Daily Current Affairs Update – 30th January 2017

GK Eduwrap 30 Jan


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National – Across the India:



1. The three -day Brahmaputra Literary Festival will come to end today, where Assam Governor Banwari Lal Purohit is scheduled to grace the closing ceremony as the chief guest.


Brahmaputra Literary Festival 2017


 The function starting at 3 pm in Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra will also be graced by Gauhati University Vice-chancellor Dr. Mridul Hazarika, eminent Italian author Carlo Pizzaati and Indian writer Narendra Kohli with few others.





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2. The Chennai Police has decided to impose Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) at the Marina beach and surrounding areas, where agitation against the Jalikattu ban acquired the centre-stage.


 According to police officials, the order, that came into force will remain effective till 12th February.


 The development comes close on the heels of the nearly six-day long protest taking a violent turn after two people died last week.




3. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has decided to set up weather stations in 660 districts of the country, a plan which will be further taken up to the blocks level.


India Meteorological Department (IMD)


 In the first phase, the IMD plans to set up the system in 130 districts which have already been short-listed.


 The IMD has also tied up with the Ministry of Agriculture to use the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in the districts, to use them as weather forecasting observatories.




4. Union minister Nitin Gadkari said that the Centre will invest Rs 15,000 crores to develop 1,253 km of roads in Assam into National Highways over the next few years.


 Centre has already sanctioned an investment of Rs 15,000 crores for developing the existing roads as NHs.


 Gadkari said the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) will spend Rs 8,000 crores over the next two years for developing 143 km of road, including a few bridges over Brahmaputra.




International – Across the Globe:


1. Denmark will become the first country in the world to appoint a special digital ambassador to work on building ties with the globe’s tech giants, according to the country’s foreign minister.


Denmark to appoint a special digital ambassador


 The purpose of the appointment is, to be on the forefront of technological development and the political and ethical issues that come with it, and to make Denmark more attractive for investment.





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Sports & Athletics:



1. PV Sindhu eased to her first title of 2017 at the Syed Modi International Grand Prix badminton championships, with Sameer Verma emerging victorious in the men’s section.


Syed Modi International Grand Prix badminton championships


 Rio Olympics silver medalist Sindhu outplayed unseeded Indonesian Gregoria Mariska 21-13, 21-14, claiming her sixth career Grand Prix gold title.


 Verma had to go some extra miles before beating compatriot and ninth seed Sai Praneet 21-19, 21-16 for his maiden GP gold title.




2. Former Team India cricket captains Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly has inaugurated India’s first multi-sport museum.


 India's first multi-sport museum


 Named ‘Fanattic Sports Museum’, this is a joint venture of sports historian Boria Majumdar and industrialist Harshavardhan Neotia.




3. Abul Hossain won the Kolkata Marathon as amateur runners from North Bengal and Northeast India dominated the first edition of the meet.


 Abul Hossain won the Kolkata Marathon


 Hossain won the race with a timing of two hours 34 minutes and two seconds to leave Kolkata lad Biswanath Pal second, five minutes behind.


 Sikkim’s Mangali Tamang won the women’s half marathon with a timing of one hour 31 minutes and 13 seconds.




4. Australian Open Tennis Tournament 2017 was concluded on 29th January 2017. It is the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.


Australian Open Tennis Tournament 2017


 Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal in Men’s single category.

 Serena Williams beta Venus Williams in Women’s Single category.

 J Peers and H Kontinen beats Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in Men’s Double category.

 Bathenie Mattek Sand and Lucie Safarova beats A. Hlaváčková and S. Peng in Women’s Double category.

 Abigail Spears and J Cabal beats Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig in Mixed Doubles category.




Awards & Recognition:



1. Iris Mittenaere of France bags the Miss Universe 2016 pageant held in the Philippines.


Iris Mittenaere


 86 candidates were vying for the coveted crown, which was last held by Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines.


 India’s Roshmitha Harimurthy could not make it to the final 13 list of the pageant.


 Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen, who won her Miss Universe pageant in the year 1994 at Manila, was also on the judges panel this year.




Appointments & Resignations:



1. The Supreme Court has appointed former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai as head of four-member Committee of Administrators to run Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).


Vinod Rai


 Other three members of the committee are noted historian Ramachandra Guha, Indian women’s team captain Diana Edulji and managing director of IDFC Limited Vikram Limaye.




2. India Post Payments Bank (IPPB), has received Reserve Bank of India’s final nod to commence commercial operations.


AP Singh


 The Centre has appointed AP Singh, who was earlier Joint Secretary in the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management, as the interim Managing Director and CEO of IPPB.


 Singh was also in the founding team of the Unique Identification Authority of India.




3. Government has appointed Amulya Patnaik as commissioner of Delhi police.


Amulya Patnaik


 Patnaik, a 1985 batch IPS officer from Union Territories cadre, will replace Alok Verma, who has been named as the director of CBI.


 Patnaik hails from Odisha and is currently posted as Delhi police special commissioner (administration).




Economics & Banking GK:



1. The Deshpande Foundation, the philanthropy arm of Silicon Valley entrepreneur Gururaj Deshpande, will launch the country’s largest start-up incubation centre here (earlier Hubli), alongside the new campus of information technology giant Infosys.


Deshpande Foundation


 The foundation aims to promote entrepreneurship in India’s tier-II and tier-III cities.


 It is investing Rs 30 crore in the centre, to be opened this September and able to seat 1,200 people at any point.




Important Dates:



1. World Leprosy Day is observed internationally on January 30 or its nearest Sunday to increase the public awareness of the Leprosy or Hansen’s Disease.


World Leprosy Day


 This day was chosen in commemoration of the death of Gandhi, the leader of India who understood the importance of leprosy.


 Leprosy is an infectious chronic disease that targets the nervous system, especially the nerves in the cooler parts of the body – the hands, feet, and face.




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