Current Affairs Daily Digest: January 26-27, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for January 26-27, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

National Current Affairs

India inks deal with UAE for strategic oil reserves storgae

India has signed a deal with United Arab Emirates (UAE), fifth biggest oil supplier as part of its quest for energy security and strategic reserve system. The deal allows UAE’s Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) to fill half (about 6 million barrels of oil) of an underground crude oil storage facility at Mangaluru, Karnataka. Read more

Padma awards 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee announced the names of recipients of year 2017 Padma awards viz. Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. He approved conferment of Padma Awards on 89 persons that includes 7 Padma Vibhushan, 7 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees. Out of these selected 89 persons, 19 are women, 5 awardees are from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs while 6 are posthumous awardees Read more

India, France sign pact on maritime information sharing in Indian Ocean Region

ndia and France have signed White Shipping agreement to enable information sharing on maritime traffic and maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The agreement was signed in New Delhi after both countries held their second dialogue on maritime cooperation for the IOR. Read more

68th Republic Day celebrated on 26 January 2017

India celebrated its 68th Republic Day on January 26, 2017 with the theme “Skill India and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao”. The day honours the date on which the Indian Constitution came into force on 26th January, 1950 replacing the Government of India Act, 1935 as the governing document. Read more

Government launches Rubber Soil Information System

The Union Government has launched Rubber Soil Information System (RubSIS), an online system for recommending appropriate mix of fertilizers to plantations of rubber growers depending upon their soil nature. RubSIS has developed by Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) under the Rubber Board. Read more

International Current Affairs

Surya Namaskar Yajna recognised in US Congress

The annual “Surya Namaskar Yajna” or “Health for Humanity Yogathon” was recognised in the US House of Representative on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. This recognition highlights the importance of Surya Namaskar as simple yoga postures in ten steps having combination of breathing techniques that can provide immense health benefits to both the body and the mind.

Russia, Turkey, Iran agree on mechanism to Monitor Syria Ceasefire

Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed on the establishment of a trilateral mechanism to jointly monitor the ceasefire between the Syrian regime and rebels. Decision in this regard was taken in an international meeting on the Syrian settlement held in the Astana, capital of Kazakhstan. It saw participation of a number of delegations, including the opposition, Damascus, Russia, Iran and Turkey. The nationwide ceasefire in Syria backed by Russia and Turkey came into effect on December 30, 2016. It was later supported by a UN Security Council resolution (UNSC). At present, Russia and Turkey are monitoring and registering violations of the truce on a daily basis.

Banking, Business & Economy Current Affairs

Charge on digital payments above Rs. 50,000 mooted: Committee of CMs

The Committee of CMs headed by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has recommended levying a handling charge for cash payments above Rs. 50,000. It also has pitched for tax breaks to consumers and merchants using digital modes of payments. It also has recommended abolition of the merchant discount rate (MDR). The committee was formed to prepare the road map for rapid adoption of digital payment methods.

RBI prohibits investments in non-cooperative countries and territories

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has prohibited Indian entities from making direct investments in any entity located in Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories (NCCT) as identified by Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The prohibition is for aligning instructions under FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act) with the objectives of the FATF.  Read more

India ranks 79 in Corruption Perception Index

ndia has been ranked 79th out of 176 countries in the recently released Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for the year 2016 by the Berlin-based corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI). The index has been complied by using World Bank data, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and other institutions  It ranks countries on the score in the scale ranging from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). Read more

Science and Technology Current Affairs

Japan successfully launches first military communications satellite

Japan has successfully launched its first military communications satellite Kirameki-2 (kee-RAH-meh-kee 2) satellite. It was launched on board of H-2A rocket that lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. The satellite separated from the rocket and entered a designated orbit. Read more

Genetically Modified mosquito trials launched to control dengue, chikungunya

Outdoor caged trials of genetically modified mosquitoes waere launched in Dawalwadi, Badnapur in Jalna district of Maharashtra to demonstrate the efficiency this technique to suppress wild female mosquito populations that transmit dengue, chikungunya and Zika. These trials are conducted by Oxitec and uses the Release of Insects carrying Dominant Lethal genes (RIDL) technology. Read more

Persons in News

US President Donald Trump appoints Indian-American Ajit Pai as FCC chairman

United States President Donald Trump has appointed Ajit Vardaraj as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Pai is the fourth Indian-American to become part of Trump’s administration, following Nikki Haley (US ambassador to UN), Seema Verma (head of medicare and medicaid) and Preet Bharara (US attorney for the southern District of New York). FCC is powerful independent US communications regulatory agency, regulating cellphone spectrum and services, radio, television, phone, internet and satellite and cable. It also plays major role in controlling the content of television and radio.

Indian-American attorney Uttam Dhillon appointed to key White House post

US President Donald Trump has appointed Indian-American attorney Uttam Dhillon as Special Assistant to the President on ethics and compliance matters, key White House position. In this position, he would be part of the legal team that will serve under White House Counsel Donald F McGahn with respect to compliance and ethics matters. Earlier, Dhillon had served as Chief Oversight Counsel for the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. Prior to joining Financial Services, Dhillon, he had served as chief of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement.

Russian envoy to India Alexander Kadakin passes away

Russian Ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin passed away due to heart failure. He was 67. He had served as the Russian Ambassador to India since October 2009. He had contributed greatly to strengthen India-Russia relations. He was best known as an Indophile who mastered Hindi, Indian politics, society and also loved Bollywood. He had started his career as a junior diplomat in the then USSR embassy in Delhi in 1971. He served twice as ambassador to India, first from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2009 until his death. In between, he was Russia’s envoy to Sweden.

US Emmy award-winning actress Mary Tyler Moore passes away

Emmy award-winning US actress Mary Tyler Moore passed away at the age of 80. She was best known for her television roles in the 1960s sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show and the eponymous The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s. She was also nominated for a best actress Oscar in 1980 for the film Ordinary People. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and later had moved to Los Angeles. She had started her career in show business as a dancer aged 17.

Sports Current Affairs

AIFF launches professional league for women footballers

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) launched India’s first ever Women’s Football League (IWL) with an aim to make football a professional sport for women in the country. The inaugural edition of the league will be played between January 28 and February 14, 2017 at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi. It will feature six teams who would play each other in a round robin format. They are Jeppiar (Puducherry), Eastern Sporting Union (Imphal), Rising Student’s Club (Cuttack), Football Club Alakhpura (Haryana) and a team each from I-League and ISL clubs, Pune City FC and Aizawl FC. At present, Indian women’s football team is ranked at the 54th position in the world, much higher than the men’s team which is placed at 129th position.

Pankaj Advani wins 7th National Billiards Championship

India’s top seeded cueist Pankaj Advani won his seventh National Billiards Championship. In the final match held in Pune (Maharashtra), he defeated Rupesh Shah by 5-1 score. Earlier, in semi-finals, he had defeated Brijesh Damani. In December 2016, Pankaj Advani had created history by winning World Billiards Championship title for the record 11th time in the 150-Up format.

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