Current Affairs – January 09, 2018

Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs.

Philippe Coutinho becomes the second costliest transfer in football history 

Team Liverpool sold Brazilian football player Philippe Coutinho to Team Barcelona for 160 million Euros ($192 million). With this, transfer of Philippe Coutinho has become the 2nd Most Expensive transfer in World Soccer History. World’s most expensive transfer is Brazilian football player Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain team in 200 million pounds in 2017.



Bilateral Annual Haj Agreement 2018 signed between India and Saudi Arabia

According to the Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Saudi Arabia has given the green signal for India’s decision to revive the option of sending Haj pilgrims through sea route also. The practice of ferrying Haj pilgrims between Mumbai and Jeddah by waterways was stopped in 1995. For the first time, Muslim women from India will go to Haj without “Mehram” (male companion). Separate accommodation and transport have been arranged for these women Haj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia and women “Haj Assistant” will be deployed for their assistance.



Haryana becomes the first state in the country to launch High-Risk Pregnancy Portal        

Haryana has become the first state in the country to launch High-Risk Pregnancy (HRP) Portal. This portal not only helps in early identification of high-risk pregnant cases up to the grass-roots level but also ensures their timely referral to the civil hospitals for further management and delivery by specialists. This innovative web application has been designed to track every high-risk pregnant woman till 42 days after delivery so that she receives adequate treatment during the ante-natal period for a healthy outcome of pregnancy.



India’s second FTTI to be set up in Arunachal Pradesh    

Minister of State (I/C) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh announced that Arunachal Pradesh would get its first Film and Television Institute, being set up by the Union Government as part of tapping the potential of the Northeastern region. This would be the second such one in the country. The first Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) was set up in Pune. FTII is an autonomous institute operating under the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.



Golden Globe Awards 2018        

The 75th Golden Globe Award ceremony was held in Los Angeles, the USA. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” dominated the 2018 Golden Globes, taking home four statues, including best drama, best screenplay, and acting awards for Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell in the drama category. Seth Meyers hosted the star-studded show.

Here is the Complete List of Winners of Golden Globe Awards 2018-
1. Best motion picture, drama: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
2. Best motion picture, musical or comedy: Lady Bird.
3. Best director, motion picture: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”.
4. Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama: Frances McDormand.
5. Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama: Gary Oldman.
6. Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy: Saoirse Ronan.
7. Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy: James Franco.
8. Best motion picture, animated: Coco
9. Best motion picture, foreign language: In the Fade
10. Best television series, drama: The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
11. Best performance by an actress in a television series, drama: Elisabeth Moss.
12. Best performance by an actor in a television series, drama: Sterling K. Brown.

Gilles Simon wins inaugural Tata Open Tennis Tournament       

Gilles Simon of France has lifted the inaugural Tata Open Maharashtra Tennis trophy. In the summit clash in Pune, the unseeded French player defeated second-seeded Kevin Anderson in straight sets. Simon is ranked 89 in the world, while Anderson is ranked Fourteen. Simon had knocked out defending champion and third seed Roberto Bautista Agut.




Forex Reserves reach new high of $ 409.366 billion           

India’s Foreign Exchange Reserves have reached a record high of U.S $409.366 billion as on 29th December 2017. This has been made possible by the strong spike in foreign currency assets. The components of India’s forex reserves include Foreign Currency Assets, Gold, Special Drawing Rights, and RBI’s Reserve position with the International Monetary Fund.

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