Current Affairs Daily Digest: January 18, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for January 18, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

National Current Affairs

Ministry of Earth Sciences commissions Higher Resolution Weather Prediction Model

The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has commissioned a very high resolution (12 km) global deterministic weather prediction model for generating operational weather forecasts. The model has been on trial since September 2016. It has shown significant improvements in skill of daily weather forecasts. It was made operational from January 2017. Read more

Railway Ministry unveils Mission 41K to save energy worth Rs 41,000 crore

Union Railway Ministry has unveiled ‘Mission 41K’ to save Rs. 41,000 crore on the Indian Railways’ expenditure on energy consumption over the next 10 years. The launch of this programme was announced at a Roundtable Discussion on Energy Initiatives of Indian Railways with external stakeholders headed by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. Read more

India becomes associate member of CERN

India formally became an associate member of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) with the government completing the internal approval procedures for the agreement it signed in November 2016. Prior to it, in September 2016, CERN Council had adopted a resolution upgrading India’s position as associate member from earlier ‘observer’ status (since 2004). Read more

Cabinet approves India’s Membership in the International Vaccine Institute

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the proposal for India’s taking full membership of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) Governing Council. This decision involves payment of annual contribution of US $5,00,000 to the IVI (headquartered in Seoul, South Korea).Read more

Cabinet approves Trade Agreement negotiations with Peru

The Union Cabinet has approved holding negotiations for Trade Agreement with Peru on trade in goods, services and investment. The trade agreement will be an important landmark in India-Peru relations and consolidate the traditional fraternal relations that have existed between India and LAC countries. The trade agreement will enhance the trade and economic relations between the two countries. Read more

States Current Affairs

58th India International Garment Fair begins New Delhi

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Madhya Pradesh Government launches Aanandam Scheme to help poor

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International Current Affairs

India ranked 78th in global ‘Passport Index’

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UK unveils 12-point plan to leave European Union

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30 more countries apply for Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank

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Environment, Science & Technology

Baby born using new type of 3-person IVF in Ukraine

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West Bengal to give legal protection to Hilsa Fish

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NASA approves mission to explore iron-rich asteroid 16 Psyche

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has approved a mission to explore 16 Psyche, an iron-rich asteroid. As part of the mission, NASA craft will be launched in 2023, and will arrive at Psyche in 2030. The mineral contents on the asteroids are worth over 100-thousand times the value of the entire world economy. Read more

Places in News

Asia’s cleanest village Mawlynnong becomes role model for cleanliness

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Manipur’s Karang is India’s first cashless island

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Persons in News

Antonio Tajani elected as President of European Parliament

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N Chandrasekaran appointed Tata Motors chairman

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Sports Current Affairs

Sports Ministry to launch talent search portal to spot bright sportsmen

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Kapil Dev inducted into Legends Club Hall of Fame

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