Sunday, 24 January 2016

Current Affairs Jan 24th 2016

Current Affairs Jan 24th 2016

  • High Speed Public Wi-Fi service started at Mumbai Central Station
  • India ranked 22nd among world’s best countries
  • Denmark is the best country in the world for women to live in, according to a survey conducted by American media company US News and World Report
  • Jan Dhan account deposits cross Thirty Thousand Crore Rupees
  • PM releases unique illustrated version of Shri-Durga-Saptashati
  • The fourth edition of India Africa Hydrocarbons Conference (IAHC) has begun New Delhi
  • Government inks MoU to implement Action Plan for skill development in Telecom
  • Shankar Gosh legendary tabla player passed away
  • Gujarat Assembly former Deputy Speaker Nirmala Gajwani passes away
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made public digital copies of 100 secret files relating to Subhash Chandra Bose on his 119th birth anniversary
  • BEPS guidelines of OECD to be implemented in India from 1 April 2016
  • FreeCharge partnered with MasterCard & Yes Bank to launch Virtual Card
  • Sri Lanka tops South Asia in human development
  • Andhra Pradesh Government reestablished Commission for OBC

Govt. mobilises 900 kg of gold under monetisation scheme

  • The government said it had netted a hefty 900 kg of idle household and temple gold under the monetisation scheme and is hopeful that the number would rise further in future.
  • The Gold Monetisation Scheme, which had not picked up initially, was fine-tuned to make it more attractive and convenient to encourage entities holding idle gold to participate in the scheme.
  • Under the monetisation scheme, launched on November 5, banks were authorised to collect gold for up to 15 years to auction them off or lend to jewellers from time to time.

Andhra Pradesh govt to introduce `priest at your doorstep’

  • The AP endowments department has decided to introduce a novel scheme, “Bhaktuni Chentaku Bhagvantudu” (God visiting the devotee), from the Telugu new year Ugadi.
  • As part of the programme, the priest of the local temple will visit families to bless them on seven special occasions related to birth and marriage. In case of death, the priest from the local Shiva temple will visit the family concerned.This is a free service”.

Union Defence Minister unfurls India’s largest and tallest Tricolour in Ranchi

  • Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar hoisted India’s tallest and largest Tricolour atop the famous Pahari Mandir in Ranchi on the occasion of 119th birth anniversary of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
  • The Pahari Mandir is one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites in Jharkhand. The Tricolour is 66 feet in height, 99 feet in width and it is hoisted on a 293 feet tall pole.

French president Francois Hollande to arrive in India today for Republic Day visit

  • French President Francois Hollande will arrive in India hoping to seal a drawn-out defence deal between the two countries as well as hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on global security.
  • Hollande will be chief guest at Republic Day parade as part of his three-day visit, after accepting an invitation that is viewed as one of the biggest honours New Delhi can bestow on a foreign leader.
  • Last Year Chief Guest: Barack Obama

Paranjoy Thakurta appointed EPW Editor

The Sameeksha Trust, which runs the Economic and Political Weekly has appointed senior journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta editor of the journal from April 1. This follows the resignation of Rammanohar Reddy from the post early this month.

About EPW:

The EPW, headquartered in Mumbai, is widely recognised as a unique journal-cum-magazine that combines popular commentary with academic research articles in the social sciences.

About Mr.Thakurta:

Mr, Thakurta will be only the fifth editor of the journal, which began initially in 1949 as the Economic Weekly edited by Sachin Chaudhuri and adopted the present name in 1966. An independent journalist, he is well known for his commentary on India’s political economy.

Google to pay $185 m back taxes to U.K., critics want more

  • Google has agreed to pay 130 million pounds ($185 million) in back taxes to Britain, prompting criticism from opposition lawmakers and campaigners who said the “derisory” figure smacked of a “sweetheart deal”.
  • Google, now part of Alphabet Inc, has been under pressure in recent years over its practice of channelling most profits from European clients through Ireland to Bermuda, where it pays no tax on them.

Ola launches social ride-sharing platform in Chennai

  • Cab aggregator Ola announced the launch of Ola Share, its social ride-sharing platform in Chennai.
  • Users who travel on the same routes can now use this service to share their cab rides with other users from social groups.
  • Ola Share has been designed to enable people to share cab rides, and it makes for economical fares, since a ride can now be shared by up to three people at any point in time.

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos’ space company successfully re-launches, lands rocket

  • Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ space transportation company, Blue Origin, successfully launched and landed a suborbital rocket for a second time, a key step in its quest to develop reusable boosters.
  • The New Shepard rocket and capsule, which is designed to carry six passengers, blasted off from a launch site in West Texas.
  • Blue Origin and SpaceX are among a handful of companies working to develop rockets that can fly themselves back to Earth so they can be refurbished and flown again, potentially slashing launch costs.

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