Current Events- January 25

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enlightenedThe Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju laid the foundation stone for an Integrated Check-Post (ICP) on January 24, 2017 at the Indo-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya. The main aim of the ICP is to boost employment opportunity besides boosting bilateral ties with the neighboring countries.

enlightened Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to jointly monitor the fragile cease-fire between the Syrian regime and rebels to find a political solution of ending the six-year conflict. The accord was signed by Moscow and Ankara and Tehran on January 24, 2017 in Kazakhstan on behalf of the Syrian government and armed rebel groups.

enlightenedIndia and France signed White Shipping Agreement on January 19, 2017 in New Delhi to enable information sharing on maritime traffic and maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The agreement was signed at the second dialogue on maritime cooperation for the Indian Ocean Region between India and France. The agreement aims to enhance the Indo-French maritime security cooperation in the region.

enlightenedThe Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gave its post-facto approval on January 24, 2017 allowing National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) to raise approx. Rs. 20,000 crore from the market for on-lending to Cooperative Banks.

enlightenedFrance on January 24, 2017 issued its first “Green Bonds” with a record sale of worth seven billion euro (USD 7.5 billion) thus leading a significant way towards establishment of a genuine market in renewable energy bonds.

enlightenedAmerican aerospace major Boeing Corporation launched the “Boeing India Engineering & Technology Center” (BIETC) on January 24, 2017 in Bengaluru in a bid to enhance its aerospace innovation in global emerging market like India. The engineering and technology centre will employ hundreds of talent of pool employees from within the nation to support its information technology & data analytics, engineering, research and technology and tests to increase productivity and long-term competitiveness in Indian Market.

enlightenedThe Government on January 25, 2017 announced Padma Awards in New Delhi to citizens of the country in recognition of their distinguished contribution in various spheres.
This year the President of India has approved Padma Awards to 89 persons. Out of these 19 are women, 5 awardees are from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs while 6 are posthumous awardees.The Award includes 7 Padma Vibhushan, 7 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees.

enlightenedDamodar Valley Corporation received NTPC award 20015-16 from Union Power Minister, Piyush Goyal.

enlightenedSenate Committee Confirms Nikki Haley to Become U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee cleared by voice vote Haley’s bid to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

enlightenedIndian-origin Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth resigns.

enlightenedDonald Trump appoints Indian-American Ajit Pai as FCC chairman .

enlightenedJapan successfully launched its first military communications satellite on January 24, 2017 from Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan on an H-2A rocket, to boost the broadband capacity of its Self Defence Forces. The Kirameki-2 is an X-band communications satellite with a 15-year lifespan built by DSN Corporation for the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

enlightenedPakistan successfully conducted the first test flight of the surface-to-surface ballistic missile (SSM), ‘Ababeel’ on January 24, 2017. The radar-evading Ababeel has the capablility of carrying a nuclear warhead up to 2,200 kms and deliver multiple warheads using Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology.

enlightenedThe All India Football Federation (AIFF) launched its first ever Indian Women’s League (IWL) on January 24, 2017 in order to make football a professional sport for women in the country.

enlightenedElection Commission of India celebrates 7th National Voters’ Day with theme “Empowering Young & Future Voters”. National Voters Day Celebration started from January 25, 2011 to mark Election Commission’s foundation day.

-25 January 2017

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