Daily GK Digest – January 13th, 2017 for top current affairs of today.
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Here is the daily GK Digest for January 13th, 2017.
Daily GK Digest : Top Five Current Affairs for Today
Uma Bharti Inaugurates JAL MANTHAN-III
- Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has said that centre is discussing the issue of bringing water into concurrent list with States.
- Inaugurating the JalManthan-III in New Delhi minister said her Ministry is also seriously working on new acts for water use and Ganga.
- Underlying the need for peoples participation in Water Resources Management the Minister said there is a need to convert Jal Kranti into Jan Kranti.
- Jal Manthan programmes are being held to achieve water resource development and management to achieve synergy of water resource development with environment, wild-life and various social and cultural practices.
- The earlier Jal Manthan Programmes held in November, 2014 and February, 2016 were hugely successful.
Guided Pinaka test fired successfully
- The Pinaka Rocket converted to a Guided Pinaka was successfully test-fired from Launch Complex-III, ITR, Chandipur thursday.
- The Pinaka Rocket Mark-II, which evolved from Pinaka Mark-I is equipped with a navigation, guidance and control kit and has been transformed to a Guided Pinaka.
- The test-firing has met all mission objectives. The radars, electro-optical and telemetry systems at Chandipur tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight-path.
- The Guided Pinaka is developed jointly by ARDE Pune, RCI Hyderabad and DRDL Hyderabad. ITR Chandipur provided the range and launch support.
Ken-Betwa river linking project gets green panal clearance
- The Central government’s ambitious Rs. 9,393 crore Ken-Betwa river interlinking project that will irrigate 6.35 lakh hectares and mitigate drinking water woes of Bundelkhand region has received clearance from the green panel and Tribal Affairs ministry.
- However, the final clearance for the project is yet to be given by Union Minister of Environment and Forest, which normally takes into account the green panel EAC’s recommendation.
- Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said, “I am quite happy that the first river inter-linking project has received green panel’s nod as well as the tribal clearances formally. The project has already received wildlife clearance.”
- The project envisages construction of a dam across river Ken in Chhatarpur district in Madhya Pradesh to irrigate 6.35 lakh hectares of land, serve drinking water purposes in Bundelkhand region and generation of 78 MW hydropower.
N Chandrasekaran named new chairman of Tata Sons
- Tata Sons, thursday named Natarajan chandrasekaran as its new chairman.
- Chandrasekaran, who currently heads Tata Consultancy Services, is the third non-Tata, after Nowroji Saklatwala and Cyrus Mistry, to hold this position.
- TCS is the most successful Indian IT company valued at $67 billion — that’s 60% of the Group’s market value and 70% of the dividend earnings of Tata Sons, the group’s holding company.
- He was inducted on the board of Tata Sons on October 25, a day after its board ousted Cyrus Mistry and named RatanTata as the interim chairman.
Obama scraps two decade old ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy
- In a significant step towards normalising relations with Cuba, the outgoing Obama government in US has ended a two-decade-old immigration policy that allowed Cuban migrants who reach US soil illegally to stay and become legal residents.
- “The Department of Homeland Security is ending the so-called ‘wet-foot, dry foot’ policy, which was put in place more than twenty years ago and was designed for a different era,” US President Barack Obama said in a statement Thursday.
- The repeal of the longstanding immigration policy, coming in the last days of the Obama administration, is effective immediately.
- The decision follows months of negotiations focused in part on getting Cuba to agree to take back people who had arrived in the US.