1. Cognizant acquires KBACE Technologies
i. United States (US) based software services exporter Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) has acquired cloud-based computing firm KBACE Technologies.
ii. This acquisition will help Cognizant to strength and expands its digital capabilities from its critical business applications to cloud-based IT infrastructures.
iii. The terms and amount of the acquisition deal were not disclosed by the company. This acquisition was part of Cognizant’s strategy to diversify businesses into newer geographies.
iv. As part of the acquisition, KBACE Technologies’ 400 consultants and implementation experts will become part of Cognizant.
2. 150th birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai
i. 150th birth anniversary of great freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai, also known as Punjab Kesri is being celebrated 28th January 2016.
ii. To celebrate this occasion a state level function has been organised in Punjab and special event will be held at village Dhudi Ke, the birth place of Lala Lajpat Rai in Moga district. State government also has organised various seminars and symposia at many places in Punjab to remember Lala Lajpat Rai.
3. India overtakes Thailand as World’s largest Rice exporter
i. India has overtaken Thailand as the world’s largest rice exporter in the year 2015 by shipping (exporting) 10.23 million tonnes of rice. It was announced by the Bangkok based Thai Rice Exporters Association Chairman Charoen Laodhammatas.
4. India and Armenia sign Protocol amending the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention
i. India and Armenia has signed a Protocol to amend the existing Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC) to curb instances of tax evasion.
ii. The Protocol amends the Article on Exchange of Information for tax in the bilateral DTAC signed between India and Armenia and has been in existence since September 2004.
iii. It has been amended to bring it in line with the updated provisions in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Model.
5. CERT-In inks cyber security agreements with 3 nations
i. Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has signed cybersecurity agreement with its counterparts in Malaysia, Singapore and Japan.
ii. In this regard, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has apprised the Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) signed between CERT-In and 3 nations.
6. Former India basketball captain Ranbir Chopra died
i. The captain of the champion Indian basketball team in the first Asian Games in 1951, Ranbir Chopra, died in Kapurthala, Punjab. He was 86.
ii. Chopra had been part of the Punjab team that won the national title in 1951 in Ludhiana. He was also the coach of the Indian team that toured Pakistan in 1962.
iii. Chopra later became a sports administrator. From 1958 to 1963, he served as the secretary general of the Punjab Basketball Association. During this period, the sport saw massive progress in the state and Punjab produced many international players such as Narinder Singh, Om Prakash, Dharam Paul, Rameshwar Lal and Arjuna award winners Sarabjit Singh and Gurdial Singh.
7. Australian batsman David Warner won Allan Border Medal 2016
i. Australian batsman David Warner defeated captain Steve Smith for the prestigious Allan Border Medal for 2016.
ii. Warner polled 240 votes from players, umpires and media representatives to beat 2015 winner and skipper Steve Smith on 219. Pace bowler Mitchell Starc was third on 183 votes.
iii. Warner also won the Test Player of the Year Award with 30 votes ahead of Smith on 24.
8. Pakistan Cricketer Imran Farhat retired from International Cricket
i. Pakistan Opener Imran Farhat retired from international cricket. He made the announcement after getting No-Objection Certificate from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
ii. With this, he would be eligible to play a T20 tournament for retired cricketers called Masters Champions League (MCL).
iii. It is the PCB’s policy that players who sign for the MCL have to completely retire from International Cricket. However, they can play the domestic cricket.
9. Indian activist Henri Tiphagne selected for Amnesty International Human Rights Award 2016
i. Indian lawyer and human rights defender Henri Tiphagne was selected for the 8th Human Rights Award by Amnesty International Germany.
ii. The award is a recognition of Tiphagne’s exceptional commitment to human rights. He will be conferred with the award at an official ceremony on 25 April 2016 at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin, Germany.
10 . Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham retired from diving
i. Matthew Mitcham, the Australian Olympic diving gold medalist, announced his retirement from the sport on 28 January 2016.
ii. Mitcham won the 10m platform at the 2008 Beijing Games, and also claimed gold in the 10m synchro platform at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
iii. His final dive at the Beijing Games remains the highest individual score in Olympic diving history. In the competition judges gave him perfect 10 in four out of seven 10m platform.
iv. He became the first Australian male to win Olympic gold in diving since Dick Eve at the 1924 Summer Olympics.
v. The 27-year-old Mitcham who was aiming to compete at Rio Olympics 2016 said that now he intends to focus on his media and entertainment career.
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