Current Affairs Daily Digest – January 12 2018

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  1. Wonder Woman wins Best Action Movie Critics’ Choice Award

‘Wonder Woman’ has won the award for Best Action Movie at the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards. Directed by Patty Jenkins, ‘Wonder Woman’ was one of 2017’s biggest success stories that received rave reviews from audiences and critics and became the highest-grossing live-action movie directed by a woman.

  1. IBM names James Kavanaugh as Chief Financial Officer

International Business Machines Corp was appointed James Kavanaugh as chief financial officer. 

IBM is one of the world’s original PC producers but now a broad-based producer, integrator and software maker.

  1. Int’l Film Festival on Art and Artist begins in Odisha

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated the 12th International Film Festival on Art and Artist called upon filmmakers to come forward to work on documentaries and biopics on the literary souls.

The three-day festival, organised by the city-based Jatin Das Centre of Art (JDCA), will continue till January 14.

  1. Haryana govt mulling insurance scheme in health sector

Haryana government is contemplating implementation of an insurance scheme in the health sector for the people of the state.

The scheme would not only benefit the common man but also ease the growing pressure on doctors in governmenthealth facilities.

At the ‘Meet the CM’ programme organised on the occasion of National Youth Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

  1. Mumbai to get a new International Cruise Terminal

Union minister for transport and shipping Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis have laid the foundation stone for an international cruise terminal at Ballard Pier, Mumbai.

The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) will handle the modernization and expansion of the terminal. At an estimated cost of Rs197 crore, the revamp is aimed to transform Mumbai into an international cruise destination. The new terminal will have all facilities that passengers get at the airports.

  1. 12 January 2018: National Youth Day

Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary is being celebrated as National Youth Day. Swami Vivekananda’s thought-provoking lectures, quotes and writings, have been a subject of study and a great source of motivation for the youth. 12 January 2018 is his 155th birth anniversary.

Swami Vivekananda, born as Narendranath Datta on January 12, 1863, he was interested in spirituality and started meditating from a young age.

He played an important role in introducing Indian philosophies of yoga and vedanta to the western world and after his 1893 speech at the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, he was called the “Messenger of Indian wisdom to the western world”.

  1. NCLT approves Idea-Vodafone merger

The National Company Law Tribunal has approved the proposed merger between Idea Cellular and Vodafone — a move that brings both the companies closer to culminating the deal.

Vodafone is expected to hold around 47.5 per cent stake in the merged entity and rest will be owned by Idea and promoter Aditya Birla Group.

  1. ISRO successfully launches its 100th satellite

Indian space agency Isro launched its 100th satellite along with 30 others in a single mission from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.

Thirty-one spacecrafts, including weather observation Cartosat-2 series satellite, were launched by PSLV-C40. Out of the 31, 28 satellites are foreign, while three are from India.

  1. India grants 288 crore to develop Sri Lankan port

India has extended a fresh financial assistance of $45.27 million for upgrading Kankesanthurai (KKS) Harbour in northern Sri Lanka into a commercial port and strengthening the country’s efforts to become a regional maritime hub.

Sri Lanka’s ministry of finance and Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) signed an agreement in this regard on January 10.

  1. Saudi Arabia opens its 1st women-only car showroom

A Saudi private company has opened the first car showroom for women only just five months before a decision allowing females to drive takes effect.

In a historic decision late last year, King Salman gave Saudi women the right to drive, abolishing an almost three-decade ban based on religious reasons.

  1. India’s Asiad medalist wrestler dies

Renowned wrestler, coach and 2003 Dronacharya awardee Sukhchain Singh Cheema died. Sukhchain Singh Cheema who won a bronze medal in 1974 Tehran Asian Games in both the freestyle and Greco-Roman was the son of Rustum-e-Hind and Olympian wrestler Kesar Singh Cheema.