Daily Current Affairs Update – 10 January, 2017

Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs Update of 10th January, 2017. These are important for the upcoming RBI Assistant Mains, IPPB Mains and Other exams.

Daily Current Affairs at a Glance – 10 January, 2017

  1. Union Minister of Power Piyush
    Goyal on 9 January 2017 dedicated the Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) of the South
    Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC)
    to the nation. The SLNP of SDMC is the world’s
    largest street light replacement programme
    .
  2. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and French Space agency (CNES) on 9 January 2017 signed a Partnership Agreement
    for satellite launch technology.
  3. Maharashtra government on 9
    January 2017 launched India’s largest
    public WiFi service called ‘MumbaiWifi’
    .  The facility was inaugurated by Chief Minister
    Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai.
  4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 9
    January 2017 inaugurated the Nobel Prize Exhibition in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
  5. The President of India Pranab Mukherjee on 9 January 2017 presented the Pravasi
    Bharatiya Samman Awards 2017 to 30 personalities.
    The awards were
    presented during the occasion of the 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas held in
    Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  6. Ace Portuguese footballer Cristiano
    Ronaldo on 9 January 2017 was honoured with the Best FIFA Men’s Player
    2016 award in Zurich, Switzerland
    .
  7. IIT Kharagpur alumnus Parag Havaldar on 9 January 2017 won the prestigious Technical Achievement Award, popularly called the
    Technical Oscar
    which is awarded by the Academy of Motion Pictures and
    Sciences.
  8. The 12th World Hindi Day was
    celebrated on 10 January 2017 across the world
    .
  9. Vikram Pawah, 45, has been appointed as the president of BMW Group
    India
    , effective March 1, 2017.
Non-Financial News – India and States:
World’s largest street light replacement programme dedicated to the
nation

  • Union Minister of Power Piyush
    Goyal on 9 January 2017 dedicated the Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP)
    of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to the nation. The SLNP of SDMC
    is the world’s largest street light replacement programme.
  • On this occasion, the minister
    also launched the EESL SL Compliant App for SDMC to address grievances
    regarding faulty street lights. Using this app, citizens can lodge complaints
    about faulty street lights. These complaints will be addressed to within a
    period of 48 hours.

About SLNP of South Delhi Municipal Corporation
  • Under the Street Lighting
    National Programme (SLNP), SDMC area alone accounts for over 2 lakh street
    light replacements.
  • The cumulative annual energy
    savings in SDMC through this programme is 2.65 crore kWh.
  • This helps in avoiding capacity
    addition of 6.6 MW, which in turn results in a daily reduction of 22,000 tonnes
    of greenhouse gases.
  • Under Phase II of the SLNP, EESL
    has signed a tripartite agreement with BSES and SDMC to install 75,000 more
    street lights with more focus on installation in parks.
  • The SLNP programme is presently
    running in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand,
    Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and
    Rajasthan.
  • A total of 15.36 lakh street
    lights have already been replaced in the country with light emitting diodes
    (LED) bulbs.

ISRO, CNES sign agreement on satellite launch technology

  • Indian Space Research
    Organisation (ISRO) and French Space agency (CNES) on 9 January 2017 signed a
    Partnership Agreement for satellite launch technology.
  • The agreement was signed between
    ISRO Chairman Kiran Kumar and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall. This
    partnership agreement will enable France to benefit from the Indian model of
    streamlining the costs of space programmes.
  • ISRO is the second partner of
    CNES, in terms of volume after NASA. The space programmes of both countries are
    complementary in terms of comparable size and sharing similar objectives.
  • Moreover, CNES President
    Jean-Yves Le Gall also signed an agreement with Rahul Narayan for equipping
    Axiom Research Lab’s lunar rover with two latest-generation CASPEX
    micro-cameras which was developed by CNES in partnership with French firm
    3DPlus.
  • Rahul Narayan is the CEO of
    leading Indian ‘NewSpace’ start-up Axiom Research Labs. Axiom Research has put
    forward TeamIndus, an Indian team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE which
    is a global competition for engineers and entrepreneurs to develop low-cost
    methods of robotic space exploration.

Maharashtra government launches India’s largest WiFi service

  • Maharashtra government on 9
    January 2017 launched India’s largest public WiFi service called
    ‘MumbaiWifi’.  The facility was
    inaugurated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai.
  • The facility will initially
    provide 500 wifi hotspots across different locations like Vidhan Bhawan, Bombay
    High Court, Kalanagar in Bandra and Mumbai Police Commissioner’s office.
  • After inaugurating it, Fadnavis
    described the service as an important step towards digital empowerment. He
    informed that during the trial period in last week of December 2016, about
    23000 users across the city signed up and downloaded more than 2 TB of data.
  • He also reiterated the
    government’s commitment to providing 1200 WiFi hotspots by 1 May 2017.
  • Later Fadnavis tweeted that the
    government is committed to resolving all problems regarding the connectivity
    and speed and provide a good internet surfing experience.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Nobel Prize Exhibition
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 9
    January 2017 inaugurated the Nobel Prize Exhibition in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
    While inaugurating the exhibition, he urged the budding scientists to help
    raise the people from poverty through science and technology.
  • This year, the Nobel Media is
    holding the first Nobel Prize Series in India. The Nobel Prize Series 2017 of
    India will feature a five week long Science Exhibition which is being set up by
    the Nobel Foundation with exhibits from the Nobel Museum at Stockholm, Sweden.
  • The exhibition will be
    coordinated by the Department of Biotechnology in Delhi. Nine Nobel laureates
    will be attending the exhibition. These Nobel laureates will interact with students
    of Indian Universities.
  • One of these Nobel laureates
    include India-born and Gujarat-educated scientist Dr Venkatraman Ramakrishnan.
    He won 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on ribosome structure. He
    shared the prize with fellow scientists Thomas A Steitz and Ada Yonath.

Awards & Honors:
Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards 2017 conferred

  • The President of India Pranab
    Mukherjee on 9 January 2017 presented the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards 2017
    to 30 personalities. The awards were presented during the occasion of the 14th
    Pravasi Bhartiya Divas held in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • In 2016, it was decided that the
    Pravasi Bhartiya Divas conventions will be held after an interval of two years.
    Therefore, the number of awards to be conferred for Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2017
    has been doubled to 30.
  • For the year 2017, the jury also
    considered the contribution for achievements on philanthropic investments and
    charitable work in India and for contribution towards India’s development.
  • It is for the first time that an
    Indian woman living in Saudi Arabia was honoured with the Award. Zeenat
    Musarrat Jafri, along with her husband, set up the first Indian school in
    Riyadh in 1982. She was awarded for her contribution to the education of the
    Indian community.

74th Annual Golden Globe Awards announced

  • The 74th Annual Golden Globe
    Awards were announced on 9 January 2017 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly
    Hills, California, the USA. These annual awards honour the best in Motion
    Pictures and Television for the year 2016.
  • Moonlight won the award for the
    Best Motion Picture (Drama) while best Actor and best Director Awards were
    conferred to Casey Affleck for the movie Manchester by the Sea and Damien
    Chazelle for the movie La La Land, simultaneously. Isabelle Huppert won the
    Best Actress Award for the movie Elle.
  • La La Land won all seven awards
    for which it had been nominated. With this, it became the most successful film
    in Golden Globe Awards history.

Cristiano Ronaldo named Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016

  • Ace Portuguese footballer
    Cristiano Ronaldo on 9 January 2017 was honoured with the Best FIFA Men’s
    Player 2016 award in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Ronaldo garnered 34.54% of total
    votes to grab the title. He beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who scored 26.42% of
    total votes, and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann (7.53% of total votes) to
    the prize.
  • Also, the votes from over 45000
    players around the world selected the FIFA FIFPro World11 as the dream team of
    2016.

Other awards:
  • The Best FIFA Women’s Player
    2016: Carli Lloyd
  • The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2016:
    Claudio Ranieri
  • The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2016:
    Silvia Neid
  • The FIFA Puskas Award 2016: Mohd
    Faiz Subri

IIT Kharagpur alumnus Parag Havaldar wins Technical Oscar Award

  • IIT Kharagpur alumnus Parag
    Havaldar on 9 January 2017 won the prestigious Technical Achievement Award,
    popularly called the Technical Oscar which is awarded by the Academy of Motion
    Pictures and Sciences.
  • He was awarded for the
    development of expression-based facial performance-capture technology at Sony
    Pictures Imageworks.
  • He will be awarded a certificate
    from the Academy at Beverly Hills on 11 February 2017.
  • The Technical Achievement Award
    or Scientific & Technical Award was first presented at the 4th Academy
    Awards ceremony in November 1931.

Days & Observance:
12th World Hindi Day celebrated across the world
  • The 12th World Hindi Day was
    celebrated on 10 January 2017 across the world. To mark the occasion, special
    events were organised by non-resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian
    Origin (PIOs) to spread the greatness of Hindi language.
  • World Hindi Day was first
    observed on 10 January 2006. The day is celebrated alongside the National Hindi
    Diwas that is being celebrated on 14 September.
  • The National Hindi Diwas is
    celebrated annually to mark the day, 14 September 1949, on which the
    Constituent Assembly adopted Hindi written in Devanagari script as the Official
    Language of the Union.
  • The World Hindi Day seeks to
    promote Hindi at the global stage, while the National Hindi Diwas is celebrated
    across the country.

Appointments – India and World:
Vikram Pawah new President for BMW Group India

  • Vikram Pawah, 45, has been
    appointed as the president of BMW Group India, effective March 1, 2017. He will
    take over from Frank Schloeder, who will assume new position at BMW Group
    headquarters in Germany.
  • Pawah brings 25 years of
    international experience both in the automotive and non-automotive industry.
    Previously, he has worked with Honda Cars in India and Australia. Most
    recently, he was the Managing Director of Harley-Davidson India.
  • Schloeder, acting President, BMW
    Group India will return to BMW Group Headquarters in Germany, where he will
    assume the position of Head of Business Steering – Luxury Class.

World News:
Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile Babur-3
  • Pakistan on 9 January 2017
    successfully test-fired the first submarine-launched Cruise Missile Babur-3
    from an undisclosed location in Indian Ocean.
  • The missile was fired from an
    underwater mobile platform.
  • It is capable of carrying a
    nuclear warhead of up to 450km.
  • It is a sea-based variant of
    Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM) Babur-2+.
  • The missile is capable of
    delivering nuclear strikes from land, air and underwater as well.

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