The Daily Brief- 3rd January 2018

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  • Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Netherlands formally joined as non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. The six countries who left the UN Security Council recently are Egypt, Italy, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay.
  • The unusual and very efficient whistle language commonly called “bird language”used as a means of communication by villagers in remote northern Turkey entered the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
  • Pakistan has allowed Chinese currency Yuan for exports and financing transactions.

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  • The Central government released the features of the ‘Electoral Bonds’ scheme, which seeks to ensure the flow of clean money to political parties, without revealing the donors’ names. As per Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the electoral bonds will be a bearer instrument like a Promissory Note and an interest-free banking instrument. A citizen or a body incorporated in India will be eligible to purchase the bond from State Bank of India, in multiples of Rs1,000, Rs10,000, Rs1 lakh, Rs10 lakh, and Rs1 crore.
  • The Cabinet has approved the signing and implementation of the MoU between Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and ‘Transport for London’ to improve public transport in the country.
  • State-owned gas utility Gas Authority of India Limited has commissioned India’s second-largest rooftop solar power plant in Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Karnataka government announced that ‘Karnataka International Travel Expo’ (KITE)will be held from February 28, billing it as the “largest” B2B travel event in the country.
  • As per the HSBC report,India’s growth rate is expected to accelerate at around 6.5 percent in 2017-18 and is likely to improve further to 6 percent by 2019-20.
  • The 171st Araadhanai Music Festival of one of the Trinities of Carnatic music Saint Thyagaraja begins in Thiruvaiyaru, Tamil Nadu. The festival was inaugurated by Governor Banwarilal Purohit.

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