Friday, 6 January 2017

6th January Current Affairs

Current Affairs are very important section asked in every competitive exams. Here, we're presenting you the 6th January Current Affairs.

Om Puri passes away after a massive heart attack
  • Veteran actor Om Puri has passed away after a massive heart attack.The actor was 66.
  • Om Puri was an Indian actor who has appeared in mainstream commercial Pakistani, Indian, British, and Hollywood, Independent films and art films. 
  • His credits also include appearances in American films. 
  • He has been awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India.
India & Kazakhstan sign 5 protocol to amend Double Taxation Avoidance Convention
  • India and Kazakhstan have signed the five national capital a Protocol to amend the existing Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC) between the two countries which was earlier signed on 9th December, 1996 for the avoidance of double taxation and for the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.
Three Days International Conference on Yoga for Diabetes Organised in New Delhi
  • The Minister of State for AYUSH Shri Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated the International Conference on “Yoga for Diabetes” which began in New Delhi on January 4, 2017.
  • The three days conference aims to generate discussions on the role of Yoga in the prevention and management of Diabetes and draw up a roadmap to be adopted for the control of Diabetes through Yoga.
Centre approves assistance of Rs 1782 crore for Karnataka
  • The Centre has approved an assistance of over 1782.44 crore rupees for Karnataka. The state will get this sum from the National Disaster Relief Fund as drought relief.
  • The financial assistance was approved by Home Minister Rajnath Singh at a meeting of the High Level Committee in New Delhi.
Govt imposes anti-dumping duty on Bangladesh, Nepal jute products
  • The Government has imposed an anti-dumping duty ranging from 6.30 US dollars to 351.72 US dollars per tonne on imports of jute and its products from Bangladesh and Nepal. 
  • This anti-dumping duty has been imposed in order to protect the domestic industry. The duty has been imposed for five years. 
  • It further added the import restrictive levy has been imposed on jute yarn, twine, Hessian fabric and jute sacking bags in all forms and specifications.
SIDBI ties up with LIC for capital support to enterprises
  • Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) on Thursday said it has tied up with Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) for augmenting capital support to enterprises in the country.
  • The idea behind tying up with the state-run insurance behemoth is to give a boost to the venture capital ecosystem for MSMEs.
Karnataka Bank launches group Personal Accident Insurance Scheme named KBL Suraksha
  • Karnataka Bank has launched a month-long campaign to promote a group personal accident insurance scheme for savings bank account-holders. ‘KBL Suraksha’, which was launched on January 2, will be in force till January 31.
  • Launched in association with Universal Sompo General Insurance, KBL Suraksha provides coverage against all types of accidental deaths.
  • All savings bank account-holders of the bank in the age group of 18-70 years can subscribe to this scheme by paying an annual premium of ₹100 for ₹10 lakh and ₹50 for ₹5 lakh coverage.
S Padmanabhan Appointed as Chairman of Tata Power
  • Tata Sons has nominated S Padmanabhan as the Chairman of Tata Power Co Ltd with immediate effect, in place of Cyrus Mistry.He is also the executive chairman of Tata Business Excellence Group. Recently he was appointed as the head of group for human resources for Tata Sons.
  • He is associated Tata group for 34 years, of which 26 were with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
Sir Tim Barrow has been appointed as the Britain’s ambassador to the EU
  • UK Senior diplomat Sir Tim Barrow was appointed the new ambassador to the European Union (EU). ii.He replaced Sir Ivan Rogers.He previously served in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as a representative to various bodies of the European Union, and as British Ambassador to Ukraine 2006–2008.
Capgemini Appoints Anil Jalali of IBM as HR head for India Operation
  • French Consulting Corporation, Capgemini has appointed Anil Jalali as Chief Human Resources Officer for its India operation .
  • Jalali takes over from BL Narayan who is joining Capgemini’s Business Services Strategic Business unit as head of solutions and sales support.
IBM India Appoints Karan Bajwa as Managing Director
  • IBM has appointed Karan Bajwa as Managing Director of IBM India Pvt Ltd, succeeding Vanitha Narayanan who has been appointed as chairman of the Indian subsidiary.
  • Bajwa joined IBM in 2016 as Executive for Strategy and Transformation in the Asia Pacific region. He was earlier Managing Director, Microsoft India where, besides leading the India business for the company, he also the led the cloud transition and the ecosystem engagement.
Book on Dr. Kalam titled 'The People’s President: Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam' released
  • Vice President Hamid Ansari on 4 January 2017 released a book titled The People's President: Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
  • The book was released at a function in New Delhi which was attended by Union Finance.
Dilip Vengsarkar steps down from MCA vice-president post
  • Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar has submitted his resignation as vice-president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
  • The move comes on the line of the Supreme Court order. On December 17, Sharad Pawar resigned as president of the MCA.
Sitar Player Abdul Halim Jaffer dies at 88
  • Renowned Sitar maestro Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan died due to cardiac arrest. He was 88.Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan was an Indian sitar player and received the national awards Padma Shri (1970) and Padma Bhushan (2006) and was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 1987.
Japan to help develop Chennai, Varanasi as smart cities
  • Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu said Japan has decided to be associated with the development of Chennai, Ahmedabad and Varanasi as smart cities in the country. 
  • This comes as a part of government's scheme to develop 100 cities as smart cities. The last list of 27 cities to be developed as smart cities was released in September.
Donald Trump appoints Indo-American to key White House post
  • US President-elect Donald Trump has appointed an Indian-American, Raj Shah, as the Deputy Assistant to the President, Deputy Communication Director, and Research Director. 
  • Shah, whose origins are in Gujarat, was reportedly born and raised in the US. 
  • During the election campaign, Shah had led a team to carry out research against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Presidential candidate. 
Guwahati's first Braille library opens
  • The first Braille library in Guwahati opened at the Blind High School on Wednesday, on the occasion of World Braille Day. 
  • The library houses an estimated 200 books, including those on self-help and general knowledge. 
  • The Amway Opportunity Foundation, which opened the library, plans to open 31 such libraries in India over the next few months.
IIM Calcutta to host business summit Intaglio
  • IIM Calcutta will be conducting its international business summit Intaglio 2017 from January 6 to 8, 2017. 
  • The event has been themed 'India towards Epitome of Excellence' this year. 
  • Intaglio will see participants from over 500 Indian institutes competing in multiple business events pertaining to strategy, finance, marketing among others and witnessing speakers like Meera Sanyal and Harish Iyer.
China launches its longest bullet train
  • China on Thursday launched its longest bullet train 'Shangri-la of the World' from Kunming, in Yunnan Province, to Beijing. 
  • This has expanded China's high-speed train network to about 20,000 kilometres. It takes nearly 13 hours for the train to cover a distance of 2,760 kilometres. 
  • A ticket for a second-class seat on the train costs 1,147 yuan.
Sitharaman launches IPR Enforcement Toolkit for police
  • Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched an IPR Enforcement Toolkit for Police that would help in dealing with IP crimes, specifically Trade Marks counterfeiting and Copyrights piracy. 
  • The toolkit has been jointly prepared by Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). 
  • In addition to details of offences under various laws, it provides for checklists for registering a complaint and conducting search and seizures. 
  • It also lays down general guidelines for search and seizure in case of IP crimes.


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