PM Modi inaugurated 8th Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit

  • The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the "8th Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit 2017" at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar (Gujarat).
  • The event is aimed at bringing together business leaders, investors, corporations, thought leaders, policy and opinion makers.
  • The summit is advertised as a platform to understand and explore business opportunities in the State of Gujarat.
  • Vibrant Gujarat 2017 is scheduled to be held from 10-13 January 2017.

India & Kenya sign agreements in area of agriculture

  • Today, India and Kenya has signed agreements in the area of agriculture which were inked after delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in New Delhi.
  • India is collaborating with Kenya to raise agricultural productivity there.
  • The Loan of Credit Agreement of 100 million dollars signed for farm mechanization will open a new dimension of engagement between the two countries.

Notification Assembly elections in Goa  and Punjab issued

  • Today, the notification for Goa and Punjab assembly elections has been issued and the process of filing nomination papers has begun.
  • The Goa Legislative Assembly election, 2017 will be held on 4th February 2017  to elect the 40 members.
  • The Punjab legislative assembly election, 2017 will be held on 04 February 2017 to select the 117 members.
  • The results of the election will be announced on 11th March, 2017.
Note:Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail, VVPAT, machines will be used for the first time along with EVMs.

Railway minister launches new IRCTC app to promote digital ticketing

  • The union railway minister Suresh Prabhu has released an Android-based mobile application named "IRCTC Rail Connect app" to promote ease of ticketing through digital transactions.
  • Currently, e-ticketing system caters to over 10 lakh passengers daily.
  • Rail Connect has been developed to bring the power of next generation e-ticketing system like high performance and enhanced security.
  • The IRCTC Rail Connect will also be inter-connected with IRCTC AIR, Food on Track mobile apps to facilitate the booking of air tickets and food through e-catering.

Air India launches ‘Fly For Sure’ scheme

  • The Air India (AI) has launched a "Fly For Sure" scheme.
  • The customer has to pay extra Rs. 2,000 while booking the ticket and get to board any Air India flight on the same day and same sector.
  • The voucher will be non-refundable and can be availed on all domestic routes offered by AI.
  • Earlier, low-cost airline SpiceJet had launched a similar scheme in 2016.

Veteran British war correspondent Clare Hollingworth passes away

  • Veteran British war correspondent Clare Hollingworth (105-year) has passed away in Hong Kong.
  • She was the first to report on the invasion that triggered the outbreak of World War -2.
  • She went on to report from Vietnam, Algeria and the Middle East.
  • Hollingworth was a rookie reporter for the Daily Telegraph when she fell upon the scoop of the century.

World Bank drops India's growth rate to 7 % after demonetization

  • In its latest report, the World Bank has decelerated India's growth for 2016-17 fiscal to 7% from its previous estimate of 7.6% due to immediate withdrawal of a large volume of currency in circulation and subsequent replacement with new notes in November contributed to slowing growth.
  • The country would regain momentum in the following years with 7.6%  and 7.8% growth.
  • India maintains the distinction of being the fastest growing emerging market economies of the world, bypassing China.

Jimmy Adams appointed new West Indies director

  • The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has appointed 'Jimmy Adams' (49-year) as its new Director of cricket.
  • Adams is the former head coach of the Kent County Cricket Club (England county) will officially take over the position for a three-year contract.
  • Jimmy Adams played 54 Test matches for the Caribbean side and will be able to draw upon from his vast experience.
  • He will oversee and manage all cricket matters to include the development of all teams, all coaching and cricket eduction and other technical programs.
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