Daily GK Digest – Jan 9 – Top Current Affairs

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Daily GK Digest – January 9th, 2017 for top current affairs of today. 

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Daily GK Digest

Here is the daily GK Digest for January 9th, 2017.

Daily GK Digest : Top Five Current Affairs for Today

Per capita income of Indians to cross 1 lakh for the first time

  • India’s per capita income, a gauge for measuring living standard, is estimated to cross Rs 1 lakh in 2016-17, up from Rs 93,293 in the previous fiscal.
  • As per the ‘First Advance Estimates of National Income, 2016-17′ released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the per capita net national income during 2016-17 is “estimated to be Rs 103,007″ at current prices.
  • “The per capita income in real terms (at 2011-12 prices) during 2016-17 is likely to attain a level of Rs 81,805 as compared to Rs 77,435 for the year 2015-16,” the estimates said.
  • The Central Statistics Office said India’s GDP is expected to slowdown to 7.1 per cent during 2016-17 from 7.6 per cent in the previous fiscal mainly due to slump in manufacturing, mining and construction activities.

Portugal PM arrives in India for a week long official visit

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa who arrived in New Delhi today, an official weeklong visit to India.
  • During his visit, his is expected to hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ink deals on various developmental issues.
  • The Indian-origin Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa will be the Chief Guest at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on January 9.
  • Bilateral trade between India and Portugal stands at US $ 692 mn in FY 2015-16. Portuguese investment in India stands at $36.4 mn and Costa says he is determined to strengthen ties more and more.
  • Portugal ranks 56th position in Foreign Direct Investments to India. The country has a very large Indian origin Diaspora. An estimated 7500 people of Gujarati origin live in Portugal now.

World Book fair kicks off in New Delhi

  • The nine-day long New Delhi World Book Fair begins today at the Pragati Maidan. The theme for this year’s event is Manushi, which will focus on writings on and by women.
  • 2017 World Book fair will witness the participation of nearly 800 publishers from across the country and abroad. More than 20 countries including China, Egypt, France, Germany, Japan and Iran will participate in 2017 book fair.
  • To mark its 60 years of foundation, The National Book Trust (NBT) will also showcase its journey in promoting books and reading at a special exhibit called ‘This is no looking back’.
  • A number of activities like seminars, panel discussions, storytelling sessions and workshops on creative writing will be organised at the Children’s Pavilion.

Barai and Shivangi to receive Pravasi Bharatiya Samaan Award

  • Indian-Americans Dr Bharat Barai and Dr Sampat Shivangi have been selected for the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, the highest civilian award given to overseas Indians and people of Indian origin.
  • Both are scheduled to receive the award from President Pranab Mukherjee in Bengaluru on January 9, the last day of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas conclave.
  • The list of the prestigious award has not been officially announced yet, but its recipients were informed by the Indian Government last week.
  • Based in Chicago, Dr Barai was instrumental in grand success of the historic Madison Square Garden event of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York in September 2014.
  • Dr Shivangi, who is based in Mississippi, has played a key role in improving India—US relationship through lawmakers.

14th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas Convention begins in Bengaluru

  • The 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas kicked off with huge participation of Indian diaspora at Bengaluru today. Union Ministers Vijay Goel, VK Singh, and RV Deshpande inaugurated the event.
  • The theme of 14th PBD is ‘Role of Diaspora Youth in the Transformation of India’.
  • Pravasi Bharatiya Divas has been held traditionally on 9th January every year to commemorate the return of Mahatma Gandhi as a Pravasi from South Africa to India.
  • The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention is a very important platform for engagement of the central and state governments with the Overseas Indian Community.