16 January Current Affairs: Today’s Current Affairs for Competitive Exams – Bank, SSC, Vyapam, PSC

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Israel PM visits TajMahal

  • Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife were welcomed by UP CM Yogi Adityanath on their visit to TajMahal.
  • He appreciated the beauty of TajMahal and called it “Temple of love”.
  • “Deeply appreciate the magnificence and the beauty of this unforgettable monument of love”, he wrote in Visitor’s book.

Government ends Haj Subsidy for Muslims

  • Haj pilgrimage will no longer get subsidized or cheaper air tickets for Haj government said today.
  • “Haj subsidy funds will be used for educational empowerment of girls and women of minority community”, said Abbas Naqvi, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar. 

Imp Note: Haj subsidy was provided to Muslims citizen in form of discounted Air tickets on Govt. owned Airlines.

Inadequate medical seats available for student says President

  • During 45th Annual Convocation at AIIMS in New Delhi president Shri Ram Nath Kovind said India needs more medical seats for medical students.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind was the chief guest at the 45th Annual Convocation at All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS).

Armed forces to get assault rifles and carbines 

  • The government agreed for procurement of 72,000 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines worth Rs. 3547 crore.
  • The DAC or Defence Acquisition Council approved the procurement on Tuesday to meet the requirement arms on borders.

Imp Note: DAC is headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates project commencement of Barmer refinery

  • On Tuesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated project commencement of Barmer refinery.
  • The project is a joint venture of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and Rajasthan Government and is worth Rs. 43,000 crore.

Currents Affairs Business and Economy

Reliance Industries Ltd. to invest ₹5,000 crore in West Bengal

  • Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) will invest ₹5,000 crore in West Bengal, its chairman Mukesh Ambani said on Tuesday at Bengal Global Business Summit in Kolkata.
  • The investment would be made to promote the electronics industry by manufacturing mobile phones and set top boxes.

TCS signs $690 million deal with M&G Prudential

  • Tata Consultancy Services signed $690 million deal with M&G Prudential for over 10 years.
  • TCS will digitize M&G Prudential’s business and deliver enhanced services for its UK savings and retirement customers.

Patanjali launches its e-commerce

  • Patanjali steps into e-commerce and aims above Rs.1,000 crore sale in 2018.
  • Patanjali products will be now available online on Amazon, Flipkart, Grofers, Bigbasket, 1mg, Shopclues, PayTm Mall and Netmeds. 

Bajaj Finance will acquire 12.60% in Digital wallet Mobikwik

  • Bajaj Finance will acquire 12.6% rather than previously said 10.83% in Mobikwik.

Currents Affairs Sports

India thrashed Papua New Guinea in Under 19 World Cup

  • India continues his victory journey by beating PNG.
  • PNG lost all their wickets at score of 64 runs batting first.
  • India achieved the target in 8 overs with all wickets in hand.
  • The top performer of match was Anukul Roy, 5 wickets for 14 runs (India).

Australian Open

  • Former world No.1 Maria Sharapova wins first round at Australian Open Tennis Tournament.
  • Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer also won their first rounds.

Currents Affairs World

Afghanistan residents awarded Medal of Bravery to US President

  • Residents of Afghanistan awarded ‘Medal of Bravery’ to US President Donald Trump for his policies against Pakistan.
  • The gold medal was made with funds worth 645$ collected by Afghans.

Bangladesh to set up transit camps to send Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar

  • Bangladesh will complete process of returning Rohingyas to Myanmar within 2 years.
  • Rohingya Muslims fled from their home in Myanmar after Burmese soldiers attacked and burned their villages last year.

Imp Note: Capital of Myanmar: Naypyidaw

                Capital of Bangladesh: Dhaka

Currents Affairs Miscellaneous(Science, Technology etc.)

ISRO released first day image captured by Cartosat-2

  • ISRO released image taken by Cartosat-2 which was taken by satellite on 15/01/18.
  • The image is of a part of Indore(M.P.).

Enterprise Messaging App DingTalk launched in India

  • DindTalk ,an app which is used for communication in enterprises and organizations launched in India.
  • This app is by Alibaba which is used in enterprise to provide message, voice and video communication.

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