Daily Current Affairs: January 20, 2017

Amendment in Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme (PMGKDS), 2016

The government has barred cooperative banks from accepting deposits Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme.

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UIDAI for incentives to merchants using Aadhaar payment system

In a bid to promote Aadhaar-based payment system, especially in rural pockets, UIDAI has favoured “incentives” for shopkeepers using the biometric mode for digital transactions, in line with commission given by banks to Business Correspondents.

Govt declares Rs 60.90 crore prize money for digital transactions

The government has declared a prize money worth Rs 60.90 crore for 3.81 lakh consumers and 21,000 merchants at 24 Digi-DhanMelas across the country.

India, UAE hold first strategic dialogue in defence and security in New Delhi

Ahead of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s arrival in New Delhi as chief guest for this year’s Republic Day celebrations, India and the UAE held their first strategic dialogue keeping with the decision to elevate the bilateral relationship to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

Centre releases Rs 2,207cr to J&K as special assistance in FY17

The central government has sanctioned Rs 2,207.30 crore to Jammu & Kashmir as ‘special assistance’ during 2016-17 with a view to expediting completion of area-specific schemes.

Ministry of Railways Signs Joint Venture Agreement with the Govt. of Jharkhand

A Joint Venture Agreement was signed between Ministry of Railways and Government of Jharkhand for developing railway infrastructure in the State.

INS Vikramaditya- India’s first warship to have ‘onboard’ ATM

India’s biggest aircraft carrier ship is set to make history by the becoming the nation’s first warship to have an ATM onboard the vessel.

  • The ATM belonging to the State Bank of India (SBI) will be operated through satellite link.

Punjab Royals crowned champions of Pro Wrestling League Season 2

Punjab Royals bag the Pro Wrestling League season 2 title by prevailing 5-4 over Haryana Hammers in a keenly contested summit clash.

Flipkart ranked amongst India’s most trusted e-tailing brands

Electronic commerce company Flipkart continues to retain its apex position as India’s most trusted e-commerce brand, for the fourth time in a row, in a nationwide consumer study titled the ‘The Indian E-tailing Leadership Index’, conducted by research firm Red Seer Consulting.

ISKCON’s Govardhan eco village bags UN award

ISKCON’s Govardhan eco village at nearby Wada taluka in Thane district of Mumbai has been conferred the United Nations award for taking innovative measures of ’sustainable tourism’ in country.

  • This is for the first time India has won such recognition from the UN in the NGO sector.

First flight under UDAN scheme to take off in February 2017

The first flight is likely to take off next month under the government’s ambitious regional connectivity scheme-UDAN.

  • The scheme UDAN (Ude Desh Ke Aam Naagrik) seeks to boost regional air connectivity and provides various incentives to airlines.

LinkedIn launches new desktop version with ‘chatbots’

With an aim to get more people to visit and stay on its site for a long time, LinkedIn is seeking to redesign its desktop site with a simpler app-like look.

  • LinkedIn is also introducing its own form of ‘chatbots’. The feature will suggest the user people he/she can chat with at companies.

NASA’s ‘Psyche’ mission could reveal formation of solar system

NASA is preparing to send a spacecraft to a giant “metal” asteroid that may tell scientists the secret of how our solar system was formed.

  • The mission called “Psyche” is focused to know whether the asteroid, called “16 Psyche” and thought to be made of iron and nickel, could be part of what was an earlier planet perhaps as large as Mars.

Adama Barrow sworn in as Gambia’s president

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