Top 5 Current Affairs: 15 January 2018

Jan 15, 2018 18:15 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 15 January 2018

UIDAI to introduce face recognition for Aadhaar authentication

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDA) on 15 January 2018 introduced face authentication as an additional means of Aadhaar authentication along with fingerprint and iris scan.

The move will enable easy authentication for those individuals who face difficulties in other biometric authentication such as fingerprint and iris scan.

The facility is, however, only being allowed along with other existing means of authentication. It will be available by 1 July 2018.

Historic War memorial Teen Murti Chowk renamed after Israeli city Haifa

The Teen Murti Chowk in central Delhi was formally renamed as Teen Murti-Haifa, after Israeli city Haifa in a solemn ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on 14 January 2018.

The renaming of the iconic war memorial is aimed at being a symbolic gesture of India’s friendship with Israel. During World War I, on 23 September 1918, several Indian soldiers of the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade gave up their lives during the battle to liberate the Israeli city of Haifa from Ottoman occupation.

Till date, the 61 Cavalry celebrates 23 September as its Raising Day or ‘Haifa Day’, as a mark of respect for the soldiers who lost their lives in the battle and to mark the end of 400 years of Turkish control over the city.

WEF ranks India 30th on global manufacturing index; Japan tops list

The World Economic Forum (WEF), in its 'Readiness for the future of production report', has ranked India at 30th position on a global manufacturing index above BRICS peers, Brazil (41st), Russia (35th) and South Africa (45th); except China, which has found the 5th place.

According to this report, Japan has the best structure of production and is followed by South Korea, Germany, Switzerland, China, Czech Republic, the US, Sweden, Austria and Ireland in the top 10.

India has been placed in the 'Legacy' group along with Hungary, Mexico, Thailand, Philippines, Russia and Turkey, among others; while Brazil and South Africa are categorized in 'nascent' ones.

India, Israel sign 9 MoUs for cooperation in cyber security, space, oil & gas sector

India signed 9 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Israel on 15 January 2018, during the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India.

Netanyahu is the first Israeli Prime Minister to visit India in the span of the last 15 years and the second one overall. The only other Israeli Prime Minister to visit India was Ariel Sharon in 2003. Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke protocol to greet the Prime Minister at the airport, reciprocating the warmth he received when he visited Israel in July 2017, as Netanyahu had also received the Indian Prime Minister at the airport.

Nepal to get internet connection from China ending India’s monopoly

Nepal has joined hands with China to offer internet services to its citizens, ending India’s decades-long monopoly of Nepal’s cyber connectivity network.

China Telecom Global and Nepal Telecom launched their first services after they laid down the optical fiber cables between Kerung in China and Rasuwagadi in Nepal, about 50 km (30 miles) north of Kathmandu.

It is expected that the initial speed of internet by Chinese fiber link will be 1.5 Gigabit per second (GBPS), less than that of 34 GBPS by India.

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