1) World Book Fair Begins In New Delhi With Focus On Environment
- New Delhi World Book Fair 2018 began on January 6, 2018 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
- This fair is being jointly organised by the National Book Trust (NBT) and India Trade Promotion Organisation(ITPO). It is spread over 30000 sq m space and has more than 1500 stalls.
- ‘Environment and Climate Change’ is the main theme of New Delhi World Book Fair 2018. The theme pavilion (made from environmental-friendly material like bamboo, cane and jute) highlights various environment-related issues like global warming, climate change, water pollution and other relevant matters.
- European Union (EU) is the Guest of Honour for this edition of New Delhi World Book Fair. Being the Guest of Honour, EU member states will exhibit select publications in English and other European languages. Besides, EU member states will also organise panel discussions, workshops, talks, children’s activities, special photo exhibits, screening of short films as well as cultural and musical performances during the course of this book fair.
- Nearly 40 countries including Canada, Belgium, China, Egypt, Denmark, France, Germany, United Kingdom and Pakistan are participating in this book fair
2) Govt Releases AISHE 2016-17, Tamil Nadu Leads In Gross Enrolment Ratio
- On January 5, 2018, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar released All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) report 2016-2017.
- All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) was launched by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in the year 2010-11 to build an authentic database to assess the true status of higher education in India.
- Objective of AISHE is to identify and map all the institutions of higher learning across India and to collect the data from all such institutions on various aspects of higher education. AISHE 2016-2017 includes detailed information on 864 universities and 40026 colleges.
- Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) has increased from 24.5% in 2015-16 to 25.2 in 2016-17. GER is a ratio of enrolment in higher education to population in the eligible age group (18-23) years.
- Gender Parity Index (GPI) too has improved from 0.86 to 0.94 for the corresponding period. GPI is a ratio of proportional representation of female and male.
- Among all states, Tamil Nadu topped in terms of Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education. Tamil Nadu recorded 46.9% GER.
3) India’s second FTII to be set up in Arunachal Pradesh
- On January 6, 2018, Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, Dr Jitendra Singh announced that Central Government will set up second Film and Television Institute of Indian (FTII) in Arunachal Pradesh.
- This announcement was made by Mr. Singh while addressing ‘Indian Entertainment Industry: Global Leader in Making’ conference organised by Bharat Niti and South India Film Chamber of Commerce in Itanagar. Objective behind setting up FTII in Arunachal Pradesh is to tap the potential of India’s North Eastern region.
- FTII in Arunachal Pradesh would be second such institute in the country. The first Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is located in Pune
4) Sports Minister Rathore Launches ‘Khelo India’ Logo
- The vibrant Khelo India logo, reflecting the freshness, agility and vitality of New India was launched at a ceremony by the Union Minister of State ( I/C) Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
- The logo also conveys an impression of fitness and competitiveness. The three-stroke Khelo India logo, designed by Ogilvy India, has in-built modularity, allowing plenty of adaptability and flexibility into endless pictorial forms.
5) West Bengal CM Unveils Official Emblem of West Bengal Government
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee unveiled the official emblem of the state government, which was recently approved by the centre.
- The logo highlights the Ashoka emblem on the top with the theme of “Biswa Bangla” at the centre. Ms Banerjee has also contributed to the design of the emblem. This new logo will be used in all government documents, including government letterheads.
6) TIHCL Gets RBI Nod to Operate as NBFC
Telangana Industrial Health Clinic Ltd (TIHCL), a State government initiative, has got RBI clearance to register and function as a non-banking finance company (NBFC).
It will be the first State promoted and co-financing NBFC. It had won the SKOCH Platinum Award in September 2017 under the smart governance category in the MSME segment.
7) MAS Chief Ravi Menon Named Best Central Bank Governor in Asia-Pacific
The managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Ravi Menon, has been named the best central bank governor in Asia-Pacific for 2018 by UK-based magazine, The Banker.
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat was also given this award in 2011 when he was then MAS’s managing director. Over the last three years, the award went to the central bankers of Vietnam, India and Bangladesh.
8) Iceland Becomes 1st Country to Legalise Equal Pay
Iceland has become the first country in the world to legalise equal pay between men and women. In Iceland now it will be illegal to pay men more than women for the work.
- Under the new rules, companies and government agencies employing at least 25 people will have to obtain government certification of their equal-pay policies.
9) International Kite Festival launched in Gujarat
- On 7th January 2018, the International Kite Festival started at Sabarmati River Front in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The International Kite Festival was inaugurated by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. Gujarat Governor O. P. Kohli was also present at the occasion.
- Nearly 149 foreign kite fliers from 44 countries are taking part in this festival. From India, around 96 kite fliers from 18 states and 290 kite fliers from Gujarat participate in this kite festival.
10) Federer-Bencic Lead Switzerland to Hopman Cup Title
- Switzerland won their third Hopman Cup as Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber in the deciding mixed doubles to secure a 2-1 victory in the final at the Perth Arena.
- It was Federer’s second Hopman Cup triumph after victory in 2001 alongside then world number one Martina Hingis.
11) Paytm Payments Bank, IndusInd Tie up for FD Facility
Paytm Payments Bank has partnered Induslnd Bank to introduce a facility to create a fixed deposit (FD) when the customer balance exceeds Rs. 1 lakh at the end of the day.
Paytm Payments Bank customers can redeem their deposits instantly, anytime without paying any pre-closure or miscellaneous charges and can earn up to 6.85 percent annual interest.
12) Elina Svitolina Wins Brisbane International
- Elina Svitolina secured her first WTA title in Australia with a straight-sets victory in the Brisbane International final. Svitolina beat Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
- Nick Kyrgios moved a step closer to claiming his first ATP title on home soil with a semifinal win over defending champion Grigor Dimitrov. He will face American Ryan Harrison in finals.
13) Actor and comedian Jerry Van Dyke dies at 86
- On 5th January 2018, Jerry Van Dyke, comedian and actor died at his home in Arkansas, US.
- Jerry Van Dyke was 86 years old. His health was in a bad state after he met with a car accident two years back.
- He is a famous comedian. He performed at military bases and in television programs. His first show was “The Dick Van Dyke Show.
14) First shuttle commander US astronaut John Young passes away at 87
- On 5th January 2018, American astronaut John Young died due to complications from pneumonia in Houston, US.
- John Young flew the first space shuttle mission and walked on the moon. He was 87 years old.
- He became the first human to fly in space six times. He flew the first manned Gemini mission in 1965. He became the first person to orbit the Moon alone for Apollo 10 in 1969.