Current Affairs Daily Digest: January 28, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for January 28, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

National Current Affairs

National festival Bharat Parv held in New Delhi

National festival Bharat Parv showcasing the country’s diverse culture, cuisines, handicrafts and catch glimpses of a progressive India has begun in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Union Minister Mahesh Sharma on Thursday at the Red Fort as part of the Republic Day 2017 Celebrations. The six-day festival aims at generating patriotic mood and promote country’s cultural diversity and popularise idea of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ or One India Superior India. It will display Republic Day parade tableaux, performances by armed forces bands, crafts mela and photo exhibition by Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting with a theme ‘Mera Desh Badal Raha Hai, Aage Badh Raha Hai’.

Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat launches Whatsapp helpline for grievances of Army personnel

Chief of Army staff General (CoAS) Bipin Rawat launched a Whatsapp helpline to receive grievances of the army personnel. The helpline number is 9643300008. Using this helpline, the aggrieved armed personnel will be able to directly communicate with the Army chief. Its launch comes in the backdrop of complaint being uploaded by some soldiers on social media platform.

India’s first Post Office Passport Seva Kendra inaugurated in Mysuru

India’s first Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) was inaugurated at the Mysuru Head Post office in Karnataka. The POPSK will offer all passport related services on the lines of PSKs (Passport Seva Kendras). For this initiative, Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has tied up with the postal department. The purpose of POPSK is to expand the passport services over a wide area, simplify the process to travel abroad and to offer passport related services through a network of post offices.

National Entrepreneurship Awards instituted by Ministry of Skill Development

The Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MoSDE) has instituted the “National Entrepreneurship Awards” to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship across the country. These awards aim to recognise and honour young entrepreneurs and their entrepreneurship ecosystem builders for their outstanding efforts in the field of entrepreneurship development. The awards also seek to highlight models of excellence for youth of India and encourage them to take entrepreneurship as a preferred career option. The first Award Ceremony will take place on 30th January 2017 where awards will be given in 11 categories.

Indian Navy’s Theatre Level Exercise TROPEX 17

The Indian Navy’s Annual Theatre Readiness Operational Exercise (TROPEX) 2017 is being conducted off the Western Seaboard. The month long exercise will see participation of ships and aircraft of both the Western and Eastern Naval Command and also assets from the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and the Indian Coast Guard. Read more

Sports Ministry reconstitutes committee to identify athletes under TOP Scheme

The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has reconstituted TOP committee with objective of identifying and supporting potential medal prospects for 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games under Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme. The committee will be headed by Abhinav Bindra, Olympic Gold Medalist. Read more

GAAR will be effective from April 1, 2017

The Union Finance Ministry has announced that the General Anti Avoidance Rule (GAAR) will be effective from the 1 April, 2017. In this regard Income Tax (IT) department has issued a slew of clarifications on implementation of GAAR, seeking to address concerns of foreign investors over implementation of the anti-evasion measure. Read more

States Current Affairs

Assam Government observes first Farmer’s Martyrs day

Assam Government for the first time observed Farmer’s Martyrs day on January 27, 2017 to pay homage to the martyrs of 1894 farmers’ rising at Patharughat. On this occasion, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal presented awards to 22 progressive farmers. On 28th January 1894, 140 innocent farmers were massacred and 150 others injured by then colonial British rulers when they rose in protest against the oppressive increase in land revenue. The farmers had collectively protested against the British tyranny as a cohesive force. With this incident, Assam emerged as one of the pioneers and forerunners of India’s independence struggle.

Kerala Government launches e-health program Jeevan Rekha

Kerala Government has launched e-health program “Jeevan Rekha” to create electronic health records of a population in Thiruvananthapuram. It is a first-of-its-kind initiative in India that aims to provide a centralised database of healthcare information and efficient health service delivery to the people. The e-health system will help in creating a good hospital management system and patient-friendly atmosphere in hospitals. Under the program, 7 out of 14 districts will be covered in the first phase. Once data of a patient is centralised, it will help the person get continuous treatment at all hospitals in the state.

Arunachal Pradesh Government launches Dulari Kanya scheme to check infant mortality

Arunachal Pradesh government has launched “Dulari Kanya”, a special scheme to check infant mortality in the state. Under this scheme, state government will deposit Rs. 20,000 in the bank account of a girl child born in any government hospital. It amount will be paid along with the accrued interest after the girl child attains 18 years of her age.

Pune City Police launches Beat Marshall Monitoring Mobile App

The Pune City Police has launched the “Beat Marshall Monitoring Mobile App” to map the real-time locations of patrolling teams from police stations on experimental basis. The application will be installed on the cell phones of patrolling cops or Beat Marshals for tracking their movements in real time from the control room.The real time location data collected will be used for effective response during the emergencies. The app will make easier for dispatching patrolling parties during times of emergency.

President appoints Banwarilal Purohit as Governor of Meghalaya

President Pranab Mukherjee has given Governor of Assam Banwarilal Purohit additional charge of Meghalaya.  Besides, President also gave Governor of Nagaland PB Acharya additional charge of Arunachal Pradesh. These appointments come after President accepted the resignation of V. Shanmuganathan, as Governor of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. Read more

Science and Technology Current Affairs

ISRO Successfully tests Cryogenic Engine for Upper Stage of GSLV Mk III

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully tested indigenously developed cryogenic engine for the upper stage ‘GSLV Mk III’ rocket.  The cryogenic upper stage, designated as C25, was tested for 50 seconds at ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu demonstrating all the stage operations. It was the first test in a series of two tests. Read more

Scientists creates world’s first stable semi-synthetic organism

Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), US have created world’s first stable semi-synthetic organism, a single-celled bacterium with an expanded genetic code The semi-synthetic organism is the modified E.coli bacteria created by introducing DNA molecules that are not found in nature in a common bacterium. Read more

Persons in News

Keshav Krishna selected for 2016 National Geoscience Award

The Union Ministry of Mines has selected Dr. A Keshav Krishna was selected for the prestigious 2016 National Geoscience Award in the field of Geo-environmental studies in applied geosciences. He is scientist at the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) and presently, involved in studies on environmental risk assessment related heavy metal contamination in soil, water and sediments in industrial areas, abandoned mine sites and their interactions with the environmental pollutants. Besides him, chief scientist at the NGRI N Purnachandra Rao was also selected for National Geoscience Award in the field of Geophysics.

Havaldar Hangpan Dada posthumously awarded Ashok Chakra

Havaldar Hangpan Dada of 35 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) was posthumously awarded “Ashok Chakra”, country’s highest peacetime military decoration. The award was presented by President Pranab Mukherjee on the 68th Republic Day of India to his wife Chasen Lowang Dada. He was bestowed with the highest peacetime military decoration award for his selfless service to the nation. He was killed at Naugam sector in Jammu and Kashmir in May 2016 while fighting terrorists. He hails from Borduria village in Arunachal Pradesh.

3 Indian origin persons awarded Australia’s highest civilian honour

Three Indian origin persons have been awarded Order of Australia medal, Australia’s highest civilian honour for their contributions in the field of medicine and community work. They are

  • Purushottam Sawrikar: He received Order of Australia medal for the year 2017 for his service to medicine, and to the Indian community. He is Sydney-based medical practitioner.
  • Makhan Singh Khangure: He was given the award for his service to medicine in the field of neuroradiology, to education, and to a range of professional medical associations.
  • Vijay Kumar: He was given the award for his service to medical research in the disciplines of nuclear medicine and biology.

Dr Vijay Bhatkar appointed new vice-chancellor of Nalanda University

President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Dr Vijay Bhatkar, architect of India’s first supercomputer the Param series, as the chancellor of Nalanda University. He will have term of three years from the date of his appointment as provided under Section 11(3) of the Nalanda University Act. Read more

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