Current Events- January 12

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enlightenedElection Commission iIssues notification for assembly election in Punjab and Goa.The Notifications regarding the single phased Assembly elections in Punjab and Goa  was issued by the Election Commission on January 11, 2017 to start the process of filing nomination papers in the state.

enlightenedThe state government of Kerala has been directed by the Supreme Court on January 10, 2017 to pay Rs.500 crore as compensation to 5,000 victims suffering various types of deformities, health issues and other complication due to the use of Endosulfan pesticides in the state.

enlightenedThe Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has proposed draft rules Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Dog Breeding and Marketing Rules, 2017), to regulate dog breeding centres in the country.The proposed rule would prohibit dog breeding without registration. The rule prescribes the various requirements that should be met by the registered breeders for breeding or housing of dogs.

enlightenedThe world’s first ‘Gender Literature Festival’ is scheduled to be held in Patna, Bihar in the second week of April, 2017. The aim is to create a platform, to exchange ideas, and to share and learn experiences of renowned people in the field of gender literature.The festival will be organised by Gender Resource Centre of Bihar’s Women Development Corporation.

enlightenedThe Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu presented the Power Budget on January 12, 2017 with strategy to focus on addressing the purchase liability and put reforms as the core agenda for the power sector.

enlightenedArunachal Pradesh Chief Secretary Shakuntala D Gamlin and NDDB Chairman Dilip Rath are signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the presence of Chief Minister Pema Khandu to kick-start a ‘white revolution’ in Arunachal Pradesh.

enlightenedSaudi Arabia Increases Annual Haj Quota for India by 34500.

enlightenedThe first and only underwater sculpture museum of Europe, Museo Atlantico, has been inaugurated on January 10, 2017 off the Canary Island coast of Lanzarote.It is created between 12 and 15 meters on the ocean floor. It features over 300 life-sized sculptures and has 12 sprawling underwater installations by artist Jason deCaires Taylor who took almost three years to complete the project.

enlightenedHDFC Bank introduced digital wallets to install point of sale (PoS) terminals at counters in temples of Tamil Nadu.

enlightenedCitibank India has launched a Voice Biometrics Authentication for its phone banking customers on January 10, 2017.

enlightenedINS Khanderi, India’s second French-designed Scorpene-class diesel-electric attack submarine was launched in Mumbai on January 12, 2017 at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited.

enlightenedThe Captain of Indian men’s Hockey Team, PR Sreejesh was selected as a member of International Hockey Federation (FIH) Athletes’ Committee on January 11, 2017 by the FIH Executive Board.

enlightenedNational Youth Day also known as Yuva Diwas is celebrated every year with the great joy and enthusiasm in India on January 12 since 1985 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the maker of the modern India.This year January 12, 2017 marks the 154th birth anniversary of most respected spiritual leader, Swami Vivekananda.The theme of this year’s Festival is ‘Youth for Digital India’ and the Mascot of the festival is Lado.

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