Current Affairs Daily Digest: January 26-27, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for January 26-27, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

National Current Affairs

India inks deal with UAE for strategic oil reserves storgae

India has signed a deal with United Arab Emirates (UAE), fifth biggest oil supplier as part of its quest for energy security and strategic reserve system. The deal allows UAE’s Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) to fill half (about 6 million barrels of oil) of an underground crude oil storage facility at Mangaluru, Karnataka. Read more

Padma awards 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee announced the names of recipients of year 2017 Padma awards viz. Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. He approved conferment of Padma Awards on 89 persons that includes 7 Padma Vibhushan, 7 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees. Out of these selected 89 persons, 19 are women, 5 awardees are from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs while 6 are posthumous awardees Read more

India, France sign pact on maritime information sharing in Indian Ocean Region

ndia and France have signed White Shipping agreement to enable information sharing on maritime traffic and maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The agreement was signed in New Delhi after both countries held their second dialogue on maritime cooperation for the IOR. Read more

68th Republic Day celebrated on 26 January 2017

India celebrated its 68th Republic Day on January 26, 2017 with the theme “Skill India and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao”. The day honours the date on which the Indian Constitution came into force on 26th January, 1950 replacing the Government of India Act, 1935 as the governing document. Read more

Government launches Rubber Soil Information System

The Union Government has launched Rubber Soil Information System (RubSIS), an online system for recommending appropriate mix of fertilizers to plantations of rubber growers depending upon their soil nature. RubSIS has developed by Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) under the Rubber Board. Read more

International Current Affairs

Surya Namaskar Yajna recognised in US Congress

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Russia, Turkey, Iran agree on mechanism to Monitor Syria Ceasefire

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Banking, Business & Economy Current Affairs

Charge on digital payments above Rs. 50,000 mooted: Committee of CMs

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RBI prohibits investments in non-cooperative countries and territories

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has prohibited Indian entities from making direct investments in any entity located in Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories (NCCT) as identified by Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The prohibition is for aligning instructions under FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act) with the objectives of the FATF.  Read more

India ranks 79 in Corruption Perception Index

ndia has been ranked 79th out of 176 countries in the recently released Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for the year 2016 by the Berlin-based corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI). The index has been complied by using World Bank data, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and other institutions  It ranks countries on the score in the scale ranging from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). Read more

Science and Technology Current Affairs

Japan successfully launches first military communications satellite

Japan has successfully launched its first military communications satellite Kirameki-2 (kee-RAH-meh-kee 2) satellite. It was launched on board of H-2A rocket that lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. The satellite separated from the rocket and entered a designated orbit. Read more

Genetically Modified mosquito trials launched to control dengue, chikungunya

Outdoor caged trials of genetically modified mosquitoes waere launched in Dawalwadi, Badnapur in Jalna district of Maharashtra to demonstrate the efficiency this technique to suppress wild female mosquito populations that transmit dengue, chikungunya and Zika. These trials are conducted by Oxitec and uses the Release of Insects carrying Dominant Lethal genes (RIDL) technology. Read more

Persons in News

US President Donald Trump appoints Indian-American Ajit Pai as FCC chairman

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Indian-American attorney Uttam Dhillon appointed to key White House post

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Russian envoy to India Alexander Kadakin passes away

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US Emmy award-winning actress Mary Tyler Moore passes away

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Sports Current Affairs

AIFF launches professional league for women footballers

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Pankaj Advani wins 7th National Billiards Championship

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