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Top 5 Current Affairs: 2 January 2019

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on January 1, 2019 released guidelines on restructuring of advances to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

Jan 2, 2019 17:16 IST
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Sudhir Bhargava takes oath as Chief Information Commissioner

Sudhir Bhargava on January 1, 2019 took oath as the Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission (CIC). Bhargava was administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind. Prior to this, Bhargava was working as the Information Commissioner in the CIC.

Following the swearing-in of Bhargava, newly-appointed Information Commissioners Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, Vanaja N Sarna, Neeraj Kumar Gupta and Suresh Chandra were administered the oath of office of the Information Commissioner of CIC by the Chief Information Commissioner Sudhir Bhargava.

RBI releases guidelines on restructuring MSMEs loans; allows restructuring of debt up to Rs 25 crore

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on January 1, 2019 released guidelines on restructuring of advances to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

The central bank allowed a one-time restructuring of existing debt of up to Rs 25 crore for the MSMEs which have defaulted on payment, however, the loans given to them continue to be classified as standard assets. The move will help MSMEs facing cash crunch in the wake of demonetisation and GST implementation.

ISRO launches Samwad with students to engage them on space science activities

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched a new platform called ‘Samwad with Students’ on January 1, 2018 in Bengaluru, as part of its enhanced outreach programme.

Through the initiative, ISRO aims to constantly engage youngsters across India in activities concerning space science to capture their scientific temperament. The new conversation mission aims to inspire students cutting across schools and colleges.

Justice T B N Radhakrishnan sworn in as first Chief Justice of Telangana HC

Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan was on January 1, 2018 sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court.

The oath to the office was administered to Justice Radhakrishnan by Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan at a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan. The ceremony was attended by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and other judges, lawyers and senior government officials. With this, the state of Telangana will have its first independent high court.

Veteran Bollywood actor-writer Kader Khan passes away

Veteran Bollywood actor-director and scholar, Kader Khan passed away on January 1, 2019 following a prolonged illness in Toronto, Canada. He was 81. He is survived by his wife Hajra, son Sarfaraz, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.

He was known for his comic roles in films like Dulhe Raja, Aakhein, Coolie No. 1, Haseena Maan Jayegi, and several others. Despite being an actor, he was also a prolific writer. He wrote the story or dialogues for more than 250 films in Hindi and Urdu, beginning with Randhir Kapoor - Jaya Bhaduri starrer ‘Jawani Diwani’ (1972).

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