Current Affairs 19th January 2017

Current Affairs 19th January 2017 - Important Points

  • Which country ranked 78th in Global Passport Index – India
  • Which actor won People’s Choice Awards for Favourite Dramatic TV Actress – Priyanka Chopra
  • Name the professor who did pioneering work on black holes, passed away recently – Professor CV Vishveshwara
  • Listing of five general insurance PSUs at the stock exchanges approved by - CCEA 

Current Affairs 19th January 2017 - Details

Which country ranked 78th in Global Passport Index – India

Among Important National Current Affairs, in the third week of January 2017 the Indian passport was ranked 78th in a global ranking of the world’s most powerful passports. 

However, the visa-free score of India if 46.

Here, the list was topped by the country Germany with a visa-free score of 157, whereas Singapore overtook South korea and became the highest ranked Asian passport with a visa-free score of 156.

Please Note: Countries like Pakistan and China ranked 94 and 66 in the list respectively and the least powerful passport in the ranking was Afghanistan with a visa-free score of only 23.

Which actor won People’s Choice Awards for Favourite Dramatic TV Actress – Priyanka Chopra

Among Important Entertainment Current Affairs, on 18th  January 2017 bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra won the Favourite Dramatic TV Actress at the 43rd People’s Choice Award. 

Here she won the honour for her fantastic role in the American drama TV series ‘Quantico’.

However, this is the second People’s Choice Award for Priyanka Chopra. She had also won her first award in the year 2016 in the ‘Favourite Actress in a New TV series’ category for her role in Quantico.

Name the professor who did pioneering work on black holes, passed away recently – Professor CV Vishveshwara

Among Important National Current Affairs, on 16th January 2017 Professor CV Vishveshwara, who did pioneering work on black holes, passed away at the age of 77, in Bengaluru. 

Very few people knew that Professor CV Vishveshwara was populary known as Vishu. He was celebrated as the ‘Black Hole Man of India’.

Listing of five general insurance PSUs at the stock exchanges approved by - CCEA 

Among Important National Current Affairs, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its ‘in principle’ approval for listing the five Public Sector General Insurance Companies (2016-17) owned General Insurance Companies in the stock exchanges. 

However, they are New India Assurance Company Ltd, United India Insurance Company Ltd, Oriental Insurance Company Ltd, National Insurance Company Ltd and General Insurance Corporation of India. 

Here, the shareholding of these PSGICs will be divested from 100% to 75% in one or more tranches over a period of time as per Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) rules and regulations.

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