Current Affairs – January 01-02, 2019

Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs – January 01-02, 2019

National - Current Affairs - January 01-02, 2019

DRDO day: 1 January

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The DRDO was established in 1958 with just 10 laboratories to enhance the research work in defence sector. Talking to AIR News, DRDO Chairman Dr. G Satheesh Reddy said that the country is self-reliant in areas of missiles, radars, sonars and torpedoes and many other systems. Mr. Reddy said, the Organisation has been working over the years to develop state of the art weapon system for the country’s armed forces.
DRDO HQ: New Delhi
Motto: बलस्य मूलं विज्ञानम्; “Strength’s Origin is in Science” (Sanskrit)

 

School students in Gujarat will now say ‘Jai Hind’, ‘Jai Bharat’ to mark attendance

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Students in Gujarat schools will answer roll calls with ‘Jai Hind’ or ‘Jai Bharat’ instead of the current ‘yes sir’ and ‘present sir’ from January 1 in order to ‘foster patriotism’, a notification issued on 31st December 2018 stated. The notification issued by the state says that students of Class 1-12 in government, grant-in-aid, and self-financed schools will have to respond to the attendance call with “Jai Hind” or “Jai Bharat,” starting January 1.

 

Kerala: 620-km-long ‘Women’s Wall’ formed to uphold gender equality

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Lakhs of women in Kerala took a pledge to protect the renaissance value as they formed a 620-km “wall” from Thiruvananthapuram to the northern district of Kasaragod on 1st January. Marshaled by the Kerala government and a section of Hindu organizations, the wall was organized against the backdrop of the Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala, however, the content of the women’s pledge has no reference to the shrine.

 

Madhya Pradesh to get ‘spiritual department’

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The Congress-led Madhya Pradesh Government said on December 29 that it is going to create an Adhyatmik Vibhag (spiritual department) by merging several existing departments. The Congress had promised to form such a department before the last month’s Assembly elections. The ‘Anand Vibhag’ (Department of Happiness) set up by the previous BJP government, a first in the country would be incorporated into the new department.

 

Women on wheels: Female cops to now patrol the streets in Hyderabad

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In a unique initiative “Women on Wheels” by the Hyderabad Police, female police officers will now be patrolling the streets to prevent crime against women. Elaborating about the newly launched initiative of city police, Hyderabad Additional Commissioner (Crime and SIT) Shika Goel told ANI, “The main purpose of launching ‘Women on Wheels’ was to empower women including our women constables.

 

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched Ujjwala sanitary napkin initiative in Odisha

6c - Current Affairs - January 01-02, 2019
Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on 30th December 2018 launched the Ujjwala Sanitary Napkin initiative in Bhubaneswar, which will expand women’s access to hygiene products and provide them with employment opportunities in every district of the state. The Central scheme will be a counter to the Odisha government’s Khushi scheme, in which sanitary napkins are provided free of cost to female students of government and government-aided schools in the state.

 

Business - Current Affairs - January 01-02, 2019
The 18th edition of India’s Fiscal Stability Report was released by RBI

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On 31st December 2018, the central bank of India, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released the 18th Fiscal Stability Report of India.
The following states the important findings of the report:
  • India’s financial system remains stable,
  • Banking sector shows signs of improvement, with the gross non-performing assets (GNPA) ratio of Scheduled Commercial Banks declining from 11.5 percent in March 2018 to 10.8 percent in September 2018.
  • GNPA ratio may decline from 10.8 percent in September 2018 to 10.3 percent in March 2019.
  • Credit growth of scheduled commercial banks (SCBs) has improved between March 2018 and September 2018, driven largely by private sector banks (PVBs).

 

GST collection drops to Rs. 94,726 crore in December 2018

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GST collection dropped to Rs. 94,726 crore in December 2018, lower than Rs. 97,637 crore collected in the previous month. The total number of sales returns or GSTR-3B filed till 30 December 2018, is 72.44 lakh, the finance ministry said in a statement.

 

YES Bank launches ‘YES SCALE’ 2018 accelerator programme with top Agritech startups

9c - Current Affairs - January 01-02, 2019
Agritech startups were already seen as a sunrise sector and a number of startups in the segment have been getting favorable responses from venture capitalists for fundraising as well. And the efforts at sourcing clean energy need no emphasis. YES Bank has stepped in and launched a dedicated accelerator programme called YES SCALE. The bank has selected 14 startups from these sectors screening over 1000 applications received for participation. These startups will now be put through a 15-month long programme. YES Bank claims it has looked at technologies and models that can be replicated across the country and will have long-term benefits to these sectors.

 

Karnataka Bank launches ‘KBL Mobile Plus’

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As part of its digital initiative, Karnataka Bank has launched an integrated mobile banking application called “KBL Mobile Plus” with enhanced features. The App will be available on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

 

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Sudhir Bhargava takes oath as chief information commissioner of CIC

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Sudhir Bhargava took oath as the chief information commissioner of the Central Information Commission (CIC) 1st January. Four information commissioners also took the oath of office, officials said. Bhargava was administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan, a statement issued by the President’s office said.

 

Vinod Kumar Yadav appointed as Railway Board Chairman

12c - Current Affairs - January 01-02, 2019
General Manager of South Central Railway, Vinod Kumar Yadav, has been appointed as Chairman of Railway Board and ex-officio Principal Secretary to Government of India.

 

Justice T B N Radhakrishnan was sworn in as Chief Justice of Telangana HC

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The Telangana High Court has come into being with justices taking oath on 1st January. Justice T B N Radhakrishnan was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court this morning. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan administered an oath of office to him.

 

Justice AK Sikri nominated as Executive Chairman of NALSA

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Justice AK Sikri was nominated as the Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA). President Ram Nath Kovind nominated Justice Sikri as Executive Chairman of NALSA with effect from December 31, 2018. The post got vacant after the retirement of Justice Madan B Lokur.

 

Hemant Bhargava appointed LIC interim chairman

15c - Current Affairs - January 01-02, 2019
Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) on 1st January gave Hemant Bhargava additional charge as chairman. The announcement to appoint Bhargava, who is currently a managing director, comes after the retirement of VK Sharma on December 31.

 

D.V. Prasad appointed CMD of Food Corporation of India

16c - Current Affairs - January 01-02, 2019
Additional Chief Secretary to the Karnataka Government D.V. Prasad has been appointed as Chairman and Managing Director, Food Corporation of India, on Central deputation. According to official communication, Mr. Prasad has been relieved from the State government with effect from December 31, 2018, to take up the central assignment.

 

Axis Bank MD & CEO Shikha Sharma retires, Amitabh Chaudhry takes charge

17c - Current Affairs - January 01-02, 2019
On 31st December, private sector lender Axis Bank Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Shikha Sharma retired from the services of the bank and Amitabh Chaudhry will be the new MD and CEO of the Axis bank from 1st January 2019.

 

Awards - Current Affairs - January 01-02, 2019
Smriti Mandhana named ICC Women’s Player of the Year 2018

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India’s Smriti Mandhana won the prestigious Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the best player of the year as well as the ODI Player of the Year at ICC Women’s Awards. New Zealand’s Sophie Devine and Pakistan bowler Sana Mir came second and third in the ODI Player of the Year category. She became the 2nd Indian woman to win an ICC award after fast bowler Jhulan Goswami, who was named the ICC Women’s Player of the Year in 2007.

 

Punjab Gets ‘Jaivik India Award’ For Promoting Organic Farming

19c - Current Affairs - January 01-02, 2019
Punjab honored as second best state amongst states of north and north-east India for extensive promotion and implementation of organic farming and bagged prestigious ‘Jaivik India Award’.The Union Minister for Commerce and Industries Suresh Prabhu conferred the coveted ‘Jaivik India Award’ upon the state, which was received by Managing Director Punjab Agro Sibin C, IAS in a function held here at Delhi.

 

Anindita gets National Nritya Shiromani Award 2019

20c - Current Affairs - January 01-02, 2019
US-based Kathak exponent Anindita Neogy Anaam will be honored with the National Nritya Shiromani award for promoting the dance from across the world. The award would be conferred on her in Cuttack on the opening day of the 10th Cuttack Mahotsav: International Dance and Music festival in Cuttack on January 2, according to the organizers.

 

Sports - Current Affairs - January 01-02, 2019
Federer wins historic clash against Serena in Perth

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Roger Federer emerged triumphant from a historic first meeting with Serena Williams in the Hopman Cup on 1st January, but tennis was the true winner as two of the game’s greats treated fans worldwide to an unforgettable evening. Defending champions Switzerland sealed a 2-1 victory over six-times winners United States that left them bottom of Group B but the result mattered little to over 14,000 fans in Perth and millions around the world who had eagerly awaited the contest.

 

Kohli, Rabada maintain top spot in year-end ICC Test Player Rankings

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It turned out to be a glorious 2018 for India captain Virat Kohli and South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. Kohli enjoys a 34-point lead over nearest rival Kane Williamson of New Zealand despite dropping three points. Rabada, who split the top ranking with England’s seasoned fast bowler James Anderson during the year, is just six points ahead of his adversary.

 

International - Current Affairs - January 01-02, 2019
Bangladesh election: PM Sheikh Hasina wins a landslide in a disputed vote

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s alliance won Bangladesh’s election with a thumping majority, the country’s Election Commission said on 31st December 2018, giving her a third straight term following a vote that the opposition rejected as rigged.

 

Brazil’s Bolsonaro takes oath as President

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Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil’s President on 1st January in a ceremony at Brazil’s National Congress Building. Addressing a joint session of Congress minutes after taking the oath of office, Bolsonaro, a former Army captain and admirer of the country’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship, vowed to adhere to democratic norms.
Capital: Brasília
Currency: Brazilian Real

 

US, Israel quit UNESCO citing bias

25c - Current Affairs - January 01-02, 2019
The United States and Israel officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the close of 2018. The countries had announced their decisions in 2017 of withdrawing from the agency, accusing it of bias against Israel.

 

Qatar will cease to be a member of OPEC from 1st January 2019

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Qatar will cease to be a member of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries today. The country had sent an official notification to the OPEC expressing its wish to pull out and to focus on its liquefied natural gas production in December.
Capital: Doha
Currency: Qatari Riyal

 

France introduced GAFA tax on global internet, technology firms

27c - Current Affairs - January 01-02, 2019
From 1st January 2019, France introduced a new “GAFA tax” named after the large internet and technology companies Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon to ensure the global giants pay a fair share of taxes on their massive businesses in Europe.

 

Obituary - Current Affairs - January 01-02, 2019
Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan passes away in Canada

28c - Current Affairs - January 01-02, 2019
Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan passed away in Canada yesterday. His son Sarfaraz confirmed the sad demise of the 81-year old comedian and character artist. Born in Kabul, Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna’s “Daag” and has featured in over 300 films. He wrote dialogues for over 250 movies. Before becoming an actor he had written dialogues for Randhir Kapoor-Jaya Bachchan’s “Jawani Diwani”.

 

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