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Current Affairs January 02, 2018

1. Government inaugurates online portal NARI:
  • An online portal NARI has been inaugurated by the Women and Child Development Ministry to promote women empowerment.
  • The portal, apart from providing easy access to online applications and grievance redressal will also emphasize upon nutritional tips, health check-up suggestions, tips for job search and information on crime against women.
2. India’s second largest rooftop solar plant in UP:
  • GAIL India Ltd has commissioned India’s second largest rooftop solar power plant in Uttar Pradesh.
  • The 5.76 MW solar plant has been installed at GAIL’s petrochemical complex at Pata in UP.
  • India’s largest rooftop solar plant was commissioned at Amritsar in 2015.
3. Arunachal Pradesh declared open defecation free state:
  • Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, Arunachal Pradesh has been declared as Open Defecation Free (ODF) state.
  • With this, it has become the second north-eastern after Sikkim and overall 5th state after Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Sikkim and Haryana to be declared an ODF state.
4. VAT introduced in Saudi Arabia and UAE for the first time:
  • With an aim to increase their revenues, Saudi Arabia and UAE have recently introduced Value Added Tax.
  • With this, the two have become the only countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to introduce VAT.
  • The other 4 members of GCC- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar have also committed to introduce VAT till 2019.
5. NASA to launch Parkar Solar Probe to explore sun’s outer atmosphere:
  • With an aim to explore the sun’s outer atmosphere, NASA is going to launch ‘Parker Solar Probe’ in the honor of renowned astrophysicist Eugene Parker.
  • This is for the first time NASA has named a spacecraft after a living person.
  • It will be NASA’s first mission to the sun and its outermost atmosphere corona.
6. SBI cuts base rate by 30 basis points:
  • India’s largest public sector lender SBI has bring down its base rate by 30 basis points.
  • With this, the base rate becomes 8.65% for existing customers from 8.95%.
  • This will come into effect from 2nd January 2018.
7. Salil Parekh: New CEO of Infosys:
  • Salil Parekh has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the leading IT firm Infosys.


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