Jan 20 2017

  • The first flight under the government’s ambitious regional connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh Ke Aam Naagrik) will to take off in February 2017.
  • The 28th edition of Dantan Gramin Mela was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee in West Midnapore district in West Bengal.
  • According to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2017 report, India’s economy is projected to grow by 7.7% in fiscal 2017 and 7.6% in 2018 India will remain the fastest growing large developing economy due to its strong private consumption and gradual introduction of significant domestic reforms.
  • The Supreme Court has ruled that Canon law and decrees of divorce given by ecclesiastical tribunals or ‘Church Courts’ cannot veto the statutory law of divorce.
  • The Union Cabinet has excluded States and Union Territories except Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Delhi (UT) and Madhya Pradesh from National Small Savings Fund (NSSF) investments with effect from 1 April 2016
  • The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was officially launched at World Economic Forum (WEF) Davos after it received $460-million to develop vaccines against 3 emerging highly-contagious and fatal diseases.
  • The World Bank has sanctioned Rs 1,376 crore for complete upgradation and improvement of the power system network in Tripura.
  • The US military has successfully launched Geo-3 satellite mounted with Atlas V rocket into space to monitor possible missile attacks from space.
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully maneuvered the orbit planes of Mars orbiter Mission (MOM) or Mangalyaan to enhance the capacity of battery.
  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of nearly Rs. 206 crore on seven cement companies for bid-rigging and cartelisation. These seven companies are Shree Cement, UltraTech Cement, Jaiprakash Associates, JK Cement, Ambuja Cements, ACC and JK Lakshmi Cement.
  • Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has won her second People’s Choice Award for Favourite Dramatic TV Actress.
  • Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba became major sponsor of the Olympic Games after signing a deal with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that runs until 2028.
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