Daily Current Affairs: January 14, 2017

SBI in pact with Oman’s SGRF, to invest $50 mn in Oman-India fund

State General Reserve Fund of Oman (SGRF), a Sovereign Wealth Fund and the State Bank of India will infuse $150 million and $50 million respectively in private equity fund Oman India Joint Investment Fund (OIJIF).

NPCI declares Rs 54.90 crore prize money for NITI Aayog’s lucky draw schemes

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) today declared Rs 54.90 crore prize money to over 3.42 lakh winners for NITI Aayog’s lucky draw schemes for consumers and merchants.

  • The two schemes are – Lucky Grahak Yojna (LGY) and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojna (DVY). They were launched on December 25 last year and shall remain open till April 14, 2017.
  • There are 15,000 daily winners qualifying for total prize money of Rs. 1.5 crore. In additional to this there are over 14,000 weekly winners qualifying for total prize money of over Rs. 8.3 crore every week

India, Sri Lanka sign MoU to construct 3,000 rain water harvesting systems

India and Sri Lanka signed an MoU to construct 3000 rain water harvesting systems at a cost of 30 crore Sri Lankan Rupees in northern Jaffna District.

India, US sign MoU for collaboration in third world countries

As per the MoU signed, the two countries would collaborate on exchange of information and experience in sectors or issues pertaining to project development or implementation in partner countries.

Amul signs Rs 450 crore worth MoUs with Gujarat government

Amul has inked several MoUs worth Rs 450 crore with the Gujarat government with investment intentions that include expansion plans and augmentation of its ongoing project involving the state government in tackling SAM (severe acute malnutrition) among children and women.

The fourth International Kite Festival began in New Delhi.

Professional kite flying experts from across India and the globe are taking part in the three-day festival, which will have an exhibition on the history of kites as well.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Department launched mobile app ‘pinakin’

For the benefit of both domestic and international tourists, Tamil Nadu Tourism Department has launched a mobile app ‘pinakin’ with information on tourism in Tamil Nadu with audio facilities.

  • The app, in two languages — Tamil and English — covers world heritage tourist sites like Mamallapuram, Thanjavur Big Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Darasuram.

Gujarat wins First Ranji Trophy title beating Mumbai by five wickets

Gujarat won their first ever Ranji Trophy title beating Mumbai by five wickets in the final at the Holkar stadium in Indore.

Mumbai hosted conference on Christian heritage

Mumbai hosted a two-day international conference that focused on the topic of ‘The Material Cultural Heritage of Christianity in Maharashtra’.

TRAI increases data vouchers validity from 90 days to 365 days

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released the Telecom Consumers Protection (Tenth Amendment) Regulations, 2016 permitting special data vouchers with longer validity of 365 days. The present regulatory regime allows telecom service providers (TSP) to offer data services in the form of special tariff vouchers either exclusively or in combination with other tariff items with a maximum permitted validity of 90 days.

Tisca Chopra wins Best Actress Award for Chutney

Tisca was named Best Actress for Chutney at the Jio Filmfare Short Film Awards. This is her first Filmfare Award.

Pankaj Advani wins Kolkata Open snooker Championship

Cuesports ace Pankaj Advani put up a flawless display to outclass Aditya Mehta 5-1 and win the 3rd Kolkata Open National Invitation Snooker Championship 2017.

Former Punjab CM Surjit Singh Barnala passes away

Former Punjab Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala, who took over reins of the state in the difficult period when militancy was at its peak in the mid-80s, passed away.

Ecuador takes chair of UN group of 134 developing countries

Ecuador has taken over from Thailand as chair of the Group of 77 which promotes the interests of the 134 developing countries it represents at the United Nations.

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