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CURRENT AFFAIRS 30TH JANUARY 2016

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Current Affairs Jan 30th 2016
  • UP IPS Aparna Kumar scales Mount Vinson Massif: The highest peak in Antarctica
  • Union Minister of Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu announced names of 20 smart cities
  • NGT asked Government’s to fix environmental norms on noise pollution in residential areas near airports
  • Gurdeep Singh appointed as CMD of NTPC
  • Leslie Berland appointed as CMO of Twitter Inc
  • Justice Sanjay Mishra has been appointed new Lokayukta of UP
  • Australian batsman David Warner won Allan Border Medal 2016
  • Indian activist Henri Tiphagne selected for Amnesty International Human Rights Award 2016
  • Rajasthan Govt inks MoU to join UDAY Scheme
  • Gyan Jyoti app helped rural Indian women use modern contraceptives
  • India successfully test fired Akash missile at Chandipur
  • Madhya Pradesh to impose ban on polythene from January 2017
  • Union Government launched National Job Portal for Persons with Disabilities
  • Customs Department Launches Mobile app
  • France’s Justice Minister Christiane Taubira resigned
  • A British woman Sue York became the first person in the world to have a pancreas transplant
  • Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari resigned
  • China and Iran signed 17 agreements to broaden Bilateral Cooperation
  • India gets more voting rights in IMF reforms
  • Nisid Hajari won 2016 William E. Colby Award
  • IRCTC announces new rule for online ticket booking
  • India wins T20 series against Australia
Martyrs’ Day (India)  
  • In India, there are several days declared as Martyrs’ Day (at national level also known as Sarvodaya day) it is named in the honour those who recognised as martyrs for the nation.
  • 30 January is the date observed at the national level. The date was chosen as it marks the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1948.

Strong 7 magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Russia
  • A strong 7-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Russia, the US Geological Survey said.
  • The quake struck 109km (67 miles) north of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, USGS said.
  • It struck at a relatively deep 153km.
  • The earthquake struck in an area close to the “Ring of Fire”, an arc of fault lines that circle the Pacific Ocean which is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

SBI, BoB and other PSBs creating anti-money laundering framework for overseas branches
  • In what appears to be a reaction to stricter norms by banking regulators across the world, India’s public sector banks, including State Bank of India (BSE -2.91 %) and Bank of Baroda (BSE -3.31 %), are creating a separate and stronger anti-money laundering (AML) framework for their branches outside India.
  • While the priority is to have AML framework in place in Europe and the United States, in the framework is also being created in Dubai, South Africa, Mauritius and Singapore, where there is a high risk, people close to the development said.

India to provide 300 MW to power-starved Nepal in 18 months
  • India agreed to supply 300 MW of electricity to energy-starved Nepal in the next one-and- a-half year as the two sides decided to expedite construction of cross-border transmission lines and boost bilateral cooperation including in power trade.
  • Energy secretaries of the two countries agreed that Nepal will import 80 MW electricity from India through Muzaffarpur- Dhalkebar transmission line in the next three weeks.
  • During the two-day meeting of Joint Working Committee (JWC) and Joint Steering Committee on Nepal-India Cooperation in Power Sector that concluded, both sides also agreed to increase the import of electricity from the transmission line to 200 MW by next winter by increasing its capacity and to run it in full capacity by December, 2017.

Fiscal deficit at 88% of annual target
  • The government has Rs.70,000 cr of unpaid bills to the FCI due to the food subsidy.
  • The government’s fiscal deficit for the first nine months (April-December) of this financial year stood at 88 per cent of the annual target comparable with 100.2 per cent of the target it managed during the same period in the previous financial year.
  • The April-December fiscal deficit — the difference between government revenue and expenditure — stood at Rs.4.88 lakh crore, which is 88 per cent of the Rs.5.55 lakh crore target for the full year set by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Budget.

GDP expanded 7.2 % last year, slower than estimated
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  • India’s economy expanded 7.2 per cent in the financial year ended March 2015, marginally slower than the previous estimate of 7.3 per cent. “Real GDP or GDP at constant (2011-12) prices for the years 2014-15 and 2013-14 stands at Rs.105.52 lakh crore and Rs. 98.39 lakh crore respectively, showing growth of 7.2 per cent during 2014-15, and 6.6 per cent during 2013-14,” according to a statement released by the Statistics and Programme Implementation Ministry.
  • In terms of real Gross Value Added, that is, GVA at constant (2011-12) prices, there has been a growth of 7.1 per cent in 2014-15, as against a growth of 6.3 per cent in 2013-14, according to the statement.

The ‘Stang’ arrives in India
  • American car maker Ford unveiled its ‘muscle car’ Mustang in India. It will go on sale in the second quarter of this year.
  • Currently in its sixth generation, Ford first launched the Mustang in 1964 and has since sold more than 90 lakh units.
  • The car will come with a 5–litre V8 engine.

Iran, Airbus sign deal for 118 planes worth $27 billion
  • Iran agreed to buy 118 Airbus jets worth $27 billion at list prices, including a dozen A380 superjumbos, after international sanctions were lifted against Tehran this month.
  • The plane maker said the deal, signed amid a raft of others during a visit by President Hassan Rouhani, was conditional on getting US export licences because more than 10 per cent of Airbus jetliner parts come from the United States.

New Secretaries to steer Telecom, Agriculture
  • Replacing Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg with Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer J.S. Deepak is the most significant change.
  • The NDA government carried out a major reshuffle at the top bureaucratic level, bringing in new Secretaries to steer the crucial Ministries of Agriculture, Telecom and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, indicating a willingness and determination to change course based on performance.
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved 10 Secretary level shifts, including four appointments made to fill vacancies arising as the incumbents are about to retire.
  • Among the most significant changes was the move to replace Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg with Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer J.S. Deepak, who is at present Secretary in the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.

AB de Villiers appointed full-time captain of South Africa Test team
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  • AB de Villiers has been appointed as the full-time captain of South Africa’s Test side, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced (January 29). Having served as the stand-in-skipper during the recently-concluded series against England, following Hashim Amla’s resignation, de Villiers has agreed to take up the position full-time.

Second IND-SL T20I moved from Delhi to Ranchi
  • Jharkhand State Cricket Association International Cricket Stadium in Ranchi will now be the venue for the second game of the three-match bilateral T20I series between India and Sri Lanka, starting on February 9.

Ayonika clinches India’s 11th Olympic quota with silver
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  • In the Asia Olympic Qualifying Competition match, where the gold match was decided after a shoot-off, Ayonika won India’s 11th quota place for Rio Olympics and a silver with 205.9 in the final and 9.9 in the shoot-off, while Najmeh won the gold (205.9 + 10.1). Ghatkar, who was a gold contender till the 17th shot, shot an 8.8 in the 18th round to finish third with 184.5 points.

Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis win Australian Open women’s doubles title
  • Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis beat seventh seeded Czech combination of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka to win Australian Open women’s doubles title.
  • Top seeds Sania and Martina, who are on a record winning streak, continued to rule the roost as they defeated the Czech pair 7-6, 6-3 at the Rod Laver Arena.

Zimbabwe appoint Hamilton Masakadza as new captain
  • Batsman Hamilton Masakadza has been appointed Zimbabwe’s new cricket captain, replacing Elton Chigumbura who resigned on the recent tour of Bangladesh.
  • Masakadza will captain in both Tests and limited-overs games, with Zimbabwe deciding to do away with separate captains for the different formats.
  • Masakadza was previously dropped from the team for a loss of form but was one of Zimbabwe’s best players in recent one-day and Twenty20 series against Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

PKL: Patna Pirates name Manpreet as captain, Sanjeev head coach
  • Patna Pirates named raider Manpreet Singh as their captain and Sanjeev Kumar as the head coach for the third edition of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) which commences from January 30.
  • Manpreet of ONGC has represented India from 2000 to 2007. He was part of the gold winning Indian team at the Asian Games in 2002 and 2006 and also won gold in the World Cup in 2007, while Sanjeev was part of the gold medal wining Indian team in the 1998 and 2002 Asian Games.

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