Current Affairs Daily Digest: January 5, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for January 5, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

National

Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Uruguay for Cooperation in Customs Matters

The Union Cabinet has approved signing and ratifying an Agreement between India and Uruguay for cooperation and mutual assistance in Customs Matters. The Agreement will help both countries in the availability of relevant information for the investigation and prevention of Customs offences. Read more

Union Government launches IPR Enforcement Toolkit for Police

The Union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Enforcement Toolkit for Police. This toolkit will be provided to all state police departments across the nation to assist them in dealing with the cases relating to Trademarks and Copyrights infringements. Read more

Cabinet approves AoC between India and Portugal in field of agriculture and allied sectors

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of an Agreement for cooperation (AoC) between India and Portugal in the field of Agriculture and allied sectors. Decision in this regard was taken by Union Cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Read more

Cabinet approves AoC between India and Portugal in field of agriculture and allied sectors

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of an Agreement for cooperation (AoC) between India and Portugal in the field of Agriculture and allied sectors. Read more

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Kenya in field of agriculture and allied sectors

The Union Cabinet has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Kenya on bilateral cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors. Read more

Science and Technology Current Affairs

Scientists discover mesentery, a new human organ in digestive system

Scientists from Ireland have claimed discovery of a new human organ named the mesentery that exists in the digestive system. It will be human body’s 79th organ. Mesentery connects the intestine to the abdomen.  The organ was previously thought to consist of fragmented and disparate structures. Read more

104th Indian Science Congress inaugurated in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 104th Indian Science Congress (ISC) at Tarakarama Stadium of Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. The theme of this edition of Congress is Science and Technology for National Development. It has been organised by the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), a premier scientific organisation of India. It is for the second time Tirupati is hosting the ISC, as for the first time it was hosted in 1983. ISCA was started in the year 1914 at its headquarters in Kolkata. More than 30000 scientists are the members of the association. They meet annually in the first week of January. The first meeting of the ISCC was held in January 1914 in the Asiatic Society, Kolkata. The 103rd edition of ISC was held in Mysore (Karnataka) with the theme Science and Technology for Indigenous Development in India.

Assam Biotech Conclave held in Guwahati

The two-day Assam Biotech Conclave was held in Guwahati. It was inaugurated by Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal in presence of Science and Technology Minister Keshab Mahanta. The conclave was organized by Guwahati Biotech Park in association with industry body FINER. It aims to bring together the policy makers, Investment bankers, Industry professionals and academicians to deliberate the latest trends in this sector. The main highlights of this conclave will be business and industry academia Session, technical and sericulture Session among others. It will create business and partnering opportunities for its stakeholders and to showcase the facilities and opportunities offered by Guwahati Biotech Park.

Banking, Business & Economy Current Affairs

Google launches My Business and Digital Unlocked tool for small and medium businesses

Internet giant Google launched two new initiatives My Business and Digital Unlocked to train and help small and medium businesses (SMBs) in India capitalise on the digitisation wave faster. These initiatives were launched by Google CEO Sundar Pichai in New Delhi in presence of Union IT and law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi. Read more

Karan Bajwa appointed as Managing Director of IBM’s India business

Teach giant IBM has appointed Karan Bajwa as Managing Director of its India business. He succeeds Vanitha Narayanan who was named chairman, a newly created position of the unit. In his new role Bajwa will be responsible for all strategic and operational matters related to IBM’s sales, marketing, services and delivery operations in the India and South Asia region, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. He had joined IBM in 2016 as executive for strategy and transformation in Asia-Pacific. Previously, he was the managing director of Microsoft’s India business.

S Padmanabhan appointed as Chairman of Tata Power Company

S Padmanabhan was appointed as chairman of Tata Power Company after Cyrus Mistry resigned from the post following his ouster from Tata Sons. Until 2014, executive director of operations of the company and was brought back as additional director on the board in December 2016. He is also the executive chairman of Tata Business Excellence Group. Recently he was appointed as the head of group for human resources for Tata Sons. He is associated Tata group for 34 years, of which 26 were with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

Persons in News

Rajiv J Shah appointed as President of Rockefeller Foundation

Indian-American Rajiv J Shah was named as President of the Rockefeller Foundation, one of US’s largest and most influential philanthropies. He will succeed Judith Rodin, who was foundation’s president for 12 years. With this, Shah became youngest person and the first Indian-American to lead the group. He is former head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2009 to 2015. For nearly a decade he was associated with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He holds advanced degrees in medicine and health finance from University of Pennsylvania. The Rockefeller foundation was established in 1913 by the oil tycoon John D Rockefeller. It donates $200 million each year towards improving health and well-being in Africa. It also aids economic development in impoverished areas and developing strategies to combat climate change.

Sitar Maestro Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan passes away

Renowned sitar player Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan passed away in Mumbai after a brief illness. He was 88. He was last survivor of the ‘Sitar Trinity’ of India along with the late Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Vilayat Khan. He hailed from the Indore Gharana. He is credited for innovating the unique music style of ‘Jafferkhani Baaj’. During his music career spanning over six decades, he had played the sitar for various Bollywood films, including “Mughal-E-Azam”, “Goonj Uthi Shehnai”, “Kohinoor” and “Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje” among many others. He was conferred with the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Sangeet Natak Akademi awards.

Jovenel Moise confirmed as Haiti’s new President

Businessman Jovenel Moise (48) won the 2016 Haitian Presidential Elections. He was representing former President Michel Martelly’s Haitian Tet Kale Party (PHTK). In the Presidential elections held in November 2016 Jovenel Moise won by majority by getting 55.6% of the total votes cast. His closest rival Jude Celestine received only 19.5% of the votes.Earlier in first round of elections, held in October 2015 he had received 32.8% of total votes cast. However, results were declared fraud resulting in postponing of elections in November 2016. Haiti is still recovering from devastating January 2010 earthquake that had killed more than 200,000 people and devastating hurricane hit the country in 2010. Political instability has long paralyzed the economy of Haiti that was already the poorest in the Americas. More than 60% of people living in Haiti survive with less than two dollars per day.

Sir Tim Barrow appointed as UK’s new ambassador to EU
  • UK Senior diplomat Sir Tim Barrow was appointed the new ambassador to the European Union (EU). He replaced Sir Ivan Rogers.
  • Now he will now play a key role in triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty to leave the bloc (or Brexit), as a seasoned and tough negotiator.
  • Sir Tim Barrow is former ambassador of UK to Russia (from 2011 to 2015). After leaving his role in Russia, he was serving as political director general at the Foreign Office.
  • Previously, for two times he had worked as part of the UK’s Permanent Representation to the EU (UKREP).

350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh being celebrated across country
  • The 350th birth anniversary of the 10th and last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh was celebrated across the country.
  • The main function Prakash Parva was held at Takht Harmandar Sahib in Patna and was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Guru Gobind Singh was the last Human Sikh Guru. He was born in Patna on December 22, 1666. He became Guru at the age of 9 years. He died on October 7, 1708 in Nanded, Maharashtra.
  • His life was one of the greatest landmarks in the history of Sikhs. He had established Khalsa and fought around 20 battles with the Mughals.
  • The establishment of the Khalsa Panth was the beginning of the Sikhism as a religion. In 1708, he declared that Guru Granth Sahib will be the holy scripture of Sikhism and will be the permanent Guru of Sikhs.

Sports Current Affairs

Mahindra Singh Dhoni steps down as captain of T-20 & ODI
  • Mahindra Singh Dhoni has announced his decision to step down as captain of Team India’s limited over cricket matches i.e. T-20 and ODI format.
  • With this, Dhoni relinquished captaincy in all formats of the game. Earlier in December 2014, he had stepped down as Captain of India’s Test team.
  • He had led India in an ODI for the first time against Australia in September 2007 at Bengaluru. His last one-dayer as captain was against New Zealand in October 2016 at Visakhapatnam.
  • He had led India in a record 199 ODIs and won in 110 and lost 74 matches. In T20Is format he had led 72 Matches of which 41 were Wins and 28 losses.
  • Under his captaincy, India had won all three ICC Trophies – WT20 (in 2007), World Cup (2011) and Champions Trophy (2013). He is the only captain to lead a team winning all three ICC Trophies .
  • He holds the record for most matches as captain of an international side with 331 games across all formats. He is also the only player to captain in 50-plus matches in each of the three formats.

India wins 2016 SAFF women’s Championship
  • India won 2016 South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women’s Football Championship title by defeating Bangladesh by 3-1 goals.
  • It was India’s fourth consecutive win in the SAFF women’s Championship since it was launched in 2010. This was Bangladesh’s maiden final appearance in the championship.
  • For India, the goals were scored by Dangmei Grace, Sasmita Malik and Indumathi. Bangladesh’s lone goal came through Sirat Jahan.
  • SAFF Women’s Championship is held every two years. In this tournament, 8 SAFF members Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka compete.

Arthur Morris inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
  • Former Australian cricketer Arthur Morris was inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame. He was given the honour posthumously.
  • He was inducted by former Australian captain Steve Waugh during the tea break on the opening day of the third Test between Australia and Pakistan in Sydney.
  • With this, he became the 22nd Australian and 82nd player overall to feature in the list. Morris had played 46 matches scoring 3,533 runs for Australia from 1946 to 1955.
  • The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame recognises the achievements of the legends from the game of cricket. Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Bishan Bedi and Anil Kumble are the Indian cricketers who are part of the elite list.

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