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Important Current Affairs Capsule From 6th January to 10th January 2019

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6th January 2019

National:

Maharashtra farmers to get sops for using solar pumps
  • To encourage farmers to use solar agriculture pumps, the Maharashtra government has decided to give two LED bulbs, a DC fan and a mobile charging socket as freebies.
  • The State has launched the Atal Solar Krishi Pump Yojana (ASKP) for farmers with a subsidy of up to 95 percent on solar pump sets. The State plans to install one lakh solar pumps.
Indus Food Meet 2019
  • Odisha will be participating as a partner state in the upcoming mega international food and beverage show ‘Indus Food 2019’ to be held at India Exposition Mart, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on January 14 and 15.
  • Jointly organized by Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) and Department of Commerce, Indus Food meets 2019 is an initiative to promote India as a strong exporter of food and beverage products to the world.
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Inaugurates Science Communicators’ Meet at the Indian Science Congress, 2019
  • As a part of the on-going Indian Science Congress, 2019, Science Communicators’ Meet was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad at Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar.
  • India is now at the 6th position in scientific publications and 10th in the patent filing. “India is now 3rd most attractive investment destination for technology transactions
Union Minister for HRD Shri Prakash Javadekar inaugurates 27th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair
  • Union Minister for Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the 27th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair 2019 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
  • Sharjah is the Guest of Honour this year at the Book Fair.
Union Ministry Launches Swachh Survekshan 2019, Survey Toolkit, ODF+ And ODF++ Protocol, Swachh Manch
  • While the Swachh Survekshan 2019 survey toolkit contains the detailed survey methodology and component indicators with scores to help cities prepare themselves for taking the survey, ODF plus and ODF plus protocol focus on sustaining ODF tag by ensuring toilet functionality, cleanliness and maintenance, and fecal sludge management.

International:

Pakistan Declares Panj Tirath- An Ancestral Hindu Site In Peshawar A National Heritage
  • The provincial Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in northwest Pakistan has declared the ancient Hindu religious site of Panj Tirath in Peshawar as national heritage.
  • Panj Tirath, which got its name from the five pools of water present there, also contains a temple and a lawn with date palm trees. The five pools of the heritage site now come under the ambit of Chacha Yunus Park and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Business & Economy:

NHAI to collaborate with Oil Marketing Companies for the issuance of FASTags through petroleum retail outlets
  • To ensure easier availability of FASTags, Indian Highways Management Company Ltd. (IHMCL), a company promoted by NHAI, is signing MoUs with state-run Oil Marketing Companies (IOCL, BPC, and HPC).
  •  It will ensure availability of hashtags at petroleum outlets across India. In the first phase, the tags will be available across 50 Fuel Station in Delhi NCR, which will subsequently be expanded to outlets across India.
Vijay Mallya becomes the first person to be declared a ‘fugitive economic offender’ under the new law
  • A special court in Mumbai declared absconding liquor baron Vijay Mallya a fugitive economic offender (FEO) on a plea of the Enforcement Directorate.
  • Mallya has become the first businessman to be declared EFO under the provisions of the new Fugitive Economic Offenders Act which came into existence in August last year.
UBI, Srei Equipment Finance enter pact for MSME sector finance
  • United Bank of India and Srei Equipment Finance have entered into an agreement for financing the MSME and agriculture sectors.
  • Under the pact, UBI would leverage its low-cost loans with Srei to enable the purchase of equipment and vehicles in a seamless manner.
Centre amalgamates three regional rural banks
  • The Centre has amalgamated three Regional Rural Banks (RRB) — Punjab Gramin Bank, Malwa Gramin Bank, and Sutlej Gramin Bank — into a single RRB with effect from January 1.
  • In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Punjab and Sind Bank said the central government, after consulting the sponsor banks of the three RRBs, felt that in the interest of the banks and the areas served by them, they should be amalgamated into a single RRB.

Science & Technology:

Telescope to detect cosmic X-rays launched from Antarctica
  • US scientists say that they have successfully launched a telescope from Antarctica that analyses X-rays arriving from distant neutron stars, black holes, and other exotic celestial bodies.
  • The X-Calibur instrument, launched by Washington University in the US from the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, is carried aloft on a helium balloon intended to reach an altitude of 130,000 feet.
  • X-Calibur will travel at nearly four times the cruising altitude of commercial airliners, and above 99 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Miscellaneous:

Andhra Pradesh Minister receives an award for Polavaram Project
  • Andhra Pradesh Water Resources Minister Devineni Umamaheswar Rao has received the ‘Central Board of Irrigation and Power Award’ for better planning and construction of Polavaram Irrigation Project in the state at Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
  • Rao was honored by the Minister of State (IC) Power and New and Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh.

7th January 2019

National:

Odisha: Patnaik announces 0 % interest loan for SHGs
  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced zero percent interest loan for Self Help Groups (SHGs) under the Mission Shakti scheme of state government introduced for women’s financial inclusion and development.
  • Mission Shakti was launched in 2001 as a project aiming economic empowerment of women through self help groups and providing them bank loans at low interest for livelihood opportunities. At present, around 70 lakh women are working with over 6 lakh SHGs with 5,000 crore savings and 2,000 crores annual bank exposure.
9-day long International Kite Festival kicks off in Ahmedabad
  • In Gujarat, the nine-day long international kite festival kicked off at Sabarmati River Front in Ahmedabad.
  • About 500 kite fliers 13 different states of the country and 19 cities of Gujarat are also taking part.
  • The festival is also planned at Vadodara, Kevadiya, Dwaraka, Surat, Rajkot, Jetpur, Songadh, Saputara, and Dhordo.
NCR launches mobile app to help people navigate through Prayagraj city during Kumbh Mela
  • The North Central Railway, NCR has launched a mobile application to help people navigate through Prayagraj city during Kumbh Mela starting from January 15.
  • The ‘Rail Kumbh Seva Mobile App’ will also provide information regarding all the ‘Mela special’ trains that will be run during the period.
Govt notifies High-Level Committee for implementation of Clause VI of Assam Accord
  • The government has notified a High-Level Committee for implementation of Clause six of the Assam Accord.
  • The clause envisaged that appropriate constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, should be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the people of Assam.
  • The nine-member committee, comprising of eminent Assamese persons from different fields, is headed by former bureaucrat MP Bezbarauah. The committee will examine the effectiveness of actions since 1985 to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

International:

Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina to take oath as PM
  • Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will take oath as Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the third consecutive term.
  • A 47-member Council of Ministers including 31 new faces will also be sworn in. President Mohammad Abdul Hamid will administer the oath of office to the Ministers at Bangabhaban.

Business & Economy:

AAI signs MoU with SAMEER for boosting communication
  • Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed MoU with Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER) for joint research programs in the field of Communication Navigation and Surveillance (CNS).
  • AAI and SAMEER, an autonomous research and development (R and D) institute under MeitY have entered into an overarching MOU that will provide a platform for Collaborative Research for both the Organizations to work together.
The total value of BHIM UPI transactions crosses Rs 1 Lakh cr mark in December 2018
  • The total value of BHIM-UPI transactions crossed 1 Lakh Crore Rupees mark in December 2018.
  • Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed via tweet that the app-based payments touched 1 lakh, two thousand five hundred and ninety-four crore rupees mark in December last year.

Science & Technology:

Govt allocates Rs 10,900 cr for development of 40 satellite launch vehicles in next 4-years
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Dr K Sivan has said that the Union Government has allocated 10,900 crore rupees for the development of 40 satellite launch vehicles in the next four years.
  • The human space flight Gaganyaan is planned to be launched by 2022, the 75th anniversary of Independence.

Sports:

Kevin Anderson beats Ivo Karlovic to win Maharashtra Open title
  • Top-seeded Kevin Anderson won his sixth ATP title when he recovered from 5-2 down in the decisive tiebreaker to beat Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (4), 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5) in the Maharashtra Open final.
Hopman Cup: Roger Federer & Belinda Bencic retain the title for Switzerland
  • Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic secured a 2-1 victory over Germany’s Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev to win the Hopman Cup for the second year in a row.

Miscellaneous:

Secunderabad Railway Station Hoists Tricolour, South Central Zone’s First
  • Secunderabad Railway Station became the first railway station of South Central Railway (SCR) zone to hoist a huge tricolor on a 100-foot tall pole at its main entrance in Hyderabad.
  • This is in keeping with the Railway Board’s order to hoist the national flag at A1 category railway stations.

8th January 2019

National:

HRD introduces a 70-point grading index to assess the quality of school education in states
  • The Ministry of Human Resource Development has introduced a 70-point grading index to assess the quality of school education offered by states.
  • The ministry has also decided to print more books of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
4th Edition of Raisina Dialogue to begin in New Delhi
  • The fourth edition of the Raisina Dialogue will begin in New Delhi.
  • Norway Prime Minister Ms. Erna Solberg will deliver inaugural address in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
  • Ministry of External Affairs in partnership with Observer Research Foundation is organizing the flagship annual geopolitical and geostrategic conference. The theme of the Dialogue this year is “A World Reorder: New Geometries; Fluid Partnerships; Uncertain Outcomes”.
Centre plans 10% quota for the poor
  • The Union Cabinet approved a Constitution Amendment Bill to provide 10% reservation to the economically backward sections in the general category.
  • The Bill will also cover those from the Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist and other minority communities.
  • The quota will be over and above the existing 50% reservation to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes (OBC).
  • Who has an annual salary of less than Rs. 8 lakh per year and possess less than 5 acres of land will be able to avail themselves of reservation in educational institutions and jobs.
Two new Skill Development Scheme approved
  • Two new Skill Development Schemes have been approved namely (i) Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood (SANKALP); and (ii) Skills Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE).
  • The Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood (SANKALP) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme with a project of total size US Dollar 675 million.
  • Skills Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE) project is a World Bank assisted-Government of India project with the objective of improving the relevance and efficiency of skills training provided through Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and apprenticeships.

International:

Malaysia’s new head of state to be appointed by January
  • In Malaysia, members of the royal families met to set dates to choose a new king after the resignation of Sultan Muhammad -5 as the country’s head of state.
  • Sultans of Malaysia’s states decided to set January 24 as the date on which they would convene to discuss the appointment of a new king, while Jan 31 as the date on which the new king will be sworn in.
  • Muhammad – 5 became the first head of state to resign after just over two years of his mandated five-year term.
India’s assistance for construction of Sittwe Port
  • The Sittwe Port in Myanmar is constructed with India’s assistance and is ready for operation.
  • Sittwe Port is part of the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project.
  • Its objective is to create a multi-modal sea, river and road transport corridor for shipment of cargo from the eastern parts of India to Myanmar through Sittwe port as well as to North-Eastern part of India via Myanmar.
  • Once fully operational, the project would encourage investment and trade and also open up alternate routes for connectivity to India’s North East Region.
India takes over operations of part of Chabahar Port in Iran
  • The Government of India took over the operations of a part of Shahid Beheshti Port, Chabahar in Iran during the Chabahar Trilateral Agreement meeting.
  • This is the first time India will be operating a port outside its territories.

Business & Economy:

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to step down on Feb 1
  • World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced that he will step down from his position on February 1 – much before the end of his term in 2022. Kim has been in this position for over six years now.

Sports:

India create history, win first ever Test series in Australia
  • India created history by winning their first ever Cricket Test series on Australian soil after beating the home team 2-1.
  • It is the first time India managed the feat since they began touring Australia in 1947-48. Consequently, Virat Kohli became the first Indian as well as the first Asian captain to win a Test series in Australia.
  • India reinforced their status as the world’s number one test team and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with the series win. Cheteshwar Pujara was declared man of the match as well as man-of-the-series.
Maharashtra to host 2nd edition of Khelo India Youth Games
  • Maharashtra is all set to host the second edition of Khelo India Youth Games which will officially begin in Pune.
  • More than 9000 players from different states will participate in 18 different games at Khelo India Youth Games. It has already been announced that Youth Olympic Gold Medallist in shooting Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhari.

Miscellaneous:

Bimal Roy Memorial and Film Society to honor Farooq Sheikh, Asha Parekh
  • Veterans Farooq Sheikh and Asha Parekh are set to be honored by the Bimal Roy Memorial and Film Society to commemorate the 52nd death anniversary of the renowned filmmaker.
  • The organization was instituted 22 years ago in memory of the late filmmaker. Its aim is to reward unsung heroes of the film industry.

9th January 2019

National:

Five-judge SC Bench to hear Ayodhya pleas
  • The Supreme Court notified that a five-judge Bench, consisting of the incumbent Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and the next four future Chief Justices of India in a line of seniority, will hear the Ayodhya title dispute appeals on January 10.
  • The Bench, besides Chief Justice Gogoi, will have Justices S.A. Bobde, N.V. Ramana, U.U. Lalit and D.Y. Chandrachud.
  • On January 10, this Bench will decide the future dates for hearing the pleas.
Lok Sabha passes Constitution 124th Amendment Bill, 2019 to provide 10% quota in jobs, education for economically weaker sections in General category
  • The Lok Sabha has passed the Constitution 124th (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to provide ten percent reservation to economically backward sections (EWS) in the General category.
  • The bill facilitates reservation for EWS in direct recruitments and admission in higher educational institutions. 323 members voted in favor of the bill, while three voted against it. AIADMK staged a walkout before the voting.
Exhibitor of the Year Award for DRDO at 106th Indian Science Congress
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) pavilion received ‘Exhibitor of the Year Award’ at 106th Indian Science Congress held at Lovely Professional University (LPU), Phagwara, Punjab.
  • The pavilion narrated the saga of self-reliance & national pride with the ‘Make in India’ spirit was a big attraction among people, especially students visiting the pavilion and getting opportunity to interact with DRDO scientists.

International:

Guatemala to withdraw from UN-backed anti-corruption commission
  • Guatemala has said it is withdrawing from a UN-backed anti-corruption commission.
  • It has given the UN body’s staff 24 hours to leave the country.
  • President Jimmy Morales accused the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, commonly known as CICIG, of polarising the country and putting its security at risk.

Business & Economy:

Pranav R Mehta Becomes the First Indian to Head Global Solar Council, Headquartered in Washington DC
  • A visionary in the field of Solar Energy and the chairman of National Solar Energy Federation, Shri Pranav R Mehta, has taken over as the president of Global Solar Council (GSC) from January 1, 2019. The GSC has its headquarters in Washington D.C., USA.
  • The Global Solar Council (GSC) was launched on December 6, 2015, following the historic United Nations Climate Change Conference (UN COP 21). The GSC came into being as International Coalition of more than 30 nations, utilizing maximum solar energy, decided to harness the renewable energy for the greater good.
RBI forms committee to boost digital payments
  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has constituted a High-Level Committee on Deepening of Digital Payments to encourage digitization of payments and enhance financial inclusion.
  • The five-member committee headed by UIDAI’s former Chairman Nandan Nilekani will include RBI’s former Deputy Governor Mr. H.R. Khan and Former Secretary, Ministry of Information Technology, Mrs. Aruna Sharma among others.
Shri Manoj Sinha inaugurates the conference on “M2M/ IoT Enabling Smart Infrastructure”
  • Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge and Minister of State for Railways inaugurated a one-day conference hosted by the Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC), New Delhi on “M2M/ IoT Enabling Smart Infrastructure”.
India born Gita Gopinath joins IMF as Chief Economist
  • India born Gita Gopinath has joined the International Monetary Fund as its chief economist.
  • She has the first woman to occupy the top IMF post. Gopinath succeeds Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld as Economic Counsellor and Director of the IMF’s Research Department. Obstfeld retired on December the 31st.

Science & Technology:

NASA’s probe discovers a new planet
  • NASA’s latest planet-hunting probe has discovered a new world outside our solar system, orbiting a dwarf star 53 light years away.
  • This is the third new planet confirmed by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) since its launch in April last year.
  • The planet, named HD 21749b, orbits a bright, nearby dwarf star about 53 light years away, in the constellation Reticulum, and appears to have the longest orbital period of the three planets so far identified by TESS.
Six professors awarded Infosys Prize 2018 for science and research
  • The Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) honored six eminent professors for winning the Infosys Prize 2018 across different categories of science and research.
  • The annual award includes a pure gold medal, a citation, and a prize purse worth USD 100,000 (or it’s equivalent in the Indian rupees).
  • The ISF honored the winners of the Infosys Prize 2018 at an awards ceremony here while also celebrating its 10th-year milestone.

Sports:

Egypt to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
  • Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations between 15th June and 13th July. Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad made the announcement.
  • The CAF executive committee preferred Egypt to South Africa as a replacement for original hosts Cameroon, who were dropped due to delays in preparations and concerns over security.

Miscellaneous:

Polavaram enters Guinness Book of Records
  • Polavaram project-the lifeline of Andhra Pradesh, the concrete works of spill channel successfully entered Guinness Book of World Records by completing 32,315.5 Cubic meters of concrete works in a span of 24 hours.
  • The Polavaram project also broke the earlier records for largest and continuous concrete pouring.
Malala pens new book
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai has written a new book, charting her experiences traveling the world and visiting refugee camps. Titled “We are Displaced”.
  • It has eight pages of color inserts.

10th January 2019

National:

PM launches Gangajal Project to Provide Better and More Assured Water Supply in Agra
  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched a series of development projects worth Rs. 2900 Crores for the Agra city and the adjoining areas.
  • The Prime Minister dedicated to the nation, Gangajal project, which will provide Agra with better and more assured water supply, at an estimated cost of Rs.2880 crores. The gangajal project aims to bring 140 cusecs of Ganga water to Agra. This will help meet the drinking water demands in the city.
J-K sets up law commission, Justice Hanjura appointed its founding chairperson
  • The Jammu and Kashmir administration set up a law commission with Justice (Retd) M K Hanjura as its founding chairperson, to identify redundant and obsolete laws that can be repealed and suggest measures for quick redress of public grievances.
  • According to an order issued by the Law Department, the term of the Jammu and Kashmir State Law Commission will be for three years. It will have a chairperson, two full-time members, and two part-time members.
Government plans to rename Indian Forest Service ahead of 2019 election
  • Ahead of parliamentary elections, the Centre has proposed another pro-tribal measure – renaming of the Indian Forest Service as Indian Forest and Tribal Service.
  • The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has initiated an inter-ministerial consultation note to rename the service and also train its cadre to be more receptive towards tribals and forest dwellers.
Women and Child Development Ministry launches “Web- Wonder Women” Campaign
  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, has launched an online campaign, ‘#www:  Web- Wonder Women’. The Campaign aims to discover and celebrate the exceptional achievements of women, who have been driving the positive agenda of social change via social media.
  • Through the campaign, the Ministry and the Campaign’s Partners aim to recognize the fortitude of Indian women stalwarts from across the globe who have used the power of social media to run positive & niche campaigns to steer a change in society.
  • This Campaign will recognize and acknowledge the efforts of these meritorious Women.
First Swadesh Darshan project in Meghalaya inaugurated
  • The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Shri. Conrad K Sangma, inaugurated the project “Development of North East Circuit: Umiam (Lake View) – U Lum Sohpetbneng- Mawdiangdiang – Orchid Lake Resort” implemented under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India in presence of the Minister of Tourism, Government of Meghalaya.
UGC decides to set up Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (CARE) to refine and strengthen research publication
  • The credibility of Research Publications is extremely important because it has a direct impact upon the individual, institutional and National image.
  • With an aim to refine and strengthen the University Grants Commission (UGC) approved a list of journals and decided to establish a Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (CARE).
  • The good quality Research Journals in disciplines under Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Arts, Culture, Indian Knowledge Systems, etc., will be maintained by CARE and referred to as ‘CARE Reference List of Quality Journals’. This will be used for all academic purposes.
Andaman to be the first Island to operate seaplanes under UDAN-3
  • India could soon see seaplanes being used to fly passengers with the government giving approval to 13 water aerodromes under UDAN-3. The very first seaplane could run within Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • Four different islands from Andaman and one island from Nicobar have been selected to fly seaplanes. These are Havelock, Long Island, Neil Island and Hutbay Island in Andaman and Car Nicobar in Nicobar.

International:

Tehran proposes a new regional forum for West Asia
  • In a diplomatic initiative to address the lingering conflicts and mistrust in the Gulf region, Iran proposed a new platform for regional peace-building.
  • Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said such a forum should offer membership to countries based on a set of general principles to address real issues that affect people of the region and the world.

Business & Economy:

India to become world’s third largest consumer market by 2030: 
  • A report by the World Economic Forum said that India is set to become the world’s third largest consumer market behind only the USA and China by 2030.
  • The report said consumer spending in India is expected to grow from 1.5 trillion US dollar at present to six trillion US dollar by 2030.
  •  The report said that with the annual GDP growth rate of 7.5 percent, India is currently the world’s sixth largest economy.
  • The report titled ‘Future of Consumption in Fast-Growth Consumer Market – India’ also noted that growth of the middle class will lift nearly 25 million households out of poverty.
The launch of the NCDC model for cooperatives as Modern banking unit will bring about financial inclusion of farmers in remote villages
  • Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that National Council for Cooperative Training (NCCT) besides being responsible for training, awareness and evaluation programmes of employees working in the cooperative sector also facilitates the same for other stakeholders in the cooperative sector in the country.
  • The main objective of the NCCT is to facilitate human resource development in the cooperatives in the country.
  • The Minister was addressing 2nd Governing Council meeting of National Council for Cooperative Training (NCCT) and launch of National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC’s) model for cooperatives as Modern banking Unit.
India’s GDP may grow at 7.3% in 2018-19, says World Bank
  • India’s GDP is expected to grow at 7.3% in the fiscal year 2018-19, and 7.5% in the following two years, the World Bank has forecast, attributing it to an upswing in consumption and investment.
  • The bank informed India will continue to be the fastest growing major economy in the world.

Sports:

ICC Announces USA Cricket as 105th Member
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced USA Cricket as its 105th member.
  • As a Member of the ICC, USA Cricket is now eligible to receive funding in accordance with the ICC Development Funding Policy and can sanction domestic and international cricket in the United States.
Egypt and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah retains African Footballer of the Year award
  • Egypt striker Mohamed Salah has been named African Footballer of the Year for the second successive year at the Confederation of African Football’s 2018 awards ceremony in Dakar.
Players selected from Khelo India to be given Rs 5 Lakh scholarship
  • The Khelo India Youth Games 2019 kicked off in Pune.
  • 1,000 players will be selected out of competitions in the current edition of Khelo India and they will be given Rs 5 lakh each per annum for the next 8 years for development of their sporting talent.

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