Current Affairs: 17 January 2019

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17 January, 2019

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  1. 9th International Micro Irrigation Conference held in Aurangabad

In order to promote Micro irrigation amongst farmers, Ministry of Water resources and River development has organized 9th International Micro irrigation conference in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

The conference focused on the theme of “Micro Irrigation and Modern Agriculture”. Union Minister for water resources and river development Shri Nitin Gadkari officially inaugurated the event

Source: – AIR World Service

 

  1. Stephen Constantine resigns as Coach of Indian Football Team

Indian football team head coach Stephen Constantine has stepped down after the team’s shock 0-1 defeat to Bahrain which led to its exit from the Asian Cup.

The Anglo-Cypriot coach took over the reins of the team in 2015 for a 2-year tenure. He was given one-year contract extension twice. It was his second stint as India coach after serving as the coach in 200205.

Source: – Tribune India

 

  1. Government constitutes 7-member GoM to boost real estate sector under GST regime

The government has constituted a seven member Group of Ministers (GM) to boost the real estate sector under the GST regime. Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat Nitin Patel is the convener of the GOM.

Finance Ministers of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh and the Panchayat Minister of Goa are the members. The committee will examine legality of inclusion and exclusion of land or any other ingredient, in composition and suggest valuation mechanism.

Source: – DD News

 

  1. ‘Global Aviation Summit 2019’ begins in Mumbai

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the ‘Global Aviation Summit 2019’ in Mumbai. The summit is a union and it will address the problems being faced.

The summit, with a theme ‘Flying for allespecially the next 6 Billion’, is being organized by Ministry of Civil Aviation in association with FICCI.

Source: – DD News

 

  1. Manu Sawhney appointed new ICC CEO

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that Manu Sawhney has been appointed as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Sawhney, the former CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and Managing Director of ESPN Star Sports, will join the organization before formally taking over the reins from David Richardson in July following the ICC World Cup 2019.

Source: – Press Information Bureau

 

  1. Chennai’s Gukesh Crowned India’s Youngest Grandmaster

Tamil Nadu lad D Gukesh became the 2nd youngest Grand Master in the world and the youngest Indian to achieve the feat at 12 years, 7 months and 17 days, erasing the mark set by his state-mate R Praggnanandhaa in June 2018.

Gukesh becomes India’s 59th Grand Master. Ukraine’s Sergey Karjakin remains the youngest-ever GM, having achieved the feat at the age of 12 years and 7 months in 2002.

Source: – Hindustan Times

 

  1. Check WhatsApp Pay’s data localisation adherence: SC to RBI

The Supreme Court on Monday directed that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) be included as a party in a petition, to check WhatsApp Pay’s adherence to data localisation norms. The NGO-filed petition alleged WhatsApp hasn’t complied with RBI’s data localisation circular dated April 6, 2018. The petition also alleged that WhatsApp doesn’t comply with Indian tax laws.

 

  1. Gold medallist Mohammed Ali Qamar appointed women’s team coach

Mohammed Ali Qamar, the man who won India’s first Commonwealth Games gold medal in boxing, has taken over as the chief coach for the country’s female boxers.

He has replaced veteran Shiv Singh. Qamar, who is set to turn 38, is also the youngest person to land the job. Qamar’s CWG gold came in the 2002 Manchester edition in the light flyweight category.

Source: – Times Now

 

  1. 1st National EMRS National Sports Meet 2019 neld in Hyderabad

The 1st National Level Sports Meet for the students of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) was inaugurated by Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs at G.M.C Balayogi Stadium, Hyderabad.

The Minister also launched an app ‘EMRS Sports Meeť dedicated on the occasion. The event had participation of 1777 students comprising of 975 boys and 802 girls representing 20 States of the country.

Source: – Press Information Bureau

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