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January 2019 Current Affairs

David R Syiemlieh appointed as Chairman of UPSC

Jan 3, 2017
Syiemlieh will take over the position with effect from 4 January 2017 till completion of his term as member on 21 January 2018.

Trash Skimmers to be introduced in six more Ganga cities

Jan 3, 2017
National Mission for Clean Ganga has extended its surface cleaning activity to six more Indian cities. Trash skimmers will be deployed in these cities to clear the river surface off its floating waste.

CBDT extends deadline of Direct Tax Dispute Resolution Scheme

Jan 3, 2017
The scheme was announced in the 2016-17 Budget Speech and came into force on 1 June 2016 with an aim to release about Rs 5.16 lakh crore.

Supreme Court sacks Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke from BCCI

Jan 3, 2017
The apex court has also issued a notice to Thakur and Shirke, asking ‘why the duo should not be tried for perjury and contempt?’

SC rules any candidate seeking votes on religious grounds would be disqualified

Jan 3, 2017
The seven-bench Constitution bench said that election of the candidate will be annulled if the votes are sought in the name of the religion.

Antonio Guterres takes charge as UN Secretary General

Jan 3, 2017
In October 2016, the 193 member states of the UN General Assembly had adopted a resolution by acclamation, appointing Guterres as the ninth UN Secretary-General.

Apple to make iPhones in Bengaluru

Jan 2, 2017
Apple in collaboration with a Taiwanese manufacture is going to manufacture iPhones in Bengaluru to tap into India’s growing smartphone market.

Documentary claims Titanic sunk due to uncontrollable fire

Jan 2, 2017
According to a documentary made by an Irish journalist-Senan Molony, the real reason behind the sinking of Titanic, was fire and not an iceberg.

Union Sports Ministry derecognises Indian Olympic Association

Jan 2, 2017
The decision was taken after the appointments of Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala as life presidents of the national Olympic body.

Somdev Devvarman announces retirement from professional tennis

Jan 2, 2017
He has featured in an ATP Tour final by reaching the championship match of the Chennai Open in 2009 and the South African Open in 2011.

IFFHS names Lionel Messi as World's Best Playmaker for 2016

Jan 2, 2017
The footballer won the award for his overall contribution to club and country.

Akhilesh Yadav named Samajwadi Party's national president

Jan 2, 2017
UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has been named the new National President of the Samajwadi Party, replacing party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

UN Security Council approves Russian-drafted resolution on Syria ceasefire

Jan 2, 2017
The Security Council also expressed its support for the efforts taken by Russia and Turkey and aimed at stopping violence in Syria and launching a political process.

Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat takes charge as Chief of Army Staff

Jan 2, 2017
Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat superseded two senior most Lieutenant Generals - Praveen Bakshi and PM Hariz - as the 27th Army Chief of India.

President approves promulgation of Specified Bank Notes Ordinance, 2016

Jan 2, 2017
The decision is a follow-up action of numerous steps taken to eliminate the menace of unaccounted money in the economy.

BJP forms government in Arunachal Pradesh with 33 PPA MLAs joining it

Jan 2, 2017
The Chief Minister also refuted all charges levelled against him by PPA President Kahfa Bengia and instead blamed the PPA of having weak organisational set-up.

Third protocol for amending DTAA signed between India and Singapore

Jan 1, 2017
It was revised in line with India’s treaty policy to prevent double non-taxation, curb revenue loss & check black money through automatic exchange of information.

Cash withdrawal from ATMs increased from Rs 2000 to Rs 4500 per day

Jan 1, 2017
In a major relief for the common man, RBI increased the daily limit of ATM withdrawal to Rs 4500 from current Rs 2500 from 1 January 2017.

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