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Events
Centre bans import of pet coke for trading purpose in Delhi and NCR
As part of measures to control air pollution, the Union environment ministry has banned import of pet coke for purpose of trading in Delhi and its neighbouring states.

It has notified do's and don'ts for its sale and use in cement plants and other end user industrial units, including refineries.
The ministry listed 13 points to regulate use of pet coke which is one of the key sources of air pollution in the region.
The notification was issued in compliance with the 2017 Supreme Court order.
Chennai to host DefExpo in April
For the first time, Tamil Nadu will host DefExpo 2018, an international exhibition on Defence, in April, showcasing some of the latest technologies and products manufactured by both Indian and foreign companies.

It will also give an opportunity for the State to showcase its strength as one the largest manufacturing hubs for defence production.
The event, which is the largest in the defence sector in India, will attract visitors from over 80 countries, said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
National Conference of State, PSBs and RRBs of NHFDC held
A National Conference of the State channelizing Agencies, Public Sector Banks and Regional Rural Banks of National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC) held on 19th January 2018 in New Delhi.

Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot and Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar addressed the participating agencies and advised for better coordination with NHFDC and Channelising agencies for the smooth and better implementation of NHFDC Schemes for the benefit of larger number of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan).
International Dam Safety Conference to be held at Thiruvananthapuram
India will be hosting the International Dam Safety Conference - 2018 at Thiruvananthapuram on January 23-24.

Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala will inaugurate the conference and Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Union Minister of State for of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation will preside over the inaugural function.
Central Water Commission is organizing the event in association with Kerala Water Resources Department (KWRD), Kerala State Electricity Board, National Institute of Technology Calicut and College of Engineering, Trivandrum.
AP-Zurich sign sister state agreement
The Andhra Pradesh Government and the Canton of Zurich have signed a letter of intent, to promote mutual prosperity and development.

The agreement was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Naidu by Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and Government Counselor Minister Carmen Walker Spah for sister state relation.
This will bring the State of Andhra Pradesh and Canton of Zurich closer and ensure that a framework is created, which supports the exchange between both the parties.
AYUSH Minister lays foundation stone for Homeopathy Research Institute
The Minister of State (IC), for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik laid the foundation stone for Central Research Institute (CRI) in Jaipur on 22nd January 2018.

This will be the third CRI under the aegis of Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), an autonomous body of Ministry of AYUSH for undertaking scientific research in Homoeopathy, with 23 institutes across the country.
The institute is also contributing to the Swasthya Rakshan Program at five adopted villages.
Inauguration of ASEAN India Business and Investment and Expo
The ASEAN – India Business and Investment Meet and Expo was jointly inaugurated by Mr Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and Industry, India with the ASEAN Ministers and Gen. (Dr.) (Retd.) V K Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs, India.

The inaugural plenary, on the theme of ‘Promoting Mutual Trade and Investment for Shared Prosperity’ covered discussions on strengthening India’s economic relations with the countries in the East with both sides aiming to scale up bilateral trade and investment in the region.
The session focused on trade facilitation measures taken to promote trade between India and ASEAN countries in manufacturing sector, promoting SME ecosystem to enhance entrepreneurship quotient in the region and startup culture to create new pipeline of ideas.
2500 government buildings to be fitted with super-efficient ACs
The Government has decided to install super-efficient air-conditioners in 2,500 of its buildings for the first time in the country.

Launching the replacement of conventional lights with LED lights in East Delhi, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that one lakh conventional air conditioners will be replaced by super-efficient ACs that will consume 30% less power and will be environment-friendly.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that all automobiles will be converted to electric vehicles, keeping in view the government’s commitment to shift to electric mobility by the year 2030.
Raipur organises nation's first 'Kachra Mahotsav'
The Raipur Municipal Corporation in Chhattisgarh has organised the India’s first garbage festival that in Raipur.

The aim is to increase awareness, use the waste generated in the city creatively and to showcase multiple techniques for reusing things that are labelled as garbage.
The three-day festival was filled with workshops, talks, performances and also some interesting installations.
Maharashtra to launch weather advisory system for farmers
The Maharashtra government is all set to introduce a system to issue daily district-wise weather advisory to farmers across the state.

The system has a capacity to generate weather alerts for every ten minutes, if required.
The state is taking a step forward to explore the possibility of issuing weather advisory for farmers to minimise their crop losses due to adverse weather conditions," Agriculture Commissioner Sachindra Pratap Singh told.
Khandu inaugurates World War II Memorial Museum in Arunachal
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu inaugurated the World War II Memorial Museum in the state’s Changlang district bordering Myanmar.

Built by the Union Culture Ministry, the Rs 2.25 crore museum in memory of those who laid down their lives in WWII is located adjacent to the historic Stilwell Road.
Khandu visited the war memorial where remnants of the war, personal belongings of the soldiers and others involved were preserved.
International Conference on ‘Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Election Process’
Flagging off the 8th National Voters Day Celebrations scheduled to be held on 25th January 2018, Election Commission of India (ECI) hosted a one-day International Conference on the subject ‘Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Election Process’ in New Delhi.

Chief Election Commissioner of India Mr. O.P.Rawat, reiterated ECI’s resolve to uphold the sanctity of free, fair and peaceful elections in keeping with the rich democratic traditions of India.
SARAS PT1N makes its maiden flight
SARAS PT1N (14 seater) designed and developed by CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL), a frontline aerospace research laboratory, has successfully made its maiden flight.

Union Minister for Science & Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, has congratulated the scientists of CSIR-NAL and other agencies involved in the successful maiden flight.
The aircraft took off at about 11 a.m from HAL airport and flew for about 40 minutes at the maximum height of 8500 ft at the speed of 145 knots.
Rapid Reporting System for the Scheme for Adolescent Girls launched
Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Shri Rakesh Srivastava launched the Phase -1 i.e. the beneficiary module of the Rapid Reporting System for the Scheme for Adolescent Girls - a web based on line monitoring for the Scheme for Adolescent Girls in New Delhi.

This Portal has been developed in collaboration with National Informatics Centre (NIC).
Nitin Gadkari to lay the foundation stone for Ghazipur Intermodal Terminal
Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari, will lay the foundation stone for an Intermodal Terminal at Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh.

The Rs 155 Cr terminal is being constructed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India as part of the World Bank aided Jal Marg Vikas Project on river Ganga or the NW-I, that aims to augment the navigational capacity of the river.
The terminal is expected to provide between 5000 direct and indirect jobs. The first phase of the terminal construction is expected to be completed by April, 2020.
7th Asia Steel International Conference from Feb 6
The 7th Asia Steel International Conference will be held in Bhubaneswar from February 6 to 9.

Tata Steel, in association with the Indian Institute of Metals, announced it.
The last Asia Steel conference was held in 2015 at Yokohama, Japan.
This major conference is held every three years and provides a platform for exchange of knowledge on various aspects of the global steel industry.
India to host 16th International Energy Forum meet
The 16th International Energy Forum (IEF) Ministerial meeting will be held in New Delhi on April 10 to 12.

It will be hosted by Government of India in New Delhi and co-hosted by the Government of China and South Korea.
Representatives from 92 countries will be participating in the conference, including 72 member countries of IEF and 20 guest countries.
India had last hosted the IEF ministerial conference in 1996.
National Voters' Day: 25 January
In order to encourage more young voters to take part in the political process, Government of India has decided to celebrate January 25 every year as 'National Voters' Day'.

It started from January 25, 2011 to mark Commission's foundation day.
This year, National Voters' Day theme is 'Accessible Elections'.
Jammu & Kashmir Student Exchange Programme ‘Maitreyi Yatra’ concludes
The closing ceremony of Jammu & Kashmir Student Exchange programme ‘Maitreyi Yatra’ was held at National Bal Bhawan.

The Student Exchange Programme organized by Ministry of Human Resource development provides a good opportunity for the youth of J&K to be acquainted with culture, language and development story of different parts of the country.
Union Minister for Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar was the chief guest for the function.
President of India Receives Asean Heads of State and Government
The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, received the ASEAN Heads of State and Government at Rashtrapati Bhavan on January 25, 2018 and hosted a lunch in their honour.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that India-ASEAN relations have come a long way since we established our Dialogue Partnership with ASEAN on January 28, 1992.
Today, ASEAN is a Strategic Partner for India.
We have 30 dialogue mechanisms between India and ASEAN, including Annual Summits and 7 Ministerial Meetings in a wide range of sectors.
Ministry of Highways signs MoU with IL&FS for construction of Zojila tunnel
An MoU was signed between National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) under the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, and M/S IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd for construction of the 14.150 km long, 2-lane bi-directional Zojila Tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir .

This would be India’s longest road tunnel and the longest bi-directional tunnel in Asia.
The construction of this tunnel will provide all weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh and will bring about all round economic and socio-cultural integration of these regions.
Kolkata becomes first Indian metro to get a floating market
Kolkata is now witness to a floating market, the first of its kind across any metro.

The market, as the name suggests, will be located on a water-body with boats doubling up as shops.
The market, located on the eastern fringes of the city, was inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and it is now open to the public.

India is the leading country in coconut production
Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that the Coconut Development Board’s (CDB) major schemes are focusing on coconut production, productivity, processing for coconut products, value addition, marketing, and export promotion in Bihar.

The Minister said this on the occasion of the inauguration of the Farmers’ Training Centre cum Regional Office Building of Coconut Development Board in Patna.
The Minister said that India is leading in the global coconut production and productivity.
He said that the annual coconut production is 2395 crore from 20.82 lakh hectare and the productivity is 11505 coconuts/hectare.
Coconut contributes to about Rs.27900 crore to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Himachal CM launches women safety helpline and mobile app
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has launched 24X7 ‘Gudiya’ helpline, named after 16-year old rape and murder victim of Kotkhai.

Chief Minister also launched ‘Shakti Button’- a mobile app linked to police control rooms for ensuring the safety of women in the state.
Any women at the time of an untoward incident can press the red button on the mobile app and an alert will immediately reach the police response team.
Also, the Chief Minister also launched Hoshiyar Singh help line on toll free number 1090.
Delhi to host informal WTO Ministerial meet in March
India will host an informal WTO Ministerial meeting in March this year. The meeting will be held in Delhi on March 19 – 20.

India’s offering to host the meeting was made after trade ministers from various countries including Australia, Japan and Switzerland met for an informal WTO ministerial gathering in Davos.
Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO Deepak Jagdish Saksena attended the informal meeting held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual summit in Davos.
21st edition of India International Seafood Show opens in Goa
The 21st edition of the biennial India International Seafood Show opened in Margao in South Goa.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the three-day flagship trade event.
It is being organized by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA and the Seafood Export Association of India (SEAI).
Government to set up apex cyber crime coordination centre
To deal with cyber crimes such as financial frauds, circulation of communal and pornographic contents, the Union Home Ministry is planning to set up an apex coordination centre and has asked states to establish a similar mechanism in every district.

It has also released Rs 83 crore for setting up of a cyber forensic training laboratory-cum-training centre for police officials in each state.
The funds were given under the Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children Scheme.
The apex centre - Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) - would be set up in Delhi.
Siddheshwar Swami turns down Padma Shri
Karnataka-based seer, Siddheshwar Swami, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to express his unwillingness to accept the prestigious Padma Shri award.

In the letter, he mentioned that he was grateful to the Indian government, but he has little interest in awards.
According to media reports, he has clarified that his refusal has nothing to do with politics. He has never accepted honours in his life.
He even refused to receive Hon. Doctorate Award announced by Karnataka University a few years back.
‘Aadhaar’ is Oxford’s first Hindi word of the year
The Hindi Word of the Year for 2017 is 'AADHAAR'. This was announced by Oxford Dictionaries at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

'Aadhaar' also becomes the first Oxford Dictionaries Hindi Word of the Year.
The accompanying shortlisted words include Notebandi, Swachh, Vikaas, Yoga and Bahubali.
First ever 'Khadi Haat' inaugurated in Delhi
Marking the 69th Republic Day celebrations, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) have launched the first ever 'Khadi Haat' in the country.

The Khadi Haat was inaugurated on January 25 by Union Minister of State Giriraj Singh in Connaught Place, New Delhi.
New Delhi Lok Sabha MP Meenakshi Lekhi, KVIC Chairman V K Saxena and NDMC Chairman Naresh Kumar were present on the occasion.
International Events
India Second Cheapest Country to Live in: Survey
India is ranked second only to South Africa as the cheapest country to live or retire, according to a recent survey of 112 countries.

The survey by GoBankingRates ranked nations on the bases of four key affordability metrics provided by online pricing database Numbeo.
Bermuda, Bahamas, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Ghana are the five most expensive countries in the survey respectively.
India ranks 177 out of 180 in Environmental Performance Index
India is among the bottom five countries on the Environmental Performance Index 2018, plummeting 36 points from 141 in 2016, according to a biennial report by Yale and Columbia Universities along with the World Economic Forum.

Its overall low ranking — 177 among 180 countries — was linked to poor performance in the environment health policy and deaths due to air pollution categories.
While India is at the bottom of the list in the environmental health category, it ranks 178 out of 180 as far as air quality is concerned.
India offers to create digital villages in ASEAN countries
India has offered to enhance rural connectivity in fellow Association of Southeast Asian Nations during the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi said, “India offers to undertake a pilot project on rural connectivity, which would create digital villages in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam.”
PM Modi also proposed the ASEAN countries declare 2019 as the ASEAN-India Year of Tourism.
WEF launches Global Centre for Cybersecurity
In a bid to safeguard the world from hackers and growing data breaches, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has announced a new Global Centre for Cybersecurity.

Headquartered in Geneva, the centre will become operational from March.
Cyber breaches recorded by businesses are on the rise. In the last five years, these have almost doubled to an average of 130 breaches per business in 2017.
World Economic Forum Summit in Switzerland Concludes
Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned India after concluding his visit to Davos, Switzerland for World Economic Forum Summit.

During this visit the Prime Minister delivered a keynote address at the plenary session of 48th Annual meeting of world economic forum.
He became the first Indian Prime Minister in two decades to join the world’s top business leaders in the Swiss report town of Davos.
Mr Modi outlined climate change, terrorism and protectionism as 3 Global threats.
India Ranks 81st On Global Talent Competitiveness Index
India has moved up on a global index of talent competitiveness to the 81st position, but remains a laggard among the BRICS nations.

While Switzerland continues to top the list released every year on the first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting, India has improved its position from 92nd last year.
European countries dominate the top ranks, with 15 out of the top 25 places.
Malta's Valletta becomes Europe's Capital of Culture
Valletta has been officially inaugurated as the European Capital of Culture.

Over 140 projects and 400 events have been planned in 2018 around three main themes: Island Stories, Future Baroque and Voyages.
With about 6,000 inhabitants, Valletta is the smallest capital in the European Union.
It is located in a fortress and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
India at 62nd Position on WEF’s Inclusive Development Index
India ranks 62nd among emerging economies on the Inclusive Development Index, falling from its last year’s ranking of 60th, according to a report released on Jan. 22 by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum.

The rank is also much below that of its neighbors, with China taking the 26th spot while Pakistan is at 47th place.
Norway is once again the world’s most inclusive advanced economy while Lithuania tops the list of emerging economies.
India fifth most attractive market for investments: PwC survey
India has emerged as the fifth most attractive market for investments and the optimism over global economic growth is at a record level, a survey of CEOs by global consultancy PwC said.

Around 46 per cent of global CEOs consider the US as one of the three most important countries for growth, followed by China (33 per cent) and Germany (20 per cent) at second and third places, respectively. At the fourth spot is the UK (15 per cent).
India (9 per cent) bumps Japan (8 per cent) as the fifth most attractive market in 2018.
Sports
Wozniacki beats Simona Halep to win Australian Open women's title
Caroline Wozniacki has beaten Simona Halep in a classic Australian Open final 7-6(2) 3-6 6-4 to claim her first grand slam title.

The result ensured Wozniacki swiped Halep’s world number one ranking, six years after losing it at the 2012 Australian Open.
Delhi wins Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy 2018
In the finals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy final Delhi defeated Rajasthan by 41 runs to lift the title for the first time.

Chasing a competitive total of 154, Rajasthan began well but folded up for just 112.
Points to Remember

The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is a Twenty20 cricket domestic championship in India, organized by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), among the teams from Ranji Trophy.
Roger Federer wins sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title
Roger Federer won his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title with a five-set victory over Marin Cilic.

He beat Marin Cilic 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 3-6 6-1 to win.
Federer, 36, becomes only the fourth player after Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf to win 20 or more major singles titles.
Here is the list of winners this year:
Sandeep Lamichhane becomes first Nepal player to get IPL contract
Sandeep Lamichhane became the first cricketer from Nepal to land a deal an IPL contract when he was picked by Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing players auction.

The 17-year-old, the only Nepal player in the IPL auction, was sold at his base price of Rs 20 lakh.
The leg-spinner rose to prominence with a successful outing at the 2016 U-19 World Cup where he guided Nepal to a creditable eighth place.
Paes wins 25th Challenger doubles title at Newport Beach
Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes won his 25th ATP Challenger level doubles title with partner James Cerretani after beating Denis Kudla and Treat Huey in the final of the Newport Beach event.

The second-seeded Indo-American pair defeated the American-Filipino combine 6-4 7-5 in the summit clash of the USD 150,000 hard court tournament.
Paes, winner of 11 singles titles on the Challenger Tour, had ended the 2017 season with consecutive trophies.
Awards
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Honours

Republic Day Parade: Maharashtra wins best tableau award
The tableau from Maharashtra depicting the coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at the Republic Day Parade at the Rajpath won the first prize.

Among the three military services, the contingent from the Army's Punjab Regiment was awarded the best marching contingent trophy, while the Indo-Tibetan Border Police team won the best marching contingent prize among the para-military and other auxiliary forces.
Among the ministries, the best tableau award went to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The tableau depicted 'Khelo India', the national programme for development of sports.
Padma awards 2018 announced
This year 85 recipients have been selected for the prestigious Padma awards including two duo cases.

This includes 3 Padma Vibhushan, 9 Padma Bhushan and 73 Padma Shri awards.
Fourteen of the awardees are women, while 16 persons are foreigners and three are being awarded posthumous.
Padma Vibhushan:
Illaiyaraja
Ghulam Mustafa Khan
P. Parameswaran
Tamilnadu CM Edappady K Palaniswami receives Unesco award
Tamilnadu Chief Minister Edappady K. Palaniswami received the Unesco Award of Merit awarded to the iconic Ranganathaswamy temple in Srirangam (Tiruchy).

The Award of Merit, 2017, was given by Unesco Asia Pacific region for the cultural heritage conservation activities taken up at the temple without altering its original splendor.
The ancient Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is seen in reclining form.
Nara Lokesh receives Dr. Kalam Innovation in Governance Award 2018
Andhra Pradesh Information Technology (IT) Minister Nara Lokesh was felicitated with Dr. Kalam Innovation in Governance Award 2018 at the Dr. Kalam Centre.

Nara Lokesh outlined a number of innovative initiatives that the Andhra Pradesh Government is taking to improve its governance.
The award was presented by Rajya Sabha Secretary-General Desh Deepak Verma during the second edition of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Summit on innovation in governance.
Banking, Finance
BUSINESS

India, Uttarakhand and the World Bank sign $120 million Loan Agreement
The Government of India, the Government of Uttarakhand and the World Bank Board signed a $120 million Loan Agreement which will help increase access to improved water supply services in peri-urban areas in the State of Uttarakhand.

The Uttarakhand Water Supply Program for Peri-Urban Areas will help the State increase water supply coverage as well as ensure sustainable water supply service delivery in peri-urban areas.
It will develop and implement a service-oriented and efficient water supply policy for peri-urban areas, strengthen the current monitoring and evaluation systems, and provide dedicated incentives for preparation and adoption of water supply ‘master-plans’ in peri-urban areas.
NIIF makes its First Investment
The Government of India is pleased to take note that the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) has made its First investment.

NIIF has partnered with DP World to create an investment platform for ports, terminals, transportation and logistics businesses in India.
The platform will invest in opportunities in the ports sector, and beyond sea ports into areas such as river ports and transportation, freight corridors, port-led special economic zones, inland container terminals, and logistics infrastructure including cold storage.
IMF forecasts 7.4% growth for India in FY19
On the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's keynote address at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said India's growth will pick up in FY19.

That will see the country regain the tag of fastest-growing major economy, backing the government's revival theme.
The IMF also said 2017 saw the best global growth in seven years.
India is forecast to grow 7.4% in FY19 against 6.7% this year, gaining pace to 7.8% in FY20, the IMF said in its January update of the World Economic Outlook: Brighter Prospects, Optimistic Markets, Challenges Ahead
RIL becomes India’s first firm to cross Rs 6-lakh crore market cap
Reliance Industries (RIL) become the first Indian company to cross the Rs 6-lakh crore mark in market capitalisation as its shares touched a 52-week high of Rs 974.5.

RIL is owned 40% by its chairman Mukesh Ambani, making him the richest Indian with personal wealth of $40.7 billion and the 20th richest globally.
India’s largest software exporter, Tata Consultancy Services follows RIL with market capitalisation of Rs 5,95,946 crore.
IOB, NHB tie up for rural housing push
Indian Overseas Bank has signed an MoU with National Housing Bank for the Rural Housing Interest Subsidy Scheme (RHISS) of the Ministry of Rural Development.

The aim of the RHISS is to provide subsidy for housing loans taken by those living in rural areas for construction and modifications of their dwelling units.
The interest subsidy under the scheme is 3 per cent for a loan amount of Rs 2 lakh for 20-year tenure.
WEF to set up C4IR in Mumbai in partnership with RIL
The World Economic Forum (WEF) in partnership with India’s most valued firm Reliance Industries (RIL) has agreed to set up a new Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) in Mumbai.

This would be first (C4IR) opened outside Silicon Valley at San Francisco, which is already home to several exciting developments in the digital space.
Japan’s Development Loan Assistance to India for an amount of Yen 45 billion
The Government of Japan has committed JICA Official Development Assistance loan for an amount of Yen 45 billion (Rs.2587 crore approx.) for the project.

The Notes in this regard were exchanged between Mr. S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India and H.E. Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India on Japanese official development assistance loan for Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Project (Phase 3) (I).
Centre to infuse over Rs. 88,000 cr in PSU banks this fiscal
The Centre has announced that it would infuse over Rs. 88,000 crore as capital in public sector banks this fiscal, including Rs. 80,000 crore through recapitalisation bonds and Rs. 8,139 crore as budgetary support.

Financial Services Secretary Rajeev Kumar said that banks would have to first accept and adopt the reforms package finalised by the Finance Ministry.
The recapitalisation bonds will be non SLR status and non-tradeable.
Small Finance Banks and Payment Banks to offer Atal Pension Yojana
To strengthen the existing channels of APY distribution, it is felt that these new Payments Banks and Small Finance Banks will provide a boost to the outreach of subscribers under APY .

Participation in APY not only builds a pensioned society but also adds sustainable fee income to Banks by way of attractive incentive for mobilizing APY @ Rs 120-150 for each Account.
Appointments
Government appoints six new Joint Directors in CBI
Gujarat-cadre senior police officer Praveen Sinha is among six-newly appointed Joint Directors in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Sinha and two other police officers Ajay Bhatnagar and Pankaj Kumar Srivastava have been inducted in the CBI as Joint Directors.
Three other IPS officers Sharad Aggarwal, Gajendra Kumar Goswami and V Murugesan have also been appointed as JDs in the probe agency.
Usha Ananthasubramanian elected as first woman Chairman of IBA
Usha Ananthasubramanian, MD & CEO, Allahabad Bank, has been elected as the first woman Chairman of Indian Banks' Association (IBA).

Ms Usha was elected IBA Chairman for the year 2017-18 by its Managing Committee.
IBA Chairman's position was vacant following the superannuation of Jatinder Bir Singh.
Rajnish Kumar, Chairman, State Bank of India was elected as Deputy Chairman of IBA for the year 2017-18.
US Senate confirms Jerome H Powell as next Federal Reserve chairman
The United States Senate has confirmed Jerome H Powell as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, a powerful post having an influence on global economy.

Powell (64) will replace Janett Yellen, whose term ends in February.
He was confirmed by the US Senate by an overwhelming vote of 84-12.
Currently a Fed governor and former financial-firm executive, Powell is expected to mostly continue with Yellen’s policies.
‘Dilli Meri Dilli: Before and After 1998’- A book by Sheila Dikshit
Ex-CM Sheila Dikshit makes debut as author, in her first book Dilli Meri Dilli: Before and After 1998, looks at the Capital’s changing face.

The pictorial book traces the evolution of the city of Delhi over the centuries, and puts in perspective its impressive transformation since the beginning of the new millennium.
Deaths
Veteran Bengali actress Supriya Devi passes away
Veteran Bengali film actress and Padmashri awardee, Supriya Devi (Supriya Chowdhury), passed away at her residence in Kolkata. She was 83.

Supriya Devi made her debut in the Uttam Kumar-starrer Basu Parivar in 1952.
During her over five-decade career in the Bengali film industry she delivered many hit and classic films.
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