Tuesday, 10 January 2017

10th January Current Affairs

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Current Affairs are very important section asked in every competitive exams. Here, we're presenting you the 10th January Current Affairs.

World's Largest LED Street Light Replacement Project Launched
  • Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal launched the "world's largest" LED street light replacement project completed by SDMC in south Delhi wherein two lakh conventional street lights have been replaced with energy efficient LEDs. 
  • The initiative under the Street Lighting National Programme being implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited of Ministry of Power, will save 6.10 crore units of electricity per year thus reducing the electricity bill by 54 per cent.
IIT-Kharagpur alumnus garners prestigious 'Technical Oscar'
  • An IIT Kharagpur alumnus has won the prestigious Technical Achievement Award (the Scientific & Technical Awards prize), popularly called the `Technical Oscar', awarded by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.
  • Parag Havaldar, who graduated from IIT-Kharagpur in 1991 with a degree in computer science and engineering, has been awarded for "the development of expression-based facial performance-capture technology at Sony Pictures Imageworks". 
  • Havaldar's popular works include `Watchmen', 'Green Lantern', 'The Amazing Spider-Man', 'Beowulf ' and 'Hancock'.
  • He will be awarded a certificate from the Academy at Beverly Hills on Feb 11.
Air India ranked third-worst performing airline in the world
  • Every year, the aviation insights company Flight Stats puts together a list of the international airlines with the best on-time performance records. 
  • Air India ranked third-worst performing airline in the world.
  • Icelandair – 41.05% El Al – 56% are on first and second position respectively.
Humanoid robot Ira to be deployed at HDFC Bank branch
  • Private lender HDFC Bank launched what it claimed to be the first ‘humanoid’ in the domestic banking space, and also said it is looking to partner with start-ups having technological solutions for rural operations. 
  • The bank showcased human-sized robot Ira, developed in association with Kochi-based Asimov Robotics, 
  • The robot will perform a limited role and act largely as a receptionist, though the humanoid can also move around in the branch. Chugh claimed this is the first ‘humanoid’ in the domestic banking space.  
Assam govt comes up with e-Wallet
  • The Assam government will be shortly launching its indigenously-developed e-Wallet, Tokapoisa.in, to enable the people of the state for hassle-free online transactions in local language. 
  • The mobile application Tokapoisa.in has been developed by the Assam Electronics Development Corp. Ltd. Besides being an e-Wallet, it will be a virtual payment terminal.
Big B awarded by US embassy for spreading awareness on TB
  • Actor Amitabh Bachchan was given an award on Sunday by the US Embassy for his contribution to the US-India partnership on tuberculosis. 
  • Bachchan, who suffered from tuberculosis in 2000, is a brand ambassador for the initiative. 
  • "I hope to continue to do my bit in this partnership to end tuberculosis in India," said Amitabh.
Flipkart replaces Binny Bansal with Kalyan Krishnamurthy as CEO
  • Flipkart has elevated former Tiger Global Management executive Kalyan Krishnamurthy as its new chief executive, replacing co-founder Binny Bansal, who has been named as the group chief executive of India’s largest online marketplace. 
  • Co-founder Sachin Bansal continues to be executive chairman. 
  • Under the new structure and in his new role as Flipkart CEO, Krishnamurthy will be responsible for the Flipkart profit and loss account, the company said. He will report to Binny Bansal.
Cristiano Ronaldo is crowned Fifa’s Best Player in the World
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Fifa’s Best Player in the World – before aiming a cheeky dig at his great rival Lionel Messi. 
  • The Real Madrid man beat off Barcelona’s Messi, who wasn’t at the event, and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to collect the award.
Claudio Ranieri wins Best FIFA Men's Coach of the Year
  • Leicester City's Claudio Ranieri won the Best FIFA Men's Coach of the Year award after beating Portugal's Fernando Santos and Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane on the shortlist. 
  • Ranieri beat strong competition from Zidane, who led his Real Madrid side to their 11th UEFA Champions League title in his first season as a manager and also won the 2016 UEFA Super Cup and 2016 FIFA Club World Cup. 
  • Silvia Neid won the Best Women's Coach award after Germany won the Olympics gold medal. 
  • It's the third time she has been honoured by FIFA after winning the World Women's Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2013.
USA's Carli Lloyd wins 2nd straight best female player award 
  • USA women's football team captain Carli Lloyd was named as FIFA's Best Female footballer of the year for the second straight time, during The Best FIFA Football Awards in Zurich. 
  • Lloyd, who plays for American football club Houston Dash, is a World Cup winner and a two-time Olympic gold medal winner.
Mumbai WiFi becomes India's largest public WiFi service
  • Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on Monday activated 500 WiFi hotspots at various locations across the city of Mumbai, and announced that Mumbai WiFi is the largest public WiFi service in the country. 
  • Claiming that it is one of the largest in the world too, Fadnavis said, "As committed, 1,200 WiFi hotspots will be activated by May 1, 2017."
Shri Rajnath Singh lays the Foundation Stone of New NDRF Campus in Andhra Pradesh
  • The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh laid the foundation stone of the new NDRF campus at Konda Pavuluru, Gannavaram (Mandal), Krishna, Andhra Pradesh, 
  • This campus will come up in 50 acres land provided by the Andhra Pradesh Government and the expenditure for construction will be borne by the Central government. The campus will be completed in two years.
  • 10th Battalion of NDRF is responsible for looking after the areas of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka for disaster response.
Vijayawada to host 1st Digi Dhan Mela in Andhra Pradesh
  • In Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada will be host to the first Digi Dhan Mela in the State this afternoon. Digi Dhan Melas are being organized across the country to promote cashless transactions. 
  • Union Minister for Urban Development and Information Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu along with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will launch the Mela at Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium, Vijayawada.
11th World Hindi Day:10 January
  • The Hindi language is not only spoken by Indians across the globe but it celebrated by people internationally. And, today (10th January 2017), we are observing World Hindi Day honor this Indo-Aryan language.
  • The number of Hindi literates across the globe is reportedly rising at a high pace. Keeping in mind this rapid growth it is likely to showcase its strongest ever global presence soon.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 8th Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit 2017 at Gandhinagar
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 8th Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit 2017 at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. 
  • This year's biennial flagship event of the state is hosting Prime Ministers, Presidents, Deputy Prime Ministers and ministers of several countries apart from CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
Amitabh Bachchan presented with US embassy award for fight against Tuberculosis
  • Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was given an award by the US Embassy in appreciation for his invaluable contributions to the US-India partnership on tuberculosis.
  • The award was presented by US Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma to the legendary actor who is also a tuberculosis survivor and brand ambassador for the initiative.
Maharashtra govt launches India's largest WiFi service
  • Maharashtra government has launched India’s largest public WiFi service called 'MumbaiWifi'.
  •  The facility, inaugurated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai and initially provide 500 Wifi hotspots across various locations like Vidhan Bhawan, Kalanagar in Bandra, Bombay High Court, and Mumbai Police Commissioner’s office.
Pakistan fires 'first submarine-launched nuclear-capable missile'
  • Pakistan has fired its first submarine-launched cruise missile, a show of force for a country that sees its missile development as a deterrent against arch-foe India.
  • The launch of the nuclear-capable Babur-3 missile has a range of 450 km (280 miles) and was fired from an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean, is likely to heighten long-running tension between India and Pakistan.
2017 Golden Globe Awards
  • The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony was organized at Beverly Hills, California, United States (US). The Golden Globe Awards are the annual awards that honor the best in Motion Pictures and American Television for the previous year. 
  • This year, La La Land, a romantic musical comedy-drama film won in all the seven categories including the top award of best musical or comedy. Veteran actress Meryl Streep was bestowed with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.
McDonald's sell China Operation for $2.08 Billion
  • US fast-food giant McDonald’ announced to sell its businesses in mainland China and Hong Kong for $2.08 billion to Citic, a state-owned conglomerate, and the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm.
  • Citic Limited, Citic Capital Holdings, Carlyle Group and McDonald's will form a company that will act as the franchisee responsible for the chain's business in mainland China and Hong Kong for 20 years.Citic and Citic Capital will have a stake of 52%, Carlyle will take 28%, and McDonald's will hold 20% of the new company.
Gionee signs Virat Kohli as brand ambassador
  • Mobile handset brand Gionee has roped in Indian test captain Virat Kohli as the brand ambassador. 
  • The poster boy for Indian cricket will be joining Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt . The announcement of Kohli's appointment was made alongside the announcement of Gionee clocking 1.2 crore customers in India.
Eight-year old Kashmiri boy Abbu Ammaz becomes national boxing champion
  • An eight-year old boy from Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri Abbu Ammaz has won gold medal in Thai Boxing Championship at the national level.
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri named as FIFA Coach of the Year 2016
  • Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has been named as the Coach of the Year at the FIFA Football Awards in Zurich.
  • The Italian was up against Fernando Santos, who led Portugal to Euro 2016 glory in the summer, and Zinedine Zidane, who guided Real Madrid to the Champions League title last season.
  • However, the FIFA men's coach of the year award went to Ranieri after he led Leicester to the Premier League title last year.

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