Daily GK Update: Current Affairs in English Medium. Date: 13.01.2017

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SC refuses to pass judgment on Jallikattu before Pongal
The Supreme Court rejected a plea urging it to pass judgement on Jallikattu before the harvest festival of Pongal on Saturday. A bench comprising justices Dipak Misra and R Banumathi told that it is unfair to ask the bench to pass an order. 

Guided Pinaka successfully test-fired at Chandipur in Odisha
The Pinaka Rocket converted to a Guided Pinaka was successfully test-fired from Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha, yesterday. The Pinaka Rocket Mark-II, which evolved from Pinaka Mark-I is equipped with a navigation, guidance and control kit and has been transformed to a Guided Pinaka. According to an official release, this conversion has considerably enhanced the range and accuracy of Pinaka. The test-firing has met all mission objectives. The radars, electro-optical and telemetry systems at Chandipur tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight-path.

Centre to set up 6-member committee to look into Hajj subsidy issue
he Centre has decided to set up a six-member committee to look into the Hajj subsidy issue. Sources said, the committee will look into the subject whether giving subsidy has any benefits. The decision has been taken in light of a 2012 Supreme Court order on gradually reducing and abolishing subsidy given to pilgrims by 2022. Sources also said, the committee will engage all the stakeholders concerned before submitting its report.

Ken-Betwa river linking project receives environment, forest & tribal clearances
The NDA government's ambitious Ken-Betwa river linking project has received environment, forest and tribal clearances. The project aims at addressing water needs of dry swathes in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Speaking to media on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi today, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said, the first river linking project has received the clearances formally. She said, the Ministry is working out the funding pattern with NITI Aayog. Ms Bharti said, Ministry is pursuing NITI Ayog to change its funding pattern of Centre state share to 90:10 from 60:40 for the project as it is a special project.

32.26 lakh voters removed from electoral roll in UP
In Uttar Pradesh, the Election Commission has informed that names of as many as 32(point)2​6 lakh voters have been removed from the electoral roll across the state.Chief Electoral Officer T Venkatesh said overall strength of voters in the state stands at 14.12 crore. The total number of voters in the age-group of 18-19 years is 24.53 lakh. During the revision period, names of 20.57 lakh such voters were added.

Aizawl recorded coldest day in history
Mizoram's capital Aizawl recorded the coldest day in history yesterday. Mercury in the north eastern state capital dipped to a record low of 3.2 degrees Celsius, making it the coldest day recorded ever since the Meteorological office was setup in the region.Yesterday's minimum temperature broke last year's record of 3.7 degree celsius. Met office has forecast further dip in the mercury in the next 48 hours.

Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show organised in in Gandhinagar
Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show is being organised at Helipad Ground, in Gandhinagar as part of Vibrant Gujarat 2017. The trade show was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 9th Jan. Today is the last day of the trade show. 

Delhi declared free from bird flu
Delhi has been declared free from H5N8 avian influenza commonly known as Bird Flu. Animal Husbandry Department of the city government issued a circular yesterday declaring the National Capital free from H5N8.Following the move, National Zoological Park yesterday opened its gates for public three months after the scare had led to its closure.

India destined to be Strategic partner of US: Ashton Carter
Outgoing US Defence Secretary, Ashton Carter has said that India is destined to be a strategic partner of the United States. Addressing an audience at Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Carter said, US have a number of programmes that is a link to India's 'Make in India' initiative in the defence sphere.

Turkey: Parliament approves key articles of constitutional reform
In Turkey, Parliament has approved key Articles of a constitutional reform which would allow the President to be a member of a political party and issue decrees. The three approved articles set out Parliament's supervisory role, enables President to retain ties with a political party and detail the President's executive powers as head of state, including the power to issue decrees.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe signs 1 trillion yen aid package to Philippines
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has signed a 1-trillion yen, about 8.7 billion dollars, aid package over the next five years to the Philippines, meant to improve economic and political relations between the two island nations.

Obama Ending 'Wet Foot, Dry Foot' Policy for Cubans
US President Barack Obama has ended a two-decade-old 'wet foot, dry foot' policy that allows only Cuban migrants who arrive in the US without a visa to become permanent residents. 

Barack Obama awards Joe Biden with highest civilian honour
Outgoing US President Barack Obama has awarded Vice President Joe Biden with the highest civilian honour, commemorating an extraordinary man with an extraordinary career in public service. Mr Biden accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony in his honour at the White House. Mr Obama said he is bestowing the honour on Biden for faith in Americans, for his love of country and a lifetime of service that will endure through the generations. He picked up Biden, his former primary rival, as his running vice presidential mate in 2008. 

TCS CEO N. Chandrasekaran appointed Tata Sons chairman
Tata Sons have appointed TCS Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Mr Natarajan Chandrasekaran as its new Chairman. A press release issued by the company last evening said Mr. Chandrasekaran will take charge on 21st February. His appointment comes after the Tata sons removed Cyrus Mistry as the Chairman.

Industrial production grows 5.7% in November
Allaying fears of a slowdown following demonetisation, the country's industrial production grew 5.7 percent in November 2016, compared to a contraction of 3.4 percent in November of the previous year. According to data released by the Central Statistics Office today, the manufacturing sector, which constitutes over 75 percent of the index, grew 5.5 percent in November last year. Mining output rose 3.9 percent in November, and electricity generation increased 8.9 percent. Capital goods output surged 15 percent during the month. 

Retail inflation fell 3-year low of 3.41% in December from 3.63% in November
Retail inflation fell to a nearly 3-year low of 3.41 % in December 2016, from 3.63 % in November. Inflation eased mainly on account of falling prices of vegetables and pulses. According to official data, overall food inflation fell to 1.37 per cent in December last year, from 2.11 % in November. Retail inflation in the vegetables category slipped to minus 14.59 per cent in December. Inflation in pulses and products fell to minus 1.57 %. Retail inflation in cereals and products stood at 5.25 per cent. 

Amla hits century in 100th Test against Sri Lanka
Hashim Amla made a century in his 100th Test match as he and JP Duminy put South Africa in command on the first day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka today. South Africa reached 338 for three at the close of play, with Amla unbeaten on 124 at the Wanderers Stadium. Amla became only the eighth player and second South African after former captain Graeme Smith to mark 100 Tests with a hundred.

Consulate General of India in Dubai announces launch of 'Diplomats Cricket Championship Cup'
Consulate General of India in Dubai today announced launch of the 'Diplomats Cricket Championship Cup' in association with the Skyline University College, Sharjah, to promote sportsmanship, camaraderie and harmonious relationship among the diplomatic missions of UAE.

Courtesy: AIR News

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