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RRB English Current Affairs 7th January 2018

INDIAN AFFAIRS
  1. The Minister of state (I/C), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep S Puri launched the fourth edition of annual cleanliness of Urban India known as “Swachh survekshan 2019”,
  2. Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya stated that 4677 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana’ (PMBJP) Kendrasbecame functional in 35 States/UTs of the country.
  3. 27thedition of the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), which has the UAE‘s third largest emirate Sharjah as its 2019 guest of honour,inaugurated in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
  4. India, Pakistanexchanged lists of nuclear installations and list of prisoners for the 28th time through diplomatic channels in New Delhi and Islamabad.
  5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Palamu, Jharkhand,where he inaugurated projects worth a total of  3500 crores.
  6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Baripada, in Odisha,where he inaugurated projects worth  4500 crore.
  7. Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI)and union commerce ministry is going to organize a two-day mega food international event, the Indus Food Meet 2019, at the India Exposition Mart of Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh.
  8. Maharashtra Government announced distribution of free sops to encourage farmers to enrol in the Atal Solar Krishi Pump Yojana.
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
  1. Provincial Khyber Pakhtunkhwagovernment in northwest Pakistan has declared the ancient Hindu religious site of Panj Tirath in the provincial capital Peshawar as national heritage.
BANKING & FINANCE
  1. Three Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) – Punjab Gramin Bank, Malwa Gramin Bankand Sutlej Gramin Bank has been amalgamated into a single RRB by the Government.
  2. Government Revises Interest Rate on Time Deposit Small Savings Scheme
  3. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI)slapped a penalty of Rs 5 lakh on United India Insurance Co for violating norms regarding settlement of motor claims.
  4. United Bank of India (UBI) and Srei Equipment Finance have entered into an agreement for financing the Micro, Small and Medium enterprises (MSME) and agriculture sector.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
  1. Finance ministryin it’s notification exempted rupee payments to the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) that it gets from Indian refiners, from a withholding tax.
  2. Vijay Mallyabecame the first person to be declared a ‘fugitive economic offender’ under Section 12 of the Fugitive Economic Offenders’ Act, 2018 by a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Court in Mumbai.
  3. SoftBank Ventures Korea, the early-stage investment vehicle of Japanese internet conglomerate SoftBank Group, has renamed itself SoftBank Ventures Asiaand will focus on finding artificial intelligence-related startups globally, with an emphasis on Asia.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
  1. Andhra Pradesh Minister Devineni Umamaheswar Rao receives award for Polavaram Project
  2. Home Minister Rajnath Singh presented Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards
  3. Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE)hosted the 3rd edition of the National Entrepreneurship Awards (NEA) at the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, Janpath, New Delhi.
APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS
  1. Shri Chhabilendra Roulwas appointed as the new Secretary, Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India.
  2. Bandhan Bankannounced the resignation of independent director Krishnamurthy V Subramanian following his appointment as the chief economic advisor (CEA) to the government.
  3. Dr Rakesh Aggarwalassumed charge as the new director of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Puducherry.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
  1. US scientists successfully launched a telescope from Antarctica that analyses X-rays arriving from distant neutron stars, black holes
  2. Cyclonic Storm ‘PABUK’ over Andaman Sea & neighbourhood
SPORTS
  1. Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera slams 13 sixes, scores 140(74), breaks 22-yr-old record

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