Current Affairs 29th January 2018

29th January Current Affairs 2018: Instantly obtain Latest Current Affairs January 29, 2018 with all essential info, Be the first to know all the Current affairs January 29, 2018 top news, Major Issues, Current happenings, Important events in National as well as International level with clear explanation. For all competitive exams and Interviews, equip yourself with the Latest Current Affairs January 29, 2018 granted here.

UAE based Lulu group inked three MoUs with Telangana government with an aim to develop retail and food processing industry in the state. Lulu Group- largest employer in UAE is being promoted by NRI businessman Yusuffali MA.  Under the MoUs, Lulu will invest an amount of USD 400 million (Rs 2,500 Crores) to construct 1.8 million square feet area of the mega shopping mall, set up food processing plant and a logistics and export processing unit for fruit and vegetables. The foundation stone will be laid within next three months by the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, it said adding approximately 6,000 people will get employment.

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards, honoring the best achievements from October 2016 to September 2017 were held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the USA. James Corden was the host of the ceremony for the second year in a row. It was Bruno Mars' night at the Grammy Awards held in New York, with the three biggest wins - Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year for 24K Magic and Song Of The Year for 'That's What I Like'. Album Of The Year: Bruno Mars Song of the Year: Bruno Mars', That's What I Like Record Of The Year: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran, Shape of You Best Pop Vocal Album: Ed Sheeran, Divide Best Dance Recording: LCD Soundsystem, Tonite Best Music Film: The Defiant Ones Best Children's Album: Feel What U Feel, Lisa Loeb Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: La La Land Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost

The world no.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan defeated Saina Nehwal in the finals of the Indonesia Masters in Jakarta. Tai Tzu has now defeated the former world No.1 nine times in their last 10 meetings. Saina enjoyed early success against the Taiwanese till 2011 but the Nehwal has beaten her only once at the 2013 Swiss Open ever since.

Trade ministers from various countries including Australia, Japan, and Switzerland met for an informal WTO ministerial gathering in Davos, Switzerland. India was represented by Deepak Jagdish Saksena, ambassador and permanent representative to the WTO. 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.

The 69th Republic Day of cultural linkage of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India. The majestic Rajpath displayed India’s historical, educational, religious and cultural heritage with the ASEAN nations by two tableaux out of the 23 tableaux that were rolled down. The Demonstrating the various tableaux on the Republic Day, the one which won many hearts and which displayed the culture and history of Maharashtra was the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Coronation Ceremony. The tableaux also won the 1st prize at the Republic Day celebration in New Delhi. CM Devendra Fadnavis tweeted the victory of winning the prize.

The Australian Open is a tennis tournament held annually in Melbourne Park, Australia. First held in 1905, the tournament is chronologically the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events of the year – the other three being the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.   The 2018 Australian Open is the 106th edition of the tournament. The tournament is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Roger Federer was the defending champion and successfully defended his title, defeating Marin Cilic in the final. In women's' single, Caroline Wozniacki became the first Danish player to win a Grand Slam singles title, defeating Simona Halep in the final. 1.    Men's Singles  -  Roger Federer (Switzerland)   2.    Women's Singles  -  Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)  3.    Men's Doubles  -  Oliver Marach (Austria) Mate Pavic(Croatia)  4.    Women's Doubles  -  Kristina Mladenovic (France) - Tímea Babos (Hungary)  5.    Mixed Doubles - Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada) - Mate Pavic (Croatia).

Under the purview of the telecommunication industry, the Gram Panchayats in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan are been provided access to telemedicine and re-education facilities riding on Bharat Net infrastructure. With the aim of dreaming of a nation to use internet services, the government has taken immense efforts and pressure to provide people with easy access and availability of resources. The rural area development has grown and the nation is moving towards progress at a faster pace. The access to the internet has made the people more prone to the internet and use telecommunication at a higher level. Educating the masses and likewise providing them According to the survey it is found that Hamira is one among the one lakh Gram panchayat covered under the BharatNet phase 1. In total Rajasthan comprises of over 8117 Gram panchayats under the BharatNet service. The Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundarajan visited the areas and people of Jaisalmer to understand their need and comfort of using the internet connectivity, as the government is focussing on utilizing the net infrastructure to these remote areas to provide high-speed broadband internet and internet-based services.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani attended a leadership conclave organized by the Art of Living in New Delhi. She shared her experience on a wide array of subjects with students and professionals.  Speaking on the occasion the challenges come in everyone's lives but it depends on them how they turn challenges into opportunities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to political parties to extend their full cooperation to make the session productive. His appeal came during the all-party meeting convened by the government last evening ahead of the session.  Briefing reporters after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar quoted Mr Modi as saying that the budget session is important and the government pays much attention to the suggestions emerging from the all-party meet. The government will persuade all parties to pass the bill in the Rajya Sabha unanimously. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and Sudip Bandyopadhyay of the Trinamool Congress were among those who attended the meeting. Later, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also held an all-party meet to ensure a smooth transaction of business in the House. All parties have assured to extend cooperation for the smooth functioning of the session.

NASA's The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Challenger space shuttle, which had completed 9 successful Earth-orbiting missions, exploded just 73 seconds after lift-off in its 10th spaceflight. The tragedy marked NASA's first-ever accident involving humans off-Earth, killing a 7-member crew. The mishap was blamed on faulty rubber O-rings which caused liquid oxygen and hydrogen fuel to mix, triggering an explosion.

The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur launched the ‘Shakti’ app for women’s safety in the state. The app, which comes with a panic button, was developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) of the Himachal Pradesh government. It would be available in both Hindi and English languages and would not require internet connectivity. The main objective of the launch of the app and the helpline is to fight crimes against women in the state.