Monday, 2 January 2017

Current Affairs 2nd January 2017: Daily GK Update

Current Affairs, Daily GK Update 2017
1. India successfully test-fires intercontinental ballistic missile Agni-IV:
  • India has successfully test-fired its home-grown long range intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-IV from the Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.
  • Agni-IV test is aimed at re-validating new technologies incorporated in Agni-IV system and checking the readiness of armed forces to launch the missile on its own.
  • Agni-IV is the 20 metres long and weighs 17 tonnes and carry a one-tonne nuclear warhead over a distance of 4,000 kilometre.
  • The missile also possesses a submarine launch capability.
2. Shraddha, Ghyansham Kumar Devansh chosen for 2016 Bharatiya Jananpith Navlekhan award:
  • Hindi writers Shraddha and Ghyansham Kumar Devansh have been chosen for Bharatiya Jnanpith Navlekhan Award for the year 2016.
  • The decision to confer the award on Shraddha for her short story, 'Hawa Mein Phadphadati Chitthi' and on Devansh for his poem 'Akash Mein Deh' was taken unanimously by a selection panel chaired by eminent poet Vishnu Nagar.
3. India’s Petronet Signs MoU to Set Up $950 Mn LNG Project in Bangladesh:
  • India's largest LNG importer Petronet has signed an agreement to set up a $950 million liquefied natural gas import project in Bangladesh.
  • Petronet signed a MoU with with Petrobangla to set up a 7.5 million tonnes a year project to receive and regasify LNG on Kutubdia Island in Cox's Bazar and lay a 26-km pipline to connect it to the consumption markets.
4. Centre launches mobile app for Haj applications:
  • Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has launched mobile app 'Haj Committee of India', which will provide information and facilitate e-payments for Haj pilgrimage
  • It is for the first time that Haj application process is going to be digital. 
5. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani dedicated India’s first laser technology-based advanced AVMS RTO check-post: 
  • Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani dedicated India's first laser technology -based advanced AVMS RTO check-post at Shamlaji of Aravalli district . 
  • The check-post is equipped with advanced ray technology with a cost of Rs 4.72 crore. Along with this programme, Rupani also laid foundation stones of various developmental works worth Rs 30 crore in tribal area of Aravalli district.
6. World famous 11-day gala festival Bargarh Dhanua Jatra to begin today:
  • The World famous gala festival Bargarh Dhanua Jatra has begun in Odisha.
  • All rituals were performed before Goddess Samaleswari, the presiding deity of the event.
  • It is the annual drama-based open air theatrical performance celebrated in and around Bargarh city and is considered to be the world’s largest open air theatrical festival.
7. Govt permits 12 PSU banks to raise Rs 3,000 crore from market:
  • The Finance Ministry granted approval to 12 proposals of PSBs to raise a sum of Rs 2,914.038 crore through preferential allotment and permission given to raise Rs 200 crore by United Bank of India through QIP mode.
  • The government had already infused a sum of Rs 25,000 crore in 19 PSBs during FY 2015-16.
8. 26 crore accounts open under Jan Dhan Yojana across country: 
  • Over 26 crore accounts have been opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana across the country now.
  • The Scheme was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August, 2014 with the objective of covering all households with at least one bank account. 
9. NRIs can exchange defunct notes up to June 30: RBI
  • Resident Indian citizens who were abroad from November 9 to December 30 during Demonetization can avail exchange facility up to March 31, 2017 
  • NRI citizens, who were abroad during this period, can exchange their defunct notes up to June 30, 2017.
10. BHIM becomes most popular Android app in India:
  • Govt's online payments app, BHIM is now the number one free app on Google Play Store. The app was launched on Friday by PM Modi to simplify digital payments
  • The app, with a rating of 4.2, has been downloaded more than 1 million times.
11. NHPC CMD honoured at 10th ENERTIA Awards 2016:
  • State-run National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) Chairman and Managing Director K M Singh has been conferred the 'Power & Energy Persona's Award for Individual Excellence' at the 10th ENERTIA Awards 2016.
  • India and South Asia's awards for excellence in sustainable energy and power. 
  • Singh received the award from Former Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Upendra Tripathy.
12. Indian origin man appointed as Major General in Kyrgyzstan:
  • Sheikh Rafik Mohammed, a Keralite, was appointed Major General by Kyrgyzstan Defence Minister Ali Mirza. 
  • This is the first time a Keralite has been included in top military leadership of a foreign country. 
  • Rafik worked as an adviser to the former President Kurmanbek Saliyevich Bakiyev (2005-2010).
13. Russia delivers Sukhoi jets to China:
  • Russia has finally delivered four Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets to China after a delay of two years. 
  • The Su-35 is an advanced version of the Su-30s operated by the Indian Air Force. The delivery was reportedly made on December 25.
14. Sivalingam Sathish Kumar of Railways clinches gold for sixth time:
  •  Rio Olympian Sathish Sivalingam from Railways won the gold, for the sixth consecutive year, in the men's 77 kg category in the 69th men's and 32nd women's Senior National Weightlifting Championship, at the Ponjesly College of Engineering.
  • Sivalingam Sathish lifted a total of 317 kg (141 (snatch) and 176 (clean & Jerk)) while Ajay Singh from Services won the gold in the clean & jerk category by lifting 177 kg and 137 kg in the snatch category and finished second with a total of 314 kg.
15. Rafael Nadal wins Mubadala Tennis Championships 2016 in Abu Dhabi:
  • Rafael Nadal defeated Belgian David Goffin 6-4, 7-6 to win the Mubadala World Tennis Championships.
  • Rafeal Nadal, 30, trailed at 1-3 in the first set but regained advantage over Goffin, who overcame world No.1 Andy Murray in the semi-finals.

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