Current Affairs Daily Updates 2nd January 2017

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Current Affairs Daily Updates 2nd January 2017

Indian origin man appointed as Major General in Kyrgyzstan:
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  • Sheikh Rafik Mohammed, a Keralite, was appointed Major General by Kyrgyzstan Defence Minister Ali Mirza. 
  • This is the first time a Keralite has been included in top military leadership of a foreign country. 
  • Rafik worked as an adviser to the former President Kurmanbek Saliyevich Bakiyev (2005-2010).
Archana Nigam is new Controller General of Accounts
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  • The Centre has appointed Archana Nigam as the next Controller General of Accounts in the Finance Ministry.
  • Prior to this appointment, Nigam was involved in the critical task of setting up of the accounting framework for the GST regime to be launched by Government in next financial year.
  • Nigam, who assumed charge as CGA on 2 January 2017, has been appointed in the place of M.J.Joseph, who has superannuated on 31 December 2016.
Shraddha, Ghyansham Kumar Devansh chosen for 2016 Bharatiya Jananpith Navlekhan award
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  • Two new Hindi writers Shraddha and Ghyansham Kumar Devansh have been chosen for Bharatiya Jnanpith Navlekhan Award for the year 2016, the literary organisation announced .
  • The decision to confer the award on Shraddha for her short story, 'Hawa Mein Phadphadati Chitthi' and on Devansh for his poem 'Akash Mein Deh' was taken unanimously by a selection panel chaired by eminent poet Vishnu Nagar.
NHPC CMD honoured at 10th ENERTIA Awards 2016
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  • State-run National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) Chairman and Managing Director K M Singh has been conferred the 'Power & Energy Persona's Award for Individual Excellence' at the 10th ENERTIA Awards 2016.
  • India and South Asia's awards for excellence in sustainable energy and power.
  • Singh received the award from Former Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Upendra Tripathy.
Govt permits 12 PSU banks to raise Rs 3,000 crore from market:
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  • The Finance Ministry granted approval to 12 proposals of PSBs to raise a sum of Rs 2,914.038 crore through preferential allotment and permission given to raise Rs 200 crore by United Bank of India through QIP mode.
  • The government had already infused a sum of Rs 25,000 crore in 19 PSBs during FY 2015-16.
RBI extends period of enhanced Prepaid Payment Instruments limit
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  • The Reserve Bank of India has extended the period of enhancedPrepaid Payment Instruments (PPI) limit of Rs 20,000 as part of efforts to promote digital payments.
  • Bank has decided to extend the measures till the completion of review of the PPI guidelines.
  • RBI had introduced additional measures by way of special dispensation for small merchants and enhancement in limits for semi-closed PPIs.
  • The merchants can transfer funds from such PPIs to their own linked bank accounts up to Rs 50,000 per month, without any limit per transaction.
  • Now , 47 non-bank entities and 45 banks are operating payment systems for PPI.
NRIs can exchange defunct notes up to June 30: RBI
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  • Resident Indian citizens who were abroad from November 9 to December 30 during Demonetization can avail exchange facility up to March 31, 2017 
  • NRI citizens, who were abroad during this period, can exchange their defunct notes up to June 30, 2017.
Mother Dairy unveils Aadhar-enabled payment
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  • To promote cash less transactions, Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt. Ltd. introduced Aadhar-Enabled Payment System (AEPS) in more than 1,000 milk booths and ‘Safal’ retail stores.
  • This service would now be available in addition to the existing modes like e-wallets and SmartChange Cards.
  • The service was commissioned in association with CSC e-Governance Service India Ltd. under the aegis of Department of Electronics and Information Technology (Deity).
Bambi artist Tyrus Wong passes away
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  • A Chinese immigrant Tyrus Wong (106-year) has passed away.
  • Mr. Wong best known for his sketches for the Walt Disney animated feature "Bambi".
  • After studying as an artist, he began working with Disney in 1938 as an inbetweener.
Pakistan first Test team member Imtiaz passes away
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  • A member of Pakistan's first-ever cricket Test team Imtiaz Ahmed (88-year) has passed away in a Lahore(Pakistan).
  • He featured in Pakistan's first Test played in Delhi against India inOctober 1952 and went on to play 41 matches as a wicket keeper-batsman.
  • Batsman Waqar Hasan is now the only surviving member of Pakistan's first Test team.
India’s Petronet Signs MoU to Set Up $950 Mn LNG Project in Bangladesh:
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  • India's largest LNG importer Petronet has signed an agreement to set up a $950 million liquefied natural gas import project in Bangladesh.
  • Petronet signed a MoU with with Petrobangla to set up a 7.5 million tonnes a year project to receive and regasify LNG on Kutubdia Island in Cox's Bazar and lay a 26-km pipline to connect it to the consumption markets.
Russia delivers Sukhoi jets to China:
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  • Russia has finally delivered four Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets to China after a delay of two years. 
  • The Su-35 is an advanced version of the Su-30s operated by the Indian Air Force. The delivery was reportedly made on December 25.
India's 1st transgender school opens in Kerala
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  • India's first transgender school, Sahaj International, was inaugurated in Kochi (Kerala)
  • The alternative learning centre, which works in collaboration with the National Institute of Open Learning, will help the transgenders who dropped out of school to appear in Class X and XII examinations.
  • The school is headed by six transgenders and a woman and has 10 students.
Chhattisgarh hosts Digi-Dhan Mela today in Raipur
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  • Chhattisgarh is hosting a Digi-Dhan Mela in Raipur. It is the first in a series of such fairs to be organised in the next fortnight to promote digital modes of payment.
  • State government is taking various measures to promote digital payments. In the Digidhan fairs being organised in the state from today, users of digital payment mode like, Ru-pay Card, USSD, UPI and AEPS will be given prizes through lucky draw.
26 crore accounts open under Jan Dhan Yojana across country: 
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  • Over 26 crore accounts have been opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana across the country now.
  • The Scheme was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August, 2014 with the objective of covering all households with at least one bank account. 
Centre launches mobile app for Haj applications:
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  • Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has launched mobile app 'Haj Committee of India', which will provide information and facilitate e-payments for Haj pilgrimage
  • It is for the first time that Haj application process is going to be digital. 
  • The mobile app will be available on Google Play store from Monday.
World famous 11-day gala festival Bargarh Dhanua Jatra to begin today:
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  • The World famous gala festival Bargarh Dhanua Jatra has begun in Odisha.
  • All rituals were performed before Goddess Samaleswari, the presiding deity of the event.
  • It is the annual drama-based open air theatrical performance celebrated in and around Bargarh city and is considered to be the world’s largest open air theatrical festival.
BHIM becomes most popular Android app in India:
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  • Govt's online payments app, BHIM is now the number one free app on Google Play Store. The app was launched on Friday by PM Modi to simplify digital payments
  • The app, with a rating of 4.2, has been downloaded more than 1 million times.
India successfully test-fires intercontinental ballistic missile Agni-IV:
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  • India has successfully test-fired its home-grown long range intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-IV from the Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.
  • Agni-IV test is aimed at re-validating new technologies incorporated in Agni-IV system and checking the readiness of armed forces to launch the missile on its own.
  • Agni-IV is the 20 metres long and weighs 17 tonnes and carry a one-tonne nuclear warhead over a distance of 4,000 kilometre.
  • The missile also possesses a submarine launch capability.
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani dedicated India’s first laser technology-based advanced AVMS RTO check-post: 
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  • Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani dedicated India's first laser technology -based advanced AVMS RTO check-post at Shamlaji of Aravalli district. 
  • The check-post is equipped with advanced ray technology with a cost of Rs 4.72 crore. Along with this programme, Rupani also laid foundation stones of various developmental works worth Rs 30 crore in tribal area of Aravalli district.
Sivalingam Sathish Kumar of Railways clinches gold for sixth time:
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  • Rio Olympian Sathish Sivalingam from Railways won the gold, for the sixth consecutive year, in the men's 77 kg category in the69th men's and 32nd women's Senior National Weightlifting Championship, at the Ponjesly College of Engineering.
  • Sivalingam Sathish lifted a total of 317 kg (141 (snatch) and 176 (clean & Jerk)) while Ajay Singh from Services won the gold in the clean & jerk category by lifting 177 kg and 137 kg in the snatch category and finished second with a total of 314 kg.
Rafael Nadal wins Mubadala Tennis Championships 2016 in Abu Dhabi:
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  • Rafael Nadal defeated Belgian David Goffin 6-4, 7-6 to win the Mubadala World Tennis Championships.
  • Rafeal Nadal, 30, trailed at 1-3 in the first set but regained advantage over Goffin, who overcame world No.1 Andy Murray in the semi-finals.
India's premier Tennis tournament Chennai Open begins
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  • Today, India's premier tennis event Chennai Open, begins and this year in the singles event, three Indians (Saketh MyneniRamkumar Ramanathan and Yuki Bhambri) are in the main draw.
  • Saketh and Ramkumar were handed wild card entry and Yuki qualified for the singles main draw after registering a straight sets 6-3, 6-1 win over Argentine Nicolas Kicker.
  • In the first round Saketh will be playing against seventh seed Russian Mikhail Youzhny.
  • In the doubles main draw, besides 3rd seeded Leander Paes along with his Brazilian partner Andre Sa, 4 Indian pairs are also competing.
Supreme Court sacks Anurag Thakur, Ajay Shirke from BCCI
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  • The Supreme Court has sacked BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke and asked all others, who were disqualified to hold posts under new court mandated norms, to step down.
  • The court also issued contempt notices to Thakur and Shirke. A board of administrators will be named soon to take charge of the BCCI.
  • SC has appointed Fali Nariman and senior SC lawyer Gopal Subramanium as Amicus Curiae to find out who would be the BCCI officials.
Karjakin pips Magnus Carlsen to win World Blitz Chess Championship
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  • Russia's Sergey Karjakin pipped Norway's Magnus Carlsen on the basis of a better tiebreak record to win the World Blitz Chess Championship title in Doha, Qatar
  • Karjakin, who lost his Classical Chess World Championship match to Carlsen last month, ended at par with Carlsen, but was awarded the title for having better individual results between the two.