Daily GK Digest – January 27th, 2017 for top current affairs of today.
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Daily GK Digest
Here is the daily GK Digest for January 27th, 2017.
Daily GK Digest : Top Five Current Affairs for Today
68th Republic Day
- India celebrated 68th Republic Day with President Pranab Mukherjee, PM Modi and other leaders greeting citizens on Thursday.
- The day began with chiefs of the three armed forces taking salute at the eternal flame -Amar Jawan Jyoti, in India Gate and the Prime Minister laying a wreath. It was followed by a colourfull parade ceremony on Rajpath.
- Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE is the guest of honour at this year’s Republic Day celebrations.
- A contingent of 179 United Arab Emirates (UAE) soldiers also participated in the parade of Republic Day 2017.
- This year’s novelty were tableau displaying the objectives of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and a debut of elite NSG commandoes in the Republic Day parade.
Dr. Mahesh sharma Inaugurates ‘Bharat Parv’
- Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism and Culture, inaugurates Bharat Parv, a national festival showcasing the country’s diverse culture, cuisines, handicrafts and catch glimpses of a progressive India, at Red Fort, Delhi.
- Bharat Parv event is being organized by the Government of India at the Red Fort, Delhi from 26th to 31st January 2017, as part of the Republic Day 2017 Celebrations.
- The prime objective of organizing the event is to generate a patriotic mood, promote the rich cultural diversity of the country, ensure wider participation of the general public and to popularise the idea of “Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat”.
- The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has set up a Photo Exhibition on the theme “Mera Desh Badal Raha Hai, Aage Badh Raha Hai”.
- The big attraction of the event are the Republic Day Parade Tableaux which are stationed at the venue for the duration of the event.
Meghalaya Governor Shanmuganathan resigns
- Facing the charges of “compromising dignity” of Raj Bhavan, Meghalaya Governor V.Shanmuganathan resigned late Thursday evening.
- Nearly 100 Raj Bhavan employees had demanded his removal, even writing to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that he “seriously compromised” with the dignity of the gubernatorial office.
- Shanmuganathan, who took over as the Governor of Meghalaya in May 2015, he holds additional charge of Arunachal Pradesh, since November last year following the removal of Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa.
- President accepted the resignation of Mr Shanmuganathan.
- President appoints Shri Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Assam to discharge the functions of the Governor of Meghalaya and Shri Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, Governor of Nagaland to discharge the functions of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, in addition to their own duties, until regular arrangements for the offices of the Governor of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh are made.
National MSME Policy to be formulated for the First Time in India
- Dr.Prabhat Kumar, former Cabinet Secretary and Chairman One Member Committee for formulating National MSME Policy today presented its report to Shri Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
- The One Member Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Prabhat Kumar was constituted by the Ministry of MSME on 31.12.2015 to help in formulating National MSME Policy.
- India does not have an MSME policy till date.
- Shri Mishra desired that this report should be examined by the Ministry for further action.
India ranked 79th in the Corruption Perception Index 2016
- India has been ranked 79th among 176 countries in the Corruption Perception Index 2016 released by the Transparency International organisation.
- Its score marginally improved from 38 in 2015 to 40 in 2016. India had a score of 36 in 2012.
- The organisation has used the World Bank data, the world economic forum and other institutions to rank countries by perceived levels of corruption in public sector. The score runs from zero to 100, from highly corrupt to 100.
- Belarus, Brazil, & China shared the same ranks as India. The list was topped by New Zealand and Denmark with a score of 90 each. Somalia was ranked the most corrupt country with a score of 10.