Current Affairs January 07 & 08, 2018
- Three central ministries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a technology mission for Indian Railways and academic and research institutions.
- Ministry of Railways, HRD and Science and Technology have come together to provide world class technologies to the national transporter.
- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is going to launch two missions- GOLD and ICON in 2018.
- The Global-scale Observation of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission and Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) will explore the ionosphere located 90 km above the earth’s surface.
- The 26th edition of the World Book Fair was recently organized by the National Book Trust (NBT) in association of India Trade Promotion Organisation in New Delhi.
- This year’s theme is “Environment and Climate Change”.
- European Union was the Guest of Honour Country this year.
- A week long International Kite festival has been launched at Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
- 149 kite fliers from 44 countries will participate this year.
- More than 96 kite fliers from 18 states and 290 from Gujarat will also participate in the mega event.
- Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh has announced to set up a 24*7 ‘Gudia’ helpline for the safety of Women.
- The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) will directly supervise the helpline service and action will be taken mandatorily within 48 hours.
- With an aim to provide socio-economic security to the workers of unorganized sectors, the Jammu and Kashmir Government has decided to launch ‘Muhafiz’ (Guardian) scheme.
- Around 3 lakh workers will be provided accidental, life and disability insurance apart from educational scholarships to their children under the scheme.
- Haryana Government has announced to provide power subsidy at Rs 2 per unit to the micro and small industries.
- The facility will be given to the industries situated in C and D category blocks in terms of industrialization for 3 years from the date of release of power connection.
- Gilles Simon from France has won the 1st edition of the Tata Open Maharashtra Tennis Trophy.
- In the final, he has defeated Kevin Anderson.
- Baldev Raj, Director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), has passed away in Pune.
- The Padme Shri awardee was 71 years of age.
- He was also the recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award of the Indian Nuclear Society.
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