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Top 5 Current Affairs: 29 January 2019

The International Cricket Council has suspended Indian bowler Ambati Rayudu from bowling in international cricket. The suspension will remain in place until he is tested and can demonstrate that he is able to bowl with legal action.

Jan 29, 2019 17:15 IST
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ICC suspends Ambati Rayudu from bowling in international cricket

The International Cricket Council announced on January 28, 2019 that Indian bowler Ambati Rayudu has been suspended from bowling in international cricket.

The ICC stated in its press release that the player elected not to submit to a test of his bowling action within the stipulated period of 14 days of being reported for a suspect action and therefore he was suspended with immediate effect in accordance with clause 4.2 of the ICC regulations.

Former Defence Minister George Fernandes passes away

Former Defence Minister George Fernandes passed away on January 29, 2019 following a prolonged illness. He was 88. Fernandes was suffering from Alzheimer's disease; and recently, he contracted swine flu.

Fernandes held the portfolio of the Union Defence Minister from 2001 to 2004 under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government. He was born in Mangaluru in British India on June 3, 1930.

India replaces Japan to be world’s second largest steel producer

India has replaced Japan as the world's second-largest steel producing country, only behind China, which is the largest producer of crude steel accounting for more than 51 per cent of production, as per the latest report by World Steel Association.

The report noted that India's crude steel production in 2018 was at 106.5 MT, which is up by 4.9 per cent from 101.5 MT in 2017. The rise in India’s crude steel production in 2018 means that India has replaced Japan as the world's second-largest steel producing country, as Japan produced 104.3 MT in 2018, which is down by 0.3 per cent as compared to 2017.

India signs agreement with OECD for participation in PISA 2021

The Union Human Resources Development Ministry on January 28, 2019 signed an agreement with Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for India’s Participation in Programme for International Student Assessment- PISA 2021.

The student assessment by PISA will ensure learning outcome through education. It would lead to an improvement in the learning levels of the children and enhance the quality of education in the country.

It would also indicate the health of the education system of the nation and would motivate other schools and states in the subsequent cycles.

ICAR Republic Day tableau 'Kisan Gandhi' wins first prize

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) was awarded the first prize for its Tableau, ‘Kisan Gandhi’ in the Republic Day Parade - 2019. The Union Minister of Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman, handed over the award to the ICAR team in New Delhi on January 28, 2019.

The ICAR tableau displayed the importance of dairy farming, use of indigenous breeds and livestock based organic agriculture for rural prosperity. The tableau portrayed Mahatma Gandhi’s vision to improve agriculture and livestock for the prosperity of rural communities.

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