Daily Current Affairs - 11th January 2016


International

In order to protect children, Kenya on 8 January 2016 published new broadcast regulations that place strict limits on sexual content. The regulations also ban preachers from soliciting money from audiences in exchange of blessings and prayers on air. 

The new rules contained in the Programming Code for Free-to-Air Radio and Television Services apply to programmes as well as advertisements, programme listings and promotions. 

Kenya's Communications Authority (KCA) said that explicit content has been banned on airwaves between 5am to 10pm. Broadcasters have until June 2016 to comply with the new rules. According to reports, this is the first time that a concerted effort has been made to censor Kenyan radio stations. 

National

Union Minister for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal said that India has taken up a massive energy efficiency mission under which it will switch over to LED bulbs by the end of 2018. It would result in a saving 6 billion dollars per annum. 

Mr Goyal said 4 crore 59 lakhs Light Emitting Diode, popularly known as LED bulbs have been distributed till now under the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme. 

The New Delhi Municipal Council, NDMC is planning to launch a novel initiative for the empowerment of beggars and ragpickers in the national capital. NDMC said, under the 'Atm Nirbhar' or self-dependent scheme, beggars and ragpickers will soon manage toilet complexes in New Delhi. 
Vijay Prakash Pandey, chairman, Department of Environment Management Services Committee of NDMC, said, the Corporation will provide institutional help in forming cooperatives of beggars and rag pickers. 

In Rajasthan, Under Swatch Bharat Mission, Ajmer district has constructed largest number of toilets in rural areas. Ajmer district is ahead of its annual targets in constructing toilets. 
Under Swachh Bharat Mission Ajmer district is leading in the toilet programme initiative, till now more than one lakh eighty two thousand toilets have been made. 

The government will launch new crop insurance scheme in 2016-17. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh told that discrepancies in the existing scheme have been identified and ministry has come out with new crop insurance scheme.
He said, new technologies, including drones, will be used to assess crop damage faster. Under the proposed crop insurance scheme, the premium to be charged from farmers will be kept lower and focus will be on early settlement of claims. 

India Post expects to collect 1500 crore rupees through cash-on-delivery this fiscal. Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Department of Posts has already collected 1000 crore rupees through cash-on-delivery till December. He said his top most priority is complete revival of the postal department. 
The Minister said he wants to make India as a big hub of ecommerce, delivery and digital services. The department has partnered with e-retailers, including Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon, for delivering pre-paid as well as Cash on Delivery orders. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a book titled “MARU BHARAT SARU BHARAT“(My India Noble India) written by Jain Acharya Ratnasundersuriswarji Maharaj through video conference. 


Business

Andhra Pradesh is all geared up to attract more than two lakh crore rupees investments during the 3-day CII Partnership Summit 2016 that gets underway in Visakhapatnam. 

The 22nd edition of the Partnership Summit is being organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in collaboration with the Andhra Pradesh government and will be inaugurated by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The State is holding the Partnership Summit for the first time which has evoked overwhelming response. 

The theme of this year's summit is 'Partnerships for a shared and sustainable world economy

New Appointments

Economist Paul Kaba Thieba was named as the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso on 7 January 2016 by the President Roch Marc Christian Kabore. 

Person in News

Hindi writer and journalist Ravindra Kalia passed away at a private hospital in New Delhi. 

Sports

Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis have lifted the WTA Brisbane Tennis trophy. In the final at Brisbane, the top seeded duo defeated German Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic 7-5 6-1. They also stitched a 26-match winning streak together, which has brought them six titles in a row at the US Open, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Beijing, WTA Finals and now at Brisbane. 

It is the longest winning streak since Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci's 25 in a row in 2012. The last doubles team to win more than 25 consecutive matches was Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva who had notched up 28 straight victories in 1994. 

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