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January 24, 2018

24th January 2018 Events - Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (24th January 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 24th January 2018

International Current Affairs
  • India has been ranked 177 among 180 countries in the recently released Global Environmental Performance Index 2018.
    • Top 5 in the List :
      • Switzerland
      • France
      • Denmark
      • Malta 
      • Sweden 
  • India has been 81st in the recently released Global index of talent competitiveness (GTI) 2017.  
    • Last years rank : 92nd. 
    • Top 3 in the List :
      • Switzerland 
      • Singapore 
      • US
  • China is going to build a 'Great Wall' along the border of the Muslim-dominated Xinjiang province to prevent infiltration by militants.  
National Current Affairs
  • To boost production of the nutrient-rich millets and the sunrise agri industry, the Indian Government has approved 2018 as National Year of Millets.
    • Note : Earlier in November 2017, India had forwarded proposal to United Nations (UN) for declaring year 2018 as ‘International Year of Millets’.
  • Ahead of the nation's Republic Day on 26th January, the Microblogging site Twitter has introduced an 'India Gate' emoji.
    • The emoji appears when you type hashtags including '#RepublicDay' and '#HappyRepublicDay' while composing a tweet.
  • To reduce stress caused by parents over marks, the Madhya Pradesh Education Department has decided to replace marks with smileys in the report cards of Class 1 and 2 government school students. 
    • Students will be given one, two, or three smileys, depending on how well they have grasped the subject.
  • Patiala House Court in Delhi has become the first trial court to have a permanent National Flag across the country.
    • The 50-feet high Tricolour, installed by the Central Public Works Department, was unfurled by the Delhi High Court Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal.
  • The 1st International Dam Safety Conference-2018 was recently held in Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) from January 23-24, 2018.
    • This conference was inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and was presided over by Union Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Ram Meghwal.
  • For the poor and disabled people, Manipur chief Minister N Biren Singh has launched a health assurance scheme titled Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT).
    • The CMHT scheme will provide cashless treatment to poor at government hospitals, health centres and other empanelled selected private hospitals.
MOUs & Agreements
  • India has signed $120 million loan agreement with multilateral lending agency World Bank to help increase access to improved water supply services in peri-urban areas in Uttarakhand
    • The agreement was signed between Government of India, Government of Uttarakhand and World Bank Board.
New Appointments
  • Noted scientist S Somanath took charge as Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. 
    • He has replaced K Sivan, who was recently appointed as Chairman of ISRO.
  • Cab-hailing startup Uber has hired Bo Young Lee as its first Chief Diversity Officer (CD).  
Science & Technology
  • The second indigenously built offshore patrol vessel (OPV) named Vijaya built by Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Shipyard for Indian Coast Guard (ICG) was launched at Kattupalli Shipyard, Tamil Nadu.
    • It is expected to be inducted into service by September 2018 after trials on the equipment.
Awards & Honors
  • Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's biopic 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams' has won 2 awards at the recently concluded 11th Tehran International FICTS Festival 2018
    • The biopic's director James Erskine got the award for the 'Best Director of a Long Documentary', and an honorary diploma. 
    • Producer Ravi Bhagchandka received the 'Special Award for the Best Film' in the Long Documentary section.
  • Hollywood actress Meryl Streep received her 21st Oscar nomination for the movie titled 'The Post'.
    • With this she breaks her own record as the most nominated actress in Oscar history. 
    • Note : The actress has won three Oscar Awards to date.
  • Rachel Morrison has become the first female cinematographer to receive an Oscar nomination in the 89-year-old history of the Awards. 
    • She has been nominated for her work in the film 'Mudbound'. 
  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanichamy received UNESCO Award of Merit awarded to the iconic Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple in Tiruchirapalli.
    • This award was announced on 2nd November 2017.
    • With this, Srirangam Temple has became the first temple in Tamil Nadu to be given the prestigious award from the UN body.
Books & Authors
  • The book titled 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House' is recently in news due to it's controversial subject. 
    • This book details the behavior of U.S. President Donald Trump and staff of his 2016 presidential campaign and White House. 
    • This book was written by Michael Wolff.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Bangladeshi cricketer Tamim Iqbal today overtook ex-Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya to record most ODI runs on a single venue.
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