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January 05, 2018

5th January 2018 Events - Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (5th January 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 5th January 2018

International Current Affairs
  • North Korea has accepted South Korea's proposal to hold official talks next week to discuss inter-Korean relations and its possible participation in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month.
    • These will be the first high-level talks between the two after a communication gap of more than two years. 
  • The United States has placed Pakistan on ‘Special Watch List’ for “severe violations” of religious freedom.
    • Important Note : Pakistan is the only country to be put under the newly-formed list.
National Current Affairs
  • As a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Centre today launched a cleanliness survey titled 'Swachh Survekshan 2018'. 
    • The survey, third of its kind, will rank 500 cities on the national level, while 3,541 cities will have state and regional ranking
    • The progress will be recorded on six parameters, including sanitation related progress and innovation.
  • The Union Health Ministry today launched an online cancer detection course to help non-cancer specialists detect early signs of the disease, especially in villages and smaller cities. 
    • This course was designed by Tata Memorial Hospital.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Budget Session of Parliament will begin on January 29, and the Budget for the Financial Year 2018-19 will be presented by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 1st February 2018. 
  • The Reserve Bank of India is going to issue new ₹10 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series bearing signature of Governor Urjit Patel. 
    • The base colour of the note will be chocolate brown, and will have a motif of Konark's Sun Temple.
  • The government has sought Parliament's approval to issue bonds worth ₹80,000 crore to fund capital infusion into public-sector banks
    • This forms a part of the ₹2.11-trillion capital infusion plan announced by the government in October last year. 
    • The government is expected to issue recapitalisation bonds worth ₹1.35 trillion under the plan.
  • The Reserve Bank of India has reportedly ordered banks to recalibrate their ATMs to ensure that they start dispensing the ₹200 denomination notes
    • Around ₹522.8 crore has been spent on the printing of 178 crore pieces of ₹200 banknotes till December 8.
  • The Union Finance Ministry has launched 7.75% Savings (Taxable) Bonds, 2018 scheme to help citizens invest in a taxable instrument, without any monetary ceiling. 
    • It will enable resident citizens/Hindu Undivided Families (HUF) to invest in a taxable bond, without any monetary ceiling.
MOUs & Agreements
  • Three Ministries viz. Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) and Ministry of Science & Technology have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint funding of Technology Mission for Indian Railways (TMIR).
Science & Technology
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is launching two new missions this year to explore the starting point of space, nearly 100 km above Earth's surface. 
    • The missions GOLD and ICON would make complementary observations from different points, said NASA.
    • GOLD - Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk
    • ICON - Ionospheric Connection Explorer
Awards & Honors
  • Indian-origin Ravi Menon, the MD of Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), has been named the Best Central Bank Governor in Asia-Pacific for 2018.
    • Note : Ex RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan was awarded the honour in 2016.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Meghalaya signed the Host City Contract with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for hosting the 39th National Games in 2022.
    • The tripartite contract was signed between the IOA, the Meghalaya State Olympic Association and the state government at Shillong.
  • Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah was named the African Footballer of the Year.
  • Delhi Daredevils today named former Australian captain Ricky Ponting as their new head coach for the Indian Premier League 2018.
  • Virat Kohli was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore for ₹17 crore for IPL 2018, making him the most expensive player in IPL history
    • Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians) and MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings) were retained for ₹15 crore each, the second-highest retention amount.
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