Thursday, January 17, 2019

Current affairs from 10 th Jan to 17 Jan. Daily current affairs.

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Book “We Are Displaced” took place in 

bookstores

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In January 2019, the youth icon of the world and the Nobel Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai launched her new book “We Are Displaced”. The book is about refugee girls across the globe. Malala who traveled worldwide as an international activist was not welcomed to the very place where she belonged to. ‘I am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban’ (co-written with Christina Lamb) in 2013 and ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’ in  2017 are her previous books.


Mary Kom: 'World No 1' Boxer



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In the latest rankings of International Boxing Association (AIBA) in January 2019, Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte, the most celebrated Indian Olympic boxer from Manipur and  the only woman who  became World Amateur Boxing champion for a record six times, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven world championships has topped in the 45-48 kg category weight division with 1700 points. The current Rajya Sabha member had been felicitated with Arjuna Award (2003), Padma Shri (2006), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2009), Padma Bhushan (2013), and many more in past.

EIU Democracy Index 2018



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On January 10, 2019, the Economist Intelligence Unit released the 11th edition of EIU Democracy Index 2018 on democracies of 167 countries worldwide. Norway topped the charts and Iceland (2), Sweden (3), New Zealand (4) and Denmark (5) followed it to form the top five. While, the bottom 5 of the list are Chad (163), Central African Republic (164), Democratic Republic of Congo (165), Syria (166) and North Korea (167). India ranked at 41st position in the ‘Flawed Democracy’ category.

Su Tseng-chang became PM of Taiwan


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On January 10, 2019, Su Tseng-chang got appointed as the Prime Minister of Taiwan. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen made this appointment during a Cabinet reshuffle following the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's heavy losses in local elections. Su had played as former premier in 2006 under then-President Chen Shui-bian and has also been a chairman of Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party for two terms. And after this appointment came widely-expected resignation of William Lai, the second premier to quit since Tsai took office in 2016.

Nicolás Maduro became Venezuelan President

for the second term



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On 10th January 2019, Nicolás Maduro took oath as the President of Venezuela for a second term in Capital of Venezuela, Caracas amid the international criticism that his re-election was illegitimate. Around 13 nations have refused to recognize Maduro's presidency. Paraguayan President Mario Abdo tweeted to cut diplomatic ties with Venezuela. The Organization of American States condemned  his second term as "illegitimate." Despite opposition, the 56-year-old socialist leader Maduro is all set for his new term.

Use sun's energy for renewable fuels: A new 

breakthrough


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In a recent study from the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, scientists discovered adaptation of natural membrane to generate hydrogen fuel from water. Researchers employed a chemical reaction pathway of Photosystem I which is central to plant biology for the new process that converts water into hydrogen fuel, utilizing energy from the sun. The details are available in paper based on the research, called 'Z-scheme solar water splitting via self-assembly of photosystem I-catalyst hybrids in thylakoid membranes.’

Ending of violence via comic book


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In January 2019, 17-year-old Rizka Raisa Fatimah Ramli from Makassar, Indonesia, created a comic book character at Uniting Nations' worldwide comic contest to end violence in schools. Her efforts were acknowledged with UNICEF award. Her comic character 'Cipta' is a make-believe superhero who gives children a sketchbook to draw objects that in turn come to life and stop violence and bullying. It helps in keeping children and young people safe and away from violence in and around schools.

Australia defeated India by 34 runs to win 1st 

ODI



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On 12th January 2019, Australia has won the first One-day International of the three-match series in Sydney. Electing to bat first, Australia posted a challenging 288 for five.  In this, Peter Handscomb emerged as top-scorer for the hosts with his 73-run knock while Usman Khwaja 59 and Shaun Marsh 54 also made half-centuries. Marcus Stoinis remained unbeaten on 47. In reply, India made 254 runs losing nine wickets in the stipulated 50 overs. Rohit posted a superb 133. While M.S. Dhoni scored 51 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar contributed 29 runs. The second ODI will be played in Adelaide on the 15th of January 2019.

India-Central Asia Dialogue


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On January 13, 2019 India and the five Central Asia nations viz. Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan showed their support for the inclusive peace process in Afghanistan during the first ever India-Central Asia Dialogue. India indicated its support for an inclusive Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled peace and reconciliation process. The  Ministers welcomed the participation of Afghanistan as a significant land link in the regional cooperation and pledged to help in the economic reconstruction of Afghanistan via implementation of joint infrastructure, transit, and transport, energy projects including regional cooperation and investment projects.

PM Narendra Modi became the first-ever 

Philip Kotler Presidential Awardee



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On January 14, 2019, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was felicitated with the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential award in New Delhi for making India a Centre for Innovation, a global hub for professional services like  Information Technology, Accounting and Finance , starting Make in India initiative, Startup India, Digital India, Swachh Bharat, UIN (Aadhaar) for social benefits and financial inclusion that transformed India as a iconic country. This award has been instituted in memory of contribution done by  Philip Kotler, who is an American marketing author, consultant, and professor. And it is focussed on triple P’s of the Nation i.e. People, Profit and Planet.

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed scripted a 

new record


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On January 13, 2019, Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed built a world record to become the wicket-keeper captain with the most number of catches in a match. In the third test at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg against South Africa, Ahmed took five catches in the first innings and repeated the feat in the second innings to surpass Australia’s Adam Gilchrist’s and India’s MS Dhoni’s highest 8 catches in a single match. In this way, Sarfaraz is said to have scripted a unique world record.

Ivo Karlovic made record in Australian Open



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On 15th January 2019, Croatian professional tennis player Karlovic, who will turn 40 next month, defeated Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz by 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 to become the oldest winner of a men’s singles match at Australian Open, the year’s opening Grand Slam tournament since  Australian icon Ken Rosewall reached the third round of the 1978 tournament at the age of 44. With this win, Karlovic also became the oldest winner at any Grand Slam event since 40-year-old Jimmy Connors reached the second round of the US Open in 1992.

Global Aviation Summit 2019


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On January 15, 2019, a two day Global Aviation Summit 2019 started on 'Flying for all-especially the next 6 Billion' theme in Mumbai. The Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the Summit for devising solutions of aviation sector problems. In the event, experts and CEOs from Global Aviation Fraternity discussed the latest trends, futuristic aircraft, and cutting-edge technologies. In context to India, Maharashtra is planning to make New Mumbai's airport functional, which has the capacity to add 1 percent to the GDP and addition of around 1,000 aircrafts over the next 7-8 years is expected across the country.

The appearance of an Iranian bank now in 

Mumbai


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In January 2019, India has allowed an Iranian Pasargad bank to open a branch in Mumbai. Parallel to this, India’s UCO Bank will open a branch in Iran. With this, the two banks will facilitate transactions regarding operation of berths at Iran’s Chabahar Port that India is developing. India will be able to carry out a trade on easier terms with Iran in the wake of US sanctions. According to Union minister Nitin Gadkari, the move seems to circumvent US trade and investment sanctions as India builds a strategic port in the West Asian country.

JLL released the sixth City Momentum Index


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On January 15, 2019, property consultant JLL has put out a report titled ‘JLL City Momentum: The World’s Top 20 Most Dynamic Cities’. Bengaluru topped the list for its robust technology and innovation ecosystem, followed by Hyderabad (2nd), Hanoi (3rd), Delhi (4th), Pune (5th), Nairobi (6th), Chennai (7th), Ho Chi Minh City (8th), Xi’an (9th) and  Guangzhou (10th). 19 of the top 20 cities were from the Asia Pacific region. And credit of India’s success goes to the implementation of reforms like RERA and GST in context to infrastructure and ease of doing business in the real estate sector.

Satyarup Siddhanta: world’s youngest 

mountaineer to climb 7 peaks, 7 volcano 

summits


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On 17th January 2019, Indian Mountaineer Satyarup Siddhanta at the age of 35 years and 262 days climbed Antarctica's highest point, Mount Sidley, at a temperature of minus 40-degree Celsius. With this, he became the first Indian and youngest man to climb the seven highest peaks and volcanic summits across all continents. Satyarup is a software engineer by profession and belongs to Haridevpur in South Kolkata. Before him, Australia's Daniel Bull performed this feat at the age of 36 years 157 days.

The US launched Ten Iridium 

communications satellites


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In January 2019, American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket delivered 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base from California arched over the Pacific west of Los Angeles. The Iridium Communications satellites are meant to replace the original fleet with a new generation of mobile communication technology and added global aircraft tracking capability. With this, Iridium will have a total of 75 new satellites in orbit, including nine spares.

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