Current Affairs Today – 15 jan , 2017

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🛑 Army Day: 15 January –
army day

 Army Day in India is celebrated with great enthusiasm every year on 15th of January. It has been started celebrating to respect the Lieutenant General of India, K. M. Cariappa (Kodandera Madappa Cariappa) who was the first Indian Army’s Commander-in-Chief. It is celebrated every year at all the Army Command headquarters and national capital by organizing army parades including many other military shows.

➡ Army day 2017 will be celebrated on 15th of January, at Sunday. It would be celebrated as 69th Indian Army day in the national capital.

🛑  India & Sri Lanka sign MoU to construct 3,000 rain water harvesting systems –

➡  India and Sri Lanka today signed an MoU to construct 3000 rain water harvesting systems at a cost of 30 crore Sri Lankan Rupees in northern Jaffna District.

➡ The project envisages construction of rainwater harvesting systems for 3000 households in selected divisions of Tamil majority Jaffna District.

➡ The scope of the project also includes training of the households on operation and maintenance of the systems. It aims to assist people by supporting resettlement efforts focused on reintegrating internally displaced families in Jaffna by providing clean drinking water supply facility to households.

🛑 US Ends Two-Decade Economic Sanction on Sudan   –


➡ The US President Barack Obama on January 13, 2017 announced to end of a 20-year economic embargo on Sudan by lifting trade and financial sanctions to build up ties with the Sudanese government.
➡ The announcement was made based on the efforts by the Government of Sudan to improve the security in the region. However the lifting of the sanctions will be delayed by 180 days to encourage Sudan to take further actions on improving human rights, resolving political divisions and military conflicts.
➡. This will enable Sudan to receive imported goods and services from the US as well as also
release frozen Sudanese property and assets held in the US besides permitting the trade with the oil and gas industry in Sudan.
♦ Capital: Khartoum
♦ Currency: Sudanese pound
♦ President: Omar al-Bashir



🛑  Madhya Pradesh Launches Digital Dakiya Scheme For Digital Literacy –

➡ Madhya Pradesh government inaugurated a first of its kind scheme of the country, “Digital Dakiya” in Indore on January 14, 2017 to encourage cashless transaction in the state.
➡ Under the scheme, a Digital Postman referred as Digital Dakiya would visit door to door in both urban and rural areas to train households specially women and elderly people about digitized transactions.
The scheme was inaugurated by the State Finance Minister Jayant Malliya. State government will provide Identity cards to the volunteers deployed in this programme.

🛑 BSF launches operation ‘Sard Hawa’ at Rajasthan border –

➡ Border Security Force (BSF) has launched its 14 day operation Sard Hawa at the western international border of Rajasthan on January 15, 2017 to check the instances of infilteration due to the dense fog in the area.
➡  Aim: To keep a hawks eye on the international border, where vigil has been beefed-up and officers have also been asked to be part of operation to motivate jawans.
➡ The operation will end on January 28, 2017.
Border Security Force (BSF) :
♦ The Border Security Force (BSF)  is the primary Border guarding force of India. It is one of the five Central Armed Police Forces of the Union of India.
♦ Headquarters New Delhi
♦ Minister responsible : Rajnath Singh, Minister of Home Affairs
♦ Formed 1 December, 1965


🛑  2017 National conference “Jal Manthan-III” held in New Delhi-

➡ The third National conference  Jal Manthan-III”  was inaugurated by Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti in New Delhi.
The conference was organized by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
Discussions :
♦ Discussions on Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, River Basin Management, River Rejuvenation and Ecology, Flood management, Water use efficiency and Participatory irrigation management held as a part of the conference.
♦ 700 participants comprising Union Ministers of related Ministries/Departments, Chief Ministers of some States/Union Territories, Irrigation/ Water Resources Ministers of States/UTs, eminent experts in water sector, representatives of NGOs and senior officers of the Central and State Governments  attended the event.

🛑 SEBI Lowers Broker Fees by 25 Percent to Rs 15 Per Transaction –

➡ The SEBI Board on January 14, 2017 announced its decision to reduce the fees payable by broker by 25 percent as a part of calibration of various other fees collected by the regulator from different market intermediaries.
It has decided to lower the fees from Rs 20 per crore of turnover to Rs 15 per crore of turnover to reduce the overall cost of transaction.
The SEBI Board has also decided to give an option to all market intermediaries and companies to make their regulatory payments in digital mode to help in speedy and easy transactions and reduce failures due to payment gateway issues.
Besides, the board has also approved a proposal to levy certain new charges, including filing fee for draft scheme of arrangements and processing fee on application for relaxation in certain regulations.
Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
♦ The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is the regulator for the securities market in India.
♦ Formed: 12 April 1992
♦ Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
♦ Chairman: U K Sinha

🛑 BSNL Launches Aadhar Based e-KYC Project –

➡ BSNL has launched its Customer Acquisition and Customer Communication Management (CACMS) project that aims to digitalize business process to ensure faster service, accurate customer responses and customer satisfaction.
The project provides an Aadhar based e-KYC (Know Your Customer) service for immediate activation of new mobile connections across the country.
The state-run telecom has selected Intense Technologies to deliver the CACMS project on a Pan India basis for all lines of business of BSNL as per the terms and conditions of the tender.
Under the project the customers will have the convenience of Aadhar based fast and efficient utilization of services by BSNL. Foreign national with e-visa  can also use the facility very quickly. The new service will enable greater efficiency in complying with TRAI regulations, enhanced customer experience and reduce costs.
➡ The scope of the CACMS project includes the launch of pan India rollout of trans-promotional communications, loyalty management and contextual digital marketing to ensure seamless customer experience.
➡ CACMS project will help BSNL build competitive advantage by delivering superior customer experience to win customer loyalty.
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)
♦ Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is an Indian state-owned telecommunications company. BSNL is one of the largest & leading public sector units providing comprehensive range of telecom services in India.
♦ CEO: Shri Anupam Shrivastava
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi
♦ Founded: 15 September 2000

🛑 Government to sell 51% stake in Pawan Hans –

Moving ahead with the strategic sale of Pawan Hans, the government said it will sell its entire 51 per cent stake and transfer the management control of the helicopter service operator.

➡ Pawan Hans is a joint venture where state-owned ONGC holds 49 per cent.

➡ The government has sought applications from entities to act as transaction advisor for the proposed disinvestment of its stake in the company.

➡ “The government of India intends to divest its entire shareholding of 51 per cent in Pawan Hans Ltd, through strategic disinvestment with transfer of management control,” a public notice said.

🛑 Rajeev Singh to be interim CEO at Prasar Bharati –

Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has named Rajeev Singh, member (finance) as interim chief executive officer (CEO) at its board meeting in Hyderabad.

➡ Prasar Bharati runs Doordarshan and All India Radio.

➡ Singh will replace Suresh Chandra Panda who has been serving as interim CEO since November 2016, after full time chief Jawhar Sircar put in his papers in October.

➡ Panda was formerly member (personnel) of Prasar Bharati and is scheduled to retire on 4 February

🛑 62nd Filmfare Award 2017 Winner list –

➡ The 62nd Filmfare Awards ceremony was held in Mumbai, Maharashtra on January 14, 2017. The show was co-hosted by Kapil Sharma, Karan Johar and Shahrukh Khan.
This year Shatrughan Sinha received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award presented by his daughter and actress Sonakshi Sinha. Shatrughan Sinha completed close to five decades in the film industry.
2017 List of Winners

Award Winner
Best Film Dangal
Best Director Nitesh Tiwari for Dangal
Best Actor (Male) Aamir Khan for Dangal
Best Actor (Female) Alia Bhatt for Udta Punjab


🛑  SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Vehicle launches 10 satellites into Orbit –

➡  The American rocket manufacturing company SpaceX launched 10 satellites into orbit on a two stage Falcon 9 Rocket on January 14, 2017 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast. The satellites were a part of the NEXT Mission of the communications company Iridium.
The rocket took off at 9:54 AM local time and after few minutes the first stage of the rocket landed successfully on a platform in the Pacific Ocean while 75 minutes after launch the mission was complete with the Iridium payload safely in orbit.
This was SpaceX’s first flight after four months, when one of its one of its Falcon 9 vehicles exploded on a Florida launchpad in Cape Canaveral in September 2016 destroying $ 200 million Amos-6 communications satellite.
➡. Before the flight, SpaceX conducted a static fire test of the Falcon 9 vehicle on January 5, 2017 and the company finally received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to launch and land its Falcon 9 vehicle for the upcoming mission.
The FAA launch license gives SpaceX permission to launch the next seven rockets for the Iridium NEXT mission which aims to put 70 satellites into orbit for Iridium.


🛑 App named ‘SEZ India’ launched by Commerce Ministry –

SEZ India'
The Commerce Secretary has launched a  mobile app named ‘SEZ India‘ for Special Economic Zones (SEZs).
SEZ India app will be used for SEZ Developers & Units transactions and track the status.
The app is available on Android Platform and it has 4 sections.
1.SEZ Information: This section will contain the information about the SEZ Act, 2005, SEZ
Rules, 2006, MOCI Circulars, details of SEZs and Units etc

 2.Trade Information: This section will gives access to important information / tools such as Foreign Trade Policy, Hand Book of procedure , Duty Calculator , Customs & Excise Notification and MEIS Rates.
3.Contact Details: This section will contain the contact details of all Development Commissioners Office, DGFT, DG System, DGCI & S and SEZ online.
4.SEZ Online Transaction: This is a dynamic submenu that tracks the Bill of Entry / Shipping Bill processing status and also does verification. The app also helps the Importers / Exporters to track the status of ‘Bill of Entry / Shipping Bill” integration and processing in the EDI system of the ICEGATE.
♦ First Minister of Commerce and Industry : Syama Prasad Mukherjee.
♦ Current Minister of Commerce and Industry : Nirmala Sitharaman

🛑 Tamil Nadu Gov launched mobile app ‘pinakin’ for Tourism-

➡  Tamil Nadu government lead by O.Panneerselvam has launched a mobile application ‘Pinakin‘ to provide information of famous destinations in Tamil Nadu.
The app will provide information on world heritage tourist spots like Mammalapuram, the Big Temple in, Thanjavur and Gangai Konda Cholapuram and soon it will include other places in the state.
The application compatible for both Android and iOS devices.
Heritage sites in Tamil Nadu :
♦ Airavateshwarar Temple at Darasuram, Brihadeeswarar Temple at Thanjavur and Mahabalipuram.

🛑 Tanzania’s Simbu & Kenya’s Kitur wins Mumbai Marathon 2017 –

Mumbai Marathon 2017➡  The 14th Standard Chartered  Mumbai Marathon took place on January 15, 2017. The full marathon was flagged off from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in South Mumbai at 7.20 AM by a host of dignitaries.
➡ Alphonce Simbu of Tanzania took 02:09:32 time to clinch first position in men’s elite category while Kenya’s Bornes Kitur won the women’s title by completing the distance in 02:29:02.

Men’s elite category
Name Timing Country
Alphonce Simbu 02:09:32 Tanzania
Joshua Kirkorir 02:09:50 Kenya
Eliud Barbgetuny 02:10:39 Kenya
Women’s Elite Category
Name Timing Country
Bornes Kitur 02:29:02 Kenya
Chaltu Tafa 2:33:03 Ethiopia
Tigist Girma 02:33:19 Ethiopia

🛑 Autobiography of Veteren actor Rishi Kapoor Released –

➡  The autobiography of the veteran Indian actor Rishi Kapoor titled “Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored” was released on January 15, 2017.
The title of the autobiography has been borrowed from one of his famous songs “Khullam Khulla Pyar Karenge Hum Dono”.
.Rishi Kapoor has written this ‘uncensored’ book along with Meena Iyer and the title is
published under Harper Collins. The 64 year old actor who is known for his utmost honesty in the real as well as virtual world said that the book features everything straight from his heart.

iv. The book incredibly sketches his life and career. The book features everything that a true fan would want to know. From being a child actor in Mera Naam Joker (1970) to a naughty old man in Kapoor & Sons (2016), Rishi Kapoor has played numerous versatile characters on screen.



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