Daily Current Affairs: January 07, 2017

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas kicks off in Bengaluru

The 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or Non-Resident Indian (NRI) day got off to a colourful started on January 7, 2017, with the young Indian diaspora from across the world connecting with their motherland and discovering its wonders.

  • About 400 young Indian diaspora participated in the Youth Pravis Bharatiya Divas (PBD) at the inaugural session on “Role of the diaspora in the transformation of India”.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will officially inaugurate the event on January 8, 2017 and deliver the keynote address in the presence of Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa as the chief guest.

All India Conference of Waqf Boards begins

The All India Conference of Chairpersons and Chief Executive Officers of states and union territories’ Waqf Boards began in the national capital.

  • The conference was inaugurated by Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

HRD constitutes committee to selected new UGC chairman

The Union HRD ministry has decided to constitute a three member committee to search for a new chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) as the tenure of the present incumbent Ved Prakash is about to end.

  • According to officials the ministry has decided to constitute the panel which would be headed by Dr H R Nagendra, who is Chancellor of S-VYASA and is also likely to include former VC of Saurashtra University D P Singh and former VC of Lucknow University.

Tata Motors and Castrol Announce Global Strategic Partnership

Tata Motors and Castrol have announced the signing of a three-year strategic partnership agreement for the supply of Commercial Vehicle Oils to Tata Motors globally.


Sania wins Brisbane women’s doubles title but loses No.1 rank

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza picked up her first title of the season, combining with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to lift the Brisbane International women’s doubles title.


Sushant Singh Rajput crowned as ‘another name for success’

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who recently won everyone’s heart with “MS Dhoni : The Untold Story”, kick-started his new year by earning a title by a film magazine as ‘another name for success’.

  • The young actor graced the cover of film magazine ‘Cineblitz’, looking dapper and effortlessly cool where he was graced with the title.

Portuguese ex-president Mario Soares dies at 92

Mario Soares, a former prime minister and president of Portugal who helped steer his country toward democracy after a 1974 military coup and grew into a global statesman, has died.

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