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Current Affairs – 19th January 2017

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National Current Affairs
  • Indian city Bengaluru has emerged as the most dynamic city in the world (according to recently released annual by Jones Lang LaSalle’s City Momentum Index).
    • Another Indian city Hyderabad stood at 5th place in the index.
    • Top 10 cities in 2017 CMI :
      • Bengaluru (India),
      • Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam),
      • Silicon Valley (US),
      • Shanghai (China),
      • Hyderabad (India),
      • London (UK),
      • Austin (US),
      • Hanoi (Vietnam),
      • Boston (US)
      • Nairobi (Kenya)
  • India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas‘ will make its debut by flying past the Rajpath on the country’s 67th Republic Day this year.
    • Indigenously made helicopters Rudra and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Dhruv will also showcase a fly-past on January 26.
    • Note : The last time any indigenous airfare flew on Republic Day was 1960s-built HAL Marut in the 1980s.
  • The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly today unanimously passed a resolution for creating a conducive atmosphere for the return of Kashmiri Pandits and other minorities.
    • Note : Kashmiri Pandits, Sikhs and some Muslims were forced to migrate 27 years ago due to unfortunate circumstances.
  • Supreme Court has today stated that divorce granted by ecclesiastical tribunal under Christian personal law are not valid as it cannot override the law.
  • The Union HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar launched a dedicated web portal ‘ShaGun’ for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan at New Delhi today.
    • ‘ShaGun’ aims to capture and showcase innovations and progress in Elementary Education sector of India by continuous monitoring of the flagship scheme – Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).
  • Days after Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis activated 500 WiFi hotspots in Mumbai, the state government is set to launch a mobile app to help citizens find the nearest hotspot.
    • The app, called Aaple Sarkar Mum WiFi, will be launched next week.
    • It was developed by Maharashtra Information Technology Corporation and can be downloaded for free.
Business & Economic Affairs
  • The I-T department has asked banks to report deposits in any account worth ₹10 lakh in a year.
    • It also asked banks to report cash payments of ₹1 lakh or more on credit card bills.
    • It further reiterated banks should report deposits of ₹2.5 lakh or more made by a person during November 9 to December 30, 2016.
  • Cabinet approves Rs. 10,000-crore incentive for electronic manufacturing by March 2018.
    • It will help moving towards the goal of ‘Net Zero imports’ in electronics by 2020.
    • IT Minister : Ravishankar Prasad
  • Gujarat government today announced salary hike (ranging between 63% to124%) of its fixed pay employees as per the Minimum Wages recommended by 7th pay commission.
    • The decision will be implemented from the 1st February and will benefit over 1 lakh 18 thousand employees working in different cadres at fix pay.
Science & Technology
  • The world’s first computer virus for an IBM computer, called ‘Brain‘, was released 31 years ago on this day (19th January) in the year 1986.
    • Brain was created by Basit and Amjad Farooq Alvi from Lahore, Pakistan.
    • The virus, which was transmitted through floppy disks, installed itself into a computer’s memory, from where it infected new floppies as they were inserted.
Awards & Honors
  • Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has won the favourite dramatic TV actress trophy for her role in “Quantico” at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards.
    • Another Indian-origin star Lilly Singh was also named as favourite YouTube star.
    • American actress and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres became the most awarded person in the history of People’s Choice Awards, after winning three awards at the ceremony.
Sports Current Affairs
  • English Premier League side Manchester United became the world’s richest football club, with a record revenue of over ₹4,300 crore for the 2015-16 season.