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January 12, 2019

12th January 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (12th January 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 12th January 2019

International Current Affairs
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today left for Uzbekistan on a 2-day visit. 
    • During this visit, she will participate in the 1st India-Central Asia Dialogue in Samarkand which  she will co-chair with Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov.
    • The Foreign Minister of Afghanistan will participate in the Dialogue as a special invitee for the session dedicated to connectivity issues in the region.
    •  Foreign Ministers of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan and the First Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan will also participate in the dialogue.
  • Nepal's Army Chief Purna Chandra Thapa arrived in New Delhi today on a 4-day official visit.
    • It is his 1st official bilateral visit after taking over the command of the Nepal Army.
    • The visit symbolizes the deep-rooted ties between the two armies and will help strengthen defence cooperation.
    • He will be conferred with the Honorary Rank of ‘General of Indian Army’ by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
National Current Affairs
  • The Armed Forces will  celebrate the Veterans Day on 14th January 2019. 
    • The objective of this day is to honour the veterans of the Army, Navy and Air Force
    • To mark the occasion, veterans' rallies will be held country wide at Armed Forces stations. 
    • About Veterans Day :
      • January 14 is celebrated as ‘Veterans Day’ as a mark of respect, recognition and service rendered by Field Marshal K M Carriapa OBE, the 1st Indian Commander in Chief of the Indian Army, who retired on this day in 1953.
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu today doubled the amount for pensioners in the state from ₹1,000 per month to ₹2,000
    • Around 5.4 lakh pensioners will be benefited from the decision which will be effective from January. 
  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the 25th edition of Partnership Summit 2019 in Mumbai today.
    • The summit is expected to build new partnerships and explore investment opportunities in sectors like Artificial Intelligence, big data, food processing, defense, aeronautics, renewable energy and tourism.
    • Governor of Maharashtra C. Vidyasagar Rao and Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu, and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. 
    • Theme of the Summit : New India Rising to Global Occasions
  • Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Col Rajyavardhan Rathore today launched the National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 at a function in New Delhi. 
    • The festival will continue till 24th of next month.
    • Theme of the festival : Be the Voice of New India and Find solutions and contribute to policy
  • In Uttar Pradesh, Prayagraj is gearing up for the Kumbh Mela
    • The Mela will commence from Tuesday and will continue till the 4th of March. 
  • Prime Minister Narender Modi will release a commemorative coin on Guru Govind Singh Ji in New Delhi tomorrow.
    • The event marks the birth anniversary of the Guru.
People in News
  • Tulsi Gabbard, the 1st-ever Hindu elected to the US Congress, has announced that she will run for President in 2020. 
    • Gabbard is an Iraq war veteran and the first Hindu and first Samoan-American elected to the US Congress. 
    • She is currently serving as the US Representative from the state of Hawaii and is a member of the Democratic Party.
  • Ashok Chawla today resigned as the Chairman of National Stock Exchange of India (NSE), India's biggest stock exchange. 
    • This comes after the CBI informed a Delhi court that it has obtained sanction from the respective ministry to file charges against him and four other former bureaucrats in the Aircel-Maxis case. 
    • Note : Chawla also recently resigned as Yes Bank's Non-Executive Chairman.
Books & Authors
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai is coming up with a new book titled "We are Displaced".
    • In this new book she is charting her experiences travelling the world and visiting refugee camps.
  • Vice-Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Harivansh Narayan Singh launched a book titled ‘A Crusade against corruption’. 
    • This book has been authored by Manohar Manoj. 
    • Manoj has written this book after massive research and deep observations on the subject during the last 15 years and claimed that this is a kind of ‘Encyclopedic Snapshots on Corruption in India’.
  • Veteran actor Kishore Pradhan (86), who is known for his work in both Hindi and Marathi cinema, passed away.
    • Kishore acted in several Marathi films and over 100 plays during the course of his career.
    • The actor featured in Kareena Kapoor starrer 'Jab We Met', as well as in 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai', starring Sanjay Dutt.
  • Banker-turned-politician Meera Sanyal (57) passed away.
    • Sanyal had joined the Aam Aadmi Party after quitting her job as the CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland in India. 
Recent Committees in News
  • Market regulator Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has constituted a "Research Advisory" committee which will assist in formulating policy to undertake research relevant for development and regulation of capital markets.
    • The committee would comprise prominent financial economists and market practitioners. 
    • Head of this Committee : Sankar De.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Australia defeated India by 34 runs in the first ODI today to become the 1st country to win 1,000 international matches
    • Chasing 289, India lost their first three wickets for four runs, their joint-lowest score at three-down in ODI history. India's Rohit Sharma slammed his 22nd ODI hundred, while Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu got out for a duck each.
  • India's first Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan today made a full-time switch to sports car racing, ending his around two-decade-old single-seater racing career. 
    • Karthikeyan, who has secured a spot in Japan's Super GT series, will be competing with the likes of former Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button. 
  • Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was conferred with the 2018 Confederation of African Football Player of the Year Award, for the second time, in Senegal. 
    • He also won the BBC African Footballer of the Year award for the second time. 
  • Indian captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri received the honorary membership of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) ahead of the India-Australia ODI series. 
    • Kohli and Shastri will hence join the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara of the West Indies to have received the honorary membership of the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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