Category: Current Affairs

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

Stephen Constantine Resigns As Coach Of Indian Football Team Indian football team head coach Stephen Constantine stepped down after the team’s shock 0-1 defeat to Bahrain which led to its exit from the Asian Cup. The Anglo-Cypriot coach took over the reins of the team in 2015 for a 2-year tenure. He was given one-year […]

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

PM led panel to appoint new CBI cheif will meet on 24th January The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection panel to appoint a new CBI director is likely to meet on 24th January. The Prime Minister heads the high-power Selection Committee. The move is after the letter by the Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, […]

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

Indra Nooyi is being considered to head the World Bank Indra Nooyi is among the candidates beingconsidered by the White House to head the World Bank. The Bank’s current president Jim Yong Kim had earlier this month announced that he would quit his post in February. Ms. Nooyi, 63, stepped down as PepsiCo’s chieflast year […]

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

C.P.Joshi was elected unopposed as the Speaker of the Rajasthan Assembly C.P. Joshi, a Veteran Congress leader, was elected unopposed as the Speaker of the Rajasthan Assembly. The House passed the motion for Mr.Joshi’s election to the post by a voice vote on the second day of its first session, after the formation of the […]

Union Minister Harshvardhan launches special weather services for Kumbh Mela

Union Minister Harshvardhan launches special weather services for Kumbh Mela Union Minister of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment and Forests and Climate Change, Dr Harshvardhan launched the special weather services for the benefit of people visiting Prayagraj during Kumbh Mela at a function in New Delhi. The service will provide information of the […]

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

Womaniya on GeM launched by Government e Marketplace [GeM] under Commerce Ministry to empower women entrepreneurs Commerce Ministry announced that the Government e Marketplace [GeM] launched “Womaniya on GeM” initiative to enable women entrepreneurs and women self-help groups [WSHGs] to sell handicrafts and handloom, accessories, etc. directly to various Government ministries, departments and institutions.

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

Union Government Launched 2 National Level Initiatives in Field Of Science Communication Department of Science and Technology (DST) along withDoordarshan (DD), Prasar Bharati launched two science communication initiatives, DD Science and India Science. The initiatives were inaugurated by Union Science & Technology Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan. While DD Science is a one-hour slot on Doordarshan […]

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

Ananth Narayanan resigned his position as CEO of Myntra and Jabong Ananth Narayanan, CEO of Myntra and Jabong, has decided to step down from his position as the CEO. He cited his reasons as his interest to pursue external opportunities. Flipkart Group CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy named Amar Nagaram, head, Myntra and Jabong as the new […]

India to unveil its first Air Cargo Policy

India to unveil its first Air Cargo Policy India plans to introduce its first Air Cargo Policy. The policy will be unveiled at the two-day Global Aviation Summit which will be held in Mumbai. The policy aims for fuel growth of the aviation sector, boost economy. Despite registering double-digit growth for nearly four years in […]

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

First-ever Philip Kotler Presidential award entitled to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, received the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential award, in New Delhi. During his regime, India is identified as the Centre for Innovation and Value Added Manufacturing (Make in India), and a global hub for professional services such as Information Technology, […]

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

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmeds record goes past MS Dhoni, Adam Gilchrist to become the wicket-keeper with most catches Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed set a world record to become the wicket-keeper captain with the most number of catches in a match. This was achieved by him while playing a match against South Africa in the Third […]

Tamil Nadu defence industrial corridor to be launched on 20 January

Tamil Nadu defence industrial corridor to be launched on 20 January The Tamil Nadu defence industrial corridor is set to be launched as part of the Centre’s effortsto build an indigenous defence production ecosystem. One of the reasons for Tamil Nadu being chosen for the corridor is that it is already a major manufacturing State […]

China plans to build international lunar base

China plans to build international lunar base China Space Agency plans to establish aninternational lunar base, possibly using 3D printing technology to build facilities weeks after landing a rover on the moon’s far side. The future launches will culminate with a mission to test equipment for an international moon research base. Also, four more lunar […]

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

Retired HDFC Bank executive and former Federal Bank board member Deepak Maheshwari has taken charge as chief credit officer (CCO) at Axis Bank Deepak Maheshwari, the retired HDFC Bank executive and former Federal Bank board member took charge as chief credit officer (CCO) at Axis Bank as part of an ongoing reshuffle undertaken by new […]

Iran plans to launch two domestically made satellites

Iran plans to launch two domestically made satellites Iran plans to launch two domestically made satellites into orbit to gather information on its environment. The announcement was made by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. One Satellite named Payam would orbit the earth at about 600 kilometres (370 miles) above its surface. The second satellite Doosti would […]

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

Gulab Chand Kataria took oath as pro tem Speaker of the Rajasthan Assembly Gulab Chand Kataria, the Senior BJP MLA, took oath as the pro tem Speaker of the Rajasthan Assembly. He will conduct the first meeting of the 15th Assembly. Once a new Speaker is elected, Mr. Kataria, who was the Home Minister in […]

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

ADB agreed to loan Rs.4,170 crore infrastructure project under way in VCIC The Andhra Pradesh State government has taken up infrastructure (road connectivity and utility) projects costing nearly Rs.1960 crore in the Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC) under phase-I in view of its importance for the growth of the State. The projects are being executed by […]

Pakistan decided to shelve CPEC power project

Pakistan decided to shelve CPEC power project The Pakistan government has decided to shelve a major coal-based power plant project under the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), citing sufficient generation capacity already lined up for the next few years. Pakistan has requested Beijing to formally delete the project from the CPEC list. It has […]

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

Commerce Minister announced that India is to grow crops for UAE, Saudi Arabia Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that the UAE and Saudi Arabia had decided to use India as a base to address their food security concerns. He met delegates from the two countries, along with representatives from 44 others, at a summit […]

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

Deep and Mulik won gold medal 43rd Bombay YMCA State level annual athletics Uran Gymkhana’s Deep Patil and Shree Sidheshwar Sports Club’s Shreya Mulik won the under-18 boys and girls’ 100m gold medal in the 43rd Bombay YMCA State-level annual athletics meet at the University Pavilion, Marine Lines, Mumbai, Maharashtra. The results: U-18: 100m: 1.Deep […]

Study shows solar wind fills the dark side of the Moon

Study shows solar wind fills the dark side of the Moon A study using observations from Chandrayaan 1 mission has found how plasma particles from the solar wind make their way into the Moon’s night side, filling up the wake region, long thought to be devoid of plasma particles. This has significance in understanding bodies […]

Donald Trump threatens to declare national emergency

Donald Trump threatens to declare national emergency President Donald Trump has again threatened to declare a national emergency along the border with Mexico. In a fight with Democrats in Congress, Mr.Trump said funding for a wall will keep out dangerous immigrants. The Congress has now shut down parts of the government for a record-tying 21 […]

Tamil Nadu Cm inaugrated various project in the State

Tamil Nadu Cm inaugrated various project in the State Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami inaugurated a slew of welfare schemes through video conference from the Secretariat. The schemes included those to be implemented by the Municipal Administration Department, the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department and the Rural Development Department. He also inaugurated […]

Fourth Meeting of CTDP Held In New Delhi

Fourth Meeting of CTDP Held In New Delhi Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, chaired the 4th meeting of theCouncil for Trade Development and Promotion (CTDP) in New Delhi. Suresh Prabhu informed in the meeting that the Government of India formulated an Agricultural Export Policy for the first time with […]

Su Tseng-chang appointed as Prime Minister of Taiwan

Su Tseng-chang appointed as Prime Minister of Taiwan Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has appointed Su Tseng-chang as Prime Minister, during a Cabinet reshuffle following the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s heavy losses in local elections. Su is a former premier appointed in 2006 by then-President Chen Shui-bian and was a chairman of Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party […]

Adi Godrej Conferred ICSI Lifetime Award

Adi Godrej Conferred ICSI Lifetime Award Industrialist and Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej has conferred the ICSIs Lifetime Achievement Award for ‘Translating Excellence in Corporate Governance into Reality’. The awards were instituted by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), which is celebrating its golden jubilee.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches Ten Iridium communications satellites

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches Ten Iridium communications satellites SpaceX rocket delivered 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit on Friday, completing a two-year campaign by Iridium Communications to replace its original fleet with a new generation of mobile communication technology and added global aircraft tracking capability. The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force […]

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

Yes Bank Appoints Brahm Dutt As Non-Executive Part-Time Chairman Yes Bank, India’s fourth-largest private sector bank, announced the appointment of Brahm Dutt as non-executive part-time chairman up till July 4, 2020. He is currently also the chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

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

Chhattisgarh EC unveiled an app to keep track of its polling officials The Chhattisgarh Election Commission has developed an app to keep track of its polling officials at the conference of Chief Electoral Officers of various States held in New Delhi. The app will streamline personnel management during the polls. Meanwhile, the Madhya Pradesh Election […]

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released commemorative coin on Sikh Guru Gobind Singh in New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative coin of 350 rupees on Guru Govind Singh ji in New Delhi on the eve of 352nd birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru. He also announced that the Kartarpur corridor located in […]

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

Ashok Chawla resigned as chairman of TERI Ashok Chawla, Former Finance Secretary, has resigned as chairman of The Energy Resources Institute (TERI). Earlier, Mr.Chawla had stepped down as chairman of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) on 11th January 2019 after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) received the Finance Ministry’s approval to prosecute him in […]

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

Taslim Mir won U 17 badminton title at KIYG 2019 14 January 2019 Current Affairs: Taslim Mir clinched the girls’ U-17 badmintontitle at the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2019. Taslim Mir defeated Manasi Singh and secured 23-21, 21-16 win at the Balewadi stadium, Maharashtra. Gujarat’s medal tally went up due to Taslim’s slick movement […]

Researchers have discovered six new species of bent toed geckos

Researchers have discovered six new species of bent toed geckos Researchers have discovered six new species of bent-toed geckos, a type of small lizard, from northeastern India, and one of them is from Assam’s capital, Guwahati. While researchers found the Guwahati bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus guwahatiensis, named after the city) near a small hillock in the […]

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.

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

Karnatake sought Rs.2,400 crore from Centre as drought relief The Karnataka State government has sought Rs.2,400 crorefrom the Centre as drought relief. The State government had identified 156 taluks as drought-hit in the kharif season and 100 taluks in the rabi season. Farmers said that they have no option but to migrate. Revenue Minister R.V. Deshpande asked the farmers not to take that extreme […]

Twenty fifth Edition of Partnership Summit Held in Mumbai

Twenty fifth Edition of Partnership Summit Held in Mumbai Twenty-Fifth Edition of Partnership Summit 2019, a global platform for dialogue, debate, deliberation and engagement among Indian and global leaders on economic policy and growth trends in India was held in Mumbai. The two-day event was inaugurated by the Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu.

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

Jammu and Kashmir set up law commission The Jammu and Kashmiradministration set up a law commission, with Justice (Retd) M K Hanjura as its founding chairperson, to identity redundant and obsolete laws that can be repealed and suggest measures for quick redress of public grievances. The term of the Jammu and Kashmir State Law Commission will be for three years. […]

Govt relaxed norms for fertiliser exports

Govt relaxed norms for fertiliser exports The government relaxed norms for exports of fertilisers, including urea, potassic and phosphatic. Export policy of fertilisers have been revised and items under ‘restricted’ category moved to ‘free’ category. Urea is the only fertiliser under statutory price control and its import for direct agriculture use is permitted through state trading enterprises (STEs) namely MMTC, STC […]

Andhra Pradeshs seventh airport inaugurated at Orvakallu

Andhra Pradeshs seventh airport inaugurated at Orvakallu Andhra Pradesh’s seventh airport at Orvakallu near Kurnool city was inaugurated by chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The airport has been categorized as ‘3C’ and is capable of handling turboprop aircraft like ATR-72 and Bombardier Q-400. While Visakhapatnam, Rajamahendravaram, Vijayawada and Tirupati are major airports in Andhra Pradesh, Kadapa, Puttaparthi (not a commercial airport yet) and Orvakallu […]

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

Karnatake sought Rs.2,400 crore from Centre as drought relief The Karnataka State government has sought Rs.2,400 crorefrom the Centre as drought relief. The State government had identified 156 taluks as drought-hit in the kharif season and 100 taluks in the rabi season. Farmers said that they have no option but to migrate. Revenue Minister R.V. Deshpande asked the farmers not to take that extreme […]

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

Karnataka State Cabinet approved four metro rail projects The Karnataka State Cabinet approved three metro rail projects and a feasibility report by Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) on the suburban railway project. The Cabinet approved four suburban railway corridors at an estimated cost of Rs. 23,093 crore. The first route, Kengeri – Cantonment – Baiyappanahalli – K.R. Puram […]

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

Mohamed Salah Named African Footballer Of The Year Liverpool’s Mohamed Salahnamed as the 2018 Confederation of African Football Player of the Year. For the second consecutive year he has won the award. Egypt forward Salah, 26, beat Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the title. He received the […]

National Youth Day: 12 January

National Youth Day: 12 January National Youth Day is observed every year on 12 January. The day is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. The aim of the day is to propagate the philosophy and the ideals of Swami Vivekananda. He was a social reformer, philosopher and thinker. In 1984, the government of […]

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

Jet Airways tops global airline rating chart The airline safety and product ratings for 2018 was launched by global airline safety and product rating agency ‘Airlineratings.com’. Jet Airways topped the ‘product’ category list with a score of 7/7 in the full-service carrier category. An airline is rated from 1 to 7 stars on the product category, […]

EC panel submits report on digital media

EC panel submits report on digital media The Election Commission appointed panel submitted its report on digital media and campaigning during last 48 hours before polls to the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora. The panel was constituted under the Chairmanship of Sr. Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha. The panel was mandated to review and suggest […]

Four projects sanctioned under Swadesh Darshan

Four projects sanctioned under Swadesh Darshan The Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned four new projects for Rs.190.46 Crores under Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD schemes in 3 states. The 3 states are Meghalaya, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh. Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD schemes were launched for the development of tourism infrastructure in the country. The project includes […]

Jaideep appointed as Secretary General of NHRC

Jaideep appointed as Secretary General of NHRC The Government of India appointed Jaideep Govind as Secretary-General of National Human Rights Commission (*NHRC) on 11 January 2019. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre At present,  he is the Special Secretary and Financial Adviser in Ministry of Rural Development. Retired Justice HL […]

Atal Tinkering Lab Handbook released

Atal Tinkering Lab Handbook released NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) released the ‘Atal Tinkering Lab Handbook – Nayee Dishayen, Naye Nirman, Naya Bharat’ on 11 January 2019. The Handbook captures the experiences of the young innovators of the country with the Atal Tinkering Lab. The AIM is the Government of India’s flagship initiative to […]

Sushma Swaraj to visit Uzbekistan

Sushma Swaraj to visit Uzbekistan External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj begin her two-day visit to Uzbekistan on 12 January 2019. She will attend the First India-Central Asia Dialogue in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. She will co-chair the Dialogue with Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov. Foreign Minister of Afghanistan will participate in the Dialogue as a special invitee.

‘Ama Ghare LED’ scheme launched in Odisha

‘Ama Ghare LED’ scheme launched in Odisha The government of Odisha launched the ‘Ama Ghare LED’ scheme on 11 January 2019. Under the scheme, about 95 lakh families in the state will each get four LED bulbs free of cost. The LED bulbs (9-watt each) will be distributed to the beneficiaries registered under the National […]

Two interceptor boats inducted into navy

Two interceptor boats inducted into navy On 11 January 2019, the Indian Navy inducted two Fast Interceptor Craft (FIC) into its fleet at Nagapattinam in an effort to increase the coastal security. They can carry a variety of armament like heavy machine guns. FICs are capable of operating in shallow waters and were acquired for […]

Government fixes price for gold bonds

Government fixes price for gold bonds The government of India has fixed the price at Rs 3,214 per gram for the new series of Sovereign Gold Bonds (SGB). The Sovereign Gold Bonds 2018-19 (Series V) will be opened from 14 January 2019. The bonds are being sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited […]

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

TOR b/w India & Swaziland approved The Union Cabinet approved the Signing of Terms of Reference (TOR) between India and Swaziland (Eswatini) on 10 January 2019. The TOR will govern a designated Indian Expert who will provide tax assistance to Swaziland under the Tax Inspectors Without Borders Programme (TIWB). TIWB is a joint programme of UNDP […]

4th Meeting of CTDP held in New Delhi

4th Meeting of CTDP held in New Delhi The 4th meeting of the Council for Trade Development and Promotion (CTDP) was held in New Delhi on 10 January 2019. It was chaired by the Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu. CTDP was constituted in July 2015, to create a framework for […]

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 […]

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. […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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)

Turkmenistan Launches First Messaging App

Turkmenistan Launches First Messaging App Turkmenistan launched its first messaging app BizBarde. The privately developed BizBarde app will allow the exchange of messages, files, photos and videos, the state Yaslyk television station announced.

ISRO chairman K.Sivan was awarded gold medal by SSI

ISRO chairman K.Sivan was awarded gold medal by SSI ISRO chairman K.Sivan was presented the National Systems Gold Medal by the Systems Society of India (SSI) during the 42nd National Systems Conference held in Thiruvananthapuram. The medal acknowledges his outstanding contributions to system science and engineering. B.N. Suresh, the Chancellor, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), […]

Telangana State cancer institute achieved two world records

Telangana State cancer institute achieved two world records Telangana State Department of Health, Medical and Family Welfare and the MNJ Institute of Oncology achieved two world records, the Guinness World Records and High Range World Records by the cancer institute. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has congratulated and described it as one of the biggest achievements for Telangana government. MNJ is the […]

Cabinet approved 7 CPSEs via IPO

Cabinet approved 7 CPSEs via IPO The Union Cabinet approved the listing of 7 Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) on the stock exchanges viaInitial Public Offering (IPO) or Follow-on Public Offer (FPO). The companies that will go for IPOs include Telecommunication Consultants (India) Ltd., RailTel Corporation India Ltd., National Seed Corporation India Ltd., Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Limited, […]

Cabinet approved the submission of Indias second BUR to UNFCCC

Cabinet approved the submission of Indias second BUR to UNFCCC The Union Cabinet approved the submission of India’s second Biennial Update Report (BUR) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). BUR has been prepared based on a range of studies conducted at the national level. The scope of BUR is to provide an update to India’s first […]

Forty First Meeting of Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee Held in New Delhi

Forty First Meeting of Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee Held in New Delhi The 41st meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee was held in New Delhi. In the meeting, the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has approved the construction of another 3,10,597 more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under Pradhan Mantri […]

Today in World history – 31 December

406 80,000 Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine at Mainz, beginning invasion of Gallia 1744 English astronomer James Bradley announces discovery of Earth’s nutation motion (wobble) 1775 Battle of Quebec in American Revolutionary War; Americans defeated trying to take British stronghold 1861 22,990mm of rain falls in Cherrapunji Assam in India in 1861, a world record 1890 Ellis Island […]

Today in Indian History – 31 December

1600East India Company was given the Royal charter 1922Birth of Swaraj Party – Chittaranjan Das – President – Motilal Nehru – Secretary 1929 On 31 December 1929, Congress passed the historic resolution declaring Purna Swaraj as its goal. 1996Gold import policy liberalized Birthdays Kongara Jaggayya – Telugu film actor and MP also

Nepal Caps Expenditure Of Its Citizens In India

Nepal Caps Expenditure Of Its Citizens In India  Nepal imposed a monthly limit on the amount of Indian currency its citizen can spend in India. A spokesperson of the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) stated that a Nepali citizen would be unable to spend more than INR 1 lakh per month while paying for goods and services in India. […]

Ministry Signs MoU To Develop A Mobile Audio Guide App For 5 Iconic Sites

Ministry Signs MoU To Develop A Mobile Audio Guide App For 5 Iconic Sites K J Alphons, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, handed over a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ schemeto Resbird Technologies for development of a mobile Audio Guide App for five iconic sites. The five iconic sites for which the mobile […]

Gaganyaan: Centre Approves Rs 10,000 Crore For Human Space Mission

Gaganyaan: Centre Approves Rs 10,000 Crore For Human Space Mission The Union Cabinet approved the Gaganyaan project under which a three-member crew will be sent to space for at least seven days, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated. The project will cost INR 10,000 crore. The Gaganyaan project was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi […]

Union Cabinet approves Homoeopathy Bill, 2018

Union Cabinet approves Homoeopathy Bill, 2018 On 28 December 2018, the Union Cabinet approved the draft National Commission for Homoeopathy, Bill, 2018. The bill seeks to replace the existing regulator Central Council for Homoeopathy (CCH) with a new body to ensure transparency. It also proposes a common entrance exam and an exit exam which all […]

Booklet on cyber safety released

Booklet on cyber safety released Home Ministry has brought out a booklet on cyber safety for school children to inform them about different aspects of cyber safety. The title of the booklet is ‘A Handbook for Students on cyber Safety’. It also deals with the problems of cyberbullying, cyber grooming, and email fraud. It advises […]

Cabinet nod for easing CRZ norms

Cabinet nod for easing CRZ norms The Union Cabinet approved the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, 2018 on 28 December 2018. The new notification will allow the greater use of coastal areas for tourism and industrial growth.  Temporary tourism facilities such as shacks, toilet blocks, drinking water facilities etc. have now been permitted in Beaches.

Cabinet approves submission of BUR to UNFCCC.

Cabinet approves submission of BUR to UNFCCC. The Union Cabinet approved the submission of India’s second Biennial Update Report (BUR) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As per the report, India emitted around 2.607 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent of Green House Gases in 2014. India had submitted its first […]

Export incentives for onion farmers doubled

Export incentives for onion farmers doubled The government of India has doubled the export incentives for onion farmers from the existing 5% to 10%. The export incentive for fresh Onions was zero before July,2018. During July 2018, the incentives were introduced at the rate of 5%. The export incentive programme allows farmers to get a […]

Cabinet approves amendments to POCSO Act

Cabinet approves amendments to POCSO Act On 28 December 2018, the Union Cabinet approved amendments to strengthen the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The new amendment includes the death penalty for sexual assault on children. It provides for punishments for other crimes against those below 18 years of age. The Act defines a […]

Union Cabinet approved the Medicine Bill, 2018

Union Cabinet approved the Medicine Bill, 2018 On 28 December 2018, the Union Cabinet approved the draft National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine (NCIM) Bill, 2018. The bill seeks to replace the existing regulator Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM) with a new body to ensure transparency. The draft bill provides for the constitution […]

Cabinet approves a hike in MSP for Copra

Cabinet approves a hike in MSP for Copra The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its approval for an increase in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Fair Average Quality (FAQ) of ‘Milling Copra’ by Rs 2000. It has been increased to Rs.9521/- per quintal for 2019 season from Rs. 7511/-per quintal in 2018. The […]

Web Page on ‘Drone Olympics’event launched

Web Page on ‘Drone Olympics’event launched Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched a newly designed web page for ‘Drone Olympics’ (https://aeroindia.gov.in/Drone) on 28 December 2018. The event is scheduled to be held at ‘Aero India – 2019’ from 20-24 February 2019 at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru. The web page is open for registration of […]

Modric won ‘Balkan Athlete of the Year’ award

Modric won ‘Balkan Athlete of the Year’ award Croatia football captain Luka Modric was named ‘Balkan Athlete of the Year’ on 27 December 2018. He is the second football player to win the prize. He also won the ‘Ballon d’Or’ award 2018. Bulgaria’s Hristo Stoichkov was the first football player to win the ‘Balkan Athlete […]

Justice Praveen to be the Acting CJ of AP HC

Justice Praveen to be the Acting CJ of AP HC President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Justice Chagari Praveen Kumar as the new Acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court. He is the senior-most judge of the current Andhra Pradesh High Court. The High Court will come into existence on January 1, 2019. The new […]

HDFC group surpasses Tatas in m-cap

HDFC group surpasses Tatas in m-cap HDFC group has become the most valuable business house in the country. It has surpassed the Tatas in terms of Market capitalisation. The cumulative market valuation of HDFC group surged to Rs 10.40 trillion on 27 December 2018. HDFC group has five listed firms – HDFC Ltd, HDFC Bank, […]

ICICI tops list of banks penalising staff

ICICI tops list of banks penalising staff As per the RBI Data, ICICI bank topped the list of those taking action against staff for their involvement in frauds during the three years through 2015 to 2017. SBI was at the second position in terms of action initiated against employees involved in frauds, followed by Punjab […]

RBI relaxes withdrawal limit for depositors

RBI relaxes withdrawal limit for depositors The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) relaxed the restrictions placed on the City Co-operative Bank Ltd., by allowing the depositors to withdraw ₹5,000. In April 2018, the RBI barred the bank from extending fresh loans or making a new investment without prior approval and depositors were allowed to withdraw ₹1,000. […]

Cabinet approves listing of 7 unlisted CPSEs

Cabinet approves listing of 7 unlisted CPSEs 6 Central Public Sector Enterprises will be listed on the stock exchange. Telecommunication Consultants Ltd, RailTel Corporation India Ltd, National Seed Corporation India Ltd, Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Ltd, Water & Power Consultancy Services Ltd, & Aravali Gypsum and Minerals Ltd will be listed on the exchange. The […]

Today in World history – 30 December

987 French King Hugo Capet crowns his son Robert the compassionate king 1317 Pontifical degree “Sancta Romania” against spiritualists 1460 Wars of the Roses: Battle of Wakefield (Northern England), Duke of York killed and his forces soundly defeated by forces for King Henry VI

Today in Indian History – 30 December

19431943 – Subhash Chandra Bose raises the flag of Indian independence at Port Blair.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_occupation_of_the_Andaman_Islands 1953Untouchability (offences bill) published in Gazette of India Birthdays Ramana Maharshi,K.M. Munshi,Avinash Raj Khanna (1930)

India to provide Bhutan Rs 400 Cr

India to provide Bhutan Rs 400 Cr India will provide Bhutan a transitional trade support facility of Rs 400 crore over a period of five years. The amount will help in strengthening the bilateral trade & economic linkages between India and Bhutan. India and Bhutan reiterated their commitment to jointly develop 10,000 MWs of hydropower generating […]

Delhi Police digitised all malkhanas

Delhi Police digitised all malkhanas The Delhi Police became the first police force in the country to digitise all malkhanas. Malkhanas are rooms for keeping seized arms and ammunition, across every police station in the state. The digitisation of case properties would give a boost to the prosecution and the judicial system by making it easier […]

RBI enhances single borrower limit facility

RBI enhances single borrower limit facility The Reserve Bank of India extended the enhanced single borrower limit facility for Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC) sector by 3 months. It has now been extended up to March 31, 2019 This will provide much-needed liquidity support to NBFCs. In October 2018, RBI increased the single borrower limit for NBFCs […]

PSBs approve loans worth over Rs 37,400 cr

PSBs approve loans worth over Rs 37,400 cr Public Sector Banks (PSBs) approved more than 1.12 lakh loan applications of MSMEs worth of 37,412 crore rupees under the ’59 minutes’ loan scheme. The scheme was launched by the government of India in November 2018. GST-registered Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) can take the loan up […]

Documentary wins award at a film festival

Documentary wins award at a film festival ‘Finding Beauty in Garbage’ received the Best Short documentary film award in ‘Asia South East International Short Film Festival’ in Cambodia on 28 December 2018. The Film which is based on the garbage of Dibrugarh town in upper Assam. The seven-minute film was produced, directed, and scripted by […]

‘Second Delta Ranking’ released

‘Second Delta Ranking’ released Niti Aayog released the ‘Second Delta Ranking’ of the Aspirational Districts Programme on 27 December 2018. The ranking details the incremental progress achieved by the districts during June to October 2018 across six key development sectors. Virudhunagar district in Tamil Nadu has shown the most improvement overall, followed by Nuapada district […]

Rajesh appointed as CEO FedEx Express

Rajesh appointed as CEO FedEx Express Indian-American Rajesh Subramaniam was named as the President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. multinational courier delivery giant FedEx Express. He is currently the Executive Vice- President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of FedEx Corporation He will assume his new role on January 1, 2019. He will replace […]

Foundation stone of 11 projects for laid

Foundation stone of 11 projects for laid Union Minister Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone of 11 projects for Yamuna Rejuvenation under Namami Gange Programme in New Delhi. The projects have been taken up under ‘Namami Gange Programme’ by ‘National Mission for Clean Ganga’ to conserve river Yamuna in Delhi. Most of the projects are […]

Fiscal deficit touches 115% of target

Fiscal deficit touches 115% of target India’s fiscal deficit touched 114.8% of the full-year target of Rs. 6.24 lakh crore at the end of November 2018 on account of lower revenue collection. The fiscal deficit stood at Rs. 7.16 lakh crore during April-November of the current financial year. The government has budgeted to cut the […]

Seven PSBs to receive Rs. 28,615 crore

Seven PSBs to receive Rs. 28,615 crore The government will infuse Rs. 28,615 crore into seven public sector banks (PSBs) through recapitalisation bonds by the end of December 2018. The amount infused will help the banks meet regulatory capital requirement. Out of these seven PSBs, Bank of India is likely to get the highest amount […]

Pakistan to issue ‘Panda bonds’

Pakistan to issue ‘Panda bonds’ Pakistan’s cabinet has approved the issuance of first-ever renminbi-denominated ‘Panda Bonds’. It will issue the bonds to raise loans from China’s capital markets. It expects to raise $500 million to $1 billion in different tranches. The interest rate may be over 5.5% but the final price will be determined at […]

MoU signed to develop a mobile Audio Guide App

MoU signed to develop a mobile Audio Guide App The Ministry of Tourism signed a MoU with M/s ‘Resbird Technologies’ for development of a mobile Audio Guide App for five iconic sites. The MoU has been signed under the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project The five iconic sites for which the mobile Audio Guide App is […]

Handbook of Ministry of I&B released

Handbook of Ministry of I&B released The ‘Administrative Handbook’ of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting was launched on 27 December 2018. The handbook is a mix of a telephone directory and a diary and displays contact details of all officers of the Ministry and Media Units. Col.Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd.) is the Minister of State (Independent […]

NHRC launches toll-free helpline

NHRC launches toll-free helpline The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) launched a toll-free number and also a facility to file complaints through Common Service Centre (CSC). The toll-free number is ‘14433’. These steps had been taken by the NHRC to expand its outreach. Justice (retd) H L Dattu is the Chairperson of the National Human […]

Chamba SP conferred ‘Champion of Change’ award

Chamba SP conferred ‘Champion of Change’ award Chamba’s Superintendent of Police Monika Bhutunguru was conferred with the ‘Champion of Change’ award by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on 27 December 2018. She was awarded for her immense contribution, exemplary work and bringing a significant change in the Chamba district. The award selection jury was led by former […]

Triple Talaq bill passed in Lok Sabha

Triple Talaq bill passed in Lok Sabha The Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2018 on 27 December 2018. The Bill makes all declarations of instant triple talaq void and illegal. It seeks to make the practice a punishable offense with imprisonment of up to three years. The Bill […]

Ambika Prasad Panda appointed CMD of SECL

Ambika Prasad Panda appointed CMD of SECL Ambika Prasad Panda was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL). She is at present Director of finance in SECL. She has been appointed the CMD of SECL for a period of five years. SECL is the subsidiary of Coal India Limited and […]

Int’l camel festival in Bikaner from Jan 12

Int’l camel festival in Bikaner from Jan 12 International Camel festival will be held at Bikaner in Rajasthan from 12 Jan 2019. Activities such as fur cutting, camel decoration, designing among others would be organised at the twenty-sixth International camel festival. Competitions like Mr. Bikana and Miss Marwan, cultural performances by folk artists from different […]

7th tranche of electoral bonds sale from 1 Jan

7th tranche of electoral bonds sale from 1 Jan The seventh tranche of electoral bonds sale will take place from 1 to 10 January 2019. The State Bank of India has been authorised to issue and encash Electoral Bonds through its 29 Authorised Branches. A person can buy electoral bonds, either singly or jointly, with […]

Indian Social Science Congress inaugurated

Indian Social Science Congress inaugurated The 42nd Indian Social Science Congress was inaugurated by Manipur Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla in Bhubaneswar on 27 December 2018. The theme of the congress is ‘Human Future in Digital Era’. Indian Social Science Congress is the annual meet of social scientists organized by Indian Social Science Academy (ISSA).

Central Railway introduces ATE System

Central Railway introduces ATE System The Central Railways introduced a new state-of-the-art technology called Automated Train Examination System (ATES). ATES has been developed by Konkan Railways. It measures axle box temperature, wheel disc temperature, and records the under-gear of rolling stock of running trains through infrared and other cameras. ATES also immediately warns about hot […]

Today in World history – 29 December

1503 Battle of Garigliano: Spanish army under General Cordoba defeats French forces 1539 St Jacob’s Church burns after being hit by lightning 1541 Isabella of Poland and King Ferdinand of Austria sign Treaty of Gyalu

Today in Indian History – 29 December

1953States Reorganization Commission came into existence 1965First Indian made tank rolled off Avadi 1972Construction work of Calcutta Metro started 1997Sonia Gandhi stepped into active politics 2011Russian court rejected the petition to ban Gita Birthdays Rajesh Khanna – One time superstar of Hindi films,Twinkle Khanna – Hindi film actor,Ramanand Sagar,W.C. Bonnerjee (1844),Syed Kirmani (1949)

Indian Oil, ONGC, & NTPC most profitable PSUs

Indian Oil, ONGC, & NTPC most profitable PSUs The Public Enterprises Survey 2017-18, Indian Oil Corporation, ONGC, and NTPC emerged as the top three most profitable Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in 2017-18. Coal India and Power Grid Corporation occupied the fourth and fifth spot in the list of top 10 profit making in 2017-18. BSNL, Air […]

Women Boxing Championship to begin from 31 Dec

Women Boxing Championship to begin from 31 Dec The National Women’s Boxing Championships will be held in Karnataka from 31 December 2018 to 6 January 2019. The tournament will be held at the JSW Sports’ Inspire Institute of Sports. This will be the first time that the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) will be hosting […]

India announced financial assistance to Bhutan

India announced financial assistance to Bhutan India announced Rs. 4,500 crore financial assistance to Bhutan for its 12th five-year plan. The announcement was made after the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Bhutan. The new five-year plan of Bhutan began this year and will continue till 2022. PM Tshering arrived […]

Cabinet approves 10,000 cr Gaganyaan project

Cabinet approves 10,000 cr Gaganyaan project The Union Cabinet approved the Gaganyaan project under which a three-member crew will be sent to space for at least seven days. The project will cost Rs 10,000 crore. India has already inked agreements with Russia and France for assistance in the ambitious project. Gaganyaan will help India become […]

E-commerce Giants Like Amazon And Flipkart Can No Longer Sell Their Own Products

As per the new e-commerce policies set by the government of India, a ban will be applied to companies like Amazon and Flipkart from selling products from companies in which they have an equity share. The government statement also said the policy will prevent companies from entering into exclusive agreements with the sellers. These new […]

Colin completed Solo trek across Antarctica

Colin completed Solo trek across Antarctica Colin O’Brady, an American adventurer, has become the first person to complete a solo trek across Antarctica without the assistance of any kind. He took 54 days to complete the nearly 1,000-mile (1,600-km) crossing Antartica. He arrived at the finish point on the Ross Ice Shelf on the Pacific […]

Centre tightens rules for selling online

Centre tightens rules for selling online The government of India said that e-commerce companies would be barred from selling products sourced from firms in which they have the stake in or control over. It also said that an e-commerce marketplace will not force any seller to sell any product exclusively on its platform. The norms […]

Nepal caps expenditure of its citizens

Nepal caps expenditure of its citizens On 25 December 2018, Nepal imposed a monthly limit on the amount of Indian currency its citizen can spend in India. Nepali citizen would not be able to spend more than Rs. 1 lakh every month while paying for goods and services in India. The policy is applicable to […]

NITI Aayog released Second Delta Ranking

NITI Aayog released Second Delta Ranking NITI Aayog released the ‘Second Delta Ranking’ of the Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP) on December 27, 2018. The ranking will measure the incremental progress made by districts between 1 June  2018, and 31 October 2018. The districts have been ranked on parameters like Health & Nutrition, Education etc. The […]

Telangana & AP to get separate High Courts

Telangana & AP to get separate High Courts President Ramnath Kovind issued orders constituting a separate High Court for Andhra Pradesh with effect from January 1, 2019. The High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad will now become the High Court for Telangana. With the creation of the new High Court for Andhra Pradesh, the country […]

Investment through P-notes rises in November

Investment through P-notes rises in November Investments in the Indian capital market through Participatory notes (P-notes) increased to Rs 79,247 crore in November 2018. P-notes are issued by registered foreign portfolio investors to overseas investors who wish to be part of the Indian stock market without registering themselves directly. The funds’ inflow through P-notes in […]

Ricky Ponting inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

Ricky Ponting inducted into ICC Hall of Fame Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting was formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on 26 December 2018. He was named in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame along with former India captain Rahul Dravid in July 2018. He is the 25th Australia cricketer to be […]

Swachch Bharat Grand Challenge Award announced

Swachch Bharat Grand Challenge Award announced As part of the Swachhta Pakhwada held from 1 to 15 November 2018, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) organised a ‘Swachch Bharat Grand Challenge’. This was organised to reward innovative solutions by DIPP recognized Start-ups in the country. Four areas of sanitation, waste management, water and wastewater management, and air management […]

Survey launched to capture the payment habits

Survey launched to capture the payment habits The Reserve Bank of India launched a ‘Survey on Retail Payment Habits of Individuals (SRPHi)’ on 26 December 2018. The survey will cover a sample of 6,000 individuals from various socio-economic backgrounds. The survey will be conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Guwahati. The purpose of […]

Rajeev Sachdeva takes over as DCIDS-Operations

Rajeev Sachdeva takes over as DCIDS-Operations Air Marshal Rajeev Sachdeva has taken over as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations) on 26 December 2018. Prior to this, he was the Senior Air Staff Officer at Southern Air Command headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram. He was an Air Force examiner and also commanded a frontline transport […]

Russia successfully tests hypersonic missile

Russia successfully tests hypersonic missile Russia’s Defence Ministry successfully conducted the final tests of the ‘Avangard’ hypersonic missile system on 26 December 2018. The intercontinental ‘Avangard’ system would be ready for use from 2019. It can fly at 20 times the speed of sound and can be maneuvered up and down. It is designed using […]

Today in Indian history – 28 December

28 December – Day in History of India 1883  Bharat Sabha organized by Surendranath BanerjeeSurendranath Banerjee started Indian Association in 1876. The Indian Association organized the National Conference as Bharat Sabha during 28-31, December 1883. 1885The first session of the Indian National Congress was held on 28 December 1885 in Bombay. The initial name of the […]

Train 18, now India’s fastest train

Train 18, now India’s fastest train Train 18, has now officially become India’s fastest train, which ran at a speed of 180 kilometers per hour during a trial run. The first trial run of the train was conducted on Bareilly-Moradabad railway section. Train 18 is India’s first indigenously built engine-less train. It was built by […]

Champions of Change award given to Manipur CM

Champions of Change award given to Manipur CM Manipur’s Chief Minister N Biren Singh was conferred with the ‘Champions of Change’ award by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on 26 December 2018. He was awarded for his exemplary leadership in bringing about transformation in governance in the northeastern state. The award selection jury was led by former Chief […]

Railways develops AI-powered robot

Railways develops AI-powered robot Central Railway’s Nagpur division has developed the robot named USTAAD (Undergear Surveillance Through Artificial Intelligence Assisted Droid) It would click pictures and record videos of the under-gears of trains and send them to engineers for repairs and maintenance. By use of this robot, the chances of a mistake and any deficiency […]

Govt institutes ‘Aapda Prabandhan Puraskaar’

Govt institutes ‘Aapda Prabandhan Puraskaar’ The government of India has instituted the ‘Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskaar’. The award will be given to recognise the excellent work done by individuals and institutions in the field of disaster management. If the awardee is an institution, it will be given a cash prize of Rs 51 lakh. If the […]

Prof Hamidi Kashmiri passed away

Prof Hamidi Kashmiri passed away Dr. Hamidi Kashmiri, literary figure in the world of Urdu language, literature, and literary criticism passed away on 26 December 2018. He was a creative writer, an acclaimed critic and propounder of ‘Iktishaafi Tanqueed’. He has also been the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kashmir. He was a recipient of the […]

Today in World history – 28 December

Historical Events on December 28 418 St Boniface I begins his reign as Catholic Pope 801 Louis the Vrome occupies Barcelona 1065 Westminster Abbey in London consecrated 1308 The reign of Emperor Hanazono, Emperor of Japan, begins

‘Economic capital framework’ committee formed

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in consultation with the government of India, has set up a six-member committee to review the ‘Economic Capital Framework’ of the central bank. Former RBI Governor Bimal Jalan will be the committee’s Chairman. The other members are Economic Affairs Secretary Subash Chandra Garg, RBI Deputy Governor N.S. Vishwanathan and […]

Childres’s Science Congress inaugurated

Childres’s Science Congress inaugurated The 26th National Childres’s Science Congress was inaugurated by the Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar on 27 December 2018. The event will provide a platform for children to showcase their creativity and ability in science innovation. The event is supported by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication […]

3rd Dwijing Festival inaugurated in Assam

3rd Dwijing Festival inaugurated in Assam In Assam, the third Dwijing Festival was inaugurated on the bank of Aye river at Chirang district on w27 December 2018. The festival is being organised jointly by Assam’s tourism department, Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) and Bodoland Tourism. The festival would focus on contemporary attractions of Bodoland Territorial Area Districts- Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baska and […]

President gives assent to two bills

President gives assent to two bills President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to two bills from Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh. The ‘Himachal Pradesh Early Childhood Care and Education Centers Bill, 2017’ aims to ensure quality education to children. The ‘Tamil Nadu Vanniyakula Kshatriya Public Charitable Trusts and Endowments Bill, 2018’ aims to create […]

3D model of cancer

Researchers built Virtual Reality (VR) 3D model of cancer Scientists from Cancer Research U.K. Cambridge Institute(CRUK) have built a Virtual Reality (VR) 3D model of cancerthat allows viewers to fly through tumour cells, observing every detail from different angles. The advance paves the way for better understanding cancer and developing new treatments for it. The tumour can be studied in […]

‘Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana’ launched

‘Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana’ launched ‘Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana’ was launched in Uttarakhand on 25 December 2018. Under the scheme, each household in the state will be able to avail medical treatment of up to Rs 5 lakh annually. The scheme will benefit 23 lakh households and cover 1,350 critical diseases. A total of 99 […]

‘Rafi Award’ conferred to Laxmikant & Usha

‘Rafi Award’ conferred to Laxmikant & Usha The ‘Mohammed Rafi Award 2018’ was given to late music composer Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar and playback singer Usha Timothy. Laxmikant was given the Mohammed Rafi Lifetime Achievement Award consisting of 1 lakh rupees and a trophy. Usha Timothy was honoured with the award and 51,000 rupees. The awards […]

Japan announces withdrawal from IWC

Japan announces withdrawal from IWC Japan has announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC)in 2019. It will resume commercial hunting of whales in its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone from July 2019. Japan will not be able to continue hunting of whale for the scientific research in the Antarctic. Japan joins Iceland […]

Thailand approves medical use of marijuana

Thailand approves medical use of marijuana On 25 December 2018, Thailand approved the licensed use of marijuana for medical use and research. The changes will legalize the production, import, export, possession, and use of marijuana products for medical purposes. Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia to allow the use of medical marijuana. Recreational […]

Govt. to rename 3 Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Govt. to rename 3 Andaman and Nicobar Islands The government of India has decided to rename three islands in Andaman and Nicobar. The government has decided to rename Ross Island as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, Neil Island as Shaheed Dweep, and Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep as a tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. […]

Tata Coffee appoints Chacko Thomas as MD & CEO

Tata Coffee appoints Chacko Thomas as MD & CEO Tata Coffee appointed Chacko Purackal Thomas as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. At present he is the Executive Director and Deputy CEO of Tata Coffee. He will take over from Sanjiv Sarin, whose term ends on March 31, 2019. Before joining Tata Coffee, he […]

Bengali poet Nirendranath passed away

Bengali poet Nirendranath passed away Veteran Bengali poet Nirendranath Chakraborty passed away on 25 December 2018. Alongside poetry, Nirendranath Chakraborty was well known for his short stories and novels. He also gained critical acclaim for his poetry book Ulongo Raja (The naked king). He won the prestigious Sahitya Academy prize for Ulongo Raja.

List of top 10 police stations released

List of top 10 police stations released Home Minister Rajnath Singh released the list of top 10 police stations in India during the DGPs and IGPs conference in Gujarat. The list was prepared by the Intelligence Bureau (IB). The Kalu police station in Rajasthan’s Bikaner bagged the first rank. Andaman and Nicobar’s Campbell Bay secured […]

485 schemes launched under ‘Digital Haryana’

485 schemes launched under ‘Digital Haryana’ Haryana government launched 485 schemes under the ‘Digital Haryana’ initiative on 25 December 2018. Haryana became the first state in India, where 4000 ‘Atal Seva Kendras’ in rural areas, 22 at district headquarters, 51 at the sub-divisional level, & 20 ‘Antyodya Saral Kendras’ at Tehsil level, has been launched […]

Maha launches Vajpayee international schools

Maha launches Vajpayee international schools Maharashtra government launched Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Schools in Mumbai on 25 December 2018. The schools are affiliated to the newly formed Maharashtra International Education Board (MIEB). The State aims to introduce international curriculum in 100 schools run by civic bodies, the tribal development department, the social justice department, and […]

Sitarist Manju Mehta gets ‘Tansen Samman’

Sitarist Manju Mehta gets ‘Tansen Samman’ Sitar player Manju Mehta was conferred with the ‘Tansen Samman’ for 2018 by the Madhya Pradesh government The award was given for her contribution in the field of music. She was given a cash award of Rs 2 lakh and a memento. She was presented with the award at the […]

Kuttappa new chief coach for men’s boxing

Kuttappa new chief coach for men’s boxing CA Kuttappa has taken over as India’s Chief boxing coach on 26 December 2018. He took over from veteran coach SR Singh, who has now retired. His first major assignment would be the second edition of the India Open scheduled in January 2019 in Guwahati. He is credited […]

Train launched on Patalpani-Kalakund route

Train launched on Patalpani-Kalakund route The Western Railway (WR) launched the special heritage train on the Patalpani-Kalakund section in Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam district on 25 December 2018. The heritage train will depart from Dr. Ambedkar Nagar station and will reach Kalakund. Patalpani-Kalkund is a British era meter gauge rail line and is the part of Western […]

Rajnath lays foundation stones of 576 projects

Rajnath lays foundation stones of 576 projects Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh laid the foundation stones of 576 projects worth Rs 161 crore in Lucknow on 25 December 2018. On this occasion, Rajnath Singh also inaugurated 17 projects worth Rs 2 crore undertaken by CSR fund of Gas Authority of India Limited. He also inaugurated […]

Sulagitti Narasamma passed away

Sulagitti Narasamma passed away Padma Shri award winner Sulagitti Narasamma passed away in Bengaluru on 25 December 2018. She conducted thousands of deliveries for free as a midwife at a time when medical help was hard to come by in rural areas. Recognising her service to the society, she was awarded the ‘Devaraja Urs’ award in 2012 […]

Today in Indian History (27 December)

Day in History of India 1911 Jana Gana Mana was first sung at the Indian National Congress session, Calcutta 1936Golden Jubilee session of Indian National Congress, Faizpur 1975Explosion at Chasnala coal mine 1977Congress party splits into two. 1985Congress party centenary celebrations

Historical Events on December 27 (World)

418 [Etalius] begins his reign as Catholic Pope 537 The Hagia Sophia is inaugurated by the Emperor Justinian 795 Leo III begins his reign as Pope after his election the previous day 1437 Albrecht II von Habsburg becomes king of Bohemia 1512 Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regards to native Indians in […]

Youngest woman to have 50 World Cup wins

Youngest woman to have 50 World Cup wins America’s Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest woman to win 50 World Cup ski races with victory in the slalom in the French Alps on 22 December 2018. Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova got the second position while Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter was in third place in slalom championship. Slalom is an […]

Photography Awards to be held in Feb 2019

Photography Awards to be held in Feb 2019 The photo division of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting will organise the 7th National Photography Awards in February 2019.  The photographers will be awarded in mainly three categories – lifetime achievement award, awards for professional photographers, and the awards for the amateur photographers. The Life Time Achievement […]

Weightlifters banned after 2012 Olympic tests

Weightlifters banned after 2012 Olympic tests The International Weightlifting Federation announced that five weightlifters have been provisionally suspended after reanalysis of their urine samples provided during the 2012 London Olympics. They include two Olympic champions, Ukrainian Oleksiy Torokhtiy, and Uzbekistan’s’ Ruslan Nurudinov. The other weightlifters are from Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Belarus.

Italy’s Mount Etna erupts

Italy’s Mount Etna erupts Italy’s Mount Etna erupted on 24 December 2018, causing a magnitude 3.3 earthquake and the closure of Sicily’s Catania Airport. The Mount Etna observatory said lava had spewed from a new fracture near its south-eastern crater. Mount Etna is Europe’s highest and most active volcano. In June 2013, it was added […]

Haryana to rename CCIs as ‘Jagannath Ashrams’

Haryana to rename CCIs as ‘Jagannath Ashrams’ Haryana’s Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced to name all the Child Care Institutes (CCIs) being run in the state as ‘Jagannath Ashrams.’ The Chief Minister made the announcement during an event in Karnal. A child care institution as defined under the JJ Act,2015, is a facility recognized under […]

Indias Forex Reserves declined by USD 613.9 million to USD 393.12 billion

Indias Forex Reserves declined by USD 613.9 million to USD 393.12 billion India’s foreign exchange reserves declined in this week by USD 613.9 million reaching USD 393.12 billion.  This decline attributed to the fall. The Forex reserves increased by USD 16.6 million to reach USD 393.734illion in the previous week.

Odisha Government announced Rs. 10,000 Crore Scheme for Farmers Development

Odisha Government announced Rs. 10,000 Crore Scheme for Farmers Development Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announced a ₹10,000 crore scheme named Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA), which will provide farmers with ₹10,000 a year at the rate of ₹5,000 each for Kharif and Rabi season. Additionally, crop loans of up to ₹50,000 will be interest-free under the scheme.

UAE to give Pakistan USD 3 billion amid financial crisis

UAE to give Pakistan USD 3 billion amid financial crisis United Arab Emirates (UAE) will deposit $3 billion in Pakistan’s central bank to support its financial and monetary policy. The UAE’s support comes amid the current financial crisis in Pakistan. The transfer of 11 billion dirhams (USD 3 billion) by the government-owned Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) to State Bank of […]

Jharkhand CM announced Rs 2,250 crore scheme for farmers

Jharkhand CM announced Rs 2,250 crore scheme for farmers Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das announced a ₹2,250 crorescheme to help 22.76 lakh small and marginal farmers of the state. Named Mukhyamantri Krishi Ashirwad Yojana, the scheme will provide farmers with a yearly financial assistance of ₹5,000 per acre for Kharif crops. The scheme will start from 2019-20 financial year.

UP tops in atrocities by police

UP tops in atrocities by police According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Uttar Pradesh registered 236 cases against police personnel for human rights violations between 2014 and 2016, the highest in the country’s total of 411 such cases during the same period. Uttar Pradesh was followed by Delhi where 63 cases of atrocities by police personnel were registered in the same period. The […]

ICC asks BCCI to pay Rs 161 crore compensation or lose rights to host 2023 World Cup

ICC asks BCCI to pay Rs 161 crore compensation or lose rights to host 2023 World Cup The Board of Control for Cricket in India has been involved in some legal battles of late. International Cricket Council (ICC) asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to either pay $23 million (Rs 161 crore) by the […]

PM Modi releases Rs 100 commemorative coin in honour of ex-PM Vajpayee

PM Modi releases Rs 100 commemorative coin in honour of ex-PM Vajpayee On the eve of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 94th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a ₹100commemorative coin in the memory of the former premier. The front of the Rs 100 coin features the National Emblem of India along with ‘Satyamev Jayate’ in Devanagari script inscribed below. The reverse […]

NGT bans mining within 10 km of Sariska Tiger Reserve

NGT bans mining within 10 km of Sariska Tiger Reserve The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has banned all mining activities within 10 km of the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan. The order was issued following a plea challenging the environmental clearance granted to 24 mines within the 10 km radius. The Supreme Court in 2006 had prohibited mining within 1 km of […]

Delhi records 2nd Highest Pollution Level in 2018

Delhi records 2nd Highest Pollution Level in 2018 While the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data showed the overall air quality index (AQI) at ‘severe’ level of 450, the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) showed a higher level at 471. This is the second highest pollution level this year. The highest was recorded on […]

A UNESCO Category 2, International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography, inaugurated at INCOIS, Hyderabad

A UNESCO Category 2, International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography, inaugurated at INCOIS, Hyderabad Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment and Forests & Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan will inaugurate the newly constructed International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean) Complex in the INCOIS campus at Hyderabad on 22nd December 2018.  Union Minister […]

Indian Railways launches new EMU train with 130 kmph speed

Indian Railways launches new EMU train with 130 kmph speed  Railway passengers will soon get another high-tech train from the stable of the Integral Coach Factory (ICF). The new train –Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) –commonly known as an electric train, running at a speed of 130 Kmph is ready for its trial launch. The EMU train with […]

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao field level awareness campaign for Maharashtra, Goa and Dadra & Nagar Haveli launched

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao field level awareness campaign for Maharashtra, Goa and Dadra & Nagar Haveli launched  “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” will be organized in Maharashtra, Goa and Dadra & Nagar Haveli to spread awareness among people to save and educate girls. The Campaign will be organized by the Pune office of Regional Outreach Bureau, Ministry […]

Fifteenth Global SME Business Summit in New Delhi

Fifteenth Global SME Business Summit in New Delhi The 15th edition of a two day Global SME Business Summit was organized by the Ministry of MSME and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Government e-marketplace in New Delhi.  The theme of the event was ‘Building Partnerships through Global Value Chains.’ The agenda of the summit was […]

Nightingale of Assam singer Dipali Borthakur passed away at 77

Nightingale of Assam singer Dipali Borthakur passed away at 77 She was a Padma Shrirecipient in 1998 and was also known as “Asomiya Lata Mangeshkar.” She was honored with The Axiom Srestho by The Telegraph, Silipi Bota (2010) and Aideu Handique Silpi Award (2012) among others.

Seven day 37th Senior National Rowing Championship held in Pune

Seven day 37th Senior National Rowing Championship held in Pune The seven days 37th Senior National Rowing Championship concluded at Army Rowing Node, College of Military Engineering in Pune. The competition consisted of categories of: 2000 meters and 500 meters. It was inaugurated by Lt General Michael Mathews. The Army Team emerged as the champions in 2018 […]

B V P Rao elected as president of Archery Association of India

B V P Rao elected as president of Archery Association of India B V P Rao was elected as the President of Archery Association of India(AAI),the election was held under the Supervision of former Chief Election Commissioner S. Y. Quraishi. Maha Singh was elected as secretary of Archery Association of India,D K Vidyarthi was elected as […]

National Consumer Day: 24 December

National Consumer Day: 24 December National Consumer Day is observed in India every year on 24 December. The theme for 2018 National Consumer Day is ‘Timely Disposal of Consumer Complaints’. On this day the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 had received the assent of the President. The Consumer Protection Act aims to provide consumers with effective […]

India successfully test-fires Agni-IV missile

India successfully test-fires Agni-IV missile India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable long-range ‘Agni-IV’ on 23 December 2018. It has a strike range of 4,000 km. The strategic surface-to-surface missile was flight tested from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr. Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast. Agni-IV missile is equipped with advanced Avionics, 5th generation On […]

Vedangi: Fastest Asian to cycle the globe

Vedangi: Fastest Asian to cycle the globe Indian woman Vedangi Kulkarni has become the fastest Asian to cycle the globe. She completed the 29,000 kilometers’ distance required to qualify as bicycling across the globe. She spent 159 days peddling up to 300 kilometers a day in 14 countries. British adventurer Jenny Graham is the fastest woman to have […]

PM announces Sardar Patel Award

PM announces Sardar Patel Award Prime Minister, Narendra Modi announced annual ‘Sardar Patel Award for National Integration’ on 22 December 2018. The award was announced by him while addressing the conference of DGPs/IGPs in Gujarat’s Kevadia. The award will be given every year for ‘outstanding efforts’ in the field of furthering national integration.

RBI shortlists Wipro, TCS, 4 others for PCR

RBI shortlists Wipro, TCS, 4 others for PCR The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) shortlisted six major IT companies to set up a digital Public Credit Registry (PCR)  The IT companies are TCS, Wipro, IBM India, Capgemini Technology Services India, Dun & Bradstreet Information Services India, and Mindtree Ltd. PCR will be capturing details of all […]

Manipur passes ‘Anti-mob Violence Bill’

Manipur passes ‘Anti-mob Violence Bill’ Manipur’s Chief Minister N Biren Singh, who also holds charge of the Home Department, moved the ‘The Manipur Protection from Mob Violence Bill, 2018’ in the state Assembly. The bill was passed by the Assembly unanimously on 21 December 2018. It recommends a rigorous life imprisonment term if the crime […]

PM to open Buddhist site museum at Lalitgiri

PM to open Buddhist site museum at Lalitgiri The ‘Buddhist site’ museum was inaugurated at Lalitgiri in Odisha on 24 December 2018. The site is one of the earliest Buddhist settlements in Lalitgiri, where excavations have yielded ancient seals and inscriptions and have been converted into a museum. It is the 3rd site museum of […]

B V P Rao elected as AAI’s President

B V P Rao elected as AAI’s President B V P Rao was elected as President of the Archery Association of India (AAI) on 22 December 2018. He represented Archery Association of Assam. He is a retired IAS officer of Assam cadre and earlier served as Vice President of the Archery Association of Assam. He […]

India’s first music museum to be set up in TN

India’s first music museum to be set up in TN India’s first music museum will be set up with assistance from the Central government in Thiruvaiyaru, Tamilnadu. Thiruvaiyaru is the birthplace of Tyagaraja, one of the Trinities of Carnatic music. This was announced by the State Minister for Culture and Tamil Development, K Pandiarajan in […]

Projects worth 15000 crore inaugurated by PM

Projects worth 15000 crore inaugurated by PM Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated projects worth 15,000 crore rupees in Odisha on 24 December 2018. The projects are related to health, road and highways, higher education, and culture. He also laid the foundation stone for new campus of IIT-Bhubaneswar at Aragul. He also released a commemorative coin […]

Burundi names Gitega as new capital

Burundi names Gitega as new capital Burundi government declared the small central city of Gitega as the country’s new political capital on 22 December 2018. Burundi’s previous capital Bujumbura will function as the country’s economic centre. Cabinet meetings will henceforth be held in Gitega, where five ministries will also be established from the start of […]

Bala Rafique won the ‘Maharashtra Kesari’

Bala Rafique won the ‘Maharashtra Kesari’ Wrestler Bala Rafique Shaikh won the ‘Maharashtra Kesari’ title on 23 December 2018. He defeated Abhijeet Katke of Pune in the final round. He was honoured with a silver mace and cash prize of Rs 1 lakh. Maharashtra Kesari is an Indian-style prestigious wrestling championship, established in 1961.

World’s smallest tic-tac-toe game board made

World’s smallest tic-tac-toe game board made Researchers from the California Institute of Technology have developed the world’s smallest tic-tac-toe game board by using dynamic DNA origami tiles. DNA origami tiles are microscopic organic structures that can be programmed to transform into predesigned patterns. Earlier, scientists had developed the world’s smallest version of the iconic Mona […]

Real Madrid won the ‘Club World Cup 2018’

Real Madrid won the ‘Club World Cup 2018’ Real Madrid won the ‘FIFA Club World Cup 2018’ in United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 23 December 2018. They defeated Al Ain in the final match. With this win, Real Madrid becomes the first ever to claim three straight Club World Cup or Intercontinental Cup. They also […]

Patrick to be acting Defence Secretary

Patrick to be acting Defence Secretary US President Donald Trump appointed Patrick Shanahan as acting Defence Secretary on 23 December 2018. He will take the post from 1 January 2019. He will replace Defence Secretary Jim Mattis. At present, he is the Deputy Defence Secretary. He was a former executive at the aerospace giant Boeing.

Mahesh & Yash clinch squash tournament titles

Mahesh & Yash clinch squash tournament titles Squash players Mahesh Mangaonkar of Maharashtra and Yash Fadte of Goa clinched the men’s and under 19 boys titles respectively in the ‘CCI Western India Squash Championship’ on 23 December 2018. Yash defeated Veer Chotrani of Maharashtra in the under 19 boys final. Mahesh defeated Vikram Malhotra in […]

Railways bags Energy Conservation Awards

Railways bags Energy Conservation Awards The Railways has bagged 17 awards at the ‘National Energy Conservation awards 2018′ on 14 December 2018. It participated in three categories: Railway stations, hospitals, and institutions. Under ‘transport’ category, railways obtained 10 awards for the sub-sector railway station. Under ‘building’ category, it bagged three awards for sub-sector Railway hospitals.

Stamp to commemorate Paika rebellion released

Stamp to commemorate Paika rebellion released On 24 December 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a stamp and a coin to commemorate the Paika rebellion of 1817 in Odisha. The Paika Rebellion was the first war of Independence against the British. In the early 1800s, the farming community of Odisha had risen in rebellion against […]

Tsunami struck Indonesia’s Sunda Strait

Tsunami struck Indonesia’s Sunda Strait Tsunami struck coastal towns of Indonesia’s Sunda Strait on 22 December 2018. It is thought undersea landslides from the Anak Krakatau volcano caused them. The Sunda Strait, between the islands of Java and Sumatra, connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean. Indonesia is prone to tsunamis because it lies on […]

India lost $86 billion due to power distortion

India lost $86 billion due to power distortion World Bank published the new report titled ‘In the Dark: How Much Do Power Sector Distortions Cost South Asia’. As per the report, distortions in the power sector annually cost India around $86.1 billion or 4.1% of GDP due to power distortions in 2016. It also said […]

Famous classical singer Pandit Arun Bhaduri passed away at 75

Famous classical singer Pandit Arun Bhaduri passed away at 75 Pandit Bhaduri was considered to be one of the masters of Bengali songs and bhajans. The veteran singer had served as a guru (teacher) at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, and was a top radio andtelevision artiste. Pandit Bhaduri was trained in Indian music by Md A Daud and Md […]

Merriam-Webster selects ‘Justice’ as its 2018 Word of the Year

Merriam-Webster selects ‘Justice’ as its 2018 Word of the Year Merriam Webster chooses its word of the year based on an increase in traffic and overall volume of traffic. They report “justice” saw a 74 percent increase year over year, taking it higher than other words that might have been “trendy” or “buzzed about.” The word follows […]

Haryana Govt launched mobile app ‘Shiksha Setu’

Haryana Govt launched mobile app ‘Shiksha Setu’ To help students, HaryanaGovernment has started mobile app ‘Shiksha Setu’ which would have all information related to attendance, fee, online admission and scholarships in all government colleges of the state besides having details of lecturers of government colleges and officers of the Directorate.

USA pulls out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

USA pulls out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty Russia has confirmed that the United States of America has decided to cancel the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which was signed between Russian and the USA in 1987. The USA had already announced the withdrawal decision from the INF treaty in October 2018. The INF Treaty was […]

Three astronauts return from International Space Station

Three astronauts return from International Space Station Three astronauts have returned to Earth after more than six months aboard the International Space Station.  A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, Sergey Prokopyev from Russia and German astronaut Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency landed on the snow-covered steppes in Kazakhstan.  Russian rescue teams […]

Government authorised 10 agencies to snoop on your computer

Government authorised 10 agencies to snoop on your computer Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba has issued an order to 10 central agencies, authorising them to intercept, monitor and decrypt any “information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer”. The 10 central agencies include: ♦ Intelligence Bureau, ♦ Narcotics Control Bureau, ♦ National Investigation Agency, ♦ Enforcement Directorate, […]

CMRL to launch mobile app to book a ride

CMRL to launch mobile app to book a ride Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is to soon offer its commuters a facility to book a ride through its mobile app, for travelling to areas around stations. For this project, CMRL has tied up with a firm to offer the service. The firm’s icon for this service will […]

Tripura government plans fresh literacy survey

Tripura government plans fresh literacy survey The Tripura government has planned to conduct a fresh survey on the literacy rate in the State. A survey conducted in 2014 had recorded 95% literacy rate in the State. This survey was conducted by the Indian Statistical Institute. About Tripura: Formation: 21 January 1972 Capital City: Agartala Governor: Kaptan Singh Solanki Chief Minister: Biplab Kumar Deb […]

Genetically Modified plant that cleans indoor air

Genetically Modified plant that cleans indoor air Researchers have Genetically Modified (GM) a common indoor plant, golden pothos or Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum), to remove pollutants inside the house.  It has been modified to produce a liver enzyme called cytochrome p450 2e1, which is taken from rabbits, that breaks down a wide range of pollutants. The researchers put the modified plant and normal […]

Government approved Mahindras Rs.1,900 crore tourism plan

Government approved Mahindras Rs.1,900 crore tourism plan The Maharashtra State government has approved a film-centric entertainment destination to be developed by the Mahindra Group in Kandivali, with an investment of Rs.1,900 crore in Mumbai. According to a recent Government Resolution (GR), the Bollywood theme-based tourism project will be developed on 82,950.5 sq.m. belonging to the Mahindra Group. Earlier this year, […]

Centre might infuse Rs.2,345 crore more in Air India

Centre might infuse Rs.2,345 crore more in Air India The Centre has sought Parliament’s approval for an additional equity infusion of Rs.2,345 crore for debt-laden Air India (AI)and a separate sum of Rs.1,300 crore for a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which houses the national carrier’s debt and non-core assets.  The SPV, Air India Assets Holding, comprises Rs.29,000 crore of the Rs.55,000 crore debt of AI and the […]

NFAI and FTII Sign MoU For Transfer of Land

NFAI and FTII Sign MoU For Transfer of Land National Film Archive of India (NFAI) and Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for transfer of three acres of land for the construction of storage facility for films and film material. The land belonging to FTII at their Kothrud campus in […]

Union Government Launches Asiatic Lion Conservation Project

Union Government Launches Asiatic Lion Conservation Project The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched the “Asiatic Lion Conservation Project” to protect and conserve the population of Asiatic Lion and its associated ecosystem. The Asiatic Lion Conservation Project is aimed at the conservation and recovery of Asiatic Lion with the help of up […]

150 crores relief to onion growers in Maharashtra

150 crores relief to onion growers in Maharashtra The Maharashtra cabinet approved an ex-gratia payment of Rs 200 per quintal rate for onions sold between November 1 to December 15.  Rs 150 crore compensation comes as a big relief to the onion producing farmers who had to sell their produce at low prices.  The compensation […]

NGT bans mining close to Sariska reserve

NGT bans mining close to Sariska reserve On 22 December 2018, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned all mining activities within 10 km radius of the Sariska Tiger Reserve. It also said that any further mining activity is subject to the clearance of leases by the National Board of Wildlife. The Supreme Court had in […]

India to host the first ever India China Film Festival strengthening the cultural understanding amidst

India to host the first ever India China Film Festival strengthening the cultural understanding amidst A three day India China Film Festival is set to begin in New Delhi from 22nd of December this year culminating on 24th of December. In order to strengthen and deepen cultural understanding between the two countries, the film festival is being […]

GST Council cuts rates on 17 items, 6 services

GST Council cuts rates on 17 items, 6 services The Goods and Services Tax Council has cut rates on 17 items and six types of services during its 31st meeting on 22 December 2018. The GST rate on cinema tickets above ₹100 was cut from 28% to 18% and on tickets up to ₹100 from […]

IFC-IOR inaugurated in Gurugram

IFC-IOR inaugurated in Gurugram India inaugurated an Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) on 22 December 2018. The IFC has been established at the Navy’s Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) at Gurugram. It will work closely with countries in the India ocean region and will be manned by the Indian Navy. It […]

Gas 2019: Mobile app for global aviation summit launched by Ministry of Aviation and AAI

Gas 2019: Mobile app for global aviation summit launched by Ministry of Aviation and AAI Civil aviation ministry along with the Airport Authority of India (AAI) launched an app named ‘GAS 2019’. This app will enable users to interact with the co-delegates and speakers besides providing a platform for networking through personal and group chats. This was […]

India retained highest Aviation Safety Ranking: US Watchdog FAA

India retained highest Aviation Safety Ranking: US Watchdog FAA US regulator Federation of Aviation Administration (FAA) retained the highest aviation safety ranking for India. According to FAA, India’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) rating remains ‘Category 1’. This ranking was based on an audit of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in July 2018.

India & China held ‘People-to-People’ meeting

India & China held ‘People-to-People’ meeting India and China held the first ever meeting of the ‘India-China High Level Mechanism on Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges’. The meeting was held in Delhi on 21 December 2018. The meeting was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. The meeting aims to […]

WV Raman appointed as India women’s team coach

WV Raman appointed as India women’s team coach Former India opener, W. V. Raman was appointed as the new coach of the Indian women’s cricket team. Raman was among three recommendations made by the ad-hoc committee of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad, and Shantha Rangaswamy. He has represented India in 11 Tests and 27 One-Day Internationals. […]

Consumer Protection Bill passed in Lok Sabha

Consumer Protection Bill passed in Lok Sabha On 20 December 2018, Lok Sabha passed the Consumer Protection Bill, 2018 that seeks to replace the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. The Bill enforces consumer rights and provides a mechanism for redressal of complaints regarding deficiencies in goods and services. It seeks to establish Consumer Disputes Redressal Commissions […]

RBI caps outstanding ECBs at 6.5% of GDP

RBI caps outstanding ECBs at 6.5% of GDP On 20 December 2018, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced a cap for outstanding stock of External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) at 6.5% of GDP of the country. The outstanding stock of ECB as on 30 September 2018 was $126.29 billion. ECBs refer to commercial loans in […]

All computers now under govt. watch

All computers now under govt. watch The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an order authorising 10 Central agencies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt ‘any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer’. The MHA gave the authorisation under 69 (1) of the Information Technology Act, 2000. The agencies are the Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics […]

Conservation project for lions launched

Conservation project for lions launched The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched the ‘Asiatic Lion Conservation Project’ on 20 December 2018. The aim of the project is to protect and conserve the world’s last ranging free population of Asiatic Lion and its associated ecosystem. The project will be funded from the Centrally Sponsored […]

‘SDG India Index’ released by NITI Aayog

‘SDG India Index’ released by NITI Aayog The ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index: Baseline Report 2018’ was released by the NITI Aayog on 21 December 2018. SDG India Index is a comprehensive Index to measure the progress of States /UTs, through a single measurable Index. The First Baseline Report for 2018 was prepared with the […]

India-China Film Festival to begin from 22 Dec

India-China Film Festival to begin from 22 Dec The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is organising an ‘India-China Film festival’ from 22 to 24 December 2018. It will be organised during the first ‘India-China High-Level Mechanism on Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges’. The list of Indian films that will be screened includes ‘Dangal'(Hindi), ‘Maacher Jhol’ (Bengali), and […]

Govt online training programme launched

Govt online training programme launched ‘iGOT’ (Integrated Government Online Training Programme) was launched on 20 December 2018. It was developed by Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions. It will augment the existing training mechanism, provided to government servants, with online module-based training coupled with certification.

Govt. to infuse Rs 83,000 crore in PSBs

Govt. to infuse Rs 83,000 crore in PSBs The government of India will infuse Rs 83,000 crore in Public Sector Banks (PSBs) in the next few months in the current fiscal. The government of India moved the proposal in Parliament for enhanced bank recapitalisation The recapitalisation will enhance the lending capacity of PSBs and help […]

Govt to set up panel to look into tax issues

Govt to set up panel to look into tax issues The government of India will set up an expert committee to look into all the taxation issues being faced by start-ups and angel investors. The committee of experts from IITs and IIMs will make recommendations on individual cases of recognised startups. The notification for the […]

40 workers selected for PM Shram Awards 2017

40 workers selected for PM Shram Awards 2017 On 20 December 2018, the Government of India has decided to confer the Prime Minister’s Shram Awards for the year 2017 to be awarded to 40 workers. They are employed in the Departmental Undertakings & Public Sector Undertakings of the Central and State Governments and Private Sector […]

Rs 2500 to be deposited in tea workers account

Rs 2500 to be deposited in tea workers account The Assam government has approved the release of the second installment of the ‘Chah Bagicha (tea estate) Dhan Puraskar Mela’. Rs 2500 will be deposit in each bank accounts of tea garden workers that were opened just after the demonetisation in 2016. This amount is the […]

ITCOocean Complex will be inaugurated in Hyd

ITCOocean Complex will be inaugurated in Hyd International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean) Complex will be inaugurated in Hyderabad on 22 December 2018. It was established by the Ministry of Earth Sciences. It will provide training to scientists/researchers/government officers/disaster managers/decision makers in the areas of ocean science and management.

Meghalaya launches health insurance

Meghalaya launches health insurance Meghalaya’s Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma launched the ‘Meghalaya Health Insurance Scheme’ (MHIS-IV) on 20 December 2018. MHIS-IV is merged with the government of India’s Ayushman Bharat scheme. The MHIS-IV targets to cover more than 8 lakh households offering over 2300 medical and surgical packages and up to Rs 5 lakh per […]

Tembhu irrigation scheme approved by Maha Govt

Tembhu irrigation scheme approved by Maha Govt The Maharashtra government approved a sum of Rs 4,089 crore for the ‘Tembhu lift irrigation’ scheme in Satara district. The irrigation project will benefit the drought-prone areas of Satara, Solapur and Sangli districts. The scheme is about constructing barrages on the river Krishna near Tembhu village and lifting […]

EPFO payroll data released

EPFO payroll data released As per the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation’s (EPFO) payroll data, employment generation in the formal sector nearly trebled to 827,000 in October 2018. Around 7.9 million new subscribers were added to the social security schemes of the EPFO from September 2017 to October 2018. There is a downward revision of 10.81% […]

Haryana to set up Herbal Corporation

Haryana to set up Herbal Corporation On 20 December 2018, Haryana’s Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced the setting up of the ‘Haryana Herbal Corporation’. The aim of the corporation is to promote Ayurveda and herbal medicines in the state. It will also act as a catalyst for developing Morni area of the district as […]

Infosys appoints Nilanjan Roy as CFO

Infosys appoints Nilanjan Roy as CFO India’s second largest IT services firm Infosys named Nilanjan Roy as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective from 1 March 2019. He replaces interim CFO Jayesh Sanghrajka, who will resume his responsibilities as deputy CFO. Before joining Infosys, he was the Airtel’s global CFO since August 2015. Before Airtel, […]

PM Modi to lay foundation of PHPL

PM Modi to lay foundation of PHPL The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will lay the foundation of ‘Paradip Hyderabad Pipeline Product’ Project (PHPL) on 24 December 2018. He will also lay the foundation of Bokaro-Angul section of ‘Jagdishpur-Haldia & Bokaro-Dhamra’ Gas Pipeline Project (PM Urja Ganga) and is being built by the Gas Authority of India […]

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16-Year-Old Prayas Becomes Youngest Ever Crorepati in History

IPL 2019 Auction: 16-Year-Old Prayas Becomes Youngest Ever Crorepati in History Royal Challengers Bangalore roped in the youngster Prayas Ray Barman for Rs 1.5 Cr from a base price Rs 20 lakh. Bengal’s 16-year-old leg-spinner Prayas Barman made his professional cricket debut for Bengal in September, taking 11 wickets in nine Vijay Hazare Trophy matches at an economy rate of 4.45.

ISRO launched GSAT 7A to enhance the communication infrastructure of IAF

ISRO launched GSAT 7A to enhance the communication infrastructure of IAF The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launchedGSLV-F11 which carried communication satellite GSAT-7A. The satellite is meant to enhance the communication infrastructure of the Indian Air Force (IAF). In its Mk-II version, the GSLV with the indigenous cryogenic stage carried on board its heaviest satellite that weighed 2,250 kg, […]

NPCIL’s Kaiga Unit-1 creates world record for continuous operation

NPCIL’s Kaiga Unit-1 creates world record for continuous operation A 220-MW unit of Nuclear Power Corporation of India’s (NPCIL) Kaiga Atomic Power Station has created a world record for continuous operation for 941 days. The previous world record of 940 days held by Heysham 2 Unit-8 of the United Kingdom. Kaiga Atomic Energy Station is the third greatest nuclear electricity plant in India. […]

Ridleys gathered for mating in Berhampur, Odisha

Ridleys gathered for mating in Berhampur, Odisha As part of their annual mating season, thousands of olive ridleys have assembled near the Rushikulya rookery on the Odisha coast. The forest department has stepped up its patrol in the area to safeguard the turtles. Olive ridley sea turtle: ♦ Species: Lepidochelys olivacea ♦ The olive ridley sea turtle, also […]

President rule has been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir from today

President rule has been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir from today President’s rule is imposed in Jammu and Kashmir from 20th December as the Governor’s rule expired in the state on 19th December 2018, after six months. The Centre is learnt to have recommended President’s rule after a report by Governor Satya Pal Malik. Now, President Ram Nath Kovind will have […]

Lok Sabha passed the Surrogacy Regulation Bill

Lok Sabha passed the Surrogacy Regulation Bill The Lok Sabha passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016.The Bill aimed at banning commercial surrogacy to protect women from exploitation. It also proposed to allow only altruistic surrogacy by infertile Indian couples from a “close relative” only. The Surrogacy Bill was approved by the Cabinet in August 2016. It was introduced […]

Global Gender Gap Report 2018: Iceland tops; India ranks 108th

Global Gender Gap Report 2018: Iceland tops; India ranks 108th This year, the Gender Gap Index as released by World Economic Forum (WEF), was topped by Iceland with a score of0.858, holding the top spot in the index for the 10th consecutive year. Norway ranked at 2nd, Sweden at 3rd, and Finland at 4th. India was ranked 108th in the Global Gender […]

India’s largest Cancer hospital ‘National Cancer Institute’ opened in Haryana

India’s largest Cancer hospital ‘National Cancer Institute’ opened in Haryana The National Cancer Institute (NCI) at Haryana’s Jhajjar area, opened its OPD (out-patient department) services around five years after its foundation stone was laid by the then prime minister Manmohan Singh in 2014. The hospital is expected to be fully operational by December 2020. The 710-bed hospital is being built […]

PM Modi releases book on renowned cartoonist R.K. Laxman

PM Modi releases book on renowned cartoonist R.K. Laxman Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a book “Timeless Laxman“, based on the life and times of legendary cartoonist, the late R.K. Laxman. The book has been penned by cartoonist’s daughter-in-law Usha Srinivas Laxman. He passed away in January 2015 in Pune aged 93.

BORI launched an e library of 1000 rare books in Pune

BORI launched an e library of 1000 rare books in Pune The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI)launched an e-library of ancient religious and historical works. BORI houses one of South Asia’s largest and most invaluable agglomeration of rare manuscripts. Nearly 1,000 rare books and manuscripts in Sanskrit and its related languages are presently available for readers worldwide to savor in […]

Capital First merges with IDFC Bank to create IDFC First Bank

Capital First merges with IDFC Bank to create IDFC First Bank Private sector IDFC Bank and Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) Capital First have announced completion of their merger to create IDFC First Bank. Capital First Founder and Chairman V Vaidyanathan has been appointed Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the merged entity. IDFC Bank Founder, MD and CEO Rajiv Lall will serve […]

Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel resigns

Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel resigns He has resigned amid pressure on his government over his support for the UN global pact on migration. Michel, 42, took office in October 2014 after forming a right-wing coalition, becoming at 38 the country’s youngest prime minister since 1841.

NASAs first flight to the moon marks its 50th anniversary

NASAs first flight to the moon marks its 50th anniversary NASA’s first flight to the moon to mark its 50th anniversary. On December 21, 1968, three men, commander Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, flew to the moon in Apollo 8 for the first time in human history. To this day, the mission is considered NASA’s boldest […]

Japanese scientists detected the evidence of water in 17 asteroids

Japanese scientists detected the evidence of water in 17 asteroids For the first time, Japanese scientists have detected evidence of water in 17 asteroids using data from the infrared satellite AKARI. Researchers from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and University of Tokyo found that water is retained in asteroids as hydrated minerals, which were produced by chemical reactions of water and anhydrous rocks that […]

Pakistani activist Asma Jahangir wins UN Human Rights Prize for 2018

Pakistani activist Asma Jahangir wins UN Human Rights Prize for 2018 Late Pakistan lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir was announced as one of the four winners of the UN Human Rights Prize for 2018. Her daughter Munizae Jahangirreceived the prestigious award on behalf of her mother. Other winners included: ♦ Women’s rights activist in Tanzania – Rebeca Gyumi; ♦ […]

Study says flowers originated 50 million years earlier than thought

Study says flowers originated 50 million years earlier than thought Researchers have identified a fossil plant species that shows flowers bloomed in the Early Jurassic, more than 174 million years ago. Before now, angiosperms (flowering plants) were thought to have a history of no more than 130 million years. Researchers named the fossil plant species Nanjinganthus dendrostyla.  The discovery of the novel flower species throws widely accepted […]

Four public sector banks may come out of PCA

Four public sector banks may come out of PCA Four public sector banks that were under the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), may come out of the restrictions following an improved performance. The 4 banks are Bank of Maharashtra, Corporation Bank, Allahabad Bank and Bank of India. This follows a review of […]

Pranab K Das is new Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs Chairman

Pranab K Das is new Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs Chairman Senior bureaucrat Pranab Kumar Das has been appointed as Chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), the apex policy-making body for indirect taxes. He will succeed S. Ramesh, who superannuates on December. The CBIC is headed by the Chairman and consists […]

Vogo partners with Ola

Vogo partners with Ola Vogo, a scooter sharing start-up, has partnered with Ola, the ride-hailing company. Ola will boost Vogo’s supply by investing in 1,00,000 scooters on the Vogo platform, worth $100 million. Vogo’s offerings will also be available for Ola’s customer base of over 150 million, directly from the Ola app. Every Vogo scooter comes with […]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Various Development Projects In Maharashtra

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Various Development Projects In Maharashtra Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched infrastructure and housing projects worth aboutRs 41,000 crore in Maharashtra.  During his day-long visit to the state, Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone for two important metro corridors at a public meeting in Kalyan (Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro and the Dahisar-Mira-Bhayander Metro). […]

Jammu and Kashmir Becomes first State To Bring Law Against Sextortion

Jammu and Kashmir Becomes first State To Bring Law Against Sextortion Jammu and Kashmirbecome the first state in the country to enact a law banning sexual exploitation of women “by those in positions of authority, having a fiduciary relationship or a public servant”, Under Section 354E of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC). Any person committing the […]

Drone delivers vaccines in for the first time in Vanuatu

Drone delivers vaccines in for the first time in Vanuatu For the first time ever, the vaccine was delivered commercially by drone to a one-month-old Joy Nowai in a remote island in the South Pacific country of Vanuatu. The vaccine delivery covered almost 40 kilometers of rugged mountainous terrain from Dillon’s Bay on the west side of the island to the east landing […]

IPL 2019 Auction

IPL 2019 Auction: 8 teams spend Rs 106.80 crore on 60 players A total of 60 players were sold out of the 351, where 40 were Indians (Capped and Uncapped) and a total of 20 overseas players were sold. Kings XI Punjab spent ₹32.5 crore and bought the most number of players (13) in the auction, while Chennai Super Kings spent ₹5.2 crore to fill […]

Indian Film Period. End of Sentence Made It To Oscars Shortlist

Indian Film Period. End of Sentence Made It To Oscars Shortlist ‘Period. End of Sentence’ made it to the Oscar shortlist in the Documentary Short Subject category.  This is a film about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving upon the work of real-life ‘Pad Man’ Arunachalam Muruganantham. A […]

Marathon runner Apoorva Chaudhary sets a national record

Marathon runner Apoorva Chaudhary sets a national record Apoorva Chaudhary, the 28-year old ultra runner from Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh, created a national record by completing 176.8 km in the women’s 24-hour event at the NEB 24 Hour Stadium Run held at New Delhi under the aegis of Athletics Federation of India. The previous record of 175.4 km was set […]

Thirty Seventh Senior National Rowing Championship Begins in Pune

Thirty Seventh Senior National Rowing Championship Begins in Pune The 37th Senior National Rowing Championship began in the Army Rowing Node in Pune.  Around 500 rowers and coaches from various rowing associations across the country are taking part in the Championship. The Rowers for the World Championships-2019 will be selected from this event. 

Deepika Padukone named top Indian star of 2018 by IMDb

Deepika Padukone named top Indian star of 2018 by IMDb The ‘2018 Top 10 Stars of Indian Cinema’ list, based on global film and TV website Internet Movie Database’s (IMDb) ‘StarMeter’ stats and page views, was released. Shah Rukh Khan was second on the list, followed by Aamir Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Pakistan releases Hamid Nahal Ansari from jail after six years

Pakistan releases Hamid Nahal Ansari from jail after six years Pakistan government released Hamid Nehal Ansari from the jail after six years. Ansari entered India this evening via Wagah-Attari border. The 33-year-old Ansari was caught in Pakistan by intelligence agencies in 2012.   He went to meet the woman an online friend in Pakistan when the […]

India again postpones levying retaliatory tariffs on 29 US products to Jan 31

India again postpones levying retaliatory tariffs on 29 US products to Jan 31 India has deferred imposing higher duties worth $235 millionon 29 American goods to January 31, 2019. The retaliatory tariffs were scheduled to come into effect on December 17 and have been postponed for the fourth time. India had said it will raise tariffs on US goods […]

Sonam Kapoor named India’s Person of the Year by PETA

Sonam Kapoor named India’s Person of the Year by PETA Actress Sonam Kapoor has been named India’s Person of the Year for 2018, by animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for her animal advocacy efforts. Kapoor was named PETA India’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity in 2016. Past recipients of PETA India’s Person of the […]

Nitin Gadkari to inaugurate various projects worth Rs 9533 crore in Arunachal Pradesh

Nitin Gadkari to inaugurate various projects worth Rs 9533 crore in Arunachal Pradesh Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate and lay the foundation of various projects worth over 9,500 Crore Rupees in separate events in Arunachal Pradesh. Mr. Gadkari will inaugurate bridges across Dibang and Lohit River System, including approach road between Chowkham-Digaru. He […]

Cabinet approves Two new AIIMS in Tamil Nadu and Telangana

Cabinet approves Two new AIIMS in Tamil Nadu and Telangana  The Union Cabinet approved the establishment of two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Tamil Nadu and Telangana. Tamil Nadu’s AIIMS will be set at Madurai and Telangana’s will be set at Bibinagar at the cost of ₹1,264 crore and ₹1,028 crore respectively. Each will add 100 Undergraduate (MBBS) seats and 60 B.Sc […]

Goa celebrates 57th Liberation Day

Goa celebrates 57th Liberation Day Goa was liberated from around 450 years of Portuguese rule on 19th December 1961.  At the state-level Goa Liberation Day programme to be held in Panaji in North Goa, speaker of Goa legislative assembly Pramod Sawant will unfurl the tricolor, address the gathering and review the parade.  School students will […]

WPSI reported that 460 leopards died in India this year

WPSI reported that 460 leopards died in India this year Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) reported that 460 leopards died in India in 2018. It recorded the highest mortality rate of the particular big cat species across the country in the past four years. According to official records, the highest leopard mortality rate was recorded in Uttarakhand with 93 […]

Assam government approved Rs 600 crore farm loan waiver

Assam government approved Rs 600 crore farm loan waiver According to the Assam government scheme, it will write off 25 per cent loan of farmers up to a maximum of Rs 25,000 of all farm debts. The waiver will be for all the loans taken through Kisan Credit Card (KCC) and from PSU banks. The cabinet also approved subsidy up to Rs […]

Jaipur wax museum unveils Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s statue

Jaipur wax museum unveils Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s statue Jaipur Wax Museum, situated at Nahargarh Fort, marked its second anniversary by unveiling a wax statue of cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Weighing 56 kg, of which 19 kg is wax and the rest is fibre, the statue is five feet and nine inches tall, and is designed by sculptor […]

Farout, the most distant solar system object ever seen

Farout, the most distant solar system object ever seen Scientists have discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our solar system, located over 100 times farther than Earth is from the Sun. The new object has been nicknamed Farout. Earlier, 2018 VG18, the object is the first to be observed at a distance of more than 100 astronomical units […]

British Airways to resume Pakistan flights 10 years after hotel bombing

British Airways to resume Pakistan flights 10 years after hotel bombing British Airways will resume flights to Pakistan from June next year after an over 10-year absence following the 2008 Marriott Hotel bombing in Islamabad, which killed 54 people. At present, only loss-making national carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flies directly from Pakistan to Britain. Pakistan was formed at […]

Nasscom partners with IIT Madras for skill development

Nasscom partners with IIT Madras for skill development Nasscom, IT industry body, announced its partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras for reskilling students and employees in the Information Technology sector and IT-enabled Services (ITeS). The partnership is aimed at building an able workforce to support the industry and other stakeholders. Nasscom aims to get India accelerated on […]

RGUHS to procure anti plagiarism software

RGUHS to procure anti plagiarism software The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS)announced that it has decided to procure anti-plagiarism software. The move is after it stumbled upon cases of students copy pasting articles as part of their thesis. It said that all thesis and dissertations submitted by students will be checked for plagiarism. The university, however, […]

Centre appoints Madhavi Divan as ASG

Centre appoints Madhavi Divan as ASG The Central government-appointed advocate Madhavi Divan as the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) of India. Divan will represent the government in the Supreme Court. She is the third woman who has been appointed as ASG in the apex court. Senior advocate Indira Jaising was the first woman to be appointed […]

Jeff Bridges will be awarded ‘Cecil B deMille’

Jeff Bridges will be awarded ‘Cecil B deMille’ Veteran actor Jeff Bridges will receive the ‘Cecil B DeMille’ award 2018 at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards. The ‘Cecil B DeMille’ award is given annually to a talented individual who has made a lasting impact on the world of entertainment. Bridges’ first Golden Globe nomination […]

IAF tested flight using blended Bio-Jet fuel

IAF tested flight using blended Bio-Jet fuel In a first, experimental test pilot and test engineer of the Indian Air Force (IAF) flew an ‘An-32’ military transport aircraft using blended bio-jet fuel on 17 December 2018. The project is a combined effort of IAF, DRDO, Directorate General Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA), and CSIR-Indian Institute of […]

CCEA approves extending Ujjwala LPG scheme

CCEA approves extending Ujjwala LPG scheme On 17 December 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the expansion of beneficiaries list under ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana’. The scheme, launched in 2016, originally targeted giving LPG connections to mostly rural women members of below the poverty line (BPL) households. The list was later expanded to […]

Uday Shankar elected Vice-President of FICCI

Uday Shankar elected Vice-President of FICCI Uday Shankar became the Vice President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for the year 2018-19. He is currently the President of 21st Century Fox, Asia, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Star India. He was also appointed as Chairman of Star and […]

India and Maldives signed agreements

India and Maldives signed agreements India and Maldives inked four pacts including in the areas of cooperation in culture, agribusiness and information technology, and for easy facilitation of visas on 17 December 2018. The pact will also facilitate easier visa arrangements for Maldivian citizens and their families to come to India for medical treatment. India […]

MoU with Afghanistan on education approved

MoU with Afghanistan on education approved The Union cabinet approved the MoU with Afghanistan in the field of education which will allow students from that country to use courses devised in India. It will facilitate students and faculty of educational institutions in Afghanistan to register and use the SWAYAM courses. SWAYAM is a government of […]

CCEA approves setting up of tribal schools

CCEA approves setting up of tribal schools The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its in-principle approval for setting up of Eklavya Model Residential Schools for tribals. The schools will be set up in every block with more than 50% Scheduled Tribes population and at least 20,000 tribal persons. It has also approved the […]

NPCIL’s Kaiga Unit-1 created world record

NPCIL’s Kaiga Unit-1 created world record A 220-MW unit of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited’s (NPCIL) Kaiga Atomic Power Station has created a world record for continuous operation for 941 days. The previous world record of 940 days held by ‘Heysham 2’ Unit-8 of the United Kingdom. Earlier in October 2018, the unit surpassed […]

France to introduce tax on internet firms

France to introduce tax on internet firms France will introduce its own tax on large internet and technology companies from 1 January 2019. The name of the tax is ‘GAFA tax’ which was named after Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. The aim of imposing the tax is to ensure that the global giants pay a […]

International Migrants Day: 18 December

International Migrants Day: 18 December International Migration Day is observed every year on 18 December. The aim of the day is to recognize the efforts, contributions, and rights of migrants worldwide. The theme for 2018 is ‘Migration with Dignity’. On this day, in 1990, the Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights […]

Transgender bill passed in Lok Sabha

Transgender bill passed in Lok Sabha On 17 November 2018, the Lok Sabha passed the ‘Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill’, 2016. The bill seeks to empower the transgender community by providing them with a separate identity. The bill also seeks to define transgenders and prohibit discrimination against them. The bill was introduced in the […]

Cabinet gives nod to law amendment for Aadhaar

Cabinet gives nod to law amendment for Aadhaar The Cabinet approved amending the two existing laws to provide legal backing for seeding of biometric ID Aadhaar with mobile numbers and bank accounts. The Telegraph Act is being amended to provide legal backing for the issuance of mobile SIMs through Aadhaar. The amendment to the Prevention […]

‘Period. End of Sentence’ in Oscars

‘Period. End of Sentence’ in Oscars ‘Period. End of Sentence’ has made it to the Oscar shortlist in the Documentary Short Subject category. The film is about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving upon the work of real-life ‘Pad Man’ Arunachalam Muruganantham. India’s entry for the Foreign Language Film Category, […]

Most-distant object ever discovered

Most-distant object ever discovered Scientists have discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our solar system. The new object was given the provisional designation of ‘2018 VG18’ and nicknamed ‘Farout’. It is located over 100 times farther than Earth is from the Sun. ‘2018 VG18’ is located about 120 astronomical units (AU) from earth. 1 […]

PM releases the book ‘Timeless Laxman’

PM releases the book ‘Timeless Laxman’ The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, released the coffee table book ‘Timeless Laxman’ on 18 December 2018. The book is based on the famous cartoonist RK Laxman. RK Laxman was an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. He was best known for his creation ‘The Common Man’ and for his daily cartoon […]

Ramayana Circuit: 15 Destinations identified

Ramayana Circuit: 15 Destinations identified As per the Tourism Ministry, fifteen destinations have been identified for development under the Ramayana Circuit. Ramayana Circuit is one of the fifteen thematic circuits identified for development under the Swadesh Darshan scheme of the ministry. Ayodhya, Nandigram, Shringverpur, & Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh is among the destinations identified for […]

Cabinet approves establishment of 2 new AIIMS

Cabinet approves establishment of 2 new AIIMS The Union Cabinet approved the establishment of two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Madurai, Tamil Nadu and Bibinagar, Telangana. The AIIMS will be set up under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). Establishment of new AIIMS involves creation of Hospital, Teaching Block for medical […]

PM Modi launched projects in Maharashtra

PM Modi launched projects in Maharashtra Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch infrastructure and housing projects worth around 41,000 crores rupees in Maharashtra on 18 December 2018. He also laid the foundation stone for two important metro corridors: Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro and the Dahisar-Mira-Bhayander Metro in Thane district. He also launched mass housing scheme for economically weaker sections.

Zaheer is Mumbai Indians’ Director of Cricket

Zaheer is Mumbai Indians’ Director of Cricket On 18 December 2018, Mumbai Indians appointed former Indian bowler Zaheer Khan as their director of cricket operations. He represented Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2009, 2010 and 2014. He took 29 wickets in 30 matches for the franchise. The Mumbai Indians is a franchise cricket team […]

Global telecom to set up research centre in Bengaluru

Global telecom to set up research centre in Bengaluru Global telecom, British Telecommunications giant, said it plans to set up a research centre in Bengaluru in partnership with the Indian Institute of Science. The British Telecom Indian Research Centre will focus on the development of artificial intelligence, mobility and cyber-security technologies for use in the company’s programmes, products, and services.  The […]

Star India chairman Uday Shankar elected Vice President of FICCI

Star India chairman Uday Shankar elected Vice President of FICCI Uday Shankar  is the first ever Indian media and entertainment executive to assume the leadership position in a national industry chamber – The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Shankar entered media as a political journalist with The Times of India and rose to become the […]

Fresh bill introduced in Lok Sabha to make triple talaq penal offence

Fresh bill introduced in Lok Sabha to make triple talaq penal offence The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, commonly known as the Triple Talaq Bill, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 17. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Bill, despite opposition from Congress member Shashi Tharoor. Under the proposed law, giving instant triple talaq will […]

Jharkhand gets Krishi Karman award in rice category

Jharkhand gets Krishi Karman award in rice category The Union Ministry of Agriculture had selected Jharkhand for “Krishi Karman” award in the rice category. The award which carries a cash prize worth Rs 2 crore and a citation will be given away in February 2019 by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. As a gesture of […]

Eight parliamentarians were honoured by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu

Eight parliamentarians were honoured by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu NCP chief and Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Pawar and veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi were presented the Lifetime Achievement award. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and BJP MP Nishikant Dubey were selected for the Best Parliamentarians award. Four women MPs from both Houses were also be awarded for their contribution. […]

IHCL signed for construction of a second Taj hotel in Lucknow

IHCL signed for construction of a second Taj hotel in Lucknow Indian Hotels Company Ltd. (IHCL), Tata group’s hospitality arm, has signed an agreement for construction of a second Taj branded hotel in Lucknow. The new hotel is to come up in partnership with Luxus Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. The Taj branded hotel will be located at Vibhuti Khand, […]

Tata Steel bags Prime Ministers Trophy for the Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant for the year 2016-17

Tata Steel bags Prime Ministers Trophy for the Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant for the year 2016-17 Tata Steel Limited had been declared as the winner of the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the ‘Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant’ in the country for the performance year 2016-17 making it the fourth consecutive year for Tata Steel […]

Amazon India signed MoU with FISME

Amazon India signed MoU with FISME to empower MSME sector Amazon India partnered with the Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME) to encourage MSMEs to sell products online through e-commerce. Amazon.in will collaborate with FISME to conduct various events and workshops across the country to educate MSME. B2C exports to enable them […]

New generation pre-payment instrument for enterprise

OBOPAY Card: new generation pre-payment instrument for enterprise customers launched by OBOPAY, Federal Bank and MasterCard  OBOPAY, the global financial technology company, announced the launch of a new generation pre-payment instrument called- OBOPAY Card-in partnership with Federal Bank and Mastercard. It is built as a one-stop solution that facilitates easy disbursements and payments by enterprises. The […]