1.PM Modi 3 Nation Visit- Modi Conferred 'Grand Collar of the State of Palestine'


Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred the 'Grand Collar of the State of Palestine' by President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas, recognising his key contribution to promote relations between India and Palestine.

President Abbas conferred the honour after the conclusion of the bilateral meeting between the two leaders. Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to make an official visit to Palestine.

Palestine Capital- East Jerusalem, Currency- Israeli new shekel (one of its 3).

'Grand Collar of the State of Palestine' has in the past been awarded to King Salman of Saudi Arabia, King Hamad of Bahrain, and President Xi Jinping of China.


2.NITI Aayog Releases Nation-Wide Healthy State Report

NITI Aayog has released the ‘Healthy States, Progressive India Report’.

Kerala, Punjab and Tamil Nadu have ranked top among the larger states in terms of overall performance. The report was released by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.

Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh are at the top in the terms of annual incremental performance. States and Union territories have been ranked in three categories namely larger states, smaller states and Union territories.

Among smaller states, Mizoram ranked first followed by Manipur and Goa in terms of annual incremental performance. Among Union territories, Lakshadweep showed best, overall performance as well as highest annual incremental performance.

The National Institution for Transforming India, also called NITI Aayog, was formed via a resolution of the Union Cabinet on January 1, 2015.

Dr Rajiv Kumar is the present Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog.


3.NPCI Appoints Biswamohan Mahapatra as Non-Executive Chairman


National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) appointed Biswamohan Mahapatra as non-executive chairman for two years with immediate effect. He succeeds B Sambamurthy who was the interim chairman.

NPCI is an umbrella organisation for retail payment systems in India.

NPCI's Registered Office is in Mumbai.

NPCI had recently appointed Dilip Asbe as its Managing Director and CEO.


4.Noted Litterateur Chandrasekhar Rath Passes Away


Eminent litterateur Chandrasekhar Rath passed away at the age of 89. He died of old age ailments. He was recently nominated for Padma Shri by the Union government this year for his contribution towards Odia literature.

His three novels, Yantrarudha (The Instrumented) 1967, Asurya Upanivesh (The Sunless Colony) 1974 and Nav Jatak (Regenesis) 1981, have given him a special place in Odia literature. He has also received literary awards like Sahitya Akademi Award and Sarala Award.



1.Winter Olympic Games Starts in Pyeongchang, South Korea


The 23rd Olympic Winter Games officially kicked off with a colourful ceremony at Pyeongchang in South Korea.

Ninety-two countries are participating in the event. There will be 102 medals up for grabs in Pyeongchang, covering seven sports and 15 disciplines. The ceremony was directed by Song Seung-whan, a South Korean actor.

South Korea President- Moon Jae-in, Capital- Seoul.