Daily Current Affairs Update – 14th January 2017

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National – Across the India:



1. The ambitious Ken-Betwa river linking project has received formal environment, forest and tribal clearances.


Ken-Betwa river linking project


 It is India’s first river interlinking project that will connect Ken river in Madhya Pradesh and Betwa river in Uttar Pradesh.


 The Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation is working out the funding pattern with NITI Aayog.


 The project is estimated to provide 49 million cubic metres (mcm) of drinking water to a population of 13.42 lakh in Bundelkhand region in the two states. Besides, it will also generate 78 mega-watt (MW) of power.




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2. The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has called for a review of the provisions of the Right To Education (RTE) Act that stipulate children who do not perform well cannot be held back up to 8th Class.


National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog


 The RTE Act aims to provide primary education to all children aged 6 to 14 years.


 The purpose behind the Act was to minimize the drop -out rate as demoralization as failing a class may result children to withdraw from school altogether.




3. The Supreme Court has rejected a plea urging it to pass judgement on Jallikattu before the harvest festival of Pongal.




 The Supreme Court had banned Jallikattu in May 2014 and held that bulls could not be used as performing animals. It completely banned use of bulls for Jallikattu events or bullock-cart races across the country.


 The Supreme Court had dismissed the review petition against its 2014 verdict.




4. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered inspection of plants for which treat wastes in the hospitals of the National capital Delhi and ensure proper segregation, collection and disposal of such waste.


 The waste plants will be inspected by joint inspection team of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).


 The NGT also directed the team to submit report about manner in which bio-medical waste was being handled by hospitals and situation prevailing in medical institutions adversely affecting human health and environment.




5. Hope Island in Andhra Pradesh has become graveyard for Olive Ridleys turtles after 54 carcasses of this species were spotted on the shores of island.


Hope Island in Andhra Pradesh


 This indicates that the breeding cycle of this species got severe blow due to mechanized fishing boats scouring in the Bay of Bengal coastline.


 The Fisheries Department is encouraging mechanized boat owners to fit a Turtle Excluder Device (TDE) to allow these turtles to pass.




International – Across the Globe:



1. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, signed a 1-trillion-yen (8.7 billion dollars) aid package to the Philippines for the next five years to improve economic and political relations between the two island nations.


Shinzo Abe signed aid package to Phillipines


 The package is focused on infrastructure and energy.


 The move aims to utilize the Japanese technology and know-how to the fullest extent to positively cooperate for the improvement of infrastructure in Metro Manila and the whole of the Philippines.


 The President of Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte also issued a statement claiming that Philippines and Japan would increase maritime and security cooperation.




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Economics & Banking GK:



1. Bharti Airtel Ltd, India’s top wireless carrier, has committed an initial investment of Rs. 3,000 crores ($441 million) to build its new pan-India Airtel Payments Bank.


Airtel payment bank


 Airtel Payments Bank is the first among several such niche banks to start operations, after the central bank handed over new permits to bring financial services within the reach of millions who still lack access to formal banking.




2. India’s factory output, measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) has registered 5.7% growth in November 2016 as against 1.9% in October 2016.


Industrial production growth


 It is the fastest growth recorded in more than four years and is largely on account of a low base effect.


 It also does not display the negative effects of demonetisation as production cycles in manufacturing take longer to adjust to any demand change.







1. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, was named nominee director of in ARG Outlier Media Private Limited, the company which will be running The Republic, a media venture by floated journalist Arnab Goswami.


Rajeev Chandrasekhar


 Goswami, the former editor of television channel Times now, was named Managing director of ARG Outlier.




2. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions firm, announced that Rajesh Gopinathan has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.


Rajesh Gopinathan


 Rajesh Gopinathan takes over from Mr. N Chandrasekaran who has been appointed as the Chairman of Tata Sons Ltd, effective February 21, 2017.


 TCS has also named N Ganapathy Subramaniam, (NGS) who is currently President, TCS Financial Solutions as the President and Chief Operating Officer and appointed him as a director on the board of the company.







1. The Indian national football team moved up six places to the 129th position in the latest FIFA rankings, its best ranking since December 2005, when it was at the 127th position.


Indian national football team


Notably, the Indian team has won nine of its last 11 matches, which has helped it jump 42 places in less than two years.




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