The Daily Brief – 30th January 2018

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  • As per a World Steel Association (WSA) report, India has overtaken US to become the world’s third largest steel producer in 2017. India’s crude steel production has grown by 6.2% to 101.4 million tonnes (MT) in 2017 compared to 95.5 MT in the previous year.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind has called for simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and state assemblies arguing that frequent elections impede speed of development as officials have to assist in conducting polls.
  • 238th anniversary of India’s first newspaper the Hicky’s Bengal Gazette was celebrated on the 29th of January. 29 January is also celebrated Hicky’s Day to pay tributes to the fighter-journalist James Augustus Hicky who is considered as founder of journalism in India. Hicky’s Bengal Gazette (Original Calcutta General Advertiser) was an English language weekly newspaper published in Kolkata (then Calcutta), the then capital of British India.
  • Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) project was launched by the Himachal Pradesh government to promote organic farming. The project aims to increase agriculture produce and the income of farmers by the year 2022.

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