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Weekly One-Lines January 2018: Week IV

Published on January 29, 2018

Banking and Financial Awareness

Indian Overseas Bank and NHB tie up for Rural Housing Interest Subsidy Scheme.
Small Finance and Payments Banks to Offer Atal Pension Yojana.
The government has announced 88,139 crores rupees’ capital infusion in 20 public sector banks


  • Om Prakash Rawat appointed new Chief Election Commissioner.
  • S Somnath appointed Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.
  • Usha Ananthasubramanian, MD and CEO, Allahabad Bank, has been elected the first woman chairman of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA).
  • FICCI Appoints Dilip Chenoy as Director General.
  • Sudeep Lakhtakia Appointed New DG of National Security Guard.
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Honour and Awards

  • 'Hindi Medium' bagged honours in the categories of Best Film and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male) for Irrfan Khan's impeccable performance.
  • Vidya Balan won her 6th Filmfare award when she was awarded her 4th Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) award for Tumhari Sulu.
  • Shah Rukh Khan Honoured with Crystal Award at World Economic Forum.

MOU’s and Agreement

  • India and Vietnam Release First-Ever Commemorative Stamps.
  • Ministry of Road Transport & Highways Signs MoU with IL&FS for Construction of Zojila Tunnel.
  • India and Cambodia Ink 4 Agreements.
  • National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) signed an MoU with SME Corporation Malaysia.
  • Andhra Pradesh-Zurich Sign Sister State Agreement.

Important News- World

  • The World Economic Forum summit at Davos, Switzerland commenced on 22nd January 2018 themed “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”.
  • Valletta, the capital of Malta, was officially named European Capital of Culture 2018.

Important Dates

  • 24th January- National Girl Child Day The theme for this year was “A girl is flower, not a thorn”.
  • National Voters' Day 2018 in India: 25 January. The theme of this year's National Voters' day is 'Accessible Elections'.
  • Nation Celebrates 69th Republic Day.
  • Uttar Pradesh Diwas- 24 January.


  • Veteran Bengali Actress Supriya Devi Passes Away.
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, Best-Selling Science Fiction Author Passes Away.
  • Hugh Masekela, 'Father of South African Jazz' Passes Away.

Important News- India

  • The Housing & Urban Affairs Minister announced the commencement of the Liveability Index Programme in 116 cities.
  • National CSR Data Portal & Corporate Data Portal launched
  • Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA) Crosses One Crore Mark
  • India formally became the 43rd member of the Australia Group (AG).
  • India Ranks 62nd on WEF’s Inclusive Development Index.
  • India's to Launch Automated Ocean Pollution Observation System
  • IMF: India to Grow at 7.4% in 2018.
  • India will host a two days International Conference on dam safety at Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram.
  • India Signs $120 Million Loan Agreement with World Bank to improve access to water supply in peri-urban areas in Uttarakhand.
  • India Ranks 81st On Global Talent Competitiveness Index.
  • India, 5th Most Attractive Market for Investments: PwC Survey.
  • India will host the 16th International Energy Forum (IEF) Ministerial Meeting that is going to be held in New Delhi
  • Book by Sheila Dixit “Dilli Meri Dilli: Before and After 1998” released.
  • Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI)- India Ranks 81st
  • A one-day International Conference on ‘Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Election Process’ was hosted by the Election Commission of India in New Delhi.
  • India Ranks 177 In Environmental Performance Index.
  • India to host informal WTO Ministerial gathering in March 2018.

Business, Science and Technology

  • MeitY Launches Cyber Surakshit Bharat to Strengthen Cybersecurity
  • Vodafone India has partnered with e-commerce marketplace Flipkart to provide a range of entry-level smartphones at an effective price of Rs 999.
  • 4 Schemes to Promote Young Scientists Announced by the Centre.
  • Reliance Industries (RIL) become the first Indian company to cross the Rs6-lakh crore mark in market capitalisation.
  • NIIF has partnered with DP World in building logistics infrastructure, together 
  • ONGC Acquires 51.11% Stake in HPCL.


  • Alpha Design Technologies wins firing simulator order from India Army.

Important News- States

  • Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs along with the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar launched the ‘Protocol for Star Rating of Garbage-Free Cities’ in Goa.
  • Fourth Edition of India International Science Festival to be held in Lucknow
  • India's 1st Garbage Festival Organised in Chhattisgarh.
  • A replica of the iconic Qutub Minar made out of municipal waste, costing Rs 16 lakh, has been erected in a newly-created street roundabout near the Delhi international airport.
  • Telangana, Tokyo Body Sign MoU for Municipal Waste Incineration.
  • Delhi Declaration of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit.
  • GoI, Uttarakhand, And World Bank Sign $120 Million Loan Agreement for Water Supply.
  • 7th Asia Steel International Conference to Be Held in Bhubaneswar.
  • Himachal CM Launches 'Shakti' App for Women's Safety.
  • Kolkata Becomes 1st Indian Metro to Get a Floating Market.
  • AYUSH Minister Lays Foundation Stone for Homeopathy Research Institute in Jaipur.
  • Punjab Government Launches Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojana.

Sports News

  • The Indian cricket team won the blind world cup 2018 by beating arch-rivals Pakistan by 2 wickets in the final.
  • West Indies to Host 2018 Women’s World T20.
  • Lifter Rakhi Halder Creates New National Record.
  • Shuttler Siddharth Singh Wins Swedish Open Junior Badminton Title.

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