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Important Current Affairs From 1st January to 5th January 2019

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1st January 2019

National

PM Modi Inaugurates International Rice Research Centre in Varanasi
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the International Rice Research Institute’s South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) campus in Varanasi. The centre will serve as a hub for rice research and training in South Asia.
  • PM Modi dedicated the institute to the country. He added that the institute will help farmers of the region to develop varieties of paddy which grow in minimum water and have low sugar content and high nutritional value.
  • India’s association with the IRRI dates back to the 1960s. PM Modi was the first Indian prime minister to visit IRRI headquarters in Manila, the Philippines in November 2017.
Madhya Pradesh government to create an Adhyatmik Vibhag(spiritual department)
  • The Congress-led Madhya Pradesh Government said that it is going to create an Adhyatmik Vibhag (spiritual department) by merging several existing departments.
  • The Congress had promised to form such a department before the last month’s Assembly elections. The ‘Anand Vibhag’ (Department of Happiness) set up by the previous BJP government, a first in the country would be incorporated into the new department.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launches 100 Ujjwala Sanitary Napkin units in Odisha
  • Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched the Ujjwala Sanitary Napkin initiative in Bhubaneswar, which will expand women’s access to hygiene products and provide them with employment opportunities in every district of the state.
  • The Central scheme will be a counter to the Odisha government’s Khushi scheme, in which sanitary napkins are provided free of cost to female students of government and government-aided schools in the state.
  • In the first phase of the Ujjwala Sanitary Napkin initiative, around 100 local manufacturing units will be set up by oil marketing companies at Common Service Centres (CSCs) across 93 blocks in all 30 districts of Odisha. CSCs are facilities set up to deliver the Central government’s e-services in rural and remote locations.

International

PM Sheikh Hasina wins a landslide in a disputed vote
  • Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured a fourth term with a landslide victory in polls the opposition slammed as “farcical” over claims of vote-rigging, and clashes between rival supporters that killed at least 17 people.
  • Hasina’s ruling Awami League party and its allies won 288 seats in the 300-seat parliament, with the main opposition securing only six seats, Election Commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said. Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League has run Bangladesh since 2009. Bangladesh’s parliament has 350 seats in total, 50 of which are reserved for women and allotted proportionally to the overall vote.

Contemporary Economic Development

Allahabad Bank, SBI Life join hand for bancassurance partnership
  • State-owned Allahabad Bank has tied up with SBI Life Insurance to sell the policies of the insurer from over 3,200 branches.
  • Allahabad Bank and SBI Life Insurance came together and signed a bancassurance pact, to offer a holistic financial planning solution to consumers, SBI Life said in a release. The agreement was signed in the presence of Allahabad Bank Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mallikarjuna Rao and SBI Life MD & CEO Sanjeev Nautiyal.
Settled GST, credit flows among 7 reforms to aid India to grow 7.5% in 2019: 
  • A settled goods and services tax (GST), improving credit availability and capacity expansion from increasing investment in infrastructure are among seven key drivers that will help Indian economy grow 7.5% next year, said the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
  • In its ‘Growth Outlook for 2019’, CII said that amid growing global vulnerabilities of trade wars and US monetary tightening, India shines as the fastest growing major economy with the robust gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018 that is expected to continue to expand in 2019.

Science & Technology

Three Indian-origin women scientists awarded by the Australian government
  • Three Indian-origin women scientists made it in the list of 60 Superstars of STEM list announced recently by the Australian government. These bright minds  — Onisha Patel, Devika Kamath and Asha Rao — are born and brought up in India and have done pathbreaking work in the field of science. All three moved to Australia to pursue higher studies and wish to change the situation for younger girls back home.
  • The women scientists work is not reported much by the media as well. The Department of Science and Technology, Australia aims to change this scenario by making deserving female scientists get proper visibility so that they can be a role model for girls who wish to take up STEM.”

Sports

Bangladesh ODI captain Mortaza wins an election becomes 1st active cricketer to become an MP
  • In India, many ex-cricketers have fought elections but in Bangladesh, the current ODI cricket team captain to has participated in the ongoing elections. Bangladesh ODI Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has contested from Narail 2 constituency on an Awami League ticket.
  • As per the latest information, Mashrafe has, in fact, won the seat and that too by a huge margin. He got 274,418 votes as against his nearest opponent who received just 8,006 votes.
  • With this, he became the first active cricketer to become a Member of Parliament and the second national cricket team captain, after Naimur Rahman Durjoy, to enter the Parliament.
Smriti Mandhana wins ICC ‘Women’s Cricketer’ and ‘ODI Player of the year’ awards
  • India’s stylish left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana has won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year and also been named as the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year, the International Cricket Council announced.
  • The 22-year-old, who has also been named in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year and the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year, scored 669 runs at an average of 66.90 in 12 ODIs and 622 runs at a strike-rate of 130.67 in 25 T20Is during the voting period, which ran from 1 January to 31 December 2018.
The third edition of women’s national boxing championships begins
  • Country’s top boxers will be vying for top honours when the third edition of women’s national boxing championships begins at the JSW Sports-owned Inspire Institute of Sport.
  • The Inspire Institute of Sport, which will be hosting the women’s national championship is heralded for its multispecialty facilities and is India’s first privately-funded High-Performance Olympic Training Centre. The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) had hosted a pre-Asian Games conditioning camp for its elite men and women’s teams before the Asian Games and this will be the first time a national event of this magnitude will be held at this facility.
Rishabh Pant first Indian wicket-keeper to claim 20 catches in Test series
  • Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant became the country’s first keeper to complete twenty catches in a Test series, during the final day of the ‘Boxing Day Test’.
  • Pant surpassed former cricketers Naren Tamhane and Syed Kirmani who had recorded nineteen dismissals in 1954-55 and 1979-80 respectively. Both the players had recorded the tally during cricketing series conducted against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami break a 34-year-old record
  • It has been a good year for the Indian fast bowlers and the trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma etched their name in the history books when they broke a 34-year-old record during Day 4 of the third Test match between India and Australia in Melbourne.
  • The trio of Bumrah, Shami and Ishant has picked up 131 wickets between themselves in 2018 and as a result, they broke the 34-year-old record which was previously held by the legendary West Indies trio of Joel Garner, Michael Holding and Malcolm Marshall.
  • The Windies greats had taken 130 wickets in 1984. They are followed by the South African pace trio of Morne Morkel, Makhaya Ntini and Dale Steyn who managed to take 123 wickets in 2008.

Miscellaneous

PM Modi renames Ross, Neil & Havelock Islands in Andaman and Nicobar
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the renaming of three islands of Andaman and Nicobar on the occasion of 75th anniversary of Tricolour hoisting by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Port Blair. Mr Modi was addressing a public function at the historic Netaji Stadium in Port Blair this evening.
  • The Prime Minister said, the Ross Island has been renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island would now be known as Shaheed Dweep and the Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep.
  • Mr Modi also released a commemorative stamp, its first-day cover and a 75 rupees coin on this special day. He also announced setting up of a deemed university after Netaji Bose.
CM Ashok Gehlot approves amendments in Rajasthan Judicial Service Rules, 2010
  • Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has approved the proposal for amendments made in Rules-12 and Rule-17 of the Rajasthan Judicial Service Rules, 2010. The decision was taken in the State Cabinet’s meeting held under the chairmanship of Gehlot. According to the existing provisions for state services, one can now have access to the benefit of age exemption in the Rajasthan judicial services with amendments made in the existing rules,
  • As per the Rajasthan Judicial Service (Amendment) Rule 2018, the minimum age limit for general category in Rajasthan judicial service has been reduced from 23 to 21 years and maximum age limit is increased from 35 to 40 years.
UP university to set up first goat fertility lab in the state
  • Aiming to supplement farmers income in Uttar Pradesh, the Deen Dayal Veterinary University proposes to set up the first goat fertility lab in the state under a novel project funded by the central government, its vice-chancellor K M L Pathak said.
  • The Union government, under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna, has transferred Rs 22 crore to the university through the state Government for establishing UP’s first goat fertility lab and allied system.

2nd January 2019

National:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate 106th Indian Science Congress (ISC)-2019 on 3rd January in Jalandhar, Punjab
  • World’s largest science meets ‘Indian Science Congress (ISC)-2019’is going to be held from 3rd to 7th January 2019, in Jalandhar, Punjab. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 106th edition of ISC-2019, based on the theme ‘Future India: Science and Technology’ on 3rd January.
Justice T B N Radhakrishnan was sworn in as Chief Justice of Telangana HC
  • The Telangana High Court has come into being with justices taking an oath.
  • Justice T B N Radhakrishnan was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court.
  • Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan administered an oath of office to him.
  • Later, Justice Radhakrishnan administered the oath of office to 12 justices of Telangana High Court on the premises of the High Court.
Credit flow to agriculture increased by 57 per cent:
  • Agricultural credit flow has increased by 57 per cent to Rs 11 lakh crore in the last 4 years.
  • Interest subsidy has also been increased by one and a half times to 15 thousand crore rupees.
Sudhir Bhargava was sworn in as Chief Information Commissioner
  • Sudhir Bhargava was sworn in as Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Mr Bhargava at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • Four Information Commissioners namely Shri Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, Smt. Vanaja N Sarna, Shri Neeraj Kumar Gupta and Shri Suresh Chandra were administered the oath of office of the Information Commissioner, Central Information Commission(CIC) by the Chief Information Commissioner, Shri Sudhir Bhargava.

International:

Bangladesh’s newly-elected lawmakers to take oath on Jan 3
  • The ruling Awami League leaders said a new government could be formed on 10th of this month.
  • The day is celebrated as Bangladesh founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s homecoming day.
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League and its allies won the general elections, bagging 288 of the total 299 seats which went to the polls.
Qatar will cease to be a member of OPEC
  • Qatar will cease to be a member of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
  • The decision came amid the ongoing diplomatic and economic blockade imposed on the country by its Persian Gulf neighbours and several Arab states.
US, Israel quit UNESCO citing bias
  • The United States and Israel officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the close of 2018.
  • The countries had announced their decisions in 2017 of withdrawing from the agency, accusing it of bias against Israel.
  • America has demanded fundamental reform in UNESCO, which was co-founded by it after World War II to foster peace.

Business & Economy:

RBI offers relief to MSMEs; allows restructuring of debt up to Rs 25 crore
  • Reserve Bank has allowed a one-time restructuring of existing debt of up to 25 crore rupees for the companies which have defaulted on payment but the loans given to them have continued to be classified as standard assets.
  • The decision will help the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which are facing a cash crunch in the wake of demonetisation and GST implementation.
Govt infuses nearly Rs 11,000 cr capital in public sector banks
  • The government has infused 10,882 crore rupees in four public sector banks, including UCO Bank and Syndicate Bank.
  • It is part of 28,615 crore rupees capital infusion to be done in seven public sector lenders.
  • UCO Bank has received 3,074 crore rupees in the equity by way of preferential allotment. Besides, Bank of Maharashtra got 4,498 crore rupees, Syndicate Bank 1,632 crore and the Central Bank of India 1,678 crore.

Science & Technology:

ISRO launches Samwad with Students on New Year Day
  • As part of the enhanced outreach programme of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a new platform named “Samwad with Students” (SwS) was launched in Bengaluru.
  • Through the SwS initiative, ISRO aims to constantly engage youngsters across India to capture their scientific temperament.
  • The new conversation mission will inspire students cutting across schools and colleges.
  • The first SwS event saw 40 wards and 10 teachers from select schools interact with ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan at the Anthariksh Bhavan.

Sports:

ICC announces women’s ODI and T20I teams of the year
  • International Cricket Council, ICC, announced women’s ODI and T20I teams of the year 2018.
  • New Zealand’s Suzie Bates was named as captain of the 50-over side and Harmanpreet Kaur of India appointed captain of the T20 team.
  • Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Yadav are the two Indians who feature in both the ODI and T20I squads.
  • Harmanpreet Kaur has been rewarded for spearheading Indian team to the semi-final of the ICC Women’s World T20 in the Caribbean.

Miscellaneous:

Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan passes away in Canada
  • Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan passed away in Canada.
DRDO day
  • On 1st January the DRDO was established in 1958 with just 10 laboratories to enhance the research work in the defence sector.

3rd January 2019

National:

Justice AK Sikri nominated as Executive Chairman of NALSA
  • Justice AK Sikri was nominated as the Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).
  • President Ram Nath Kovind nominated Justice Sikri as Executive Chairman of NALSA with effect from December 31, 2018.
  • The post got vacant after the retirement of Justice Madan B Lokur.
West Bengal government announces two initiatives for farmers
  • The West Bengal government announced two welfare initiatives for farmers.
  • Both initiatives, which are part of the ‘Krishi Krishak Bondhu’ scheme, will come into effect from New Year’s Day.
  • The first of the two initiatives will provide Rs 2 lakh to the family of a deceased farmer.
  • Under the second initiative, farmers would get Rs 2,500 twice a year for growing a single crop on one acre of land.
Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair declared as an authorized Immigration Check post
  • Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair has been declared as an authorized Immigration Check post for entry into/exit from India with valid travel documents for all classes of passengers.
  • This decision of the Union Government will open up the Port Blair Airport for direct international flight and immigration facilities.
  • For this purpose, the Superintendent of Police (CID), Andaman and Nicobar Police has been appointed as the ‘Civil Authority’ for the purpose of the immigration check post.
Train 18 to be launched between New Delhi-Varanasi
  • India’s fastest Train 18 will soon start its services between Delhi and Varanasi.
  • The train which will run at a speed of 160 kilometres per hour will reduce the journey time between the two cities from the present 11 hours and 30 minutes to 8 hours.
Cabinet clears setting up of the committee to implement Clause 6 of Assam Accord
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of a high-level committee for implementation of clause 6 of the Assam Accord and measures envisaged in the Memorandum of Settlement, 2003 and other issues related to Bodo community.
  • It also announced the establishment of a Bodo museum and modernization of All India Radio Station and Doordarshan Kendra in Kokrajhar.
Govt Releases 6 Crore LPG Connections under PMUY
  • Under the PMUY scheme, the government provides a subsidy of Rs 1,600 to state-owned fuel retailers for every free LPG gas connection that they give to poor households. This subsidy is intended to cover the security fee for the cylinder and the fitting charges.

International:

Bolsonaro declares Brazil’s ‘liberation from socialism’ as he is sworn in
  • Jair Bolsonaro has announced Brazil’s “liberation from socialism, inverted values, the bloated state and political correctness” after being sworn in as the country’s 42nd president.

Business & Economy:

U.K. Sinha to head RBI panel on MSME revival
  • The RBI has appointed an eight-member expert committee headed by former SEBI chairman U.K. Sinha to comprehensively review and propose long-term solutions for the revival of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector.
Cabinet approves first-ever three-way merger in Indian Banking with an amalgamation of Vijaya, Dena and Bank of Baroda
  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the scheme of amalgamation for amalgamating Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank, with Bank of Baroda as the transferee bank and Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank as transferor banks.
  • The amalgamation will be the first-ever three-way consolidation of banks in India, with the amalgamated bank being India’s second largest Public Sector Bank.

Science & Technology:

NASA’s Juno probe captures volcanic plumes on Jupiter’s moon Io
  • NASA’s solar-powered Juno spacecraft has beamed back new images of volcanic plumes on Jupiter’s moon Io, captured during the mission’s 17th flyby of the gas giant.
  • Four of Juno’s cameras captured images of the Jovian moon Io, the most volcanic body in the solar system.
Morocco ranks high in climate action
  • Morocco has been named the second best-performing country after Sweden in the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI).
  • The North African country significantly increased the share of renewables over the past five years and increased new renewable energy capacity.
  • Sweden is in top position, followed by Morocco and Lithuania in the CCPI 2019. The bottom five in the list is Saudi Arabia, U.S., Iran, South Korea and Taiwan. With the connection of the world’s largest solar plant to the grid, Morocco is on track for achieving its target of 42% installed renewable energy capacities by 2020.
IIT Professor Awarded For Contribution towards Development of Geo-Spatial Science
  • The Indian Society for Remote Sensing conferred the National Geospatial Award for Excellence to IIT professor Jayanta Kumar Ghosh for his contribution towards the development of geospatial science and applications.
  • Mr Ghosh, a professor at the civil engineering department of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Roorkee, was felicitated on December 5.
  • He has conferred the National Geospatial Award for Excellence-2017 (Life Time Achievement Award) at the Space Application Centre in Ahmedabad.

Sports:

French World Cup champions awarded Legion d’Honneur
  • The players in France’s football team which last year won the World Cup have been awarded the Legion of Honour in the New Year’s honours list.
  • The 23 players, including star strikers Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, each received France’s top medal for their part in beating Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow.
  • The French team that won the 1998 World Cup also received the Legion of Honour.
Pankaj breaches the 400-mark
  • Pankaj Singh became the first fast-bowler and 10th overall to pick 400 wickets in the Ranji Trophy.

4th January 2019

National:

 Hundred per cent household electrification achieved in 25 states
  •  The Nation has achieved yet another milestone in the power sector with the completion of electrification in hundred per cent household in 25 states at the year-end.
  •  Now, only about 10.48 Lakh households are left to be electrified in 4 States viz., Assam, Rajasthan, Meghalaya and Chhattisgarh. These States are also taking all concerted efforts to achieve, at the earliest, saturation of household electrification in their respective States.
Bhoomi Rashi Portal
  •  The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has recently launched the Bhoomi Rashi portal. In the past years, acquisition of land for the purpose of National Highway projects, payment of compensation to the landowners etc was done manually by physical movement of documents in the form of files.
  •  The Competent Authority for Land Acquisition (CALA), Ministry has developed a web-based Utility –Bhoomi Rashi to fully digitize and automate the entire process of land acquisition.
 Ten-day Indian Panorama Film Festival to open on 4th January 2019
  •  The Indian Panorama Film Festival is being organized from 4th to 13th January 2019.
  •  The ten-day Festival is being organized by the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting at Siri Fort Auditorium II, New Delhi.
  •  The directors of the opening feature film ‘Olu’ and of the opening non-feature film ‘Kharvas’ viz. Shri Shaji N Karun and Shri Aditya Suhas Jambhale will be present on the occasion.
“JAI JAWAN, JAI KISAN, JAI VIGYAN, JAI ANUSANDHAN”- SLOGAN OF NEW INDIA
  •  Indian Science Congress (ISC) 2019 was inaugurated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
  •  ” A four-day 106th Session of Indian Science Congress, 2019 is being held from 3rd to 7th January 2019 at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, and Punjab.
Govt to honour outstanding young entrepreneurs with National Entrepreneurship Awards
  •  The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will host the third edition of the National Entrepreneurship Awards in New Delhi.
  •  The awards aim to recognize and honour outstanding young first-generation entrepreneurs and those who have contributed immensely in building the entrepreneurship ecosystem. We have a report.

 Business & Economy:

 Oil PSUs sign pact with IIT-Bombay to set up the centre of excellence
  •  India’s seven bluechip oil firms including IOC and ONGC signed an agreement with IIT-Bombay to set up a Centre of Excellence in Oil, Gas and Energy.
  •  The MoU was signed by heads of Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), GAIL India Ltd, Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL), Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL), Oil India Ltd and Engineers India Ltd.
IOC to commission Ennore LNG terminal this month
  •  Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the nation’s biggest oil firm will commission its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Ennore in Tamil Nadu this month.
  •  IOC Chairman Sanjiv Singh said the Rs 5,151-crore terminal is complete and would be commissioned after completion of dredging of the channel that will bring cryogenic ships carrying natural gas in its liquid form to the port.
HDFC MF surpasses ICICI Prudential MF to become largest AMC in India
  •  HDFC Mutual Fund has pipped rpt pipped ICICI Prudential MF to become the country’s largest asset management company after a gap of over two years.
  •  As of December-end, HDFC MF manages assets to the tune of Rs 3.35 lakh crore, while those of ICICI Prudential MF stood at Rs 3.08 lakh crore, as per the latest data available with Association of Mutual funds in India (Amfi).
 NHAI to raise Rs 10,000 cr through Bharatmala bonds
  •  The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) plans to raise Rs. 10,000 crore through Bharatmala Taxable Bonds in the current fiscal.
  •  Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said as per the internal and extra-budgetary resources approved for 2018-19 by the government, Rs. 62,000 crore is to be raised by NHAI through various sources including Bharatmala bonds.

Science & Technology:

 A paper sensor that can detect freshness of milk
  •  Scientists at Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, have developed a simple paper kit that can test the freshness of milk and tell how well it has been pasteurized. Aided with a smartphone app, the kit can help ensure that milk is consumed before it turns too sour.
 Scientists design tiny ‘magic carpet’
  •  Inspired by the magic carpet featured in the folk tale of ‘Aladdin’, researchers have designed a two-dimensional, shape-changing sheet that moves autonomously in a reactant-filled fluid.
  •  The ‘magic carpet’ in tales from One Thousand and One Nights captures the imagination not only because it can fly, but because it can also wave, flap and alter its shape to serve its riders.
Setting up of Space Technology Park and Museums
  •  The ISRO has plans to set up Space Galleries in various locations in the country. The Space Galleries are expected to disseminate the knowledge about space science and technology amongst the citizens of our country.
  •  The Gallery will consist of interactive methods/ models describing the principles of Space science and technology.
  •  Initially, Space Galleries are planned to be established at Birla Science Centre at Hyderabad, Nehru Science Centre at Mumbai and National Science Centre at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

Sports:

  •  Virat Kohli breaks yet another Sachin Tendulkar record in Sydney.
  •  Indian captain Virat Kohli broke yet another Sachin Tendulkar record as he became the fastest batsman to reach 19,000 international runs.
  •  He got to this feat in the in his 399th innings during the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

5th January 2019

National:

The 6th ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ to begin next week at Leisure Valley, Chandigarh
  • · The Ministry of Women and Child Development will be hosting the 6th ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ from 12th to 14th January 2019, at Leisure Valley in Chandigarh, to celebrate and promote women farmers and entrepreneurs in the organic sector from the remotest parts of India.
  • · “The festival aims to encourage Indian women entrepreneurs and farmers to connect with more buyers and thus, empower them through financial inclusion while promoting organic culture in India.
Nobel Laureates Inaugurate Children Science Congress at the Ongoing Indian Science Congress, 2019
  • · As a part of the on-going five-day Indian Science Congress, Rashtriya Kishore Vaigyanik Sammelan(Children Science Congress) was inaugurated in Jalandhar by Nobel Laureates Avram Hershko from Israel and F.Duncan M.Haldane from the USA.
  • All the 640 districts (as per census 2011) of the country covered under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme
  • · BBBP aims to address the issues of declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR) and enabling Girl Child education.
  • · Towards this purpose, multi-sectoral interventions are carried out in selected BBBP districts.
  • · Apart from this, an awareness campaign is carried out for creating awareness and visibility about the criticality of the issue of declining CSR in the country. To improve declining Child Sex Ratio in the country and to change the mindset is a long-term challenge.
  • · CSR is calculated on a decadal basis by Registrar General of India through the census.
Parliamentary panel flags neglect of Western Ghats
  • · Over 56,000 km of ecologically sensitive areas in the Western Ghats could not be earmarked as ‘no-go’ zones due to State governments’.
  • · It urged the Union Environment and Forests Ministry to constitute a committee to address the issues and grievances of the local people.
  • · The panel had examined issues regarding the categorisation of Western Ghats parts as Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESA) as per the recommendations of two different committees led by Madhav Gadgil and K. Kasturirangan.

International:

Justice Asif Khosa to replace Justice Saqib Nisar as CJP
  • · The federal government announced the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Asif Saeed Khosa as the Chief Justice of Pakistan, replacing incumbent Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, from January 18.
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi elected Speaker as Democrats take control of House of Representatives
  • · In US, Veteran Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, considered an ardent supporter of India-US ties, has been elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives for the second time, thus becoming the most powerful elected woman in America.
China develops its own ‘Mother of All Bombs
  • · China has developed a massive bomb, said to be the country’s answer to the US-built ‘Mother of All Bombs’, the most powerful non-nuclear weapon.
  • · It is dubbed as the Chinese version of the “Mother of All Bombs” due to its huge destructive potential that is claimed to be only second to nuclear weapons.

Business & Economy:

Andhra tops ACI’s Ease of Doing Business index
  • · Andhra Pradesh emerged on top of Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI), Singapore’s 2018 Ease of Doing Business (EDB) Index ABC rankings for economies of 21 states of India, while Maharashtra and Delhi came in second and third place, respectively.
  • · EDB index is based upon three parameters called ABC – Attractiveness to Investors, Business Friendliness and Competitiveness Policies.
RBI limits customer liability in fraudulent PPI transactions
  • · The Reserve Bank of India has decided to limit the liability of customers in case of unauthorised electronic payment transactions in Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPIs) issued by non-banks.
  • · Under new norms on customer liability, the regulator said frauds due to a third-party breach where neither the customer nor the PPI issuer is at fault, there cannot be any liability for the customer, in case the incident is reported within three days.
  • · If the fraud is reported between three and seven days, customer liability will amount to the transaction value or Rs. 10,000, whichever is lower.
Integration of Mandis with e-NAM
  • · 585 wholesale regulated markets/ Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) Markets have been so far integrated with e-market (e-NAM) platform in 16 States and 2 Union Territories (UTs), who have carried out requisite reforms in their State Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee Act (APMC Act).

Science & Technology:

  • Spinach protein may offer treatment for alcohol abuse, mood disorders
  • · A large protein found in spinach may aid in the development of new medications for millions around the world dealing with alcohol use disorders, chronic pain and mood disorders.
Chinese lunar rover named as ‘Yutu 2’
  • · China has named the lunar rover, successfully deployed to carry out a string of experiments on the unexplored far side of the moon, as ‘Yutu 2’.
  • · It follows the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System — China’s homegrown Global Positioning System that started worldwide service.
FSSAI asks food businesses to comply with new packaging norms by July 1
  • · Food Safety and Standards Authority of India FSSAI has said food businesses need to comply with new packaging regulations that bar use of recycled plastics and newspapers to wrap food articles by July 1.

Sports:

Rishabh Pant Becomes First Indian Wicket-Keeper to Score a Test Century in Australia
  • · Pant also became the only second visiting wicket-keeper to register Test centuries both in England and Australia. Jeffery Dujon, with hundreds in Manchester and Perth in 1984, was the first.
80th National Table Tennis Championship begins in Cuttack
  • · The 80th National Table Tennis Championship began at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Cuttack.
  • · Odisha State Table Tennis Association (OSTTA) is hosting the championships after a gap of 18 years. The event will conclude on January 9.

Miscellaneous:

Arunima Sinha scales new heights, becomes first woman amputee to climb Mt Vinson in Antarctica
  • · Indian mountaineer Arunima Sinha has once again done her country proud by becoming the first woman amputee to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica.
  • · In 2013, Sinha had broken the world record by becoming the first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest.
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