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Current Affairs of 28 Jan 2018

Keshav Kishore, Published On:28-Jan-2018



1.       First floating market of country in Kolkata

• The first floating market of India is now open in Kolkata’s Patuli area.

• The market functions solely on boats at the lake in Patuli, where shopkeepers sell fruits, vegetables, fish and other things.

• This market is 500 metres long and 60 metres wide and approximately 10 crore has been spent to develop this water body into floating market.


2.       Usha Anathasubramanian is the first woman IBA chief

• The new chief of Indian Bank’s Association USha Anathasubramanian, is the first woman to achieve this post.

• She is MD and CEO of Allahabad Bank.

• Indian Bank Association is the banking sector’s industry body which seeks to promote and develop sound banking principles and practices in the country.


3.       India’s poor performance in Environment Performance Index

• India scored 177th place out of 180 countries in Environment Performance Index (EPI) 2018.

• EPI is the biennial report by Yale and Columbia Universities along with the World Economic Forum.

• India’s ranking was linked to poor performance in the environment health policy and death due to air pollution category.


4.        Padma Award 2018: M. S. Dhoni is in the list

• President Ram Nath Kovind announced Padma award for this year on 26th January, in which 3 Padma Vibhusan Awardees, 9 Padma Bhusan Awardees and 73 Padma Shri Awardees were awarded.

• Music maestro Ilaiyaraja, Hindustani classical music singer Gulam Mustafa Khan and the president of Vivekananda Kendra P. Parameswaran were awarded by second highest civilian award Padma Vibhusan.

• India billiard player Pankaj Advani, cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni and singer Sharda Sinha are among Padma Bhusan awardees, the third highest civilian award of India.


5.       Cloning of Monkey by Chinese Scientist

• Chinese scientists have successfully cloned two identical long-tailed macaques (monkeys), named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua using the same technique used for Dolly Sheep.

• This is the world’s first primates for cloning mammals from non-embryonic cells that includes monkey, apes and humans.

• The process used is called Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT), which involves transferring the nucleus of cell, which includes its DNA, into egg whose nucleus is removed.

• SCNT is a laboratory technique for creating an ovum with donor nucleus. The nucleus containing the organism’s DNA of somatic cell is removed and rest of cell discarded. The nucleus of somatic cell is then inserted into enucleated egg cell which reprograms somatic cell nucleus by the host cell.



Source: The Hindu, The Indian Express 













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