www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC Current Affairs January 04, 2018 (04/01/2018)
Topic : India’s Cultural Panorama, Latest Diary of Events
Jangalmahal Utsab was recently inaugurated at the Jhargam district in West Bengal.
About the festival:
The festival is organised in the state to promote tribal art and culture.
Different folk songs and dances such as Tusu, Bhadu, Ahira and Jhumur are performed by the locals of the Jangalmahal area during the festival.
The world Junglemahal is used to refer four districts of the state — Purulia, Bankura, Jhargram and West Midnapore.
Topic : Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, cyclone etc.
A massive winter storm called a “bomb cyclone” is hammering the eastern coast of the US, bringing snow, ice, flooding, and strong winds.
What is a Bomb cyclone?
The term is used by meteorologists to indicate a mid-latitude cyclone that intensifies rapidly.
Topic : General Administration, Latest Diary of Events
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017, was recently passed by voice vote in the Rajya Sabha.
The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in August, 2017.
Highlights of the Bill:
The Bill seeks to amend the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Act, 1981.
Increase in capital of NABARD:
Under the 1981 Act, NABARD may have a capital of Rs 100 crore.
This capital can be further increased to Rs 5,000 crore by the central government in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
The Bill allows the central government to increase this capital to Rs 30,000 crore.
The capital may be increased to more than Rs 30,000 crore by the central government in consultation with the RBI, if necessary.
Topic : Places in News, Profile of States
Zojila Pass tunnel
The Union Cabinet has approved the construction of Asia’s longest bi-directional Zojila Pass tunnel at an estimated cost of Rs 6,089 crore.
About the Zojila pass tunnel:
It is a 14.2-km long tunnel project in Jammu and Kashmir to provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh, which remains cut-off from the rest of India during winters due to heavy snowfall.
Zojila tunnel will be the longest bi-directional tunnel in Asia.
Benefits of the tunnel:
The project would enhance the safety of travellers crossing Zojila Pass and reduce the travel time from 3.5 hours to 15 minutes.
This pass is most strategic for the entire Kargil sector which has seen intrusion and war in the past.
Topic : General Administration, India’s Foreign Policy, International Events
Indo-Myanmar agreement on land border crossing
The Union Cabinet has approved an agreement between India and Myanmar on land border crossing to enhance economic interaction between people of the two countries.
Significance of the agreement:
The agreement will also facilitate movement of people on the basis of valid passports and visas which will enhance economic and social interaction between the two countries.
The agreement will also safeguard the traditional rights of the largely tribal communities residing along the border which are accustomed to free movement across the land border.
Topic : Persons in News, Sports and Records
Colin Munro – First three T20 centuries
Colin Munro became the first batsman to score three hundreds in T20 internationals.
Colin Munro of New Zealand scored 104 off 53 balls in the final T20 match against West Indies at Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.
Topic : Latest Historical Events
Kattabomman birth anniversary celebrated at Panchalankurichi
The 259th birth anniversary of Veerapandiya Kattabomman was celebrated at Panchalankurichi, his birth place, in Ottapidaram taluk on January 03, 2018.
Kattabomman fought against the British in the latter part of the 18th century.
Topic : Awards and Honours, Latest Diary of Events
12th Anniversary of Music Academy : Lakshmi Viswanathan’s ‘Niruthiya Kalanidhi’ Award
At the 12th Anniversary of Music Academy function, Lakshmi Viswanathan conferred with the “Nrithiya Kalanidhi’ Award for the year 2017.