Jan 08 2017

  • India and Portugal have signed six memorandum of understandings (MoUs) including in defence cooperation. These agreements were signed after delegation level talks Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting Portugal counterpart António Costa who is chief Guest of 2017 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
  • India asked the World Bank not to rush in brokering a deal on its dispute with Pakistan over Ratle and Kishenganga projects coming up in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • According to growth projection released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth is expected to grow at a slower pace at 7.1% in 2016-17 as compared to 7.6% in 2015-16.
  • The Budget session of Parliament will start from 31 January 2017 and is likely to conclude on the 12 April 2017.
  • China to set up world’s highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet
  • Pakistan’s former Army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif (retired) was appointed head of Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT), a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition of 39 nations.
  • Former human rights lawyer Nana Akufo-Addo (72) was sworn in as new president of Ghana.
  • The 44th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair began at Pragati Maidan in national capital. The theme for this edition of the event is ‘Manushi– Books Written on and by Women’
  • The ninth edition of Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF) began in Jaipur, capital city of Rajasthan in the presence of renowned film makers. This edition of the festival will witness participation by 250 filmmakers and artistes. This year’s Life Time Achievement Award was presented to internationally acclaimed cine-visionary Ramesh Prasad
  • Sania Mirza, Bethanie Mattek-Sands wins 2017 Brisbane women’s doubles title Brisbane International women’s doubles title.
  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia won the 2017 Qatar Open tennis title in the men’s single category.

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