PM Modi To Embark On 4-Day Visit To Palestine, UAE, Oman On February 9
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a four-day state visit to Palestine, Oman and the UAE on February 9, during which he will hold talks with the leadership in the countries on “matters of mutual interest.
- This will be the first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Palestine, and Modi’s second visit to UAE and first to Oman.
- During the visit, the prime minister will hold discussions on matters of mutual interest with their leaders, apart from participating in other events.
- During his UAE visit, apart from holding talks with the leadership on key issues of defence, security and trade, the prime minister would be addressing the Sixth World Government Summit.
- The summit is being held in Dubai and India has been extended ‘Guest of Honour’ status.
- In Oman, PM Modi’s focus would be on intensifying cooperation in key sectors such as trade and defence.
Modi government to set up social media communication hubs in districts
- The ministry of information and broadcasting is in the process of setting up a social media communication (SMC) hub in every district across the country that will be the eyes and ears of the government and report back with real-time updates from ground zero.
- The finance committee has sanctioned Rs 17 crore for this fiscal year for setting up 707 SMC hubs, hiring personnel, development of software and other infrastructure related expenses.
- Around 20 social media analytics executives per hub will provide ‘reports on sentiment, reach, details relating to trending topics and hashtags and compile six reports per day’ to begin with. As part of the project, new software is being developed for the hubs that will enable two-way communication and help disseminate information.
Govt. to set up apex cybercrime coordination centre
- To deal with cyber crimes such as financial frauds, circulation of communal and pornographic contents, the Union Home Ministry is planning to set up an apex coordination centre and has asked States to establish a similar mechanism in every district.
- It has also released ₹83 crore for setting up of a cyber forensic training laboratory-cum-training centre for police officials in each State. The funds were given under the Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children Scheme.
Himachal CM launches women safety helpline ‘Gudiya’, ‘Shakti Button’ mobile app
- Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has launched 24X7 ‘Gudiya’ helpline, named after 16-year old rape and murder victim of Kotkhai, for a quick police response cases of crimes against women.
- Chief Minister also launched ‘Shakti Button’– a mobile app linked to police control rooms for ensuring the safety of women in the state.
- Any women at the time of an untoward incident can press the red button on the mobile app and an alert will immediately reach the police response team.
‘Aadhaar’ is Oxford dictionary’s Hindi word of 2017
- Oxford Dictionaries has chosen ‘Aadhaar’ as the Hindi word of 2017. The word gained popularity due to Aadhaar card, which was in news last year and is likely to remain in highlight this year as well.
- The announcement was made at a session “Oxford Dictionaries’ Hindi Word of the Year” during the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival.
- Other words such as ‘Mitron’, ‘Notebandi’, ‘Gau-Rakshak’ were also considered, but the widespread discussions and debates around ‘Aadhaar’ was the reason it was selected as the word of the year.
China’s PLA publishes new military training manual
- China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the world’s largest army, has published an officially approved outline for military training as part of its efforts to emerge as a world-class force.
- The Central Military Commission headed by President Xi Jinping has approved the outline for military training.
- The new training outline makes it a mission of the PLA that by 2035, the modernization of the country’s national defence and forces should be completed, and that by the mid- 21st century Chinese people’s armed forces should have been fully transformed into world-class forces.
Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal released from detention
- The Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal has been released after nearly three months in detention at a luxury hotel as part of an anti-corruption sweep.
- Prince Al-Waleed was the most high-profile detainee among 350 suspects rounded up since November 4th, including business tycoons and ministers
- The Prince, whose net worth has been estimated by Forbes magazine at 17 billion US dollars.
China to establish international courts to deal with BRI cases
- China has decided to set up three international courts to deal with disputes related to its multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), under which it is making massive investments.
- The Chinese Supreme Peoples Court will set up international courts in Beijing, Xian, the capital of Shaanxi Province and Shenzhen.
- The Xian court in Northwest China will handle cases related to the Silk Road and the Shenzhen court in South China with those related to Maritime Silk Road disputes. Beijing will be the headquarters.
Worlds second largest food producer India ranks under Severe Hunger Levels
- One of the most elevated sustenance makers India remains on the 100th rank for the title ‘Hungry’. Out of 119, India remained on 100th rank which is irritating for the country with the most astounding populace. ‘Worldwide Hunger Index’ did by International Food Policy Research Institute chalked out countries that fall under ‘Starving’ classification.
- The 100 out of 119 nations on the GHI, while a year ago it was at 97 out of 118. Despite the fact that India’s 2017 GHI score—31.4—has enhanced throughout the years, its yearning issue stays ordered as “genuine.” The rankings depend on four pointers: undernourishment, kid mortality, tyke squandering, and youngster hindering. A GHI score of in the vicinity of 20 and 34.9 focuses reflects genuine yearning levels; in the vicinity of 35 and 49.9, it is disturbing, and greatly disturbing if more than 50.
SoftBank may acquire stake in online insurance start-up PolicyBazaar
- Multibillion-dollar Japanese combination SoftBank is supposedly in converses with put resources into Indian online protection aggregator PolicyBazaar at a valuation of $800 million. Indian administrative strategies restrict remote residential interest in the nation at 49% while PolicyBazaar as of now has outside speculators, in particular Tiger Global Management and Temasek Holdings, which control 48% stake in the organization.
Top Business Leaders to Attend Assam Global Investors Summit
- Corporate honchos, including Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, Dilip Sanghvi and physician Naresh Trehan, will be part of over 4,800 delegates from across the world in first ever global investors summit in Assam.
- The summit ‘Advantage Assam’, being organised on February 3-4 at a total expenditure of Rs 32 crore, will also witness participation of business leaders and ministers from as many as 20 countries such as the ASEAN nations, the US, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, UAE and Israel.
- Advantage Assam will be the largest ever investment promotion and facilitation initiative by the state government and it will showcase the opportunities offered by the state in terms of export-oriented manufacturing and services to ASEAN and other countries.
India International Seafood Show (IISS) 2018
- The 21st edition of India International Seafood Show begins in Goa.
- India’s best marine products will be showcased for buyers from around the world.
- Industry leaders and experts will focus on policies, market trends, technology and roadmaps to achieve an export target of US$10 billion by 2022.
- Theme: “Safe and Sustainable Seafood from India”.
Sandeep Lamichhane becomes first Nepal player to get IPL contract
- Sandeep Lamichhane became the first cricketer from Nepal to land an IPL contract when he was picked by Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing players auction in Bengaluru.
- The 17-year-old, the only Nepal player in the IPL auction, was sold at his base price of Rs. 20 lakh.
- The leg-spinner rose to prominence with a successful outing at the 2016 U-19 World Cup where he guided Nepal to a creditable eighth place.
India retain ICC Test Championship mace
- India’s win over South Africa in the 3rd & final Test helped it retain the ICC Test Championship mace.
- Kohli will be presented with the mace, which is a symbol of excellence & a recognition of a side’s outstanding performance in the purest format of the game.
- Kohli had become the 10th captain since 2002 to get his hands on the mace when he had received it from Sunil Gavaskar in 2016.
Caroline Wozniacki wins Australian Open title
- Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki defeated Romanian Simona Halep to win her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.
- Twice a runner-up at the US Open, Wozniacki becomes the first Dane to win a Grand Slam singles title.
- With the win, Wozniacki will reclaim the WTA World No. 1 ranking exactly six years since she last held it.
Vice President Releases The Book ‘Staniya Svasasan Mei Addhi Aabadhi’
- Vice President releases the book ‘Staniya Svasasan Mei Addhi Aabadhi’ has been authored by Dr. Sadhana Pandey in New Delhi..
- It is a study that captures the voices of the rural women who are occupying positions of authority at the local level.
Book by Sheila Dixit “Dilli Meri Dilli: Before and After 1998” released
- The book titled “Dilli Meri Dilli: Before and After 1998”, beautifully traces the evolution of the Indian capital over the centuries and showcases its tremendous transformation since the beginning of the new millennium.
- The book is published by Palimpsest Publishers. It includes comments by people like Mark Tully, E Sreedharan and Sunita Narain among others.
- In her book, Sheila Dixit’s perspective towards Delhi was not as its Chief Minister but as its resident who has lived almost her entire life there. She has been the Chief Minister of Delhi for 15 years.
- The book is replete with pictures on various subjects like heritage, culture, law, gender equality, urban environment, education, sports and transport.
Vijay Gokhale to assume charge as foreign secretary
- Seasoned diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale, who played a key role in resolving the Doklam standoff with China, will take charge as the next foreign secretarytomorrow.
- A 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Gokhale is currently serving as the secretary (economic relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
Agricultural scientist GS Kalkat dies at 92
- Eminent agricultural scientist Gurcharan Singh Kalkat passed away at PGIMER here on Saturday after a brief illness. He was 92.
- Kalkat was awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan for his work.