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Justice T B N Radhakrishnan: The First Chief Justice of Telangana HC. Current Affairs from 4 Jan to 10 Jan.

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Justice T B N Radhakrishnan: The First Chief Justice of Telangana HC


Justice T B N Radhakrishnan : The First Chief Justice of Telangana HC

On January 1, 2018, Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan became the first Chief Justice of Telangana HC. His oath ceremony was administered by Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan at a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan in presence of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and other judges, lawyers, and senior government officials. Before this, Justice Radhakrishnan had been the Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for both the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh since July 2018.

Justice AK Sikri became Executive Chairman of NALSA



Justice AK Sikri became Executive Chairman of NALSA

On January 2, 2019, President Ram Nath Kovind has nominated Justice AK Sikri as Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA). He has succeeded Madan B Lokur. NALSA is meant to provide free Legal Services to the weaker sections of the society to promote justice on the basis of equal opportunity. It organizes Lok Adalats for amicable settlement of disputes, spreads legal literacy and awareness, undertaking social justice litigations and formulates various schemes for the implementation of preventive and strategic legal service programmes.

Ramakant Achrekar passed away



Ramakant Achrekar passed away

In January 2019, cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar died of old-age ailments at age of 86 in Mumbai. He was once a pre-eminent feature of Mumbai cricket culture and guru of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. The deceased produced the likes of Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre and Ajit Agarkar among other professional cricketers and was credited for creating fascination for the game among little boys in Mumbai’s maidens. Tendulkar paid rich tribute to him.

ST list of Arunachal Pradesh will be amended



ST list of Arunachal Pradesh will be amended\

In January 2019, Union Cabinet green flagged Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2018. The bill is meant to amend the Scheduled Tribes list of Arunachal Pradesh. The bill recommends inclusion of  ‘Nocte’, ‘Tangsa’, Tutsa’, ‘Wancho’ in lieu of ‘Any Naga Tribes’ in serial No. 10 in the list of ST of Arunachal Pradesh, Removal of ‘Abor’ in serial No. 1, as it is the same as ‘Adi’ in Serial No. 16 and Replacement of  Tai Khamti’ instead of ‘Khampti’ at serial No. 6.. Besides these, it also suggests inclusion of ‘Mishmi-Kaman’ (Miju Mishmi), Idu (Mishmi) and Taraon (Digaru Mishmi) in serial No. 8. And Monpa, Memba, Sartang, Sajolong (Miji) in serial No. 9 in lieu of ‘Momba’.

Kaiga Atomic power station scripted new world record



Kaiga Atomic power station scripted new world record

Karnataka’s Kaiga Atomic power station revealed its latest achievement in January 2019. It has created a world record for the longest uninterrupted operation for 962 days on December 10, 2018. It has added a feather in the cap of Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL). Earlier, this record was held by Unit 2 of Heysham of the United Kingdom, which operated non-stop for 940 days. Kaiga has four natively developed Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors of 220 MW each fuelled by domestic fuel. Generating Station-1 (KGS-1) at Kaiga had produced 5 billion units of electricity at a plant load factor of 99.3%.

Marital rape might get declared as a crime



Marital rape might get declared as crime

In January 2019, Congress MP Dr. Shashi Tharoor introduced a private bill titled the Women's Sexual, Reproductive and Menstrual Rights Bill 2018 in the Lok Sabha. The bill advocates the inclusion of marital rape under punishable offense and renders more decisional autonomy to women in termination of pregnancy. The bill proposes the deletion of exception 2 to Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, which declares sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife is not rape.

Professor Himanshu Rai: The new director of IIM Indore



Professor Himanshu Rai : The new director of IIM Indore

A former professor of Human Resource Management at IIM Lucknow, Prof Himanshu Rai has succeeded IIM Indore's director, Professor Rishikesha T. Krishnan in recent past. He said, “We will be focusing on strengthening MOOCs and involving foreign universities in our research.” The new director will develop a strategy to help the Institute create responsible leaders who remain contextually relevant to business school with world-class academic standards. Besides this, IIM Indore will continuously work towards betterment-both in academics and research, quantity and quality-wise. 

The revival of the mythical Saraswati river has gained momentum



Revival of mythical Saraswati river has gained momentum

In  January 2019, Haryana government permitted 11 projects to revive mythical Saraswati river at a meeting of the Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board (HSHDB) chaired by the chief minister to ensure freshwater flow into the river. The approved projects will lead to the construction of Somb Saraswati barrage, Saraswati reservoir and Adi Badri dam on Somb river which is a tributary of the Yamuna that originates in the Shivalik Hills. Besides these, there will be the construction of bridges at different locations and a Saraswati ghat.

Distribution of National Entrepreneurship Awards

In January 2019, The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship hosted the third edition of the National Entrepreneurship Awards in New Delhi to recognize commendable efforts of outstanding young first-generation entrepreneurs and those who have contributed significantly in building the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Around 43 awards have been presented this year that includes 39 awards for Young Entrepreneurs in different sectors and 4 awards for Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builders. There were special awards for women, persons with disability, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and entrepreneurs from areas of limited opportunities.

Rakesh Aggarwal: The new JIPMER director



Rakesh Aggarwal : The new JIPMER director

In January 2019, a professor of Gastroenterology of the Sanjay Gandhi PG Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Rakesh Aggarwal took charge as director of the Centrally-administered Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER). The new appointee has done MBBS course and was MD in medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, and a DM in gastroenterology in the PG Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. He has earned a masters degree in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the UK as per the press release.

India scripted history



India scripted history

In January 2019, India won its first-ever series on Australian soil defeating the home team by 2-1 after the fourth and final Test ended in a draw due to unpleasant weather. India posted 622 for 7 in its first innings and then bowled out Australia for 300 thereby enforcing the follow-on. Australia was still trailing by 316 runs when the match was called off. Virat Kohli became the first Indian as well as the first Asian captain to win a Test series in Australia. India ended the series retaining their world's number one test team status.

Ayush topped CAT with 99.99 percentile



Ayush topped CAT with 99.99 percentile

An alumnus of St John’s High School and Sri Guru Gobind Singh Collegiate School, Ayush Chauhan of Chandigarh, topped the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 with 99.99 percentile. Rishabh Goyal, an alumnus of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) grabbed the second rank. Besides Goyal and Chauhan, around 15 other students scored more than 99 percentile among 2.41 lakhs candidates who appeared in the entrance. The students who cleared the stipulated cut-offs will now be called for essay writing and interview round. Most of the interviews will be conducted in February and March.

10% quota for ‘economically weaker’ General category !!!

In January 2019 just before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Cabinet gave nod to 10 % reservation for ‘economically backward’ upper castes in direct recruitment in government services and admission to higher educational institutions. Unlike the reservation for SC/ST/OBCs, caste is not going to be a criterion for eligibility to the reservation under this new provision. This reservation is for all those communities/classes that do not come under 50 % quota viz. economically backward among Hindus, Muslims, Christians etc. Moreover, this won't affect the reservation for SCs, STs, and OBCs.

Introduction of the 70-Point Grading Index



Introduction of the 70-Point Grading Index

In January 2019, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has announced 70-Point Grading Index to evaluate the quality of school education in the states. The index will help the states in identifying their weaker areas. 70 indicators will be used to grade state schooling systems in areas like a number of existing teacher vacancies, the number of direct entry recruitments especially at leadership positions, school infrastructure etc. The government will be establishing a separate fund over and above existing funding mechanisms to help states take up improvement exercises.

Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as CBI chief

In January 2019, the Supreme Court reinstated Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Kumar Verma, canceling the government’s October verdict to relieve him as the chief of the probe agency. However, he is not permitted to take any major policy decision until the selection committee comprising Chief Justice of India headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviews the probe report against him and decides on his continuation. Verma’s two-year term as CBI director ends on January 31, 2018.

Infosys Prize 2018

In January 2019, six eminent professors were felicitated with the global software major’s Infosys Science Foundation awards during 10th Infosys Prize 2018 ceremony in Bengaluru. The six-member jury of renowned scientists and professors viz. Kaushik Basu, Pradeep Khosla, Shrinivas Kulkarni, Amartya Sen, Mriganka Sur, and Srinivasa Varadhan chose Navakanta Bhat of IISc Bangalore (Engineering and Computer Science category); Kavita Singh of JNU, New Delhi(Humanities); Roop Mallik of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (Life Sciences); Nalini Anantharaman of University of Strasbourg, France (Mathematical Sciences); S.K. Satheesh, Professor of  Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (Physical Sciences) and Sendhil Mullainathan of University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Social Science) as the awardees. The Infosys annual award comprised of a pure gold medal, a citation and a tax-free prize purse worth $100,000 (or its equivalent in Indian rupees).

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