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January 25, 2019

25th January 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (25th 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 25th January 2019

International Current Affairs
  • South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is on a 2-day visit to India.
    • He met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and both leaders held talks on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.
    • Important Points Note
      • Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa is the Chief Guest at the 70th Indian Republic Day Parade
      • He is the 2nd President of South Africa after Nelson Mandela to be the Chief Guest at the parade.
  • Maldivian Defence Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi is on a visit to India
    • During this visit, she met Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and both leaders
      agreed to continue their traditionally close cooperation on issues of maritime security, counter-terrorism and medical cooperation. 
    • Mariya will witness the 70th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath.
National Current Affairs
  • Today is 9th National Voters Day.
    • The date (25th January) was declared as the National Voters' Day in the year 2011 as the Election Commission of India was founded on this day in the year 1950.
    • The day aims at increasing the enrolment of voters, especially encourage participation of newly eligible young voters and ensure universal adult franchise.
    • Theme of National Voters Day 2019 :  “No Voter to be left behind
  • The government today announced that the new 10% quota for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in the general category will be applicable to all central government posts from 1st February 2019.
  • The Supreme Court today refused to stay the implementation of 10% reservation in jobs and education for economically weaker section of the general category. 
    • However, the court said it will examine the validity of the reservation. 
  • The Goa Cabinet has approved a proposal to impose a fine of ₹2,000 on people who drink alcohol or cook in public and a fine of ₹10,000 if a group of people is doing so. 
    • Offenders who do not pay the fine will face up to three months' imprisonment. 
  • The Maharashtra government today announced disbursement of ₹2,900 crore for relief measures in drought-affected areas of the state. 
    • 151 tehsils, 268 mandals, 923 villages have been declared drought affected in the state.
  • Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik today approved the J&K Reservation Act (Amendment) Bill, 2014.
    • This bill grants reservation Pahari community. 
  • Indian Navy undertook a 2 day exercise titled Sea Vigil.
    • The 1st of its kind multi-agency drill covers the entire 7,516 km-long Indian coastline and exclusive economic zone and involves 13 coastal states and Union Territories to check the efficacy of maritime security and surveillance- Sea Vigil.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojana under which a group of Indian diaspora will be taken on a government-sponsored tour of religious places in India twice a year.
    • They will be taken to religious places of all major religions in India and the government will bear all the expenses including the airfare from their country of residence.
    • All people of Indian-origin aged 45 to 65 can apply and a group will be selected out of them with first preference given to people from 'Girmitiya countries' such as Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica.
People in News
  • The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked former Air India Chairman and Managing Director Arvind Jadhav for allegedly violating procedures during promotions.
Science & Technology
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today successfully launched a small communication student-made satellite Kalamsat-V2 and imaging satellite Microsat-R through its PSLV-C44 into the intended orbit. 
    • The launch took place from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota
    • About Kalamsat - V2
      • The satellite is named after former president and Indian scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
      • The 10-cm cube satellite has a life span of two months and weighs about 1.2 kg.
      • It is the lightest satellite to be ever built and launched into orbit and it is also Isro’s first launch of a satellite built by a private firm.
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test-fired Barak 8 LRSAM (Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile) from naval warship INS Chennai off the coast of Odisha.
    • The Barak 8 LRSAM missile defence system has been jointly developed by DRDO and Israel Aerospace Industries.
  • Saudi Arabia, which does not currently possess nuclear weapons, has built its 1st-known ballistic missile factory
    • The factory is reportedly in the same location as the al-Watah missile base which first became public in 2013.
  • Three months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi recounted the benefits of “camel milk”, the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Limited (GCMMF) has launched Amul Camel Milk in selected markets of Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad and Kutch in Gujarat.
    • Sourced from camel-breeders in Kutch district, the milk will be available in a 500 ml PET bottles and is priced at Rs 50.
  • Famous Hindi writer and essayist, Krishna Sobti (94)  passed away. 
    • She had won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1980 for her novel 'Zindaginama' and was awarded the Jnanpith in 2017 for her contribution to Indian literature.
New Appointments
  • 59-year-old  Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was elected as the new King of Malaysia by the members of the country's royal families. 
    • He replaces Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan, who stepped down earlier this month, making it the first abdication in Malaysia's history.
  • India's biggest airline IndiGo has appointed Ronojoy Dutta as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for a period of 5 years. 
    • He takes over from Co-founder and interim CEO Rahul Bhatia.
  • Media and entertainment company Reliance Entertainment elevated it's Chief Operating Officer, Shibasish Sarkar to the role of Group CEO for the content, digital and gaming segments.
  • Automobile manufacturer Renault today appointed tyre giant Michelin's CEO Jean-Dominique Senard as its new Chairman and Thierry BollorĂ© as CEO

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