Daily Current Affairs Update – 4 January, 2017

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Daily Current Affairs at a Glance – 4 January, 2017

  1. The Union Cabinet chaired by the
    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved signing of a Memorandum of
    Understanding (MoU) between India and Kenya on bilateral cooperation in the field of agriculture
    and allied sectors
    .
  2. Bunkar Mitra helpline started functioning on 4 January 2017. The
    helpline is meant to extend professional expertise to distressed handloom
    weavers.
  3. ISRO will launch a record 103 satellites in one go using its workhorse PSLV-C37 in the first week of February, while Prime
    Minister Narendra Modi’s pet South Asian satellite project will take off in
    March.
  4. The Union government of India has
    launched a Swachh
    Bharat survey in 500 cities and towns across the country
    to assess
    levels of sanitation and the progress made towards achieving ‘Open Defecation
    Free’ status.
  5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 3
    January 2017 inaugurated the 104th Indian Science Congress (ISC) at Tarakarama Stadium
    of Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
    .  The Congress will conclude on 7 January 2017.
  6. Tata Sons Ltd has nominated S Padmanabhan
    as the chairman for Tata Power Co Ltd
    with
    immediate effect using its rights according to the company’s articles of
    association, Tata Power said on Wednesday.
  7. IBM — the world’s largest
    computer services firm — has appointed its Asia-Pacific executive for strategy
    and transformation, Karan Bajwa, as the new managing director of IBM India.  The move has come as the company looks to
    expand its dominance in the Indian market.
  8. Mahendra
    Singh Dhoni has stepped down as skipper of India’s limited overs sides, the
    Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Wednesday
    .
  9. The United Nations has designated
    the year 2017
    as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
    .

Financial and Banking News:
Cabinet approves MoU between India and Kenya on bilateral cooperation
in the field of agriculture and allied sectors

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the
    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved signing of a Memorandum of
    Understanding (MoU) between India and Kenya on bilateral cooperation in the
    field of agriculture and allied sectors.
  • The MoU covers various activities
    in these fields which include agricultural research, animal husbandry and
    dairy, livestock and fisheries horticulture, natural resource management,
    post-harvest management and marketing, soil and conservation, water management,
    irrigation farming systems development and integrated watershed development
    integrated pest management, agricultural plant, machinery and implements, sanitary
    and phytosanitary issues.
  • The MoU provides for constitution
    of a Joint Working Group comprising of representatives from both countries, the
    task of which would be to develop detailed cooperation programmes and
    monitorimplementation of the MoU.
Bunkar Mitra helpline for handloom weavers starts functioning

  • Bunkar Mitra helpline started
    functioning on 4 January 2017. The helpline is meant to extend professional
    expertise to distressed handloom weavers.
  • The helpline was launched by the
    Union Textiles Minister Zubin Irani on 25 December 2016 on the occasion of Good
    Governance Day.
  • This helpline can be accessed by
    dialing the toll-free number 1800-208-9988.
  • The helpline service is available
    in seven languages. They are Hindi, English, Tamil, Assamese, Kannada, Bengali
    and Telugu.
  • It seeks to address handloom
    weavers’ queries and grievances free of cost.
  • The users can avail this service
    anywhere from across the country between 10 am and 6 pm.
Non-Financial News – India and States:
ISRO to launch record 103 satellites in one go in Feb

  • ISRO will launch a record 103
    satellites in one go using its workhorse PSLV-C37 in the first week of
    February, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet South Asian satellite
    project will take off in March.
  • As many as 100 of the satellites
    set for launch in February belong to foreign nations, including the US and
    Germany. “We are making a century by launching over 100 satellites at one go,”
    said S Somnath, Director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre of the ISRO.
  • The space agency had earlier
    planned a launch of 83 satellites in the last week of January, of which 80 were
    foreign ones. But with the addition of 20 more foreign satellites, the launch
    was delayed by a week and will now take place in first week of February,
    Somnath said.
Swachh Bharat survey launched in 500 cities

  • The Union government of India has
    launched a Swachh Bharat survey in 500 cities and towns across the country to
    assess levels of sanitation and the progress made towards achieving ‘Open
    Defecation Free’ status.
  • The Swachh Survekshan-2017,
    conducted by Quality Council of India (QCI), aims to improve sanitation
    standards in the country by instilling a sense of competition between the
    cities.
Key Highlights

  • The QCI will judge the cities on
    the basis of the data provided to them by three different sources:
  • Data provided by Municipal
    bodies, which will carry 900 marks.
  • Data collected through primary
    observation and independent assessment, which will carry 500 marks.
  • Data collected on the basis of
    citizen feedback, which will carry 600 marks.
Areas of evaluation include:

  • Waste Collection, sweeping and
    transportation with 40 per cent marks.
  • Open defecation free status and
    toilets with 30 per cent marks.
  • Municipal Solid Waste processing
    and disposal with 20 per cent marks.
  • Information, education and
    behaviour change with 5 per cent marks
  • Swachh Bharat Mission e-learning
    portal with 5 per cent marks. 
Union Government launched IPR Enforcement Toolkit for Police

  • The Union Commerce and Industry Minister
    Nirmala Sitharaman on 4 January 2017 launched an Intellectual Property Rights
    (IPR) Enforcement Toolkit for police in New Delhi.
  • This toolkit will be a ready
    reckoner for police officials across the country in dealing with IP crimes,
    specifically trademarks counterfeiting and copyrights piracy.
  • In addition to details of
    offences under various laws, it provides for checklists for registering a
    complaint and conducting search and seizures.
  • It lays down general guidelines
    for search and seizure in case of IP crimes.
  • This toolkit will be provided to
    all state police departments across the nation and will assist them in dealing
    with the cases relating to Trademarks and Copyrights infringements.
Union Government launches mobile app for Haj Pilgrimage

  • The Union Minister of State for
    Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on 2 January 2017 launched a mobile app
    for Haj Pilgrimage.
  • With the launch of this app, the
    government aims to render digital push to the Haj application process. It was
    launched under the Union Government’s Digital India programme.
Highlights of the mobile app for Haj Pilgrimage

  • The app will provide information
    and facilitate e-payments for the pilgrimage.
  • The main features of the app
    include applying for Haj, enquiry and information, news and updates and
    e-payment.
  • The app can be downloaded easily
    from the Google Play store.
  • The application for five adults
    and two infants can be applied as a group directly on the app.
  • After the registration, a PDF
    copy of the form will be sent to the applicant’s email.
  • Thereafter, applicant needs to
    affix his or her photo on the form printout and send this form along with
    documents to the State Haj committees.
  • Registration fees can also be
    paid through the app.
104th Indian Science Congress inaugurated in Tirupati

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 3
    January 2017 inaugurated the 104th Indian Science Congress (ISC) at Tarakarama
    Stadium of Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.  The Congress will conclude on 7 January 2017.
  • It is the second time that
    Tirupati is hosting the Indian Science Congress. It first hosted the Science
    Congress in 1983.
  • Science and Technology for
    National Development is the focal theme of the 104th Indian Science Congress.
Appointments – India and Word:
S Padmanabhan nominated as Tata Power chairman

  • Tata Sons Ltd has nominated S
    Padmanabhan as the chairman for Tata Power Co Ltd with immediate effect using
    its rights according to the company’s articles of association, Tata Power said
    on Wednesday.
  • In its statement to BSE , Tata
    Power said in terms of the company’s article of association, Tata Sons Ltd, as
    the promoter of the company has the right to nominate the chairman of the
    company’s board “as long as the word ‘TATA’ is associated with the name of
    the company.
  • Padmanabhan at present serves as
    an additional director on the company’s board.
IBM appoints Karan Bajwa as India MD

  • IBM — the world’s largest
    computer services firm — has appointed its Asia-Pacific executive for strategy
    and transformation, Karan Bajwa, as the new managing director of IBM
    India.  The move has come as the company
    looks to expand its dominance in the Indian market.
  • Bajwa is taking over from Vanitha
    Narayanan, who has been elevated as the chairman.
  • Karan joined IBM last year as an
    executive for strategy and transformation in the Asia-Pacific region. Before
    this, he was leading India business and Cloud Transition at Microsoft.
Jovenel Moise declared winner of Haiti’s Presidential elections

  • Businessman Jovenel Moise was
    declared the official winner of Haitian Presidential Elections on 3 January
    2017. 
  • Moise, who was representing
    former President Michel Martelly’s the Haitian Tet Kale Party (PHTK), won a
    clear majority in the Presidential elections by getting 55.6% of the total
    votes cast, beating his closest rival Jude Celestine who received only 19.5% of
    the total votes cast. The elections were held on 20 November 2016.
Sports News:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni steps down as India ODI, T20 captain

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stepped
    down as skipper of India’s limited overs sides, the Board of Control for
    Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Wednesday.
  • Dhoni, however, will be available
    for selection for the three-match One-Day International (ODI) and T20
    International series against England, starting January 15.
  • Test skipper Virat Kohli is the
    front-runner to replace the Ranchi wicketkeeper-batsman at the helm.
Arthur Morris inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

  • Australia’s former opening
    batsman Arthur Morris on 3 January 2017 was inducted into International Cricket
    Council’s (ICC) Hall of Fame.
  • With this, Morris became the 82nd
    cricketer to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame.
  • The Australian cricketer was
    given the honour posthumously during the first day of the third Test between
    Pakistan and Australia in Sydney.
Days & Observances:
2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

  • The United Nations has designated
    the year 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
  • The announcement was made during
    the International body’s 70th General Assembly. The theme has been given to
    increase awareness on the contribution of sustainable tourism to development,
    especially among the public and the decision makers of the public and private
    sector while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a
    channel for positive change.
  • The theme is perfectly in
    accordance with the 2030 Universal Agenda for Sustainable Development and the
    Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Obituaries:
Karnataka’s Cooperation Minister H S Mahadev Prasad dies

  • H S Mahadev Prasad Minister for
    Cooperation and Sugar of Karnataka, passed away on 3 January 2017 following a
    cardiac arrest at a resort in Chikkamagaluru. He was 59.
  • He was there in Chikkamagaluru to
    attend the silver jubilee celebrations of the Transport Cooperative Society at
    Koppa.

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