List
·The report by Greeenpeace titled –
Airpocalypse II – lists Delhi on top
of the list of India’s most polluted cities. Neighbouring Faridabad in Haryana is close 2nd
in the list.
·Rajasthan’s Bhiwadi and Bihar
capital Patna are also in the top five most polluted cities.
·Surprisingly, Dehradun, which boast of a handsome green cover is the 5th most polluted city.
Journalists celebrate 238th anniversary of India's
·Journalists and social activists in the
Taj city celebrated Hicky's Day paying tributes to the fighter-journalist James Augustus Hicky who launched
India's first newspaper, the Bengal Gazette, on January 29, 1780.
of the seminar was "Social Media
emerging as a challenge to conventional media?".
India 6th wealthiest country with $8,230 billion
·Notwithstanding the income inequality,
India has made it to the sixth spot with total wealth of $8,230 billion, in a list of top 10 wealthiest nations, according
to a report by New WorldWealth.
·India's wealth took a sharp jump of
almost 25% in 2017 as compared to
2016 when its net wealth was around $6,584
·Rated as best performing market
globally, India has 3.3 lakh HNWIs (high-net-worth individuals), 9th highest in the world,
while the country has 20,730 multi-millionaires, which is 7th largest.
·Overall, the US has retained the 1st
spot with the total wealth of $64,584 billion in 2017, followed by China and Japan.
Harshvardhan launches PetaFlop super computer
·Environment Minister Harshvardhan
launched a 2.8 PetaFlop capacity
high-performance computer system ‘Mihir’
·The system will be able to predict
weather and climate accurately.
INS Karanj launched in Mumbai
·The Indian Navy’s third state-of-the-art
Scorpene class submarine, INS Karanj,
was launched by Reena Lanba, wife of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba.
Google launched new app - "Bulletin"
·Expanding its reach into the hyperlocal
news, Google has introduced a new app named "Bulletin" that allows anybody to submit stories for and about
·The application has been launched as a
limited pilot project and is available in Nashville,
Tennessee and Oakland, California.
Bihar cabinet grants Rs 105cr for Mahadalit Vikas Mission
·The Bihar cabinet approved a grant of Rs
105cr for the Bihar Mahadalit Vikas Mission, set up with the objective of
devising and implementing schemes designed especially for the most deprived
sections among the Scheduled Castes.
Maha govt. to give sanitary pads to 7 lakh girls at Rs 5 a
government has launched a scheme to make a pack of sanitary pads available to 7
lakh girls studying in government schools for a subsidised price of Rs 5.
India slips to 42nd place on EIU Democracy Index
·India has slipped to 42nd place on an annual
Global Democracy Index.
·The top 3 positions on the list are
occupied by Nordic countries—Norway,
Iceland and Sweden.
U.S. lifts ban on refugees from 11 countries
·The United States announced it was
lifting its ban on refugees from 11 “high-risk” countries, but said those
seeking to enter the U.S. would come under much tougher scrutiny than in the
·United States Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
·Refugee groups comprise Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea,
Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Syrian National Dialogue Conference kicks off in Sochi
·The Syrian National Dialogue Conference
officially opens in Sochi with the participation of some 1511 Syrians,
including 107 representatives of the opposition abroad.
a Russian city on the Black Sea, is known as a summer beach resort, and was
host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
India Energy Congress (7th edition)
·India Energy Congress, an apex
congregation of energy professionals from across the sector, is the flagship
event of WEC India
·Theme -‘Energy4.0- Energy
Transition towards 2030’.
CM Naidu lays foundation for Universal Peace Retreat Center
·Andhra Pradesh C.M Chandrababu Naidu
laid the foundation for "Universal Peace Retreat Center" of
'Prajapita Brahmakumari Eswariya University'.
·The Andhra Pradesh government has
allotted 10 acres of land for this center at Nekkollu village within the
Amaravati capital region.
Punjab govt bans sale of insecticides
·Punjab C.M Amarinder Singh approved a
ban on the sale of Endosulfan and 19 other insecticides reported to be
harmful for human beings as well as from the environmental sustainability and
economic viability aspects.
Centre sanctions Rs 1,500cr for organic farming in
·The Centre has sanctioned Rs 1,500cr for 3 years to promote
organic farming in Uttarakhand.
Rwanda becomes first poor country to provide eye care for all
has become the first low-income country to provide universal eye care for its
12 million population.
·The country ranks 159th on the Human Development Index, and only 19.8% of
the population have access to electricity.
SMART OPD technology at hospitals
·A health tech start-up mCURA has introduced an integrated mobility
platform, SMART OPD, to help patients avoid queues in hospitals.
joins Ashgabat agreement
·India has joined the Ashgabat agreement,
which envisages setting up of an international transport and transit corridor
linking central Asia with the Persian Gulf to significantly ramp up
trade and investment.
·Besides Turkmenistan, the other founding
members of the agreement are Iran, Oman
and Uzbekistan and these countries
had signed the pact on April 25, 2011.
Small Finance Bank inks MoU with LIC to offer PMJJBY
·Banking finance company AU Small Finance
Bank has signed MoU with LIC to offer Pradhan
Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY).
·Under the MoU, LIC will give a life
cover of Rs 2 lakh in case of death
to the customer at a nominal premium of Rs 330/annum.
Bank signs $300-M loan for Nepal quake reconstruction
·The World Bank approved a $300 million loan for Nepal as the
impoverished nation struggles to raise money to rebuild almost 3 years after an
earthquake killed thousands and flattened homes.
1st major platform to offer direct mutual funds to consumers
India’s No. 1 Marketplace for Loans & Cards, launched direct mutual funds,
becoming India’s first major platform to offer direct plans to retail
Kukreja- CEO & Co-founder, Paisabazaar.com.
sees India GDP growth at 7.4% in 2018
·India is projected to grow at 7.4% of its gross domestic product
(GDP) in 2018 and 7.8% in 2019 as against China’s6.8% and 6.4% respectively, the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) making it the fastest growing economy among
NHB tie up for rural housing push
·Indian Overseas Bank has signed an MoU
with National Housing Bank for the Rural Housing Interest Subsidy Scheme (RHISS)
of the Ministry of Rural Development.
·The agreement was signed by R Subramaniakumar, MD and CEO of Indian
Overseas Bank, and Sriram Kalyanaraman,
MD and CEO of the National Housing Bank.
unveils details of recapitalisation plan for PSB
·The capital infusion plan for 2017-18
includes 80,000cr ($12.62 billion) through recapitalisation bonds and 8,139cr
as budgetary support.
·This is part of a Rs 2.11 lakh cr recapitalisation plan
announced last October. Of the total sum, Rs
1.35 lakh cr is planned to be raised through recapitalisation bonds, while
the banks themselves will raise another Rs
58,000cr from share sales.
·Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia.
·Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar.
·Affairs Secretary Subhash Garg, held a press conference to outline the details of the
Axis Bank launches 4th edition of
·Private sector Axis Bank launched the
fourth edition of 'Evolve', an annual multi-city knowledge series for Banks SME
Infosys signs MoU with Kailash Satyarthi Childrens Foundation
·Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic
arm of IT major Infosys, has signed a MoU with the Kailash Satyarthi Children's
Foundation for a grant to create a child-friendly village towards improving
childrens health, providing education and creating a non-violent environment.
India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) sign $250 Million Loan
·The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the
Government of India signed a $250 million loan to finance the construction of
6,254 kilometres all-weather rural roads in the States of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal under
the Prime Minister’s Rural Roads Program
Yokoyama - Country Director of ADB’s India.
MoU signed for $30 million World Bank loan to RUMSL for MP solar
·An MoU was signed between Rewa Ultra
Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL) and the World Bank, which will provide a loan of USD
30 million (around Rs 210cr) to develop the “world’s largest” 750 MW solar
power plant in Rewa and another one
in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh.
World Bank commits $100 million to boost TN's rural economy
·The government and World Bank signed a $100 million (about Rs 6,400cr) loan
agreement to promote rural economy in selected blocks of Tamil Nadu across 26
districts, benefiting over 4 lakh people.
SBI to provide credit cards to farmers
·State Bank of India has introduced a
pilot scheme on credit cards for farmers, which extends facilities like lower
interest rate besides the normal 40 days’ credit available for credit card
users, said chairman Rajnish Kumar.
·“This facility launched on a pilot basis
in three States – Rajasthan, Gujarat
and Madhya Pradesh.
Patel sworn in as MP Governor
·Senior BJP leader Anandiben Patel was sworn in as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh.
·Madhya Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Hemant Gupta administered the oath.
Lakhtakia appointed new NSG chief
·CRPF special DG Sudeep Lakhtakia has been appointed as the new chief of National
Security Guard (NSG) and takes over from S
Rawat appointed new Chief Election Commissioner
·The Union Law Ministry appointed senior
most Election Commissioner Om Prakash
Rawat as the next Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) as the incumbent A.K. Joti retiring .
·Former Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa was appointed as Election
Commissioner to fill the vacancy created by Mr Rawat’s elevation.
·Election Commissioners have a fixed term
of 6 years but have to step down if they reach 65 years of age before their
Relieves CISF Chief O P Singh; to take over as UP DGP
·The Centre relieved CISF chief O P Singh for his cadre Uttar Pradesh,
where he is expected to take over as the new Director General of Police (DGP).
appoints American Express CEO as first black board member
·Facebook announced that it will bring Kenneth Chenault, the CEO of American Express,
onto its board.
·Chenault will become the 1st
African-American board member at the social media giant.
appoints Dilip Chenoy as Director General
·Industry Chamber FICCI has appointed Dilip Chenoy as its Director General.
Kumar appointed as Jammu's new Divisional Commissioner
·HemantKumar Sharma, a 2002-batch IAS
officer, has been appointed as the Divisional Commissioner of Jammu.
ropes in Priyanka Chopra as global brand ambassador
International, a wholly- owned subsidiary of Samsung
Electronics, has appointed actress Priyanka Chopra as the global brand
ambassador for its JBL and Harman Kardon audio brands.
director of the space agency's Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre
·Senior ISRO scientist Dr. V Narayanan has assumed charge as
Director of the space agency's Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), at nearby Valiamala.
·He succeeds S Somanath who has been appointed Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space
Ananthasubramanian is first woman IBA chief
Ananthasubramanian, MD and CEO, Allahabad Bank, has been elected the first woman chairman of Indian
Banks’ Association (IBA) for the year 2017-18.
·IBA Chairman’s position fell vacant
following the superannuation of Jatinder
BirSingh, who was CMD of Punjab
& Sind Bank.
Kumar, Chairman, SBI, was elected Deputy Chairman of IBA
for the year 2017-18.
·IBA is the banking sector’s industry
body, whose objective, among others, is to promote and develop sound and
progressive banking principles, practices and conventions and to contribute to
the developments of creative banking in the country.
Milos Zeman wins 2nd term as Czech
·Incumbent Milos Zeman has won a second
term as Czech president after seeing off a challenge from his pro-EU rival Jiri Drahos.
·Czech P.M -Andrej Babis.
President Sauli Niinisto comfortably re-elected
·Finland's President Sauli Niinisto has been comfortably re-elected for a second 6-year
·He is the 1st candidate to
win in the first round of voting since the electoral system was changed in
Indian-American Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen to lead USISPF
·Indian-American Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen has been elected as
the Vice Chairman of the US-India Strategic
and Partnership Forum, a new organisation set up to enhance business
relations between India and the US.
Lt. Gen Anil Chauhan takes charge as DGMO of Indian Army
·Lt. Gen Anil Chauhan, who has vast experience in counter-insurgency
operations, took charge as the new Director General of Military Operations
(DGMO) of the Indian Army.
·He succeeds Lt General A K Bhatt who will assume charge of the
Srinagar-based 15 Corps.
S.K. Joshi appointed new Chief Secretary of Telangana
Kumar Joshi, 4th
Special Chief Secretary, Irrigation, was appointed the new Chief Secretary of
Neelam Kapur appointed as Director General, SAI
·Indian Information Service officer Neelam Kapur was
appointed as Director General (DG) of Sports Authority of India (SAI).
IOA Joint Secretary Vikram Singh Sisodia named
Chef-de-Mission for CWG
·The Indian Olympic Association (IOA)
appointed its joint secretary Vikram Singh Sisodia as the Chef-de-Mission for
the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
·The 21st Commonwealth Games
will be held from April 4 to 15 in Gold
Coast, the 2nd largest city in Australia.
·IOA President- Narinder Dhruv Batra.
·IOA Secretary General- Rajeev Mehta.
names board veteran John Hennessy as chairman
·Google parent Alphabet Inc replaced
long-time Executive Chairman Eric
Schmidt with board veteran John
Hennessy, a former Stanford University president and one of search engine
company's first users.
Jio Filmfare Awards 2018
·Members of the Hindi film industry came
together to celebrate the best of Bollywood in the year 2017 at 63rd
Jio Filmfare Awards 2018, held at the NSCI Dome in Worli, Mumbai.
·Best Film: 'Hindi Medium'.
·Critics' Award for Best Film: 'Newton'.
·Best Actor in A Leading Role (Female/Male):
Vidya Balan for 'Tumhari Sulu', Irrfan Khan for 'Hindi Medium'.
·Best Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari for 'Bareilly Ki Barfi'.
IT minister receives Kalam Innovations in Governance Award
·Andhra Pradesh IT minister Nara Lokesh received Kalam Innovations
in Governance Award (KIGA).
Ecotourism Trust wins prestigious UNWTO Award
Ecotourism Trust, a community owned and managed venture
promoted by RBS Foundation India and Indian Grameen Services on the banks of
Chilika Lake in Odisha, has won the prestigious United Nations World Tourism Organisation Awards.
·The trust was honoured with the coveted
award for "Innovation in TourismEnterprise" at the 14th
UNWTO Awards ceremony held in Madrid, Spain.
·United Nations (UN) General Assembly
recently adopted 2017 as the InternationalYear of Sustainable Tourism.
2018: Shah Rukh Khan receives the Crystal Award
Rukh Khan was awarded the Crystal Award at the World Economic
Forum 2018 that is currently underway in Davos, Switzerland.
·The superstar was awarded this
humanitarian award along with Sir Elton
John and CateBlanchett, for his efforts to
rehabilitate acid attack survivors through his non-profit organisation, Meer Foundation.
nominations 2018: Rachel Morrison becomes 1st female cinematographer
to receive a nod
·The 2018 Oscars are set to be a historic
occasion: Rachel Morrison has received the first nomination for a female
cinematographer for her work in Mudbound.
Plummer, 88, has become the oldest nominee for best supporting actor for his role in All The
Money In The World.
·The Oscars will air on March 4 featuring
Jimmy Kimmel as the host.
·This year 85 recipients have been selected for the prestigious awards
including two duo cases. This includes 3Padma Vibhushan, 9Padma Bhushan and 73Padma
Shri awards. 14 of the awardees
are women, while 16 persons are foreigners and 3 are being awarded posthumous.
·Music maestro Ilaiyaraja was among the 3
Padma Vibhushan awardees, the former India captain is among the 9 Padma Bhushan recipients.
·Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan
are the 2nd and 3rd highest civilian awards
of the country respectively.
·Illaiyaraja, Ghulam Mustafa Khan, P.
·Pankaj Advani, Philipose Mar Chrysostom, M.S
Dhoni, Alexander Kadakin
(Foreigner/Posthumous), R. Nagaswamy, Ved
Prakash Nanda (Overseas Citizen of India),
Laxman Pai, Arvind Parikh, Sharda Sinha.
Maharashtra wins best tableau prize in Republic Day parade
Regiment has bagged the award for the best marching contingent among the
three services and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police among the paramilitary and
other auxiliary forces in the Republic Day parade.
got the first prize for the best tableau.
tableau depicting traditional “masks and sastras” bagged the 2nd prize.
prize went to Chhattisgarh’s display
of Ramgarh’s ancient amphitheatre and artistes performing dance based on
·Among the tableaux, the 1st
prize went to Khelo India of the
Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry.
·Album of the Year - 24K Magic — Bruno
·Record of the Year - "24K
Magic" — Bruno Mars.
·Song of the Year -"That’s What I
·Best Pop Solo Performance -"Shape
Of You" — Ed Sheeran.
bags marching contingent award on R-Day
·The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to
win the best marching contingent award for the 6th time -- highest
in the last two decades achieved by any paramilitary or auxiliary force -- on
·The 148-member ITBP contingent was led
by assistant commandant Akshay Deshmukh.
Asha Bhosle bags Yash Chopra Memorial Award
·The jury selected the legendary singer Asha Bhosle for the Yash Chopra
·T Subbarami Reddy Foundation Instituted
the National Yash Chopra National Memorial Award 2017 which carries Rs 10 lakh cash prize with Swarna
·Earlier recipients of the award include
Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.
Outstanding MP award 2013-17
·The Indian Parliamentary Group (IPG)
announced that BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahatab will be conferred the Outstanding
Parliamentarian Award for 2017.
·TMC's Lok Sabha MP Dinesh Trivedi would get the award for 2016 and Leader of
Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad would get it for 2015.
·Announcing the awards for the last five
years, NajmaHeptulla gets the award for 2013 and Lok Sabha member Hukumdev Narayan Yadav for 2014.
Renault-Nissan group pips VW to become top-selling carmaker
automaking alliance emerged as the world’s biggest seller of light vehicles in
2017, bumping Volkswagen AG off the top spot, after the inclusion of Mitsubishi
Motors’ numbers boosted its final tally.
Calicut University confers D.Litt on Mohanlal, P.T.Usha
·Kerala Governor and Calicut University
Chancellor P. Sathasivam conferred the D. Litt on Malayalam superstar Mohanlal and veteran athlete P. T. Usha.
·She is nicknamed as the Payyoli Express as she was born in the
village of Payyoli, Kozhikode District, Kerala.
·In the 1985 Jakarta Asian Championships, Usha won 6 medals — five gold and
·She is the first Indian woman to reach
the final of an Olympic event and the youngest Indian sprinter, aged 16, to
compete in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Odisha bags 'Geospatial World Excellence Award-2018'
has bagged 'Geospatial World Excellence Award-2018' for successful IT
application for tracking of mineral production, dispatch and value accrued on
real-time basis through its i3MS web-based software.
French honour for Soumitra Chatterjee
·Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee received the Legion
of Honour, the highest French civilian award, 30 years after his mentor and
renowned filmmaker Satyajit Ray was
conferred with the same.
·French Ambassador in India Alexandre Ziegler.
Sahitya Akademi's Bhasha Samman
·Magahi writer SheshAnand Madhukar,
was honoured with this year's Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman award.
·The 2nd writer of Magahi
language to be given the award, Madhurkar was conferred the award, comprising a
Rs 1 lakh cheque and a memento, by Sahitya Akademi President Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari.
·"Sahitya Akademi currently honours
writers from 24 regional languages, but Bhasha Samman identifies those
languages which are equally spoken in different parts of the country.
Asthana wins Times Power Woman 2017 award
·The Times Group recently celebrated the
invaluable contribution of women by introducing The Times Power Woman 2017
·These awards were initiated to celebrate
the victories of women who have been a great source of inspiration. These
awards focused on the women of Pune.
·Shabnam Asthana was awarded the 'Times
Power Women of the Year 2017'- Pune for Global PR.
·Virat Kohli became the 4th
Indian player to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after Rahul Dravid (2004)
Sachin Tendulkar (2010) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2016).
Garfield Sobers Trophy for Cricketer of the Year – Virat Kohli.
Test Cricketer of the Year – Steve
ODI Cricketer of the Year – Virat Kohli.
Associate Cricketer of the Year – Rashid
Performance of the Year – Yuzvendra
Cricketer of the Year – Hasan Ali
of Cricket Award – Anya Shrubsole
(England women’s team).
of the Year (David Shepherd Trophy) –
history of the unified flag the two Koreas will march under at the Winter
·Among the recent series of diplomatic
breakthroughs achieved between South and North Korea is an agreement that the
two countries will march under a unified Korean flag at the Winter Olympic
games being held in Pyeongchang in
RANKINGS: India begin 2018 in 102nd position
·The Indian national football team are
positioned 102nd in the
world, according to the latest FIFA Rankings published 18 January 2018.
Cricket World Cup 2018
·Defending champions India beat Pakistan by two wickets in the final of the 5th
ODI Blind Cricket World Cup at the Sharjah
·ICC CEO David Richardson.
Deksisa and Amane
Gobena made it a double delight for Ethiopia in the $405,000 Tata Mumbai
Marathon by clinching the men's and women's races respectively.
Indies to host 2018 Women’s World T20
& Barbuda, Guyana,
and St Lucia will host the Women's
World T20 from November 9 to 24 later this year.
·This will be the first instance of the
Women's World T20 being played as a standalone event, after the previous six
editions were organised alongside the men's World T20.
Singh wins Swedish Open Junior title
·Young Indian shuttler Siddharth Pratap Singh secured his
maiden international title, bagging the Swedish Open Junior International
Series with a straight-game victory over Denmark's Mads Christophersen in the finals here.
Lamichhane makes history
·The 17-year-old Sandeep Lamichhane made history when he became the first cricketer from Nepal to sign for an IPL team.
·Lamichhane was bought by Delhi
Daredevils, coached by Ricky Ponting, for his base price of 20 lakh.
Roger Federer [Switzerland]
Marin cilic [Croatia]
Olive marach[Austria]& Mate
Timea babos[Hungary]& Kristina
Gabriela dabrowski[Canada]& Mate
Timea babos & Rohan Bopanna[India]
Paes and James Cerretani lift Newport Beach Challenger trophy
claimed his first title of the 2018 season along with American partner JamesCerretani following an easy win in the final of the Newport Beach
Nehwal loses Indonesia Masters final to Tzu Ying
·Rio Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal
was defeated by world No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying in straight games in the title clash
of the Indonesia Masters.
Melbourne Cricket Ground set to host 2020 Women's World
Cricket Ground, is set to be named as the venue for the Women's World Twenty20
final in 2020.
·The 2020 men's and women's World T20
competitions will be held separately for the first time since 2009.
Sharath bags record-equalling 8th National T.T
Kamal rolled over Petroleum Sports Promotion Board
compatriot Anthony Amalraj to pocket a record-equalling 8th men's
title in the 79th 11Sports National Table Tennis Championship.
Highlights of Union Budget 2018-2019
·BJP’s government's 5th and
last full Budget delivered by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's.
changes in personal income tax slabs.
tax-payers to get a standard deduction of 40,000
in lieu of transport allowance and "other medical expenses".
fund for development of agri markets.
senior citizens will now be able to claim benefit of a deduction of 50,000 for any medical insurance.
critical illnesses, the deduction has been increased to 1,00,000.
f)Free power connections to 4crore homes under Saubhagya Yojana.
crore free gas connections for poor women through Ujjwala Yojana.
to implement minimum support price for all crops; It is hiked to 1.5 times of
i)Railway capex for 2018-19 set at 1.48 lakh crore.
j)New flagship National Health Protection
Scheme, providing a health insurance cover of 5 lakh per family per year
target for this year set at 80,000 crore.
l)Fiscal deficit as percentage of GDP
·FY 17- 3.5%
·FY 18(be)- 3.2%
to Rs.2.5 lakh
·Two New Funds of Rs10,000 cr announced
for Fisheries and Animal Husbandary sectors; Re-structured National Bamboo Mission
gets Rs.1290 crore.
·Loans to Women Self Help Groups will
increase to Rs.75,000 cr in 2019
from 42,500 crore last year.
·Outlay on health, education and social
protection will be 1.38 lakh cr.
·World’s largest Health Protection Scheme
covering over 10cr poor and vulnerable families launched with a family limit
upto 5 lakh rupees for secondary and tertiary treatment.
5.97 lakh cr allocation for infrastructure
·Relief to Senior Citizens proposed:-
of interest income on deposits with banks and post offices to be increased from
Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 50,000.
b)TDS not required to be deducted under section
in deduction limit for medical expenditure for certain critical illness from
Rs. 60,000 (senior citizens) and from Rs. 80,000 (very senior citizens) to Rs.
1 lakh for all senior citizens, under section 80DDB.
·Eminent cartoonist Chandi Lahiri passed away in Kolkata following respiratory
·He is also called the creator of ‘pocket cartoons’ in Bengal.
Wyngarde, star of Jason King and Department S
·The actor Peter Wyngarde has died at the
age of 90.
·The actor was best known for his role as
the sleuth Jason King in the TV show of the same name, and its forerunner
Bennett, a prominent Zimbabwean opposition figure, has been
killed with his wife in a helicopter crash in the US state of New Mexico.
Jo White, Celtics great and NBA Hall of Famer
·Legend Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA
champion and Finals MVP, passed away at the age of 71.
·He was inducted into the Basketball Hall
of Fame in 2015.
Legend Hugh Masekela
·Legendary South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78
after a decade-long fight with cancer.
·Often called the “Father of South African jazz”.
K. Le Guin, science fiction author
K. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy
writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books,
has died at 88.
Devi, veteran Bengali actress
·Veteran Bengali film actress Supriya
Devi died of a severe cardiac arrest at her residence in Kolkata.
·She received the Padma Shri and West
Bengal government’s highest civilian award Banga Vibhushan, besides the
Filmfare East Lifetime Achievement Award.
scientist GS Kalkat
·Eminent agricultural scientist Gurcharan Singh Kalkat passed away at
PGIMER after a brief illness.
·Kalkat was awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan
for his work.
·Senior journalistDaya Nath Singh
died after a brief illness.
·Former governor of Chhattisgarh and
Tripura Dinesh Nandan Sahay died
after prolonged illness.
·Sahay was the first governor of Chhattisgarh after the state was carved out of
Madhya Pradesh in 2000.
Dr Sonam Dawa Lonpo
·Chief Executive Councillor (CEC), Ladakh
Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh Dr Sonam Dawa Lonpo passed away
due to cardiac arrest.
BJP MP Chintaman Wanaga
·Senior BJP MP from Maharashtra Chintaman
World’s oldest man– Francisco Nunez Olivera
Nunez Olivera passed away at his home in the village
of Bienvenida in Badajoz, south-west Spain.
·Francisco, became the world’s oldest man
after the death of Polish-born Israeli Yisrael
Ottanthullal artiste Geethanandan dead
·Acclaimed Ottanthullal artiste Kalamandalam Geethanandan died during a
performance at Avittathur.