Current Affairs National for January 2017

62nd Flimfare Awards 2017: Jio Filmfare Awards 2017

The 62nd Filmfare Awards held on 14th January, 2017 at NSCI Dome in Worli, Mumbai. The top most events of the Filmfare Awards are discussed through the following paragraphs….

Essential Information regarding 62nd Flimfare Awards 2017

» Best Actor (Male): Aamir Khan for ‘Dangal’

» Best Actor (Female): Alia Bhatt for ‘Udta Punjab’

» Best Film: ‘Dangal’

» Best Director: Nitesh Tiwari for ‘Dangal’

» Best Actor (Male) in a Short Film: Manoj Bajpayee for ‘Taandav’

» Best Short Film People’s Choice: Khamakha

» Best Short Film (Fiction): ‘Chutney’

» Best Short Film (Non-fiction): ‘Matitali Kusti’

» Best Actor (Female) in a Short Film: Tisca Chopra for ‘Chutney’

» Best Debut Director: Ashwini Iyer Tiwari for ‘Nil Battey Sannata’

» Best Male Debut: Diljit Dosanjh for ‘Udta Punjab’

» Best Female Debut: Ritika Singh for ‘Saala Khadoos’

Indian Railways launches IRCTC Rail Connect app

In the view of cashless India campaigning the Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu brings an mobile app “IRCTC Rail Connect”. By the help of this app passenger can avail e-ticketing facilities through digital transactions.

Moreover information about IRCTC Rail Connect app

» This app provides 24*7 service facilities regarding ticket booking and cancellation.

» All the facilities like general quota, ladies quota, Tatkal quota and Premium Talkal quota will be available in this app.

» Passengers can avail the catering services facilities with this app. This app will be integrated with the IRCTC e-wallet system. For that reason it can provide faster and hassle free transactions.

» More than 40 Banks are connected for rendering the payment get-way system through Net-banking, Debit Card or Credit Card. User can avail the wallets like Paytm, PayU and Mobikwik.

20th National Conference for e-Governance begins in Visakhapatnam

Conference on e-Governance 2016-17 starts in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. In this edition the main theme of this conference is “Internet of Things and e-Governance“.

Moreover information about 20th National Conference for e-Governance

» Organized by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology and The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances jointly.

» To promote the slogan of “Minimum Government anf Maximum Governance”

» This conference is a part of “Digital India Programme”

Government makes Aadhaar mandatory for MGNREGA works

MGNREGA in prominently known as the Work for 100 Days. It means Government provides the assistancy for securing the 100 Working days in a year. Only te rural citizen providing the valid job card will be able to get jod under this scheme. Till now the Aadhaar Card was not mandatory exercise for them. But now the Government makes it mandatory exercise for MGNREGA Work. Government also provide the last date of the enlisting  process, that is 31 March 2017.

The main Purpose to make Aadhaar mandatory for MGNREGA Work

» Government transfer the Subsidies, benefits and other services to the bank account of the beneficiary directly. In this case no 3rd party will be involved in the resource delivery mechanism.

14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Started in Bengaluru

The 14th editions of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas begans in the Bengaluru, Karnataka. The main aims of this three days event to connect the youth of the pravasi’s scatter in the different part of the World. The occasion was inaugurated by the Hony. Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Moreover information about 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas

» Chief Guest: Indian origin Portugal Prime Minister Dr. Antonio Costa

» Main Theme: Redefining Engagement with the Indian Diaspora

Good Samaritan Policy introduced by the Delhi Government

Good Samaritan Policy is nothing but an monetory regards given to the people, those halps the victims of the road accident during emergency in the national capital. The good Samaritan Policy was approved by the Cabinet meeting headed by the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal.

Overview of the Good Samaritan Policy

» In this policy an monetary reward of Rs. 2,000/- and an appreciation certificate will be given to that people helps to road accident victims in Delhi.

» The main aims of this policy to promote the awareness of the local people to save the life of someone. Hospitalize the victims to the nearest hospital so that they get the proper treatment at the right time.

44th New Delhi World Book Fair

07th January, 2017 The 44th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair began at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The the book fair was inagurated by the Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development, Mahendra Nath Pandey.

Know more about New Delhi World Book Fair

» The theme for the 44th edition World Book Fair is “Manushi Books Written on and by Woman“.

» On the basis of theme the fair promoted the rich culture and tradition of women writing from the ancient period to todays modern age.

» More than 750 publishers are participating in this book fair. Foreign publishers are also join with the domestic publishers.

Police obtain IPR Enforcement Toolkit launches by Union Government

On 05th January, 2017 Hony. Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Cabinet Minister of Commerce and Industry, has been launched an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Enforcement Toolkit for Police. With this Enforcement Toolkit the state police will be able to solve the disputes regarding Trademarks and copyrights.

Know more about IPR Enforcement Toolkit

» The Enforcement Toolkit has been jointly developed by IPR Promotion and Management and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

» State Police can identify the level of offences and its related laws. By this IPR Enforcement Toolkit police can sort out cases more accurately and with minimum possible time.

» Swachh Bharat Survekshan Mission 2017 launches in 500 Cities by Union Government

» On 04th January, 2017 the Union Government launches the Swachh Bharat Survekshan 2017 mission for 500 cities or towns to allot them ranking across the country in the matter of cleanliness. The mission was administered by the Union Ministry of Urban Development. Swachh Bharat Survekshan 2017 is noting but a wing of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. In this mission the total survey will be conducted by an expert team. This team named as Quality Control of India (QCI). The main objective of the mission is to promote the competition level to uplift sanitation system.

Know more about Swachh Bharat Survekshan Mission 2017

The expert team evaluate the areas on the basis of following demarcation ratio:

» Waste Collection, Sweeping and Transportation: 40%
» Sanitary System: 30%
» Solid Waste Management (SWM) by the Municipality: 20%
» Awareness about building Swachh Bharat: 10%

BCCI President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke has been sacked by Supreme Court

Justice Lodha Committee recommended some reforms to minimize the corruption prevailing in the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) operations. But the present President of BCCI Mr. Anurag Thakur and its Secretary Ajay Shirke are not able to implement the sugession prescribed by the Justice Lodha Committee. In this issues the Supreme Court of India has been sacked these two officials from their office.

Some key facts behind this Situation

About Justice Lodha Committee: In January, 2015 the Supreme Court constructed a panel chaired by Ex- Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha. The aim of the Committee was to fix the punishments for those names come out from the Mukul Mudgal Committee. Now in this occasion I want to conversant you with the Mukul Mudgal Committee. Mukul Mudgal Commitee was formed to settle the irregularities found in IPL matches.

Objectives of the Lodha Committee: Reforms of BCCI, both in its structure and processes to eliminate errors & frauds.

Recommendations of Lodha Committee:

» No Politicians, Officials will hold posts in BCCI.

» One Official Cricket Association for one State.

» Monitoring the activities of Board appointment of ombudsman.

An Mobile App launches for Haj Pilgrimage by Union Government

Taking in mind the “Digital India” mission the Union Government recently has introduced an Mobile App for the Haj Pilgrimage. Through the App the pilgrimage obtained information and can avail the e-payment facilities. This App brings the digitalization motive in Haj application process for the first time in India.

Moreover information about this App

» The app is available in the Google Play Store. The user made direct application through this app. After formation a group the user may apply for Haj Application through this app. One group may consists five adults and two infants.

» By using this app user get all information regarding Haj Application, updated news and e-payment facilities.

» When registration get completed the application form will be forwarded to the registered e-Mail address in PDF Form. Duly filled application form should be send to the State Haj Committee.

 New Chief Justice of India: Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar

Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar has been appointed as Chief Justice of India by the Pranab Mukherjee, President of India. Former Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur retired on 3 January, 2017. Justice J S Khehar appointed as 44th Chief Justice of India (CJI). The first Chief Justice of India belongs to the Sikh Community. The new Chief Justice hold the office upto August 4,2017. On 4th August he will attains the age of 65.

Know more about Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar

» Punjab University awarded him the LL.B and LL.M Degree in the year of 1977 and 1979 respectively.

» In the year of 1979 he enrolled himself as an Advocate of Punjab Haryana High Court in Chandigarh and started the practicing.

» In February, 1995 he was promoted himself to the Senior Advocate level.

» In the year of 2009 he became the the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High court. Subsequently in the year 2010 he was transferred to the High court of Karnataka as chief Justice.

» In September, 2011 he was promoted as Judge of Supreme Court. On August, 2017 he retired from the Supreme Court.

» 99th Amendment to the Constitution was made in his tenure of Judgeship in the Supreme Court. He was the one of the member of the Constitutional bench consists with five judges.

Namami Ganga Projects for Haridwar and Varanasi – Government of India Initiative

Namami Ganga Projects in an initiative by the Government of India under The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) for Haridwar (Uttarakhand) and Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh). This programme was taken by the Government to make Ganga garbage free.
In Haridwar Central Government installed 68 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant (STP). In Varanasi another 50 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant installed. The projects constructed through Public Private Partneship (PPP) Model.

Know more about Namami Ganga Projects

» This is an initiative by the Central Government to make Ganga garbage free.

» By this projects the states Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and West Bengal will be benefited more.

» This will promote the public awareness and maintain the Bio-Diversity level.

 Bharatiya Janapith Navlekhan Award 2017

In the year of 2016 two Hindi writers of Indian has been nominated for Bharatiya Janapith Navlekhan Award. One of them Shraddha for her short story “Hawa Mein Phadphadati Chitthi” and another Ghyansham Kumar Devansh for his poem “Akash Mein Deh“. They both are very new faces in the Indian literature. Famous poet Vishnu Nagar, chaired in the selection committee meeting. The two faces just only outcome of this committee.

More information about Bharatiya Janapith Navlekhan Award

» This award given to the young Hindi authors for their maiden creations. The award started its journey from the year 2006. A trust namely Bharatiya Janapith Trust organized the ceremony in every year.

» The Award consists of one statue of Goddess Saraswati, a citation and cash prize also.

New Air Force Chief: Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa

Former Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha retired from his service. In due respect in this occassion Birender Singh Dhanoa took over the charge as 22nd Chief of the Air Staff. After Arjan Singh and Dilbag Singh he is the third person to become the Air Chief Marshal.

Know more about Birender Singh Dhanoa

» He was commission into the Air force in June, 1978 as fighter branch. He has been completed his education and training from Indian Military College and National Defence Academy (NDA).

» Before appointing as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the South Western Air Command, he served in different squadrons. In gradual way he has been promoted to Vice Chief of Air Staff.

» In the Kargil operations he has been leaded the night striking missions in the mountain region.

Gallantry Awards win by Birender Singh Dhanoa

» Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
» Yudh Seva Medal
» Vayusena Medal

New Chief of Army Staff: General Bipin Rawat

Former Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag has completed his service life. For this reason General Bipin Rawat took the charge as the 27th Chief of Army Staff.

Know more about General Bipin Rawat

» He started his career as an infantry officer in Gorkha Rifles. He played a very important role in the appointments at the Army Headquarters in addition with UN Peace-keeping Force.

» After passing out from the Indian Military Academy he had received the “Sword of Honour” in the year 1978.

» He leaded the operational responsibilities including LOC(Line of Control) with Pakistan and LOC with China in the North East part of India.

Ballistic Missile Agni-IV Successfully Test-fired from Odisha Coast

Another successful events occured on January 2, 2017 for our nation as well as for our defence also. India successfully fired-off its long range Intercontinental ballistic Missile AGNI-IV from the Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island in the Odisha coast. With this successful test-fired Agni-IV Missiles are ready for permanent commissioned in the Indian Armed Force.

Know more about Ballistic Missile AGNI-IV

» Agni-IV is surface to surface Ballistic Missile able to carry nuclear weapons.

» DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) has been designed and develop this Missile. This is totally a outcome of Indian defence research.

» It can carry one tonne nuclear weapons and sharply hit on its target over distance of 4,000 kilometers.

New Chairman of UPSC (Union Public Service Commission): David R Syiemlieh

As per Article 316 of our Constitution, President Pranab Mukherjee appointed Mr. David R Syiemlieh as new Chairman of UPSC. Former Chairman Alka Sirohi retired from his service life. Mr. David R Syiemlieh shall be remain the head of the organization untill his retirement on January 21, 2018.

Know more about Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

» UPSC is the constitutional body to conduct the most prestigious civil service Examination to recommend candidates for IAS, IFS and IPS Officers.

» UPSC established as per the Article 315 of the Indian Constitution. It consists the Chairman and ten other members appointed and removed by the President of India.

» Chaiman can hold the office until his or her age of 65 Years or the completion of his or her term for six years, whichever prevail earlier.

RBI appoints Surekha Marandi as Executive Director

Former Executive Director U S Paliwal retired on December 31, 2016. In that reason Surekha Marandi took over the charge as Executive Director of Reserve Bank of India. She will be responsible to look after the Protection Department, Financial Inclusion and Development Department and Secretary’s Department of the RBI.

Know more about Surekha Marandi

» She served as Chief General Manager and chief Vigilance Officer in the Reserve Bank of India over three decades.

» She also served in the Board of United Bank and Bank of Baroda (BOB). Jadavpur University awarded her the Master Degree.

Please note that, RBI has 11 Executive Directors. They are responsible for the various departments.