The Daily Brief – 11th January 2018

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  • The 2018 Global Economics Prospect released by the World Bank has projected India’s growth rate to 7.3% in 2018 and 7.5 for the next two years i.e. 2019 and 2020. According to report, India, despite setbacks from demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST), is estimated to have grown at 6.7% in 2017.
  • The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has introduced two-tier security feature, that is, Virtual ID and Limited KYC to address privacy concerns. The Virtual ID will be random 16-digit number that can be generated from UIDA’s website and given for various purposes, wherever Aadhaar number is necessary to provide. It will only provide need-based or limited details of user to authorised agency that is providing particular service. It will evaluate Authentication User Agencies (AUAs) and split them into two categories: Global AUAs and Local AUAs. Global AUAs will have access to full demographic details of an individual along with the ability to store Aadhaar numbers within their system.
  • The Committee of Governors submitted its report ‘Rajyapal –Vikas Ke Rajdoot: Catalytic Role of Governors as Agents for Change in Society’ to President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Committee was constituted by President during 48th Conference of Governors in October 2017 to examine role of Governors in taking forward the developmental process.
  • The Union Cabinet has decided to fix three-year term of chairperson and the members of the board of the National Trust, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, In this regard, it has approved proposal to amend National Trust for Welfare of Person with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Act (NTA), 1999.
  • India has missed December 2017 deadline announced for elimination of Kala Azar (black fever) in 2017-18 Budget by the Union Government. Kala-azar or visceral leishmanias, also known as black fever and Dumdum fever is most severe form of leishmaniasis.
  • Mumbai’s Matunga station on Central Railway has entered the Limca Book of Records as first all-women station in India. The station has total staff of 41 women. The unique initiative to employ all woman staff was undertaken by CR General Manager DK Sharma.
  • On January 10, 2018, the Corps of Army Air Defence celebrated its 25th raising day. The Corps of Army Air Defence was first raised during British era in 1939 and it took active participation in the Second World War.
  • The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned Charlie-435, a state-of-the-art patrol vessel at Karaikal in the Union Territory of Puducherry.

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