Current Affairs 15th January 2018 (today’s current affairs). Below are the current affairs of 15th January of this year-

  1. Israeli PM is set to visit India where a series of events that will showcase the growing friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Israeli prime minister.
  2. World Bank has announced that it will recalculate the national rankings of business competitiveness going back to at least four years.
  3. Over 9,400 ‘enemy’ properties, worth more than Rs 1 trillion, are set to be auctioned by the home ministry starting the process of identifying all such estates.
  4. The Pune chapter of the Forum for IT Employees (FITE) has become the first officially registered trade union for the IT sector in India.
  5. New passports for citizens who have Emigration Check Required (ECR) status will have orange cover jackets, instead of the traditional dark blue.
  6. On the basis of data from fourth round of the National Family and Health Survey (NFHS-4), people in Delhi and Punjab are the richest, with more than 60% of their households in the top wealth quintile.
  7. Twitter account of India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin was hacked recently by a group of Pakistani hackers.
  8. As a symbolic gesture of friendship with Israel, India will rename the iconic Teen Murti Chowk, a war memorial.
  9. China’s Navy has commissioned a new missile frigate, named ‘Rizhao’, in a naval port in China’s Dalian located in the Liaoning Province.
  10. National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange Limited (NCDEX) is launching the country’s first agri-commodity options in Guar Seed.
  11. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked India at 30th position on a global manufacturing index.
  12. Mahavitaran, the power transmission company of the state government, is planning to purchase 1000 MW solar power in 2018.
  13. Under-five mortality rate (U5MR) in India has shown an impressive decline of 9 per cent, from 43 per 1,000 in 2015 to 39 per 1,000 in 2016.
  14. The BSE’s India International Exchange, India INX, has listed the IRFC’s green bonds on its debt listing platform – the global securities market.
  15. The Indian economy is expected to witness an average GDP growth of 7.3 per cent over 2020-22, says a Morgan Stanley research report.
  16. West Bengal currently tops the list of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion’s Business Reforms Action Plan (BRAP) 2017.


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