Today Current Affairs 5th January 2018

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5 January 2018

The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet approved settling over half a century old electricity arrears with Punjab and Haryana in three Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) projects in compliance with a Supreme Court order in terms of differential energy return. The differential energy quantum of 13,066 million units would fetch Rs 3,266 crore to the state at an average rate of Rs 2.50 per unit. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presided over the cabinet meeting which also approved negotiations with both the neighboring states for payment of the entire differential energy within 10 to 12 years. The Cabinet approved the proposal of Punjab and Haryana on the return of differential power from October 1 to March 31 owing to their constraints of paddy harvest season and also the requirement of Himachal Pradesh during winter months in public interest.

5 January 2018

The United States of America placed Pakistan along with ten other nations in the list of countries designated as the worst offenders against religious liberty. However, Pakistan was placed on a Special Watch List, which is a new category below that of Countries of Particular Concern. He unveiled its list of countries designated as the worst offenders against religious liberty that includes Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. These countries were labeled as “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPC) in the State Department’s report which has been remained unchanged.

5 January 2018

Telangana government agreed to fulfill the requirement of Karnataka with the help of Rajolibanda Diversion Scheme. Karnataka state delegation which includes Water Resources Minister M B Patil called on, Telangana T Harish Rao who looks after the Water Resources department and briefed about the ground situation. Speaking to the media, Karnataka minister said that Telangana government has responded positively and official will take the final call after due consultation with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Patil expressed that urgent intervention would resolve the burning issue of drinking water and irrigation demands of the Tungabhadra region.

5 January 2018

The Border Security Force (BSF) immediately after destroying 2 Pakistani posts in retaliation to unprovoked firing from Pakistani Rangers, launched "Operation Alert" along the over 200 kilometers long International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir to curb the infiltration from across the border. The was followed by automatic weapon fire. After getting intimation the neighboring mounts retaliated back and a solid response was given by the BSF in which Pakistan has suffered large human and property loss. The Indian forces crossed the LoC and entered in Rakhchikri area of Poonch of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and fired heavily upon the Pakistani army posts and killed three troopers of the neighboring country.

5 January 2018

Meghalaya signed the Host City Contract with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for hosting the 39th National Games in 2022. The tripartite contract was signed between the IOA, the Meghalaya State Olympic Association, and the state government. Meghalaya had made the bid to host the 39th National Games after successfully co-hosting the South Asian Games in 2017.

5 January 2018

Goa will be hosting the third edition of the Science Film Festival of India in January 2018. The festival, titled SCI-FFI Goa, is being organized by the state-based Vidnyan Parishad, Goa Department of Science and Technology. The competition aims to boost the culture of science films, all the films submitted should be related to science and technology.

5 January 2018

The Union Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurement of P-8I Training Solution for Indian Navy and Low-Intensity Conflict Electronic Warfare System (LICEWS) for Indian Army at a total cost of Rs 2419.32 crore.  These contract proposals were earlier cleared by Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) and now final approval has now been given by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. This system will be procured from Bharat Electronics Limited for Rs. 470 crore. It will equip Indian Army with upgraded communications infrastructure.

5 January 2018

India excluded Pakistan from the list of SAARC member countries with which it will be connecting its state-of-the-art National Knowledge Network (NKN) for sharing scientific databases and remote access to advanced research facilities. The government has kicked off the process of appointing a telecom company that will connect and extend the NKN to research and education networks in six South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation member states — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

5 January 2018

The world's biggest cleanliness survey 'Swachh Sarvekshan Survey 2018' was launched in India by PM Narendra Modi. It will be conducted from the 4th of January to 10th of March. The survey will evaluate achievements in cleanliness level of urban areas. The cleanliness survey was launched in 2016 as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The main objective of Swachh Survekshan is to encourage large-scale citizen participation and create awareness towards making towns and cities a cleaner and better place to live in.

5 January 2018

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved an extension of mandatory packaging norms of foodgrains and sugar in jute material for Jute Year 17 - 18. The mandatory extension was approved under the Jute Packaging Material (JPM) Act, 1987. The approval mandates that 90% of food grains and 20% of sugar.

5 January 2018

Smt Preeti Sudan, Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) launched the country’s first digital Online Oncology Tutorial Series designed by the Tata Memorial Center in collaboration with the Health Ministry. The oncology tutorial series aims to train the doctors across the country to educate them in early detection, prevention, palliation, rehabilitation and treatment of various cancers.

5 January 2018

National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) approved five projects worth Rs. 295.01 crore. Three projects pertain to sewage management in West Bengal at an estimated cost of Rs 278.6 crore, one relates to sewage management in Uttarakhand at an estimated cost of Rs 4.68 crore and one project worth Rs 11.73 crore is related to that improvement works in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.