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January 24, 2017

24th January 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (24th January 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 24th January 2017

International Current Affairs
  • The Crown Prince of AbuDhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is on a visit to India.
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi received him at Delhi airport.
    • Important Note : He is our chief guest for the Republic Day function 2017.
  • China has built Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, the world's largest solar park which can produce about 850 MW of power in Qinghai province.
    • This park occupies 27 square kilometres and has been expanded several times since its construction began in 2013.
  • The White House has revealed that they are in "beginning stages" of discussing plans to move USA's Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
    • This comes after France warned President Donald Trump of "serious consequences" if the embassy is moved to Jerusalem. 
    • Note : Most countries have embassies in Tel Aviv due to ongoing political disputes between Israel and Palestine over Jerusalem.
National Current Affairs
  • Today is 10th National Girl Child Day.
    • This day has been started as a national girls development mission by the Government of India. 
    • This mission raises the awareness among people all over the country about the importance of girl’s promotion. 
    • It enhances the meaningful contribution of the girls in decision making processes through the active support of the parents and other community members.
    • Theme : “Empowerment of Girl Child
  • The Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education has decided to include a Chapter on Demonetisation and cashless economy in its Class XII economics textbook.
  • The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to waive off interest on short-term crop loans taken by farmers from Cooperative Banks for the months of November and December. 
    • This comes as the farmers faced difficulty due to the Centre's demonetisation decision. 
  • The Cabinet also approved the Indian Institute of Management amendment Bill that empowers IIMs to award Degrees to its students instead of Diplomas.
    • The Bill provides complete autonomy to the Institutions, combined with adequate accountability. 
    • It also provides for periodic review of the performance of Institutions by independent agencies and placing the results of the same in public domain.
  • The Survey of India is going to "re-measure" the height of Mount Everest as scientists have expressed doubts over this following the 2015 Nepal earthquake.
  • India's National Anthem 'Jana Gana Mana' was adopted as the national anthem of India on this day (January 24) in the year 1950, by the Constituent Assembly. 
    • Written and composed by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, the anthem spreads the message of pluralism.
    • It was first sung on December 27, 1911, in Calcutta (now Kolkata) during a convention of the Indian National Congress.
    • The official duration of Jana Gana Man is is 52 seconds. 
    • Note : Further, 'Vande Mataram', written by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, was adopted as the national song of India on the same day.
  • The Chenani-Nashri Tunnel, the longest road tunnel in India, is going to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February. 
    • The 9.2-kilometre tunnel will connect the Udhampur and Ramban districts in Jammu and Kashmir and reduce the existing road distance by around 30 kilometres upon completion.
General Knowledge
  • Some Banned traditional sports of various states :
    • Kambala Buffalo Race - Karnataka
    • Kodipandem (Cockfight) - Andhra Pradesh
    • Rural Olympics Bullock Cart Race - Punjab
    • Bulbul Bird Fight - Assam
    • Bullock Cart Race - Maharashtra
    • Jallikattu (Bull Taming sport) - Tamil Nadu (Note : The state government has recently passed the Jallikattu Bill to hold the sport)
New Appointments
  • US President Donald Trump named Indian-American Ajit Vardaraj Pai as the 34th Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.
    • With this, Ajit became fourth Indian-American in the administration at a senior level.
  • Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, whose term was to end on January 28, has been given a one-year extension in office.
  • Ride-hailing app Uber's India unit has appointed Pradeep Parameswaran as Head of its Central Operations.
  • Mike Pompeo was sworn in  as the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Awards & Honors
  • Venezuelan President Nicol├ís Maduro has awarded the first ever Hugo Chavez Prize for Peace and Sovereignty to Russian President Vladimir Putin
    • The award, that honours Venezuela's former President Hugo Chavez, recognised "Putin as a great leader of peace".
Science & Technology
  • China has unveiled 'The Sharp Sword UAV', a drone capable of carrying 2000 kilograms of bombs.
    • The 33-foot-long unmanned aerial vehicle has an engine that is reportedly invisible to radars. 
  • The second successful test of the Guided Pinaka rocket was conducted today from the Integrated Test Range at the APJ Abdul Kalam island off the Odisha coast. 
    • The range of this rocket was increased from 40 km to 70 km and it also has an improved accuracy of 500 m. 
    • Note : Pinaka's first test flight was conducted on January 12.
Sports Current Affairs
  • British snooker professional Ronnie O'Sullivan sealed a world record seventh Masters title after registering a comeback victory over compatriot Joe Perry in London today. 
    • O'Sullivan has now surpassed Stephen Hendry's tally of six Masters trophies.
  • The Rest of India beat Ranji Trophy champions Gujarat to win the Irani Trophy by six wickets today. 
    • Wriddhiman Saha scored his maiden double century in this match.
    • Note : The Irani Trophy is an annual one-off match played between the Ranji winners and a Rest of India team.
  • Former Australian cricketers Matthew Hayden and David Boon have been inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame
    • Betty Wilson, an icon of women's cricket, who was known as the 'female Bradman' during her career in the 1940s and 1950s, was also added to the Hall of Fame.
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