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Concise Current Affairs Recap: 17 January 2016

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1-International sanctions against Iran lifted

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Image via Reuters

Iran reentered the global economy after international sanctions ended in exchange for the verified disabling of much of its nuclear infrastructure. The lift will provide Iran immediate access to more than $50 billion in long-frozen assets and freedom to sell its oil and purchase goods in the international marketplace.

2-Tsai Ing-wen elected Taiwan’s first female president

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Image via Getty Images

Ms Tsai Ing-wen, 59, has been elected as first female president of Taiwan. She belongs to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which wants its independence from China. However, China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province – which it has threatened to take back by force if necessary.

3- Japan plans to create an environmentally sustainable foundation for the international sporting event

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Image via theiowafarmerswife.com

The host of the 2020 Olympics, Japan plans to create an environmentally sustainable foundation for the international sporting event. It plans to crown the winners with recycled medals.

4-First flower grows in spaceFlower in space
NASA astronaut had shared an image of the first ever flower grown in space. The flower belongs to the zinnia plant. It will help astronauts to understand about plant growth in microgravity. This is the second plant grown aboard the International Space Station after the red romaine lettuce.

5-For the first time Haryana records over girls in sex ratio at birth

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Image via thehindu.com

For the first time in Haryana, the sex ratio at birth has crossed the 900 mark. The current sex ration of Haryana is 903 girls per 1,000 boys as per records for December 2015.

6-SpaceX to launch ocean satellite, will try to land in ocean

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image via spacex

A satellite named Jason-3 to study the world’s oceans in a changing climate will blast off atop a Falcon 9 rocket. It will try to land on a floating platform after launch.

7-Traditional buffalo fight banned in Assam by Supreme Court

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Image via ipsnews.net

Following the Gauhati High Court’s recent ban of the traditional Bulbul fights, the traditional buffalo fight held in Morigaon district was banned by the Supreme Court. Both the bird fight and the buffalo fight are conducted during Assam’s harvest festival Magh Bihu.

8-Delhi sets up State Human Rights CommissionHUman right
The Delhi government has set up its first State Human Rights Commission with Justice Uma Nath Singh as its chairperson.

9 Exemption in Income-tax for a period of three years for startups

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Image via truelancer.com

Under startup India initiative, a startup will be exempted from income-tax for a period of three years. Government is easing the policy to fuel the growth of startups. A startup will be able to set up by just filling up a short form through a mobile app and online portal that will be launched in April. Government will set up a fund with a total corpus of Rs 10,000 crore over a period of 4 years.

10-NASA has opened a Planetary Defense Office to protect earth from cosmic collisions

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Image via getty image

Hoping to avoid devastating strike in future by cosmic objects NASA has opened the Planetary Defense Coordination Office to study how to detect and stop big asteroids and meteors from hitting Earth. Recently a meteor flew into Earth’s atmosphere at around 41,600 miles per hour and exploded 14.5 miles above Chelyabink, Russia. The resulting blast was nevertheless about 30 times more powerful than the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.