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Latest Current Affairs 31st January 2018

Trump – Modi a good combination : Nikki Haley:Senior US-American diplomat Nikki Haley says India-US relations should grow stronger and  Prime Minister Modi and U.S. President Trump is good combination to have this.

EAM Sushma Swaraj to embark on two-day visit to Nepal:External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will embark on a two day visit to Nepal on Thursday.

Setback for Congress in Odisha: Sundargarh MLA disqualified:In a major setback to the Congress party, the Orissa High Court has declared null and void the election of party’s Sundergarh MLA Jogesh Kumar.

2 more MLAs resign from Meghalaya Assembly:Two more MLAs have reportedly resigned from the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, taking the total number of resignations to 20.

Earthquake of magnitude 6.2 hits North India:Earthquake of magnitude 6.2 hits North India; epicentre reported at Hindukush region of Afghanistan.

3rd ‘Made In India’ Submarine joins Indian Navy:Indian Navy gets more hunting prowess; 3rd made in India Scorpene Class submarine INS Karanj  launched at Mazgaon dock; the submarine can duck enemy radars using stealth.

EC deploys 62 expenditure observers in 3 poll-bound states:The Election Commission has deployed over 60 expenditure observers in the three poll-bound states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland to check the flow of illegal inducements and cash at the hustings.

Tripura Assembly: Nomination process over; Polls on 18 Feb:It’s curtains for the nomination process for the Tripura assembly elections; Voting to take place on the 18th of February; Notification also issued for Meghalaya polls, nomination process kicks off.

No change in Nagaland Election schedule : Election Commission:Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer Abhijit Sinha said on Tuesday, that Nagaland polls won’t be hampered by the joint declaration by political parties to stay away and there will be no change in the election schedule.

Trump calls North Korea leadership ‘depraved,’ warns of nuclear missile threat:In his first State of the Union speech to the U.S. Congress, Trump’s tough rhetoric underscored persistent tensions despite recent talks between North and South Korea that led to Pyongyang’s agreement to participate in next month’s Winter Olympic games hosted by Seoul.

Trump hails ‘new American moment’ in State of the Union:“This is our new American moment,” Trump declared to lawmakers gathered at the Capitol for his first State of the Union address.

Three dead in California helicopter crash:Newport Beach Police said four people were believed to be onboard when the chopper went down.

FY16 GDP growth revised up to 8.2%, FY17 unchanged at 7.1%: CSO:The Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Wednesday revised the gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate for 2015-16 to 8.2% from the earlier estimates of 8% and kept the 2016-17 growth unchanged at 7.1%.

ADB commits $250 loan for all-weather roads in 5 states:Asian Development Bank will give a loan of USD 250 million to the Indian government for construction of all-weather roads in five states under the Prime Minister’s rural road development scheme.

Government launches GeM 3.0 with more features:Government has launched the advanced version of GeM – the Government E Marketplace portal.

Government launches GeM 3.0 with more features:The new version GeM would offer standardised and enriched catalogue management, powerful search engine, , demand aggregation, user rating and analytics.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to present Annual Budget on Thursday:Preparations in final stage for presentation of general Budget for year 2018-19 on Thursday; Common man expects from the Finance Minister to bring out something for him; More impetus on sectors like agriculture, infrastructure and employment expected.

India eye early momentum in ODI series vs South Africa:After losing the three-Test rubber 1-2, India will be eager to bounce back when they face South Africa in the opener of the six-match One-day International (ODI) series in Durban on Thursday.

Jitu Rai, Gagan Narang among 27 Indian Shooters named for CWG:Top Indian shooters Jitu Rai, Gagan Narang and Apurvi Chandela have been named for India’s 27-member squad for the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held in Australia’s Gold Coast.

Gymnastics great Comaneci calls for drastic changes amid abuse scandal:Dr. Larry Nassar, 54, was sentenced last week in a Michigan courtroom to up to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing female gymnasts under the guise of medical treatment.

‘Black Panther’ stars on importance of African culture in Marvel film:Chadwick Boseman, who plays T‘Challa, the titular hero and king of fictional African nation Wakanda, led his co-stars including Lupita Nyong‘o, Daniel Kaluuya, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira and Angela Bassett, on the purple carpet on Monday.

‘Glee’ actor Mark Salling dies before child pornography sentencing:Salling was arrested in 2015 after he showed child pornography on his computer to a girlfriend and she reported it to police

Rare celestial event ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ leaves millions awestruck:The much awaited ‘Supermoon’ became visible in India a little later than expected on Wednesday but when it did, millions of stargazers across the country relished the rare celestial triple delight with a sense of awe.

Common Cold: Symptoms and Preventions:Common Cold is a viral infection of upper respiratory tract in human body.

PM pays homage to Guru Ravidas on his birth anniversary:Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid homage to Guru Ravidas on his birth anniversary.