Jan 18 2017

  • Union Railway Ministry has unveiled ‘Mission 41K’ to save Rs. 41,000 crore on the Indian Railways’ expenditure on energy consumption over the next 10 years.
  • India formally became an associate member of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) with the government completing the internal approval procedures for the agreement it signed in November 2016.
  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the proposal for India’s taking full membership of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) Governing Council.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved holding negotiations for Trade Agreement with Peru on trade in goods, services and investment.
  • The 58th edition of India International Garment Fair (IIGF) began in New Delhi.
  • Madhya Pradesh became the first State of the country to launch Aanandam programme to help the needy persons. Under it, government through volunteers will provide help to the needy and economically sound citizens can donate items for the needy persons.
  • India ranked low at 78th position on the recently released global Passport Index 2017 with a visa-free score of 46.
  • West Bengal fisheries department has proposed to give legal protection to Hilsa Fish to arrest its dwindling population.
  • Mawlynnong village in Meghalaya has become a role model for other states in maintaining cleanliness and also tourists’ hotspot. It is also claimed as Asia’s cleanest village.
  • Karang, a small lake island in Manipur, became the first cashless island in India.
  • Cricket icon Kapil Dev was inducted into Legends Club ‘Hall of Fame’ at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai, Mahrashtra.
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