G.K Update 19th January 2018

By: D.K. Chaudhary

1. Israel PM Addresses India-Israel Business Summit in Mumbai
i. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Mumbai during the final leg of his visit to India. Mr Netanyahu addressed the India-Israel Business Summit at the iconic Taj Mahal hotel in south Mumbai.
ii. Later in the day, Mr Netanyahu attended the ‘Shalom Bollywood’ event at the Taj hotel. A monthly magazine titled ‘Namaste Shalom’ will also be launched to mark Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Mumbai visit.
  • The capital of Israel- Jerusalem, Currency- Israeli new shekel.

2. PM Modi, Netanyahu Inaugurates ‘iCreate Centre’ in Ahmedabad

i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PM Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated the ‘iCreate Centre’ at Deo Dholera in Ahmedabad. iCreate paves way for the two nations to jointly script new stories of success through innovation.
ii. The two leaders also visited the startup exhibition at the venue and interacted with entrepreneurs and innovators.
  • The capital of Israel- Jerusalem, Currency- Israeli new shekel.

3. Election Dates in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland Declared

i. The Election Commission of India, Achal Kumar Joti announced dates for elections to the Assemblies of Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland. The CEC announced the polling for legislative assembly elections in Tripura on 18 February, while Meghalaya and Nagaland will go to vote on 27 February.
ii. All the three states have 60 seats each in their assembly. The tenure of the Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland Assemblies expire on March 6, March 13 and March 14, 2018, respectively.
  • 1st Chief Election Commissioner of Independent India- Sukumar Sen.
  • 21st Chief Election Commissioner of India- Achal Kumar Joti.
  • 20th Chief Election Commissioner of India- Nasim Zaidi.

4. India Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable ICBM Agni-V

i. India test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-V inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), which has a strike range of over 5,000km.
ii. It was test fired successfully from Abdul Kalam island off the coast of the eastern state of Odisha. The ICBM can reach the northern-most parts of China.
  • General Bipin Rawat is the present Chief of Army Staff.

5. Odisha CM Launches ‘Mukhyamantri Kalakar Sahayata Yojana’

i. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has launched the ‘Mukhyamantri Kalakar Sahayata Jojana’ (MMKSJ) – an assistance scheme for Artists in the state. Around 50,000 artists will be benefited from this. The government has decided to give Rs 1,200 per month as artist assistance.
ii. The CM confirmed that the government has also changed the eligibility criteria for availing MMKSJ. Under the new scheme, a male artist can avail assistance after attaining the age of 50 years instead of the existing 60 years. The age criteria for female artists have been reduced to 40 years from 50 years.
  • SC Jamir is the present Governor of Odisha.

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