Current Affairs of 27 January


Vande Bharat Express
Vande Bharat Express
Vande Bharat Express - Acknowledging its made-in-India status, the Indian Railways has named the indigenously manufactured Train 18 as Vande Bharat Express. The train is set to run between Delhi and Varanasi at a maximum speed of 160kmph. The 16-coach train, built in 18 months at a cost of Rs 97 crore by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, is regarded as a successor to the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express. It’s also the first locomotive-less train in the country.

Shutdown Ended in USA
Shutdown Ended in USA
Shutdown Ended in USA - Submitting to mounting pressure, U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a Bill to reopen the government for three weeks, backing down from his demand that Congress give him money for his border wall before federal agencies go back to work. The deal he reached with congressional leaders contains no new money for the wall but ends the longest shutdown in U.S. history. Mr. Trump’s retreat came on the 35th day of the partial shutdown.

Nicolas Maduro
Nicolas Maduro 
Nicolas Maduro - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rejected an international ultimatum to call elections within eight days and said Opposition leader Juan Guaido had violated the Constitution by declaring himself the interim leader. Israel joined a growing list of countries led by the United States that back Mr. Guaido’s claim to the presidency on the basis that Mr. Maduro’s second-term election victory was fraudulent.

PSU Banks Authorised To Issue Lookout Circulars
PSU Banks Authorised To Issue Lookout Circulars
PSU Banks Authorised To Issue Lookout Circulars - In a bid to prevent big economic offenders like Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi from fleeing the country, the government has empowered PSU banks to request lookout circulars (LOCs) against wilful defaulters and fraudsters. The Home Ministry has also authorised the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), a statutory corporate fraud investigation agency, to request LOCs if it feels the suspect may escape from India.

AIIMS At Madurai
AIIMS At Madurai
AIIMS At Madurai - Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Thoppur near Madurai at a cost of Rs 1,264 crore, the first such facility in Tamil Nadu. The Madurai AIIMS was given union cabinet approval in December, 2018.

Special Guest at Republic Day in Mumbai
Special Guest at Republic Day in Mumbai
Special Guest at Republic Day in Mumbai - In an unprecedented gesture, India accorded the status of “special guests” to Mauritius Prime Minister P.K. Jugnauth and his wife, Kobita, at the Republic Day celebrations in Mumbai. The couple witnessed the unfurling of the national flag by Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao. Usually India hosted a foreign head of state or government or royalty as chief guest at the Republic Day function in New Delhi.

Pakistan Received Assistance From Gulf Nation
Pakistan Received Assistance From Gulf Nation
Pakistan Received Assistance From Gulf Nation - Cash-strapped Pakistan has received USD 1 billion each from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as part of the bailout package by the two Gulf nations to help shore up Islamabad’s dwindling foreign currency reserves. The assistance was the first part of the USD 3 billion assistance announced by the Gulf nation. 

Gita Mehta
Gita Mehta
Gita Mehta - New York-based author and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s sister Gita Mehta declined to accept the Padmi Shri, stating that it could be “misconstrued” in the year of Lok Sabha polls. On 25 January, the Centre had announced Padma Shri for Mehta for distinguished contribution to literature and education.

Eco Smart Stations
Eco Smart Stations
Eco Smart Stations - National Green Tribunal has directed the Railways to identify and develop at least 36 stations as "eco-smart stations" within two weeks. ‘Polluter Pays' principle may be invoked by regulatory authorities, including the Railways, for compliance of Solid Waste and Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016.

Sur Jahan Music Festival
Sur Jahan Music Festival
Sur Jahan Music Festival - The three-day music festival Sur Jahan, previously known as Sufi Sutra, will be held in Goa from February 6 to 8. Based on the theme “Music for all, music for peace”, the festival is likely to draw musical talents from around the world and India.

Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal 
Saina Nehwal - Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal won her first Indonesia Masters title after three-time world champion Carolina Marin limped out of the final due to a leg injury. The Spaniard was leading 10-4 in the first game at Jakarta today when she developed an injury in the knee.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic - Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal to win his 7th Australian Open Men's Singles title at Melbourne. The resurgent world No.1 outplayed the second-ranked Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in a largely one-sided match. Earlier, In Women's Singles, Japan's Naomi Osaka clinched her maiden Australian Open Grand Slam Singles title in Melbourne. Osaka defeated Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic.