Daily Current Affairs: January 11, 2017

World Bank projects global growth at 2.7 per cent in 2017

In an encouraging sign, the World Bank projected a global growth of 2.7 per cent in 2017, even as it observed that stagnant global trade, subdued investment and heightened policy uncertainty marked another difficult year for the world economy.

  • The global economic growth is forecast to accelerate moderately to 2.7 per cent in 2017 after a post-crisis low of 2.3 per cent in 2016.

World Bank pares India’s growth forecast for FY17 to 7% from 7.6%

The World Bank has pared India’s growth forecast for FY17 to 7% from 7.6% estimated earlier, attributing it partly to demonetisation of high-value currency notes.

Barclays becomes first lender to tie up with India Post

British lender Barclays became the first bank to have a national tie-up with the India Post which runs over 1,55,000 post offices across the country.

  • The tie-up with India Post allows Barclays to extend its services across the 1,55,000 post offices across the nook and cranny of the country.

Helped by HDFC Bank, TN temples to go digital

From introducing digital wallets to installing point of sale (PoS) terminals (card swiping machines) at counters, temples in Tamil Nadu are embracing digital mode in order to help devotees make their donations without any hassle.

  • Helped by HDFC Bank, five temples in Kanyakumari district in southern Tamil Nadu have introduced digital wallets and PoS to enable their devotees pay donations.

PhonePe joins Flipkart App

PhonePe, a UPI-based mobile payment company acquired by Flipkart last year, now launched an integrated payment option on the ecommerce firm’s Android app. This allows Flipkart customers to do transactions using the unified payment interface (UPI) from within the mobile app.

Oxigen Wallet’s Artificial Intelligent Chatbot launched in collaboration with Niki.ai

Oxigen Wallet announced the launch of ‘Chat & Pay’ a chatbot service.

  • Powered by personal assistant Niki’s artificial intelligence engine, Oxigen Wallet users will be able to pay for services like recharge or bill payments by simply chatting with Niki’s assistant within the Oxigen Wallet app.

India announces $100 million Line of Credit to Kenya

India announced a $100-million Line of Credit to Kenya for agricultural mechanisation after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta during which they also decided to deepen economic cooperation, identifying expansion of bilateral trade as a “priority”.

India signs MoU with the US for greater cooperation on on cyber security

Saudi Arabia increases India’s annual Haj quota to 1.70 lakh

Saudi Arabia has increased India’s annual Haj quota from 1.36 lakh to 1.70 lakh, biggest such expansion in last 29 years.

Centre looks to raise up to Rs 6,000 crore via CPSE ETF

After a gap of nearly three years, the Centre will raise up to Rs 6,000 crore through a follow-on fund offer of an extant CPSE exchange traded fund (ETF) this fiscal. The issue will be open for subscription from January 17 to 20.

  • The ETF FFO issue size (is of) Rs 4,500 crore; plus green shoe option of Rs 1,500 crore.

NITI Aayog to come out with 3-year action plan to accelerate economic growth

Government has already decided to do away with the practice preparing annual budgets on the basis of five year plans from next fiscal.

  • NITI Aayog will come out with three-year action plan within two months with a view to accelerate economic growth and make it more inclusive by focusing on the health sector.

NDDB, Arunachal Pradesh in pact to promote dairying

With a view to promote dairying and rural livelihoods in the State, Arunachal Pradesh has signed an MoU with National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017.

Amazon India signs MoU with Gujarat Tribal Development Department to empower tribal entrepreneurs

With an aim to drive digital literacy among tribal entrepreneurs in Gujarat, Amazon India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Gujarat Tribal Development Department (TDD) during the “Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017″.

Tamil Nadu declares all districts drought-hit

The Tamil Nadu government declared all districts of the state drought-hit following a deficit in the northeast monsoon last year. Chief Minister O Panneerselvam announced several schemes for farmers, including waiver in land tax. He confirmed 17 suicides of drought-affected farmers in the past two months and announced aid of Rs 3 lakh to each of the bereaved families.

Rajasthan government plans college for hearing impaired students

The state government is in discussion with an organisation to open a college for hearing impaired students of the state. This will be first of its kind in the country and discussions in this direction are going on.

Delhi Airport first in world to adopt digital platform Arc

Delhi Airport claimed it has become the first aerodrome in the world to adopt unique performance and benchmarking digital platform, Arc, which helps in tracking and monitoring building performance.

On-road emission tests to be mandatory from 2020

On-road emission tests for vehicles plying on Indian roads will be mandatory once the Bharat Stage VI norm kicks in from 2020, for which testing agency ARAI is developing a unified test cycle.

PR Sreejesh becomes member of FIH Athletes’ Committee

Former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat’s biography released

Yana Kudryavtseva, 13-time gymnastics world champion, retires aged 19

  • Russian rhythmic gymnast Yana Kudryavtseva has retired from competition aged just 19 following a brief but dazzling career.

Kudryavtseva won 13 world championships from 2013 to 2015.

Eight-year old Kashmiri boy Abbu Ammaz becomes national boxing champion

  • Abbu Ammaz, a class 2 student from Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri has won gold medal in Thai Boxing Championship at the national level.

Arudra festival celebrated with fervour in Puducherry

People across Puducherry offered worship at various saivite temples on the occasion of Arudra festival.

  • The festival was a major event at the over 400-year-old shrine of Kalatheeswarar temple in the heart of the town.

Israel to build the world’s tallest Solar Tower By 2018

Israel’s fledgling solar industry is trying to make a leap forward with a large-scale project boasting the world’s tallest solar tower, as a symbol of Israel’s renewal energy ambitions.

Norway becomes first country to cease FM radio broadcasting

Norway has become the first country to cease FM radio broadcasting. The northern county of Nordland has stopped broadcasting using analogue frequencies yesterday as the Government plans to roll out digital-only radio over the course of the year.

Daniel Ortega sworn in as Nicaragua’s President for 3rd term

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