Daily Current Affairs: January 13, 2017

Citibank launches voice password in India

Citi India announced the launch of Voice Biometrics Authentication for its customer banking clients that will help it save 1 lakh customer hours annually. The new technology allows clients to use their voiceprints for authentication rather than having to remember multiple PINs or respond to questions used for verifying their identities.


Royal Sundaram General launches home insurance policy

Royal Sundaram General Insurance has launched a home insurance policy `Gruh Suraksha’ whose offerings would benefit a wide range of customers.


Indus OS partners Freecharge to launch digital payment platform ‘Recharge 2.0’

The platform named “Recharge 2.0″ will allow users one-touch access on the Indus phone dialer to recharge via Freecharge.


Global unemployment to rise by 3.4 m in 2017: ILO

Global unemployment is expected to rise by 3.4 million in 2017 despite a likely modest pick-up in economic growth at 3.4 per cent this year and 3.6 per cent in 2018, against a six-year low of 3.1 per cent in 2016, says a new report by the International Labour Organisation.

  • At present, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are the two regions most affected by vulnerable employment.

NITI Aayog projects 8% growth rate for 2016-17


India’s trade deficit with China climbs to $46.56 billion

India’s trade deficit with China mounted to a whopping $46.56 billion last year as Indian exports continued to decline while the bilateral trade marginally slowed down by 2.1 per cent to nearly $71 billion.


Indian digital sector set to grow to Rs 20,000-crore mark by 2020

The Indian digital sector is expected to cross the Rs 20,000-crore mark by 2020 from Rs 8,490 crore at present, largely led by OTT and digital advertising, according to a report.


Ken-Betwa river linking project gets green panel nod

The NDA government’s ambitious Rs. 9,393 crore Ken-Betwa river interlinking project that will irrigate 6.35 lakh hectares and mitigate drinking water woes of Bundelkhand region has received clearance from the green panel and Tribal Affairs ministry.


Delhi declared free of bird flu

The Capital has been declared free from H5N8 avian influenza, which had scared residents in October last year.


Bihar to use ISRO satellites to take photo of the ‘world’s longest human chain’

Three satellites, including one foreign and two of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), will be used to click images of the “world’s longest human chain” of over 11,000 km on January 21 in support of prohibition in Bihar.

  • The state government has decided to form the world’s longest human chain in the state to demonstrate public support for prohibition. It will probably be the first of its kind event in the country.

Bihar school education budget higher than national average

Bihar’s school education budget is 5.6 per cent of its gross state domestic product, which is higher than the national average of 2.7 per cent of GDP, according to a study.


World’s first gender literature fest in Patna

The world’s first ‘Gender Literature Festival’ will be held in Patna in the second week of April.

  • “The objective of this initiative is to create a platform, to exchange ideas, and to share and learn experiences of renowned people in the field of gender [-based or focussed] literature.     

India’s first solar boat launched in Kochi, Kerala

The country’s first solar ferry boat ‘Aaditya’ was launched in the 2.5-km Vaikom-Tavanakkadavu sector even as the state government sought Central financial assistance to roll out 10 more such passenger boats as part of its aim to replace the existing fleet of diesel boats with solar-powered ones.


BSNL partners Tata Communications to set up 44 million Wi-Fi hotspots abroad

State-owned telecom firm BSNL has partnered with Tata Communications to provide its customers access to 44 million Wi-Fi hotspots globally at fixed prices starting Rs 999.

  • BSNL is the first among the Indian mobile operators to have taken this big step forward towards how mobile subscribers use Wi-Fi internationally.

BSNL Launches “Sanchar Aadhar” for Aadhar Based eKYC and Digital Customer Engagement

BSNL has launched its prestigious Customer Acquisition and Customer Communication Management (CACMS) project that digitalizes mission critical, customer centric business process to provide compelling customer experience across all channels throughout the customer lifecycle.


Vodafone partners Tata Medical Centre to spread cancer awareness

Telecom major Vodafone India has joined hands with Tata Medical Centre-Kolkata to enhance awareness on the growing incidence of cancer in children and raise funds for the treatment of cancer in underprivileged children.

  • This partnership is to encourage donation, spread awareness on prevention and treatment of cancer.

Consulate General of India in Dubai announces launch of ‘Diplomats Cricket Championship Cup’

Consulate General of India in Dubai announced launch of the ‘Diplomats Cricket Championship Cup’ in association with the Skyline University College, Sharjah, to promote sportsmanship, camaraderie and harmonious relationship among the diplomatic missions of UAE.


Former world champion Laishram Sarita becomes 1st female boxer from India to turn pro

Former world champion Laishram Sarita will make her professional debut against Zsofia Bedo of Hungary in the Indian Boxing Council’s January 29 fight night to be held in her home town of Imphal.

  • Sarita, who is also an Asian Games bronze-medallist besides being a multiple-time Asian champion, will become the first ever female boxer from India to step into the world of professional boxing at the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex indoor arena.

Japan pledges $ 8.7-billion aid package to Philippines

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to give the Philippines $ 8.66 billion (1 trillion yen) in aid, which would be spread over 5 years.


Joe Biden awarded freedom medal by Obama

President Barack Obama awarded Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction, the highest civilian honour, in a surprise tribute at the White House.


Russia to ban cigarette sale ‘to anyone born after 2015’

The Russian health ministry has unveiled plans to ban the sale of cigarettes to anyone born after 2015.

  • The Health Ministry proposal, which has the backing of President Vladimir Putin, would make Russia the first country in the world to completely phase out tobacco.

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