Daily GK Update: Current Affairs in English Medium. Date: 08.01.2017

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14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas convention begins in Bengaluru
The 3-day 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD 2017) convention began in Bengaluru on Saturday. On the first day, the Youth Pravasi Bhartiya Divas was inaugurated by Vice President of Suriname Micheal Ashwin Adhin, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel, Minister of State for External Affairs Gen V K Singh and Karnataka Ministers R V Deshpande and Priyank Kharge.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Portuguese counterpart Dr Antonio Costa inaugurated the main convention of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas this morning in Bengaluru.

New Delhi World Book Fair begins in Pragati Maidan
The 9-day New Delhi World Book Fair began at Pragati Maidan in national capital. The theme for this year's event is 'Manushi' which focuses on writings on and by women. The fair will exhibit the rich tradition of women writings from ancient times till the present. Minister of State for Human Resources Development, Mahendra Nath Pandey inaugurated the fair.

Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu to launch non-fare revenue policy
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will launch the non-fare revenue policy, a first in Railways, offering various schemes for revenue yielding activities of about 2,000 crore rupees. Quoting a senior Railway official, news agency PTI said, these schemes include train branding, advertising spaces in trains, level crossings and areas along tracks. It said, Railway ministry is also planning to set up about 2400 ATMs at platforms of major stations across the country.

Jaipur International Film Festival begins
The ninth edition of Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF) began in Jaipur tonight in the presence of renowned film makers. The ceremony opened with tributes to veteran actor Om Puri who died of a massive heart attack yesterday. This year's Life Time Achievement Award was presented to internationally acclaimed cine-visionary Ramesh Prasad, hailed as creator of specialised post production facilities.

Budget Session of Parliament to begin from January 31
The Budget session of Parliament will start from 31st of this month. In a press release, Lok Sabha secretariat said President will address a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament in the Central Hall at 11 AM on the first day of the session. Subject to exigencies of government business, the session is likely to conclude on the 12th of April. Rajya Sabha secretariat has also issued a similar notification saying President Pranab Mukherjee has summoned the Rajya Sabha to meet on 31st of January. The two houses will have a month long recess from 10th February to 8th March to enable the Standing Committees to consider the Demands for Grants of Ministries and Departments and prepare their Reports.

Kerala: IAS officers apply mass leave on Monday
In Kerala, in an unprecedented development, scores of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers have applied for a half-day leave tomorrow in protest against what they call ‘disturbing developments that affect the morale of the civil service, on account of the abuse of power on the part of the Vigilance Director and Vigilance & Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB).

Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit preparations over
Preparations for the eighth edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit are over. State Principal Secretary of Industries department P K Taneja told this to reporters in Ahmedabad today. The summit will be formally inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 10. Modi will be in Gujarat from January 9 and will participate in events related to the summit.

Haryana to set up Sports University
Haryana will set up a Sports University to provide international level sports facilities to the youth. Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij said Sports Councils will also be constituted at state, district and block levels to gain from the experience of people associated with sports. 

Sankranti: Maharashtra govt has banned the use of manja
Ahead of Sankranti festival, Maharashtra government has banned the use of manja, kite string, mostly made of nylon which is known to cause injuries to birds and even people. State environment department has issued a directive banning the manja. A release from Maharashtra Pollution Control Board issued on Saturday stated that the state government has now banned not only the use of manja string but also prohibited its storage. 

Donald Trump names Dan Coats as new national intelligence director
US President-elect Donald Trump has named Dan Coats as his National Intelligence Director. The Indiana ex-senator formerly served on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Mr Trump said, Mr Coats would provide unwavering leadership and spearhead his administration's ceaseless vigilance against those who seek to do them harm

China to set up worlds highest altitude telescopes in Tibet
China is setting up the world's highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in a Tibet prefecture close to Line of Actual Control with India to detect faintest echoes resonating from universe which may reveal more about the Big Bang theory. Yao Yongqiang chief researcher with the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences said, construction has started for the first telescope, code-named Ngari No.1,30 kilometers south of Shiquanhe Town in Ngari Prefecture. Parts of NGARI is last Tibetan prefecture at China's border with India. 

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. 

Hollywood gears up for Golden Globes awards
Hollywood is gearing up for this year's Golden Globes - one of the biggest nights in the entertainment calendar. The ceremony is traditionally seen as an indicator of which films will do well at the Oscars. La La Land leads the field with seven nominations, followed by Moonlight (six) and Manchester By The Sea (five). The Globes also cover TV - and this year sees British actors including Claire Foy, Tom Hiddleston and Thandie Newton hotly tipped for trophies. The awards will be handed out in Los Angeles tonight.

Portugal former president Mario Soares dies at 92
Portugal's former president Mario Soares died today in Lisbon. He was 92. The spokesman of the hospital where he passed away said this. The founder of Portugal's Socialist party, Soares spent decades in politics. He was admitted to hospital on December 13, where he later fell into a deep coma, and never recovered.

India's GDP growth estimated at 7.1% this year; per capita net national income rises by over 10%
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth is estimated at 7(point)1 per cent in 2016-17 as compared to 7(point)6 per cent in 2015-16. Releasing the data, Chief Statistician T C A Anant said in New Delhi this evening that the per capita net national income during 2016-17 is estimated to be One lakh three thousand seven rupees showing a rise of 10.4 per cent as compared to 93 thousand two hundred ninety three during 2015-16 with the growth rate of 7.4 percent.

Counting of old Rs 500 & 1000 notes returned to banks still on: RBI
The Reserve Bank has said, the process of counting old 500 and 1000 rupee notes that were returned to the banks is still on. RBI said, as the scheme to deposit invalid currency notes has just ended, it is taking all steps to complete the counting process and release the actual figures at the earliest. The clarification comes after media reports claimed that almost 94 to 97 percent of old notes amounting to between 14.5 lakh crore and 15 lakh crore rupees may have come back into the banking system. 

India's Forex reserves up by USD 625.5 mn to USD 360.296 bn
India's foreign exchange reserves have recorded a rise of USD 625.5 million to reach USD 360.296 billion in the week ended 30th December 2016. A RBI press release has informed that foreign currency assets, a major part of the overall reserves increased by USD 612.4 million to USD 336.582 billion.

Sania wins Brisbane women's doubles title but loses No.1 rank
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza picked up her first title of the season, combining with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to lift the Brisbane International women's doubles title. The top-seeded Indo-American duo triumphed 6-2 6-3 against the second-seeded Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the final. The trophy, however, ended Sania's 91-week reign as the world No.1 doubles player in the WTA rankings. That position was taken over by her partner Bethanie

Djokovic wins Qatar Open tennis title
Novak Djokovic has won the Qatar Open tennis title. In an epic final in Doha today, the Serbian defeated Andy Murray 6-3 5-7 6-4. Djokovic missed out on three match points and had to repel a roaring Murray comeback before ending the Briton's 28-match, five-tournament winning streak. With the win, Djokovic made an immense statement in his bid to rule men's tennis again as it was Murray, who deposed him as world number one.

Chennai Open Final: Roberto Bautista Agut to take on Daniil Medvedev
In the Singles title clash of the ATP Chennai Open, Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut will take on Russia's 20-year old Daniil Medvedev tomorrow evening. In a lop-sided semi-final today, second seed Agut outclassed Benoit Paire of France in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. Agut, who had also reached the final in the event in 2013, is looking for his fifth career title. Medvedev defeated Israeli Dudi Sela 4-6 7-6 6-2 in his semi-final fixture.

Courtesy: AIR News

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