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Latest Current Affairs 24th January 2018

Pak should follow PM Modi’s advice on joint fight against poverty: Mehbooba Mufti :- Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said that Pakistan would do well to pay heed to Prime Minister Modi’s suggestion on ending bloodshed on the borders due to ceasefire violations.

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25 years of India’s ties with ASEAN :- The countdown to the commemorative summit marking 25 years of India’s ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is underway with leaders of all 10 nations arriving in New Delhi.

New Delhi rolls out red carpet for ASEAN Leaders :- India is primed for a showcase event related to its rising global stature and efforts to deepen and broaden ties with South East Asia under the Modi govt’s Act East policy. Several top leaders of ASEAN nations have already arrived in the national capital and had bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

ASEAN leaders arriving in Delhi :- Leaders of 10 ASEAN nations arriving in New Delhi to participate in ASEAN India summit tomorrow. The leaders will also be guests of honour at the 69th Republic Day. PM Narendra Modi will hold bilateral meetings with the world leaders.

Delhi HC likely to hear disqualified AAP MLAs plea :- The Delhi high court is likely to hear disqualified Aam Aadmi Party MLAs plea against their disqualification on the ground of holding “office of profit”.

OP Rawat takes charge as new Chief Election Commissioner :- OP Rawat has taken charge as the new Chief Election Commissioner.

Cold wave returns :- The higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand received a fresh bout of snow, while sporadic rains exacerbated cold conditions in the plains.

83 candidates submit nomination for National Assembly election in Nepal :- The nominations for the National Assembly election in Nepal filed on Wednesday. Total 83 candidates have submitted their nomination papers for upper house of the parliament.

Motor rally being organized for cancer awareness in Nepal :- A motor rally from Kathmandu to Pokhara will be organised on Friday to promote tourism and create cancer awareness in Nepal. The rally will also encourage safe driving.

Militants storm Save the Children aid group office in Afghanistan :- Attackers set off a car bomb near the office of the Save the Children aid agency in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday and clashed with security forces, according to a provincial government spokesman.

US-led strikes kill up to 150 IS fighters in Syria :- The US-led coalition has killed as many as 150 Islamic State fighters in an operation in the middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria, officials said on Wednesday.

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Twin car bombs kill at least 22 in Libya’s Benghazi :- Twin car bomb blasts killed at least twenty two people and wounded more than 30 others near a mosque in the Libyan city of Benghazi, officials said today.

Two killed, 19 injured in Kentucky school shooting :- Five people are in critical condition after deadly Kentucky high school shooting, police told reporters in Benton on Tuesday afternoon.

Tsunami warning cancelled after magnitude-7.9 earthquake off Alaska :- Tsunami warnings have been cancelled after a magnitude-7.9 earthquake hit the Gulf of Alaska in the early hours of Tuesday.

Govt initiates mega PSU Banks’ recapitalisation plan :- To improve banking sector, the government unveiled a roadmap on Wednesday.

Infosys,TCS join global tech-reskilling drive for 1 mn workers :- Indian IT giants TCS and Infosys have joined a global drive for tech reskilling of one million workers in the first ever such IT industry initiative.

Anand draws with Carlsen in Tata Steel Masters :- World rapid champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw with world number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the ninth round of Tata Steel Masters in Wijk Aan Zee.

Wanderers Test: SA restricts India to 187 in 1st innings :- South Africa were six for the loss of one wicket in their first innings in reply to India’s 187 all out at stumps on the opening day of the third and final cricket Test against Johannesburg.

The Shape of Water leads Oscar nods with 13; Franco, Hanks snubbed :- With 13 nods, “The Shape of Water”, a lyrical drama about a mute cleaning lady’s unique bond with a sea creature, swept the 90th Academy Awards nominations, with James Franco and Tom Hanks snubbed in their Best Actor bids.

Gen-next smart solar windows could produce electricity :- Scientists have discovered a new material for next-generation smart windows that not only darken automatically when the Sun is too bright but also convert solar energy into electricity.

Onion type may help fight drug-resistant TB: study :- A type of onion may hold the key to fighting antibiotic resistance in cases of tuberculosis, according to a study led by an Indian-origin researcher.

PM confers National Bravery Awards to 18 braveheart :- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave away the National Bravery Award in New Delhi to 18 children selected from across the country. Three awards were given posthumously.

Patiala House Court gets first permanent national flag :- A 50-feet high tricolour was on Wednesday unfurled at Patiala House District Court premises by Delhi High Court Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal.

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