Daily Current Affairs January 17

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January 17 | Daily Current Affairs 2022

Sports – Daily Current Affairs January 17

1. Who inaugurates 9th Women National Ice Hockey Championship at Kaza?
A) Pralhad Joshi
B) Narayan Rane
C) Jai Ram Thakur
D) Smriti Zubin Irani
E) Hardeep Singh Puri
Answer: C) Jai Ram Thakur

2. Who won the men’s singles final in India Open 2022 at the KD Jadhav Stadium?
A) Satwiksairaj Rankireddy
B) Lakshya Sen
C) Hendra Setiawan
D) Loh Kean Yew
E) Mohammad Ahsan
Answer: B) Lakshya Sen

  • Lakshya Sen defeated Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew 24-22, 21-17 in the summit clash that lasted for 54 minutes.
  • This is the first time that Sen has managed to win the Super 500 title in his career.

Obituary – Daily Current Affairs January 17

3. Shanti Devi passed away. She won Padma shri award in which year?
A) 2021
B) 2019
C) 2018
D) 2017
E) 2020
Answer: A) 2021

  • President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Padma Shri upon Shanti Devi on January 25, last year, for her social work in the Maoist-hit Rayagada region.
  • She served the poor for nearly six decades, dedicating her life to the education and upliftment of tribal girls.
  • She is also known for the eradication of Yaws, a chronic bacterial infection.

Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj passes away at 83:

  • Kathak legend Pandit Birju Maharaj died at his home in Delhi in the early hours of Monday after suffering a heart attack, according to news agency PTI.
  • A recipient of the country’s second-highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, he was born Brij Mohan Nath Mishra on February 4, 1937, in a well-known family of Kathak dancers.
  • The news comes just days after his nephew and disciple Pt Munna Shukla passed away following a brief illness at 78.

4. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita passed away. He was served as President of which country?
B) Nepal
C) Mauritius
D) North Macedonia
E) Mali
Answer: E) Mali

Banking and Finance – Daily Current Affairs January 17

5. World Bank sign $135m project to improve electricity supply in ___?
A) Maharashtra
B) Punjab
C) Rajasthan
D) West Bengal
E) Tamil Nadu
Answer: D) West Bengal

  • The Government of India, the Government of West Bengal and the World Bank have signed a $135 million project to improve the efficiency and reliability of electricity supply in selected areas in the eastern state of West Bengal.
  • West Bengal is strategically located along the corridor to the Northeast and to Southeast Asia and plays an important role in facilitating and promoting regional power trade.
  • The state is already facilitating electricity trade with Bangladesh.
  • Rapid economic growth in West Bengal has resulted in a growing electricity demand at a rate of 4.5 percent in the past five years.

World Bank:
Founded: 1944
Members: 189 countries (IBRD), 173 countries (IDA)
Hq: Washington D.C, US
Head: David Malpass

West Bengal:
Capital: Kolkata
CM: Mamata Banerjee
Governor: Jagdeep Dhankhar

6. Which bank has introduced the Same Day Settlement (SDS) feature for merchants for payments received on its Point of Sale (PoS) terminals?
A) Kotak Mahindra Bank
C) RBL Bank
D) Bank of Maharashtra
E) DCB Bank
Answer: A) Kotak Mahindra Bank

  • Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd (KMBL) has introduced the Same Day Settlement (SDS) feature for merchants for payments received on its Point of Sale (PoS) terminals.
  • At a time when digital payments are soaring, the SDS facility is especially useful for businesses with immediate cash flow requirements, those with high inventory turnover and the need to replenish stocks frequently as well as for businesses that employ the services of daily wage earners for optimal payroll management, the private sector bank said in a statement.
  • Available in two cycles with a cut-off time of 2 PM and 5 PM, respectively, merchants can opt for either or both the cycles and receive their funds in just a few hours on the same day.

Kotak Mahindra Bank:
Hq: Mumbai
MD and CEO: Udaykotak
Tagline: Let’s make money simple, Ab Kona KonaKotak

7. Which organisation releases Annual Report of Ombudsman Schemes, 2020-21?
Answer: D) RBI

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released the Annual Report of the Ombudsman Schemes for the year 2020-21 for nine months (July 1, 2020- March 31, 2021).
  • As per the report, the volume of complaints received was increased by 22.27 % on an annualized basis, BOS accounted for the major increase.
  • The overall disposal rate improved from 92.52 per cent to 96.59 per cent, despite the higher volume of complaints received.
  • The office of the Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs) Ombudsman, Chennai, received 5,845 complaints during the period from July 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
  • The scheme is administered through the centres in Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi for handling complaints received in the respective zones.
  • The Chennai Office handled 6,462 complaints (including those brought forward from the previous years) and 6,278 complaints were disposed of, amounting to a disposal rate of 97.15% for July 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

Books and Authors – Daily Current Affairs January 17

8. Leadership in 100 Words is authored by whom?
A) Michael Wolff
B) Mainak Dhar
C) Kavitha Rao
D) Manreet Sodhi Someshwar
E) Subhadra Sen Gupta
Answer: B) Mainak Dhar

  • This year, to commemorate International Mentoring Day, which is celebrated on the birthday of boxing legend Muhammad Ali on 17th January, a new book by author Mainak Dhar is being released.
  • The book aims to “close the mentoring gap”.
  • Published by Bloomsbury India, the book, ‘Leadership in 100 Words’, is inspired by a popular series of Dhar’s LinkedIn posts (#leadershipin100words), which garnered over one million views.
  • The book came out after conversations were sparked after reading the posts that Dhar was having with people whom he was mentoring.

Appointments – Daily Current Affairs January 17

9. Dimitar Kovacevski is appointed as Prime minister of which country?
B) Nepal
C) Mauritius
D) North Macedonia
E) China
Answer: D) North Macedonia

  • Members of North Macedonian Parliament voted for a new coalition government, with Dimitar Kovacevski, leader of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM), elected as a new prime minister, national media reported.
  • On December 30, North Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski nominated Kovacevski as a prime minister, giving him a mandate to form a new cabinet.

North Macedonia:
Capital: Skopje
Currency: Macedonian denar
President: Stevo Pendarovski
Prime minister: Dimitar Kovacevski

Science and Technology – Daily Current Affairs January 17

10. Which country announced the launch of three locally-produced nanosatellites from the US?
A) South Africa
B) Australia
C) Russia
D) Poland
E) Iran
Answer: A) South Africa

  • Higher Education, Science and Innovation minister Dr Blade Nzimande has announced the launch of three locally-produced nanosatellites from the US, as part of South Africa’s new Maritime Domain Awareness Satellite (MDASat) constellation.
  • The MDASat will be an operational constellation of nine cube satellites that will detect, identify and monitor vessels in near real-time, in support of South African maritime domain awareness.

National Affairs – Daily Current Affairs January 17

11. Who announced the initiation of the Open Data Week to encourage adoption of open data and promote innovation across India’s urban ecosystem?
A) Pralhad Joshi
B) Jitendra Singh
C) Arjun Munda
D) Smriti Zubin Irani
E) Hardeep Singh Puri
Answer: E) Hardeep Singh Puri

  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) announced the initiation of the Open Data Week to encourage adoption of open data and promote innovation across India’s urban ecosystem.
  • Leading up to the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav – Smart Cities: Smart Urbanization’ conference scheduled to be held in Surat, in February 2022, the Open Data Week is part of a series of pre-event initiatives being undertaken by MoHUA to promote awareness and use of open data.
  • It will be conducted during the third week of January, i.e., from 17th January 2022 to 21st January 2022.
  • The Event will see participation from all 100 Smart Cities that will be publishing high-quality datasets and data blogs on the Smart Cities Open Data Portal.
  • Presently, more than 3,800 datasets and more than 60 data stories are already available on the Portal to various stakeholders to analyse this data and uncover actionable insights.
  • The Event aims to show the benefits of open data such as increased efficiency, transparency, a spur in innovation, and economic growth.
  • The Day will see engagement of people from different backgrounds including government agencies, private sector enterprises, scientific and academic institutions, businesses, start-ups, civil society etc.
  • The idea is to provide a platform that offers ample opportunities on how to continue creating and promoting the use of data that addresses complex urban issues, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • This can help governments in solving some of the most common problems faced by the citizens of any city and replicating the successful ideas in other cities.
  • All 100 smart cities are geared up for the event, making it a collaborative effort towards making Indian cities ‘Data Smart’.
  • The Portal is available at https://smartcities.data.gov.in/

Petroleum and Natural Gas & Housing and Urban Affairs:
Minister: Hardeep Singh Puri
Constituency: Rajaya Sabha MP, Uttar Pradesh

12. Who inaugurates MSME Pavilion World Expo, 2020 Dubai?
A) Pralhad Joshi
B) Narayan Rane
C) Arjun Munda
D) Smriti Zubin Irani
E) Hardeep Singh Puri
Answer: B) Narayan Rane

  • Union Minister of MSME Shri Narayan Rane and Minister of State for MSME Shri Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma along with Sh. B. B Swain, Secretary, MSME and Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman, KVIC inaugurated the MSME Pavilion virtually in the presence of officials from Government of Dubai and dignitaries joining from all over the country in World Expo, 2020 Dubai.
  • The World Expo2020 Dubai, held under the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) aims at bringing together millions of people for the world’s exceptional show, celebrating human brilliance and achievement with theme “Connecting Minds, Creating Future”.

Lavni artist from Maharashtra wins gold medal at International Folk Art Festival in Dubai:

  • A young Lavni artist from Maharashtra has won a gold medal at the International Folk Art Festival in Dubai.
  • Artist Sumit Bhale from Pathri of Fulbari taluka led the entire state of Maharashtra in the International Folk Art Festival held in Dubai.
  • With his splendid performance Maharashtra’s splendor has been widely appreciated at the international platform.

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises:
Minister: Narayan Tatu Rane
Constituency: Rajya Sabha MP, Maharashtra

13. Indian Railways launches a new initiative named ____to track lost belongings of passengers?
A) Operation Mission Annd
B) Operation Mission Amanat
C) Operation Mission Travel
D) Operation Mission Luggage
E) Operation Mission Baggage
Answer: B) Operation Mission Amanat

  • In case of lost belongings, one can easily track their lost items and get them back.
  • The Railway Protection Force (RPF) plays a major role to ensure the safety and security of passengers as well as their luggage and belongings.
  • In this direction, the RPF has taken a new initiative by launching “Mission Amanat”, making it easier for the railway passengers to get back their lost luggage.
  • According to a press release issued by Western Railways, under the new Mission Amanat initiative, the details of lost luggage and belongings along with photos are posted on the official website of the zonal railway.
  • The Railway Protection Force uploads the information of the lost luggage and belonging in the web portal https://wr.indianrailways.gov.in/ in the tab of divisions under the link “Mission Amanat – RPF”, Western Railways said.
  • During the year 2021, from January to December, the Railway Protection Force of the Western Railway zone retrieved left behind luggage having value to the tune of Rs 2.58 crore belonging to a total of 1,317 railway passengers as well as returned the luggage to them after due verification.
  • The Railway Protection Force of Western Railways has been providing this service to railway passengers under Operation Mission Amanat.

Over All Review


  • Jai Ram Thakur – 9th Women National Ice Hockey Championship-2022 at Ice Skating Rink, Kaza in Lahaul Spiti district.
  • Lakshya Sen – The men’s singles final of the ongoing India Open 2022 at the KD Jadhav Stadium.


  • Shanti Devi – Padma Shri awardee and social activist.
  • Ibrahim Boubacar Keita – Ex-Malian President.

Banking and Finance 

  • World Bank – $135m project to improve electricity supply in West Bengal.
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank – Same Day Settlement feature for merchants.
  • RBI – Annual Report of Ombudsman Schemes, 2020-21.

Books and Authors

  • ‘Leadership in 100 Words’ – Author Mainak Dhar – Published by Bloomsbury India.


  • Dimitar Kovacevski – Prime minister of North Macedonia.

Science and Technology

  • South Africa – Launch three nanosatellites as part of R27 million space project.

National Affairs

  • MoHUA – Open Data Week to promote innovation in India’s urban ecosystem.
  • MSME Minister – MSME Pavilion World Expo, 2020 Dubai
  • Indian Railways’ Mission Amanat – New initiative by RPF for passengers to track and get back their lost luggage.


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