Daily Current Affairs – 22 Jan 2018

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  1. World War-II Memorial inaugurated Arunachal Pradesh (Changlang district). Build by Union Cultural Ministry
  2. 10th Global forum for Food & Agriculture (GFFA)was held in Berlin, Germany (18th-20th Jan); with Theme: “Shaping the future of Livestock- Sustainably, Responsibly, Efficiently”
  3. India ranks 62nd among emerging economies on the Inclusive Development Index, falling from its last year’s ranking of 60th, according to a report released on Jan. 22 by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum. Norway – 1st; China -26th ; Pakistan is at -47th place.
  4. As per PwC survey, India has emerged as the fifth most attractive market for investments and the optimism over global economic growth is at a record level
  5. Tamil Nadu will host DefExpo 2018, an international exhibition on Defence, in April, showcasing some of the latest technologies and products manufactured by both Indian and foreign companies.
  6. India will be hosting the International Dam Safety Conference – 2018 at Thiruvananthapuram on January 23-24
  7. $120 million Loan Agreement between Government of India, the Government of Uttarakhand and the World Bank Board – to  increase the improved water supply services in peri-urban areas in the State of Uttarakhand
  8. National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) has made its First investment. It partnered with DP World to create an investment platform for ports, terminals, transportation and logistics businesses in India.
    1. first close of the NIIF Master Fund took place on October, 16, 2017 with contributions from a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and four Domestic Institutional Investors (DIIs), viz., HDFC Group, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Life and Axis Bank.
    2. India-UK Green Growth Equity Fund (GGEF) is also being set-up under the fund of funds vertical of NIIF, and shall have anchor commitments of GBP 120 million each from Government of India (through NIIF) and Government of UK.
  9. Reliance Industries (RIL) become the first Indian company to cross the Rs 6-lakh crore mark in market capitalisation as its shares touched a 52-week high of Rs 974.5.
  10. HDFC Bank become the first bank to cross market capitalisation of Rs 5 lakh crore recently.
  11. 48th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, with theme ‘Creating a shared future in a fractured world’ in Davos, Switzerland.  WEF 2018 will also see the largest ever proportion of women leaders including all co-chairs being women this time.
  12. The first Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) of Puducherry was inaugurated by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs at Karaikal.
  13. The Telangana government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Clean Authority of Tokyo in connection with municipal solid waste incineration in Hyderabad.
  14. The Raipur Municipal Corporation in Chhattisgarh organised the three-day ‘Kachra Mahotsav 2018’. It is India’s first Garbage Festival.
  15. Valletta, the capital of Malta with Leeuwarden, a city in the Netherlands was named European Capital of Culture 2018..
  16. The first International Dam Safety Conference-2018 was held in Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) from January 23-24, 2018.
    1. 4th  in series organized under aegis of ongoing Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP). organized jointly by Central Water Commission (CWC), Kerala Water Resources Department (KWRD), National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NITC), and College of Engineering, Trivandrum (CET).
  17. Manipur Government has launched the Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT), a health assurance scheme for the poor and disabled people.  (insurance cover up to Rs 2 lakh)