Daily Current Affairs Capsule 6th Jan 2017

Andhra Pradesh govt to give scientists of the state Rs 100 crore for Nobel Prize.

AP government has announced that it will give scientists of the state Rs 100 crore for Nobel Prize.

This reward is about 17 times more than the prize money given out with the Nobel award, which is about Rs 5.96 crore (Swedish kronor 8 million).

No other state government in India has perhaps made such a grand offer to its scientists.


 

Haryana achieves sex ratio of 900 girls per 1000 boys.

Citing Civil Registration System (CRS) data, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar recently said that Haryana achieved a sex ratio of 900 girls as against 1000 boys in 2016. This is much in contrast to the statistics of 2011, when Haryana had the worst sex ratio of 834:1000 among all states in the country.

The state government had been making concerted efforts to improve the sex ratio, and now it has taken a leap forward by achieving marked improvement in the Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB), he claimed.


 

Japan to assist in making Chennai, Ahmedabad and Varanasi Smart Cities.

Japan has decided to be associated with the development of Chennai, Ahmedabad and Varanasi as smart cities.

Under the scheme that was launched in 2014, around 100 cities in the country will be developed.

Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu said Japan has decided to be associated with the development of Chennai, Ahmedabad and Varanasi as smart cities in the country.


 

China launches its longest bullet train.

China on Thursday launched its longest bullet train “Shangri-la of the World” from Kunming, capital of south-west China’s Yunnan Province to Beijing, expanding its high speed train network to about 20,000 km connecting almost all provinces.

It takes nearly 13 hours for the train to cover a distance of 2,760 kilometres.


 

Book titled The People’s President: Dr A P J Abdul Kalam released(4 January 2017).

It was written by S M Khan, a senior Indian Information Service (IIS) officer. SM Khan also worked as the press secretary to the late APJ Abdul Kalam.

The book primarily captures visits of Kalam to various states in India and trips abroad in the course of his presidency.


 

Veteran actor Om Puri passes away at 66.

Veteran actor Om Puri passed away at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack early on Friday.

The two-time National Award winning actor was awarded the Padma Shri in 1990, the fourth highest civilian award of India.

During his career, the actor appeared not only in Bollywood movies, but various Pakistani, British and Hollywood movies.


 

MS Dhoni gives up India’s ODI and T20 captaincy.

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The 35-year-old has played 90 Tests, 283 ODIs, and 73 T20Is so far. While Dhoni had quit Test cricket half-way through the 2014/15 Test series in Australia, he was still playing in the shorter version of the game.

He was also India’s most successful Test captain, with 27 wins, 18 defeats and 15 draws.

Dhoni is also the only captain to have led India to ODI and T20I series wins in Australia, and an ODI series win in New Zealand.


 

Government officials seek zero import tax on LNG in budget.

India’s energy and environment ministries have asked the government to scrap an import tax on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and impose a levy on use of pet coke and furnace oil to promote cleaner fuel.

India is the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases and relies heavily on coal, gas and oil imports to meet its energy needs and fuel its economic expansion. Its energy consumption is bound to grow as it targets 8-9 percent economic growth from around 7 percent in 2016/17.

LNG imports, which account for 44% of gas use in the country, are duty free only if shipped in for the power sector.

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