Current Affairs: 10 January 2019

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10 January, 2019

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  1. MoU on ‘India-Norway Ocean Dialogue’ exchanged

Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks in New Delhi. Prime Minister Modi said that both the countries have vibrant trade ties. MoU were exchanged on India-Norway Ocean Dialogue.

Erna Solberg also called on President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. She also delivered the Inaugural address at the Raisina Dialogue and addressed India-Norway Business Summit in New Delhi.

Source: – Press Information Bureau


  1. MoU signed between Indian Army and PNB

An MoU was signed between the Indian Army and Punjab National Bank on the Defence Salary Package. The signing ceremony was chaired by the Adjutant General, Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar.

Salient features of the improved and updated MoU are free ‘RAKSHAK PLUS’ Scheme for serving pers and veterans, overdraft facility range from Rs 0.75 to 3.0 lakhs, multicity ‘At Parcheques, instant credit of outstation cheques, preferential allotment of lockers at concessional AMC and free SMS alerts.

Source: – Press Information Bureau


  1. Cabinet approves ST status for 6 communities in Assam

The Union Cabinet has approved Scheduled Tribe (ST) status for six communities in Assam, including the Moran and Matak communities. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said a bill in this regard will be introduced in the Parliament in the near future. He added, “Full safeguards will be provided to protect the interests, rights and privileges of existing Scheduled Tribes of Assam.”

Source: – ANI


  1. NHAI collaborates with oil marketing companies for issuance of FASTags

To ensure easier availability of FASTags, Indian Highways Management Company Ltd. (IHMCL), a company promoted by NHAI, has signed MoUs with state-run Oil Marketing Companies (IOCL, BPC, and HPC). It will ensure availability of FASTags at petroleum outlets across India. In the first phase, the tags will be available across 50 Fuel Station in Delhi NCR, which will subsequently be expanded to outlets across India.

IHMCL has been mandated to implement the National Electronic Toll Collection Program (NETC) in the country. The company launched the program under the brand name “FASTag” in April 2016.

Source: – Press Information Bureau


  1. 2nd edition of Khelo India Youth Games begins in Pune

The second edition of Khelo India Youth Games has officially begun in Pune, Maharashtra. Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis attended a virtual torch ceremony at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the event through a video message. More than 9,000 players from different states will participate in 18 different events.

Source: – News On AIR


  1. Pranav R Mehta becomes 1st Indian to head Global Solar Council

A visionary in the field of Solar Energy and the chairman of National Solar Energy Federation, Pranav R Mehta, has taken over as the president of Global Solar Council (GSC). He has become the first Indian to head the GSC.

The Global Solar Council (GSC) was launched on December 6, 2015, following the historic United Nations Climate Change Conference (UN COP 21). The GSC came into being as International Coalition of more than 30 nations, utilising maximum solar energy, decided to harness the renewable energy for the greater good.

Source: – Business Insider


  1. Citizenship amendment bill 2019 passed in Lok Sabha

The Citizenship Amendment bill seeking to provide Indian citizenship to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan was passed by Lok Sabha. The Bill provides for Indian citizenship to such immigrants after six years of residence in India instead of 12 years currently.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh moved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha and was passed after a discussion. The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955 in order to grant citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan if they have lived in India for six years.

Source: – AIR World Service


  1. World Bank pegs India’s GDP growth at 7.3 % in 2018-19

India’s GDP is expected to grow at 7.3% in the fiscal year 2018-19, and 7.5% in the following two years, the World Bank has forecast, attributing it to an upswing in consumption and investment. India will continue to be the fastest growing major economy in the world, according to the World Bank.

China’s economic growth is projected to slow down to 6.2% each in 2019 and 2020 and 6% in 2021, according to the January 2019 Global Economic Prospects report released by the World Bank.

Source: – The Livemint


  1. RBI allows tokenisation’ for more secure card transactions

To make card transactions more secure, the RBI has permitted card networks to offer tokenisation services to any token requestor (a third-party app provider). Tokenisation involves the creation of a unique alternative code or ‘token’ that will mask sensitive card details. A cardholder may use these services by registering the card on the token requestor’s app after giving explicit consent.

Source: – Bloomberg Quint


  1. Egypt to host 2019 African Cup of Nations

Seven-time champions Egypt have won the hosting rights for the 2019 edition of the African Cup of Nations. Egypt beat South Africa by 16 votes to one at the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Executive Committee.

With just five more months for the tournament, Egypt has got a limited time to prepare for an event where a total of 24 teams will be participating.

Source: – ANI News


  1. Interim Budget to be presented on 1 February

The interim budget for 2019 will be presented on 1 February during the budget session of the parliament. The budget session of the Parliament to be held from 31 January to 13 February. The decision was taken in the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs.

Source: – The Quint

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