Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Current Affairs & GK Update 18th January 2017

1. Manipur’s Karang is India’s first cashless island:
  • Karang, a small lake island in Manipur, has become the India’s first cashless island.
  • The Union ministry of electronics and information technology under its Digital India program announced Karang as the first cashless island in India.
  • The Karang island is located in the middle of Loktak, the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India.
2. 58th India International Garment Fair begins in New Delhi:
  • Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani has inaugurated three-days 58th edition of India International Garment Fair (IIGF) at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.
  • It has been organized by the Apparel Export Promotion Council India.
  • The event is one of the largest and most popular platforms in Asia, from which overseas garment buyers can source products and forge business relationships with India’s finest players in the apparel and fashion accessories domain.
  • The India International Garment Fair (IIGF) was started in 1988.
3. Petroleum Conservation Campaign ‘Saksham 2017’ Inaugurated in Nagaland:
  • The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MOP & NG) inaugurated one month long oil and gas conservation campaign Saksham-2017 at a function in Unity College Dimapur in Nagaland on January 16, 2017.
  • The mass awareness campaign was inaugurated by chief guest Ramongo Lotha, secretary Food and Civil Supplies.
  • The main aim of such campaign is to spread the awareness on fuel conservation so as to minimize the wastage of petroleum products as the demand for it remains high.
4. Karnataka allows sale of white kerosene in open market:
  • The Karnataka government allowed to the sale of white kerosene in open market. 
  • State Food and Civil Supplies Minister UT Khader stated that the government has issued an order this effect.
  • Those interested in selling white kerosene in open market can approach the office of the Food and Civil Supplies in their districts.
5. 3-day Pratibha-Parva being observed in Madhya Pradesh:
  • Three-day Pratibha-Parva is being observed in all the government middle schools in Madhya Pradesh.
  • The evaluation of academic achievements of 78 lakh students pursuing studies in class I to VIII is being made during the Parv.
  • Subject-based evaluation will be made of students in one lakh 14 thousand government schools in the first two days.
  • The progress in basic capabilities and subject based capabilities will be evaluated with cooperation of UNICEF.
6. India & Mauritius Sign MoU for Cooperation in the field of Cooperatives:
  • India and Mauritius signed a MoU for cooperation in the field of cooperatives and related areas.
  • The MoU was signed between Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, and the Indian Ocean island country's Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives Minister Soomilduth Bholah.
  • The MoU will enable the two countries to collaborate in this vital sector and can significantly benefit thousands of Mauritians. 
  • India offered to exchange its expertise and technology with Mauritius in agro industry, fisheries and dairy sector.
7. India ranked 78th in global ‘Passport Index’:
  • Indian passport has been ranked 78 in a global ranking of the world’s most powerful passports which was topped by Germany.
  • Germany stands at the top with a visa-free score of 157, while Singapore overtakes South Korea and becomes the highest ranked Asian passport with a visa-free score of 156.
8. Antonio Tajani is the new president of the European Parliament:
  • Italian conservative Antonio Tajani has been elected as the new President of the European Parliament.
  • He defeated his centre-left compatriot Gianni Pittella by 351 votes to 282.
  • Mr. Tajani is a former spokesman for Italy's Silvio Berlusconi and an ex-European commissioner.
9. 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. 
  • Psyche asteroid has diameter in excess of 125 miles and is almost entirely composed of iron and nickel.
10. World’s lightest watch unveiled in Geneva:
  • The world’s ultralight high-performance mechanical watch RM 50-03 was inaugurated on January 16, 2017 at the 27th edition of the Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva
  • The watch made up of graphene composite has been developed by the University ofLightest Watch of the World made Using Graphene Launched Manchester, UK in collaboration with the watchmaking brand Richard Mille and McLaren F1.
  • The overall weight of the ultralight watch is 40 grams only and is extremely durable.
11. Jacob Polley wins 2016 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry:
  • British Poet "Jacob Polley" has won the 2016 T.S. Eliot prize for his collection "Jackself".
  • The award ceremony was organized at the Wallace Collection Gallery in London(UK).
  • Jackself is a sequence of narrative poems partly inspired by his childhood in Cumbria, England.
  • The coveted award was founded by T.S. Eliot's widow Valerie in 1993 and is now run by the TS Eliot Foundation.
12. Kolkata’s Sitalpati Gets place in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage:
  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has registered Sitalpati or cool mat from the Cooch Behar district, West Bengal as an Sitlapati "intangible cultural heritage".
  • The Sitalpati are the mats that are used for siting or hanging on the doors or windows during summer season. 
  • They are made up of weaved green cane slips of murta plants widely found in the region. 
13. BSNL launches mobile TV service Ditto TV:
  • State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL)  announced mobile TV service ‘Ditto TV’.
  • BSNL also launched limited fixed mobile telephony, an app that virtually turns mobiles into cordless phone working in sync with landline phones.
14. Yes Bank Launches Business Accelerator Program Yes Fintech: 
  • Private sector lender YES BANK in collaboration with T-Hub, Anthill and Lets Talk Payments launched a unique business accelerator program YES FINTECH to provide start-ups a platform for creating sustainable and market ready products as well as provide innovative banking solutions to the customers.
15. Yes Bank Launches India’s First Customisable Savings Account:
  • YES Bank has launched a first of its kind unique Customizable Savings Account to enable the customers to design an account as per their convenience.
  • YES bank has become the first bank in India to launch such type of account that enables the customer to choose various features of a savings accounts that suits one’s own lifestyle.
16. Kapil Dev inducted into Legends Club Hall of Fame:
  • Former Indian cricketer, Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj (Kapil Dev) has been inducted into Legends Club "Hall of Fame" in presence of former India captains Ajit Wadekar, Sunil Gavaskar and Nari Contractor at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai.
  • Country's greatest all-rounder Kapil Dev led India to the emphatic World Cup victory in 1983.
17. Farrukh Amonatov wins Delhi International Open chess tournament:
  • Top seeded Grandmaster Farrukh Amonatov has won the 15th edition of the Delhi International Chess tournament.
  • Amanotov scored 8.5 points out of a ten and stayed a half point ahead of Ghosh and Dzhumaev Marat of Uzbekistan.
  • Ghosh was declared the runner-up based on his better tiebreak.

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Current Affairs Quiz: 18th January 2017

Current Affairs Quiz based on 17th January 2017 Current Affairs & News for all competitive-govt. Exams:

Current Affairs Quiz: 17th January 2017
1. What is India's rank among the 79 developing countries in 2017 Inclusive Development Index (IDI)?
a) 22
b) 48
c) 56
d) 60

2. Kozhikode Corporation was declared as the first Elderly-Friendly Corporation of which state?
a) Tamil Nadu
b) Telangana
c) Kerala
d) Karnataka

3. How much loan amount has been sanctioned by World Bank (WB) for “Nagaland Health Project”?
a) $68 million 
b) $58 million 
c) $48 million 
d) $38 million 

4. The 170th Sadguru Sri Thyagaraja Aaradhana festival has been concluded in which state?
a) Tamil Nadu
b) Telangana
c) Odisha
d) Karnataka

5. What is the India’s GDP growth forecast rate for fiscal year 2017, as per updated “World Economic Outlook (WEO)” report of International Monetary Fund (IMF)?
a) 7.6%
b) 7.1% 
c) 6.6% 
d) 6.2% 

6. Which fashion store has recently joined with SBI Card to launch a co-branded credit card to offer benefits to consumers in the premium lifestyle and fashion space?
a) Reliance Trends
b) Future Group’s fashion and lifestyle 
c) V Mart
d) Stanmax

7. The Border Security Forces recently launched Operation Sard Hawa at
a) Northern international border of Jammu & Kashmir
b) Wagah Border
c) Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir
d) Western international border of Rajasthan

8. The 2017 India International Garment Fair (IIGF) will be held in which city? 
a) New Delhi
b) Indore
c) Jaipur 
d) Lucknow

9.  RBI's Note Mudran printing press has broken all its past record by printing highest number of currency notes in December 2016. The Mudran printing press is located in
a) Mysuru
b) Nashik
c) Kolkata
d) Hoshangabad

10. Who has been confirmed as Lewis Hamilton's new team-mate and new driver for Mercedes?
a) Nico Hülkenberg
b) Valtteri Bottas
c) Felipe Massa
d) Felipe Nasr

Answers:
1:d, 2:c, 3:c, 4:a, 5:c, 6:b, 7:d, 8:a, 9:a, 10:b. 


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Current Affairs & GK Update 17th January 2017

1. 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. 
  • Top  5 developing economies are Lithuania (1st), Azerbaijan (2nd), Hungary (3rd), Poland (4th), Romania (5th).
2. 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. 
  • Global economic activity will pick up pace in FY17 and FY18, especially in emerging markets and developing economies. Global growth is forecast at 3.4% in FY17 against 3.1% in FY16.
3. 25 children including 13 girls selected for National Bravery Awards:
  • Twenty-five children, including 13 girls have been selected for the national bravery awards 2016. 
  • The coveted Bharat award has been conferred on 8-year-old Late Kumari Tarh Peju of Arunachal Pradesh, who sacrificed her life while saving two of her friends from drowning. 
  • The prestigious Geeta Chopra award has been conferred on 18 year old Tejasweeta Pradhan and 17-year-old Shivani Gond of West Bengal who showed immense courage fearlessly helping police and NGO in uncovering an international sex racket leading to the arrest of the mastermind in Delhi. 
  • The Sanjya Chopra award has been given to 15-year-old Sumit Mamgain of Uttarakhand who displayed outstanding bravery in fighting a leopard to save his cousin.
4. 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. 
  • The committee has suggested creating up to 20% supernumerary seats for girls out of the total number of seats. But only candidates who have already qualified in JEE-Advanced will be considered.
5. India Signs Financing Agreement of $48 million with World Bank for Nagaland Health Project:
  • India has signed a financing agreement with World Bank for 48 million dollars for Nagaland Health Project. 
  • About six lakh people will directly benefit from the Health Project with improvements in higher-level facilities as well as system-wide investments. 
  • The objective of the project is to improve health services in Nagaland. Communities in targeted locations will benefit from project activities at the community and health facility levels.
6. Mysuru Printing Press Breaks Record by Printing Highest No. of Currency Notes in a December 2016:
  • The Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran PvtLtd, a fully controlled subsidiary of RBI has set records in currency note printing.
  • The RBI Note Mudran printing press in Mysuru printing highest number of currency notes in December 2016 breaking all its past record.
  • It printed 10.9 million currency note in a day that even broke the world record made an American currency printing press of printing 8.7 million notes in a day.As per the data, 1350 million currency notes were printed in December 2016 in Mysuru which employess 650 workers who work for 12 hours in two shifts.
7. Market Regulator SEBI Tightens Mergers & Acquisitions Norms Among Unlisted Firms:
  • The Capital market regulator of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on January 14 tightened the norms associated to Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) of Indian companies.
  • The public shareholding of the resultant entity created by the merger of an unlisted and a listed company has to be more than 25%. 
  • The unlisted entity can only merge with those companies that are listed on exchanges such as the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and BSE.
    8. Tamil Nadu: 170th Sadguru Sri Thyagaraja Aaradhana festival ends on 17 January 2017:
    • The 170th Sadguru Sri Thyagaraja Aaradhana festival has concluded at Tiruvaiyaru, Tamil Nadu
    • The Aaradhana festival which was inaugurated on 13th of this month was a treat to carnatic music lovers. Sadguru Thyagaraja is one of the great musical trinity alongwith Muthusamy Dikshithar and Shyama Sastrigal.
    9. BHEL Commissions 500 MW Thermal Unit In West Bengal:
    • Government owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited(BHEL) has commissioned new 500 MW Thermal Unit in West Bengal.
    • This was the second 500 MW at Sagardighi Thermal Power Station (TPS) Phase II project in Murshidabad district of West Bengal.
    10. IIMC to start post graduate course in Urdu journalism:
    • Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu launching a post graduate course in Urdu journalism at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in New Delhi . 
    • The Executive Council of the IIMC, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, has recently approved the course.
    11. Kozhikode Corporation becomes 1st Elederly-friendly corporation in Kerala:
    • Kozhikode Corporation was declared as the first Elderly-Friendly Corporation in Kerala. 
    • The  Kozhikode Corporationstate government has planned to setup Senior citizen’s club, Day care centres as a part of  Vayomitram project for the welfare of the elder people in the state.
    • As part of the elderly friendly status, the Corporation has begun to collect basic details of all the senior citizens in the city through its 543 Anganwa.
    12. 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. 
    • The total global wealth in the year 2016 was $255.7 trillion of which about $6.5 trillion was held by billionaires, led by Bill Gates ($75 billion), Amancio Ortega ($67 billion) and Warren Buffett($60.8 billion).
    13. Sports Minister Vijay Goel inaugurates Khelo India competitions:
    • The Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel inaugurated the Khelo India National level Competitions on various sports for Under-14 and Under-17 children in New Delhi.
    • The competition has been organized by Sports Authority of India under aegis of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in Swimming, Cycling and Wrestling. 
    14. Future Group’s & SBI Card launch premium co-branded card:
    • Future Group’s fashion and lifestyle departmental store Central joined with SBI Card launched a second co-branded credit card to offer benefits to consumers in the premium lifestyle and fashion space.
    • The Central SBI SELECT and SELECT+ Cards will offer an accelerated reward points structure.
    15. Baidu names former Microsoft exec as COO
    • China's Baidu Inc said it has appointed a former Microsoft Corp executive as chief operating officer.
    • Qi Lu will take charge of products, technology, sales and marketing, and spearhead a push into AI.
    • Baidu has been refocusing its business strategy after the introduction of new advertising regulations.
    16. Kiran Doshi won The Hindu Prize 2016:
    • Kiran Doshi won The Hindu Prize 2016 for his book titled 'Jinnah Often Came to Our House' at the 7th edition of The Hindu Lit for Life festival 2017 held in Chennai from January 14-16, 2017.
    • The festival was inaugurated by contemporary artist Gulamohammed Sheikh.
      17. Eugene Cernan, last man on the moon, dies at 82:
      • US astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon, died Monday at age 82. 
      • Cernan was the spacecraft commander of Apollo 17 in December 1972. 
      • He died following ongoing health issues.
      18. 'Black hole man of India' C.V. Vishveshwara dead:
      • Professor CV Vishveshwara passed away in Bengaluru following a bout of illness.
      • He was among the first to study 'black holes' even before the word was coined.
      • Vishveswara made an important calculation that was used in the discovery of gravitational waves by LIGO detectors in 2015.
      19. National award-winning filmmaker Deepak Roy dead at 67:
      • Deepak Roy, known for his movie "Limit to Freedom" which won him a National award in 1996 under the category of best investigative film, has passed away at the age of 67 after suffering a cardiac arrest. 
      20. Valtteri Bottas replaces Nico Rosberg at Mercedes and joins Lewis Hamilton:
      • Valtteri Bottas has been confirmed as Lewis Hamilton's new team-mate for the forthcoming Formula One season after he was finally unveiled by Mercedes at their headquarters.
      • Bottas, who replaces world champion Nico Rosberg following his shock decision to retire from the sport, had long been favorite for the vacant seat. 

      South Indian Bank Recruitment 2017 : PO & Clerk Posts

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      South Indian Bank Vacancy Details:

      Total No.of Posts: 537
      Name of the Posts:
      1. Probationary Officer – Pan India: 201 Posts
      2. Probationary Clerk – Kerala: 210 Posts
      3. Probationary Clerk – Tamil Nadu: 70 Posts
      4. Probationary Clerk – Delhi NCR: 30 Posts
      5. Probationary Clerk – Karnataka: 26 Posts


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      Starting Date for Online Applications: 19-01-2017 
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      Current Affairs Quiz: 17th January 2017

      Current Affairs Quiz based on 16th January 2017 Current Affairs & News for all competitive-govt. Exams:

      Current Affairs Quiz: 17th January 2017
      1. Which state Govt. has launched a mobile app ‘pinakin’ with information on tourism in the state?
      a) Kerala
      b) Goa
      c) Maharashtra
      d) Tamil Nadu

      2. What is India's rank on recently released global index of talent competitiveness that measures how countries grow, attract and retain talent?
      a) 84
      b) 88
      c) 92
      d) 104

      3. The Khelo India National Level Competitions for various sports for Under-14 and Under-17 children has inaugurated in which of the following cities?
      a) Bhopal
      b) New Delhi
      c) Jaipur 
      d) Nagpur

      4. Which of the following mobile application has been launched by Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) for the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Units and Developers?
      a) SEZ Zone
      b) SEZ Commerce
      c) SEZ India
      d) SEZ E

      5. Name the author of the book titled 'Jinnah Often Came to Our House' which was recently awarded with the The Hindu Prize 2016?
      a) kavita Dev
      b) Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar
      c) Anil Menon
      d) Kiran Doshi

      6. Which committee has recently recommended quota for girl students in IITs? 
      a) Sumit Bose
      b) Abhijit Sen committee
      c) Timothy Gonsalves committee 
      d) D M Dharmadhikari committee 

      7. Surjit Singh Barnala, who passed away recently, was the former governor of which state?
      a) Haryana
      b) Uttarakhand 
      c) Sikkim
      d) Uttar Pradesh 

      8. Name the country that handed over two ships to the Pakistan Navy to safeguard the strategic Gwadar port?
      a) South Korea
      b) USA
      c) China
      d) Israel

      9. India has signed an agreement with which country for collaboration in third world countries?
      a) US
      b) Canada
      c) Russia
      d) Japan

      10. Which team has won the 2017 Vodafone Premier Badminton League (PBL)? 
      a) Awadhe Warriors
      b) Hyderabad Hunters
      c) Mumbai Rockets 
      d) Chennai Smashers 

      Answers:
      1:d, 2:c, 3:b, 4:c, 5:d, 6:c, 7:b, 8:c, 9:a, 10:d.

      Monday, 16 January 2017

      Current Affairs & GK Update 16th January 2017

      Current Affairs, Daily GK Update 2017
      1. India slips 3 places to 92nd rank on global talent competitiveness Index:
      • India has slipped 3 places to 92nd rank on the global index of talent competitiveness that measures how countries grow, attract and retain talent.
      • Switzerland topped the overall index, followed by Singapore and the United Kingdom in second and third places respectively.
      • India’s ranking is worst among the five BRICS countries.
      • While China was ranked at the 54th place, Russian Federation was placed at 56th, followed by South Africa at 67th and Brazil 81st.
      2. Union Commerce Ministry launches SEZ India app:
      • The Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) has launched a mobile application named “SEZ India” under its broader e-Governance initiative to help the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Units and Developers
      • It will help the SEZ Units and Developers to find information easily and track their transactions on Online System. 
      • It will also facilitate them to file all their transactions digitally through SEZ Online system and track the status on the go through the SEZ India mobile app. 
      • The app has four sections SEZ Information: It consists of compendium of the SEZ Act 2005, MOCI Circulars, SEZ Rules 2006, details of SEZs and Units etc. 
      3. Prasar Bharti hosts International Television Dance Festival in Hyderabad:
      • The first edition of Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) International Television Dance Festival was held in Hyderabad on January 15, 2017.  
      • The Dance Festival is conceptualized so as to bring the cultural diversities from across the world into the limelight, by breaking cultural barriers.
      • Asia- Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) was established in 1964 to assist the development of broadcasting in the region
      • Maldives, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Fiji and Indonesia are among the participating countries. 
      4. China hands over two ships to Pakistan Navy for Gwadar Port security:
      • China has handed over two ships to the Pakistan to safeguard the strategic Gwadar port and trade routes under the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
      • These ships have been named as Hingol and Basol, after two rivers near Gwadar. 
      • They will be part of Pakistan Navy and are equipped with state-of-the-art guns. 
      • China will also provide two more ships to Pakistan Navy which have been named Zhob and Dasht after two districts in Balochistan.
      5. Tamil Nadu Gov launched mobile app ‘pinakin’ for Tourism:
      • For the benefit of both domestic and international tourists, Tamil Nadu Tourism Department has launched a mobile app ‘pinakin’ with information on tourism in Tamil Nadu with audio facilities.
      • The app, in two languages Tamil and English which covers world heritage tourist sites like Mamallapuram, Thanjavur Big Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Darasuram. 
      • The app can be downloaded free of cost from iStore or Playstore.
      6. 2016 was India's warmest year:
      • 2016 was India's warmest year ever since the documenting of meteorological records began in 1901
      • The information was revelead by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its release named ‘statement of climate of India, 2016'. 
      7. BSF launches operation ‘Sard Hawa’ at Rajasthan border:
      • Border Security Force (BSF)  launched operation ‘Sard Hawa’ at the western international border of Rajasthan, under which vigil will be beefed-up to check the instances of infiltration due to the dense fog in the area.
      • The operation will continue till 28 January 2017.
      • The purpose of the operation is to keep a hawk’s eye on the international border, where vigil has been beefed-up and officers have also been asked to be part of the operation to motivate jawans.
      8. Expert Group on SECC submits report to Rural Development Ministry:
      • The Expert Group set up to prepare Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) has submitted its report to the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD). 
      • The expert group was headed by former Finance Secretary Sumit Bose
      • The objective of the expert group was to study criteria for allocation of resources to States and identification and prioritization of beneficiaries under various programmes using SECC data.
      9. RBI raises ATM withdrawal limit to Rs 10,000 per day from current Rs 4,500 :
      • The limit on withdrawals from ATMs has been enhanced from the current limit of Rs.4,500 to Rs.10,000 per day per card (It will be operative within the existing overall weekly limit).
      • In a major relief for ATM users, the limits placed on withdrawals and current accounts has been raised with immediate effect.
      10. WPI inflation rises to 3.39% in December 2016:
      • Breaking a 3-month declining trend, wholesale inflation rose to 3.39% in December 2016. 
      • The increase was mainly due to a rise in prices of manufactured items, even as food articles turned cheaper. 
      • Wholesale price index-based inflation had stood at 3.15% in November 2016, and minus 1.06% in December 2015.
      • According to Commerce Ministry data, overall wholesale food inflation fell to minus 0.7% in December 2016, from 1.54% in November. But inflation in manufactured articles rose to 3.67% in December, from 3.2% in November.
      11. SC allows 24-week pregnant woman to have abortion:
      • The Supreme Court has given permission to a woman in her 24th week of pregnancy to undergo termination of pregnancy after medical report finds foetus is without skull. 
      • The Court says, a woman can abort if foetus poses danger to mother's life.
      • The apex court also directed that the termination of pregnancy be performed by a team of doctors of the hospital which shall maintain a complete record of the procedure adopted in the matter.
      12. New Adoption Regulations come into force from 16 January 2017:
      • The new Adoption Regulations have come into force on 16 January 2017, which have replaced the Adoption Guidelines, 2015, will further strengthen the adoption program in the country by streamlining the process.
      • Transparency, early de-institutionalisation of children, informed choice for the parents, ethical practices and strictly defined timelines in the adoption process are the salient aspects of the Adoption Regulations 2017.
      13. Sony Pictures enters Hindi film music space with Sony ROX HD:
      • Sony Pictures Networks India has entered the Hindi film music space with the launch of Sony ROX HD
      • The channel is geared to be a destination of choice for the contemporary music enthusiast.
      • Sony ROX HD showcases the latest Hindi film music in high definition visual format of 1080i resolution that is enhanced by Dolby Audio.
      14. Mumbai Marathon 2017:
      • 14th edition of Mumbai Marathon was successfully held on Sunday morning.
      • Tanzania’s Alphonce Simbu was the Men’s elite champion, as Kenya’s Joshua Kipkorir came second after an intense, neck-to-neck battle.
      • Simbu clocked two hours, nine minutes and 32 seconds to clinch the gold medal.
      • In the women's category, Kenya's Bornes Kitur won in the elite category with a time of 02:29:02.
      15. 62nd Filmfare Awards 2017(Click Here)