Current Affairs 30 January 2018

1. Australian Open 2018 – Complete List Of Winners

Australian Open 2018 - Complete List Of WinnersThe Australian Open 2018 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.

Here is the complete list of Winners of Australian Open:
Men’s Singles:
Winner: Roger Federer (Switzerland)
Runner-Up: Marin Cilic (Croatia)

Women’s Singles:
Winner: Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
Runner-Up: Simona Halep (Romania)

Men’s Doubles:
Winner: Oliver Marach (Austria)
Mate Pavic(Croatia)
Runner-Up: Robert Farah (Colombia)
J. Cabal (Colombia)

Women’s Doubles:
Winner: Kristina Mladenovic (France)
Tímea Babos (Hungary)
Runner-Up: Elena Vesnina (Russia)
Ekaterina Makarova (Russia)

Mixed Doubles:
Winner: Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada)
Mate Pavic (Croatia)
Runner-Up: Timea Babos (Hungary)
Rohan Bopanna(India)

Source: New York Times

2. Paytm, Alibaba’s AGTech Holdings launch new mobile gaming platform

Paytm, Alibaba’s AGTech Holdings launch new mobile gaming platformMobile payments company Paytm, Alibaba’s AGTech Holdings launch new mobile gaming platform aimed at mobile users in India.

The joint venture between Alibaba’s AGTech Holdings and Paytm was originally signed in July 2017.

AGTech Media currently holds 45% in the joint venture, and Paytm owns the rest.

At the time of the signing of the agreement, Paytm’s parent company One97 invested $8.8 million in the venture for its 55% stake, and AGTech Holdings put in $7.2 million for its 45% stake.

Important points:
Alibaba Group
Executive Chairman: Jack Yun MA
Headquarters: Hangzhou, China
Founded: 4 April 1999

Founder: Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Founded: 2010
CEO: Renu Satti
Headquarters: Noida

Source: Livemint

3. Mahatma Gandhi death anniversary: Nation pays tribute on Martyr’s Day

Mahatma Gandhi death anniversary- Nation pays tribute on Martyr’s DayThe nation remembers Mahatma Gandhi, as it observes the 70th death anniversary of the father of the nation.

Gandhi was shot dead 69 years ago on January 30, 1948, by Nathuram Godse.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi among other leaders will pay their tribute to Gandhi at Rajghat on this occasion.

President Ram Nath Kovind paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi and tweeted: “On Martyrs’ Day, we gratefully remember Mahatma Gandhi and the countless freedom fighters who sacrificed their all for our Independence.”

Source: DD News

4. First ever Khadi Haat inaugurated in Delhi

First ever Khadi Haat inaugurated in DelhiMarking the 69th Republic Day celebrations, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) have launched the first-ever Khadi Haat inaugurated in Delhi.

The Khadi Haat was inaugurated on January 25 by Union Minister of State Giriraj Singh in Connaught Place here in presence of New Delhi Lok Sabha MP Meenakshi Lekhi, KVIC Chairman V K Saxena, NDMC Chairman Naresh Kumar and noted fashion designer Ritu Beri among others.

Source: Business Standard

5. International bird festival at the Dudhwa National Park

International bird festival at the Dudhwa National ParkA three-day international bird festival will be held at the Dudhwa National Park here from February 09, 2018 with nearly 200 leading ornithologists expected to attend.

The purpose of the international bird festival is to promote eco-tourism in Dudhwa and to give it a distinct international identity besides highlighting its traditional Tharu arts, culture and heritage

Important points:
The Dudhwa National Park is a national park in the Terai of Uttar Pradesh, India, and covers an area of 490.3 km2 (189.3 sq mi), with a buffer zone of 190 km2 (73 sq mi). It is part of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.

Source: Business Standard

6. India cheapest country to live in after South Africa

India cheapest country to live in after South AfricaIndia cheapest country to live in after South Africa. India is ranked second only to South Africa as the cheapest country to live or retire, according to a recent survey of 112 countries.

The survey by GoBankingRates ranked nations on the bases of four key affordability metrics provided by online pricing database Number. The metrics are: Local purchasing power index, rent index, Groceries index, and Consumer price index.

India is cheaper than its neighbouring countries like Colombia ranked at 13, Pakistan (14), Nepal (28), Bangladesh (40).

Among the most expensive countries in the survey are Bermuda (ranked 112), Bahamas (111), Hong Kong (110), Switzerland (109) and Ghana (108).

Source: Business Today

7. Aadhaar is Oxford dictionary’s Hindi word of 2017

Aadhaar is Oxford dictionary Hindi word of 2017Aadhaar is Oxford dictionary’s Hindi word of 2017. The word gained popularity due to Aadhaar card, which was in news 2017 and is likely to remain in highlight this year as well.

The announcement was made at a session “Oxford Dictionaries’ Hindi Word of the Year” during the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

Other words such as ‘Mitron’, ‘Notebandi’, ‘Gau-Rakshak’ were also considered, but the widespread discussions and debates around ‘Aadhaar’ was the reason it was selected as the word of the year.

Source: Times of India

8. CRISIL upgrades outlook on 18 PSBs from negative to stable

CRISIL upgrades outlook on 18 PSBs from negative to stableRating agency CRISIL has revised its outlook on 18 public sector banks (PSBs) from “negative” to “stable” after the government announced bank-wise capital infusion and reform plans.

The revision in outlook is primarily driven by the government’s PSB recapitalisation programme for this fiscal (2017-18). This will improve the financial risk profile of these banks and help them meet Basel-III regulatory capital norms.

It also provides a cushion against an expected rise in provisioning for non-performing assets (NPAs).

Important points:
CRISIL: Credit Rating Information Services Of India Limited
CEO: Ashu Suyash
Headquarters: Mumbai
Founded: 1987

Source: Business Standard

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