09th January 2018 Current Affairs – Gk Today
1.Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first ‘PIO Parliamentarian Conference’ at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, New Delhi.
2.Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan dedicated India’s fastest and first “multi-petaflops” supercomputer named “Pratyush” to the nation at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune.
3.Music composer A R Rahman became the brand ambassador of Sikkim.
4.France will confer its highest order of merit, the ‘Legion of Honour’, on legendary film and theatre actor, Soumitra Chattopadhyay at the 42nd International Kolkata Book Fair.
5.Dilip Asbe has been appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD & CEO) of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
6.Gujarat has topped logistics index chart, an indicator of the efficiency of logistical services, in the first set of rankings released by commerce & industry minister Suresh Prabhu. (2nd Punjab & 3rd Andhra Pradesh).
7.Powerlifting world champion Saksham Yadav has passed away.
8.Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Saudi Arabia has given the green signal for India’s decision to revive the option of sending Haj pilgrims through sea route also.
9.Punjab National Bank (PNB) and National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC) have tied up to provide financial assistance for economic empowerment of persons belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC) families living below Double Poverty Line (DPL).
10.Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has launched a common card for rides on public buses and the metro.
11.Direct tax collection soared 18.2% during the first nine months of current fiscal at Rs.6.56 lakh crore, the Finance Ministry said.