Daily Current Affairs Capsule 10th Jan 2017

PM Modi inaugurates Vibrant Gujarat Global Global Summit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated 8th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

An investment of around 30 lakh is expected by signing 21,190 MoUs during the three days summit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also inaugurated ‘Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show’, where around 1,500 entities are participating from India and abroad.

Representatives of over 80 countries are also participating in the ‘Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show’ where more than 15 lakh people are expected to visit over the course of five days.


Sex ratio in Haryana touches 900-mark for first time in 20 years.

Sex ratio at birth (SRB) in Haryana past year touched the 900-mark for the first time in almost two decades.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ambitious “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” (B3P) campaign against female foeticide in Panipat in January 2015.

Two years later, Haryana, notorious for its skewed sex ratio and patriarchal mindset, saw a historic turnaround.


HDFC Bank launched Humanoid Ira.

The private lender HDFC Bank has launched a `humanoid’ in the domestic banking space.

The bank showcased human-sized robot Ira, developed in association with Kochibased Asimov Robotics, and said it will be deployed at a Mumbai branch within a fortnight.

City Union Bank last year introduced robot `Lakshmi’, which uses artificial intelligence to handle 125 topics.


SBI waives MDR charges for small merchants for one year.

Country’s largest lender SBI has waived Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) on debit card transactions for all small merchants with annual turnover of up to ₹20 lakh for one year.

SBI further said the move is targeted primarily towards a segment of population and small merchants, who have not yet experienced the convenience of Card Payments.


Axis Bank becomes third lender to offer block chain service.

Private sector Axis bank has become the third lender in the country to announce usage of block chain solutions for its operations, after its peers ICICI Bank and Yes Bank.

The Shikha Sharma-led bank, the third largest private sector lender, will be using the upcoming technology for cross-border remittances.


Kumar Sharadindu appointed as MD & CEO of SBI Pension Funds.

SBI Pension Funds, a subsidiary of State Bank of India, has appointed Kumar Sharadindu as its managing director and chief executive.

SBI Pension Funds is one of the three pension fund managers appointed by the regulator PFRDA to manage the pension corpus of employees enrolled under the National Pension System for government employees.

Prior to this assignment, Sharadindu was a general manager at SBI Corporate Centre, Mumbai.


David Rudisha named ambassador of Mumbai Marathon.

Olympic and world 800m champion, David Rudisha from Kenya, is named the international event ambassador for the 14th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2017.

The marathon will be held on January 15.

Rudisha, the 28-year-old middle-distance ace, retained his Olympic 800m title with an power-packed run at Rio Olympics, clocking 1:42.16.

He was timed at 1:40.91 four years ago in London 2012, a world record performance.


Flipkart appoints Kalyan Krishnamurthy as new CEO.

Flipkart has promoted former Tiger Global Management executive Kalyan Krishnamurthy as the new chief executive to run the operations of India’s largest online retailer.

Mr.Krishnamurthy is replacing co-founder Binny Bansal, who has been elevated to the position of Group CEO.

Mr. Krishnamurthy joined Flipkart in June last year as head of ‘category design organisation.’

He was hired from Flipkart’s largest investor Tiger Global, a New York-based investment firm.


Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award for 4th time.

Portugal and Real Madrid FC Captain Cristiano Ronaldo has won his fourth FIFA best player award.

Ronaldo beat great rival Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to complete a sweep of top individual awards.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino presented the award to Ronaldo in a Function.

His 34.54 percent of total voting points in a 23-candidate ballot was clearly better than Messi’s 26.42 percent. Griezmann got 7.53 percent.

Ronaldo has earlier clinched the award in 2008, 2013 and 2014. He was also conferred Ballon d’or award last December.


Amitabh Bachchan presented with US embassy award for fight against TB.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was given an award by the US Embassy in appreciation for his invaluable contributions to the US-India partnership on tuberculosis.

The award was presented on January 8 by US Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma to the legendary actor who is also a tuberculosis survivor and brand ambassador for the initiative.

Amitabh Bachchan is the brand ambassador of the campaign.


Narendra Modi inaugurates India International Exchange.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the India International Exchange (INX) located at the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), GIFT City in Gandhinagar, terming it as momentous occasion for the country’s financial sector.

The India INX is a wholly owned subsidiary of BSE Ltd.It incorporates world’s advanced IT sale purchase stage.

The securities and products that could be traded on the India INX are equity shares, currency and interest rate derivatives, index based derivatives and such other securities that may be allowed.

Amitabh Bachchan is the brand ambassador of the campaign.


11th blind challenge car rally held in Bhopal.

11th Blind Challenge Car Rally was organised in Bhopal to create awareness among the masses regarding the issues concerning persons with visual impairment.

Indira Gandhi Museum and Arushi are organising car rally, where the vehicle is driven by a sighted person and the navigator is a blind person, who reads the route given to them on the spot in Braille.

The rally covered 30 kms within Bhopal. First three winners were awarded cash prices and trophies and mementos and certificates were given to all participants.

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