Current Affairs, News & Facts of 24 Jan 2015

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  • Jhumpa Lahiri wins the 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for her celebrated novel "The Lowland".  
    • The $50,000 prize - introduced in 2011 - is awarded annually to authors writing about South Asia in the discipline of culture, politics, history, or people.
    • Previous winners: Pakistani author HM Naqvi (for Homeboy), Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka (Chinaman), and Indian Jeet Thayil (Narcopolis) and Cyrus Mistry (Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer).
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  • India and US have signed a Joint Declaration of Intent for cooperation in the field of Information & Communications Technology and Electronics (ICTE). 
    • The 5-year agreement would help in strengthening industrial, technological, research & innovation and economic cooperation between India and US in the ICTE sector.
    • It would lead to US companies exploring opportunities for collaboration in India's ambitious Digital India programme, Electronics manufacturing and Human Resource Development, through cooperation among private and public entities in a focused manner under the umbrella of the ongoing India-US ICT Dialogue.
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  • Indian academician 'Saraswathi Menon', is one of the seven experts appointed by UN on advisory panel to review UN peace-building architecture.  
    • The 7-member panel will conduct a policy and institutional review to offer recommendations to the world body on the same.
    • The other 6 experts are: Anis Bajwa (Pakistan), Funmi Olonisakin (Nigeria), Sahel Sahara Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah (Mauritania), Charles Petrie­ (France), Gert Rosenthal (Guatemala) and Edith Grace Ssempala (Uganda).
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  • The Election Commission of India is celebrating 5th National Voters' Day ( NVD) across the country with 'Easy Registration, Easy Correction' as the theme. 
    • 25th January is the foundation day of the Commission and the observance promotes awareness among voters regarding effective participation in the electoral process.
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  • 9 crore LPG consumers - 60% of total 15 crore - joins the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme PAHAL
    • The Scheme aims to transfer the subsidy on LPG directly into the bank accounts of over 15 crore LPG consumers.
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  • Sunil Sood is set to be the 1st Indian CEO of telecom major 'Vodafone' for its India operation. 
    • He, currently the 'Chief Operating Officer', will replace incumbent CEO Martin Pieters on 1 April 2015.
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  • 10th India-Mongolia Joint Training Exercise kick off at Gwalior with counter insurgency and anti-terror operation as focus point.
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