Current Affairs Daily Digest – January 30 2018

Latest Current Affairs January 30 2017

Latest Current Affairs

  1. Tanuja Nesari new director of All India Institute of Ayurveda

Prof Tanuja Manoj Nesari was appointed as director of the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA).

The AIIA is the new upcoming institute, which is conceived as an apex institute of Ayurveda.

  1. Asha Bhosle To Get Yash Chopra Memorial Award

Bollywood playback doyenne Asha Bhosle will be given the ‘Yash Chopra Memorial Award. She will be the fifth winner of the award. Previous recipients are Asha Bhosale’s elder sister and Bollywood playback singer Lata Mangeshkar, and actors Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, and Shah Rukh Khan.

Evergreen Asha Bhosle has been giving playback in Hindi films for nearly seven decades, earning her an entry into the Guinness World Records for recording over 11,000 songs in 20 different languages.

  1. Outstanding Parliamentarian Award

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and Trinamool Congress’ Dinesh Trivedi were among the five members of parliament (MPs) selected for Outstanding Parliamentarian Awards.

Those also selected for the award are Manipur’s governor and five time Rajya Sabha member Najma A Heptulla (2013), BJP’s Lok Sabha member Hukumdev Narayan Yadav (2014) and five-time Rajya Sabha member Bhartruhari Mahatab of the Lok Biju Janata Dal (BJD) (2017).

  • The Outstanding Parliamentarian Award was established in 1995. So far 18 eminent MPs have received the award.
  • Chrandra Shekhar of the Samajwadi Janata Party was the first member to receive this award given by the IPG that also acts as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) of India.
  1. Prakash Padukone given BAI’s 1st Lifetime Achievement award

The Badminton Association of India (BAI) conferred its inaugural Lifetime Achievement award to former world No 1, who are in town to take part in the $350,000 India Open.

Padukone is a former world No.1 who had much success in the sport, especially without the facilities and sponsorship that players receive, to win several major tournaments.

His two most famous achievements are winning the bronze medal at the 1983 World Championships, and clinching the 1980 All England Open

  1. PM Modi to launch Khelo India School Games

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the first Khelo India School Games at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.

The week-long inaugural edition will be an Under-17 event where athletes have been invited to participate across 16 disciplines: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Shooting, Swimming, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.

The Khelo India programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in the country at the grass-root level.

  1. Telangana to introduce separate budget for farm sector from next fiscal

The Telangana Government would introduce a separate budget for agriculture from the next financial year.

The TRS government will also be providing investment support for the key sector to ensure that cultivators don’t fall into debt trap.

The government has decided to provide Rs 8,000 per acre per annum to farmers (for two seasons) as investment support for agriculture.

  1. First Ever Khadi Haat Inaugurated In Delhi

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) have launched the first ever ‘Khadi Haat’ in the country.

The Khadi Haat was inaugurated on January 25 by Union Minister of State Giriraj Singh in Connaught Place in presence of New Delhi Lok Sabha MP Meenakshi Lekhi, KVIC Chairman V K Saxena, NDMC Chairman Naresh Kumar and noted fashion designer Ritu Beri among others.

  1. 30 January 2018: Martyrs’ Day

Every year on January 30, Martyrs’ Day is observed. The day honors all those who gave their lives for the nation.

Martyrs’ Day which is also known Sarvodaya Day or Shaheed Diwas also marks the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. 

M K Gandhi who is fondly Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse in 1948. Gandhiji who is also known as Bapu and Father of nation played an important role during the independence movement.

  1. MEIL commissions Asia’s largest drip irrigation project

Ramthal Marola project, the largest drip irrigation project in Asia, has been commissioned. The project, which has been executed by Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Ltd, is in Bhagalkot district of Karnataka.

The project was inaugurated by M B Patil, Minister for Water Resources in Karnataka. Netafim, an Israeli corporation, has provided technical assistance for this project.

MEIL will be in charge of operation and maintenance of this project for the next five years. About 2,150 km length of pipeline was laid for this project. 

  1. International Bird festival to be held in Dudhwa national park

A three-day international bird festival will be held at the Dudhwa National Park. The purpose behind the international bird festival is to promote eco-tourism in Dudhwa and to give it a distinct international identity besides highlighting its traditional Tharu arts, culture and heritage.

A Florican village comprising 100 cottages would be set up at the Tiger Haven to accommodate 200 reputed bird experts, participating in the bird festival.

  1. VINBAX: India and Vietnam hold first military exercise in Jabalpur

For the first time, armies of India and Vietnam have began a six day-long military exercise in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, reflecting growing defence ties between the two countries.

It is the first military exercise between the two countries, a senior army official said here. The exercise, christened ‘VINBAX’ will continue for six days.

  1. Alibaba launches AI-based traffic solution in Malaysia

Jack Ma-led Alibaba Group’s cloud computing division has launched Malaysia City Brain, an artificial intelligence-based smart city solution, to manage traffic at Kuala Lumpur.

The initiative by Alibaba Cloud will be implemented in collaboration with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, the city council of the Malaysian capital.

  1. US lifts ban on refugees from 11 countries

The United States announced it was lifting its ban on refugees from 11 “high-risk” countries, but said those seeking to enter the US would come under much tougher scrutiny than in the past.

Applicants from 11 countries, unnamed but understood to include 10 Muslim-majority nations plus North Korea, will face tougher “risk-based” assessments to be accepted.

The 11 countries, hit with a ban in October in the Trump administration’s revised refugee policy, have not been identified officially. But refugee groups say they comprise Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

  1. David Beckham launches his football club in USA

Football legend David Beckham now has a team of his own after he recently announced the official launch of Major League Soccer (MLS) team in Miami, Florida.

The team is expected to start playing in 2020 before the commencement of the 2021 football season.