Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (22 Jan - 28 Jan) 2017: Download Now

Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (22 Jan - 28 Jan) 2017: Download Now

The one liner of the week is a recap of the important happenings that occurred Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (22 Jan - 28 Jan) 2017: Download Now

Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (22 Jan - 28 Jan) 2017: Download Now

The important happenings of the week covered in this segment include the appointment of new Chief Election Commissioner, WEF 2018 and India& First Kachra Mahotsav among others.

  • According to Census on Foreign Liabilities and Assets of Indian Direct Investment Companies 2016-17 released by Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Mauritius was largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in India, followed by the US and the UK.
  • The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs (MoHUA) has launched the Liveability index to rate 116 Indian cities.
  • The India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has projected the India’s economic growth to improve to
  • 7.1% for FY19 (2018-19) from 6.5% this year.
  • Union Govt has launched National CSR Data Portal & Corporate Data Portal for bringing accountability and transparency for corporate India.
  • The National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange Ltd (NCDEX) unveiled India’s first agricultural-commodity options in Guarseed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi.
  • India ranked 30th position among 100 countries on Global Manufacturing Index (GMI), released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in which Japan topped followed by South Korea and Germany.
  • India has contributed $50,000 to United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres’s Office of Envoy on Youth to help with its mission of involving young people in the world body’s goals.
  • IRFC green bonds became first debt security to be listed on exchange at International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in Gujarat’s GIFT city.
  • Federal Bank has entered into a strategic partnership with Hedge Equities Ltd for providing Portfolio Investment Scheme (PIS) services to NRIs.
  • The boards of the IDFC Bank Ltd. and Capital First Ltd. approved a merger between in a share swap deal.

  • The Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot has launched 100 accessible websites for Divyangs.
  • India announced to set up $350 million Solar Development Fund for financing solar projects under the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
  • The Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA), launched in 2016 to ensure comprehensive and quality antenatal checkups to pregnant women across country, has crossed 1 crore mark in antenatal check-ups.
  • The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) launched Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative to strengthen cybersecurity ecosystem in India in line of Govt’s vision for a ‘Digital India’.'
  • India has been admitted to the 43rd member of the Australia Group, an informal bloc (group) of countries that keeps a tight control over exports of substances used in making of chemical weapons.
  • Govt has approved the observation of 2018 as National Year of Millets to boost production of the nutrient-rich millets and the sunrise agri industry involved in it.
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to set up Cyber Warrior Police Force (CWPF) and Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) to tackle internet-related crimes such as cyber threats, child pornography and online stalking.
  • The NITI Aayog launched the first course on Sustainable Urban planning using remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) to be conducted under the Global Initiative on Academic Network (GIAN) Program at IIT Kanpur.
  • The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs has decided to end Haj subsidy from this year as a part of its policy to empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement following the recommendations of Afzal Amanullah Committee and May 2012 Supreme Court order.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated HPCL Rajasthan Refinery Ltd (HRRL) project commencement of oil refinery in Rajasthan’s Barmer district.
  • The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI).
  • The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) in collaboration with Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) launched ‘IPrism’ for college and university students.
  • 2018 Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav (RSM) under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme was inaugurated by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar in Bengaluru, Karnataka from Jan 14-20, 2018.
  • The 4th ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (AIMMAF), co-chaired byUnion Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Thai Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Grisada Boonrach, held in New Delhi on Jan 12, 2018.

  • The 3rd edition of the annual Raisina Dialogue 2018 held at the Taj Diplomatic Enclave in New Delhi from Jan 16-18 with the theme “Managing Disruptive Transitions: Ideas, Institutions and Idioms”.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu dedicated iCREATE facility at Deo Dholera Village in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • The 65th Meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) under Chairmanship of Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar held in New Delhi.
  • Maharashtra Govt has approved 1% reservation for orphans in govt jobs and education for orphans in the state under general category.
  • Maharashtra Govt approved Rs 4,000-crore Nanaji Deshmukh Krishi Sanjivani Yojna to improve soil quality, develop foodgrain varieties which can sustain climate variations and effect necessary changes in the crop pattern as per the availability of water in a particular region.
  • Maharashtra becomes the first state to unveil Public Cloud Policy that virtually mandates state govt departments to shift their data storage onto cloud.
  • Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik launched Mukhyamantri Kalakar Sahayata Yojana (MMKSY) to provide financial assistance of Rs. 1200 to the literature and cultural artists of state.
  • The iconic Teen Murti Chowk in central New Delhi has been renamed as Teen Murti-Haifa after Israeli City Haifa in solemn ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • 12th International Film Festival on Art and Artist held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  • Bhopal railway station becomes the India’s first railway station to have a sanitary napkin vending machine named as ‘Happy Nari’.

  • The 10th edition of Global Forum for Food & Agriculture held in Berlin, Germany with the theme“Shaping the future of livestock – sustainably, responsibly, efficiently”.
  • China has constructed Xian smog tower, an experimental air purifying tower touted to be the world’s biggest at height of over 100 meters (328 feet) in an attempt to fight air pollution.
  • Bangladesh, India and Nepal have  given  nod  to  operating procedures  for  movement of  passengervehicles in the sub-region under Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) motor vehicles agreement (MVA).
  • Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has signed Letters of Intent (LoI) with Phinergy, an Israeli start-up company, and YEDA, a technology spin-off company from Weizmann Research Institute, Israel.
  • Nepal started receiving the internet connection from China after the commercial operation of Nepal-China optical fibre link via Rasuwagadhi gateway across Himalayan Mountains.
  • Ecuador granted citizenship to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in an attempt to resolve the political impasse over his continued presence in the United Kingdom (UK).
  • French President Emmanuel Macron has been ranked first in the latest Gallup international annual survey “Opinion of Global Leaders”, followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and PM Narendra Modi.

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched weather observation satellite Cartosat 2 Series and 29 other spacecraft into the space from its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-40 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
  • The 13th edition of joint military drill exercise “Iron Fist 2018” started between American and Japanese forces at Camp Pendleton in California on Jan 12 and will continue till Feb 12.
  • Drug price regulator, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has fixed retail price for 30 drug formulations, including those used for treatment of diabetes, bacterial infections and high blood pressure.
  • The Indo-US joint military exercise, ‘Vajra Prahar’ is held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Seattle in third week of January in line with the increasing military cooperation between both countries.
  • India’s first automatic Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS) will be commissioned in Odisha by March 2018.
  • Indigenously developed long-range surface-to-surface Agni-5 ballistic missile was successfully test fired from Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island, Odisha.
  • The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has cleared procurement of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines on fast track basis for Rs 3,547 crore to enable the Defence Forces to meet their immediate requirement for the troops deployed on the borders.
  • Researchers from Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) discovered a new species of moth, scientifically named Elcysma Ziroensis from Talley Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh.

  • The Department of Commerce has signed MoU with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for setting-up institutional mechanism for the development of Logistics sector in the country.
  • The Punjab govt has signed an MoU with the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to set up bio-gas and bio-CNG plants in the state to find sustainable solutions to paddy straw burning.
  • Sikkim Govt has allowed people from state to forge fraternal ties with trees.
  • India and Sri Lanka signed four agreements for collaboration in Information and communication technology (ICT) sector between both countries.
  • India and Israel signed nine agreements to boost cooperation in the areas of space, cyber security and oil and gas between both countries.
    • Agreement on Film-co-production
    • Protocol on Amendments to Air Transport Agreement
    • MoU on Cyber Security Cooperation between India and Israel
    • Memorandum of Intent (MoI) between Invest India and Invest in Israel
    • Medical Centre on Cooperation in field of Research in Homeopathic Medicine
    • Letter of Intent (LoU) between IOCL and Phinergy Ltd.
    • MoU between the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Mnistry of Energy on Cooperation in Oil and Gas Sector
    • LoI between IOCL and Yeda Research and Development Co Ltd for cooperation in the area of concentrated solar thermal technologies
    • MoU between Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, Ministry of AYUSH and Centre
    • MoU between Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology for cooperation in field of space
    • India and United Kingdom (UK) have signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) dealing with return of Indians residing in Britain as illegal migrants and sharing of criminal records and intelligence.
    • MoU on return of illegal Indian migrants.
    • MoU on criminal records exchange.

  • DG of National Security Guard (NSG): Sudeep Lakhtakia
  • Governor of Madhya Pradesh: Anandiben Patel     
  • MD & CEO of NCDEX (National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange Limited): Vijay Kumar
  • Chairman of Kerala Maritime Board (KMB): V J Mathew   
  • CMD of SPMCIL (Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Ltd): S Selvakumar
  • Chairman of Finance Commission by IOA ( Indian Olympic Association)      : Anil Khanna

  • The former India batsman-turned-commentator, Sanjay Manjrekar, has launched his autobiography ‘Imperfect’ in Mumbai, Maharashtra

  • Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust in Odisha won prestigious United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Award for Innovation in Tourism Enterprise at 14th UNWTO Awards ceremony held in Madrid, Spain.
  • Noted theatre personality Ram Gopal Bajaj, dancer and historian Sunil Kothari, Carnatic music exponentR Vedavalli and famous Sitar player Arvind Parikh were conferred Sangeet Natak Akademi's fellowships (Akademi Ratna) by President Ram Nath Kovind.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind also presented Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) to
  • 43 eminent artists in five categories for the year 2016.
  • The Union Minister of State for Law and Justice & Corporate Affairs, P.P. Chaudhary has been conferred the Honorary Fellowship of Institute of Company secretaries of India (ICSI).
  • The Delhi-based conservation architect, Aishwarya Tipnis has been conferred France’s top cultural award "Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres" for her outstanding commitment to preservation of French heritage in India in Kolkata.
  • Actor Sudhir Dalvi has been honoured with the Janakavi P Sawlaram award in Mumbai.

  • Virat Kohli named the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy 2017.
  • Australian captain Steve Smith claimed the 2017 Test Player of the Year honour.
  • Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore launched the official anthem and mascot of Khelo India School Games, beginning Jan 31.
  • The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has appointed Harjinder Singh as the Chef De Mission for the 23rd Winter Olympic Games (WOG-2018) to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Feb 2018.
  • Former world silver medallist Sarjubala Devi from Manipur claimed the gold in 48kg category in the 2018 National Women’s Boxing Championships in Rohtak.

  • Jan 15 - The Army Day 

  • The renowned Sarod Maestro: Pt Buddhadev Dasgupta                                                    
  • Kannada film actor, director and producer: Kashinath                                                       
  • Hindi writer, critic and poet: Doodhnath Singh
  • Indian actress: Charu Rohatgi          
  • Veteran Journalist: NK Trikha
  • Kerala MLA: K.K. Ramachandran Nair            

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