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Concise Current Affairs Recap: 22 January 2016

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1-HIV infections in Russia have reached one million markHIV AIDS

HIV infections in Russia have reached record levels, with the number of people registered as HIV-positive passing the one million mark. Currently HIV is mainly restricted to one subgroup of the population, but officials fear that HIV rates will soon reach a level that it will quickly spread through the rest of the population.

2-Punjab to launch online Punjabi language courses

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Image via punjabkesari.in

Punjab’s Education Minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema has said that the state government is planning to initiate the teaching of the Punjabi language online. The move is aimed at boosting the popularity of the language globally.

3-China to allocate $4.6 bln to shut 4,300 coal mines

Image via theepochtimes.com
Image via theepochtimes.com

China will allocate 30 billion yuan ($4.56 billion) in funds over the next three years to support the closure of small and inefficient coal mines and redeploy around 1 million workers. The Chinese government is determined to reduce the share of coal in its overall energy mix as part of efforts to cut smog and greenhouse gas emissions.

4-Nai Manzil Scheme launched in Jammu and Kashmir

Image via thehindu.com
Image via thehindu.com

The Nai Manzil scheme has launched for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir. The scheme was launched for girls in Srinagar in three institutions- Skill Development Centre, University of Kashmir and two Madarsas. Under the scheme, girls from minority communities will be imparted three month skill development training in seven identified sectors relevant to the region.

5-TRAI issues draft norms for min 512kbps internetTRAI

TRAI has issued draft guidelines for broadband service providers to ensure that they are providing a minimum download speed of 512 kbps to both fixed line and mobile customers. It has also set guidelines to service providers that they should provide alert to the subscriber when the data usage reaches 80% of the data usage limit.

6-Facebook’s Free Basics now open to everybody

image via hindustantimes.com
image via hindustantimes.com

Facebook’s free Basics is now reportedly open to everybody, and not just Reliance users. However, non-Reliance users will incur mobile data charges for accessing websites under Free Basics.

7-France to keep state of emergency until ISIS defeated

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Image via dw.com

Prime Minister of France Manuel Valls has said that France will seek to keep its state of emergency until a total and global war against  ISIS is over. Measures were introduced after the attacks of Paris are led is on 13 November and then extended for three months. This measure gives police more power to conduct raids and impose house arrest.

8-Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan Palace named the world’s best hotel of 2016

image via tourmyindia.com
image via tourmyindia.com

Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan has won the award of the world’s best hotel at the Travellers’ Choice award organised by TripAdvisor. The winners of Travellers’ Choice Award were determined on the basis of the reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide.

9- Roger Federer first man to win 300 Grand Slam matchesRoger Federer

Swiss Roger Federer has became the first male tennis player to win 300 Grand Slam matches. The only other tennis player to have won 300 Grand Slam matches is Martina Navratilova, with 306 total wins.

10-India is the world’s 22nd best country to live inWorld Economic Forum

India has ranked 22nd on an inaugural list of the World’s best countries, released at the World Economic Forum, whereas, Germany topped the list. The results were decided by keeping in mind these criteria- sustainability, adventure, cultural influence, entrepreneurship, heritage, movers, open for business, power, quality of life and economic influence.