29 January 2018 Current Affairs

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Sauli Niinisto re-elected President of Finland

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto was re-elected to the position following a landslide election victory over his closest challenger Pekka Haavisto. With all ballots counted, Niinisto had 62.7 percent of the vote, while his leading rival, Pekka Haavisto of the Greens, had 12.4 percent. Niinisto, 69 is a former finance minister and parliament speaker. He has been a highly popular president since he took office in 2012.

VINBAX: Indian, Vietnam hold first military exercise in Jabalpur

The India-Vietnam Bilateral Army Exercise (VINBAX-2018) was conducted at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. It is the first military exercise between the two countries. The six day-long military exercise (from January 29 to February 3, 2018) was conducted as part of joint training undertaken with friendly foreign countries by Indian Army.

India cheapest country to live in after South Africa: Survey

According to a survey by GoBankingRates ranked nations, India is ranked second only to South Africa as the cheapest country to live or retire. These rankings are based four key affordability metrics: Local purchasing power index, rent index, Groceries index, and Consumer price index.

Pakistan became world number 1 T20I side

Pakistan became the top-ranked T20I side in international cricket after beating New Zealand in the third and final T20I to claim the three-match series 2-1. This was Pakistan’s sixth T20I series win on the trot. Notably, New Zealand had whitewashed Pakistan in the five-match ODI series before the T20I series.

Grammy Awards 2018- Complete List of Winners

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards, honoring the best achievements from October 2016 to September 2017 were held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the USA. James Corden was the host of the ceremony for the second year in a row. It was Bruno Mars’ night at the Grammy Awards held in New York, with the three biggest wins – Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year for 24K Magic and Song Of The Year for ‘That’s What I Like’.
Here’s the list of winners of the 60th Grammy Awards.
Album of the Year: Bruno Mars
Song of the Year: Bruno Mars’, That’s What I Like
Record of the Year: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran, Shape of You
Best Pop Vocal Album: Ed Sheeran, Divide
Best Dance Recording: LCD Soundsystem, Tonite
Best Music Film: The Defiant Ones
Best Children’s Album: Feel What U Feel, Lisa Loeb
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: La La Land
Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost

Parliamentary Group to confer Outstanding Parliamentarian Awards to five MPs

The Parliamentary Group has decided to confer Outstanding Parliamentarian Awards to five Members of Parliament. They are
Dr Najma Heptulla: She is former Rajya Sabha MP and was selected for this award for the year 2013.
Hukumdev Narayan Yadav: He is Lok Sabha MP and was selected for this award for the year for 2014.
Ghulam Nabi Azad: He is Rajya Sabha and was selected for this award for the year for 2015.
Dinesh Trivedi: He is Lok Sabha MP and was selected for 2016.
Bhartruhari Mahatab: He is Lok Sabha MP and was selected for 2017.

CM Naveen releases book on Biju Patnaik

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik released a book on his father – The Tall Man Biju Patnaik – written by Sundar Ganesan, who said his material on Biju Patnaik “was found scattered all over the world in countries like Indonesia, France, Germany, USA, Russia, Singapore, and other places”.

Founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad passes away

Ingvar Kamprad, the Founder of Swedish furniture giant Ikea, died at the age of 91 at his home. Kamprad was the world’s eighth-richest person with a net worth of $58.7 billion. He had founded Ikea at the age of 17, building it into the world’s largest furniture retailer.

Federer wins Men’s Singles title in Australian Open 2018

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer (World No. 2) has retained his Men’s Singles title by winning 2018 Australian Open. In the summit clash played at Melbourne, he defeated Croatia’s Marin Cilic (World no. 6) in five sets 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. It was Federer’s sixth Australian Open Crown (earlier won in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2017) and overall 20th Grand Slam singles titles. With this, he joins elite group of Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf who have won 20 or more Grand Slam singles titles.


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