Month: January 2019

Nari-Shakti is the Oxford Dictionaries Hindi Word of the year for 2018

Nari-Shakti is the Oxford Dictionaries Hindi Word of the year for 2018 The Oxford Dictionariesannounced that the word ‘Nari Shakti’ which is derived from Sanskrit has been chosen as the Hindi Word of the year for 2018. The Announcement was made during a session at Jaipur Literature Festival which is being held at Diggi Palace in […]

Madhya Pradesh launched employment scheme Yuva Swabhiman Yojana for urban youth

Madhya Pradesh launched employment scheme Yuva Swabhiman Yojana for urban youth Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath  launched  ‘Yuva Swabhiman Yojana’ for youths of the weak section in urban areas of Madhya Pradesh The scheme was launched in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh  The main aim is to provide employment to the youth belonging to the weaker section […]

MoEF approved mini hydel project in ESZ

MoEF approved mini hydel project in ESZ The Forest Department has issued permission to expand Pioneer Power Corporation Ltd, a private company’s mini-hydel project in the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary in Mandya district, Karnataka. The project was rejected twice by the State Board for Wildlife. Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate […]

Sugarcane Juice National Drink of Pakistan

Sugarcane Juice National Drink of Pakistan The Pakistan government declared sugarcane juice as the “national drink” of the country. The government of Pakistan declared sugarcane juice as the nation juice of Pakistan. The Poll includes three option including orange juice, carrot juice, and sugarcane juice. But it is sugarcane juice which won the poll with 81 percent votes. Over 7,600 people participated […]

Operation Olympics Commences in Kerala

Operation Olympics Commences in Kerala An expert programme ‘Operation Olympics’ managed by Kerala’s Sports Department and State Sports Council was commenced to train 123 athletes in 11 disciplines for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The programme has the objective to provide international standard training to the athletes with the help of eminent trainers from both India and abroad. Under […]

D.N. Chakraborthy gets Assam Republic Journalism Award

D.N. Chakraborthy gets Assam Republic Journalism Awar Assam government entitled the Republic Day Journalism Award 2019 to veteran journalist and former editor Dhirendra Nath Chakraborty. The award comprises Rupees one lakh in cash, a citation, the Assamese ‘xoraai’ (the bell metal memento presented as an honor), ‘jaapi‘ (headgear) and an angavastra.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated Atal Setu in Goa

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated Atal Setu in Goa Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated four-lane, 5.1-kilometer long “Atal Setu”, the third Cable bridge across river Mandovi in Panaji, Goa.  This is the third bridge across Mandovi River.  This bridge would overcome the bottlenecks and curb traffic jams at Panaji Circle and Panaji entrance.

India accounts more than half leprosy cases globally: WHO

India accounts more than half leprosy cases globally: WHO World Health Organization (WHO) stated more than half of the leprosy cases globally was reported by India although there is a steady decline worldwide in the number of leprosy cases which is estimated to be 2 around Lakh. Significant leprosy cases has been detected in South-east Asia […]

Ministry of Defence launched RDP INDIA 2019 app

Ministry of Defence launched RDP INDIA 2019 app Ministry of Defence launched‘RDP INDIA 2019’ app was launched on the 70th Republic Day. Using the mobile application, people can watch the highlights of this year’s Republic Day parade at the Rajpath. The new initiative is in sync with the Digital India campaign of the government. The app included the information including the order […]

New Zealand cricketer Ewen chatfield retired at the age of 68

New Zealand cricketer Ewen chatfield retired at the age of 68 New Zealand fast bowler Ewen Chatfield, who is also known as ‘The Naenae Express’decided to hang up his boots at the ripe age of 68. Chatfield made this decision after he was ‘slogged’ all over the field when he turned out for Naenae Old Boys in Wellington. […]

Brisbane Heat won their maiden womens Big Bash title

Brisbane Heat won their maiden womens Big Bash title Australian T20 cricket team“Brisbane Heat” won their maiden Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) title by defeating Sydney Sixers in the final by three wickets at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney, Australia. Sydney Sixers opted to bat first but couldn’t get off to a flying start that they unusually followed throughout […]

CM Chandrababu Naidu approved Rs.3,000 crore on the BCs

CM Chandrababu Naidu approved Rs.3,000 crore on the BCs Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naiduapproved Rs.3,000 crore on the Backward Classes. The fund is for the upgradation of federations to corporations and setting up new corporations for castes that come under the BC. category.  Besides upgrading the 11 BC federations, new corporations would be set up for Agnikula Kshatriya, Toorpu […]

Shriyanka Sadangi and Akhil Sheoran won gold in the HN Cup

Shriyanka Sadangi and Akhil Sheoran won gold in the HN Cup Shriyanka Sadangi and Akhil Sheoran won gold in the mixed air rifle event in the H&N Cup international shooting championship which was held in Munich, Germany. The H&N Cup is organized and conducted by the Bavarian SportShooting Federation (BSSB).  Results:  Air rifle: Men: 1. Dane Sampson (Aus) 248.6 (630.6); 2. Alin Moldoveanu […]

RGIA to get face recognition based terminal entry system

RGIA to get face recognition based terminal entry system GMR group is to introduce face recognition-based terminal entry system in its Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad.  It has already conducted trials successfully involving its staff members. The airport showed 20% passenger growth every year.  In the expansion project, 26 new aircraft parking stands were commissioned for airside capacity enhancement. This one of the major recent […]

VPT meets its total energy requirement from solar power

VPT meets its total energy requirement from solar power The Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT), the only major port in India, has met its total energy requirement from solar powergenerated by its captive plant. It has achieved the incremental growth during the current fiscal year three months ahead of the schedule.  Now, the VPT is generating 17 million units of power […]

Cabinet to approve relief package for farmers

Cabinet to approve relief package for farmers The Union Cabinet is to approve a relief package for farmers grappling with falling prices and to tackle distress in the farm sector. The relief package is seen as an attempt to assuage the farming community’s discontent ahead of the general elections.  The Agriculture Ministry has recommended several options to provide both short and long-term […]

IMD announced cold waves in Himachal Pradesh

IMD announced cold waves in Himachal Pradesh India Meteorological Department said that the Cold wave conditions continue in Himachal Pradesh. The prominent tourist destinations have reduced to below freezing temperatures. The minimum temperature in Manali was minus 5 degrees Celsius, followed by minus 4.2 in Kufri, minus 1.5 in Dalhousie and minus 0.2 deg C in Shimla.  India Meteorological Department […]

Aditya Jagtap won his third PSA title

Aditya Jagtap won his third PSA title Aditya Jagtap won his third Professional Squash Association (PSA) title in the Bourbon Trail Challenger Tour squash at Chattanooga, USA. He defeated Andrew Schnell of Canada and secured 12-10, 4-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6.  Aditya, ranked 120th, got past the early rounds with ease before facing third seed, Schnell. The triumph should […]

Telangana govt. to provide app to tackle sewer blockage

Telangana govt. to provide app to tackle sewer blockage Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) has proposed the State government to provide a mobile app to drivers of the mini jetting machines to tackle sewer blockage complaints in a speedy manner and give easy access to the machines.  The app will be integrated with the complaints module of the […]

India, South Africa to revise and update Strategic Partnership

India, South Africa to revise and update Strategic Partnership India and South Africa will update their Strategic Partnership by agreeing on a comprehensive “roadmap” on the way ahead, as well as relaxing visa restrictions when South African President Cyril Ramaphosa meets with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Republic Day.  Mr. Ramaphosa will be in India as the chief guest […]

Floods and landslides killed at least 59 people in Indonesia

Floods and landslides killed at least 59 people in Indonesia In Indonesia, floods and landslides have killed at least 59 people, in Sulawesi island the government said on Friday. Heavy rains caused rivers to burst their banks and inundate dozens of communities in 11 districts of southern Sulawesi. Parts of the provincial capital Makassar have also […]

TRAI firm on new DTH tariffs from 1st February

TRAI firm on new DTH tariffs from 1st February The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)expressed confidence that service providers will be able to get options from all their subscribers within a week, even though only 40% customers have registered their channel choices under the new tariff guidelines that kick in from February 1. TRAI Chairman R.S.Sharma said that the regulator is […]

Ahmad Wani to be awarded Ashok Chakra

Ahmad Wani to be awarded Ashok Chakra Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani has been posthumously awarded ‘Ashok Chakra’, India’s highest peacetime gallantry award for his role in a counter-insurgency operation in Kashmir last year. He is Kashmir’s first Ashok Chakra awardee and was also awarded Sena Medal for gallantry twice in 2007 and 2018 for his acts of valour.  The award […]

Australian Open Novak Djokovic to take on Lucas Pouille in second semifinals

Australian Open Novak Djokovic to take on Lucas Pouille in second semifinals Australian Open Tennis, world Number one Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic will take on world number 28 French Lucas Pouille in the second semifinals in Men’s singles at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne today.  Djokovic will look to reach the seventh Australian Open […]

NGT asked Cheif Secretaries to submit report on solid waste management

NGT asked Cheif Secretaries to submit report on solid waste management National Green Tribunal (NGT) has summoned the Chief Secretaries of all States and Union Territories from March 1 onwards as it is concerned over the lack of action pertaining to the compliance of solid waste management across the country.  A Bench headed by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel has directed the […]

China clones five gene-edited monkeys

China clones five gene-edited monkeys Scientists in China have cloned five monkeys for human disease research. The research team edited genes of monkeys to induce several human diseases like Alzheimer’s claiming that it would help in medical research.  This experiment may likely to raise fresh ethical concerns about gene-editing. As per the media reports, this is the […]

SANH to study nitrogen pollution

SANH to study nitrogen pollution Eighteen research institutions in India are among a group of50 institutions, called the South Asian Nitrogen Hub (SANH), in the United Kingdom and South Asia that have secured £20 million (about Rs. 200 crore) from the U.K. government to assess and study the quantum and impact of “nitrogen pollution” in South Asia.  While nitrogen is the dominant […]

Saina Nehwal enters semifinals of Indonesia Masters tournament

Saina Nehwal enters semifinals of Indonesia Masters tournament Saina Nehwal entered the semifinals of the Indonesia Masters’ tournament after a straight-game win over Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand.  Saina, won 21-7, 21-18 in the women’s singles quarterfinal match.

Indias first indigenously developed NGRAM was tested successfully

Indias first indigenously developed NGRAM was tested successfully India’s first indigenously developed Next Generation Anti-Radiation Missile (NGRAM), an air-to-surface one, which can be fired from Sukhoi fighter jets, was successfully tested at the missile testing range in Balasore, Hyderabad.  The missile can be launched from different altitudes and all the parameters were met during the testing. The missile was developed […]

Karnataka State demands Rs.2 lakh fro the victims of Sulwadi temple poisoning

Karnataka State demands Rs.2 lakh fro the victims of Sulwadi temple poisoning Karnataka State BJP president and former Chief Minister B.S.Yeddyurappa said that the victims of Sulwadi temple poisoning would receive Rs.2 lakh as compensation from the Centre. The State has also sought funds from the Centre to rehabilitate the victims of the Sulwadi temple prasad poisoning case in which 17 […]

RBI approved Ravneet Gill as Yes Bank MD & CEO

RBI approved Ravneet Gill as Yes Bank MD & CEO The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has approved the appointment of Ravneet Gill as the MD & CEO of private sector lender Yes Bank. It also said that Mr. Gill must join the bank before March 1, 2019. Mr.Gill is currently the India chief of foreign lender Deutsche Bank.  If any […]

Amul Camel Milk launched in Gujarat

Amul Camel Milk launched in Gujarat The Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Limited (GCMMF) has launched Amul Camel Milk in selected markets of Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad and Kutch. The camel milk offers a wide range of benefits such as: Camel milk assists healthy bacteria growth in the gut making it easy to digest. Camel milk assists healthy bacteria […]

IPS officer Aparna Kumar completes South Pole expedition

IPS officer Aparna Kumar completes South Pole expedition  Indian Police Service (IPS)officer Aparna Kumar who is on deputation to Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) become the first woman Indian Police Service The South Pole is the southernmost point on the surface of the Earth and is at the centre of the Southern Hemisphere. It is situated on […]

Jnanpith Winning Hindi Writer Krishna Sobti Passes Away

Jnanpith Winning Hindi Writer Krishna Sobti Passes Away Eminent Hindi author and essayist Krishna Sobti passed away in Delhi. She was 93. She was a recipient of many coveted awards like Sahitya Akademi, Jnanpith awards and was also offered Padma Bhushan, which she had declined. Some of her celebrated works include Daar Se Bichhudi, Mitro Marjani, Zindaginama, […]

Army Chief awarded ‘Param Vishisht Seva Medal’

Army Chief awarded ‘Param Vishisht Seva Medal’ On 25 January 2019, Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat was conferred with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM). Fifteen lieutenant generals and three major generals have also been awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM). Param Vishisht Seva Medal is the highest military medal awarded in recognition […]

Greece ratify Macedonia name change deal

Greece ratify Macedonia name change deal On 25 January 2019, Greek MPs have ratified a landmark accord allowing Macedonia to change its name. Under the deal, Macedonia changes its name to North Macedonia. Greece will also allow North Macedonia to join the NATO and eventually the European Union. Greece’s capital is Athens and its currency […]

‘Operation Olympics’ commences in Kerala

‘Operation Olympics’ commences in Kerala ‘Operation Olympics’, an expert programme to train athletes in 11 disciplines was launched in Kerala on 25 January 2019. The objective of ‘Operation Olympics’ is to provide international standard training with the help of eminent trainers from both India and abroad. The programme includes athletics, boxing, cycling, swimming, shooting, wrestling, […]

Tomy Abhilash awarded with Nao Sena Medal

Tomy Abhilash awarded with Nao Sena Medal President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Nao Sena Medal to Commander Tomy Abhilash on 25 January 2019. Tomy Abhilash had participated in the Golden Globe navigation race in 2018. Abhilash was stranded 3,200 km off the coast of Western Australia after his sailing vessel, INSV Thuriya’s mast broken […]

Pak declares Sugarcane juice as national drink

Pak declares Sugarcane juice as national drink On 25 January 2019, the Pakistan government declared sugarcane juice as the ‘National Drink’ of the country after a poll on Twitter. The government conducted a poll on Twitter at which people were asked to decide the national drink of Pakistan. Options including orange juice, sugarcane juice and carrot […]

D N Chakraborty gets journalism award

D N Chakraborty gets journalism award Assam government has conferred the ‘Republic Day Journalism Award 2019 to veteran journalist and former editor Dhirendra Nath Chakraborty on 26 January 2019. He has been honoured for his lifelong contribution to journalism in the state. He is the former Editor of Dainik Asom, Dainik Janambhumi and Ajir Batori […]

Govt awards 235 routes under UDAN scheme

Govt awards 235 routes under UDAN scheme On 25 January 2019, the government of India awarded 235 routes to the operators under the third round of the Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN-III). SpiceJet, IndiGo, Jet Airways, Air India subsidiary Alliance, and Turbo Aviation are among the operators that have bagged the routes. UDAN scheme […]

NRL receives ‘Best Miniratna PSU’ award

NRL receives ‘Best Miniratna PSU’ award Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) was awarded the best Strategic Performance (Financial Category) at the sixth edition of ‘Governance Now PSU’ Awards on 25 January 2019. The awards are given out in recognition of the efforts of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) who have played a key role in the country’s […]

Exercises held b/w India & Japan coast guards

Exercises held b/w India & Japan coast guards Coast Guards of India and Japan held their disaster control, search and rescue exercises off the coast of Yokohama in Japan on 23 January 2019. Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Ship ICGS Shaunak is the main Indian ship taking part in the drills. The ICGS Shaunkak is an […]

Lakshmi Vilas Bank reappoints Parthasarathi

Lakshmi Vilas Bank reappoints Parthasarathi Private sector lender Lakshmi Vilas Bank has reappointed Parthasarathi Mukherjee as its Managing Director for two more years. He joined the Lakshmi Vilas Bank on 25 January 2016 for three years. His extended term will begin on 25 January 2019. Reserve Bank of India has approved his reappointment.  The bank’s […]

Govt to develop 400 abandoned airstrips

Govt to develop 400 abandoned airstrips The government of India has decided to renovate and develop around 400 abandoned airstrips across the country to strengthen air-connectivity. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has prepared a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard. Jharkhand is the first state in the country where the MoU was signed […]

Opportunity rover completes 15 years on Mars

Opportunity rover completes 15 years on Mars NASA’s Opportunity rover has completed 15 years of its touchdown on the surface of Mars. The rover landed in a region of Mars called Meridiani Planum on 24 January 2004. The solar-powered rover went silent since a global dust storm in June 2018. The rover was designed to […]

Johan Botha retires from all forms of cricket

Johan Botha retires from all forms of cricket South Africa cricketer Johan Botha has announced his immediate retirement from all forms of cricket on 24 January 2019. He played for South Africa in five test matches, 78 one-day internationals, and 40 T20 Internationals from 2005 to 2012. He captained South Africa in 10 ODIs and […]

India enters $100 billion M&A space in 2018

India enters $100 billion M&A space in 2018 As per Grant Thornton’s Dealtracker, India has entered the $ 100 billion club in the Merger and Acquisition (M&A) space. In a first, 1200 deals worth around $ 110 billion or Rs 71,000 crore were concluded in India in 2018. The report also said that the deals […]

BIS releases New Standard for Bio-Jet Fuel

BIS releases New Standard for Bio-Jet Fuel Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in collaboration with Indian Air Force, research organisations and the industry brought out a new standard for Aviation Turbine Fuels. These specifications will align Indian standards with current international standards. An Indian Standard ‘IS 17081:2019’ Aviation Turbine Fuel (Kerosene Type, Jet A-1) containing […]

Govt announces Padma Awards 2019

Govt announces Padma Awards 2019 On 25 January 2019, President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian awards of the category, to 112 people from various disciplines. The awards were conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The list comprises 4 Padma Vibhushan, 14 Padma […]

Telangana to set up Save Tiger Protection Force

Telangana to set up Save Tiger Protection Force The Telangana government decided to form a ‘State Tiger Protection Force’ to save the Big cat population in the State. The State and Central government will share the cost of the force with 112 members headed by the assistant conservator of the forest on40:60 basis. They are […]

Worlds longest 3D printed concrete bridge opened in china

Worlds longest 3D printed concrete bridge opened in china World’s longest 3D printed concrete bridge was opened in China. It is located on the Wenzaobang River in Shanghai. The Bridge is designed by Professor Xy Weiguo from Tsinghua University in China. The bridge is of 26.3 metre-long and 3.6-metre-wide and is made out of 44 […]

Piyush Goyal named as Interim Finance Minister

Piyush Goyal named as Interim Finance Minister President of India appointed Piyush Goyal as the interim finance and corporate affairs minister because of Arun Jaitely’s health issues. Piyush Goyal’s tenure as an interim Finance Minister will be till August 2019. Jaitley will be designated as a minister without a portfolio during his period of indisposition. […]

Ninth National Voters Day to be celebrated across country

Ninth National Voters Day to be celebrated across country 9th National Voters’ Day will be celebrated across the country today for enhanced participation of citizens in the electoral process. The National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices will be conferred on Officers for their outstanding performance in the conduct of elections. President Ram Nath Kovind […]

Indian Navy has commissioned its third naval base

Indian Navy has commissioned its third naval base The Indian Navy has commissioned its third naval base, INS Kohassa at Andaman and Nicobar islands. The Naval Air Station (NAS) Shibpur has been commissioned as INS Kohassa in Andaman and Nicobar islands. It is Indian Navy’s third naval air facility in the Andamans. The base is […]

T.N. government signed 304 MoUs at the second edition of Global Investors Meet

T.N. government signed 304 MoUs at the second edition of Global Investors Meet The second edition of Global Investors Meet (GIM) 2019 was held at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The T.N. government signed 304 Memoranda of Understanding and agreements entailing investments to the tune of over Rs.3,00,431 crore at GIM-2. About Global Investors Meet (GIM): ♦ […]

ISRO successfully launched Microsat R into space

ISRO successfully launched Microsat R into space Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) first mission of 2019, Microsat-R, was successfully launched into space on 24th January 2019. PSLV-C44 was launched from the older First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The 130-kg Microsat-R is a military imaging satellite. Microsat-R and […]

Talks between U.S. and Taliban have entered 4th day

Talks between U.S. and Taliban have entered 4th day Negotiations between the Taliban and U.S. officials in Qatar entered a fourth straight day. Washington has been stepping up efforts for a peace deal that could pave the way for the Taliban’s participation in the next government. The Pakistan Foreign Ministry also confirmed that talks were […]

BMC budget around Rs.33,000 crore to be presented in February

BMC budget around Rs.33,000 crore to be presented in February The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Maharashtra is likely to present a Rs.33,000 crore budget in the first week of February. However, the civic body is confident it will not have to dig into its fixed deposits (FDs). The projects like coastal road and sewage treatment […]

TN government plans to unveil a new electronics manufacturing policy

TN government plans to unveil a new electronics manufacturing policy The Tamil Nadu government plans to unveil a new electronics manufacturing policy in February, with the aim of becoming the leader in the sector. The State was working on an electronics manufacturing policy, which was being prepared with inputs from experts. The State is currently […]

South Africa plans to ease travel procedures for Indians

South Africa plans to ease travel procedures for Indians Indian travellers to South Africa have spent 20% more than they did last year, till just mid-2018. Representatives from the 2 countries met with the aim of strengthening tourism ties between the two countries. Cordial relations between South Africa and Indiago way back in time, significantly […]

IndiGo Airlines appointed Ronojoy Dutta as its new CEO

IndiGo Airlines appointed Ronojoy Dutta as its new CEO IndiGo Airlines appointed global aviation professional Ronojoy Dutta as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr.Ronojoy Dutta replaces the former CEO Aditya Ghosh. The place has been vacant after his resignation in April 2018. Mr. Dutta was president of United Airlines, where he worked for nearly […]

Irrawaddy dolphin census concludes

Irrawaddy dolphin census concludes The annual headcount exercise of Irrawaddy dolphins inhabiting in the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary and Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary concluded on 19 January 2019. The enumerators covered the Gahirmatha marine sanctuary, Dhamara coast, estuaries in Bhitarkanika, Hukitola, Paradip and Kujang coast. In 2018, the census teams had sighted 250 dolphins in the sea […]

Uttarakhand CM flags off the air services

Uttarakhand CM flags off the air services Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat flagged off the air services from Dehradun to Amritsar from Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun on Jan 21, 2019 Jolly Grant Airport/Dehradun Airport is a domestic airport located in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The main objective of this air services is to connect several cities of the country with […]

Odisha hiked social security pension

Odisha hiked social security pension On 19 January 2019, the Odisha government announced a hike of Rs 200 per month in the social security pension under ‘Madhu Babu Pension Yojana’. About 48 lakh elderly, widows and destitute women will be benefited from the scheme. The pension holders will get a revised pension of Rs 500 […]

Ankita wins ITF’s tournament in Singapore

Ankita wins ITF’s tournament in Singapore India’s Ankita Raina has won the International Tennis Federation’s $25,000 Women’s tournament in Singapore on 20 January 2019. She defeated world number 122 Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands in the final match. It was the first title of the season and eighth singles title of her career.

Andry sworn in as President of Madagascar

Andry sworn in as President of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina was sworn in as President of Madagascar on 19 January 2019. The High Constitutional Court of Madagascar had declared him as the winner of the Presidential election on 8th January with 55.66%of the votes. He was the President of Madagascar from 2009 to 2014.  Madagascar’s capital […]

UNESCO: World Capital of Architecture for 2020

UNESCO: World Capital of Architecture for 2020 The UNESCO has announced that the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro will be the World Capital of Architecture for 2020. Rio will be the first city to receive the title under a program launched together by UNESCO and the International Union of Architects (UIA) in November last year. […]

World’s oldest man Masazo Nonaka dies at 113

World’s oldest man Masazo Nonaka dies at 113 The world’s oldest man, Masazo Nonaka of Japan, has died at the age of 113 on 20 January 2019. He was officially recognised as the oldest male in the world by Guinness World Records in April 2018. He was born on 25 July 1905. Japan has one […]

ASI finds 2,300-year-old artefacts in Odisha

ASI finds 2,300-year-old artefacts in Odisha Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) unearthed artefacts believed to be 2,300-year-old while carrying out excavation at the Asurgarh Fort in Odisha’s Kalahandi district. The artefacts belonged to the Mauryan and Kushan period. Other discovered artefacts include glass bangle pieces of different designs and colours, sling balls, pestle, iron equipment […]

Indian economy to surpass UK in 2019

Indian economy to surpass UK in 2019 As per the PwC’s Global Economy Watch report, India is likely to cross the United Kingdom in the world’s largest economy rankings in 2019. It also projects real GDP growth of 1.6% for the UK, 1.7% for France and 7.6% for India in 2019. PwC’s Global Economy Watch […]

Integrated Medicine Forum to be held in Goa

Integrated Medicine Forum to be held in Goa The 2nd World Integrated Medicine Forum 2019 on the ‘Regulation of Homeopathic Medical Products; Advancing global collaboration’ will be held in Goa from 23 to 25 January 2019. The forum is being organised by the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, under the Ministry of AYUSH. The themes […]

IBBI sets up committee under UK Sinha

IBBI sets up committee under UK Sinha The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has set up an 11-member working group to look into the concept of ‘Group Insolvency’ and suggest a suitable framework. The working group will be headed by the former SEBI chief UK Sinha. It will recommend a complete regulatory framework […]

Ranjani Murali wins ‘Woman’s Voice Award’

Ranjani Murali wins ‘Woman’s Voice Award’ US-based Indian poet Ranjani Murali received the ‘Woman’s Voice Award’ at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) on 20 January 2019. The aim of the award is to recognise and encourage creative writing by women in India and to support the publication of their writing. Ranjani Murali’s first book […]

Rao chosen for Sheikh Saud International Prize

Rao chosen for Sheikh Saud International Prize Scientist and recipient of Bharat Ratna C N R Rao has been chosen for the first ‘Sheikh Saud International Prize for Materials Research’ by the Centre for Advanced Materials of the United Arab Emirates. The award involves a plaque, a medal and a cash prize of 1 lakh […]

TN Defence Industrial Corridor launched

TN Defence Industrial Corridor launched Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched the ‘Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor’ on 20 January 2019. The Corridor will connect leading military manufacturing units in Chennai, Hosur, Salem, Coimbatore, and Tiruchirappalli. It will also help the industry to integrate with the global supply chain of Defence manufacturing.  The first defence corridor […]

US spy satellite launched into orbit

US spy satellite launched into orbit A US spy satellite named ‘National Reconnaissance Office satellite’ was launched into orbit from California on 19 January 2019. The satellite was launched on powerful Delta 4 Heavy rocket. The Delta 4 Heavy stands 233 feet (71 metres) tall. The National Reconnaissance Office is responsible for US intelligence satellites.

Inter-state bridge in J-K to be inaugurated

Inter-state bridge in J-K to be inaugurated Union minister Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate the 1.2 km-long ‘Keediyan-Gandiyal’ bridge on the Ravi river in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on 22 January 2019. The inter-state bridge will connect the secluded areas of Kathua district with Punjab. The bridge would strengthen the inter-state connectivity besides giving […]

Bengali writer Atin Bandyopadhyay passed away

Bengali writer Atin Bandyopadhyay passed away Bengali writer Atin Bandyopadhyay passed away on 19 January 2019. He got Sahitya Akademi award in 2001 for his compilation of short stories ‘Panchashati Galpo’. He also penned popular fictions like ‘Nilkantha Pakhir Khonje’, ‘Aloukik Jaljaan’, ‘Nil Timi’, ‘Ekti Jaler Rekha’. He had also received the Bankim Puraskar (1998) […]

Microsoft launches online portal for weavers

Microsoft launches online portal for weavers In a bid to empower handloom weavers in Telangana, Microsoft India launched a new e-commerce portal, ‘re-weave.in’ on 19 January 2019. The portal will help the weavers optimise operations and engage better with customers. It will host signature collections created by the weaver communities, and showcase traditional designs and […]

Khelo India Youth Games concludes in Pune

Khelo India Youth Games concludes in Pune Khelo India Youth Games concluded in Pune on 20 January 2019. Maharashtra topped the Medal tally with 228 medals, whereas Haryana and Delhi claimed the second and third spot. Maharashtra bagged ‘General Championship of Khelo India 2019’ with 85 Gold Medals. The Khelo India Youth Games was organised […]

Bengaluru pipped Hyderabad to top list of worlds most dynamic cities: 6th City Momentum Index by JLL

Bengaluru pipped Hyderabad to top list of worlds most dynamic cities: 6th City Momentum Index by JLL According to the 6th City Momentum Index, released by property consultant JLL, Bengaluru has emerged as the world’s most dynamic city with a robust technology and innovation ecosystem in place. The report is titled: ‘JLL City Momentum: The […]

Indias first CWG Boxing Gold-Medallist Mohammed Ali Qamar Appointed Womens Team Coach

Indias first CWG Boxing Gold-Medallist Mohammed Ali Qamar Appointed Womens Team Coach Mohammed Ali Qamar, the man who won India’s first Commonwealth Games gold medal in boxing, has taken over as the chief coach for the country’s female boxers. He has replaced veteran Shiv Singh. Qamar, who is set to turn 38, is also the […]

Chennais Gukesh Crowned Indias Youngest Grandmaster

Chennais Gukesh Crowned Indias Youngest Grandmaster Tamil Nadu lad D Gukesh became the 2nd youngest Grand Master in the world and the youngest Indian to achieve the feat at 12 years, 7 months and 17 days, erasing the mark set by his state-mate R Praggnanandhaa in June 2018. Gukesh becomes India’s 59th Grand Master.

Manu Sawhney appointed as New ICC CEO

Manu Sawhney appointed as New ICC CEO International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that Manu Sawhney appointed as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Sawhney, the former CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and Managing Director of ESPN Star.

Stephen Constantine Resigns As Coach Of Indian Football Team

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MHRD says 10 percent quota in all admissions for the coming academic year

MHRD says 10 percent quota in all admissions for the coming academic year Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the 10% reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in the general category will be implemented in all colleges and universities, including private institutions, from 2019-20. The UGC and AICTE will be given the […]

Ninth International Micro Irrigation Conference Held in Aurangabad

Ninth International Micro Irrigation Conference Held in Aurangabad Ministry of Water resources and River development has organized 9th International Micro irrigation conference in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The conference focused on the theme of “Micro Irrigation and Modern Agriculture”.

India to buy $5 billion oil, gas from USA & spend $18 billion in defence

India to buy $5 billion oil, gas from USA & spend $18 billion in defence India committed to purchase USD 5 billion worth of oil and gas from the US per annum and USD 18 billion worth of defence equipment that are under implementation, a top Indian diplomat here said, highlighting the growing bilateral trade […]

First National EMRS National Sports Meet 2019 Held in Hyderabad First National Level Sports Meet for the students of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) was inaugurated by Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs at G.M.C Balayogi Stadium, Hyderabad. The Minister also launched an app ‘EMRS Sports Meet’ dedicated on the occasion. The […]

Cabinet approved infusion of Rs.6,000 crore in the Exim Bank

Cabinet approved infusion of Rs.6,000 crore in the Exim Bank The Cabinet approved an infusion of Rs.6,000 crore of capital in the Exim Bank of India. The capital infusion would enable the bank to augment its capital adequacy and support Indian exports. The financing will be done through the issuance of recapitalisation bonds worth Rs.6,000 […]

PM led panel to appoint new CBI cheif will meet on 24th January

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Centre has allotted Rs.6,084 crore to the NREGA Scheme

Centre has allotted Rs.6,084 crore to the NREGA Scheme Centre has allotted Rs.6,084 crore to the National Rural Employment Guarantee (NREGA/MGNREGA) scheme to tide over the next three months. NREGA scheme has exhausted 99% of its annual allocation three months ahead of time. This lifts the total allocation to MGNREGA for 2018-19 to Rs.61,084 crore, […]

Drone corridor proposed to expand unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) services in India

Drone corridor proposed to expand unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) services in India A task-force constituted by the Union government has proposed the creation of a “Drone Corridor” in the country. The task force is created to address the various challenges posed by Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in India. It has recommended key principles in the […]

Indra Nooyi is being considered to head the World Bank

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C.P.Joshi was elected unopposed as the Speaker of the Rajasthan Assembly

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Union Minister Harshvardhan launches special weather services for Kumbh Mela

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Womaniya on GeM launched by Government e Marketplace [GeM] under Commerce Ministry to empower women entrepreneurs

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Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley and Union Minority Affairs Minister Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurated Hunar Haat exhibitions in New Delhi

Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley and Union Minority Affairs Minister Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurated Hunar Haat exhibitions in New Delhi Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley and Union Minister of Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurated the Hunar Haat Exhibition at State Emporia Complex in New Delhi. The Hunar […]

Union Government Launched 2 National Level Initiatives in Field Of Science Communication

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Gujarat becomes 1st state to implement 10% quota to EWS Economically Weaker sections

Gujarat becomes 1st state to implement 10% quota to EWS Economically Weaker sections Gujarat Government announced to implement 10 percent quota for Economically Weaker sections of the general category in educational institutions and government jobs for general category poor candidates. This quota will be implemented for every job offers or admission process that is to […]

Indias largest startup ecosystem, measuring 1.8 lakh sq ft, inaugurated in Kerala by CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Indias largest startup ecosystem, measuring 1.8 lakh sq ft, inaugurated in Kerala by CM Pinarayi Vijayan Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched country’s largest startup ecosystem, integrated startup complex under the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), at the Technology Innovation Zone (TIZ), in Kochi, Kerala. It is a 1.8 lakh sq ft. facility housing incubation infrastructure […]

Puducherry announced ban of Single-Use Plastic from March 1, 2019

Puducherry announced ban of Single-Use Plastic from March 1, 2019 Chief Minister V Narayanasamy announced that production, sale, and use of single-use plastic products will be banned in the Union Territory of Puducherry from March 1, 2019. He also announced the following decisions of the cabinet to introduce ‘voluntary retirement scheme’ for the workers and […]

Ananth Narayanan resigned his position as CEO of Myntra and Jabong

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India to unveil its first Air Cargo Policy

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First-ever Philip Kotler Presidential award entitled to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmeds record goes past MS Dhoni, Adam Gilchrist to become the wicket-keeper with most catches

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Tamil Nadu defence industrial corridor to be launched on 20 January

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China plans to build international lunar base

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Retired HDFC Bank executive and former Federal Bank board member Deepak Maheshwari has taken charge as chief credit officer (CCO) at Axis Bank

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Iran plans to launch two domestically made satellites

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Gulab Chand Kataria took oath as pro tem Speaker of the Rajasthan Assembly

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ADB agreed to loan Rs.4,170 crore infrastructure project under way in VCIC

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Pakistan decided to shelve CPEC power project

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Commerce Minister announced that India is to grow crops for UAE, Saudi Arabia

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Deep and Mulik won gold medal 43rd Bombay YMCA State level annual athletics

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Study shows solar wind fills the dark side of the Moon

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Donald Trump threatens to declare national emergency

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Tamil Nadu Cm inaugrated various project in the State

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Fourth Meeting of CTDP Held In New Delhi

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Su Tseng-chang appointed as Prime Minister of Taiwan

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Adi Godrej Conferred ICSI Lifetime Award

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches Ten Iridium communications satellites

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Yes Bank Appoints Brahm Dutt As Non-Executive Part-Time Chairman

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Chhattisgarh EC unveiled an app to keep track of its polling officials

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi released commemorative coin on Sikh Guru Gobind Singh in New Delhi

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Farmers under KALIA scheme will get money by January 26

Farmers under KALIA scheme will get money by January 26 Farmers who have enrolled under Odisha’s Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme in the first phase will receive monetary assistance by January 26. Around 12.4 lakh small and marginal farmers will get Rs.5,000 each for one crop as per the provisions of […]

352nd birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru

Three hundred and fifty two Prakash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh celebrated on January 13 352nd birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Govind Singh ji, was celebrated as Prakash utsav at Patna Sahib, inBihar, the birth place of Guruji. The main function was organised at Takhat Sri Harmandir Sahib Gurdwara, Patna Sahib. Guru […]

Ashok Chawla resigned as chairman of TERI

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Indian Army Day: Interesting facts on our defending wall

The motto of the Indian Army says “Service before self.” Army Day is celebrated on January 15, every year to commemorate the day when Lieutenant General K M Cariappa took over as Commander-in-Chief of India on January 1949. He took over the position from General Sir Francis Butcher. The day is observed to honour the […]

Taslim Mir won U 17 badminton title at KIYG 2019

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Researchers have discovered six new species of bent toed geckos

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ISRO aims to send human astronauts to space by the year of 2021

ISRO aims to send human astronauts to space by the year of 2021 The year 2021 will be a busy year for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as it has set itself the target to send astronauts to space. The Gaganyaan project by the space agency will make India the fourth nation to independently send humans […]

TRS leader K Kavitha pitches for Women Reservation Bill

TRS leader K Kavitha pitches for Women Reservation Bill Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader Kavitha Kalvakuntla urged the central government to clear the long pending Women Reservation Bill. The Nizamabad lawmaker took to Twitter and expressed that strong political will is required to pass the much awaited Women Reservation Bill.

Twenty fifth Edition of Partnership Summit Held in Mumbai

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Karnatake sought Rs.2,400 crore from Centre as drought relief

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Indias longest single lane steel cable bridge opened in Arunachal

Indias longest single lane steel cable bridge opened in Arunachal India’s longest 300-metresingle lane steel cable suspension bridge was inaugurated by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu. The bridge across the Siang river at Yingkiong in Upper Siang district has been named Byorung Bridge. The bridge,  built at a cost of ₹48.43-crore provided by the DONER (Department for Development of North Eastern […]

Jammu and Kashmir set up law commission

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Govt relaxed norms for fertiliser exports

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Andhra Pradeshs seventh airport inaugurated at Orvakallu

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Egypt to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Egypt to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations between June 15 and July 13, Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad announced in Dakar. It will be the fifth time Egypt stage the biennial showpiece of African football after 1959, when the country was called the United Arab Republic, 1974, […]

Centre launches 5-yr Plan To Combat Pollution In 102 cities

Centre launches 5-yr Plan To Combat Pollution In 102 cities Environment Ministry launched the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) aimed at reducing toxic particulate matter in 102 Indian cities by 2024. The NCAP will be a mid-term, five-year plan with 2019 as the first year, while 2017 will be the base year for comparison of concentration. An […]

Karnatake sought Rs.2,400 crore from Centre as drought relief

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GHMC teamed up with NGO to feed the hungry

GHMC teamed up with NGO to feed the hungry The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has teamed up with an NGO, Apple Home for Orphan Kids at Neknampur of Manikonda, a voluntary organization in its west zone to bridge the gap between the hungry and food wastage. As per the details, the NGO come up with a proposal to […]

Tamil Nadu hosts Birdwatching event on 26th January

Tamil Nadu hosts Birdwatching event on 26th January The 12th edition of the Chennai Bird Race will be held on January 26 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It encourages amateur as well budding birdwatchers to spend a whole day spotting and identifying birds.  As a part of the race, the birdwatchers will be expected to participate in teams of four […]

Karnataka State Cabinet approved four metro rail projects

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SRiX signed agreement with Cranfield University

SRiX signed agreement with Cranfield University SR Innovation Exchange (SRiX), a Telangana-based technology business incubator signed a collaborative agreement Cranfield University (U.K.). It aims at providingBritish and Indian entrepreneurs access to new businesses and academic expertise.  As per the agreement, a 10-week immersion programme is being developed with Indian start-ups mentored in the U.K. by leading Cranfield academics. The partnership facilitates knowledge […]

Mohamed Salah Named African Footballer Of The Year

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National Youth Day: 12 January

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Industrial growth falls to 17-month low

Industrial growth falls to 17-month low Industrial output growth dropped to a 17-month low of 0.5% in November 2018 on account of contraction in the manufacturing sector. Industrial output is measured in terms of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), had grown by 8.5% in November 2017, as per data released by the Central Statistics Office. […]

Jet Airways tops global airline rating chart

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EC panel submits report on digital media

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Four projects sanctioned under Swadesh Darshan

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Jaideep appointed as Secretary General of NHRC

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Atal Tinkering Lab Handbook released

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Sushma Swaraj to visit Uzbekistan

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‘Ama Ghare LED’ scheme launched in Odisha

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Two interceptor boats inducted into navy

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Government fixes price for gold bonds

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Fish Fest begins in West Bengal

Fish Fest begins in West Bengal The three-day ‘Bengal Fish Fest 2019’ was inaugurated in Kolkata on 11 January 2019. The festival is organised by the West Bengal’s fisheries department. The aim of the festival is to make the people aware of the achievement of the state government in the area of fisheries. The festival gives […]

TOR b/w India & Swaziland approved

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4th Meeting of CTDP held in New Delhi

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MoU b/w India and Japan approved

MoU b/w India and Japan approved The Union Cabinet approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Japan on 10 January 2019. The MoU would lead to cooperation between India and Japan on the development of ‘Advanced Model Single Window’. This will accelerate India’s effort to promote Ease of Doing Business in India.

Cabinet approves Currency swap agreement

Cabinet approves Currency swap agreement On 10 January 2019, the Union Cabinet approved the bilateral currency swap arrangement between India and Japan. It authorised the Reserve Bank of India to sign the deal with the Bank of Japan for a maximum amount of $75 billion. The arrangement will bring stability to foreign exchange and capital markets […]

Government to launch a tech challenge

Government to launch a tech challenge The government of India will launch the ‘Global Housing Technology Challenge’ on 14 January 2019. The initiative will be launched under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U). It will address issues related to housing shortage in a time-bound manner and focus on the need for emerging, cost-effective and speedy […]

Nepal Army Chief conferred honorary rank

Nepal Army Chief conferred honorary rank On 12 January 2019, President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the honorary rank of General of the Indian Army to General Purna Chandra Thapa, the Army Chief of Nepal. He was honoured with honorary rank of General of the Indian Army for his military prowess and contribution to fostering Nepal’s […]

First 2019 National Consultation on Child Protection held in New Delhi under Secretary, MoW&CD

First 2019 National Consultation on Child Protection held in New Delhi under Secretary, MoW&CD  First 2019 edition of the ‘National Consultation on Child Protection’ was held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, under the Chairmanship of the Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development. To follow up on the exercise of monitoring of the CCIs by […]

Fourth Edition of Raisina Dialogue held in New Delhi

Fourth Edition of Raisina Dialogue held in New Delhi Fourth Edition of Raisina Dialogue was organized by Ministry of External Affairs in partnership with Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. The Theme of the Dialogue was “A World Reorder: New Geometries; Fluid Partnerships; Uncertain Outcomes”. The Raisina Dialogue whose first edition was held in 2015 is […]

Sheila Dikshit appointed as Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief

Sheila Dikshit appointed as Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Congress chief Rahul Gandhi appointed Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister as the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief. This move is after the resignation of Ajay Maken from the post citing ill health. Sheila Dikshit will be assisted by three working presidents, Devender Yadav, Haroon Yusuf, and Rajesh Lilotia. She was […]

GST exemption limit doubled to give relief to small businesses

GST exemption limit doubled to give relief to small businesses Finance Minister Arun Jaitley raised the annual turnover for availing composition scheme to Rs 1.5 crore from Rs 1 crore effective from April 1, 2019, to provide relief to small businesses under Goods and Services (GST) regime. The Goods and Services (GST) exemption limit has been doubled to […]

Ex-Hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan officially joined Facebook India as VP and MD

Ex-Hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan officially joined Facebook India as VP and MD Ajit Mohan officially took over as Facebook India’s new Vice President and MD. He succeeded Umang Bedi who left the post on October 2017.

Malala Yousafzai has written a new book titled We are Displaced

Malala Yousafzai has written a new book titled We are Displaced Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani activist, has written a new book, titled We are Displaced, charting her experiences travelling the world and visiting refugee camps. Publishers Weidenfeld & Nicolson and Hachette India said that her travels through the refugee camps led her to reconsider her […]

India’s Mary Kom becomes world’s top woman boxer

India’s Mary Kom becomes world’s top woman boxer Mary Kom, who had become the first ever woman boxer to win six world championship titles in November last year, has been ranked number one by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) in the light fly (45-48kg) category. The 35-year-old tops her weight division with 1700 points. Ukraine’s 22-year-old boxer Hanna […]

BBMP plans to decentralize waste processing

BBMP plans to decentralize waste processing Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) plans to decentralize waste processing has been stalled with nearly all 13 bio-methanisation plants, five organic waste converters, and eight leaf cutter and shredder plants gathering dust over the past several months. Recently, the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) Southern Regional Monitoring Committee suggested to the BBMP to […]

PM Modi launched road, sewerage projects in Maharashtra

PM Modi launched road, sewerage projects in Maharashtra Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the four-laning of Solapur-Osmanabad section of NH-211, underground sewerage system and three sewage treatment plants developed at an investment of ₹1,100 crore in Maharashtra. PM also laid the foundation stone for a ₹1,811 crore housing project of 30,000 units under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. The housing project will benefit the homeless poor […]

Japan’s passport ranked world’s most powerful, India’s 79th

Japan’s passport ranked world’s most powerful, India’s 79th According to the Henley Passport Index, Japan has retained its top spot as the world’s most powerful passport this year, with its citizens able to enter 190 countries without requiring a visa. India‘s passport was ranked 79th, having visa-free access to 61 destinations. Singapore and South Korea come second with access to 189 countries each while France and Germany […]

AlokVerma appointed as Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards

AlokVerma appointed as Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards The Cabinet Committee on Appointments has now posted Alok Verma as Director-General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards, for the remaining period of his present term that ends on January 31. He has been removed as CBI Director and the Additional Director M. Nageswara Rao has […]

Gangavaram circle police received the Award for the Best Crime Detection for 2018

Gangavaram circle police received the Award for the Best Crime Detection for 2018 The Gangavaram circle police of Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, received the Award for the Best Crime Detection (ABCD) for 2018 from the Chief Secretary Anil Chandra Punetha and Director General of Police R.P. Thakur in Vijayawada. The award was conferred on the circle personnel for solving […]

PM Modi launched project connecting Ganga to Agra

PM Modi launched project connecting Ganga to 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. Gangajal project aims to […]

Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were named top seeds for Australian Open

Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were named top seeds for Australian Open The Serbian tennis player, Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep, the Romanian tennis player, were named top seeds for next week’s Australian Open.  Djokovic heads Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer. Halep takes the top seeding among the women courtesy of her world number one ranking, but […]

Nicolas Maduro sworn in as Venezuela Prez for 2nd term amid economic crisis

Nicolas Maduro sworn in as Venezuela Prez for 2nd term amid economic crisis Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro started a second term in office on January 10, 2019, amid the economic and humanitarian crisis faced by the Latin American country. Maduro was re-elected last year amid allegation of vote buying and electoral fraud. The US, EU and 13 […]

‘Web- Wonder Women’ Campaign launched

‘Web- Wonder Women’ Campaign launched The Ministry of Women and Child Development launched an online campaign, ‘ #www: Web- WonderWomen’ on 9 January 2019. The Campaign aims to discover and celebrate the exceptional achievements of women, who have influenced and impacted society through social media. The Ministry in collaboration with ‘Breakthrough’ and ‘Twitter India’ has […]

‘Gangajal Project’ inaugurated in Agra

‘Gangajal Project’ inaugurated in Agra Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the ‘Gangajal Project’ in Agra on 9 January 2019. The programme will provide a supply of better drinking water which will benefit the residents as well as tourists. Gangajal project aims to bring 140 cusecs of Ganga water to Agra. He also launched civic projects […]

Parliament passes 124th Amendment Bill

Parliament passes 124th Amendment Bill On 9 January 2019, the Rajya Sabha passed the 124th Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2019. The bill seeks to provide a 10% reservation in government jobs and admission in educational institutions to economically backward people among upper castes. The Bill will amend the article 15 and 16 of the constitution of India. […]

N. Ram appointed as President of AFMF

N. Ram appointed as President of AFMF N. Ram was appointed as the President of the ‘Alliance for Media Freedom’ (AFMF). AFMF is a cross-media advocacy and action group of media organisations, promoters, and journalists. The Alliance is dedicated to working for the cause of media freedom, media independence, and the safety of the journalist. N. […]

Iranian bank allowed to open Mumbai branch

Iranian bank allowed to open Mumbai branch On 8 January 2019, India allowed Iran’s Pasargad Bank to open a branch in Mumbai. Alongside, India’s UCO Bank will open a branch in Iran. The two banks will facilitate transactions relating to the operation of berths at Iran’s Chabahar Port. The move is also expected to facilitate […]

RBI made changes in Gold Monetisation Scheme

RBI made changes in Gold Monetisation Scheme On 9 January 2019, the RBI made some changes in Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS). Apart from the individual and joint depositors, GMS has been extended to charitable institutions, Central Government, State Government or any other entity owned by the Government. The government of India had launched the GMS […]

Salah named Caf African Player of the Year

Salah named Caf African Player of the Year Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was named 2018 Confederation of African Football’s (Caf) ‘Player of the Year’. He won the award for the second time. Houston Dash and South Africa forward Thembi Kgatlana was named Women’s Player of the Year. Salah was voted the ‘BBC African Footballer of the […]

RBI allows ‘tokenisation’ services

RBI allows ‘tokenisation’ services The RBI allowed the card payment providers to offer tokenisation services. ‘Tokenisation’ will ensure the safety of digital transactions and reduce the chances of fraud. It involves a process in which a unique token hides the sensitive card details. The token is used to perform card transactions in contactless mode at Point […]

Andaman to be 1st Island to operate seaplanes

Andaman to be 1st Island to operate seaplanes The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation approved operations on 13 water aerodromes under Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik-3 (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 […]

UNODC releases report in human trafficking

UNODC releases report in human trafficking The 2018 ‘Global Report on Trafficking in Persons’ was released by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC). As per the report, the girls account for 23% of all trafficking victims detected globally, based on the data from 2016. Boys account for 7% of reported trafficking victims, down […]

Sri Lanka gets $400 million from RBI

Sri Lanka gets $400 million from RBI On 9 January 2019, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) agreed to provide $400 million to Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The RBI agreed to provide the funds under its SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) swap facility. The funds will help Sri Lanka to maintain an adequate […]

Longest cable suspension bridge inaugurated

Longest cable suspension bridge inaugurated Arunachal Pradesh’s Chief Minister, Pema Khandu inaugurated India’s longest single lane steel cable suspension bridge over River Siang in Upper Siang district. The name of the bridge is Byorung Bridge. The 300-meter-long Bridge was funded by the Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Ministry under Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources.

UN chief appoints new Lebanon envoy

UN chief appoints new Lebanon envoy On 9 January 2019, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed Jan Kubis as the new UN special coordinator in Lebanon. He will take over from Pernille Dahler Kardel of Denmark, who was acting coordinator since November 2017. Jan Kubis was the Foreign Minister of Slovakia. He also served as UN […]

World Hindi Day observed on 10 January

World Hindi Day observed on 10 January World Hindi Day is observed every year on January 10 to promote the greatness of the Hindi language. The first World Hindi Conference was held on January 10 in 1975 and to commemorate this day, World Hindi Day is celebrated every year. The first World Hindi Conference was […]

SEBI constitutes ‘Research Advisory’ committee

SEBI constitutes ‘Research Advisory’ committee The Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) constituted a ‘Research Advisory’ committee. It will be headed by Dr. Sankar De. The committee will assist in formulating policy to undertake research relevant for the development and regulation of capital markets. The committee would comprise prominent financial economists and market practitioners.

Airboat service from Varanasi to Prayagraj

Airboat service from Varanasi to Prayagraj The government of India will launch an airboat service from Varanasi to Prayagraj for the Kumbh Mela from 26 January 2019. The airboat will have an engine of a vehicle and carry 16 people in one go. It can cruise up to 80 kilometers per hour and requires a […]

Bavleen won gold medal in gymnastics

Bavleen won gold medal in gymnastics Jammu and Kashmir’s Bavleen Kaur won the gold medal in the women’s Under-17 all-around rhythmic gymnastics event at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019. Maharashtra’s Shreya Bhangale and Krisha Chheda took silver and bronze medals. The 2019 Khelo India Youth Games are being held in Pune, Maharashtra.

‘We are Displaced’ released in India

‘We are Displaced’ released in India A book titled ‘We are Displaced’ was released in India on 9 January 2019. The author of the book is Malala Yousafzai. The book gives a description of her experiences of traveling around the world and visiting refugee camps. Malala Yousafzai got the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

1st India-Central Asia Dialogue in Uzbekistan

1st India-Central Asia Dialogue in Uzbekistan The first India-Central Asia Dialogue will be held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on 12 and 13 January 2019. It will be co-chaired by External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj and the Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan, Abdulaziz Kamilov. The participants of the conference will deliberate on connectivity issues between India and Afghanistan […]

Mary Kom attained number one position

Mary Kom attained number one position Boxer MC Mary Kom attained number one position in the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) latest world rankings. She won the gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. She also won a silver at the prestigious ‘Strandja Memorial’ in Bulgaria. She successful boxer in the history of World Championship […]

IndiaMoneyMart Receives NBFC -P2P Certification from RBI

IndiaMoneyMart Receives NBFC -P2P Certification from RBI  Reserve Bank of India (RBI)granted NBFC – P2P (Non-Banking Financial Company – Peer to Peer) Certificate to IndiaMoneyMart and this certification will enable IndiaMoneyMart to expand operations and target loan disbursals worth INR 100 Crore by the end of financial year 2018-19. The step will validates IndiaMoneyMart’s strong […]

Jana Small Finance Bank Launches Current Account with Unique Auto-Sweep Facility

Jana Small Finance Bank Launches Current Account with Unique Auto-Sweep Facility Jana Small Finance Banklaunched Current Account with Auto-Sweep facility. The facility will enable bank’s existing and potential new customers to auto sweep-in and sweep-out the idle funds in the current account to Sweep Fixed Deposit and earn high interest. For a tenor of 365 days […]

New national policy for domestic workers being drafted, about 40 lakh to benefit: Labour Ministry

New national policy for domestic workers being drafted, about 40 lakh to benefit: Labour Ministry Labor minister Santosh Gangwar announced that the ministry of labor & employment will formulate a National Policy on Domestic Workers to give recognition to them and to make them eligible for minimum wages, social security, and safe working conditions. This […]

NHAI collaborate with Oil Marketing Companies for issuance of FASTags through petroleum retail outlets

NHAI collaborate with Oil Marketing Companies for issuance of FASTags through petroleum retail outlets Indian Highways Management Company Ltd. (IHMCL), a company promoted by NHAI, has signed MOUs with state-run Oil Marketing Companies (IOCL, BPC, and HPC). It will ensure availability of FASTags at petroleum outlets across India. Indian highways management company ltd. (IHMCL) had launched […]

One hundred sixth Session of Indian Science Congress Concludes in Jalandhar

One hundred sixth Session of Indian Science Congress Concludes in Jalandhar The 106th session of Indian Science Congress (ISC), 2019 concluded in Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar yesterday. The five-day session was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and attended by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Science &Technology Minister on 3rd January 2018. As a part of […]

Reliance Jio introduces Kumbh Jio Phone app for pilgrims

Reliance Jio introduces Kumbh Jio Phone app for pilgrims Reliance Jio Infocomm launched the Kumbh JioPhone application, specially designed for millions of pilgrims who will congregate during this year’s Ardh Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj.  The new app which will be available to both existing and new JioPhone users will contain information on Kumbh, real-time travel information […]

SC reinstated Alok Verma as CBI Chief; to look in to corruption charges by High-Committee panel and CVC

SC reinstated Alok Verma as CBI Chief; to look in to corruption charges by High-Committee panel and CVC Supreme Court, as per orders penned by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, reinstated CBI Director Alok Kumar Vermawithout giving him any major policy decision making powers. This was done against the October 23 2018 decision which had earlier […]

BCCI announces cash awards for triumphant Team India members

BCCI announces cash awards for triumphant Team India members Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced cash awards of Rs 15 lakh per match for each of the playing eleven that featured in India’s maiden Test Cricket series win on Australian soil. Virat Kohli and his team defeated Australia 2-1 in the four-match Test […]

Amazon overtakes Microsoft to become world’s most valuable company

Amazon overtakes Microsoft to become world’s most valuable company Amazon was valued at $810 billion as compared to Microsoft at $789 billion. Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994. Amazon achieved its record market capitalisation of $1 trillion in September last year. Following Amazon as the most valuable company in the world are Microsoft, Alphabet Inc, and Apple.

DRDO receives Exhibitor of the Year Award

DRDO receives Exhibitor of the Year Award 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. DRDO’s outdoor exhibits included surface-to-air missile system – Akash, model of BrahMos missile, remotely operated vehicle – Daksh, heavy weight torpedo – Varunastra, Laser […]

Airports Authority of India declares 16 airports ‘single-use plastic free’

Airports Authority of India declares 16 airports ‘single-use plastic free’ Sixteen airports – Indore, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Tirupati, Trichy, Vijayawada, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Vadodara, Madurai, Raipur, Vizag, Pune, Kolkata and Varanasi – have been declared as single-use plastic free. Airports Authority of India (AAI) has also banned single-use plastic across 129 of its airports, from January 1. Single-use plastic items […]

Nandan Nilekani to Head RBI’s new panel on digital payments

Nandan Nilekani to Head RBI’s new panel on digital payments The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) constituted a high-level committee headed by former chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Nandan Nilekani to set up a robust digital payments ecosystem in India. Role of the five-member panel – To review the existing status of digitization of payments, identify gaps in […]

Shenzhen becomes 2nd China city with 99% electric taxis

Shenzhen becomes 2nd China city with 99% electric taxis Shenzhen city in southern China has announced 99% of the taxis operating in the city are now electric, becoming China’s second and largest city to do so. Out of 21,689 taxis operational in the city, around 7,500 taxis were still gasoline-powered in 2018. Notably, the northern China city of Taiyuan has had […]

Royal Enfield President Rudratej Singh steps down

Royal Enfield President Rudratej Singh steps down He will be succeeded by Lalit Malik, CFO, Eicher Motors Ltd who will take on the additional interim responsibility of the Chief Commercial Officer of Royal Enfield (RE) with immediate effect. Rudratej Singh had been with Royal Enfield for about four years. He worked for Unilever in Singapore prior to his […]

Russian President Putin invites PM Modi to Eastern Economic Forum as main guest

Russian President Putin invites PM Modi to Eastern Economic Forum as main guest Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephonic conversation during which they focused on key bilateral and international issues and resolved to step up cooperation in dealing with terrorism. Russian president invited Modi to take part in the Eastern Economic Forum […]

Lok Sabha passed the ‘DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019’

Lok Sabha passed the ‘DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019’ The purpose of this Bill is to expand the application of DNA-based forensic technologies to support and strengthen the justice delivery system of the country. The key components of this Bill include: establishment of a DNA Regulatory Board; accreditation of DNA laboratories undertaking DNA testing, […]

Vikram Misri takes charge as India’s new envoy to China

Vikram Misri takes charge as India’s new envoy to China A 1989-batchIndian Foreign Service officer, Vikram Misrireplaced Gautam Bambawale, who had retired in November. Misri has previously served as the Indian envoy to Myanmar, as well as in various capacities at the headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs and Prime Minister’s Office. He has also served in […]

BJP formed 17 groups for LS election

BJP formed 17 groups for LS election BJP formed 17 groups for upcoming Lok Sabha election. The election is expected to be held in April-May. The party’s president Amit Shah announced the formation of 17 groups in preparation for the election.  Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Rajnath Singh is to head the party’s “sankalp patra” (manifesto) committee. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will head its […]

Ministry of Human Resource Development introduced a 70-point grading index to assess the quality of school education

Ministry of Human Resource Development introduced a 70-point grading index to assess the quality of school education Posted on:08 Jan 2019 09:41:48 Free Current Affairs to Your Email 08 January 2019 Current Affairs: Union Minister of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Shri Prakash Javadekar stated that the HRD ministry introduced a 70-point grading index to assess the quality […]

Govt allocates Rs 10,900 crores for development of 40 satellite launch vehicles in next 4-years: ISRO Chairman

Govt allocates Rs 10,900 crores for development of 40 satellite launch vehicles in next 4-years: ISRO Chairman Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced at a ceremony organized by St Joseph’s College, Trichy, Tamilnadu which is celebrating its 175 anniversary that the Union Government has allocated 10,900 crore rupees for the development of 40 satellite launch vehicles […]

Jasprit Bumrah finishes 2018 as the highest wicket-taker across all formats

Jasprit Bumrah finishes 2018 as the highest wicket-taker across all formats Twenty-Five years old Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah finishes 2018 as the highest international wicket-taker of 2018 with 78 wickets after taking 9 wickets in the 3rd Test Match against Australia held in Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia. South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada ranked 2nd in […]

Maharashtra to host 2nd edition of Khelo India Youth Games

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 tomorrow 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 […]

Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg arrives in Delhi for 3 day visit

Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg arrives in Delhi for 3 day visit During the visit, Ms Erna Solberg hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. She delivers the Inaugural address at the Raisina Dialogueand will address India-Norway Business Summit. Several agreements will be […]

Sheikh Hasina sworn in as Bangladesh PM for 3rd consecutive term

Sheikh Hasina sworn in as Bangladesh PM for 3rd consecutive term Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League-led alliance won 288 of the 298 seats in the December 30 election. President Abdul Hamid administered the oath of office to 71-year-old Hasina at the Bangabhaban. This is Hasina’s fourth term in office overall. Hasina will lead a Cabinet of 24 ministers, 19 ministers […]

Alok Verma Reinstated As CBI Chief By Supreme Court

Alok Verma Reinstated As CBI Chief By Supreme Court  Alok Verma reinstated as the CBI chief by the Supreme Court, three months after the government divested him of his powers and sent him on forced leave. Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana were both sent on leave in October amid a bitter feud between the […]

Andhra’s Polavaram irrigation project creates 2 Guinness world records

Andhra’s Polavaram irrigation project creates 2 Guinness world records The Polavaram irrigation project in Andhra Pradesh created two Guinness world records for ‘pouring the highest amount of concrete’ and ‘largest continuous concrete pour in 24 hours’. The Polavaram irrigation project is located in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The project has entered the Guinness World Records […]

RBI expected to pay government up to Rs 40,000 crore interim dividend

RBI expected to pay government up to Rs 40,000 crore interim dividend The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to transfer an interim dividend of up to Rs 30,000 crore to Rs 40,000 crore ($4.32 billion-$5.8 billion) to the government by March. The funds are crucial to meet the fiscal deficit target of 3.3 percent of the GDP for […]

Government merged three Regional Rural Banks

Government merged three Regional Rural Banks The government has amalgamated three Regional Rural Banks — Punjab Gramin Bank, Malwa Gramin Bank and Sutlej Gramin Bank — into a single RRB with immediate effect. The sponsor banks of the RRBs are National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), the Government of Punjab and Punjab National Bank, State […]

ASI declared 6 monuments of National Importance in 2018

ASI declared 6 monuments of National Importance in 2018 ♦ The 125-year-old Old High Court Building in Nagpur, Maharashtra; ♦ Two Mughal-era monuments in Agra – Haveli of Agha Khanand Hathi Khana; ♦ The ancient Neemrana Baori in Rajasthan’s Alwar district; ♦ The Group of Temples at Ranipur Jharail in Odisha’s Bolangir district; ♦ The Vishnu Temple in Kotali, Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand are the Six […]

Cabinet approved a Constitution Amendment Bill to provide 10 percent reservation

Cabinet approved a Constitution Amendment Bill to provide 10 percent reservation The 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 […]

Cabinet cleared the redrafted Citizenship Amendment Bill

Cabinet cleared the redrafted Citizenship Amendment Bill The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the contentiousCitizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 recommended that the Assam government should help settle migrants especially in places which are not densely populated, thus, causing a lesser impact on the demographic changes and providing succour to the indigenous Assamese people. The Union Cabinet cleared the redrafted Citizenship […]

Indian Navy to commission a new airbase

Indian Navy to commission a new airbase The Indian Navy is planning to commission a new airbase 100 miles north of Port Blair in the strategically located Andaman and Nicobar islands. Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will commission the base, INS Kohassa on January 24.  This will be India’s fourth air base and the third naval air facility in the archipelago, which are more closer to Southeast Asia […]

USFDA approved Lupins Lurasidone Hydrochloride drug

USFDA approved Lupins Lurasidone Hydrochloride drug Lupin, the major Drug maker, received the approval from United States Food & Drug Administration (USFDA), the U.S. health regulator, to market Lurasidone Hydrochloridetablets in the U.S.  The firm can sell its product in strengths of 20 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg, 80 mg, and 120 mg. The drug is a […]

Gruh Finance announced its merger with Bandhan Bank

Gruh Finance announced its merger with Bandhan Bank Gruh Finance, the affordable housing finance arm of HDFC, will be merged with Bandhan Bank, the newest commercial bank. The move would help the Bandhan Bank to cut promoter stake from 82.3% to 61%.  According to the deal, 568 equity shares of face value of Rs.10 each of Bandhan Bank is to be […]

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim to step down on February 1

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim to step down on February 1 World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on January 7 announced that he will step down from his position on February 1 – much before the end of his term in 2022. Kim, 58, has been in this position for over six years now. […]

India born Gita Gopinath joins IMF as 1st woman Chief Economist

India born Gita Gopinath joins IMF as 1st woman Chief Economist Mysore-born Gita Gopinath has joined International Monetary Fund (IMF) as its chief economist, becoming the first woman to occupy the top IMF post. She succeeds Maurice Obstfeld, who retired on December 31. Ms Gopinath considers the perceived retreat from globalisation as one of the top challenges being faced by the IMF.

NCR launches mobile app for Kumbh Mela

NCR launches mobile app for Kumbh Mela The North Central Railway (NCR) launched a mobile application to help people navigate through Prayagraj city during Kumbh Mela starting from 15 January 2019. The name of the app is ‘Rail Kumbh Seva Mobile App’. It will also provide information regarding all the ‘Mela special’ trains that will […]

Anganwadi workers to be honoured with awards

Anganwadi workers to be honoured with awards Union Minister for Women & Child Development, Maneka Gandhi conferred National Awards to 97 Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) on 7 January 2019. The awards were given for their Exceptional Achievements for the year 2017-18 The award is given to motivate the AWWs and recognise their exemplary service in the […]

Norwegian PM arrives in New Delhi

Norwegian PM arrives in New Delhi Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg arrived in New Delhi on a three-day state visit to India on 7 January 2019. She will participate in the Indo-Norwegian Business Conference. Norway is a leading ocean country, and a major exporter of seafood, oil, and gas. Norway’s capital is Oslo and […]

Govt notifies High-Level Committee for Assam

Govt notifies High-Level Committee for Assam The government has notified a High-Level Committee for implementation of Clause six of the Assam Accord on 6 January 2019. The committee is headed by former IAS officer M.P. Bezbaruah. It will assess the appropriate level of reservation of seats in the Assam Assembly and local bodies for the […]

Roger Federer clinched Hopman Cup

Roger Federer clinched Hopman Cup Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic won the Hopman Cup on 5 January 2019. They defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev in the final match. Roger Federer is the first player to win three Hopman Cups – twice with Bencic and once with Martina Hingis, in 2001. The Hopman Cup […]

HRD introduces 70-point grading index

HRD introduces 70-point grading index The Ministry of Human Resource Development has introduced a 70-point grading index to assess the quality of school education offered by states. A state performance grading will be done wherein the states will be marked out of 1,000 on 70 parameters. This will give the correct picture of where every […]

Rani won gold medal in National’s Judo C’Ship

Rani won gold medal in National’s Judo C’Ship Lady head constable, Rani of 5th Indian Reserve Battalion of Himachal Pradesh Police won a Gold medal in the Senior National Women’s Judo Championship on 5 January 2019. The championship was held in Visakhapatnam. She won the gold medal in the 78 kg category. She was also […]

Bopanna and Sharan won the Tata Open title

Bopanna and Sharan won the Tata Open title Rohan Bopanna’s and Divij Sharan have won the ATP tour Tennis title at the Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune on 5 January 2019. The defeated Britain’s Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Maara in the final match. It was Bopanna’s 18th ATP tour title while Sharan won his fourth tournament. […]

Sydney to host new ATP World Team Cup

Sydney to host new ATP World Team Cup Sydney will host the finals of inaugural 24-team ATP Cup men’s tennis tournament. The tennis tournament will be played from 3 January 2020. Sydney, Brisbane, and one other Australian city will co-host the tournament. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), which runs the men’s tennis tournament, voted […]

International Kite Festival inaugurated

International Kite Festival inaugurated In Gujarat, the nine-day long international kite festival kicked off at Sabarmati River Front in Ahmedabad on 6 January 2019. The festival is a part of the celebrations for Makar Sankranti (also called Uttarayan). More than 150 kite fliers from 45 countries are participating in this edition of the festival. About […]

Odisha announces interest-free loans for WSHGs

Odisha announces interest-free loans for WSHGs On 5 January 2019, Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced interest-free loans of up to Rs. 3 lakh for Women Self-Help Groups (WSHGs) in the state. There are around 6 lakh WSHGs in Odisha. The initiative will benefit about 70 lakh women. He also distributed financial assistance of Rs. […]

Net direct tax grew by 13.6%

Net direct tax grew by 13.6% As per the Ministry of Finance, revenue from direct tax grew by 13.6% to Rs 7.43 lakh crore in the first nine months of the current financial year 2018-19 (April-March). Gross tax collection grew by 14.1% to Rs 8.74 lakh crore. Corporate Income Tax (CIT) grew 14.8%, while personal […]

Sheikh Hasina took oath as Bangladesh’s PM

Sheikh Hasina took oath as Bangladesh’s PM Sheikh Hasina took oath as Prime Minister of Bangladesh on 7 January 2019. President Mohammad Abdul Hamid administered the oath of office to her. Sheikh Hasina became Bangladesh’s Prime Minister for the fourth time. She is the President of Awami League. Awami League and its allies secured 288 […]

Quota for economically backward upper castes

Quota for economically backward upper castes On 7 January 2019, the Union Cabinet approved a 10% reservation for ‘economically backward’ upper castes in government jobs. The reservation will be applicable for those belonging to the upper castes and earning less than Rs 8 lakh per year. A bill to amend Article 15 and 16 of […]

AAI signs MoU with SAMEER

AAI signs MoU with SAMEER Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed MoU with Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER) on 4 January 2019. The MoU will provide a platform for joint research programs in the field of Communication Navigation and Surveillance (CNS). SAMEER is an autonomous Research and Development (R&D) institute under […]

Polavaram project created a World Record

Polavaram project created a World Record The Polavaram multi-purpose irrigation project entered the Guinness Book record in terms of using the highest volume of concrete in a given day. The project contractor Navayuga Engineering Company poured 32,100 cubic meters of concrete in the spillway channel within 24 hours. The project beat the existing record set […]

‘Tansen Mahotsav’ to be held in New Delhi

‘Tansen Mahotsav’ to be held in New Delhi The 18th edition of the ‘Swami Haridas Tansen Sangeet Nritya Mahotsav’ will be held in New Delhi from 10 January 2019. The festival seeks to revive and promote the interest of the youth in traditional Indian art forms. It is dedicated to 16th-century poets and musicians, Swami […]

5,000 additional seats for JNVs approved

5,000 additional seats for JNVs approved On 7 January 2019, Ministry of Human Resource Development approved an increase of 5,000 seats at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) across the country. The total number of seats has increased from 46,600 to 51,000 at the JNVs. JNVs are run by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, New Delhi, an autonomous organisation […]

Monkey fever in Karnakata

Monkey fever in Karnakata At least six people have died due to Kyasanur forest disease (KFD), also known as ‘monkey fever’, in Shivamogga district of Karnakata. KFD is a re-emerging zoonotic disease endemic in Karnataka. It is caused by Kyasanur Forest disease virus (KFDV), a member of the virus family Flaviviridae. The disease can be […]

Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill passed in LS

Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill passed in LS The Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was passed in Lok Sabha on 7 January 2019. It seeks to remove leprosy as a ground for divorce in five personal laws: Hindu Marriage Act, Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, Divorce Act (for Christians), Special Marriage Act and the Hindu Adoptions and […]

Nine day long International Kite Festival kicks off in Ahmedabad

Nine day long International Kite Festival kicks off in Ahmedabad Nine-day long international kite festival which marks the Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti, the day when winter season starts changing to summer and farmers welcome the approaching harvest season, kicked off at Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. This year’s Kite festival in which Chief Minister Vijay […]

Nepal asked RBI to declare banned new Indian currency notes legal

Nepal asked RBI to declare banned new Indian currency notes legal Nepal asked the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to declare newly circulated Indian currency notes of denominations higher than Rs.100 legal tender in the country. After the demonetisation of Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 Indian currency notes, circulation of new banknotes of denominations Rs.200, Rs.500 and Rs.2,000 was […]

Pentagon chief of staff Kevin Sweeney resigned

Pentagon chief of staff Kevin Sweeney resigned Kevin Sweeney, the chief of staff of the US Department of Defence, resigned from his position. Kevin Sweeney retired as a Rear Admiral from the US Navy in 2014.

Hydro policy for 5,950 MW projects to be implemented

Hydro policy for 5,950 MW projects to be implemented Due to financial constraints and other reasons 16 hydropower projects of 5,950 MW capacity are stalled. This might prompt the government to bring in a hydro policy at the earliest. A total of 37 hydropower projects of 12GW generation capacities are under construction in the country. Central Electricity Authority (CEA) estimated an annual […]

Hopman Cup: Roger Federer & Belinda Bencic retain title for Switzerland

Hopman Cup: Roger Federer & Belinda Bencic retain title for Switzerland  Hopman Cup, an annual international eight-team indoor hardcourt tennis tournament was held in Perth, Western Australia. It is a mixed competition in which male and female players are on combined teams and represent their countries. The Event was concluded on 5th January 2019. This year […]

Centre launched the second auction of 14 oil, gas blocks

Centre launched the second auction of 14 oil, gas blocks The Centre launched the second auction of 14 blocks for prospecting of oil and gas in an attempt to raise domestic output to cut imports. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhanlaunched the Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP) bid round-II, with 14 blocks measuring 29,333 square kilometre in an aggregate area on offer. […]

Vijay Mallya First Tycoon To Be Named Fugitive Economic Offender

Vijay Mallya First Tycoon To Be Named Fugitive Economic Offender Vijay Mallya became the first tycoon to be charged under a new anti-fraud law, with a court in Mumbai naming him as an offender under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018. The anti-corruption court was hearing an application by the Enforcement Directorate, seeking a direction to […]

ICICI Bank, SBFC Joined Hands To Provide Loans Worth Rs. 1 Crore To MSMEs For 15-year Tenure

ICICI Bank, SBFC Joined Hands To Provide Loans Worth Rs. 1 Crore To MSMEs For 15-year Tenure  ICICI Bank, in a first-of-its-kind programme, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Small Business FinCredit India Pvt. Ltd. (SBFC),a systemically important Non-Banking Finance Company for entrepreneurs, to jointly provide credit worth up to Rs 1 crore to MSMEs […]

Andhra Pradesh Tops ACIs Ease Of Doing Business Index

Andhra Pradesh Tops ACIs 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 […]

ISS to grow beans in 2021

ISS to grow beans in 2021 New research suggested International Space Station (ISS) could be growing beans in 2021. It had already cultivated lettuce in space three years ago. The beans could be planted inhigh-tech planters developed at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).  The planters can regulate all the water, nutrients, gas and air the plants […]

Journalist Dinu Randive conferred with lifetime achievement award

Journalist Dinu Randive conferred with lifetime achievement award Veteran journalist Dinu Randive conferred with the lifetime achievement award by the Mantralaya and Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh, an association of journalists covering Maharashtra legislature and secretariat. He also participated in the freedom struggle, the Sanyukta Maharashtra movement and the Goa liberation movement. Award winners in other categories included Vishwas […]

MGNREGA scheme faces fund crisis

MGNREGA scheme faces fund crisis Economists, researchers, and workers on the ground are worried that the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act scheme is facing a severe fund crisis. 99% of the money allocated already exhausted three months before the end of the financial year, and 11 States and Union Territories having a negative net balance. The MGNREGA […]

Centre eased Defence manufacturing rules

Centre eased Defence manufacturing rules The Centre issued a notification to simplify the process for the approval of manufacturing of a range of defence and aerospace equipment and components by private industry. This will bring the industries under the licensing authority of theDepartment of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) which is under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The items are listed in […]

BJP formed 17 groups for LS election

BJP formed 17 groups for LS election BJP formed 17 groups for upcoming Lok Sabha election. The election is expected to be held in April-May. The party’s president Amit Shah announced the formation of 17 groups in preparation for the election.  Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Rajnath Singh is to head the party’s “sankalp patra” (manifesto) committee. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will head its […]

Indian Panorama Film Festival begins in New Delhi

Indian Panorama Film Festival begins in New Delhi A 10-day long Indian Panorama Film Festival began at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. Inaugurating the Festival, Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare films rise above all constraints of languages. The films to be shown in the Festival reflect the economic progress the country has made and the […]

LS passed Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill

LS passed Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill The Lok Sabha passed the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018. The Bill will allow a panel of eminent professionals to run the scam-tainted Medical Council of India (MCI) so that medical education can be regulated in the best manner. Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said this Bill superseded the MCI and the powers […]

China successfully tested its Mother of All Bombs

China successfully tested its Mother of All Bombs China successfully tested its most powerful non-nuclear weapon, dubbed as the Mother of All Bombs. The bomb, whose strength is only second to that of a nuclear weapon, was dropped by a Chinese H-6K bomber.  The bomb is five to six metres long (16 to 20 feet), but weighs less […]

Air quality remains poor in Mumbai

Air quality remains poor in Mumbai Mumbai city’s air quality continued to be in the poor category, after being in the very poor category. Experts have said that the air quality index (AQI) will stay in the poor to very poor categories for around a month. This is the worst it has been since Diwali. India Meteorological Department forecast said […]

Sudhir Bhargava apppointed as the new CIC

Sudhir Bhargava apppointed as the new CIC Centre has appointed Sudhir Bhargava as the new Chief Information Commissioner (CIC). Four new members have also been appointed to CIC, taking its strength to seven. Four vacancies still remain. Mr. Bhargava, a former Secretary to the Social Justice Ministry, has been a Commissioner since June 2015. He will be the ninth chief of […]

Study says spinach protein may offer treatment for alcohol abuse, mood disorders

Study says spinach protein may offer treatment for alcohol abuse, mood disorders Researchers from Purdue University, Indiana, US, found a large protein in spinach that may aid in the development of new medications for millions around the world dealing with alcohol use disorders, chronic pain, and mood disorders. They discovered two peptides which are naturally metabolic products of Rubisco, a large protein […]

Tripura government seeks Rs.8,389.71 crore from the Centre for tribal welfare

Tripura government seeks Rs.8,389.71 crore from the Centre for tribal welfare The Tripura government seeks a special package of Rs.8,389.71 crore from the Centre for development of the State’s indigenous people who constitute one-third of its population. The tribal people of the State remained backward as no previous government had taken any initiative for their development. The BJP-IPFT government headed by Chief […]

China named its lunar rover as Yutu 2

China named its lunar rover as Yutu 2 China successfully deployed Chang’e-4 lunar probe to carry out a string of experiments on the unexplored far side of the moon.  It has named the lunar rover as ‘Yutu 2’. The Lunar rover Yutu 2 touched the lunar surface and left a trace on the loose lunar soil. The rover’s touchdown is […]

LS passed a Bill to amend the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill

LS passed a Bill to amend the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill The Lok Sabha passed a Bill to amend the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018. The amendment will allow individuals to offer voluntarily biometric ID as a means of identity verification for obtaining services such as opening a bank account and getting a mobile phone connection. The […]

Chandrayaan-2 mission launch most likely in Feb

Chandrayaan-2 mission launch most likely in Feb  Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will most likely launch Chandrayaan-2, the country’s second mission to the Moon. The features of the Chandrayaan-2 mission are: Chandrayaan-2 mission is a totally indigenous venture comprising of an orbiter, a lander, and a rover. There would be a controlled descent and the lander […]

Arunima Sinha Becomes Worlds 1st Female Amputee To Scale Antarcticas Highest Peak

Arunima Sinha Becomes Worlds 1st Female Amputee To Scale Antarcticas Highest Peak  Arunima Sinha, the first female amputee to have conquered Mt Everest, created yet another record as she became world’s first woman amputee to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to address IIT Bombay event

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to address IIT Bombay event Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari will participate in IIT Bombay’s prestigious event Pre-Summit 2019. The Union Minister will share his ideas on flagship programmes like Start-up India, Mudra, and Skill India Mission. Veteran Industrialist and BJP Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar will moderate the interactive session.

Karnataka MP Pratap Simha demands change in IBPS recruitment pattern

Karnataka MP Pratap Simha demands change in IBPS recruitment pattern Karnataka MP Pratap Simha on Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and requested him to review the existing recruitment policy of Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) In an official communication Simha urged Jaitley to reinstate the provision of ‘Local language’ which was dropped in 2015 […]

Donald Trump Signs Asia Reassurance Initiative Act Into Law

Donald Trump Signs Asia Reassurance Initiative Act Into Law U.S. President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA), which passed the U.S. Senate earlier in December. According to the White House, the act establishes a multifaceted U.S. strategy to increase U.S. security, economic interests, and values in the Indo-Pacific region.

NGT imposes Rs 100 Cr fine on Meghalaya govt

NGT imposes Rs 100 Cr fine on Meghalaya govt National Green Tribunalimposed a fine of 100 crore rupees on Meghalaya government for its failure to curb illegal coal mining in the state. The amount of the fine has to be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board within two months. The action comes after a […]

Indian Railways announces recruitment for over 13,000 posts

Indian Railways announces recruitment for over 13,000 posts  Indian Railways have announced recruitment for 13,487 posts of Junior Engineers, Junior Engineers (IT), Depot Material Superintendent and Chemical and Metallurgical Assistant. The notification for the posts has been issued on the Railway Recruitment Board website. Railways Ministry in a release said the last date for applications for […]

Bancassurance pact was signed between Syndicate Bank and SBI Life Insurance

Bancassurance pact was signed between Syndicate Bank and SBI Life Insurance Syndicate Bank and SBI Life Insurance signed a bancassurance pact aiming to offer a comprehensive financial planning solution to its customers. This was signed between Syndicate Bank MD & CEO, Mrutyunjay Mahapatra and MD and CEO of SBI Life, Sanjeev Nautiyal through the pact.

Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair declared as an authorized Immigration Check post

Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair declared as an authorized Immigration Check post Information, Public Relations and Tourism Division of Andaman and Nicobar Administration announced that the Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair will be an authorized Immigration Check post. Superintendent of Police (CID), Andaman and NicobarPolice has been appointed as the ‘Civil […]

Chang e 4 lunar probe landed on far side of the moon

Chang e 4 lunar probe landed on far side of the moon Chang’e-4 lunar probe, a Chinese space probe, touched down on the far side of the moon. The probe, which has a lander and a rover, that was launched in December made the soft landing and transmitted the first-ever close-range image of the far side of the moon. It […]

Kaiga Atomic power station sets new world record

Kaiga Atomic power station sets new world record Karnataka’s Kaiga Atomic power station created a world record for the longest uninterrupted operation for 962 dayson December 10. It had earlier set a record of 941 days. The earlier record of 940 days by Heysham-2 unit 2 was set by the United Kingdom. Generating Station-1 (KGS-1) at Kaiga in Uttara Kannada, […]

Bharti AXA Life Insurance uses WhatsApp to deliver policy, renewal premium

Bharti AXA Life Insurance uses WhatsApp to deliver policy, renewal premium  Bharti AXA Life Insurancestarted delivering policies and renewal premium receipt to customers via instant messaging platform WhatsApp as a part of its alternative service option to the policyholders. Bharti AXA Life Insurance, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and French Insurance major AXA is […]

Improved LCA Tejas gets approved for production

Improved LCA Tejas gets approved for production Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas progressed towards manufacture in an enhanced, battle standard format on December 31. The LCA is being designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in Bengaluru.  A new limited clearance from military airworthiness certifier CEMILAC for the Indian fighter green-lights its production in a superior lethal […]

Virat Kohli fastest to 19000 international runs, breaks Sachins record

Virat Kohli fastest to 19000 international runs, breaks Sachins record Indian cricket team captain, Virat Kohli beats Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar’s to become the fastest batsman to score 19000 international runs on the 1st day of 4th Test Match in Sydney against Australia. Virat Kohli crossed 19000 runs mark in 399 innings whereas Sachin Tendulkar took 432 […]

Saurabh Kumar appointed as Chairman Of Ordnance Factory Board

Saurabh Kumar appointed as Chairman Of Ordnance Factory Board Saurabh Kumar appointed as the Director General of Ordnance Factories (DGOF) and chairman of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). Kumar, a 1982-batch Indian Ordnance Factory Service officer, is an M-Tech in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur.

PM stressed the State universities to focus on research

PM stressed the State universities to focus on research Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that research should expand beyond the Central institutes of national importance such as the IITs and the IISERs and branch out into the State universities across the country at the 106th edition of the Indian Science Congress, Punjab. The theme is FUTURE INDIA – Science and Technology. In India, […]

HDFC Mutual Fund becomes the largest Asset Management Company in India

HDFC Mutual Fund becomes the largest Asset Management Company in India HDFC Mutual Fund has surpassed ICICI Prudential MF to regain top position after two years as the largest asset management company (AMC). While HDFC MF looks after assets worth Rs 3.35 lakh crore, ICICI Prudential MF manages Rs 3.08 lakh crore. With AUM of Rs 2.64 lakh […]

Kerala State Cabinet approved Kerala Pravasi Welfare Act

Kerala State Cabinet approved Kerala Pravasi Welfare Act The Kerala State Cabinet decided to recommend the Governor to promulgate an Ordinance amending the Kerala Pravasi Welfare Act. The Act aims at providing a regular income for Non-Resident Keralites (NoRKs) returning home. The amount collected through the scheme will be used to fund development activities taken up by Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board […]

Mysuru aims for 7 star rating under the Swachh Bharat Mission

Mysuru aims for 7 star rating under the Swachh Bharat Mission The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) aims for a 7-star under the Swachh Bharat Mission 2019. Under this mission, the garbage-free cities will be awarded star ratings as per the revised protocols of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). The new survey is launched across the country […]

India floats mega tender of 7.5 GW for Jammu & Kashmir

India floats mega tender of 7.5 GW for Jammu & Kashmir Solar Energy Corporation of India has invited solar power developers to construct 7.5 GW grid connected projects in Leh and Kargil Districts in the state of Jammu & Kashmir under a competitive bidding process. Out of the 7.5 GW capacity, 2.5 GW will be constructed in the Kargil district and 5 GW in Leh district. The tender is part […]

CM N.Chandrababu Naidu launched Prana Raksha app of police

CM N.Chandrababu Naidu launched Prana Raksha app of police Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu launched the Prana Raksha web application developed by the Chittoor police at Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh. The app has been designed to save the lives of road accident victims and reach out to women in distress. The Prana Raksha app, which works on the SoS and panic […]

Justice Asif Saeed Khosa appointed as the new Chief Justice of Pakistan

Justice Asif Saeed Khosa appointed as the new Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will take oath of his office on January 18 a day after incumbent CJP Justice Saqib Nisarretires on January 17. Justice Khosa has been a senior Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan since 31 December 2016. He will remain as the top judge […]

Haryana government approved 11 projects to resurrect Saraswati river

Haryana government approved 11 projects to resurrect Saraswati river Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board (HSHDB) met under the chairmanship of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and approved 11 major projects, including the restoration of heritage sites, along the course of the river. These include the construction of Somb Saraswati barrage, Saraswati reservoir and Adi Badri dam on Somb […]

Bill on Arunachals ST list approved by Union cabinet

Bill on Arunachals ST list approved by Union cabinet The Union Cabinet approved the introduction of a Bill to modify the list of Scheduled Tribes (ST) of Arunachal Pradesh. The bill proposes deletion of the Abor tribe from the state’s ST list ‘as it is the same as Adi’ tribe. As there is no tribe called ‘Khampti’, the bill replaces it with ‘Tai […]

IIT Professor awarded with the National Geospatial Award for Excellence

IIT Professor awarded with the National Geospatial Award for Excellence Jayanta Kumar Ghosh, a professor at the civil engineering department of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Roorkee, was conferred the National Geospatial Award for Excellence-2017 (Lifetime Achievement Award) at the Space Application Centre in Ahmedabad. The Indian Society for Remote Sensing is an organisation known […]

Union Cabinet approves merger of 3 banks

Union Cabinet approves merger of 3 banks On 2 January 2019, the Union Cabinet approved the merger of Vijaya Bank, Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda (BoB).  Following the merger of these banks, BoB will become the third largest bank in India after the State Bank of India and HDFC Bank in terms of assets.  […]

U.K. Sinha to head RBI panel on MSME revival

U.K. Sinha to head RBI panel on MSME revival The RBI has appointed an eight-member expert committee to comprehensively review and propose long-term solutions for the revival of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector. The committee will be headed by former SEBI chairman U.K. Sinha. The committee will examine the factors affecting the timely and […]

New panel to protect Assam’s heritage

New panel to protect Assam’s heritage The Union Cabinet approved the setting up of a high-level committee for implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. The Accord provides for constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of Assam. It also recommended reserving Assembly seats for […]

Merchant exporters to get Rs. 600 crore sops

Merchant exporters to get Rs. 600 crore sops The government of India decided to provide 3% interest subsidy to merchant exporters to enhance the flow of funds for them with a view to boosting outbound shipments. The decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs. The proposal will entail benefits of around Rs. […]

Continuation of Scheme for youths approved

Continuation of Scheme for youths approved The Union Cabinet approved the continuation of ‘Rastriya Yuva Sashaktikaran Karyakram Scheme’ for the Period 2017-18 to 2019-2020. The total budget outlay for the scheme is Rs.1160 crore. The scheme is an ongoing Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. The Scheme aims to develop […]

Saurabh Kumar is the new Chairman of OFB

Saurabh Kumar is the new Chairman of OFB Saurabh Kumar took over as the Director General of Ordnance Factories (DGOF) and Chairman of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) in Kolkata on 1 January 2019. He is a 1982-batch Indian Ordnance Factory Service officer. He was involved in drafting the ‘Indian offset’ policy for defence purchases […]

Veer Savarkar Airport declared as checkpost

Veer Savarkar Airport declared as checkpost The Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair was declared as an authorised ‘Immigration Check post’ for entry into/exit from India. This will open up the Port Blair Airport for direct international flight and immigration facilities. The Superintendent of Police (CID), Andaman and Nicobar Police was appointed as the ‘Civil […]

Union Cabinet approves restructuring of NHA

Union Cabinet approves restructuring of NHA The Union Cabinet approved the restructuring of existing National Health Agency (NHA) as ‘National Health Authority’ for better implementation of Pradhan Mantri – Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY). National Health Authority will be chaired by Union Health Minister to enable the decision making at a faster pace. The authority will […]

Amendment to Trade Unions Act, 1926 approved

Amendment to Trade Unions Act, 1926 approved The Cabinet has approved amendment to the Trade Unions Act, 1926 to make provisions regarding recognition of trade unions. The approval will facilitate the recognition of Trade Unions at Central and State level. The proposed Bill will ensure that the nomination of workers’ representatives in tripartite bodies by […]

Ramakant Achrekar passed away

Ramakant Achrekar passed away Cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar passed away in Mumbai on 2 January 2019. He was the Sachin Tendulkar’s cricket coach. In 1990, he was honoured with the Dronacharya Award for Outstanding coaches in Sports and Games. He was also honoured with the Padma Shri in 2010. In 2010, he was honoured the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award by […]

Jayanta Kumar won ‘National Geospatial Award’

Jayanta Kumar won ‘National Geospatial Award’ The Indian Society for Remote Sensing (ISRS) conferred the National Geospatial Award for Excellence-2017 (Life Time Achievement Award) to IIT professor Jayanta Kumar Ghosh  The award was given to him for his contribution to the development of geospatial science and applications. ISRS is an organisation known in the area […]

P K Singh appointed CCI secretary

P K Singh appointed CCI secretary The Competition Commission of India (CCI) appointed Pramod Kumar Singh as its secretary. Prior to this, PK Singh was adviser (law) to the CCI. The secretary would act as the nodal officer for the Commission for making or receiving all statutory information and entering into the any formal relationships […]

MoU signed b/w IIT Bombay & PSU Oil Companies

MoU signed b/w IIT Bombay & PSU Oil Companies A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for setting up ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Oil, Gas, and Energy was signed between IIT Bombay and PSU Oil Companies and EIL. The Centre of Excellence is aimed at collaborative Research & Capability Building in the areas of Oil, Gas & […]

Manufacturing PMI slows in December

Manufacturing PMI slows in December Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) slowed down a bit to 53.2 in December 2018 as against 54 in November 2018. This index is prepared on the basis of a survey which is conducted among purchasing executives in over 400 companies. The index is prepared by ‘IHS Markit’ and it is […]

Today in World history – 04 January

1847 Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government 1865 The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City. 1959 Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth’s gravity 1961 Longest recorded strike ends-33 yrs-Danish barbers’ assistants 2007 The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing […]

Haryana govt approves 11 projects

Haryana govt approves 11 projects The Haryana government approved 11 projects for the rejuvenation of the Saraswati river on 2 January 2019. These include the construction of Somb Saraswati barrage, Saraswati reservoir and Adi Badri dam on Somb river, a tributary of the Yamuna that originates in the Shivalik Hills. The projects were approved by […]

Bill to amend Arunachal’s ST list approved

Bill to amend Arunachal’s ST list approved The Union Cabinet approved the introduction of a bill to modify the list of Scheduled Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. The bill proposes the deletion of the ‘Abor’ tribe from the state’s ST list as it is the same as ‘Adi’ tribe. The bill seeks to include the Mishmi-Kaman (Miju Mishmi), […]

Justice Asif appointed as new CJ of Pakistan

Justice Asif appointed as new CJ of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khosa was appointed as the new Chief Justice of Pakistan. He is the senior most judge of Pakistan’s Supreme Court. Justice Khosa will assume the charge of his office on 18 January 2019. The incumbent Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar will be retiring from […]

HDFC MF becomes the largest AMC in India

HDFC MF becomes the largest AMC in India HDFC Mutual Fund surpassed the ICICI Prudential MF to become the country’s largest asset management company on 3 January 2019. HDFC manages assets of Rs 3.35 lakh crore, while those of ICICI Prudential MF stood at Rs 3.08 lakh crore. SBI MF is at the third place with […]

States to rollout ‘Parivesh’ by January 15

States to rollout ‘Parivesh’ by January 15 The web-based ‘Parivesh’ will be rolled-out at state levels by 15 January 2019. ‘Parivesh’ (Pro-Active and Responsive facilitation by Interactive, Virtuous and Environmental Single-window Hub) is a single-window integrated environmental management system, developed under the ‘Digital India’ initiative. It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in August […]

RBI gives relief to MSME sector

RBI gives relief to MSME sector The RBI allowed a one-time restructuring of existing debt of up to 25 crore rupees for the MSMEs which have defaulted on payment of loans. The restructuring of loans will be implemented by 31 March 2020.  It will help the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) which are facing cash […]

US, Israel quit UNESCO citing bias

US, Israel quit UNESCO citing bias The US and Israel had quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (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. Israel joined the agency in 1949. UNESCO is best known […]

Qatar will cease to be a member of OPEC

Qatar will cease to be a member of OPEC Qatar ceased to be a member of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) from 1 January 2019. Qatar is the first Gulf country to leave the bloc of oil-producing countries. Qatar is the world’s biggest supplier of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The OPEC is […]

Defence items not covered under Arms Act

Defence items not covered under Arms Act The government of India announced that manufacturing of items of defence aerospace and warships will now be covered by Industries (Development and Regulation) Act. The defence items now do not require licence under the Arms Act. In May 2017, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion was allowed to process applications […]

Axis Bank MD and CEO Shikha Sharma retires

Axis Bank MD and CEO Shikha Sharma retires Axis Bank’s Managing Director and CEO Shikha Sharma retired on 31 December 2018. Amitabh Chaudhry was appointed as the new Managing Director and CEO of the bank with effect from 1 January 2019. He will hold the post for three years. He is the former MD and CEO […]

ISRO launches ‘Samwad with Students’

ISRO launches ‘Samwad with Students’ Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched a new platform named ‘Samwad with Students’ (SwS) in Bengaluru on 1 January 2019. Through the SwS initiative, ISRO aims to engage youngsters across India to capture their scientific temperament. The first SwS event saw 40 students and 10 teachers from select schools who […]

Hemant appointed as interim chairman of LIC

Hemant appointed as interim chairman of LIC The government of India appointed Life Insurance Corporation’s (LIC) Managing Director Hemant Bhargava as the interim Chairman of LIC. He replaced V K Sharma, who retired on 31 December 2018. He was appointed as the Managing Director (MD) of LIC in February 2017. The government has already initiated […]

Renaming of Allahabad as Prayagraj approved

Renaming of Allahabad as Prayagraj approved The Union Home Ministry approved a Uttar Pradesh government proposal to rename Allahabad as Prayagraj. In October 2018, the UP government had proposed the change in name of Allahabad to Prayagraj. The Home Ministry clears the name change proposals after the Ministry of Railways, the Department of Posts and […]

Global advertising meet in Kochi

Global advertising meet in Kochi The 44th Global Summit of the International Advertising Association (IAA) will be held in Kochi from February 20 to 22, 2019. The theme of the summit is ‘Brand Dharma’. It is for the first time an Indian city is hosting the summit. The last three summits were held in Washington […]

Govt. notifies new GST return forms

Govt. notifies new GST return forms The government of India notified new annual GST return forms which are required to be filed by businesses registered under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime by June 30, 2019. It notified GST form GSTR-9, GSTR-9A, and GSTR-9C on 31 December 2018. In the forms, businesses have to […]

Justice Rana takes over as Nepal’s new CJ

Justice Rana takes over as Nepal’s new CJ Justice Cholendra Shamsher J B Rana took over as the new Chief Justice of Nepal’s Supreme Court on 2 December 2018. President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath to Justice Rana. He will have a tenure of four years. He succeeded Chief Justice Om Prakash Mishra, who […]

Aadhaar Amendment Bill introduced in Lok Sabha

Aadhaar Amendment Bill introduced in Lok Sabha On 2 December 2018, the government of India introduced the Aadhar amendment bill in Lok Sabha. The bill seeks to provide legal backing for voluntary seeding of biometric Aadhaar ID with mobile numbers and bank accounts after the Supreme Court barred mandatory use of the Aadhar by private […]

IOC to commission Ennore LNG terminal

IOC to commission Ennore LNG terminal Indian Oil Corp (IOC) will commission its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Ennore in Tamil Nadu in January 2019. This is the first LNG import terminal IOC has built on its own. The company holds 12.5% stake in Petronet LNG Ltd, which operates import facilities at Dahej […]

Paytm Payment Bank to restart account opening

Paytm Payment Bank to restart account opening The Reserve Bank of India allowed the Paytm Payments Bank to restart opening accounts for its customers. The bank started ‘Know Your Customer’ formalities for its wallets as well as its bank accounts from 31 Dec 2018.  The RBI had asked the bank to stop adding new customers in […]

Brazil’s Bolsonaro takes oath as President

Brazil’s Bolsonaro takes oath as President Former Army captain, Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil’s President on 1 January 2019. He won the Presidential election of Brazil on 28 October 2018. He defeated leftist opponent Fernando Haddad. He was declared the winner by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal after 94% of the votes were counted.

100% houses in 25 states electrified

100% houses in 25 states electrified India achieved electrification in 100% households in 25 states at the end of 2018.  Now, only about 10.48 lakh households are left to be electrified in 4 states – Assam, Rajasthan, Meghalaya, and Chhattisgarh. The ‘Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana’ (Saubhagya) in September 2017 to achieve the goal of […]

Govt releases 6-crore LPG connection

Govt releases 6-crore LPG connection The government of India gave 6-crore free cooking gas (LPG) connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) on 2 January 2019. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu handed over the 6 croreth LPG connection under PMUY to Jasmina Khatoon from Delhi. The PMUY was launched on 1 May 2016, with a […]

Anti-Dumping duty imposed on chemical

Anti-Dumping duty imposed on chemical The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has recommended anti-dumping duty on a chemical used in paint and printing industries, imported from Brazil, Indonesia, and Thailand. The name of the chemical is ‘non-plasticised industrial grade nitrocellulose damped in isopropyl alcohol having nitrogen content in the range of 10.7-12.2%’. The duties […]

Justice AK Sikri nominated as EC of NALSA

Justice AK Sikri nominated as EC of NALSA President Ram Nath Kovind nominated Justice AK Sikri as the Executive Chairman (EC) of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA). The post got vacant after the retirement of Justice Madan B Lokur. The NALSA was constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 to provide free legal services […]

Direct tax-GDP ratio in FY18 best in 10 years

Direct tax-GDP ratio in FY18 best in 10 years The Ministry of Finance said that the direct tax-to-GDP ratio of 5.98% achieved during 2017-18 fiscal is the best in the last 10 years. It was 5.57% in 2016-17 and 5.47% in 2015-16. The growth rate for corporate income tax (CIT) and personal income tax (PIT) […]

Today in World history – 03 January

1496 Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine 1521 Martin Luther excommunicated by Pope Leo X from the Roman Catholic Church 1777 General George Washington’s revolutionary army defeats British forces at Battle of Princeton, New Jersey 1925 Benito Mussolini dissolves Italian parliament/becomes dictator 1977 Apple Computer, Inc incorporates 1985 Israel government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Jews

Bank GNPAs improved to 10.8%

Bank GNPAs improved to 10.8% The ‘Financial Stability Report’ was released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 31 December 2018. As per the report, banks showed improvement with Gross Non-Performing Assets’ (GNPAs) ratio declining to 10.8% in September 2018 from 11.5% in March 2018. The Net Non-Performing Assets (NNPAs) ratio also witnessed a […]

Radhakrishnan appointed as CJ of Telangana HC

Radhakrishnan appointed as CJ of Telangana HC B Radhakrishnan took over as the first Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court. He was administered the oath of office by Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana E S L Narasimhan. The separate High Court for Telangana came into existence on 1 January 2019, following the division […]

Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan passed away

Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan passed away Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan passed away on 31 December 2018. He made his acting debut in 1973 with the movie ‘Daag’ and acted in more than 300 films. He also wrote dialogues for over 250 movies, with his first film as a dialogue writer being ‘Jawani Diwani’. He was […]

WB govt announces two initiatives for farmers

WB govt announces two initiatives for farmers The West Bengal government announced two welfare initiatives for farmers on 31 December 2018. Both initiatives are part of the ‘Krishi Krishak Bondhu’ scheme and will come into effect from 1 January 2019. The 1st initiative will provide Rs 2 lakh to the family of a deceased farmer. […]

Govt sets up export promotion cell for MSMEs

Govt sets up export promotion cell for MSMEs The MSME ministry has established an export promotion cell to create a sustainable ecosystem for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). It will help in the integration of MSMEs into the global value chain. It will also look into the areas where improvements are required in order to be […]

RBI: NBFCs balance sheet grew by 17.2%

RBI: NBFCs balance sheet grew by 17.2% As per the RBI, the balance sheet size of Non-Bank Financial Companies (NBFCs) grew by 17.2% to Rs 26 trillion in September 2018 from Rs 22.2 trillion in September 2017. The NBFCs Capital to Risk-weighted Assets Ratio (CRAR) decreased to 21% in September 2018 from 22.8% in March […]

Medical Council (Amendment) Bill passed in LS

Medical Council (Amendment) Bill passed in LS The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed in the Lok Sabha on 31 December 2018. The bill aims to run the Medical Council of India (MCI) through a panel of eminent professionals. The powers of the council have been vested in a Board of Governors (BoG). […]

Committee formed for implementation of RERA

Committee formed for implementation of RERA The government of India constituted a committee to suggest recommendations to strengthen the ‘Real Estate Regulatory Authority’ (RERA) and to remove difficulties in its implementation. It will be headed by the Union Housing & Urban Affairs Joint Secretary, Shiv Das Meena. RERA, which protects the interest of home buyers, […]

Allahabad Bank & SBI Life signed a pact

Allahabad Bank & SBI Life signed a pact Allahabad Bank signed a bancassurance pact with SBI Life Insurance on 31 December 2018. Under the pact, the SBI Life Insurance will be able to sell its products through various branches of Allahabad Bank. Sanjeev Nautiyal is the CEO & MD of SBI Life Insurance. Bancassurance is […]

CLSS on home loans for MIG extended

CLSS on home loans for MIG extended The government of India extended the Credit Link Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) on home loans for the Middle Income Group (MIG) under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana till March 2020. The last extension was up to March 31, 2019. Under CLSS, the government provides a subsidy of up to […]

Core sector growth slows in Nov 2018

Core sector growth slows in Nov 2018 The Core sector growth slowed to 3.5% in November from 4.8% in October 2018, due to a slowdown in the coal, cement, and electricity sectors. Coal production increased by 3.7% in November 2018 over November 2017. The cement sector saw growth in November 2018 slowing to 8.8% from 18.4% […]

Fourfold jump in bank frauds: RBI

Fourfold jump in bank frauds: RBI As per the RBI’s Financial Stability Report, 5,917 frauds involving an amount of Rs 41,167 crore were reported by the banks in the fiscal year 2017-18. There has been an increase in the number of large frauds involving amounts of over Rs 50 crore. There has been a huge […]

Govt infuses Rs 10,882 crore capital in 4 PSBs

Govt infuses Rs 10,882 crore capital in 4 PSBs The government of India has infused 10,882 crore rupees in four Public Sector Banks (PSBs). It is a part of 28,615 crore rupees capital infusion to be done in about half a dozen public sector lenders. The four PSBs are UCO Bank, Bank of Maharashtra, Syndicate […]

Tropical storm ‘Usman’ strucks Philippines

Tropical storm ‘Usman’ strucks Philippines A tropical storm named ‘Usman’ struck the Philippines on 25 December 2018. Storm Usman resulted in heavy rain and triggered deadly landslides in the Bicol region in Manila, Philippines. The tropical storm Usman emerged as the deadliest weather disaster for the Philippines after typhoon ‘Mangkhut’ in September 2018.

Govt approves Central assistance to Tamil Nadu

Govt approves Central assistance to Tamil Nadu On 31 December 2018, the government of India approved the release of Rs 1,146 crore to Tamil Nadu for the people affected by cyclone ‘Gaja’. The approval was given by High-Level Committee (HLC) chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Minister for Agriculture, […]

Fund raising via NCD surges in 2018

Fund raising via NCD surges in 2018 As per the Security and Exchange Board of India’s (SEBI) report, Indian companies raised over Rs 29,300 crore by issuing Non-Convertible Debentures (NCDs) to retail investors in 2018. The companies raised money for funding expansion plans and other general purposes. NCDs are loan-linked bonds that cannot be converted […]

Provision coverage ratio of banks increases

Provision coverage ratio of banks increases Public sector banks’ Provision Coverage Ratio (PCR) has increased to 66.85% as of September 2018. In 2015, the PCR was less than 50%. The provision coverage ratio (PCR) gives an indication of the provision made against bad loans from the profit generated. Higher the PCR, lower is the unexposed […]

Jasprit becomes highest wicket taker of 2018

Jasprit becomes highest wicket taker of 2018 Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah became the highest wicket-taker across all formats in 2018. He took 78 wickets in 2018. He took 48 wickets in 9 Tests, 22 wickets in 13 ODIs and 8 wickets in 8 T20I matches. South Africa’s bowler Kagiso Rabada is at second place, who […]

Today in World history – 02 January

366 The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire 1492 Muhammad XII. (Boabdil) last Nasird ruler of Moorish fortress Alhambra surrenders to the Catholic Monarchs 1570 Tsar Ivan the Terrible’s march to Novgorod begins 1905 American anarcho-syndicalist union known as the Industrial Workers of the World forms 1942 World War II: the 28 nations at […]

Today in Indian History – 02 January

1899 – Monks – Disciples of Rama Krishna Parama Hamsa started residing at Belur Math 1973 – General S.H.F.J. Manekshaw was appointed as Field Marshal. First Indian Field Marshal Birthdays Srinivas Varadan (1940),Kirti Azad (1959),

Today in World history – 01 January

45 BC The Julian calendar takes effect for the first time 630 Prophet Muhammad sets out with his army towards Mecca, capturing it bloodlessly 1758 The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature establish the “starting point” for standardized species names across the animal kingdom, based on the binomial nomenclature by Carolus Linnaeus 10th edition of Systema Naturae 1863 Emancipation Proclamation issued by Abraham […]

Today in Indian History – 01 January

1399Amir Timur left Delhi with the title Emperor of India 1894Birthday – Satyendranath Bose 1950Inauguration of National Chemical Laboratory in Bombay 1955Death of Shantiswaroop Bhatnagar 1972Privy purses and privileges abolished 1986Fourth pay commission scales implemented Birthdays Satyendra Nath Bose(1894),Asrani (1941), Nana Patekar(1951), Sonali Bendre,Vidya Balan,Mohsina Kidwai,Salman Kurshid (1953),R.A. Mashelkar (1943)