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January 30, 2017

30th January 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (30th January 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 30th January 2017

International Current Affairs
  • The White House today hinted that Pakistan could be included in the list of countries from where immigration has been banned
    • Note : This is the first time that the Trump administration has publicly acknowledged that it could put Pakistan on the list, which currently has seven nations.
  • Greece's Lambrakis Press Group today announced that two of its newspapers including Ta Nea, the country's best-selling daily, will cease publication due to financial reasons. 
    • It also added that the situation was a result of the economic crisis Greece is currently facing.
  • Members of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to meet this week on Wednesday & Thursday at Kathmandu.
National Current Affairs

  • Today (30th January) is National Martyrs' Day.
    • This day is also known as Sarvodaya day / Shaheed Diwas.
    • We observe this day to commemorate 69th death anniversary of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
    • Note : On this day in 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse at a prayer meeting.
  • Today is Anti Leprosy Day.
    • This day is observed every year in memory of Mahatma Gandhi.
MOUs & Agreements
  • The Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation has inked an MoU with online travel portal MakeMyTrip to promote its homestay scheme
    • The MP homestay scheme is for owners of apartments and bungalows who can provide accommodation and meals to local and international tourists.
  • Turkey and Britain are going to sign a free trade deal once the UK leaves the European Union.
    • This comes during UK Prime Minister Theresa May's official visit to Turkey. 
    • The countries also signed a $125.5 million (₹851 crore) deal to jointly develop fighter jets for the Turkish air force.
Awards & Honors
  • Miss France Iris Mittenaere was today crowned as the 65th Miss Universe in the Philippines. 
    • Haiti's Raquel Pelissier was the first runner-up while Colombia's Andrea Tovar came third. 
    • Note : India was represented by Bengaluru's Roshmitha Harimurthy, who was eliminated in the preliminary round.
Science & Technology
  • The Israeli Defence Ministry and the US have successfully tested an anti-ballistic missile system in central Israel.
    • The system tracked an incoming test missile and "destroyed the target as planned", the Defence Ministry said.
New Appointments
  • IPS officer Amulya Patnaik, who currently serves as Special Commissioner of Police (Administration), has been appointed as new Delhi Police Commissioner
    • He will succeed Alok Kumar Verma, who is set to take over as the director of Central Bureau of Investigation. 
  • The Supreme Court today named a 4-member administrative panel to head the BCCI, naming former Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Vinod Rai, as the panel's head.
    • The panel includes historian Ramachandra Guha, former women's cricketer Diana Edulji and IDFC Bank CEO Vikram Limaye.
General Knowledge
  • Morarji Desai, the former Prime Minister and Finance Minister of India, has presented a record number of ten budgets.
    • He presented the budgets during 1959-1963 and later during 1967-1969.
    • Note : Desai is also the only Finance Minister to have presented budgets on his birthday, in 1964 and 1968 on February 29.
Banking & Economic Affairs
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today announced that the limits placed on cash withdrawals from ATMs stand withdrawn from February 1.
    • At present, the daily limit on cash withdrawals from ATMs is Rs 10,000.
  • The journey of Vijay Shekhar Sharma-led startup Paytm from an online recharge platform to a payments bank has become a case study at the Harvard Business School. 
    • Titled 'Paytm: Building a Payments Network’, the study will be available for teaching purposes within and outside Harvard.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian shuttler PV Sindhu has won the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold after beating Indonesia's Gregoria Mariska in the final today.
  • At the age of 35 years and 174 days, Roger Federer became the oldest Grand Slam champion, after his Australian Open title against rival Rafael Nadal yesterday.
  • Boxer Sarita Devi, who recently became India's first female professional boxer, won her debut pro bout in Imphal today, by defeating Hungary's Zsofia Bedo by unanimous decision.
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