01st January 2019 Current Affairs

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Medical Council (Amendment) Bill passed in LS

  • The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed in the Lok Sabha on 31 December 2018.
  • The bill aims to run the Medical Council of India (MCI) through a panel of eminent professionals.
  • The powers of the council have been vested in a Board of Governors (BoG).
  • It will continue to perform till a Council is constituted.

Tropical storm ‘Usman’ strucks Philippines

  • A tropical storm named ‘Usman’ struck the Philippines on 25 December 2018.
  • Storm Usman resulted in heavy rain and triggered deadly landslides in the Bicol region in Manila, Philippines.
  • The tropical storm Usman emerged as the deadliest weather disaster for the Philippines after typhoon ‘Mangkhut’ in September 2018.

US, Israel quit UNESCO citing bias

  • The United States and Israel officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the end of 2018.
  • Both countries had announced their decisions in 2017 of withdrawing from the agency, accusing it of bias against Israel.
  • The US has demanded fundamental reform in UNESCO, which was co-founded by it after World War II to foster peace.
  • Israel joined the agency in 1949. It is best known for its World Heritage program, which designates cultural sites and aims to preserve traditions.

Jasprit becomes highest wicket taker of 2018

  • Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah became the highest wicket-taker across all formats in 2018.
  • He took 78 wickets in 2018.
  • He took 48 wickets in 9 Tests, 22 wickets in 13 ODIs and 8 wickets in 8 T20I matches.
  • South Africa’s bowler Kagiso Rabada is at second place, who took 77 wickets in 2018.

V K Yadav appointed as Railway Board Chairman

  • The government of India appointed Vinod Kumar Yadav as Chairman of Railway Board (Ministry of Railways).
  • He replaced Ashwani Lohani, who retired on 31 December 2018.
  • He was the General Manager of South-Central Railway (SCR).
  • He belongs to the 1980 batch of the Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE).

DRDO day is observed on 1 January

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) day is observed on 1 January.
  • The DRDO was established in 1958 with just 10 laboratories to enhance the research work in defence sector.
  • G Satheesh Reddy is the Chairman of DRDO.
  • DRDO works under the Department of Defence Research and Development of Ministry of Defence.

No license required under Arms Act to manufacture defence aerospace items

  • Manufacturing of items of defence aerospace and warships will now be covered by Industries (Development and Regulation) Act and will not require any licence from the Commerce and Industry Ministry.
  • Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the ministry, has issued a notification clarifying the defence products’ list requiring compulsory licence under Industries (Development & Regulation) Act, 1951 (IDRA), and Arms Act, 1959 in consultation with Ministry of Home Affairs and Department of Defence Production.

Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan passed away

  • Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan passed away on 31 December 2018.
  • He made his acting debut in 1973 with the movie ‘Daag’ and acted in more than 300 films.
  • He also wrote dialogues for over 250 movies, with his first film as a dialogue writer being ‘Jawani Diwani’.
  • He was also a screenwriter.

WB govt announces two initiatives for farmers

  • The West Bengal government announced two welfare initiatives for farmers on 31 December 2018.
  • Both initiatives are part of the ‘Krishi Krishak Bondhu’ scheme and will come into effect from 1 January 2019.
  • The 1st initiative will provide Rs 2 lakh to the family of a deceased farmer.
  • Under the 2nd initiative, farmers will get Rs 2,500 twice a year for growing a single crop on an acre of land.

UP Cabinet decides to set up cow sheds for stray cattle

  • The Uttar Pradesh cabinet 01 Jan approved a plan to set up and run temporary ‘gauvansh ashray asthals’ under the urban and rural civic bodies in order to take proper care of stray cattle.
  • The state government will levy Cow welfare cess for this purpose.
  • Temporary cow sheds (gaushalas) will be opened in all villages, panchayats, municipalities, nagar panchayats and municipal corporations.

Allahabad Bank & SBI Life signed a pact

  • Allahabad Bank signed a bancassurance pact with SBI Life Insurance on 31 December 2018.
  • Under the pact, the SBI Life Insurance will be able to sell its products through various branches of Allahabad Bank.
  • Sanjeev Nautiyal is the CEO & MD of SBI Life Insurance.
  • Bancassurance is an arrangement through which an insurance company can sell its products through a bank.

Try out the quiz ?

1. The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed in the Lok Sabha. The aim of this bill to run.........

Correct! Wrong!

The bill aims to run the Medical Council of India (MCI) through a panel of eminent professionals

2. A tropical storm named ‘Usman’ strucks in which country?

Correct! Wrong!

A tropical storm named ‘Usman’ struck the Philippines on 25 December 2018

3. The United States and Israel officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the end of 2018. In which year Israel had joined UNESCO?

Correct! Wrong!

Israel joined the agency in 1949

4. Name the Indian bowler who has became the highest wicket-taker across all formats in 2018?

Correct! Wrong!

Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah became the highest wicket-taker across all formats in 2018.

5. Who has been appointed as Railway Board Chairman?

Correct! Wrong!

The government of India appointed Vinod Kumar Yadav as Chairman of Railway Board (Ministry of Railways).

6. In which year DRDO was established?

Correct! Wrong!

The DRDO was established in 1958 with just 10 laboratories to enhance the research work in defence sector

7. Manufacturing of items of defence aerospace and warships will now be covered under which act?

Correct! Wrong!

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the ministry, has issued a notification clarifying the defence products’ list requiring compulsory licence under Industries (Development & Regulation) Act, 1951 (IDRA)

8. Kader Khan passed away recently, he was a famous........

Correct! Wrong!

Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan passed away on 31 December 2018. He made his acting debut in 1973 with the movie ‘Daag’ and acted in more than 300 films. He also wrote dialogues for over 250 movies, with his first film as a dialogue writer being ‘Jawani Diwani’. He was also a screenwriter.

9. ‘Krishi Krishak Bondhu’ scheme has announced by which state govt.?

Correct! Wrong!

The West Bengal government announced two welfare initiatives for farmers on 31 December 2018. Both initiatives are part of the ‘Krishi Krishak Bondhu’ scheme and will come into effect from 1 January 2019

10. Which state Govt. will set up cow sheds for stray cattle?

Correct! Wrong!

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet 01 Jan approved a plan to set up and run temporary ‘gauvansh ashray asthals’ under the urban and rural civic bodies in order to take proper care of stray cattle.

11. Allahabad Bank signed a bancassurance pact with which of the following?

Correct! Wrong!

Allahabad Bank signed a bancassurance pact with SBI Life Insurance on 31 December 2018.

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