Current Affairs For UPSC, SSC, IBPS (January 1 to January 7, 2019)

A Quick revision of current affairs between 1st January 2019 to 7th January 2019. If you are preparing for UPSC, SSC or IBPS then this article will help you to recall the important events between above mentioned dates.

Current Affairs For UPSC, SSC, IBPS (January 1 to January 7, 2019)

  • Bhubaneswar is the venue of the 42nd Indian Social Science Congress (ISSC).
  • Smriti Mandhana has been named as the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2018.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved amendment to Trade Union Acts, 1926 to recognize trade unions.
  • The Veer Savarkar International Airport has recently declared as an authorized Immigration Check post. It is located in which of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
  • West Bengal has launched Krishak Bandhu scheme to address farmers distress.
  • ESAF Small Finance Bank (SFB) has recently got RBI nod to operate as a scheduled bank. The headquarters of ESAF is located at Thrissur.
  • T B Radhakrishanan has taken charge as the first Chief Justice of Telangana High Court.
  • Kerela state’s women has recently formed 620-km-long ‘wall’ to uphold gender equality.
  • Jair Bolsonaro has been sworn-in as new president of Brazil.
  • Sudhir Bhargava is the newly appointed Chief Information Commissioner (CIC).
  • Norman Gimbel, the Oscar & Grammy-winning lyricist has passed away. He was from United States.
  • Rishav Pant has become the first Indian wicket-keeper to claim 20 catches in Test series.
  • Transgenders can file sexual harassment case under section 354A of IPC.
  • 14433 is the toll-free helpline which has been launched by NHRC to file complaint through CSC.
  • Uzbekistan has announced 2019 as the ‘Year of Active Investment and Social Development’ in backdrop of wider business with India?
  • Jaspit Bumrah has become the highest International Wicket-Taker in 2018.
  • The theme of the 106th edition of Indian Science Congress (ISC-2019) is “Future India, Science & Technology”.
  • Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link, which is in news recently, is the proposed tunnel to connect islands of Denmark & Germany.
  • Vinod Kumar Yadav has been appointed as new Chairman of the Railway Board.
  • Justice AK Sikri has become the new Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).
  • The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) declared six structures to the list of monuments of national importance in 2018. These are – the 125-year-old High Court Building in Nagpur (Maharashtra), two Mughal-era monuments in Agra — Haveli of Agha Khan and Hathi Khana, the ancient Neemrana Baori in Rajasthan’s Alwar district; the Group of Temples at Ranipur Jharail in Odisha’s Bolangir district; and the Vishnu Temple in Kotali, Pithoragarh district, Uttarkhand.
  • U K Sinha is the head of the RBI panel on MSME revival.
  • The Central Government has given nod for Centre for Classical Language in Thissur of Kerala.
  • United States has recently signed Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) Into Law.
  • Arunima Sinha has become the world’s first female Amputee to scale Antarctica’s Highest Peak. She is an Indian.
  • Manoj Das has been honoured with the Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.
  • Saurav Kumar has been appointed as Chairman of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).
  • The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) hosted third edition of the National Entrepreneurship Awards (NEA) in New Delhi on January 4, 2019.
  • The 2018 World Braille Day (WBD) was observed on January 4, 2019. The World Braille Day (WBD) is observed every year on January 4 to remember the birth anniversary of Louis Braille, the inventor of Braille – for the people with visual disabilities.
  • B V R Mohan Reddy is the head of the government committee that suggested AICTE to stop setting up new engineering colleges from 2020.
  • ISRO has launched “Samwad” with students to engage them on space science activities?
  • United States and Israel have officially quit UNESCO.
  • India has cut import tax on crude palm oil sourced from ASEAN nations from 44% to  40%.
  • Anindita Neogy Anaam is the recipient of the 2019 National Nritya Shiromani Award.
  • The Union Government has launched Ujjwala sanitary napkin initiative in Odisha.
  • France has recently introduced GAFA Tax on Global Internet, Technology Firm.
  • Recently, the Union cabinet has approved merger of the Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda (BoB). In terms of market value, the rank of the combined merger bank will be 3rd.
  • Jayant Kumar Ghosh has been conferred with ISRS National Geospatial Award for Excellence-2017 (LTA Award).
  • New Delhi is the venue of the 2019 Indian Panorama Film Festival (IPFF).
  • Hemant Bhargava has been appointed acting Chairman of LIC.
  • C. H. Lokanath (91), a noted Indian Kannada language veteran stage and cine artist, has passed away in Bengaluru, Karnataka on 31st December 2018.
  • In Thailand, Tropical storm Pabuk caused floods and blackouts leaving nearly 30,000 people in evacuation shelters across the southern part of the country on January 5, 2019.
  • HDFC Mutual Fund has become the India’s largest Asset Management Company (AMC).
  • Dibyendu Palit (79), the renowned Bengali writer and Sahitya Akademi awardee, has passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal on 3rd January 2019.

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