Daily Current Affairs Capsule 5th Jan 2017

China begins first freight train service to London.

China has begun its first freight train service to London from Yiwu, a famed wholesale market town in the eastern province of Zhejiang.

The train will travel for 18 days over more than 7,500 miles (12,000km) to reach Britain from China.
It will pass through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France before arriving in London.


Bunkar Mitra” the Government of India’s Helpline for Handloom Weavers.

“Bunkar Mitra” is the Government of India’s Helpline for Handloom Weavers. The helpline was launched by the government on the occasion of “Good Governance Day” recently.

The helpline provides a single point of contact to handloom weavers across the country for addressing queries and providing guidance. This helpline can be accessed by dialing the toll free number 1800-208-9988.

Services that are available through this helpline include- Assistance on technical issues, Access to marketing linkages and Information about various schemes and procedure to avail benefits.


UN Recognizes 2017 as Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

The United Nations (UN) has declared 2017 as a year to recognize that tourism is important in fostering better understanding among people.

International travel leads to greater awareness of the heritage of other civilizations, and as a result an appreciation of other countries.
According to the UN, this contributes to the strengthening of world peace.


Govt launches IPR Enforcement Toolkit for Police.

The Commerce & Industry Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman launched an IPR Enforcement Toolkit for Police.

The toolkit has been jointly prepared by Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

This toolkit will be a ready reckoner for police officials across the country in dealing with IP crimes, specifically Trade Marks counterfeiting and Copyrights piracy.


EPFO launches a campaign to enrol more workers.

Retirement fund body EPFO launched the Employees Enrolment Campaign, 2017, to encourage firms to enroll their employees under its schemes at nominal damages of Rupee one per annum.

Under the scheme, the employees share of contribution, if declared by the employer as not deducted, shall stand waived, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) said in statement.

The campaign will give wide publicity to the benefits the Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) and the Pradhan Mantri Paridhan Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMPRPY).


Google launches ‘Digital Unlocked’ for small-scale Indian businesses.

The announcement was made by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who is in the national capital for a day. Mr. Pichai said the brand new tool — My Business, has been introduced in India first and would be taken to other countries gradually.

Google My Business would help small businesses set up website from their mobile devices. All they need is a smartphone and a few minutes, he said.

The tech giant also launched Digital Unlocked, an education programme in association with industry body FICCI and Indian School of Business.

The programme will impart mobile and online courses to help small businesses.


Tata Power appoints S Padmanabhan as chairman.

Tata Consultancy. MUMBAI: Tata Power Co has appointed S Padmanabhan as its chairman, in place of Cyrus Mistry who resigned last month. … He is also the executive chairman of the Tata Business Excellence Group and has recently been appointed as Tata Sons’ group head for human resources.

In December, Tata Power brought back S Padmanabhan, who was executive director of operations at the company until 2014, as an additional director on the board.

He is also the executive chairman of the Tata Business Excellence Group and has recently been appointed as Tata Sons’ group head for human resources.


Jovenel Moise elected as the President of Haiti.

Jovenel Moise, a Haitian banana exporter who has never held political office, has survived the country’s long-running electoral nightmare to become its next president.

Jovenel Moise has been elected as the President of Haiti. The electoral tribunal officially declared the winner on 3 January 2017.

Jude Celestin remained at the second spot in the race of Presidential election with only 19.5% votes.


Arthur Morris inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

Former Australia cricketer Arthur Morris was inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame by Steve Waugh during the tea break on the opening day of the third Test between Australia and Pakistan in Sydney.

Morris, who became the 82nd player to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, was given the honour posthumously.

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