Current Affairs, January 2019
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22nd January, Current Affairs:
• World Economic Forum 2019 begins in
• Indian skipper Virat Kohli named as the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year for 2018. Virat Kohli became the first player to win all 3 big ICC awards in a single year. Kohli is also the first man to win consecutive ICC Cricketer of the Year awards.
21st January, Current Affairs:
• 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas began at
Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The theme for this year Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
is "Role of Indian Diaspora in building New India".
• Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura are celebrating their statehood day today. On this day in 1972, all the three states became full-fledged states under the North Eastern Region (Reorganisation) Act, 1971.
• The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have 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 programme launched together by UNESCO and the International Union of Architects in November 2018.
19th January, Current Affairs:
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi
inaugurated the Armoured Systems Complex of Larsen and Toubro in Gujarat,
the first private facility in the country where the K9 Vajra self-propelled
Howitzer guns will be manufactured.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai.
18th January, Current Affairs:
• India defeated hosts Australia by 7
wickets in the third ODI to register their first-ever bilateral ODI series
victory in Australian soil. India won the 3-match ODI series 2-1.
• Star wrestler Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian to be nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Award. Vinesh has been nominated in “Laureus World Sporting Comeback” category for the year 2019.
17th January, Current Affairs:
• The Centre on Wednesday announced the winners of the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The Gandhi Peace Prize for 2015 has been given to the Vivekananda Kendra in Kanyakumari for its contribution to rural development, education and the development of natural resources. The award for 2016 has been jointly given to Akshaya Patra Foundation and Sulabh International. The 2017 Gandhi Peace Prize was conferred on the Ekal Abhiyan Trust. The 2018 award has been given to the Japanese Yohei Sasakawa, the WHO Global Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination.
15th January, Current Affairs:
• Kumbh Mela, the largest public
congregation of faith began today with a Shahi Snan at Prayagraj in Uttar
• Manu Sawhney has been named as the new chief executive officer of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and will take over the reins from David Richardson following the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in July.
• India crash out of AFC Asian Cup with 0-1 defeat to Bahrain.
14th January, Current Affairs:
• Makar Sankranti is celebrated across
the India in different ways.
• Gujarat became the first state to implement 10% quota for economically weak in general category.
12th January, Current Affairs:
• Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the fifth Indian and 13th batsman overall to score 10,000 runs in the 50-over format.
11th January, Current Affairs:
• Ashok Chawla has resigned as the chairman of the National Stock Exchange Of India with immediate effect.
10th January, Current Affairs:
• The proposed law to provide 10 per
cent quota in jobs and education to the economically weaker sections in the
general category is passed by Rajya Sabha.
• A high-power committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed Alok Verma as CBI Director, a day after he resumed office following the Supreme Court verdict restoring his position.
• In the updated rankings put out by AIBA, Mary Kom is placed top of the charts in the weight division with 1700 points.
8th January, Current Affairs:
• Exiled CBI chief Alok Verma was
reinstated by the Supreme Court, three months after the government divested
him of his powers and sent him on forced leave.
• Lok Sabha passes DNA Bill. The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018 would allow use of DNA technology for establishing identity of persons such as victims, offenders, suspects, under trials, missing persons, and unknown deceased persons.
• A proposed law to give citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan was passed by Lok Sabha.
• The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced the formation of a high-level panel to assess digitisation of payments in the country. The Committee on Deepening of Digital Payments will be chaired by Nandan Nilekani.
• The Supreme Court of India set up a five-judge Constitution Bench to hear the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute case.
• The Confederation of African Football has chosen Egypt as host of this year’s African Cup of Nations soccer tournament.
7th January, Current Affairs:
• The Union Cabinet has approved 10%
reservation in jobs and educational institutions for the economically
backward section in the general category. Those who earn less than Rs. 8
lakh a year, have less than five acre land qualify for the quota.
• India won their first-ever Test series in Australia by a margin of 2-1 after play in the fourth and final Test in Sydney. It is the first time India managed the feat since they began touring Australia in 1947-48. Consequently, Virat Kohli became the first Indian as well as the first Asian captain to win a Test series in Australia.
• British stars Olivia Colman, Christian Bale, Richard Madden and Ben Whishaw were among the winners at this year's prestigious Golden Globe Awards 2019. Colman was honoured for the film The Favourite, and Bale won for playing ex-US Vice-President Dick Cheney in Vice.
5th January, Current Affairs:
• A special court in Mumbai declared absconding accused liquor baron Vijay Mallya as a fugitive economic offender under the new Fugitive Economic Offenders Act. He is the first person to declare so under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act and government can now confiscate all his properties.
2nd January, Current Affairs:
• The Cabinet Committee on Economic
Affairs (CCEA) approved the merger of state-run Vijaya Bank, Bank of Baroda
and Dena Bank. The merged entity will become the third largest bank in the
country, after government-owned State Bank of India and private sector
lender ICICI Bank.
• Sudhir Bhargava took oath as the chief information commissioner in the Central Information Commission (CIC).
1st January, Current Affairs:
• New Year's Eve is celebrated across
• Veteran Bollywood actor Kader Khan died in a hospital in Canada at the age of 81.