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January 04, 2018

4th January 2018 Events - Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (4th January 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 4th January 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Today (4th January) is World Braille Day.
    • This day celebrates the 209th Birth Anniversary of French Innovator Louis Braille.
    • Louis Braille was a French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for use by the visually impaired.
    • His system remains known worldwide simply as braille.
  • Myanmar is celebrating 70th Independence Day today.
  • About Myanmar :
    • Capital : Naypyidaw
    • Official Language : Burmese
    • President : Htin Kyaw
    • Currency : Kyat
  • External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj left for a 5-day visit to three South-East Asian nations—Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.
    • This visit, in line with India’s ‘Act East’ policy, comes ahead of India’s Republic Day celebrations on 26 January when leaders of all 10 Asean countries arrive in India as chief guests.
    • Schedule :
      • Swaraj will be in Thailand on 4-5 January where she will meet the country’s foreign affairs minister Don Pramudwinai.
      • Following Thailand, Swaraj will visit Indonesia on 5-6 January and co-chair the 5th meeting of India-Indonesia Joint Commission with her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi.
      • She will also meet President of Indonesia Joko Widodo and have an interaction with representatives of the Indian community.
      • In the last leg of her visit, in Singapore (6-8 January), she will inaugurate the regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) of Asean countries on 7 January, whose theme is “Ancient Route, New Journey: Diaspora in the Dynamic Asean-India Partnership”.
National Current Affairs
  • Lok Sabha has passed The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to allow government to take up infrastructure projects within prohibited areas around protected monuments. 
    • This Bill amends the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act, 1958.
  • The political party AIADMK is going to launch a new party newspaper and a TV channel. 
    • The newspaper will be named as Nam Amma, while the channel is likely to be named as Amma TV.
  • Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has announced that the Indian Railways is going to have 22 coaches in all the trains under its network so that they can run on any route, irrespective of the time taken to complete the journey.
    • Currently, the number of coaches in a train is based on its demand, making it difficult to substitute one train for another.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved construction, operation and maintenance of 2-lane bi-directional Zojila Tunnel on Srinagar-Leh section connecting NH-1A in Jammu and Kashmir
    • The strategic tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity to strategically important Leh region. 
    • On completion, Zoijila Tunnel will be Asia’s largest 2-lane bi-directional tunnel.
Science & Technology
  • Pakistan's Navy today successfully test-fired its indigenously-built naval cruise missile 'Harba' in the Arabian Sea.
    • The missile was launched from newly commissioned attack vessel PNS Himmat, which is around 63 metres long and is fitted with state-of-the-art sensors and weapons.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Union Minister Manoj Sinha today announced that the government is going to roll out all 650 branches of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) by April 2018
    • IPPB was incorporated as a public limited company with 100% Government of India equity under Department of Posts, he added.
  • India has signed 187 defence deals to procure military platforms and equipment from domestic and foreign firms in the last four years. 
    • The total value of the defence deals signed amounts to ₹2.8 lakh crore. 
    • Around 63% deals were signed with Indian vendors.
  • India has cancelled a ₹3,174-crore deal to buy 1,600 Spike anti-tank guided missiles with Israeli state-owned defence company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems
    • India wasn't keen on the deal as its military research body DRDO was working on creating its own missiles.
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