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January 10, 2019

10th January 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (10th January 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 10th January 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Japan has retained its top spot as the world's most powerful passport this year, with its citizens able to enter 190 countries without requiring a visa, according to the Henley Passport Index
    • India's passport was ranked 79th, having visa-free access to 61 destinations. 
  • UK based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has released the Democracy Index 2019 which ranks 167 countries by 60 indicators across five broad categories.
    • The index classifies each country either as a full democracy, flawed democracy, hybrid regime or authoritarian.
    • According to this Index :
      • India was at the 41st place with a score of 7.23/10 and was placed in the flawed democracies category.
      • Australia and New Zealand are the only “full democracies” in the entire Asia-Pacific region
      • 8 countries (Algeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Timor-Leste, Ethiopia, North Korea, Laos, Nepal and Sri Lanka) which have the word “democratic in full titles were not fully democratic.
      • Only 4.5% of the world’s people live in a full democracy.
      • 42 countries experienced a decline in their index score compared with 89 in 2017 and 48 countries have improved their score.
    • Top 10 Democratic Countries according to Democracy Index 2019
      1. Norway
      2. Iceland
      3. Sweden
      4. New Zealand
      5. Denmark
      6. Canada
      7. Ireland
      8. Finland
      9. Australia
      10. Switzerlands
National Current Affairs
  • Today (10th January) is World Hindi Day.
    • The day is commemorated every year with the objective to promote use of Hindi language abroad.
    • The first World Hindi Conference was organized on 10 January 2006 in Nagpur and since then every 10 January is observed as the World Hindi Day.
    • At present Hindi as a language is spoken in more than 20 countries around the world and is being taught in 150 Universities of the world.
    • Important Note :
      • World Hindi Day and Hindi day are different.
      • Hindi Day is celebrated on September 14.
      • The Constituent Assembly adopted Hindi as the Official Language of the Union on this day (14 September) in the year 1949.
  • A day after Lok Sabha, the Rajya Sabha today passed the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019 (124th) to introduce a 10% reservation for economically weaker sections among general category for jobs and educational institutions.
  • The government today launched Web- Wonder Women Campaign to celebrate the exceptional achievements of women who have influenced and impacted society through social media.
    • The Campaign aims to recognize the fortitude of Indian women stalwarts from across the globe who have used the power of social media to run positive campaigns to steer a change in society.
  • The Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Gangajal Project, which will provide Agra with better and more assured water supply, at an estimated cost of Rs.2880 crores. 
    • Gangajal project aims to bring 140 cusecs of Ganga water to Agra. This will help meet the drinking water demands in the city.
  • Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today inaugurated a single-lane steel cable suspension bridge in Upper Siang district, likely to benefit more than 20,000 people on both sides of Siang river.
    • The 300-metre-long Byorung Bridge will also "bolster defense preparedness" in the state.
    • The bridge, built at the cost of Rs 48.43 crore, will reduce distance between Yingkiong and Tuting by almost 40 km.
Awards & Honors
  • For the 1st time in 30 years, the 2019 Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, will be held without a hos.
    • Hollywood comedian Kevin Hart, who was supposed to be this year's host, stepped down following criticism over his old homophobic tweets. 
    • Note : The 91st Academy Awards will be held on February 24.
  • Veteran journalist Dinu Randive has been conferred with the lifetime achievement award by the Mantralaya and Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh, an association of journalists covering Maharashtra legislature and secretariat.
    • Mr Randive started his journalistic career in 1956. 
    • He also participated in the freedom struggle, the Sanyukta Maharashtra movement and the Goa liberation movement.
    • Award winners in other categories included Vishwas Waghmode, Mahesh Tiwari and Prajakta Pol.
People in News
  • Justice UU Lalit, one of the 5 judges of the Supreme Court that was to hear the Ayodhya case, opted out of the Constitution bench today. 
    • This comes after a lawyer pointed out he had appeared as a lawyer for one of the parties nearly two decades ago. 
    • The other Judges of the Constitution Bench to hear Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Case are :
      • Ranjan Gogoi (Head)
      • SA Bobde
      • NV Ramana
      • DY Chandrachud
New Appointments
  • Pranav R Mehta has been appointed as the President of the Global Solar Council
    • With this he has become the 1st Indian to head the Global Solar Council.
    • Currently he is working as the President of the National Solar Energy Federation of India.
  • 1985 batch IPS officer of the Bihar cadre Kumar Rajesh Chandra has been appointed as the Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
  • Ohio based Lessie Brown (114), who was believed to be the oldest person in the US, passed away.
    • Brown became the oldest person in the US following the death of 114-year-old Delphine Gibson on May 9, 2018.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The government has allowed Iran's Bank Pasargad to open a branch in Mumbai while India's state-owned UCO Bank will be opening a branch in Iran. 
    • The move is expected to facilitate transactions related to India's oil purchases from Iran amidst US sanctions. 
    • The banks will also handle transactions relating to operation at Iran's Chabahar Port which India is developing.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has agreed to provide $400 million to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) under the SAARC swap facility
    • Note : CBSL has requested a further bilateral swap arrangement of $1 billion from RBI which is "under consideration".
  • US-based Boeing has retained its position as the world's largest planemaker for the 7th  year in a row, delivering a record 806 aircraft in 2018. 
  • Sikkim will be the 1st state to roll out Universal Basic Income (UBI) and has started the process to introduce the unconditional direct cash transfer scheme. 
  • To make card transactions more secure, the Reserve Bank of India (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.
  • The Last Budget session of the Parliament before the General elections will be held from 31st January to 13th February 2019
    • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Interim Budget for 2019-20 fiscal on 1st February 2019.
    • Note : This will be the 6th consecutive budget to be presented by Jaitley.
Sports Current Affairs
  • In Khelo India Youth games 2019, Maharashtra is now leading Medal tally with 5 Gold 3 Silver & 1 Bronze. 
    • Delhi in on second position with 5 Gold 2 Silver & 2 Bronze Medal.
    • Last Years Number one Haryana is on Number 3 as of now.

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