Daily Current Affairs 23rd January, 2018

Daily Current Affairs 23 January 2018 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.

NATIONAL NEWS

India to host first summit of International Solar Alliance: Modi

Citing global climate change as one of the biggest global challenges, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India will host the first summit of the International Solar Alliance (IAS) in March.

First International Dam Safety Conference held in Thiruvananthapuram

The first International Dam Safety Conference-2018 was held in Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) from January 23-24, 2018.

  • This Conference is fourth in series organized under the aegis of ongoing Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP).

Coast Guard patrol vessel Vijaya launched

‘Vijaya’, the second offshore patrol vessel (OPV) built by the Larsen and Toubro Shipyard for the Indian Coast Guard has been launched.

  • The indigenously built vessel ‘Vijaya’, equipped with state-of art radar, navigational and communication system, will be utilised for day and night patrol and surveillance, anti-terrorist, anti-smuggling operations and coastal security.


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

10th Global Forum for Food & Agriculture held in Berlin

The 10th edition of Global Forum for Food & Agriculture was held in Berlin, Germany from 18th -20th January 2018. The theme of this year’s event is “Shaping the future of livestock – sustainably, responsibly, efficiently”.

  • The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference held during International Green Week (IGW) that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry.

Malta’s Valletta Becomes Europe’s Capital of Culture

Valletta, the capital of Malta officially named European Capital of Culture 2018. Valletta will share the title with Leeuwarden, a city in the Netherlands.

  • Notably, the ‘European Capitals of Culture’ initiative aims to highlight the diversity of European culture and to increase the citizens’ sense of belonging to a common cultural area.


BANKING 

IOB joins hands with National Housing Board

Leading Public Sector Bank (PSB), Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Housing Bank for implementation of the Rural Housing Interest Subsidy Scheme (RHISS) of the Ministry of Rural Development. IOB is one of first major public sector bank to execute the MoU to implement the scheme.



ECONOMY

India fifth most attractive market for investments: CEOs survey

India has emerged as the fifth most attractive market for investments and the optimism over global economic growth is at a record level, according to a survey of CEOs by global consultancy PwC.

  • 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,” it noted. 

RIL becomes India’s first firm to cross ₹6-lakh crore market cap

Reliance Industries (RIL) become the first Indian company to cross the ₹6-lakh crore mark in market capitalisation as its shares touched a 52-week high of ₹974.5.

  • Also, HDFC Bank become the first bank to cross market capitalisation of ₹5 lakh crore.


SPORTS

Siddharth Singh wins Swedish Open Junior title

Young Indian shuttler Siddharth Pratap Singh secured his maiden international title, bagging the men’s title in Swedish Open Junior International Series with a straight-game victory over Denmark’s Mads Christophersen in the finals.

West Indies to host 2018 Women’s World T20

The 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 will be hosted in the West Indies from 9 to 24 November 2018, during the 2018–19 international cricket season. It will be the sixth edition of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20, and the second hosted by the West Indies (after the 2010 edition).



APPOINTMENTS

S Somnath takes charge as Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre’s director

ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) director S Somnath has taken charge as the new director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), which is ISRO’s lead centre for launch vehicles.



AWARDS

63rd Filmfare Awards 2018: Complete List of Winners

Bollywood came together to celebrate the industry’s talent at 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018, held in Mumbai. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan and filmmaker Karan Johar hosted the show.

Here is the complete list of winners of 63rd Filmfare Awards 2018:
1. Best Film  —  ‘Hindi Medium’
2. Critics’ Award for Best Film  —   ‘Newton’
3. Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female)  —  Vidya Balan for ‘Tumhari Sulu’
4. Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male)  —  Irrfan Khan for ‘Hindi Medium’
5. Critics’ Award for Best Actor (Male)   —  Rajkummar Rao for ‘Trapped’
6. Critics’ Award for Best Actor (Female)  —  Zaira Wasim for ‘Secret Superstar’
7. Best Director  —  Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari for ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’
8. Best Debut Director   —  Konkona Sensharma for ‘A Death in the Gunj’
9. Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male)   —  Rajkummar Rao for ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’
10. Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)   —  Meher Vij for ‘Secret Superstar’
11. Best Dialogue   —  Hitesh Kewalya for ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’
12. Best Screenplay   —  Shubhashish Bhutiani for ‘Mukti Bhavan’
13. Best Original Story   —  Amit Masurkar for ‘Newton’
14. Best Actor (Male) in a Short Film   —  Jackie Shroff for ‘Khujli’
15. Best Actor (Female) in a Short Film   —  Shefali Shah for ‘Juice’
16. People’s Choice Award for Best Short Film  —  ‘Anahut’
17. Best Short Film (Fiction)   — ‘Juice’
18. Best Short Film (Non Fiction)   —  ‘Invisible Wings’
19. Best Music   —  Album Pritam for ‘Jagga Jasoos’
20. Best Playback Singer (Male)   —  Arijit Singh for ‘Roke na ruke naina’ – ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’



OBITUARIES

Award-winning fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin passes away

American Novelist Ursula K Le Guin, one of the greatest science-fiction and fantasy authors, has passed away at the age of 88. Le Guin’s work spanned multiple genres and categories but is best known for her work in the science fiction and fantasy realm.

  • She is particularly well-known for her series of young adult fantasy books that take place in the world of Earthsea, as well as her science-fiction novel ‘The Left Hand of Darkness’ (Ace Books, 1969), about the meeting of interplanetary cultures.

Noted philanthropist Honsen Lyngdoh passes away

Meghalaya’s noted philanthropist Honsen Lyngdoh has passed away. A self-taught man, he had funded several road construction projects in the rural areas, much before the central government’s Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana came into existence.

Hugh Masekela, ‘Father of South African Jazz’ Passes Away

Trumpeter, composer and singer Hugh Masekela, affectionately known as the ‘father of South African jazz’, has died after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 78.



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