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International Current Affairs
- The Crown Prince of AbuDhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is on a visit to India.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi received him at Delhi airport.
- Important Note : He is our chief guest for the Republic Day function 2017.
- China has built Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, the world’s largest solar park which can produce about 850 MW of power in Qinghai province.
- This park occupies 27 square kilometres and has been expanded several times since its construction began in 2013.
- The White House has revealed that they are in “beginning stages” of discussing plans to move USA’s Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
- This comes after France warned President Donald Trump of “serious consequences” if the embassy is moved to Jerusalem.
- Note : Most countries have embassies in Tel Aviv due to ongoing political disputes between Israel and Palestine over Jerusalem.
National Current Affairs
- Today is 10th National Girl Child Day.
- This day has been started as a national girls development mission by the Government of India.
- This mission raises the awareness among people all over the country about the importance of girl’s promotion.
- It enhances the meaningful contribution of the girls in decision making processes through the active support of the parents and other community members.
- Theme : “Empowerment of Girl Child”
- The Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education has decided to include a Chapter on Demonetisation and cashless economy in its Class XII economics textbook.
- The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to waive off interest on short-term crop loans taken by farmers from Cooperative Banks for the months of November and December.
- This comes as the farmers faced difficulty due to the Centre’s demonetisation decision.
- The Cabinet also approved the Indian Institute of Management amendment Bill that empowers IIMs to award Degrees to its students instead of Diplomas.
- The Bill provides complete autonomy to the Institutions, combined with adequate accountability.
- It also provides for periodic review of the performance of Institutions by independent agencies and placing the results of the same in public domain.
- The Survey of India is going to “re-measure” the height of Mount Everest as scientists have expressed doubts over this following the 2015 Nepal earthquake.
- India’s National Anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana‘ was adopted as the national anthem of India on this day (January 24) in the year 1950, by the Constituent Assembly.
- Written and composed by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, the anthem spreads the message of pluralism.
- It was first sung on December 27, 1911, in Calcutta (now Kolkata) during a convention of the Indian National Congress.
- The official duration of Jana Gana Man is is 52 seconds.
- Note : Further, ‘Vande Mataram’, written by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, was adopted as the national song of India on the same day.
- The Chenani-Nashri Tunnel, the longest road tunnel in India, is going to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February.
- The 9.2-kilometre tunnel will connect the Udhampur and Ramban districts in Jammu and Kashmir and reduce the existing road distance by around 30 kilometres upon completion.
- Some Banned traditional sports of various states :
- Kambala Buffalo Race – Karnataka
- Kodipandem (Cockfight) – Andhra Pradesh
- Rural Olympics Bullock Cart Race – Punjab
- Bulbul Bird Fight – Assam
- Bullock Cart Race – Maharashtra
- Jallikattu (Bull Taming sport) – Tamil Nadu (Note : The state government has recently passed the Jallikattu Bill to hold the sport)
- US President Donald Trump named Indian-American Ajit Vardaraj Pai as the 34th Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.
- With this, Ajit became fourth Indian-American in the administration at a senior level.
- Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, whose term was to end on January 28, has been given a one-year extension in office.
- Ride-hailing app Uber’s India unit has appointed Pradeep Parameswaran as Head of its Central Operations.
- Mike Pompeo was sworn in as the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Awards & Honors
- Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has awarded the first ever Hugo Chavez Prize for Peace and Sovereignty to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- The award, that honours Venezuela’s former President Hugo Chavez, recognised “Putin as a great leader of peace”.
Science & Technology
- China has unveiled ‘The Sharp Sword UAV‘, a drone capable of carrying 2000 kilograms of bombs.
- The 33-foot-long unmanned aerial vehicle has an engine that is reportedly invisible to radars.
- The second successful test of the Guided Pinaka rocket was conducted today from the Integrated Test Range at the APJ Abdul Kalam island off the Odisha coast.
- The range of this rocket was increased from 40 km to 70 km and it also has an improved accuracy of 500 m.
- Note : Pinaka’s first test flight was conducted on January 12.
Sports Current Affairs
- British snooker professional Ronnie O’Sullivan sealed a world record seventh Masters title after registering a comeback victory over compatriot Joe Perry in London today.
- O’Sullivan has now surpassed Stephen Hendry’s tally of six Masters trophies.
- The Rest of India beat Ranji Trophy champions Gujarat to win the Irani Trophy by six wickets today.
- Wriddhiman Saha scored his maiden double century in this match.
- Note : The Irani Trophy is an annual one-off match played between the Ranji winners and a Rest of India team.
- Former Australian cricketers Matthew Hayden and David Boon have been inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
- Betty Wilson, an icon of women’s cricket, who was known as the ‘female Bradman’ during her career in the 1940s and 1950s, was also added to the Hall of Fame.