Daily Current Affairs: January 10, 2017

PropTiger, Housing.com merge to form India’s largest online real estate company

In a major consolidation in the online realty space, PropTiger.com and Housing.com has announced a merger to create India’s largest online real estate services company and the joint entity will raise $55 million of fresh investment.


MobiKwik to offer zero surcharge at petrol pumps, LPG payments

Domestic mobile wallet platform MobiKwik has announced zero surcharge on all transactions at petrol pumps and LPG gas payments. The announcement of zero surcharge on all petrol pumps and LPG transactions will benefit consumers and will motivate them to continue using digital payments.


FreeCharge to be wallet partner for Jaipur LitFest

FreeCharge has partnered ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), the world’s largest free literary festival, with a vision in line with the growth of digitisation and ensuring secured payments in the fastest and most effective way possible.


Yatra.com introduces United Payment Interface on its website

Travel portal Yatra.com has introduced Unified Payment Interface (UPI), as an alternate payment option on its website. The company said the addition will allow customers to pay directly from a bank account to different merchants, both online and offline.


BSE launches mobile app for mutual fund trading

Making trading in mutual funds more convenient for investors, top stock exchange BSE announced the launch of the ‘BSE StAR MF’ mobile application.

  • BSE runs the mutual fund trading platform – BSE Star MF — the largest MF distributor platform in India with more than 4 lakh SIPs (Systematic Investment Plans) per month.

IRCTC launches new App for faster booking of train tickets

Railways has launched a new ticketing App, IRCTC Rail Connect, to facilitate booking of train tickets in a faster and easier way. Equipped with latest technology, the new App also makes possible booking of tatkal ticket, ladies quota, premium tatkal quota booking and current reservation. This app will replace the existing ‘IRCTC connect’ app.


PM Modi Inaugurated the Nobel Prize Series Exhibition in Gandhinagar, Gujarat


India & Portugal to work out a co-production agreement in Films Sector

India and Portugal have agreed to work out modalities for a co-production agreement in the Film Sector.  The agreement would be framed in a time-bound manner keeping in mind the legal aspects of such an agreement.


Rajnath Singh lays the Foundation Stone of New NDRF Campus in Andhra Pradesh

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh laid the foundation stone of the new NDRF campus at Konda Pavuluru, Gannavaram (Mandal), Krishna, Andhra Pradesh.


Manohar Parrikar inaugurates International Conference & Exhibition on Re-enforced Plastics in Mumbai


Two-day 20th National Conference on e-Governance concludes in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh


Microsoft, ICRISAT partner to improve crop yields in Andhra Pradesh

A pilot project using cloud technology by Microsoft and ICRISAT in Andhra Pradesh has increased the groundnut crop yield, it was announced at the 20th National Conference on e-Governance.


BMC launches mobile app to locate public toilets across Mumbai

Citizens can now locate toilets in Mumbai at the tip of their fingers thanks to a mobile application, ‘Mumbai Toilet Locator’ introduced by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).


Jaipur next destination for startups after Bengaluru

Projecting Rajasthan on growth trajectory, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said the state capital is emerging as the next destination for startups for which the government is providing supporting environment.


Uber join hands with Apollo Hospitals for road safety

Online cab-hailing firm Uber announced its partnership with Apollo Hospitals to implement a road safety training programme for its driver-partners in 29 cities across the country.


TB survivor Amitabh Bachchan gets awarded by US Embassy for spreading awareness

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was given an award by the US Embassy in appreciation for his invaluable contributions to the US-India partnership on tuberculosis.


IIT Kharagpur alumnus wins Technical achievement Oscar

Indian-American Parag Havaldar, a computer engineer from IIT Kharagpur, is part of the Academy Awards’ list of winners for Techinical achievement.


Gionee signs Virat Kohli as brand ambassador

Mobile handset brand Gionee has roped in Indian test captain Virat Kohli as the brand ambassador. The poster boy for Indian cricket will be joining Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt who was roped in a few months ago.


Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa best player award

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best player at the inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards in Zurich.


Claudio Ranieri has been named FIFA Coach of the Year for 2016 for Leicester City


Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrated in Egypt

Vishwa Hindi Divas (World Hindi Day) and Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Overseas Indian Day) was celebrated in the Egypt’s capital Cairo on Jan 10, 2017 to make the language popular in the country.


NIIT opens its biggest data training center in China

Skills and talent development company NIIT said it has unveiled its largest big data training base at Guiyang City in China. The centre will conduct IT and big data training for university graduates, working professionals and government employees in Guizhou province.


China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A


Senior sports journalist Ramu Sharma passes away


Eminent jurist Weeramantry passed away

Eminent jurist C.G. Weeramantry, who was the first Sri Lankan to be appointed to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, and acclaimed for his dissenting judgment on nuclear weapons, passed away.


Former German president Roman Herzog dies at 82

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