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Current Affairs in Short: 21 January 2019

Prominent Lingayat seer of Tumakuru-based Siddaganga Math, 111-year old Shivakumara Swamiji, who was known as the Walking God, passed away on January 21, 2019 after a prolonged illness. The highly revered seer was born on April 1, 1908 in Veerapura village in Karnataka.

Jan 21, 2019 17:54 IST
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111-year-old prominent lingayat seer passes away

• Prominent Lingayat seer of Tumakuru-based Siddaganga Math, 111-year old Shivakumara Swamiji, who was known as the 'Walking God', passed away on January 21, 2019 after a prolonged illness.
• The highly revered seer was born on April 1, 1908 in Veerapura village in Karnataka.
• A recipient of Padma Bhushan and Karnataka Ratna awards, the seer was in a serious condition for the past two months and had undergone a surgery at a private hospital in Chennai about two months ago for his liver related complications.
• Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has announced a government holiday on January 22 and state mourning for three days.

Second World Integrated Medicine Forum 2019 to be held in Goa

• The 2nd World Integrated Medicine Forum 2019 on the Regulation of Homeopathic Medical Products will be held in Goa from January 23, 2019. The three-day forum will be inaugurated by AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik.
• The forum is expected to witness participation from 20 countries.
• It is to help strengthen regulatory framework worldwide, to assure that the users of Homoeopathy could have wider access to quality-assured homeopathic medicines.

CBDT rejects reports regarding en masse issue of prosecution notices to small companies for TDS default

• The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has clarified that certain news items regarding en masse issue of prosecution notices to small companies for TDS default are completely misleading and full of factual inaccuracies.
• The CBDT said that Mumbai Income Tax TDS office has issued prosecution show cause notices only in a limited number of big cases where more than five lakh rupees of tax was collected as TDS from employees but not deposited with the Income Tax Department in time.
• The board said that some defaulter companies and vested interests are deliberately misleading the media to thwart action against themselves.

World Economic Forum annual meet to begin in Davos

• The World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meet is scheduled to begin in Davos from January 21, 2019.
• The world leaders from across the globe are expected to be present at the ski resort town on the Swiss Alps for five days to discuss what's ailing the world amid fears of the global economy sleepwalking into a crisis.
• Those expected to attend include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Swiss President Ueli Maurer, Japan's Shinzo Abe, Italy's Giuseppe Conte and Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu among more than 30 heads of state.
• Besides them, CEOs of global corporations, central bankers, economists, civil society leaders, media heads, celebrities and heads of international organisations like IMF, WTO, OECD and World Bank are also expected to attend the forum. More than 100 CEOs from India expected to participate in the meet.
• The theme of the event would be 'Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution', which would have several India-focussed sessions.

Tamil Nadu’s 'jallikattu' enters world record

• A grand jallikattu (bull-taming) event held in Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu on January 20, 2019 entered the world record for the maximum number of bulls released into the sporting arena which was over 1,300 and almost double than the previous record.
• The bull taming sporting event, coordinated by Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar at Viralimalai saw the participation of 1,354 bulls and 424 tamers.
• Two of the participants were killed in the event while 31 men including some spectators were injured.
• The number of 1,354 bulls that participated was almost double than the previous record of 647 two years ago and it is an amazing record for Tamil Nadu.

Ankita Raina wins ITF's tournament in Singapore

• India's Ankita Raina has won the International Tennis Federation's 25,000-dollar Women's tournament in Singapore.
• In the final faceoff on January 20, 2019, Ankita defeated top seed and world number 122 Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands, 6-3, 6-2. She toppled four seeded players in the tournament to win her first title of the season and eighth overall.
• Ankita came into the tournament after competing at the Qualifiers of the ongoing Australian Open. She will play two more tournaments before gearing up for the Fed Cup, starting in the first week of February at Astana, Kazakhstan.

World's oldest man Masazo Nonaka dies at 113

• The world's oldest man, Masazo Nonaka of Japan, has died at the age of 113.
• Nonaka, who was officially recognized as the oldest male in the world by Guinness World Records last April, passed away at his home in the north of Japan's Hokkaido Island on January 20, 2019.
• The record-holder was born in 1905 in the town of Ashoro. The Japanese are traditionally considered to be one of the most long-living people on the planet.

Climbing stairs for few minutes can boost heart health: Scientists

• Scientists have found that climbing stairs for just a few minutes at short intervals throughout the day can significantly improve heart health.
• The research, published in the journal applied physiology, nutrition and metabolism, suggests that virtually anyone can improve their fitness, anywhere, any time.
• Previous studies had shown that brief bouts of vigorous exercise, or sprint interval training (SIT), are effective when performed as a single session, with a few minutes of recovery between the intense bursts, requiring a total time commitment of 10 minutes or so.
• For the study, researchers set out to determine if SIT exercise snacks or vigorous bouts of stair climbing performed as single sprints spread throughout the day would be sufficient enough to improve cardio respiratory fitness (CRF), an important healthy marker that is linked to longevity and cardiovascular disease risk.

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