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Current Affairs 16th January 2018

Current Affairs 16th January 2018 (today’s current affairs). Below are the current affairs of 16th January of this year-

  1. India & Sri Lanka signed 4 agreements for collaboration in ICT sector, setting up of e-office system & connecting of National Knowledge network for collaboration among universities & academics.
  2. As a symbolic gesture of friendship with Israel, India renamed the iconic Teen Murti Chowk, a war memorial, during the visit of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  3. Nepal has joined hands with China to offer internet services to its citizens, ending India’s decades-long monopoly of the Himalayan nation’s cyber connectivity network.
  4. The Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has launched month long Saksham 2018 (Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav).
  5. The government is planning to raise 15 new battalions in the country’s two important border guarding forces – the BSF and the ITBP – to fortify defence along the strategic frontiers with Pakistan, Bangladesh and China.
  6. The Indian Army celebrated 70th Army Day, with parades and shows at its major locations across the country.
  7. Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a 2 day International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure in New Delhi.
  8. Over 9,400 ‘enemy’ properties, worth more than Rs 1 lakh crore, are set to be auctioned with the home ministry starting the process of identifying all such estates, officials said.
  9. India & Israel have inked 9 pacts to boost cooperation in key areas, including cybersecurity and energy.
  10. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked India at 30th position on a global manufacturing index — below China’s 5th place but above other BRICS peers, Brazil, Russia and South Africa.
  11. Federal Bank has entered into a strategic partnership with Hedge Equities Ltd for providing Portfolio Investment Scheme (PIS) services to NRIs.
  12. SEBI has approved the appointment of Vijay Kumar as the MD and CEO of NCDEX.
  13. The two-day long, 25th International Camel festival has kick-started in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district.
  14. Former Union minister Raghunath Jha passed away in Delhi.
  15. Italy will participate as a partner country in the upcoming Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) for the second year in a row.

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