Daily Current Affairs: January 25, 2017

Current Affairs January 25, 2017

SBI wealth management product launched in Kochi

 State Bank of India (SBI) has launched ‘SBI Exclusif,’ its wealth management offering, in Kochi, Kerala. It will be rolled out in other cities in the state during the course of the year.

Indiabulls Housing ties up with Paisabazaar for e-Home Loans

Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd. (IBHFL) has entered into a strategic partnership with Paisabazaar.com, India’s leading online financial marketplace, to offer online home loans to consumers.

XL Catlin obtains final approval to establish an onshore reinsurance branch in India

XL Catlin’s reinsurance business group has announced that it has received final approval from the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDAI) to open an onshore reinsurance branch office of XL Insurance Company SE (XLICSE) in India.

  • XL Catlin – headquartered in Dublin, Ireland

Rubber Soil Information System (RubSIS) for Rubber Growers launched by Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Commerce & Industry Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman launched Rubber Soil Information System (RubSIS), an online system for recommending application of appropriate mix of fertilizers to the specific plantations of rubber growers depending upon their soil nature.

Delhi University to be first public varsity to hoist “Monumental” flagpole

According to the Flag Foundation of India, DU is the first public university in the country to get a monumental flagpole.

  • The resolution to install the national flag on campuses was adopted on February 18 2016 at a meeting chaired by then HRD Minister Smriti Irani with an aim of “instilling nationalism and pride” in students.
  • The flagpole has been installed at Delhi University’s Hansraj college.

‘Khelegi toh Khilegi’ – a pan-India initiative for girl’s football launched in the capital

On occasion of the National Girl Child Day, Nurturing Excellence in Sports Trust (NEST) along with National Yuva Cooperative Society launched ‘Khelegi toh Khilegi’, which is a pan-India football based programme for girls between the age to 10-15 years.

  • The first every event was held amid great fanfare at Thyagaraj Stadium in the capital where over 700 girls took part from across Delhi NCR.

Rajasthan school syllabus to include demonetisation and cashless economy

Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education has decided to include a chapter on demonetisation and cashless economy in the Class 12 textbook of economics.

Himachal Pradesh beats Kerala in learning outcomes: ASER

In 2016, the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), a survey by non-governmental organisation, Pratham, conducted a survey in both government and private school across the nation.

  • The report found that enrolment rate of students in the age group 6 to 14 in Himachal Pradesh was 99.8%. It secured first rank in achieving learning outcomes in basic reading and mathematics across the country.
  • It has the country’s highest reading and mathematics learning levels, shooting past even Kerala, which has an almost spotless track record of maintaining its position as the most literate state.

Kerala becomes first State to introduce E-health project

Kerala becomes the first State in the country to introduce E-health project in Government health sector.

  • The initiative helps process data in the health care system and administration of hospitals through which the public could access information about various health schemes, details of hospitals, and treatment facilities, besides seeking online appointments.

T-hub launches GIS Innovation Hub powered by Esri India

Telangana government backed startup incubator T-Hub launched GIS Innovation Hub (GIH) for startups in the city, powered by Esri India, the geographic information system, or GIS, software and solutions provider.

Idea Money launches ‘Retailer Assisted Model’; to promote digital payments

With a focus on encouraging its mobile customers to conduct digital transactions conveniently, and to support the government’s vision of a cashless economy, Idea Money, has launched its ‘Retailer Assisted Model’ to drive usage of several value added products with retail outlets for its wallet customers, both digital and non-digital, bringing them into the fold of digital payments.

‘Natyarambha’ smartphone app launched for Bharatanatyam enthusiasts

Noted Bharatanatyam dancer Ananda Shankar Jayant has come up with a digital application which aims to enable Bharatanatyam enthusiasts continue their practice beyond the classroom besides transforming the way dance is currently taught.

  • The app, ‘Natyarambha’ available on www.natyarambha.com, contains guided lessons, mnemonics, music, and visuals, replicating the format of a Bharatanatyam class, and a range of practice options to enable practice at home easy.

India Open from February 14

The US $ 120,000 Seamaster 2017 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour ‘India Open,’ offering the highest ever prize money in the country, will be held for the first time at the Thyagaraj Stadium, New Delhi from February 14 to 19.

Burj Khalifa in Dubai to be displayed in tri-colour

As a goodwill gesture to mark the historic visit of Shaikh Mohammad to India as the Chief Guest on the 68th Republic Day and also to mark the close India – UAE ties, the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai will be displayed in the tri-colour on 25 and 26 January 2017 at evening.

UN appoints Director of UNIC in New Delhi

Derk Segaar of the Netherlands has been appointed Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in New Delhi, covering India and the Kingdom of Bhutan by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Kremlin in Russia to host 2018 FIFA World Cup finals draw

The draw for the 2018 World Cup finals hosted by Russia will take place in the Kremlin on December 1.

Usain Bolt stripped off 2008 Olympic Gold after team-mate fails drug test

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has lose one of the nine Olympic gold medals he won at the 2008 Beijing Games after his team-mate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance.

World’s first stable semi-synthetic organism created

In a breakthrough, scientists in Washington DC, USA have created the first stable semi-synthetic organism – a single-celled bacterium – that may play important roles in drug discovery and other applications.

Scientists discover giant otter fossils in China

A team of researchers have discovered prehistoric wolf-sized otter fossils with a large head and a powerful jaw, weighing around 100 pounds, in China’s Yunnan province.

China builds world’s biggest solar farm in journey to become green superpower




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