Daily GK Update: Current Affairs in English Medium. Date: 09.01.2017

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PM Modi, French Foreign Minister discuss defence, terrorism
Seeking to give a greater momentum to the Indo-French strategic relationship, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault today discussed a wide spectrum of issues, including defence and terrorism. The French side said the bilateral ties should move forward with the speed of a Rafale fighter jet. During the talks between Mr Modi and Mr Ayrault on the sidelines of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Bengaluru, both leaders had considerable discussions on international terrorism of which the two countries are victims.

Vijayawada to be host 1st Digi Dhan Mela in Andhra Pradesh today
In Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada will be host to the first Digi Dhan Mela in the State this afternoon. Digi Dhan Melas are being organised across the country to promote cashless transactions. Union Minister for Urban Development and Information Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu along with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will launch the Mela at Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium, Vijayawada this evening.

3-day National Conference for e-Governance to begin in Visakhapatnam today
A 3-day National Conference for e-Governance will begin in Visakhapatnam today. The 20th Edition of the National Conference for e-Governance 2016-17 is being organised by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Government of India in partnership with Information Technology, Electronics and Communication (ITE&C) Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Rajnath Singh to lay foundation stone for NDRF 10th battalion at Kondapavuluru in Andhra Pradesh today
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will lay the foundation stone for the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) 10th battalion at Kondapavuluru in Gannavaram mandal of Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh this afternoon, along with Union Minister of Urban Development and Information Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.The new campus will house the 10th battalion of NDRF, is currently stationed in Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur district, since 15th November 2011.

Piyush Goyal to unveil world's largest street light replacement programme in SDMC today
Power Minister Piyush Goyal will unveil world's largest street light replacement programme in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) area today. Mr Goyal will also launch a mobile app called Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) Complaint App for SDMC, wherein users can now lodge complaints about faulty street lights. AIR Correspondent reports that street Lighting National Programme (SLNP), currently running in the SDMC area is the World’s Largest Street Light Replacement Programme where two lakh LED lights will replace inefficient lamps.

PM Modi holds bilateral talks with Suriname Vice President Ashvin Adhin
On the sidelines of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral meetings with Vice President of Suriname Micheal Ashwin Adhin, Foreign Minister of France Jean-Marc Ayrault. He also met with Malaysian Health Minister Dr S Subramanium and Malaysia Prime Minister’s special envoy on Infrastructure Samy Velu. 

International Kite festival begins at Ahmedabad
In Gujarat, a week long international Kite festival is being held at Sabarmati River Front in Ahmedabad. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani inaugurated the festival this morning.As many as two thousand students from the schools run by the Municipal Corporation performed 'suryanamaskar' this morning during the opening ceremony of the festival.

India's Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope plays key role in rare discovery
India's Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope, GMRT based at Khodad near Pune and NASA's Chandra X-ray telescope have played an important role in making a rare discovery about the universe.For the first time, it has been shown that the central dense cores of certain kinds of special galaxies are the source that high energy particles like electrons need to create relic radio emissions that are seen in clusters of galaxies.

Maharashtra govt comes up with amendment in Land Revenue Code
Maharashtra government has come up with an amendment in Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, following which non-agriculture certification will no longer be required for a land for which development plan is finalized. Unless an agricultural land is converted into non-agricultural, development work can not be started.With the new amendment in the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code 1966, things would move more swiftly.

Digi Dhan Mela being organised at Patna today
In Bihar, a Digh Dhan Mela has been organized at Patna to promote digital modes of payment. Our correspondent reports that a large number of people is attending the first Digi dhan mela in the state capital.

China steps up naval patrols in disputed islands with Japan
China has stepped up patrols in the waters of the disputed islands under the control of Japan in the East China Sea. The move could anger Tokyo. Reports in the state-run media in recent weeks highlighted continued patrols by Chinese Coast Guard vessels. 

North Korea says can test-launch intercontinental ballistic missile at any time
North Korea says it can test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at any time from any location chosen by leader Kim Jong-un. Foreign ministry spokesman said that the United States' hostile policy was to blame for its arms development, official KCNA news agency reported. Kim said on January 1st his nuclear-capable country was close to test-launching an ICBM.

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani dies at 82
Former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died today, state TV reported. He was 82. He had suffered a heart attack, the reports said. Rafsanjani was a dominant figure in the country's politics since the 1980s. He served as president from 1989 to 1997 but lost to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he ran again in 2005. 

Japan PM Shinzo Abe urges South Korea to remove ‘comfort woman’ statue
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called on South Korea to remove a statue of a comfort woman which has reignited a diplomatic row over Tokyo's wartime sex slavery. During a programme aired on public broadcaster NHK, Mr Abe said, Japan has already paid 8.6 million dollars. He said, Japan has sincerely fulfilled its obligation and now its South Korea's turn to show sincerity in an unwavering manner. Japan argues it is against a 2015 agreement between the neighbours meant to put an end to the hugely emotional and decades-long comfort women issue with a Japanese apology and payment of money.

Nana Akufo-Addo sworn in as president of Ghana
Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn in as Ghana's new president after beating John Mahama in last month's election. Heads of state from across Africa and thousands of guests and dignitaries watched him take the oath of office at a ceremony in the capital, Accra. Mr Akufo-Addo, a 72-year-old former human rights lawyer, promised free high school education and more factories. 

General Anti-Avoidance Tax Rule to kick in from April 2017
The General Anti-Avoidance Rule,GAAR, will kick in from April 1, 2017 said the Central Board for Direct Taxes today. GAAR was part of the 2012-13 Budget speech of the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to check tax evasion and avoidance. 

FPIs net outflow at $ 3bn in 2016; worst in 8 years
Foreign funds pulled out more than 3 billion dollars, from the Indian capital markets in 2016, making it the worst period in last eight years in terms of foreign investments. Surprisingly, it is the debt instruments that have taken the biggest hit, after remaining a preferred investment avenue for foreign funds in recent years, while equities continued to attract net inflows but not enough to compensate the huge outflows from the bond market. 

Chennai Open: Bopanna & Nedunchezhiyan bag men's doubles title
In Chennai Open tennis, Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan were crowned the champions in the doubles category. They defeated compatriots Purav Raja and Divij Sharan 6-3, 6-4 in the summit clash last night. A doubles history was created even before the first ball was hit, as it was the first time in the ATP event’s 22-year existence that four Indians featured in the finals.

Chennai Open: Roberto Bautista Agut men's Single title
In singles, Spain's No. 2 seed Roberto Bautista Agut won the trophy effortlessly by demolishing Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-4 in just over one hour 13 minutes.

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