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29th JANUARY 2018 – CURRENT AFFAIRS

Mazumdar-Shaw, Rajiv Lall joins USIBC:

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairman and managing director of Biocon Ltd, IDFC Bank founder Rajiv Lall have been appointed to the board of US India Business Council for 2018. The board is comprised of industry leaders from the US and India. The US India Business Council will work to advance the US-India strategic and economic relationship by advocating for policy changes.

 


Hungarian-French pair Babos and Mladenovic won Australian Open women’s doubles

In Tennis, Hungarian-French pairing and fifth seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic won the Australian Open women’s doubles title in Melbourne. They were crowned Grand Slam champions for the first time. The duo battled past second-seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-3 in the finals. Overall, they own three other doubles titles as a team, all in 2015 – at Dubai, Marrakech and rome. India’s Rohan Bopanna inched closer towards his second Grand Slam title by reaching the mixed doubles final of the Australian Open along with Hungarian partner Timea Babos.


Himachal CM launches ‘Shakti’ app for women’s safety

The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur has launched the ‘Shakti’ app for women’s safety in the state. The app, which comes with a panic button, was developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) of the Himachal Pradesh government. It would be available in both Hindi and English languages and would not require internet connectivity.


Indian-origin boy Mehul Garg sets new Mensa record

Indian-origin boy Mehul Garg (10) in United Kingdom became youngest applicant in decade to achieve highest score in Mensa IQ test, beating geniuses like Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. He scored maximum score of 162 to become a member of Mensa. His score is two points higher than Einstein and Hawking. Mehul Garg is from Reading Boys Grammar School in Reading Boys Grammar School in Reading, southern England. He can solve Rubik’s Cube in 100 seconds. He has been shortlisted for ‘Child Genius 2018’ show on Channel 4.


NASA’s Challenger 10 blew up 73 secs after launch killing 7
NASA’s The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Challenger space shuttle, which had completed 9 successful Earth-orbiting missions, exploded just 73 seconds after lift-off in its 10th spaceflight. The tragedy marked NASA’s first-ever accident involving humans off-Earth, killing a 7-member crew. The mishap was blamed on faulty rubber O-rings which caused liquid oxygen and hydrogen fuel to mix, triggering an explosion.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeals to political parties to extend full cooperation to make the session productive
Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to political parties to extend their full cooperation to make the session productive. His appeal came during the all-party meeting convened by the government last evening ahead of the session.  Briefing reporters after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar quoted Mr Modi as saying that the budget session is important and the government pays much attention to the suggestions emerging from the all-party meet. The government will persuade all parties to pass the bill in the Rajya Sabha unanimously. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and Sudip Bandyopadhyay of the Trinamool Congress were among those who attended the meeting. Later, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also held an all-party meet to ensure a smooth transaction of business in the House. All parties have assured to extend cooperation for the smooth functioning of the session.

Union Minister Smriti Irani attends leadership conclave organised by Art of Living in New Delhi
Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani attended a leadership conclave organized by the Art of Living in New Delhi. She shared her experience on a wide array of subjects with students and professionals.  Speaking on the occasion the challenges come in everyone’s lives but it depends on them how they turn challenges into opportunities.

Bharat Net opens door for telemedicine and e-education facilities in Gram Panchayats
Under the purview of the telecommunication industry, the Gram Panchayats in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan are been provided access to telemedicine and re-education facilities riding on Bharat Net infrastructure. With the aim of dreaming of a nation to use internet services, the government has taken immense efforts and pressure to provide people with easy access and availability of resources. The rural area development has grown and the nation is moving towards progress at a faster pace. The access to the internet has made the people more prone to the internet and use telecommunication at a higher level. Educating the masses and likewise providing them According to the survey it is found that Hamira is one among the one lakh Gram panchayat covered under the BharatNet phase 1. In total Rajasthan comprises of over 8117 Gram panchayats under the BharatNet service. The Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundarajan visited the areas and people of Jaisalmer to understand their need and comfort of using the internet connectivity, as the government is focussing on utilizing the net infrastructure to these remote areas to provide high-speed broadband internet and internet-based services.

India To Host Informal WTO Ministerial Gathering In New Delhi
Trade ministers from various countries including Australia, Japan, and Switzerland met for an informal WTO ministerial gathering in Davos, Switzerland. India was represented by Deepak Jagdish Saksena, ambassador and permanent representative to the WTO. India announced that it will host an informal WTO Ministerial gathering in March 2018. The meeting would be held in New Delhi on March 19-20.

Jai Bhavani, Jai Shivaji Maharashtra tableaux wins million hearts by winning 1st prize
The 69th Republic Day of cultural linkage of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India. The majestic Rajpath displayed India’s historical, educational, religious and cultural heritage with the ASEAN nations by two tableaux out of the 23 tableaux that were rolled down. The Demonstrating the various tableaux on the Republic Day, the one which won many hearts and which displayed the culture and history of Maharashtra was the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Coronation Ceremony. The tableaux also won the 1st prize at the Republic Day celebration in New Delhi. CM Devendra Fadnavis tweeted the victory of winning the prize.

Australian Open 2018- Complete List Of Winners
The Australian Open is a tennis tournament held annually in Melbourne Park, Australia. First held in 1905, the tournament is chronologically the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events of the year – the other three being the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.   The 2018 Australian Open is the 106th edition of the tournament. The tournament is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Roger Federer was the defending champion and successfully defended his title, defeating Marin Cilic in the final. In women’s’ single, Caroline Wozniacki became the first Danish player to win a Grand Slam singles title, defeating Simona Halep in the final. 1.    Men’s Singles  –  Roger Federer (Switzerland)   2.    Women’s Singles  –  Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)  3.    Men’s Doubles  –  Oliver Marach (Austria) Mate Pavic(Croatia)  4.    Women’s Doubles  –  Kristina Mladenovic (France) – Tímea Babos (Hungary)  5.    Mixed Doubles – Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada) – Mate Pavic (Croatia).

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