Daily GK Digest – Jan 14 – Top Current Affairs

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Daily GK Digest – January 14th, 2017 for top current affairs of today. 

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Daily GK Digest

Here is the daily GK Digest for January 14th, 2017.

Daily GK Digest : Top Five Current Affairs for Today

Army general announces grievance box for Army personnel

  • In the backdrop of a jawan expressing his grievances against senior officers through social media, Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat on Friday announced a “suggestion and grievance” system.
  • ‘Suggestion and grievance box’ to be put in place across all formations, beginning with the headquarters.
  • Gen. Rawat said everyone, irrespective of rank and file, can put out their concerns in a sealed cover mentioning their details inside and drop it in the boxes which will reach him. “We will ensure that the names are not disclosed.”
  • Recently 2 jawans voiced their issues of food and senior’s treatment through social media.

World’s Largest-Power Hybrid Locomotive Experiment Started In China

  • An oil-electricity hybrid locomotive, the most powerful of its kind, was started in an experiment in extreme cold weather in northeast China, said manufacturing company CRRC Ziyang Co Ltd.
  • The experiment was conducted in Hulunbuir in the north of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, on Thursday morning when the local temperature was -40°C., Xinhua news agency reported.
  • Despite the extreme cold weather, the temperature in the cab was 25°C and the batteries showed a temperature of 12°C, suitable for the operation.
  • Hybrid locomotives are environment friendly, energy-saving and less noisy, according to Xiang.

NITI Aayog calls for review of RTE act

  • The Niti Aayog has called for a review of the provisions of the Right To Education Act that stipulate that children who don’t perform well cannot be held back up to class VIII.
  • The ‘think tank’ said the good intention behind the norm is detrimental to the learning process.
  • The Right To Education (RTE) Act, which aims to provide primary education to all children aged 6-14 years, stipulates that no child can be held back in a grade, regardless of his performance, all the way up to the eight grade.
  • The real problem, the Aayog said, is the quality of education as measurement by student achievements. The ASER report finds that more than 50 per cent of the fifth graders cannot read second standard level text.

Government Decides to Revoke The Suspension of Deemed Recognition of IOA with immediate Effect

  • Government has decided to revoke the suspension of deemed recognition of IOA with immediate effect in the light of the corrective action taken by them in reversing its earlier decision making Shri Abhay Singh Chautala and Shri Suresh Kalmadi, Life Presidents of IOA.
  • Since IOA has admitted the faux pas committed and regretted the inconvenience and embarrassment caused to all concerned, it is expected of IOA that it will uphold the highest standard of probity and ethics in its functioning in future.
  • In the light of the above developments and keeping in view the larger interest of promotion and development of sports in the country, the Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has revoked the suspension of deemed recognition of IOA, imposed on 30.12.2016, with immediate effect.

Pakistan PM inaugurates water treatment plant at Hindu’s holy site

  • Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated a water treatment plant installed at Amar Kund (sacred pond) in Katasraj cluster of Hindu temples in Chakwal district of Pakistan.
  • Pakistan’s Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Farooq ul Saddiq informed that Sharif came all the way to inaugurate the water treatment plant and also brought peacocks from his house ‘Jatti Umra’ which will be kept in temple garden.
  • ETPB is entrusted with the task of management of Hindu and Sikh religious properties in Pakistan after Indo Pak partition in 1947.
  • ETPB has installed the water treatment plant at Amar Kund for Hindu devotees who visit cluster of temples during various religious occasion especially during Shivaratri.