Current Affairs This Week (14-01-2018)

  • 26th World Book Fair held in Delhi with focus on environment
    Organised by National Book Trust, in association with ITPO, the event’s Theme Pavillion will have an international rights exhibition of nearly 500 titles published in English, Hindi, and other Indian languages.
  • Flamingo festival held at Pulicat lake in Andhra Pradesh
    Cultural programmes, performances by street artists and other programmes marked the conclusion of the annual three-day Flamingo festival at Sullurupeta and other venues.
  • Legendary astronaut, moonwalker John Young passes away
    John Young, NASA’s longest-serving astronaut, who flew in space six times, walked on the moon, commanded the first space shuttle, advocating for safety reforms in the wake of the 1986 Challenger disaster, died Jan. 5 at his home in Houston. He was 87.
  • AIIB plans to issue first US dollar bonds in June 2018
    China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), in which India is a second largest shareholder, plans to issue its first US dollar-denominated bond with minimum worth of a USD billion by June this year.
  • SpaceX launches secretive Zuma mission
    SpaceX blasted off a secretive U.S. government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature — and the agency behind it — remains a mystery.
  • Haryana : First state to launch high risk pregnancy portal
    Haryana has achieved the distinction of becoming the first state in the country to launch High Risk Pregnancy (HRP) Portal. This portal not only helps in early identification of high-risk pregnant cases up to the grass-roots level but also ensures their timely referral to the civil hospitals for further management and delivery by specialists.
  • Saudi okays India’s plan to ferry Haj pilgrims via sea
    Saudi Arabia has given its nod to India’s plan to revive the option of ferrying Haj pilgrims via sea route to Jeddah, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in a statement.
  • January 9: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
    Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is a celebrated to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the development of India. The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on 9 January 1915.
  • National anthem not mandatory in cinema halls: SC
    The Supreme Court modified its November 30, 2016 interim order and made it optional for cinema halls to play the 52-second national anthem before every show.
  • Scientists Grow 1st Working Human Muscle From Stem Cells
    In a world first, biomedical engineers from Duke University have created the first functioning human skeletal muscle from pluripotent stem cells, which are capable of producing any form of body cell or tissue.
  • Fearless Nadia : Stunt Queen of India
    Google Doodle today is celebrating the spirit of Fearless Nadia, the original ‘Stunt Queen of India’. Also known as Nadia Wadia, she was born on January 8, 1908 as Mary Ann Evans. She is one of the first female stunt artists in the Indian cinema.
  • India’s 1st all-women railway station enters in Limca record
    The Matunga suburban station on the Central Railway has found its way into the Limca Book of Records for having an all-woman staff. Matunga became the first railway station in the country to be run by an all- woman staff.
  • World Bank projects 7.3% growth for India
    India’s growth rate in 2018 is projected to hit 7.3% and 7.5% in the next two years, according to the World Bank, which said the country has “enormous growth potential” compared to other emerging economies.
  • January 12: National Youth Day
    National Youth Day is celebrated in India on 12 January on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. In 1984 the Government of India declared the day as the National Youth Day and since 1985 the event is celebrated in India every year.
  • Pancreatic cancer accelerated by stress: study
    Stress accelerates the development of pancreatic cancer by triggering the release of “fight-or- flight” hormones, a study has found.
  • NASA sees first direct proof of ozone hole recovery
    For the 1st time, scientists have shown through direct observations of the ozone hole by a satellite instrument,built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,California, that levels of ozone destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion
  • Decoded:How flowering plants conquered the world
    Researchers from San Francisco State University in the US found that flowering plants have small cells relative to other major plant groups and that this small cell size is made possible by a greatly reduced genome size.
  • World’s first earthquake detector invented 2000 years ago
    The first seismometer was invented in china. When the instrument sensed an incoming seismic wave, one of the balls would drop and the sound would alert observers to the earthquake, giving a rough indication of the earthquake’s direction of origin.
  • Indu Malhotra first woman lawyer to be promoted as SC judge
    In a first of its kind incident in the history of Indian judiciary, the Supreme Court collegium recommended senior advocate Indu Malhotra as the first woman lawyer to be directly appointed as a judge of the apex court.
  • Galileo Galilei : Father of modern physics
    Galileo Galilei was born on February 15, 1564. Some of Galileo’s contributions to science and technology include the study of the phases of Venus, the discovery of four satellites of Jupiter, study of sunspots and many more.
  • Progressive Improvement – A case study using NEET Weekly
    A case study of three top contestants of NEET Weekly from December 03, 2017 to December 24, 2017



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