Current Affairs: 12 January 2019

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12 January, 2019

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  1. Centre launches 5-yr plan to combat pollution in 102 cities

The Environment Ministry on Thursday launched National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) aimed at reducing toxic particulate matter in 102 Indian cities by 2024. The NCAP will be a mid-term, five-year plan with 2019 as the first year, while 2017 will be the base year for comparison of concentration. An amount of 7300 crore has been sanctioned for this purpose.

Source: – The New Indian Express


  1. 29th Indian Paint Conference 2019 started in Agra

The Indian Paint Association (IPA), the apex body of the country’s paint industry announced that the 29th biennial Indian Paint Conference started in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

The theme of the Conference is ‘Paints Pe Charcha – Naye Aayaam’. This is the largest trade show of the estimated INR 500 billion (50,000 Crore) Indian Paints & Coatings industry.

Source: – ANI News


  1. IWF President named as Chef de Mission for Tokyo Olympics

President of the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF), Birendra Prasad Baishya, has been named Chef de Mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

It is for the first time that the Weightlifting has been accorded with the honor of Chef de Mission for the Olympics. Baishya is also one of the Indian Olympic Association Vice Presidents.

Source: – AIR World Service


  1. Cabinet approves 3 new AIIMS at Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir

The Cabinet on Thursday approved the establishment of three new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) – two in Jammu and Kashmir and one in Gujarat. The AIIMS will be set under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana scheme. The AIIMS at Gujarat will be set in Rajkot, while those in Jammu and Kashmir will be set in Vijaynagar and Awantipora.

Source: – The New Indian Express


  1. Harendra Singh discontinued as Indian men’s hockey team coach

Indian men’s hockey coach Harendra Singh was removed from the position and offered the task of helming the junior squad by the national federation. Harendra Singh was brought in as men’s coach in May 2018 after Sjoerd Marijne was moved back to the women’s camp.

Hockey India stated that it will be inviting applications for the position of chief coach and in the interim, the team will be overseen by Hockey India High-Performance Director David John and current Analytical Coach, Chris Ciriello.

Source: – News on AIR


  1. India ranks 79th, Japan tops list of most powerful passports

According to the Henley Passport Index, India jumped two positions from 81st in 2018 to 79th in 2019. Japan retained its top spot as the world’s most travel-friendly passport. China jumped almost 20 places in just two years, from 85th in 2017 to 69th this year. The Henley Passport Index is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and covers 199 passports and 227 travel destinations.

Source: – NDTV

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