Current Affairs Daily Digest: January 17, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for January 17, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

National Current Affairs

Petroleum Ministry launches petroleum awareness programme Saksham 2017

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Government inks Financing Agreement with World Bank for Nagaland Health Project

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EC allocates Samajwadi Party cycle symbol to Akhilesh Yadav faction

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Timothy Gonsalves committee recommends reservation for girl students in IITs

The sub-committee under chairmanship of professor Timothy Gonsalves has recommended reservation for girl students in IITs to address the issue of slump in number of female students entering the prestigious institutes. The recommendation of the committee will be taken up in the meeting of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) for a final decision, which will decide whether the reservation will come in effect from 2017 or from 2018. Read more

Environment, Science & Technology Current Affairs

World’s lightest watch created using graphene

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2016 was India’s warmest year ever recorded: IMD

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Silicon identified as ‘missing element’ in Earth’s core

Scientists from Tohoku University in Japan have claimed that Silicon (Si) is the ‘missing element’ in the Earth’s core. This discovery could help us to better understand how our world formed. According to them silicon likely makes up a significant proportion of Earth’s core after its major constituents iron and nickel. It was missing element in the deep interiors of our planet that has eluded us for decades. Read more

Environment Ministry notifies Graded Response Action Plan to combat air pollution in NCR

The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has notified the Graded Response Action Plan to combat air pollution in NCR Delhi region. In this regard, MoEFCC amended laws and formally tasked a Supreme Court-appointed panel with implementing a graded action plan for pollution control. Read more

Banking, Business & Economy

India ranks 92nd in 2017 Global Talent Index

India was ranked 92nd among 118 countries in the 2017 Global index of talent competitiveness (GTI) list. The index measures ability of countries to compete for talent i.e. how countries grow, attract and retain talent. The index is produced by global business school INSEAD in partnership with Adecco Group and Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) of Singapore. Read more

India ranks 60th in Inclusive Development Index

India ranked 60th among the 79 developing countries in 2017 Inclusive Development Index (IDI) released in World Economic Forum’s (WEF) ‘Inclusive Growth and Development Report’. The index is based on 12 performance indicators and countries are ranked on IDI scores based on a scale of 1-7. It has three pillars Growth and Development, Inclusion and Intergenerational Equity, and Sustainability in order to provide a more complete measure of economic development than GDP growth alone. Read more

IMF cuts India’s FY17 growth rate to 6.6% from 7.6%

The World Economic Outlook (WEO) update released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut India’s growth rate for the fiscal year 2016–17 to 6.6% from its previous estimate of 7.6%. India’s growth rate was cut due to the temporary negative consumption shock of demonetisation. It has dampen India’s growth by 1% point in the FY2017 and 0.4% point in FY2017, compared with IMF’s earlier projections. Read more

Richest 1% own 58% of total wealth in India: Oxfam Study

According to study conducted by rights group Oxfam, India’s richest 1% now hold a huge 58% of the country’s total wealth, indicating rise income inequality. It is higher than the global figure of about 50%. It shows that 57 billionaires in India now have same wealth ($216 billion) as that of the bottom 70% population of the country. Globally, just 8 billionaires have the wealth as the poorest 50 % of the world population. Read more

RBI enhances cash withdrawal limit from ATMs to Rs 10000 per day

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BHEL commissions 500 MW thermal unit in West Bengal

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Persons in News

Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on Moon passes away

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Veteran film actress Geeta Sen passes away

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Zhou Youguang, father of Pinyin writing system passes away

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Sports Current Affairs

Farrukh Amonatov wins Delhi International Chess meet

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