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January 20, 2018

20th January 2018 Events - Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (20th January 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 20th January 2018

International Current Affairs
  • The 10th Global Forum for Food & Agriculture was recently held in Berlin (Germany).
    • India was represented by Minister of State (MoS) for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
    • Theme of 10th Global Forum for Food & Agriculture 2018 : "Shaping the future of livestock – sustainably, responsibly, efficiently". 
  • The US government has officially shut down after the Senate failed to agree on a bill to fund the government until February 16, causing the fourth government shutdown in 25 years. 
    • The shutdown means many government services will close down until a new budget is agreed. 
    • However, essential services including national security and disaster assistance will continue to run.
  • In a move aimed at promoting Indian traditions abroad, India is going to offer Yoga training sessions at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. 
    • Important Points to Note :
    • More than 70 heads of states are expected to attend the WEF Summit next week. 
    • PM Narendra Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to attend the summit in 21 years. 
New Appointments
  • Former Chief Minister of Gujarat Anandiben Patel will be appointed as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh
    • She will replace Gujarat Governor OP Kohli, who was given the additional charge of the office of Madhya Pradesh Governor in 2016. 
    National Current Affairs
    • Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri today announced the commencement of India's first-ever 'Livability Index' to assess the living standard in 116 cities. 
      • The cities will be assessed on 15 core parameters like governance, social infrastructure, education, employment, health, and safety and security and the results will be announced in June.
    • The Centre today added 9 cities including Bareilly, Silvassa and Moradabad, under its Smart Cities Mission, taking the total number of cities selected for the scheme to 99
      • The nine cities have proposed an investment of over ₹12,800 crore for undertaking around 409 infrastructural projects, including rejuvenation of water bodies, development of smarts roads and classrooms, among others.
    • The Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to be employed during the bypoll in Rajasthan's Ajmer, Alwar and Mandalgarh constituencies will carry photographs of candidates.
      • The EVMs will also display names of the candidates and the party symbol.
    • Goa hosted a film festival based on Sci-Fi genre
      • The 3rd edition of  Science Film Festival 2018 was started on 16th January 2018 and ended today (20th January 2018).
    • Maharashtra became 1st state to unveil Public Cloud Policy that virtually mandates state government departments to shift their data storage onto cloud.
    Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
    • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today performed the 'Halwa' ceremony to mark the commencement of the printing process for Budget 2018-19
      • The Halwa ceremony is conducted to maintain the secrecy of the budget preparation process. 
      • After the ceremony, the Finance Ministry officials are not allowed to leave the printing press until the Budget is presented on 1st February 2018.
    • Technology giant Apple has topped Fortune magazine's list of the 'World's Most Admired Companies' for 2018
      • E-commerce giant Amazon has retained its second spot, followed by Google's parent Alphabet
    Science & Technology
    • India has successfully test-fired its nuclear capable surface-to-surface Agni-5 ballistic missile from a test range off the Odisha coast.
      • The home-grown intercontinental range missile, with a strike range of 5,000 kilometres, is the most potent and longest range in its class in India. 
      • With Agni-5, India can reach almost all of China and most of Europe.
    Awards & Honors
    • The Minister of State for Law and Justice & Corporate Affairs, P. P. Chaudhary, has been conferred Honorary Fellowship of Institute of Company secretaries of India (ICSI).
      • Mr Chaudhary has conducted around 11,000 cases, mostly Constitutional Litigations for the last 38 years on matters related to land acquisition, farmers grievances, labour & service, central excise & customs and PILs related to restoration of natural water bodies and dams.
    Sports Current Affairs
    • Defending champions India defeated Pakistan by 2 wickets to clinch the 5th Blind Cricket World Cup 2018.
      • This is India’s second consecutive title win in the Blind Cricket World Cup. 
      • Pakistan has also won the title twice while South Africa won the title once.
    • The Indian hockey team defeated hosts New Zealand to reach the final of the Four Nations Invitational Tournament today. 
      • India will now face the third-ranked team in the world, Belgium, who had earlier handed India their only loss of the tournament.
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