Latest Current Affairs January 22
- FICCI appoints Dilip Chenoy as Director General
Industry Chamber FICCI has appointed Dilip Chenoy as its Director General. “Chenoy had been the Managing Director and CEO of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Director General (DG) of SIAM and Deputy DG of CII.
- India ranked 62nd on WEF’s Inclusive Development Index
India was ranked at the 62nd place among emerging economies on an Inclusive Development Index, much below China’s 26th position and Pakistan’s 47th.
Norway remains the world’s most inclusive advanced economy, while Lithuania again tops the list of emerging economies, the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The index takes into account the “living standards, environmental sustainability and protection of future generations from further indebtedness”.
The 2018 index, which measures progress of 103 economies on three individual pillars – growth and development; inclusion; and inter-generational equity – has been divided into two parts.
- FSTC sets up simulation services centre in Hyderabad
Aviation services trainer Flight Simulation Technique Centre (FSTC) has set up a simulation services centre in Hyderabad. This comes after its flagship centre in Gurugram.
The Hyderabad facility is planned to ease out operations for the airlines and aviation community based in South India. It will be equipped with modern facilities and brand new simulators.
FSTC is the country’s first registered standalone approved training organisation by DGCA, and has recently secured the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved ATO qualification.
- MP govt to launch social equality movement
The “social equality” movement will be launched by Madhya Pradesh government through a “cultural integration” trust to be formed in the name of Adi Shankaracharya.
The state government would hold a string of programmes in the coming days for ensuring “social harmony” by establishing “Adi Shankaracharya Cultural Integration Trust”.
- Gujarat starts cow tourism project to promote the animal
Authorities have initiated a ‘cow tourism’ project to promote and popularise bovine rearing in the state. It has been introduced by the Gujarat State Gauseva Ayog.
Cow tourism is a step towards making people understand the economic benefits of keeping cows. Protection of cows has become a priority in Gujarat after the state government last year introduced a tough law against cow slaughter with a provision for life sentence.
- India’s 1st Garbage Festival organised in Chhattisgarh
The Raipur Municipal Corporation in Chhattisgarh has organised the city’s first garbage festival. the aim is to increase awareness, aim to increase awareness, use the waste generated in the city creatively and to showcase multiple techniques for reusing things that are labelled as garbage.
The three-day festival will be filled with workshops, talks, performances and also some interesting installations.
- World Bank, India ink $120 mn pact for improved water supply in Uttarakhand
Multilateral lending agency World Bank and India have inked $ 120 million loan agreement which will help increase access to improved water supply services in peri-urban areas in Uttarakhand.
ttarakhand has made significant strides in piloting and implementing innovative approaches in water supply and sanitation services, the peri-urban areas have not been a focus. It will help the state increase water supply coverage as well as ensure sustainable service delivery.
- Facebook launches ‘Marketplace’ to buy, sell goods in India
Facebook Marketplace has come to India as a pilot rollout limited to Mumbai from November 16 onwards. People in Mumbai will soon start seeing a Marketplace tab where they will be able to see buy/sell listings within a predefined radius. India is the 36th country to get the feature, which comes a year after it was first launched in US.
Marketplace is expected to make it easier for people to discover, buy, and sell products within their community or locality.
- Malta’s capital Valletta named European Capital of Culture
Valletta, the Maltese capital, has been officially inaugurated as the European City of Culture, 2018.
The slogan for the opening was “The festa is here”, and the streets were filled with music, bands and impressive performances.
Valletta is sharing European Capital of Culture status with Leeuwarden, a city in the Netherlands. or this occasion many historical monuments have been renovated and the year is packed with a dense cultural programme, the best occasion to discover or rediscover the Maltese capital.
- Siddharth Singh win Swedish Open Junior title
Young Indian shuttler Siddharth Pratap Singh secured his maiden international title, bagging the Swedish Open Junior International Series with a straight-game victory over Denmark’s Mads Christophersen in the finals.
Siddharth defeated Christophersen 21-15 21-11 in a 33-minute match to claim the men’s singles title. Siddharth, who has never played outside Asia, will next play in the Iceland International at Reykjavik to be held from January 25 to 28.
- Former England captain Armfield dies, aged 82
Former England captain and Blackpool legend Jimmy Armfield has died at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer.
Armfield captained Blackpool for more than 10 of his 17 years at the club and was capped 43 times for England, with 15 of those occasions as skipper.