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January 21, 2019

21st January 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (21st 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 21st January 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Today (21st January) is Squirrel Appreciation Day.
  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has recognised Rio de Janeiro as the 'World Capital of Architecture' for 2020.
    • Having defeated Paris and Melbourne, Rio was selected to host the 27th edition of the World Congress of the International Union of Architects (UIA) in July 2020.
    • Note : The "World Capitals of Architecture" initiative was launched by UNESCO and UIA in November 2018.
  • Aadhaar cards are now valid travel documents for Indians under 15 and over 65 travelling to Nepal and Bhutan. 
    • Note : Indians other than those in the two age brackets will not be able to use Aadhaar to travel to these countries.
National Current Affairs
  • Today (21st January) is the 47th Statehood Day of 3 states Manipur, Tripura and Meghalaya.
    • The three states attained statehood on this day in the year 1972 under the North-Eastern Areas (Re-organisation) Act, 1971.
    • While Meghalaya was a part of Assam before becoming a full-fledged state, Manipur and Tripura were Union Territories before 1972.
  • Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas began at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh this morning. 
    • Theme for this year Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 : "Role of Indian Diaspora in building New India".
    • Addressing NRIs, especially youth who have arrived from different parts of the globe, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj invited them for investment in the field of education. 
    • Chief guests  for the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas :
      • Kanwal Jeet Singh Bakshi (Member of Parliament, New Zealand)
      • Himanshu Gulati (Member of Parliament, Norway) 
    • Important Note : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally inaugurate the event tomorrow, with Pravind Kumar  Jugnauth (Prime Minister of Mauritius) being the Chief Guest. 
People in News
  • 2002 batch UP Cadre IPS officer,  Aparna Kumar became the 1st woman IPS officer to reach the South Pole
    • She achieved this feat despite suffering from pneumonia just before leaving for the expedition, 
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Odisha government today hiked the social security allowance under Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY).
    • As per the announcement which will come into effect from February 15, the old-age pension for senior citizens has been revised to Rs 500 from Rs 300. 
    • Similarly, for people who are 70 years old and above, the allowance has been increased to Rs 700 from Rs 500.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Armoured Systems Complex (ASC), developed by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) at Hazira near Surat in Gujarat. 
    • This Armoured Systems Complex (ASC) is India’s 1st private facility where the K9 Vajra self-propelled Howitzer guns will be manufactured.
  • Microsoft India today launched a new e-commerce platform for handloom weavers under its Project ReWeave, as part of its philanthropic initiative.
    • The e-commerce platform would help connect artisans to the buyers directly enabling them to expand to newer customers and markets.
  • Masazo Nonaka (113), who was recognised as the world's oldest man by Guinness World Records last year, has passed away.
  • Dr Shivakumara Swami (111), the seer who headed the Sree Siddaganga Mutt in Karnataka's Tumakuru, passed away. 
    • He was often known as "the walking god". 
  • Tony Mendez (78), a CIA agent who was portrayed by Ben Affleck in the 2012 Oscar-winning film 'Argo', has passed away.
    • Mendez was best known for smuggling six American diplomats out of Iran during the 1979-81 hostage crisis
Awards & Honors
  • Eminent scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee C N R Rao has been chosen for the 1st Sheikh Saud International Prize for Materials Research, given by the Centre for Advanced Materials of the UAE.
    • The award involves a plaque, a medal and a cash prize of USD 100000.
    • The award will be presented to Rao during the International Workshop on Advanced Materials in Ras Al Khaima,UAE, on 25th February 2019.
  • Himachal Pradesh BJP MP Anurag Thakur has been bestowed with Sansad Ratna (“Gem of Parliament”) Award for his distinguished performance as a parliamentarian under Jury Committee Special Award category. 
    • 12 parliamentarians including Thakur were honoured with the Sansad Ratna award, which was set up in 2010 on suggestion of ex-President APJ Abdul Kalam. They are :
      • Rajeev Shankarrrao Satav (MP from Hingoli, Maharashtra) - for his outstanding performance among the first-time parliamentarians.
      • Bhartruhari Mahtab (MP from Cuttack, Odisha) - for his performance in initiating debates.
      • Standing committee on finance headed by M Veerappa Moily - for outstanding performance among the Parliamentary Standing Committees.
      • N K Premachandran (MP from Kollam, Kerala) - for his performance in initiating debates.
      • Supriya Sule (MP from Baramati (Maharashtra) - In overall tally, questions and women MPs categories.
      • Nishikant Dubey (MP from Godda, Jharkhand) - for his outstanding performance in private member bills.
      • Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu (MP from Telangana) - for debates among the retirees of the upper House.
      • Shrirang Appa Barne (MP from Maval, Maharashtra) - for his outstanding performance.
      • Bhimrao Mahadik (MP from Kolhapur, Dhananjay) - for his performance under questions and overall tally category.
      • Heena Vijaykumar Gavit - for her outstanding performance (raised 1,059 questions in the Lok Sabha and holds an attendance of 82 per cent).
      • Rajani Patil was selected as the topper in overall tally among the retirees of Rajya Sabha.
Sports Current Affairs
  • The Khelo India Youth Games 2019 concluded in Pune yesterday with the hosts Maharashtra walking away with the overall trophy.
    • About Khelo India Youth Games 2019 :
      • Earlier Known as : Khelo India School Games
      • Purpose : Grassroot talent hunt
      • Started on : 9th Jauary 2019
      • Ended on : 20th January 2019
      • Total Sports : 18
      • 1st Team : Maharashtra - 228 Medals (85 Gold, 62 Silver, 81 Bronze)
      • 2nd Team : Haryana - 178 Medals (62 Gold, 56 Silver, 60 Bronze)
      • 3rd Team : Delhi - 136 Medals (48 Gold, 37 Silver, 51 Bronze)
  • India's Ankita Raina has won the International Tennis Federation's 25,000-dollar Women's tournament in Singapore today. 
    • In the Final, she defeated top seed and world number 122 Arantxa Rus (Netherlands).

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