Current Affairs Daily Digest: January 12, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for January 12, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

National Current Affairs

Saudi Arabia hikes India’s Haj quota by 34500

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Effects of Endosulfan use devastating: SC

The Supreme Court has described side effects of Endosulfan, a highly toxic agrochemical (pesticide) as devastating. It has directed Kerala government to release entire Rs. 500 crore compensation to over 5,000 victims in three months who have suffered from various deformities and health complications due to use of Endosulfan in the state.  Read more

India, Kenya sign MoU in area of agriculture

India and Kenya signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors. India also announced $100 million Line of Credit (LoC) to Kenya for agricultural mechanization The agreement was signed after delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kenyian President Uhuru Kenyatta in New Delhi. It was first official state visit of President from Kenya to India since 1981. Read more

Government releases draft Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Dog Breeding and Marketing) Rules, 2016

The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has released draft notification of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Dog Breeding and Marketing Rules), 2016. The objective of the Rules is to make dog breeders and their marketers accountable and to prevent infliction of any cruelty on dogs in this process. Read more

Tax break for political parties legal: SC

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States Current Affairs

Telangana inks MoU with Aviation Ministry for Regional Connectivity Scheme

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For first time 46 UP constituencies to have Urdu electoral rolls

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Environment, Science & Technology Current Affairs

New species of gibbon discovered in China

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Hand-powered blood centrifuge developed

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NGT orders test of cosmetics containing microbeads

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IGI Airport first in world to adopt digital platform Arc

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On-road emission tests to be mandatory from 2020: ARAI

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Norway becomes first country to cease FM radio broadcasting

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Defence Current Affairs

Second Scorpene class submarine INS Khanderi launched

INS Khanderi, the second Scorpene class submarine was launched at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It is the second of the six submarines being built at MDL in collaboration with France’s DCNS as part of Project 75 of Indian Navy. Read more

DEFCOM 2017 inaugurated in New Delhi

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Russia amend laws to provide spares support to India

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Banking, Business & Economy

NITI Aayog projects 8% growth rate

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Jason Kothari named as Snapdeal strategy head

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Vikram Pawah appointed as President of BMW India

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Air India to reserve seats for women

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Persons in News

Daniel Ortega sworn in for 3rd term as Nicaragua’s President

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Sports Current Affairs

PR Sreejesh becomes member of FIH Athletes’ Committee

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Jimmy Adams appointed new West Indies Cricket director

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Events and Observances

World’s first gender literature festival to be held in Patna

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January 12: National Youth Day

The National Youth Day is observed every year on 12 January to mark the birth anniversary of social reformer, philosopher and thinker Swami Vivekananda. Observance of the day seeks to propagate the philosophy and the ideals of Swami Vivekananda for which he lived and worked.  It will also help and act as a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth. Read more

Pakistan to renovate Katas Raj Hindu temple

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