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Daily Current Affairs 29 January 2018: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 29 January 2018. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 29 January 2018. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 29 January 2018 Current Affairs Test.

National News

1.An Informal WTO Ministerial Gathering would be held in New Delhi .

  • India announced that it will host an informal WTO Ministerial Gathering in March 2018. The meeting would be held in New Delhi on March 19-20.
  • Trade ministers from various countries like Japan, Australia and Switzerland met for an Informal WTO ministerial gathering in Davos, Switzerland.

2.There is not a single Aadhar data breach in 7 years: UIDAI CEO.

  • Ajay Bhushan Pandey, UIDAI CEO, said that there hasn’t been a single incident of Aadhar data breach or data theft in seven years, during a live Q&A session on Twitter.
  • He also added that the best technologies from different companies have been used for data protection.

3.Proud moment as Kumbh Mela is given UNESCO Culture Heritage tag: President.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind said that Kumbh Mela being recognized by UNESCO as the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ is a matter of pride for India.
  • UNESCO also designated Ahmedabad as ‘Heritage City’ and Chennai was included in the list of ‘Creative Cities’ by UNESCO.

4.Sports Ministry Republic Day Tableau adjudged the best among ministries.

  • Among all the ministries which participated in the Republic Day parade, the tableau of Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports was adjudged the best.
  • The theme of the tableau was ‘Khelo India’.

International News

1.11 killed while 15 injured in ISIS attack in Kabul.

  • In an Islamic State attack on a military academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, at least 11 soldiers were killed while 15 others were injured.
  • This comes two days after a Taliban attack in Kabul, which killed more than 100 people.

2.Intel warned Chinese firms about security flaws within its processor chips.

  • The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel warned some customers, including several Chinese firms about security flaws within its processor chips before informing the US govt.
  • An Intel spokesperson said the company wasn’t able to tell everyone because the news was made public earlier than expected.

3.‘24K Magic’, Bruno Mars’ album wins 7 Grammy awards.

  • The album ‘24K Magic’ by Bruno Mars won seven awards including the Album of the Year and Best R&B Album at the 60th Grammy Awards this year.
  • His single ‘That’s What I Like’ was named Song of the Year.

4.Trump says he would be tougher in Brexit talks than Theresa May.

  • Criticising UK PM Theresa May regarding negotiating Brexit with the EU, Donald Trump said that he would take a “tougher” approach to the talks.
  • He also said that EU is going to be a big upset.

Business News
1.Economy Survey predicts India’s GDP growth to be 7-7.5% in 2018-19.

  • Economic Survey 2017-18, tabled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Parliament, predicts India’s GDP growth at 7-7.5% in 2018-19.
  • The survey added that retail inflation during 2017-18 averaged to the lowest in the last 6 years at 3.3%.

2.Stressed loans of India declined for the first time since 2015.

  • At the end of September quarter last year, India’s banks’ stressed loans declined for the first time since 2015.
  • Stressed loans shrink from record peak to Rs. 9.46 lakh crore. Stressed loans represent 12.2% of the total loans.

3.Foreign operators are showing interest in 49% Air India stake: Civil Aviation Minister.

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  • Gajapathi Raju, Civil Aviation Minister, said that a foreign operator has shown interest in buying 49% stake in Air India.
  • Recently, the government allowed 49% FDI in Air India with prior government approval.

4.There is 50% increase in indirect taxpayers post GST: Economic Survey.

  • According to preliminary analysis quoted by the Economic Survey 2017-18, there has been a 50% increase in the number of indirect taxpayers after the introduction of GST.
  • The survey further revealed that Maharashtra, UP, TN and Gujarat are the sates with the most GST registrants.

Sports News
1.Roger Federer won in men’s single in Australian Open 2018.

  • Roger Federer won in the men’s single while Caroline Wozniacki won in the women’s single in Australian Open 2018.
  • Caroline Wozniacki became the first Danish player to win a Grand Slam singles title.

2.Pakistan becomes world number 1 in T20I side.

  • After beating New Zealand in the third and final T20I, Pakistan became top-ranked T20 side in international cricket.
  • New Zealand is on second position while India is on the third.

3.Kohli moved past Brian Lara in all-time Test rating points list.

  • With 912 points, Virat Kohli moved from 31st position to 26th position surpassing Brian Lara, Kevin Pietersen, Hashim Amla and Michael Clarke.
  • Don Bradman is on top of the list with 961 points while Steve Smith is second with 947 points.

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