21 & 22.01.18 Andhra Pradesh (APPSC) Daily Current Affairs

ANDHRA PRADESH

 

  • State will be able to get more investments at Davos: Naidu

 

  • Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is upbeat over garnering sizeable investments during his visit to Davos, where he is scheduled to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting.

 

  • Naidu says the government’s result-oriented approach would translate into more investments during the forthcoming Partnership Summit in Visakhapatnam.

 

  • Besides MNCs, industry majors based out of India are among the focused list of companies that are expected to join the investment bandwagon, according to Mr. Naidu.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

  • India to overtake China as fastest growing large economy in 2018: Report
  • India will overtake China to be the fastest growing large economy in 2018 and the country’s equity market will become the fifth largest in the world, says a report.

 

  • According to a Sanctum Wealth Management report, when the rest of the world offers low growth and insufficient structural change, India, by contrast, is seen as a reforming economy with the prospect of strong long-term growth.

 

  • At a time when developed economies are cheering 2-3 per cent growth, India is focused on breaching 7.5 per cent, it said.

 

·         Apple named the world’s most admired company for 2018

 

  • Technology giant Apple topped Fortune magazine’s list of the ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’for 2018.
  • E-commerce giant Amazon has retained its second spot, followed by Google’s parent Alphabet.
  • Social media giant Facebook lost its place in the top ten most admired companies this year and was ranked 12th on the list.

 

NATIONAL

 

  • Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban Launches Smart Star-Rating

 

  • Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs along with the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar launched the ‘Protocol for Star Rating of Garbage-Free Cities’ in Goa.

 

  • The star-rating initiative, developed by the Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban will be rating cities on a 7-star rating system based on multiple cleanliness indicators.

 

  • Cities can be rated as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 star based on their compliance with the protocol conditions specified for each of the rating.

 

  • Further city should be ODF(Open Defecation Free) before it could be given rating of 3 star or above.

 

  • While cities may self-declare themselves as 1-star, 2-star or 4-star, MoHUA will carry out an additional verification through an independent third party to certify cities as 3-star, 5-star or 7-star.

 

  • Cities will need to get recertified themselves every year to retain their star-status.

 

  • Centre to declare 2018 as National year of millets

 

Millet groats spilling out of glass jar. Wooden background
  • Nutrient-rich millets have got a boost with the Union government deciding to declare 2018 as the ‘national year of millets’.

 

  • This decision has been taken following a request by Karnataka, which is the country’s leader in the millet sector.

 

  • At the inauguration of the three-day international trade fair of organics and millets, Union Statistics and Programme Implementation Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said the Union Agriculture Ministry had already completed the formalities in this regard.

 

 

  • Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA) Crosses One Crore Mark

 

  • Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for his un-daunting support to the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA), as the programme crossed one crore mark in antenatal check-ups.

 

  • The Union Health Minister stated that Hon’ble Prime Minister of India had envisioned that 9th of every month, symbolizing the 9 months of pregnancy, should be dedicated to pregnant women.

 

  • The PMSMA programme was launched in 2016 to fulfil his vision and ensure comprehensive and quality antenatal checkups to pregnant women across India.

 

·        India’s 1st Garbage Festival Organised in Chhattisgarh

 

  • The Raipur Municipal Corporation in Chhattisgarh organized the three-day ‘Kachra Mahotsav 2018′.
  • It is India’s first Garbage Festival.
  • The festival aimed to increase awareness, use the waste generated in the city creatively, and to showcase multiple techniques for reusing things that are labeled as garbage.

 

·        Sushma Swaraj Inaugurates Puducherrys 1st POPSK at Karaikal

 

  • The first Post Office Passport Seva Kendra(POPSK) of Puducherry was inaugurated by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs at Karaikal.
  • The POPSK at Karaikal is the 60th POPSK to have become functional since the launch of the scheme in January 2017.
  • It is the first POPSK to become operational in the UT of Puducherry.

·        Arun Jaitley Launches National CSR Data Portal & Corporate Data Portal

 

  • The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley launched the National CSR Data Portal & Corporate Data Portalin Delhi.
  • This initiative is a significant step towards driving accountability and transparency for corporate India.
  • The portals’ easy accessibility to the general public will ensure a high level of compliance and will also help in institutionalizing and consolidate the CSR activities.
  • The launch of the portals will bring 100 percent transparency in corporate governance by making public over 4-crore filings of nearly 1.2 million companies.

 

 

·        Om Prakash Rawat appointed as New Chief Election Commissioner

 

  • Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat was appointed as the next Chief Election Commissioner (CEC)of India.
  • Rawat is the 22nd CEC of India.
  • He succeeded Achal Kumar Joti.
  • The government also appointed former finance secretary Ashok Lawasa as an Election Commissioner.
  • Mr Rawat will take over the office from 23rd January 2018 onwards. Sunil Arora is the other Election Commissioner.

·        India Defeats Pakistan to Win Blind Cricket World Cup 2018

 

  • India beat Pakistan by two wickets to win the Blind Cricket World Cup 2018 for the second time after a thrilling match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, the UAE.
  • Hosts Pakistan had set India a target of 308 runs at a loss of eight wickets in their allotted 40 overs after they were put into bat.
  • India conquered the modest target in the 39th over, with two balls to spare and eight wickets lost. For his brilliant all-around performance, Sunil Ramesh was declared the man of the match.
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