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Current affairs on 20 January 2017

Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir passed a resolution on return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits
  1. The Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir on 19 January 2017 passed a resolution on return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits and other migrants back to Kashmir valley. 
  2. The issue of return of Kashmiri Pandits was raised in the assembly by the leader of opposition Omar Abdullah.
  3. 27-years-ago, unfortunate circumstances in the state forced Kashmiri Pandit community, along with Sikh community and few Muslims to the migrant. This termed as an ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits from the state Jammu and Kashmir. Night of 19 January 1990 was one of the worst nightmares for Kashmiri Pandits of the valley.
Legal protection to Hilsa (Ilish) Fish
  1. The West Bengal Fisheries Department in January 2017 proposed to give legal protection to Hilsa Fish to stabilize its declining population. thus, Hilsa or the Indian Shad will become the first fish variety in India to get legal protection.
  2. The fish found in rivers and estuaries in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Burma and the Persian Gulf area is on the brink of extinction in India because of migration barriers, population and over-fishing.
President Pranab Mukherjee  inaugurated the 28th Dantan Gramin Mela-2017
  1. President Pranab Mukherjee today inaugurated the 28th Dantan Gramin Mela-2017 at Dantan in Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal.
  2. In this mela, products from rural handicrafts were put on display in the Mela. 
Manipur’s Karang is India’s first cashless island
  1. Karang, a small lake island in Manipur, has become the country’s first cashless island
  2. Karang island is located in the middle of Loktak, the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India.


Kolkata’s Sitalpati Gets place in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage
  1. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has registered Sitalpati or cool mat from the Cooch Behar district, West Bengal as an  Sitlapati intangible cultural heritage.
Nadda Releases Food Composition Tables
  1. Union Health Minister J P Nadda released a book- Indian Food Composition Tables,2017 and thus now India joins elite league of nations having its own complete food composition database.
  2. Table will provide information regarding nutritional values in food products and therefore, nutrient data bank will cater to the needs of researchers and policy makers for alleviating the nutritional deficiency.
New Moth Species Named after Trump
  1. A new endangered species of moth has been named in honour of Donald Trump by scientists because the insect shares his hairstyle.
  2. The moth will called as Neopalpa donaldtrumpi which live in a densely population part of southern California.
Smriti Zubin Irani Inaugurates IIGF 2017
  1. Textiles Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated the 58th India International Garment Fair in New Delh which is organized by Apparel Export Promotion Council.
  2. International Garment Fair will be held from Jan 18-20 and total of 312 participants from 14 states have participated besides 1081 buyers have confirmed from 94 countries.
  3. AEPC was incorporated in 1978 & is the official body of apparel exporters in India.
HRD Ministry Launches Web Portal ShaGun
  1. HRD Minister launched a dedicated web portal ShaGun for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan at New Delhi that has been coined from the words ‘Shala’ meaning Schools and ‘Gunvatta’ meaning Quality.
  2. ShaGun aims to capture & showcase innovations and progress in elementary education sector by continuous monitoring of the flagship scheme – Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
Prez Unveils Netaji’s Restored Audi Car
  1. President has unveiled the restored German car in which Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had made his great escape from his ancestral home in Kolkata in 17 January 1941 and the escape is known as Mahanishkraman.
  2. Netaji had used Audi Wanderer W24 to escape from his Elgin Road residence to Gomoh railway station in Jharkhand.
  3. Netaji escaped on the rear seat of this very car disguised as Mohammad Ziauddin, an insurance agent thus dodging an entourage of British intelligence and police officers keeping a close watch on him. From Gomoh he took the Kalka-Peshawar Mail to reach Kalka. He finally reached Germany to seek Adolf Hitler’s help in liberating India.

Current affairs on 19 January 2017

Petroleum awareness programme 'Saksham - 2017' launched 
  1. The Union Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas on 16 January 2017 launched a One month petroleum awareness programme 'Saksham - 2017' (Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav).
  2. The programme is launched with the aim to creating awareness amongst the masses towards judicious utilization and conservation of petroleum products along with efficient use of energy capable appliances and switching to cleaner fuels.
  3. The programme will be organized by PCRA (Petroleum Conservation Research Association) and other Oil & Gas PSUs under the aegis of Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
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Union Cabinet approved for full membership of the International Vaccine Institute
  1. Union Cabinet chaored by Prime Minister on 18 January 2017 gave its approval to the proposal for India’s taking full membership of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) Governing Council and since India is classified in Group-I, it has to pay an annual contribution of USD 50,000.
  2. The Internatioanl Vaccine Institute (IVI) is located in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea and was established with the vision to make vaccines available and accessible for vulnerable populations in developing countries.
  3. The IVI was established in 1997 on the initiatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The UNDP is a specialized agency of the United Nations. The agency is devoted to developing and introducing new and improved vaccines to protect the people, especially children, against deadly infectious diseases.
  4. In 2007, India joined the International Vaccine Institute with the approval of the Cabinet while in December 2012, the Board of Trustees (BOT) of IVI approved the formation of its new governance structure.
Kozhikode Corporation becomes 1st Elederly-friendly corporation in Kerala
  1. The  Kozhikode Corporationstate government has planned to setup Senior citizen’s club, Day care centres as a part of  Vayomitram project for the welfare of the elder people in the state and thus Kozhikode Corporation was declared as the first Elderly-Friendly Corporation in Kerala. 
  2. As part of the elderly friendly status, the Corporation has begun to collect basic details of all the senior citizens in the city through its 543 Anganwa.
India became Associate Member State of European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
  1. After the Union Government completed its internal approval procedures for the membership for India, on 16 January 2017 India was finaly became an Associate Member State of European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) 
  2. As an Associate member of CERN, India will have full access to all data generated at CERN. Moreover, it can now participate in all the experiments conducted at CERN by paying additional charges. Indian industry will also be entitled to bid for CERN contracts.
  3. From now onwards, India will be required to pay around Rs 40 crore every year as an Associate member and it is worth to mention that India's Tata Institute of Fundamental Research had already been working with CERN since the 1960s. The physicists of the institute were actively participating in experiments at CERN.
  4. Indian institutes built components for the LEP accelerator and the L3, WA93 and WA89 detectors and thus all these developments by Indian scientists leadfs the way for the Indian AEC (Atomic Energy Commission) to take part in the construction of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and to contribute to the CMS and ALICE experiments in 1996 and therefore, in recognition of these contributions, India was granted the Observer status to the CERN Council in 2002. 
  5. Indian scientists were also involved in ISOLDE, a high-tech particle detector and electronics research and n-TOF experiments of CERN.
German Passport World’s Strongest
  1. As per Arton Capital’s global ranking ‘Passport Index’, Germany has topped the list while Indian passport has been ranked 78 in a global ranking of the world’s most powerful passports.
  2. Pakistan & China are ranked 94 and 58 respectively while Afghanistan’s is the least powerful passport.
25 children including 13 girls selected for National Bravery Awards
  1. Twenty-five children have been selected for the national bravery awards 2016. These include 13 girls while four of the awards have been given posthumously. The children will receive their awards from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 23rd of this month and will participate in the parade. President Pranab Mukherjee will host reception in their honor.
  2. The coveted Bharat award has been conferred on 8-year-old Late Kumari Tarh Peju of Arunachal Pradesh, who sacrificed her life while saving two of her friends from drowning. 
  3. The prestigious Geeta Chopra award has been conferred on 18 year old Tejasweeta Pradhan and 17-year-old Shivani Gond of West Bengal who showed immense courage fearlessly helping police and NGO in uncovering an international sex racket leading to the arrest of the mastermind in Delhi. 
  4. The Sanjya Chopra award has been given to 15-year-old Sumit Mamgain of Uttarakhand who displayed outstanding bravery in fighting a leopard to save his cousin.
BunkarMitra helpline for Handloom Weavers launched and active
  1. “BunkarMitra”, helpline was launched by the Union Textiles Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani on December 25, 2016 on the occasion of “Good Governance Day” and thus can call from anywhere in India, from any number.
  2. The helpline provides a single point of contact to handloom weavers across the country for addressing queries and providing guidance. This helpline can be accessed by dialing the toll free number 1800-208-9988.
  3. The service is available from 10.00 A.M to 06.00 P.M, on all 7 days of the week, in seven languages: Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Kannada and Assamese. The following services are available through this helpline:

•    Assistance on technical issues.

•    Guidance for:

•    Raw material supply.

•    Availing credit facility.

•    Quality control.

•    Access to marketing linkages.

•    Information about various schemes and procedure to avail benefits.

Current affairs on 18 January 2017

Professor C.V. Vishveshwara passed away
  1. Professor C.V. Vishveshwara -  pioneer researcher of the country in the field of Black holes passed away at the age of 79 on 16 January 2017 in Bengaluru.
  2. He started studying black holes first in the 1970s when he was with Chicago University and known for giving a form to the characteristic signal that would be emitted by two merging black holes.
  3. Prof. Vishveshwara was the director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bengaluru, where he set up REAP (Research Education Advancement Programme in Physical Sciences).
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NF Railways to Launch New Tourist Train
  1. For the first time North-East Frontial (NF) Railways has announced the launch of Aastha Circuit Tourist Train from Guwahati and would take travellers to popular pilgrimage destinations.
  2. This type of special dedicated tourist train was being originated from NF Railway.
Nobel Prize Winner Oliver Smithies passed away
  1. Dr. Oliver Smithies won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 2007 for his work targeting genetic modification of cells and had also developed the gel electrophoresis technique which allows scientists to better study blood cells.
  2. Dr. Oliver Smithies, faculty member of the University of North Carolina and had joined the UNC faculty in 1988 and continued working in his lab until his death.
Posted on: 18th January 2017 Read complete Article →