Monday, 25 January 2016

Current Affairs January 25th 2016

Current Affairs Jan 25th 2016
  • Andhra Pradesh govt to introduce `priest at your doorstep’
  • Union Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar hoisted India’s tallest and largest Tricolor atop the famous Pahari Mandir in Ranchi
  • Govt. mobilizes 900 kg of gold under monetization scheme
  • Railways eye e-commerce to shore up freight revenue
  • French president Francois Hollande arrived in India today for Republic Day visit
  • India submitted its first Biennial Update Report to UNFCCC
  • Punjab government launches employment drive for Youth
  • TRAI to decide on net neutrality by January end
  • Hollande to inaugurate Interim secretariat of ISA
  • Cabinet clears President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh
  • Nepal amends four month old constitution
  • Google to pay $185 m back taxes to U.K
  • Ola launches social ride-sharing platform in Chennai
  • ‘Mumbai, Delhi among top Asia Pacific cities for millionaires’
  • RBI to introduce new 500,100 rupee notes
  • NASA captures ‘snowzilla’ blizzard from space
  • PV Sindhu wins Malaysia Masters title
  • US startup develops smart wallet ‘Walli’

Sushma Swaraj Arrives In Bahrain For First India-Arab Ministerial Meet

  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Manama for the first ministerial meeting of the India-Arab League Cooperation Forum to deepen the country’s ties with the 22-member grouping amid tensions between regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Iran.
  • Ms Swaraj, who is Manama on a two-day visit, will also hold bilateral meetings with foreign ministers of a number of Arab League countries, including her Bahraini counterpart Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.

Maha ATS blocks 94 sites linked to ISIS

  • Amid the national crackdown on terrorists and terror suspects, the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has blocked 94 websites linked to Islamic State of Iraq and the LevantS.
  • Phansalkar further said that the Mumbai ATS is ready to combat terrorism.
  • The multi-city raids that had begun on Friday across six states wound up with the arrest of Imran Mozzam Khan Pathan of Aurangabad in Maharashtra.

Maharashtra gets first Mini-Water Supply Plant through solar plant in Mouda Taluka of Nagpur

  • In Maharashtra, the first Solar Power operated Mini-Water Supply Plant in the state has been commissioned in Hingna village of Mouda Taluka in Nagpur district.
  • The Solar Pump Unit has been installed on experimental basis by Rite Water Solutions under the supervision of the Zilla Parishad authorities. The village with six hundred households is now getting pure water for a very low cost which can easily be borne by the Gram Panchayat.
  • The system runs completely on solar power for which 1800 Watt panels have been installed. It delivers 10,000 Litres of purified water every day and the nitrate content from water is completely removed so as to prevent the ill effects on the health of villagers.

Cabinet recommends President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh

  • The Union Cabinet recommended imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, which is facing a political turmoil.
  • Up in arms against Congress Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, 21 rebel party MLAs, including 14 disqualified a day before, with the help of BJP and independent legislators, congregated at a community hall after the state Assembly complex was ‘sealed’ by the local administration, and ‘impeached’ Rebia in an impromptu session chaired by deputy speaker T Norbu Thongdok.
  • About 27 MLAs in 60-member Assembly, including the Chief Minister and his ministerial colleagues, boycotted the proceedings.

Fin min approves buying 14 lakh new electronic voting machines

  • The Election Commission has moved a step forward towards procuring nearly 14 lakh new electronic voting machines(EVM), with the Finance Ministry giving in-principle approval for buying the new devices which are required ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
  • Sources in the government said an estimated Rs 1,872 crore would be required in 2016-17 for the new EVMs, but final figures will be available when the EC issues tender.
  • A senior government functionary explained that the two government undertaking Bharat Electronics Ltd, Bengaluru and Electronic Corporation of India Ltd, Hyderabad will not be in a position to produce new EVMs in one go and would provide it to the Commission in batches.

Francois Hollande visits India: Chandigarh, Puducherry, Nagpur on France’s smart city radar

  • French President Francois Hollande began the economic leg of his three-day visit to India, offering his country’s assistance in the development of at least three smart cities Chandigarh, Puducherry and Nagpur.
  • The announcement came during two back-to-back meetings which the visiting head of state, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, held here with the corporate leaderships of the two countries.
  • The businesses of the two sides also signed 16 pacts mainly in urban development and clean energy, but also covering one agreement on aerospace between the French giant Airbus and India’s Mahindras.

China, Iran agree to expand trade to $600 bn in a decade

  • China and Iran mapped out a wide-ranging 25-year plan to broaden relations and expand trade during the first visit by a Chinese leader to the Islamic republic in 14 years.
  • President Xi Jinping met with his counterpart Hassan Rouhani, a week after the lifting of international sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. The Chinese leader is the first head of state of the six-country bloc that negotiated the historic deal to visit Iran.
  • The two countries signed 17 documents and letters of intent, IRNA reported, including treaties on judicial, commercial and civil matters. Iran is seeking to attract $50 billion annually in foreign investment for the country’s ailing $400 billion economy.

Alice Vaidyan, new CMD of GIC Re

  • Alice Vaidyan has been appointed Chairman and Managing Director of General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re), the National Reinsurer. She will hold office till July 31, 2019. GIC Re is the 14th largest reinsurer globally and is presently the only reinsurance company in India.
  • Vaidyan belongs to the 1983 batch of direct recruit officers of general insurance industry. She has been the General Manager and CFO of GIC Re from October 2012.

Get ready for 5 eclipses this year

  • Astronomy enthusiasts and sky gazers will be able to watch five eclipses this year, but only two of these will be visible in India.
  • The celestial events will start with a total solar eclipse on March 9, which will be partially visible in North East, Ujjain based Jiwaji Observatory’s Superintendent Rajendraprakash Gupt.
  • Later, a penumbral lunar eclipse will occur on March 23, but it would not be visible in India. Another penumbral lunar eclipse will take place on August 18 and an annular solar eclipse will occur on September 1, both of which will again not be visible. However, lunar eclipse will occur on September 16 and will be visible.

n-gage messaging app launched in India

  • Instant messaging app n-gage launched its service in India to allow users to share content with competing platforms like WhatsApp and Viber, a move aimed at tapping into the booming mobile Internet user base in India.
  • The platform ensures security of users through the various features and at the same time, availability of the desktop version ensures that those without smartphones can use the platform,”.

Regulators Recall Another 5 Million Vehicles Due To Faulty Air Bags

  • Prompted by a recent death in South Carolina, federal regulators have recalled five million vehicles with defective Takata air bags, which have injured more than 100 U.S. drivers.
  • The brands recalled include Ford, Volkswagen, Audi and Mercedes Benz.
  • In one of the largest such actions in history, 24 million vehicles equipped with the Japanese company’s air bags have been recalled in the United States.

PV Sindhu Starts 2016 With Malaysia Masters Badminton Crown

  • Two-time World Championship bronze-medallist, India’s P V Sindhu made a rousing start to the new season as she clinched the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold title after defeating Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour in straight games in the final.
  • The third seeded Indian had lost to Gilmour in 2013 French Open in their only meeting but she showed why she is considered to be one of India’s most revered women’s singles shuttler as she avenged her loss with a dominating 21 -15 21-9 win in a 32-minute clash to clinch her fifth Grand Prix Gold title.
  • This is her second Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold title, having won it in 2013 as well. She also completed a hat-trick at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold in November last year.

Tabla maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh passes away

  • Eminent tabla player Pandit Shankar Ghosh passed away at a private city hospital.
  • He was 80 years old. Ghosh, who had been admitted to the hospital following heart ailments, was in coma for past 40 days, his daughter-in-law Jaya Seal Ghosh told PTI.
  • The legendary classical exponent, who is the father and mentor of new age percussionist Pt Bickram Ghosh, had been at the ICU of the super-speciality hospital on E M Bypass, since mid December and underwent angioplasty on December 14.

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