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46) DECEMBER 10: WORLD HUMAN RIGHTS DAY Observed to stand up for all human rights and for the values that underpin hopes for a fairer, safer and better world. The theme this year is, 'Let's stand up for equality, justice and human dignity'. On this day in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Paris to establish the equal dignity and worth of every human being. 47) IRAN GETS RID OF IS Iran officially announced the end of a three-year war by Iraqi forces to drive the Islamic State out of the country. IS seized vast areas north and west of Baghdad in a lightning offensive in 2014, endangering the very existence of the Iraqi state. 48) The ASEAN India Connectivity Summit was held in New Delhi. The theme of the two-day Summit was ‘Powering Digital and Physical Linkages for Asia in the 21st Century’. 49) Hockey World League Final: Australia defeated Rio Olympics champions Argentina to win gold at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. India settled at bronze medal. 50) Prithvi Shaw, Mumbai's 18-year-old batsman has been named the captain of the Indian Under-19 team for the 2018 U-19 World Cup to be held in New Zealand starting January 13, 2018. 51) PREET DIDBAL: She has been elected Mayor of Yuba city in California, becoming the first Sikh woman to hold this position in the United States. The Sutter-Yuba region is home to one of the largest Sikh communities in the USA. 52) ADITYA PURI: The Managing Director of HDFC Bank is the only Indian on Fortune’s ‘Businessperson of the Year’ list, covering world’s top 20 heads of companies. Mr Puri has been placed at 18th rank. 53) The International Olympic Committee banned Russia from participating in the 2018 Winter Games as most of her athletes were found guilty under its state-orchestrated doping programme. However, clean Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under an Olympic flag. 54) MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, has won TIME’s Person of the Year 2017 online reader poll, earning 24 percent of the “yes” votes cast, more than other world leaders, industry titans, entertainers and activists. It may be noted that he won only online reader poll and NOT the TIME’s Person of the Year 2017 award that was won by the general uprising ‘The Silence Breakers’. 55) The government has set up a high-level committee headed by NITI Aayog chief executive Amitabh Kant to address the problem of stressed assets (Bad loans, NPAs) in India's power sector. 56) The First International Conference on Sports Medicine and Sports Sciences, SAICON 2017 was held in New Delhi. 57) 7th International Ground Water Conference on Groundwater Vision 2030- was held in New Delhi with the theme “Water Security, Challenges, and Climate Change Adaptation”. Join Gyanm College of Competitions for Best Bank PO and SSC Coaching in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula Dial @ 0172-4052124, 09257-211-740, 91-17-34-34-34
158) Uttar Pradesh government has launched a free household power connection scheme 'Prakash hai to vikas hai' for the poor in the state to mark former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday 159) Indian boxers claimed three gold, a silver, and a bronze medal at the Galym Zharylgapov Boxing Tournament in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. 160) Global human rights movement Amnesty International has appointed Kumi Naidoo as its next Secretary General. 161) ASEAN- PBD TO BE HELD IN SINGAPORE The ASEAN Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2018 convention will be hosted by Singapore on Jan 6-7, 2018. This year’s celebrations have been given this name to mark the 25 years of relationship with ASEAN. The PBD conventions provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the Government on issues of concern to our Diaspora and to explore opportunities for investment in India and contribution to the country of their origin. 162) Harry Kane of England scored record 39 goals in English Premier League in 2017, beating the 22 year-old record of Alan Shearer of 36 goals. He scored overall 56 goals in all formats, creating another record of highest number of goals in a year. 163) Manu Bhaker of Haryana won nine gold medals in the National Shooting Championship in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. 164) WORLD’S LONGEST GLASS BRIDGE The world’s longest glass bridge with fully transparent bottom has been opened in China to the public. Located in Shijiazhuang, the 488 meters long bridge lies 218 meters above hanging between the two cliffs in Hongyagu Scenic Area in Pingshan county. 165) India’s first runway on a ‘sea bridge’ as likely to be built at Lakshadweep’s Agatti Airport bybuilding an RCC platform on the beach to enable bigger aircrafts to operate on the island. 166) Karnataka's capital city Bengaluru has become the first Indian city to have its own logo after the state government launched it. The logo has been designed by using both English and Kannada alphabets. 167) ‘BLUE FLAG’ LAUNCHED TO CLEAN BEACHES The Environment Ministry has launched a pilot project 'Blue Flag' to enhance standards of cleanliness on beaches and to improve their development. Denmark based NGO Foundation for Environmental Education issues the Blue Flag certification to the eligible beaches that meet its stringent standards of up keep and cleanliness. 168) The World Bank approved $ 318 million loan for Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agriculture Modernization Project to promote agriculture technologies, water management and market opportunities for farmers in the state. 169) After the United States, the Guatemala has become second country to announce that it would be moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 170) Marvellous Thieves by Paulo Lemos Horta The New Wealth of Nations by Surjit S. Bhalla Inside Parliament: Views from the Front Row by Derek O’Brien, Trinamool Congress MP
24) GDP GROWTH MAY SLIP TO 6.5% As per the advance estimates released by the CSO- Central Statistics Office, India’s GDP growth is forecast to slow down to a four-year low of 6.5 per cent in 2017-18 as it was hit by demonetisation and the rollout of a chaotic Goods and Services Tax (GST). Even the agriculture growth is expected to slow down to 2.1 per cent from 4.9 per cent in previous year. At 2011-12 constant prices, the GDP size is estimated to reach Rs.130 trillion. 25) NEW TEN RUPEE NOTE The RBI has announced introduction of new Rs 10 banknotes in chocolate brown color, which will have India’s cultural heritage Konark Sun Temple as a motif on the reverse side. The old notes, however, will continue to be valid legal tender. 26) PER CAPITA INCOME CROSSES 1 LAC BAR Data released by the CSO- Central Statistics Office, shows that India's annual per capita income, a gauge for measuring living standard, grew by 9.7 per cent to Rs 1, 03, 219 in 2016-17. Due to slump in economic growth, the per capita income this year is likely to witness a slower growth of 8.3 per cent at Rs 1, 11, 782 in FY 2017-18. 27) Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer The Boy Who Loved by Durjoy Dutta Walking with Nanak by Haroon Khalid My Hanuman Chalisa by Devdutt Pattanaik 28) The 3rd Science Film Festival of India, titled SCI-FFI Goa, held in Goa from January 16-19. 29) The 39th National Games in 2022 will be hosted by Meghalaya. 30) NASA MISSIONS FOR IONOSPHERE NASA plans to launch two missions to explore part of atmosphere 96 kms above earth's surface. The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission will be launched aboard a commercial communications satellite in January 2018 and the second mission Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) will be launched later in 2018. The ionosphere is a part of Earth’s atmosphere above the Ozone layer where particles have been cooked into a sea of electrically-charged electrons and ions by the Sun’s radiation. Joni Gyanm College of Competitions for ensure your success in Govt. Jobs..!! Dial @ 91-17-34-34-34, 09257211740
69) BAHRAIN TO HOLD FIRST BABY OLYMPICS Bahrain has unveiled plans to stage the first ever Baby Olympics in April, 2018 for two to four year-old kids in a bid to promote the Olympic principles and exercise at a young age. The Bahrain Olympic Committee intends to include five races and games specially designed for kids. 70) Sarjubala Dev, former world silver medalist from Manipur claimed the gold in 48 kg category in the National Women's Boxing Championships in Rohtak. She also won the best boxer trophy. 71) Warships INS Nirbhik and INS Nirghat were decommissioned at Mumbai dockyard, after serving the Navy for 30 and 28 years respectively. 72) JANUARY 15: THE ARMY DAY Every year this day is celebrated to commemorate the day in 1949 when General (later Field Marshal) K.M Carriappa became the first Commander-in-Chief of Indian Army post Independence as he took over the command of Indian Army from General Sir F.R.R Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief. 73) Husain: Portrait of an Artist by Ila Pal. India Social by Ankit Lal. Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff 74) INDIA RANKED 30TH IN MANUFACTURING The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked India at 30th position on a global manufacturing index published in the "Readiness for the Future of Production" report. Japan has been found to have the best structure of production and is followed by South Korea and Germany. 75) ISRAELI PM VISITS INDIA Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in New Delhi on a six-day visit to India. The visit marks the celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. He inaugurated the third edition of the annual Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi. The two countries inked nine pacts to boost cooperation in key areas, including cyber security and energy. 76) ‘TEEN MURTI HAIFA CHOWK’ The Israeli Prime Minister paid homage to 44 Indian soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice for the liberation of fortified Haifa city on September 23, 1918, during World War I. As a mark of honour, the ‘Teen Murti Chowk near Teen Murti Memorial in New Delhi, has been formally renamed as ‘Teen Murti Haifa Chowk.’ 77) India has emerged as a top borrower from the China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), availing loans worth $1.5 billion last year. Further, loans for $ 3 billion more are in the pipeline. 78) AADHAAR TO HAVE FACE IDENTIFICATION The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDA) has introduced face authentication as an additional means of Aadhaar authentication along with fingerprint and iris scan to facilitate easy authentication for those individuals who face difficulties in other biometric authentication such as fingerprint and iris scan. The facility will be available by July 01, 2018. 79) India signed a MoU with Britain for the return of Indians, who have been residing in Britain as illegal migrants; and for sharing of criminal records and intelligence. 80) EC TO REVIEW SEC 126 OF RP ACT The Election Commission of India has constituted a 14 member committee headed by Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha to suggest changes to Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 (RP Act) in view of social media expansion. It will study the impact of new media and social media channels during the “silence period”, the 48 hours no campaigning period prior to beginning of voting, as prescribed by section 126 of the RP Act. The committee will also suggest the required modifications to the election law and model code of conduct.
109) MISS INTERNATIONAL 2017: Kevin Liliana of Indonesia won the title at Tokyo, Japan. 110) Indian Film Personality of the Year Award: conferred on Amitabh Bachhan at the International Film Festival of India, Goa for his outstanding contribution in Indian Film Industry through films, music and entertainment. Shri Bachhan has also been decorated with Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan and has won 4 National and 15 Filmfare awards. 111) 48th International Film Festival of India was held at Goa from Nov 20 to 28. Film ‘Beyond the Clouds’ by legendary Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi was the curtain raiser (first) at the festival. Canada is the focus country this year. 112) RUSSIA CASTS VETO FOR SYRIA Russia once again cast its veto at the UN Security Council to block the extension of a UN-led investigation by Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) to determine who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria. It was the 10th time that Russia has used its veto power to stop council action that targeted its ally Syria. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the United States, France, Russia, Britain or China to be adopted. 113) Shagun Chowdhary became the first Indian woman trap shooter to win an Olympic berth as she won the national champion crown at the 61st National Shooting Championship in New Delhi today. 114) MOODY’s UPGRADE INDIA’s RATING US-based credit rating agency Moody’s has upgraded India’s sovereign credit rating by a notch to ‘Baa2’ with a stable outlook citing improved growth prospects driven by economic and institutional reforms. The continued progress on economic and institutional reforms will, over time, enhance India’s high growth potential, it said. The rating upgrade has come after a gap of 13 years. 115) The Union Cabinet has approved setting up of a National Anti-profiteering Authority under the GST, as it seeks to ensure that consumers get the benefit of reduced prices under the new indirect tax regime. 116) The 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference was held in Vancouver, Canada. 117) A DIGITAL TRACKING PILL APPROVED The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved first of its kind a psychiatric medication system in the form of a pill with a built-in digital tracking device. Named Abilify MyCite, a form of aripiprazole, has an embedded ingestible sensor that records when the medication is taken. Made by Japan-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., the medication system is intended to treat schizophrenia, bipolar I disorder and depression in adults. 118) Ministry of Power and New & Renewable Energy launched the ‘Saubhagya’ Web Portal for efficient implementation and monitoring of the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana. 119) The parties to COP-23 agreed to continue the deliberations into 2018 through ‘Talanoa Dialogue’. Talanoa is a traditional approach used in Fiji and the Pacific region to engage in an inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue.