Friday, 13 January 2017

13 January Current Affairs

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Current Affairs are very important section asked in every competitive exams. Here, we're presenting you the 13th January Current Affairs.


13 January Current Affairs

Sachin Tendulkar-inspired cricket game ‘Sachin Saga Warm Up’ launched
  • JetSynthesys, a digital and technology company, today announced the launch of a game on cricket, ‘Sachin Saga Warm Up’ under its gaming arm Playizzon.
  • The company is associated with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who trains the players to gain expertise in playing the game.
  • Sachin Saga Warm Up is a batting game, where players across the globe can compete in real time. This 2 minute powerplay allows users to get assistance from Sachin himself on shot selection based on where the ball pitches and what kind of delivery it is.
Indians set Guinness record for most layered bed of nails
  • Seven martial artists from Kerala, India established the Guinness World Record for the 'most layered bed of nails'. 
  • The record required the man at the bottom to lie on a bed of nails and a layer of nails was placed between each person that formed the human tower. 
  • Previously, the most layered bed of nails had four layers.
Sarita Devi, will mark her plunge as India’s first woman boxing professional
  • Former world and Asian champion, L Sarita Devi, will mark her plunge as India’s first woman boxing professional when she takes on seasoned Hungarian Zsofia Bedo in her first bout in Imphal, Manipur on January 29, organisers announced on Thursday.
  • After Vijender Singh put India on the map of professional boxing, the 31-year-old Sarita will follow suit but her initiation in the professional ranks is expected to be tough as Zsofia has 59 professional bouts to her credit, with 19 victories.
Rajesh Gopinathan appointed TCS CEO & MD, NGS named COO
  • The board of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) appointed Rajesh Gopinathan as the new chief executive officer and managing director in place of N Chandrasekaran who has been appointed as the chairman of Tata Sons, effective February 21, 2017.
  • TCS has also named N Ganapathy Subramaniam who is currently president, TCS Financial Solutions as the president and chief operating officer and appointed him as a director on the board of the company.
Tewari named Senior Fellow of Atlantic Council
  • Former Union minister Manish Tewari has been appointed as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council, a leading US think-tank on policy matters. 
  • At the council, Tewari will focus on developing programmes aimed at strengthening US-India ties, a statement released by his office said.
Europe's first underwater museum opens
  • Europe’s first underwater sculpture museum featuring over 300 life-sized figures has been inaugurated.
  • The Lanzarote attraction, Museo Atlantico, took almost three years to complete and has 12 sprawling underwater installations by artist Jason deCaires Taylor.
  • With the sculptures placed at 39 feet on the sea bed, divers can now tour the underwater museum off the coast of Bahia de Las Colorada.
India, Kenya sign MoU on cooperation in agriculture sector
  • India and Kenya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the agriculture sector and allied sector and Line of Credit for USD100 million for agricultural mechanisation.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta held delegation level talks and praised the strength of the re-invigorated partnership between the two countries, which serves to increase stability, prosperity, and security in the Indian Ocean region and in the Asia-Pacific.
Obama Awards Biden Presidential Medal Of Freedom
  • President Obama awarded outgoing Vice President Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • The two have enjoyed an unusually close working relationship over the past eight years, and Obama himself even joked at the outset of the ceremony that "this also gives the Internet one last chance to talk about our 'bromance.
Minimum monthly pension increased by 9,000 for central govt employees
  • The Government of India has increased the minimum monthly pension to 9,000 per person, besides a two-fold hike in exgratia amount for central government employees.
  • Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh stated that the exgratia amount for the employees has been increased from 10 -15 lakh to 25-35 lakh rupees.
  • There are about 50-55 lakh pensioners in the country and almost 88% of their accounts have been seeded to Aadhaar.
NITI Aayog Estimates the GDP Growth of 8 Percent for 2016-17
  • NITI Aayog has projected the India GDP growth rate of 8 Percent for 2016-17 based on the appraisal document for the Twelfth Five-Year Plan.
  • The estimate does not take into account the impact of demonetization.
Global unemployment to rise by 3.4 million in 2017: ILO
  • Global unemployment is expected to rise by 3.4 million in 2017 despite a likely modest pick-up in economic growth at 3.4% this year and 3.6% in 2018, against a six-year low of 3.1% in 2016, a new report by the International Labour Organisation.
World’s first gender literature fest to be held in Patna
  • The world’s first ‘Gender Literature Festival’ is scheduled to be held in Patna, Bihar in the second week of April 2017 The main aim of the fest to create a platform, to exchange ideas, and to share and learn experiences of renowned people in the field of gender literature. 
  • This festival will be organized by Gender Resource Centre of Bihar’s Women Development Corporation. The festival will also act as a platform to increase visibility for gender equity and advocacy in the State of Bihar.
Mahindra Asset Management launches Mahindra Mutual Fund Dhan Sanchay Yojna scheme
  • Mahindra Asset Management Company Pvt. Ltd (MAMCPL) launched an open-ended scheme Mahindra Mutual Fund Dhan Sanchay Yojna scheme to generate long-term returns through investment in equity and debt.
  • The scheme will close on January 24, 2017 and will open again for continuous sale and repurchase from February 8, 2017. 
  • The scheme is for investors who seek to take a calculated exposure in both equity and debt wit a long-term investment outlook.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe signs 1 trillion yen aid package to the Philippines
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has signed a 1-trillion yen, about 8.7 billion dollars, aid package over the next five years to the Philippines, meant to improve economic and political relations between the two island nations.
  • The package is focused on infrastructure and energy. 
  • Abe's two-day visit to the archipelago makes him the first foreign leader to visit since the election of the Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte in May 2016.
Manish Tewari appointed senior fellow of US think tank
  • Congress leader and former Union Minister Manish Tewari was appointed as the senior fellow of US-based think tank Atlantic Council .
  • Tewari will focus on programming aimed at strengthening US-India relations.
Ashish Shelar appointed as MCA president
  • BJP Mumbai unit chief Ashish Shelar has been appointed as Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) president. Sylar takes over from the former ICC president Sharad Pawar.
  •  He was elected as Vice President of MCA on 17 June 2015.
Consulate General of India in Dubai announces launch of 'Diplomats Cricket Championship 
Cup'
  • Consulate General of India in Dubai has announced launch of the 'Diplomats Cricket Championship Cup' in association with the Skyline University College, Sharjah, to promote sportsmanship, camaraderie, and harmonious relationship among the diplomatic missions of UAE

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