Current Affairs: 08 January 2019

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08 January, 2019

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  1. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announces interest free loans for women SHGS

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced interest-free loans of up to Rs. 3 lakh for women self-help groups (WSHGs) in the state. There are around six lakh WSHGs in Odisha. He stated the initiative will benefit about 70 lakh women. The chief minister also distributed financial assistance of Rs. 3,000 each to six lakh WSHGs as part of the state government’s efforts to digitally empower women.

During the convention, Mr. Patnaik launched a scheme to distribute Rs. 15,000 seed money per group to three lakh new self-help groups. The chief minister announced incentives of Rs. 500 per month for Anganwadi workers and Rs. 200 for helpers.


  1. Hopman Cup: Roger Federer & Belinda Bencic retain title for Switzerland

Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic secured victory over Germany’s Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev to win the Hopman Cup for the second year in a row.

In a rerun of 2018 final, Federer beat Zverev to give the Swiss an early 1-0 lead. Wimbledon champion Kerber then overcame Bencic to level the tie. However, the Swiss claimed a tight win in the mixed doubles to claim their 4th Hopman Cup title.

Source: – BBC Sports


  1. AAI signs MoU with SAMEER for boosting communication

Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed MoU with Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER) for joint research programs in the field of Communication Navigation and Surveillance (CNS).

The MOU, on the one hand, will provide for the transfer of skill by SAMEER experts in the areas of Radio Frequency, Millimetre Wave and Antenna-related solutions to AAI domain experts, while on the other hand, it will pave way for exposure for the SAMEER researchers to the challenging Aviation field.

Source: – The Business Standard


  1. HRD Ministry constitutes task force to look into suicides of JNV students

The Union Human Resource Development Ministry constituted a task force to look into the issues of suicides of the students in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV). The task force has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Psychiatrist, Dr Jitendra Nagpal.

The task force will look into the circumstances leading to the suicidal deaths of students residing in the hostels of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas residential schools. It will also suggest ways and means to arrest the trend of suicides by students.

Source: – AIR World Service


  1. Govt allocates Rs 10,900 cr for development of 40 satellite launch vehicles

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Dr. K Sivan stated that the Union Government has allocated 10,900 crore rupees for the development of 40 satellite launch vehicles in the next 4 years.

Dr. Sivan also stated that Chandrayan Mission will be launched within three months. It will land in one part of the Moon which is still unexplored. He also said that the human spaceflight Gaganyaan is planned to be launched by 2022, the 75th anniversary of Independence.

Source: – AIR World service


  1. High-level committee headed by MP Bezbaruah notified on Assam Accord

The government had notified a High-Level committee for implementation of Clause 6 of Assam Accord. Retired IAS officer MP Bezbaruah is chairman of the 9-member Committee. The committee will examine the effectiveness of actions since 1985 to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

The clause envisaged that appropriate constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, should be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the people of Assam.

Source: – DD News


  1. Cabinet approves 10% job quota for ‘Economically Weaker’ upper castes

The Union Cabinet approved a 10% reservation for ‘economically backward’ upper castes in government jobs.

Ahead of the General Elections this year, the government has announced reservation in jobs for those belonging to the upper castes and earning less than Rs 8 lakh per year. A bill to amend Article 15 and 16 of the constitution will be moved in Parliament to this effect.

Source: – The Indian Express


  1. RBI may pay govt up to 340,000 crore interim dividend: Report

The RBI may reportedly transfer an interim dividend of 730,000-740,000 crore to the government by March. Final decision on the dividend could reportedly be taken by the time Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents government’s budget on February 1. The funds are crucial to meet the fiscal deficit target of 3.3% of the GDP for the financial year ending in March.

Source: – Reuters


  1. Norwegian PM Erna Solberg in India on 3-day visit

Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg has arrived in New Delhi on a three-day state visit to India. She was accompanied by senior officials from her government and a large business delegation. She will participate in the Indo-Norwegian Business Conference.

The Norwegian Prime Minister will deliver the Inaugural address at the Raisina Dialogue. The visit of PM of Norway will provide an opportunity to review the progress in bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Source: – AIR World Service

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