Today’s Current Affairs : 12 January 2018

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Current Affairs National

Launch of Satellite Cartosat-2

  • ISRO’s PSLV-C40 successfully launched cartosat-2 series satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellite.
  • It is launched today at 09:29 am from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre from Sri-Harikota.
  • PSLV or Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle carried total 31 satellites (3 from India and 28 International customer satellites).
  • The overall weight of all the 31 satellites carried by launch vehicle is about 1323 kg.
  • The primary satellite carried by PSLV-C40 is Cartosat-2 Series Satellite which is a remote sensing satellite and will augment data services to the users.
  • Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO scientists on successful launch of Cartosat-2.

 

 

National Youth Festival 2018

  • National Youth Festival 2018 will be held at Gautam Buddha University in Greater Noida from 12 to 16 January.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the NYF via video conferencing.
  • The inaugural Function of festival was presided by UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
  • Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister for culture(Independent Charge) was the guest of honour for the festival.
  • NYF is held every year on birth anniversary of youth icon Swami Vivekananda.

Disputes in Supreme Court judges 

  • Four senior judges of Supreme Court complained about Chief Justice of India Deepak Mishra.
  • In a recent Media Addressing senior judges complained about ‘selective assignment of cases’ by Chief Justice of India.

New Passports can’t be used as Address Proof

  • The External Affairs Ministry has announced that new issued Indian passports will no longer be used as address proofs.
  • The last page which carries the holder’s address will no longer be printed which makes it a invalid address proof.
  • However, no timeline has been announced by the authorities for the implementation of new rules.

Women BSF- Daredevil biker team to make debut on Republic Day

  • A newly raised women all biker team by Border Security Force to make debut on 26th Jan.
  • It would be the first time Indian Women bikers will be part of Republic Day parade.

Restrictions on use of Plastic Flag

  • Government urged citizens to not use plastic flag.
  • It also directed states and union territories to take necessary steps in this direction.

Black money seized in Delhi 

  • The Income Tax department had seized black money worth 61 crore against illegal private vaults in Delhi.

Current Affairs Economic and Business

Inflation and Industrial Growth before budget

  • The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) published the industrial growth of India to be 8.4%.
  • Whereas the rate of retail inflation increased to 5.21% in December from its previous value of 4.88%.

Rise in shares of Cryptocurrencies

  • In past 2 years the shares of cryptocurrencies have risen by 218,000%.
  • Cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency which uses cryptography for security.
  • Learn more about cryptocurrency : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptocurrency

Rise in Infosys net profit

  • Infosys, the IT giant had reported a 38.8% year-on-year increase in its net profit.
  • The revenue of the company has also increased by 3%.

Appointments

Chhattisgarh gets new chief secretary

  • Senior IAS officer Ajay Singh will be the New Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh.
  • He will be succeeding Vivek Dhand.

India’s “Chef de Mission” for Winter Olympics

  • IOA, Indian Olympic Association appointed Harjinder Singh as the Chef de Mission for Winter Olympic Games
  • 23rd Winter Olympic Games will held in South Korea in February.

Sports

Karun Nair hits 48 ball century

  • In the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Karnataka’s batsman Karun Nair scored 100 runs in just 48 ball.
  • His century helped Karnataka to win the match by 78 runs against Tamil Nadu.
  • Score of Karnataka -179/9
  • Score of Tamil Nadu-101 all out

Youngest Top-Test ranked bowler

  • South Africa’s 22 year old bowler Kagiso Rabada becomes the youngest top-ranked test bowler.

Top Seeds named for Australian Open 2018

  • World’s Top ranked tennis player Rafael Nadal and Australian Open 2017 winner Roger Federer have been named as the first and second seeds for Australian Open 18.
  • Australian Open 2018 will be commencing from 15th January.

Current Affairs Important Days

National Youth Day

  • Every year 12th Jan celebrated as National Youth Day to mark the birth anniversary of social reformer Swami Vivekananda.
  • In 1984 the Government of India declared this day as National Youth Day.
  • Swami Vivekananda was a social reformer, thinker and a patriotic saint who made youth aware about nationalism pre-independence.
  • Source: http:/

Other Important Current Affairs (Science, International, visits, etc.)

Gallup Survey

  • In a recent Gallup International Survey Indian PM Modi ranked Third.
  • He is ahead of both US President Trump and Russian President Putin.
  • The list is topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

India’s help to Sri Lanka

  • India granted financial help of Rs. 288 crore to Sri Lanka for developing its Kankesanthurai Harbor into a commercial port.
  • This will help the our neighboring country to become a regional maritime hub said Indian High Commission.

Visit of Israel’s Prime Minister to India

  • On the invitation of PM Modi Prime Minister of Israel, Mr.Benjamin Netanyahu will visit India from 14 to 19 January.
  • Both sides are expected to conclude MoUs in areas of film production and energy.

International Dharma-Dhamma Conference

  • On Thursday the fourth international conference on “State and social Order in Dhamma-Dharma Tradition” was inaugurated by Indian President at Rajgir in Nalanda district of Bihar.
  • It will be held from 11 to 13 January.

 

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