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Daily Current Affairs (4th January - 2017)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Manohar-Parrikar.jpgFighter jet selection will begin soon, says Parrikar

  • The government will initiate the process for selecting a new single engine fighter jet to be built in India with extensive technology transfer as soon as the guidelines for giving a bigger role to the private sector in defence manufacturing is finalised, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said .
  • He said the criteria for selection would be the cost and the extent of technology transfer. While the price discovery and selection of local partner would be through competitive process, the final deal would also have a government to government agreement.
  • In anticipation of the major order for upwards of 100 jets, U.S.-based Boeing and Lockheed Martin and the SAAB of Sweden had already submitted detailed offers on their F-18, F-16 and Gripen fighters. However, F-18 is a twin engine jet which rules it out of the competition.

Daily Current Affairs (31st December - 2016)

 

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/VK-Sasikala.jpgSasikala takes over as AIADMK general secretary

  • V.K. Sasikala, close aide of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, formally took over as the general secretary of the AIADMK on 31-12- 2016.
  • She became the second woman leader to lead the party after Jayalalithaa.
  • The AIADMK general council appointed Ms. Sasikala as general secretary. She will be the interim general secretary till she is formally elected to the post.
  • Garlanded the statue of MGR even as a few women cadre raised the slogan "Puratchi Thalaivi Vaazhga". A few seconds later they chanted "chinnamma Vaazhga".

Daily Current Affairs (30th December - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Admiral-Sunil-Lanba.jpgChief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba to chair committee of Chiefs

  • Putting an end to speculation that the government might appoint Lt. Gen. Praveen Bakshi, superseded for the post of Army Chief, as the Permanent Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC), the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, is all set to assume chairmanship of the committee on December 31.
  • Admiral Lanba received the Chairman’s baton on 29 december from the outgoing Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha. He will assume charge once Mr. Raha steps down on December 31. The Chief of the Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh, will also retire the same day.

Daily Current Affairs (28th December - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/P-Rama-Mohana-Rao.jpgFormer Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary terms raid a ‘constitutional assault’

  • Former Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary P. Rama Mohana Rao lashed out at the Central and State governments calling the recent income tax raid on his house and official chamber in the Secretariat a “constitutional assault” on his high office, alleging procedural violations in the operation and debunking reports of large-scale seizures.
  • He denied any links with Sekhar Reddy, a businessman and public works contractor arrested by the CBI and whose properties were also raided by the taxmen the previous week.
  • On December 21, the Income-Tax department conducted extensive searches at the houses and offices of Mr. Rao and his family members in Chennai, Bengaluru and Andhra Pradesh where they seized Rs. 30 lakh cash and five kg of gold.

Daily Current Affairs (27th December - 2016)

National

Polavaram project gets Central funds

  • The Centre released Rs.1,981.54 crore, through the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (Nabard), for Andhra Pradesh’s ambitious Rs.16,000-crore Polavaram irrigation project along the Godavari river.
  • He was speaking at an event attended by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti, where funding was also disbursed for 99 irrigation projects in Gujarat and Maharashtra under the Long Term Irrigation Fund announced in Budget 2016-17.
  • Stating that the people of Andhra Pradesh had been nursing a feeling of economic discrimination and unfair treatment since the division of the State, Mr. Jaitley said it was due to the BJP’s efforts that the UPA government made some commitments, though without any financial allocation.

Daily Current Affairs (26th December - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Aadhaar.jpgNeed to link Aadhaar with details of voters

  • The Supreme Court had asked the Election Commission to study the possibility on the basis of an application by an UAE-based doctor Shamsheer V.P., represented by advocate Haris Beeran, for electoral reforms to allow inter-State migrants voting privileges like postal ballot available to government servants.
  • There is an emergent need to link Aadhaar with the electoral details of voters”, the Election Commission of India has given a mixed response to the Supreme Court on providing absentee voting rights, like electronic voting and proxy voting, to over 300 million domestic migrants in the country, saying there is no foolproof mechanism to verify their identity and block duplicity.

Daily Current Affairs (24th December - 2016)

National

http://iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Elections.jpgBihar-style grand alliance buzz in U.P.

  • Sitting side by side were Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Sharad Pawar, Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel, Rashtriya Lok Dal’s (RLD) Ajit Singh, Indian National Lok Dal’s Dushyant Chautala, Janata Dal (S) leader H. D. Deve Gowda, Samajwadi Party’s Amar Singh and their host Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav.
  • It was, however, the context of the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh that dominated the air, with news that the Congress, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the RLD had more or less agreed on a seat-sharing pact.
  • Of the 403 seats going to polls in U.P., senior sources in the both the SP and RLD said the Congress was to be offered 78 seats, while the RLD 22. “The offer is that the SP contests the lion’s share of 300 seats in what could be a Bihar-style mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) in U.P. ,” said a Congress source. This talk, however, leaves out the JD(U), which is currently in alliance with the RLD for the U.P. polls.
  • Former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav told The Hindu that the unity of the parties that had broken off from the erstwhile Janata Party was the need of the hour. “We were the stronger political force than the Jan Sangh [erstwhile BJP], and, the decline of the importance of the politics of the countryside, the rural areas is all related to the break-up of socialists. Jab Janata Party tooti toh andolan bhi khatam ho gaya (when the Janata Party broke up, the mass movement with it also ended),”

Daily Current Affairs (22nd December - 2016)

National

http://iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Narendra-Modi.jpgOpposition's protest is like Pakistan army's cover-fire to militants: PM on note ban

  • Those who are against demonetisation "are like Pakistan", said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The commotion created in Parliament is like the 'cover fire' that Pakistan uses to ensure terrorists infiltrate into India.
  • The PM was referring to Parliament's just-concluded winter session which barely functioned as most opposition parties wanted to discuss the ban on high-value notes and ruling party MPs didn't want to.
  • Our army makes us proud but some people have questions even on their bravery. Is it good to view institutions like this?, "he said referring to some politicians questioning whether the surgical strikes in September on Pakistan Occupied Kashmir did occur".

Daily Current Affairs (21st December - 2016)

National

In Chandigarh win, BJP sees ‘yes’ for note ban

  • An alliance of the Bharatiya Janta Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal has swept the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation elections, winning 21 of the 26 wards for which polls were conducted.
  • Terming the victory a trailer, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said this result would prove a trendsetter for ensuring back-to- back victory of the alliance for the third consecutive term in Punjab.
  • The Congress contested all 26 seats, while the Bahujan Samaj Party had fielded candidates in 17 wards. Polling was held on December 18.
  • The municipal corporation has 36 members, of which 26 are elected and nine are nominated. The Chandigarh MP is an ex-officio member.

Daily Current Affairs (2nd November - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Arms-Deal.jpgIs the arms deal trail destined to go cold?

  • The sensational revelation that hundreds of crores was paid by Russian and British arms firms to companies controlled by alleged arms dealer Sudhir Choudhrie’s family may not result in any breakthrough against corruption in defence deals in India, say defence establishment sources.
  • Quoting the BBC and The Guardian, The Hindu reported that secret banking documents showed remittance of almost €100 million (about Rs. 730 crore) in just 12 months by Russian arms firms into accounts of companies controlled by Choudhrie, his family and close associates.
  • Through the past several decades, the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate have investigated allegations of corruption in many defence deals. However, not one of them has resulted in successful conviction of all the accused.

Daily Current Affairs (29th October - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Narendra-Modi.jpgPM Modi will spend occassion Diwali with soldiers of the ITBP

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will spend Diwali with soldiers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at Mana post in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
  • Prime Minister Modi had earlier spent Diwali with soldiers of the Indian Army posted at the world’s highest battlefield of Siachen, as well as the Dogra war memorial at Amritsar.
  • He also made it a point to be in Srinagar before his visit to Siachen in 2014, in solidarity with the flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Mr. Modi, also launched a campaign to send Diwali greetings to those serving on India’s borders, called “Sandesh for Soldiers.

Daily Current Affairs (27th October - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Cow.jpgIndia to map genes of local cattle breeds to boost milk yield

  • India is the world’s largest producer of milk, due partly to importing European cows and cross-breeding them with local varieties as well as a successful decades-long programme to source milk from small farmers via cooperatives.
  • the milk productivity of its cattle, ranging from 2-4 kg a day, is much lower than the 25-38 kg a day of cattle in the U.S., Europe or Israel.
  • India is home to the largest cattle population (13.1 % of world’s cattle population) in the world which constitutes 37.3 % of its total livestock.

Daily Current Affairs (25th October - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Narendra-Modi.jpg

Triple talaq anti-women, says Modi

  • Addressing a Bundelkhand Parivartan rally in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Modi raised the issue of triple talaq among Muslims while condemning the practice of female foeticide among Hindus.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke out strongly against triple talaq, arguing that in the 21 century the “lives of Muslim women cannot be allowed to be ruined” by the contentious custom.

Daily Current Affairs (24th October - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Narendra-Modi.jpgNarendra Modi to visit Varanasi, launch gaspipeline project

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit his Lok Sabha constituency on 24-10-2016 where he is set to launch a 1500-km- long gas pipeline costing Rs 51,000 crore and doubling of railway tracks on a busy route.
  • Mr. Modi will launch “Urja Ganga”, the gas pipeline project which promises to provide piped cooking gas to residents of Varanasi within two years and, in another year thereafter, cater to millions of people in states like Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.
  • Mr. Modi is also scheduled to flag off projects like doubling of railway tracks on the busy Allahabad—Varanasi section and expansion of the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) here besides laying foundation stone for a fully air-conditioned perishable cargo centre.
  • He will also release a stamp dedicated to the ancient temple town, which is believed to be among the oldest surviving ones in the world.

Daily Current Affairs (21st October - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Pakistan.jpgNo ‘blanket ban’ on Pakistan artists in India

  • The government clarified that Pakistani artists remain free to perform in the Indian entertainment industry as there is no “blanket ban” against them.
  • “As far as the government of India is concerned, there is certainly no blanket ban on the Pakistani artists.
  • Due to the prevailing atmosphere, security situation and sentiment of local organisers, we will do so [evaluate] on a case to case basis,” said Vikas Swarup, Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs.
  • The ban on Indian TV and radio channels in Pakistan was declared by the Chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Wednesday and will include the DTH services.
  • The MEA however maintained that its policy to highlight Pakistan as a supporter of terror-tactics remains on track. “We are all aware, in our region, which country is the epicentre of terrorism,” the Spokesperson said.

Daily Current Affairs (19th October - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/INS-Tihayu.jpgINS Tihayu commissioned

  • Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) INS Tihayu was commissioned into the Indian Navy by the Flag-Officer- Commanding-in- Chief of the Eastern Naval Command Vice-Admiral H.C.S. Bisht.
  • The 315-tonne INS Tahiyu is the sixth WJFAC Car Nicobar Class vessel to be commissioned and allotted to the Eastern Fleet of the Navy.
  • It is an improved version of the earlier vessels and it can achieve a top operating speed of 35 knots per hour, said the Chairman and Managing Director of GRSE Rear Admiral (retd) A.K. Verma.
  • The ship will be commanded by Commander Ajay Kashov and will have four officers and 41 crew members.

Daily Current Affairs (18th October - 2016)

National

Government let off Pakistan in Goa, alleges Congress

  • The Congress said that the Modi government had failed to convince its BRICS partners to condemn Pakistan as the source of terror operations in India in the joint declaration signed in Goa.
  • “The Goa declaration of BRICS is perhaps the most sterling example of the government’s absolute and abject failure.
  • While there is a mention of everything from the IS to Syria, to Afghanistan, to the Israel and Palestinian question, where is the reference to Pakistan in the entire Goa declaration?

Daily Current Affairs (17th October - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Narendra-Modi.jpgIt is time to stand up and act against terror: Modi

  • He pressed the member-nations of BRICS and BIMSTEC groupings to send a clear message to those who “nurture the philosophy of terror to mend their ways or be isolated in the civilised world”.
  • His comments came as he pushed for greater collaboration among BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa besides India — and members of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) on issues such as terrorism, economy, trade and connectivity.

Daily Current Affairs (10th October - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Congress-BJP.jpgCongress, BJP spar over Operation Ginger

  • Political parties reacted to The Hindu's exclusive report on Operation Ginger carried out by the Indian army across the LOC in 2011, with the Congress seeing it as proof that the recent surgical strikes were nothing new and the BJP claiming that there was a difference in style and scale between the 2011 and present operations.
  • According to congress “Every government going back to the time that Pakistan launched its proxy war against India, has conducted operations across the LOC and even the IB.
  • While the UPA government at the time had known about it only after the ambush, the strikes now are a designed strike with political involvement at the highest level.

Daily Current Affairs (8th October - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Rajnath-Singh.jpgPolitical leaders should exercise restraint: Rajnath

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said all political leaders must exercise restraint in their comments and everyone should stand by the Armed Forces at this crucial juncture.
  • “We will take all steps to ensure that the nation’s security is not risked. Just as a farmer protects his crops, our soldiers will protect the country.”
  • Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, Gujarat Home Minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Brij Raj Sharma were present.