Friday, January 18, 2019

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Lok Sabha approved DNA Technology 

Regulation Bill


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On January 8, 2019, Lok Sabha passed DNA (Use and Application) Technology Regulation Bill via voice vote. The bill proposes the use and application of DNA technology for the purpose of establishing the identity of a certain category of persons including the victims, offenders, suspects, under trials, missing persons and others. It is to employ the application of DNA-based forensic technologies to support, strengthen and speed up the justice delivery system of the country. It advocates credible DNA test results protected from misuse or abuse in terms of the privacy rights of the country’s citizens.

Nandan Nilekani panel for digital payments



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The Reserve Bank of India constituted a 5-member high-level committee under Aadhaar architect and Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani to suggest steps to strengthen the safety of digital payments in the country. Former RBI deputy governor H R Khan, former MD, and CEO of Vijaya Bank Kishore Sansi and former secretary in ministries of IT and steel Aruna Sharma and chief innovation officer, Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship (CIIE), IIM Ahmedabad, Sanjay Jain are the other members of this panel. The panel will identify best practices to accelerate digitization of the economy.

NHAI tied with Oil Marketing Companies


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In January 2019, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) promoted the company, Indian Highways Management Company Ltd. (IHMCL) inked Memorandum of Understanding with state-run Oil Marketing Companies viz. IOCL, BPC, and HPC for the issuance of FASTags via petroleum retail outlets. It is worth recalling here that IHMCL had launched the national electronic toll collection program (NETC) under the brand name “FASTag” in April 2016. This program registered success at 450 toll plaza along with national highway and selected state toll plazas.

The launch of ‘Buhari Leekan Si’ project 


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In January 2019, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole launched ‘Buhari Leekan Si’ (Buhari for another term) project to ensure the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari. It is a self-funded project of the Health Minister to complement the party's campaign structure. The effort is aimed at canvassing professionals and artisans to garner support for Buhari’s re-election in the six southwest states with extension to some parts of Kwara and Kogi states.

ISRO’s first manned mission to space 

‘Gaganyaan’


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On 12th January 2019, ISRO announced first manned mission to space ‘Gaganyaan’, which it will launch by December 2021. According to the Chairman Dr. K Sivan’s information, a human space center has been set up for this mission. In Gaganyaan project, India will send three astronauts to outer space for seven days and bring them back. Apart from this, other missions involving 332 launches are planned this year among which Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon has been scheduled in mid-April 2019. And GSAT-20 Satellite for high bandwidth connectivity will be launched in September-October.

India’s first railway university will have a 

Vice- Chancellor



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In January 2019, Union Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi created a post of Vice- Chancellor for the newly started India’s first railway university, National Rail and Transport Institute (NRTI). Cabinet decided that the position of Vice-Chancellor will be that of the Principal Executive Officer of the institution and the appointee will exercise general supervision, control the affairs of the institution and implement the decisions of all the authorities of the Institution, deemed to be University for rail and transportation.

India will be the world's third largest 

consumer market



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In January 2019, World Economic Forum tabled a report 'Future of Consumption in Fast-Growth Consumer Market - India' declaring India as the world's third largest consumer market after US and China by 2030. Consumer spending in India is expected to enlarge from 1.5 trillion US dollar at present to 6 trillion US dollar by 2030. Presently, India is the world's sixth largest economy with the annual GDP growth rate of 7.5 %. The growth of the middle class will lift approximately 25 million households out of poverty.

Two level Maths paper for class 10 from 2020


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In January 2019, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced two levels of maths exam for class 10 from 2020 onwards to provide relief to those who do not wish to pursue mathematics in their higher education. For this in addition to the existing level, an easier mathematics syllabus will be introduced under level-2. According to the latest official circular by the CBSE, the current mathematics subject will be called Mathematics-Standard and the easier level will be called Mathematics-Basic. And those who will appear for Basic-level will not be considered for pursuing mathematics at the higher education level.
 

Abhinav Shaw: The youngest gold medallist 

in shooting



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On 13th January 2019, ten-year-old Abhinav Shaw became the youngest gold medallist in shooting at the Khelo India Youth Games in Pune. The champion teamed up with Mehuli Ghosh to help West Bengal win the 10m air rifle mixed team event. While Delhi's Devanshi Rana won gold in Under-21 girls  25m pistol event. Maharashtra once again dominated the gymnastics arena at the Games with 18 medals comprising nine gold, six silver and three bronze in gymnastics and Maharashtra were also crowned as champions.

INEC begins recruitment for the 2019 election


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In January 2019, Nigeria’s electoral body, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has begun “INEC Registration Area Tech Support and Local Government Area Tech Support Ad-Hoc RECRUITMENT” for the general elections. It invited applications at 
https://t.co/9Y3i2rI9kS . The electoral body will disclose the final lists of the presidential and National Assembly by January 17, 2019, and governorship and state house of assembly lists by January 31, 2019. The 2019 election will start with the presidential and National Assembly elections on February 16 while governorship and state assembly elections will take place in March 2019.

Abubakar Adamu Mohammed became Acting 

IGP


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On 14th January 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, Abubakar Adamu Mohammed, as acting Inspector General of Police. The appointee has succeeded the outgoing Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris. Abubakar Adamu Mohammed belongs to Lafia in Nasarawa State and was brought from National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS. He has also served as Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State,  Commissioner of Police, Enugu State and has also served at Interpol and FCIID, Alagbon before getting promoted to AIG rank.


15th January: Armed Forces Remembrance 

Day


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Nigeria marked the annual Armed Forces Remembrance Day on 15th January 2019. The occasion was used to pay rich tribute to celebrated fallen heroes who died in the line of duty while fighting to ensure the territorial integrity of the nation, whether on land, air or water. It was initially celebrated on November 11 that coincided with the Remembrance Day (Poppy Day) for the World War II veterans in the British Commonwealth of Nations. Later it was changed to January 15 in Nigeria in memory of the surrender of Biafran troops to the federal troops on January 15, 1970.  

India’s largest startup ecosystem now in 

Kerala


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On 13th January 2019, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched country’s largest startup ecosystem, 1.8 lakh sq ft, integrated startup complex under the Kerala Startup Mission, at the Technology Innovation Zone in Kochi, Kerala. It is a housing incubation infrastructure across a series of sectors in technology viz.biotechnology, computer-aided design, augmented/virtual reality and advanced communication  and promotes hardware startups, the BioNEST (Bio-Incubator Nurturing Entrepreneurship for Scaling Technologies) that promotes medical technologies, BRIC which helps developing solutions for cancer diagnosis and care, BRINC, the country's first international accelerator for hardware startups and a centre of excellence establishment by industry majors such as UNITY.  The government is planning to give direct jobs to 2.5 lakh in IT.

Gujarat: the first state to exercise 10% quota 

for EWS in general category



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On January 13, 2019, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced the implementation of 10 % reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) of the general category with immediate effect. With this, Gujarat has become the first state to implement this quota. It will be implemented in all ongoing recruitment process too wherein there is the only advertisement published but the first stage of examination is yet to hold. Those who have an annual household income below Rs 8 lakh, agriculture land below 5 acres, residential house below 1000 sqft, the residential plot below 100 yards in notified municipality and below 200 yards in non-notified municipality area will be the beneficiaries of this quota.

IDFC Bank is now IDFC First Bank


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On January 13, 2019, private sector lender IDFC Bank changed its name to IDFC First Bank Ltd on account of its merger with Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC) Capital First on December 2018. This nomenclature has come into effect from January 12, 2019, by virtue of ‘Certificate of Incorporation pursuant to a change of name‘ issued by the Registrar of Companies, Chennai. Besides this, V Vaidyanathan, founder, and chairman of Capital First Ltd has been appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the merged entity.

Namita Gokhale became Sushila Devi 

Literature Awardee


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On January 12, 2019 Writer Namita Gokhale was honored with the Sushila Devi Literature Award for her novel “Things to Leave Behind” in the ‘Best Book of Fiction Written by a Woman Author’ category at the inaugural edition of Bhopal Literature and Art Festival (BLF) at the Multi Art Centre of the Bharat Bhawan. Former bureaucrat Raghav Chandra is the brain behind this festival. The literary event witnessed participation of more than  70 writers and artists.

Bengaluru Raptors scripted Premier 

Badminton League title


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In January 2019, Bengaluru Raptors have won their first ever Premier Badminton League title defeating Mumbai Rockets by  4-3. Star player Kidambi Srikanth had outshone World No. 18 Anders Antonsen by a superb 15-7, 15-10. World No. 59 Vu Thi Trang played against Mumbai’s 202nd ranked Shreyanshi Pardeshi and defeated her by 15-8, 15-9. The Men's Doubles pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan outshone Mumbai’s Lee Yong Dae and Kim GI Jung steering Bengaluru to victory.

CBSE introduced aptitude tests for Class 9 & 

10


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As per January 2019 circular of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), an aptitude test ‘Know Your Aptitude’ (KYA) will be conducted to help students of grade 9th and 10th understand their strengths and limitations before making important career choices. The performance of students will be evaluated on basis of scoring guidelines issued by the board and this will also help parents, teachers and the school administrators to extend support to the student while making such decisions. NCERT has developed KYA which will be available on CBSE website from January 29.

Kumbh Mela 2019 began in UP


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On January 15, 2019, seven-week event of world's largest religious and cultural human congregation, ‘Kumbh 2019’ began at Prayagraj (erstwhile Allahabad), Uttar Pradesh and it will continue till March 4, 2019. More than 12 crores people are expected to take holy bath at Sangam, the confluence of three rivers - Ganga, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati. 21 Snan Ghats and more than 120000 toilets have been set up for clean Kumbh over an area of 3,200 hectares of land.  

Death of 1956 Olympian footballer Zulfiqar


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On January 13, 2019, Former India and 1956 Olympian footballer, Mohammed Zulfiqaruddin died at 83 in Hyderabad. He represented India in the 1958 Tokyo Asian Games and the Merdeka Cup in Malaysia and was the captain of Andhra Pradesh in the Santosh Trophy from 1955 to 1967. Besides this, he also played the captain of  AP Police team from 1954 to 1967 and clinched IFA Shield, Durand Cup, and Rovers Cup tournaments.

Dr. T.C.An Anant is now Member of UPSC


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On January 14, 2019, former Chief Statistician of India & Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Dr. T.C. Anant got appointed as Member of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). His oath was administered by Arvind Saxena, Chairman, UPSC. A member of the UPSC can have a maximum of six-year tenure or till an incumbent attains the age of 65. Presently, former Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi, Air Marshal A S Bhonsle (retired), Prof. Pradeep Kumar Joshi, Sujata Mehta, Manoj Soni, Smita Nagaraj, M Sathiyavathy and Bharat Bhushan Vyas are other members of the UPSC.

President Kovind approved re-formation of 

Triple Talaq ordinance


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In January 2019, President Kovind has promoted the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2019. The ordinance advocates protection of the rights of married Muslim women and criminalizes the practice of triple talaq or Talaq-e-Biddat announcing a jail term of three years for the husband guilty of this crime. It has prohibited the Islamic practice that allowed men to divorce their wives immediately by uttering the word “talaq” (divorce) thrice.

Sikkim launched 'One Family, One Job' 

scheme

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In January 2019, Longest serving Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling launched 'One Family, One Job' scheme. The scheme entitles employment to a member of every family which does not have a government job in the state. In all, 11,772 people have been issued appointment letters on the day of the inauguration of the scheme. Currently, recruitments are being made for Group C and Group D posts in 12 government departments. The budget allocations have been done for 89 days in the current financial year for paying emoluments to the new recruits. Under this scheme, all loan debts in the farming and agriculture sector will be canceled.

Good news for SC, ST Ph.D. aspirants




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In January 2019, University of Lucknow announced 5% relaxation for SC and ST Ph.D. candidates following notification regarding ‘Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M Phil/Ph.D. Degrees (first amendment) Regulations, 2018’ of HRD Ministry (UGC) dated August 27, 2018. With this, the varsity has become the first state university to adopt this Gazette notification in the interest of the society. The details convey 5% relaxation in marks (from 50% to 45%) in the entrance test for SC/ST/OBC/non-creamy layer/differently-abled candidates in the ongoing Ph.D. admissions. Besides this, the unfilled seats after these admissions will be transferred to the next year for admission in the same respective categories.

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