Jan 04 2017

  • Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, who led the five-judge constitution bench in the Supreme Court which had struck down the controversial NJAC Act for appointment of judges, has been sworn-in as the 44th Chief Justice of India (CJI) and will remain on the post till August 27, 2017.
  • Finland has become the first country in the world to pay a basic income to randomly picked citizens on a national level.
  • The World Braille Day (WBD) is observed every year on January 4
  • Halahalli Shreekantha Shetti Mahadeva Prasad (58), who was the incumbent state minister for Cooperation and Sugar in the Government of Karnataka, has recently passed away at Chikkamagaluru in Karnataka
  • The HDFC Bank has recently launched a chatbot service “HDFC OnChat” to allow users to make payments through Facebook Messenger.
  • The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)  has approved many new projects at an estimated cost of over Rs 370 crore for its ongoing Ganga rejuvenation programme in Haridwar and Varanasi
  • In order to encourage competition for improving sanitation standards in the respective area, the government started, Swachh Survekshan 2017 from January 4, 2017.
  • Assam and Telangana signed a pact with the Power Minister, Piyush Goyal to join the UDAY scheme on January 4, 2017 in New Delhi in a bid to improve the performance of state run power distribution companies (DISCOM).
  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) bench on January 3, 2017, issued an interim stay on any construction activity in relation to the Pune Metro rail project passing through the Mula-Mutha river bed in the city
  • Nepal’s Supreme Court on January 2, 2017 gave a go ahead signal to the government with a crucial Constitution amendment bill, to accommodate the demands of the agitating Madhesi and ethnic groups.
  • Germany based Munich Reinsurance Company is planned  to open its branch office in Mumbai to provide the property-casualty, life, health reinsurance markets across India.
  • Mobile commerce and payments company, Paytm received the final approval from the Reserve Bank of India on January 3, 2017 to launch Paytm Payment Bank.
  • Jovenel Moise has been elected as the President of Haiti. The electoral tribunal officially declared the winner on 3 January 2017.
  • India’s central banking institution Reserve Bank of India(RBI)  was appointed Surekha Marandi as its Executive Director (ED)
  • The District Administration of Ludhianahas developed a mobile application named “ECI360” for the benefit of voters, candidates, election staff as well as the Election Commission of India(ECI).
  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal launched the Web Portal and the Mobile App for Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) scheme on January 4, 2017.
  • Australian Cricketer Arthur Morris Inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
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