Daily GK Update: Current Affairs in English Medium. Date: 26.01.2017

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Nation celebrates 68th Republic Day today
Nation is celebrating its 68th Republic Day today, the day honours the date on which the Constitution came into force on 26th January, 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document. The country's military prowess and achievements in different fields, state-of-the-art defence platforms, and diverse culture was in full display at the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in Delhi. Crown Prince Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the Chief Guest of the ceremony. In the morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the three service chiefs paid tributes to soldiers at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate by laying wreaths. 

India & UAE acknowledge common threat posed by terrorism to peace & security
India and UAE today reaffirmed their deep commitment to building a comprehensive strategic partnership to elevate their multifaceted ties to an even higher level. They also resolved to harness the shared strengths and complementarities to expand the partnership for the benefit of their countries, for peace, stability and prosperity in their region and for the betterment of the world.

Highest peace time gallantry decoration, Ashok Chakra awarded to Havaldar Hangpan Dada posthumously
The highest peacetime military decoration award - the Ashok Chakra - was given to Havaldar Hangpan Dada posthumously for his selfless service to the nation. The award was received by his wife Chasen Lowang Dada. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the three service chiefs paid tributes to soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate by laying wreaths.

Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma inaugurates Bharat Parv at Red Fort
Tourism and Culture Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the Bharat Parv at Red Fort in New Delhi this evening. The event is aimed at generating a patriotic mood, promoting the rich cultural diversity of the country and popularising the idea of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. 

Government plans to open passport centres in all districts: VK Singh
Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh has said that the Centre is mulling to open passport processing centres in all districts of the country. He said External Affairs Ministry is working towards making all the passport-related processes online for quick disposal of applications.

Moderate to heavy rain reported from Punjab, Haryana
In Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, moderate to heavy rain is reported from various places. Light hailstorm has also been reported from some places. Rain continues to lash some places like Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Ludhiana since last evening. At many places including Chandigarh, rain started late last night and light showers continued till this afternoon. Low lying areas have been filled with rain water. 

Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh attempts Guinness world record for biggest rangoli
  • In order to encourage voters, the Naxalite prone Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh attempted Guinness world record for the biggest rangoli created in an area of 39,125 sq mts ​on the National voter's day yesterday. ​The Rangoli used around 120,000 kg of color by 3500 students and teachers from 50 schools. The record was attempted on the ground of Government polytechnic institute with active participation of school children, teachers, district administration officials and civil society of Mirzapur.​ ​
  • The participants successfully overtook the previous record of the largest ​R​angoli pattern created in 24,835.62 sq mt area by College Of Engineering Pune on 2 April 2016, claimed the district magistrate Kanchan Verma. "With the theme, 'no voter left behind', the ​Ra​ngoli was designed to encourage people with disabilities and female voters to come out and participate in huge numbers, and bridge the gender gap in voting percentage," said Verma adding that the event was held under the Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) to motivate, educate, facilitate and encourage voters to come out in huge numbers and participate in elections.
Russian envoy to India passes away due to heart failure
Russian Ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin passed away due to heart failure this morning. He was 67. He breathed his last at 8:50 am in New Delhi after brief illness.Mr Kadakin had contributed greatly to strengthen India-Russia relations. He had served as the Russian Ambassador to India since October 2009.

Donald Trump orders wall to be built on Mexico border
Mexico has said, it will not pay for US President Donald Trump's border wall. In a message to the nation, President Enrique Pena Nieto said, Mexico does not believe in walls and will decide the next steps on the basis of the report by functionaries in Washington and advice from the chamber of commerce and Governors. 

US Defence Secretary James Mattis to make first overseas trip to Japan, South Korea
US Defense Secretary James Mattis will make his first overseas trip to South Korea and Japan next week which is considered as the two top critical allies of America in the Asia Pacific region, the Pentagon has said. Mattis's will visit Seoul and Tokyo between February 1 and February 4. Departing on February 1, Mattis will begin his trip in South Korea, where he will meet Defence Minister Han Min Koo and other senior Korean officials.

US Emmy award-winning actress Mary Tyler Moore dies aged 80
Emmy award-winning US actress Mary Tyler Moore has died at the aged of 80. She was best known for her television roles in the 1960s sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show and the eponymous The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s. 

Mexican president disputes Trump over border wall payment
Mexican has said, it will not pay for US President Donald Trump's border wall. In a message to the nation, President Enrique Pena Nieto said, Mexico does not believe in walls and will decide the next steps on the basis of the report by functionaries in Washington and advice from the chamber of commerce and Governors. 

Turkey to hold referendum on new constitution in early April
Turkey will hold a referendum on constitutional changes that include switching to a Presidential system in early April. This was announced by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim during a party heads meeting in Ankara today. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said, he would act rapidly on the constitutional bill passed by Parliament.

Surya Namaskar Yajna recognised in US Congress
The annual "Surya Namaskar Yajna" or "Health for Humanity Yogathon" has been recognised in the US House of Representative on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. Congressman Bill Foster from Illinois said in his remarks on the House floor that he recognises the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh's tenth annual Surya Namaskar Yajna. 

Australia celebrates its National Day today
In Australia, thousands of protesters staged marches today in several cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, demanding the date of Australia Day, that is 26 January be changed. Protesters say, 26th January is the beginning of the dispossession of Aborigines, who trace their lineage on the island continent back 50,000 years and it is not a day to celebrate. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, he did not support changing the date of Australia Day. He said in Canberra that everyone is entitled to a point of view but, most Australians accept January 26 as Australia Day.

Usain Bolt loses one Olympic gold medal as Nesta Carter tests positive
Usain Bolt will have to hand back one of his nine Olympic gold medals after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance. Carter was part of the Jamaican quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing in 2008. His was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee last year, and has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

Blind Cricket captain Shekhar Naik credits blind cricket fraternity for Padma Shri
Indian blind cricket team captain Shekhar Naik, who was selected for Padma Shri award, has credited the blind cricket fraternity in the country for the honour he received from the government.

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