Daily Current Affairs Update of 30 January 2015

1. The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for strengthening cooperation in the field of tourism, between the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the Ministry of Tourism, Government of the Sultanate of Oman.

2. India's Ambassador to the US, Dr. S Jaishankar was appointed as the Foreign Secretary. He will have tenure of two years from the date he assumes charge. Jaishankar replaced current Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh whose tenure was curtailed by nearly seven months.
Daily Current Affairs Update of 30 January 2015
Daily Current Affairs Update of 30 January 2015
3. Australia’s former golfer Kelvin David George Nagle died in Sydney. He was 94 years old.

4. Hockey Olympian Jaswant Singh Rajput died following a prolonged illness. He was 88.

5. Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh was sworn in as the 24th Governor of Himachal Pradesh. He was administered oath of office by Himachal Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmed Mir. Singh has been given an additional charge of Himachal Pradesh after Urmila Singh, who completed the full five year term as HP Governor.

6. Australian cricketer Sean Abbott has won Bradman young cricketer of the year award 2015. Sean Abbott is the bowler, who was unwittingly at the centre of the tragic death of Phillip Hughes.

7. American Technology giant Apple Inc recorded highest quarterly profit of 18 billion US dollar. The company sold 74.5 million iPhones in quarter ending December 2014. According to S&P analyst Howard Silverblatt, the profit of 18 billion US dollar was the largest profit ever made by a public company in the corporate history worldwide.

8. India has been ranked the 128th freest economy in the world in a report by The Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank. This embarrassing score is worse than last year's ranking. With a score of 54.6 out of 100, India slipped 1.1 points from last year in the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom that evaluates economic conditions and governments policies towards business and entrepreneurship. A total of 186 countries have been ranked in the report, in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal. In the Asia-Pacific region India ranks 26th.

9. Over 20 Indian, U.S. and other international private sector organisations will partner with USAID in supporting the central government’s Jan Dhan Yojana programme. According to the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the initiative is part of President Barack Obama’s pledge to back India’s initiative to provide its citizens with access to financial services and lay the foundation for a world-leading, inclusive digital economy.

10. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved mandatory packaging of food-grains and sugar in Jute material for the Jute Year 2014-15 with certain exemptions. This decision will preserve and promote the jute sector. The minimum percentage of food-grains is 90 percent of the production and sugar is 20 percent of the production reserved for packaging in Jute for the Jute Year 2014-15.

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