The Daily Brief – 12th January 2018


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  • Smart Freight Operation Optimisation & Real Time Information (SFOORTI) application has been launched by the Union Ministry of Railways to help plan traffic flows and optimize freight operations. The app will help Freight Managers to monitor and manage freight business using Geographic Information System (GIS) views and dashboard.
  • China has announced to provide financial support to construct counter-terrorism base in Badakshan province of northern Afghanistan that would prevent cross-border infiltration of the Chinese Uyghur militants. 
  • Senior advocate Indu Malhotra’s name has been recommended unanimously as a judge of the Supreme Court by the collegium led by Chief Justice of India (CI) Dipak Misra. If appointed, she will be the first woman judge to be directly appointed from the bar.
  • Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd is planning to create its own cyptocurrency, JioCoin. The Jiocoin project is being led by Mukesh Ambani’s elder son Akash Ambani. Reliance Jio is planning to build a 50-member team of young professionals to work on blockchain technology, which can also be used for multiple applications and develop various blockchain products.
  • The 22nd National Youth Festival (NYF) was held in New Delhi occasion of birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the youth icon of India. It was organised by Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports in collaboration with Uttar Pradesh Government at Gautam Buddha University Greater Noida.
  • The 4th International Dharma-Dhamma Conference on “State and Social Order in Dharma-Dhamma Traditions” was held at Rajgir in Nalanda district, Bihar. The event was organised as part of commemorative events to celebrate Silver Jubilee (25) year of ASEAN-India Dialogue Partnership. (ASEAN: Association of Southeast Asian Nations).
  • The National Youth Day is observed every year on 12 January to mark the birth anniversary of social reformer, philosopher, thinker and youth icon of India Swami Vivekananda. This year it is 155th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

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