UPSC PRELIMS 2018 CURRENT AFFAIRS | 23/1/2018


Sister-state agreement with Zurich canton

NEWS : Andhara Pradesh signed an agreement with Zurich,Switzerland- sister-state agreement

Signed by :

  • Finance Minister AP : Yanamala Ramakrishnudu

  • Zurich Councillor and Head of the Department for Economic Affairs: Carmen Walker Späh In the presence of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.

WHAT THIS AGREEMENT PROVIDES ? The agreement will promote collaborations through exchange of experience and information, joint cooperation plans, industry-specific programmes and projects, establishment of joint expert groups and work, implementation of skill development of an educational nature and regular expert-level consultations

Now, an app to report roadkill in wildlife habitats

THE APP : ‘Roadkills’, an easy-to-use android app, USEAGE : Accesses location information from phones and permits users to upload photographs of a dead wild animal on a road or a railway line.


DATED : On January 21

BY : The Wildlife Conservation Trust

WHAT IT WILL DO : It will help citizens report such wildlife deaths by uploading geotagged photographs to a public forum.

THUS ! The data generated can be used to identify crucial road or rail stretches that urgently require mitigation measures.

Oxfam survey highlights glaring difference in earnings

THE REPORT NAME : ‘Reward Work, Not Wealth’ PREPARED BY : Oxfam’s ‘

WHAT WAS ITS FINDING ?

Found that • the richest 1% in the world owns more wealth than the whole of the rest of humanity; • 82% of all growth in global wealth in the last year went to the top 1%, while the bottom half of the world’s population saw no increase at all.

SOLUTION : In countries like the U.K., U.S. and India, respondents think CEOs should take a 60% pay cut.”

HIGH LIGHT : The survey showed that the wealth of India’s richest 1% increased by over Rs. 20.9 trillion during 2017 — an amount equivalent to the total budget of the Central government in 2017-18.

FINALLY – Economic gap increased drastically .

Biggest ASEAN Bussiness meet up

1. Name of the Event : ASEAN-India Business and Investment Meet and Expo 2018

2. Organised by : Ministry of Commerce & Industry (MoCI) & Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

3. Dates of the Event : 22-23 January 2018 4. Conducted at : New Delhi, India

HIGH LIGHTS : Textiles has been identified as one of the major sector for trade cooperation between ASEAN countries and India.

WHAT IS ASEAN ? The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (more commonly known as ASEAN) is a political and economic organization aimed primarily at promoting economic growth and regional stability among its members.

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