07th January 2019 Current Affairs

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Cabinet Approves 10% Job Quota For ‘Economically Weaker’ Upper Castes

  • The Union Cabinet approved a 10% reservation for ‘economically backward’ upper castes in government jobs.
  • Ahead of the General Elections this year, the government has announced reservation in jobs for those belonging to the upper castes and earning less than Rs 8 lakh per year.
  • A bill to amend Article 15 and 16 of the constitution will be moved in Parliament to this effect.

Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill passed in LS

  • The Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was passed in Lok Sabha on 7 January 2019.
  • It seeks to remove leprosy as a ground for divorce in five personal laws: Hindu Marriage Act, Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, Divorce Act (for Christians), Special Marriage Act and the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act.
  • The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha in August 2018.

Bopanna and Sharan won the Tata Open title

  • Rohan Bopanna’s and Divij Sharan have won the ATP tour Tennis title at the Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune on 5 January 2019.
  • The defeated Britain’s Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Maara in the final match.
  • It was Bopanna’s 18th ATP tour title while Sharan won his fourth tournament.
  • Before this, Bopanna won the Vienna event in October 2017 with Pablo Cuevas.

Rani won gold medal in National’s Judo C’Ship

  • Lady head constable, Rani of 5th Indian Reserve Battalion of Himachal Pradesh Police won a Gold medal in the Senior National Women’s Judo Championship on 5 January 2019.
  • The championship was held in Visakhapatnam.
  • She won the gold medal in the 78 kg category.
  • She was also declared the best Judoka at the Championship.

Roger Federer clinched Hopman Cup

  • Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic won the Hopman Cup on 5 January 2019.
  • They defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev in the final match.
  • Roger Federer is the first player to win three Hopman Cups – twice with Bencic and once with Martina Hingis, in 2001.
  • The Hopman Cup will be replaced by an ATP tournament in 2020.

Pentagon Chief of Staff Kevin Sweeney Resigns

  • In the United States, Department of Defence, Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Kevin Sweeney has resigned, a month after Defence Secretary James Mattis announced his departure.
  • He is now the third senior Pentagon official to announce his resignation since President Donald Trump announced US forces would leave Syria.

Jim Yong Kim Resigns as President of The World Bank

  • World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim has made the surprise announcement that he is stepping down after six years in the post.
  • His resignation will take effect from 1 February.
  • Kim, 59, was not due to leave until 2022 after he was re-elected for a second five-year term in 2017.
  • The World Bank stated that he will join a firm and focus on increasing infrastructure investments in developing countries.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Announces Interest Free Loans for Women SHGs

  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced interest-free loans of up to Rs. 3 lakhs for women self-help groups (WSHGs) in the state.
  • There are around six lakh WSHGs in Odisha.
  • He stated the initiative will benefit about 70 lakh women.
  • The chief minister also distributed financial assistance of Rs. 3,000 each to six lakh WSHGs as part of the state government’s efforts to digitally empower women.
  • During the convention, Mr. Patnaik launched a scheme to distribute Rs. 15,000 seed money per group to three lakh new self-help groups.
  • The chief minister announced incentives of Rs. 500 per month for Anganwadi workers and Rs. 200 for helpers.

Monkey fever in Karnakata

  • At least six people have died due to Kyasanur forest disease (KFD), also known as ‘monkey fever’, in Shivamogga district of Karnakata.
  • KFD is a re-emerging zoonotic disease endemic in Karnataka.
  • It is caused by Kyasanur Forest disease virus (KFDV), a member of the virus family Flaviviridae.
  • The disease can be transmitted to human via contact with a sick or recently dead monkey.

Polavaram project created a World Record

  • The Polavaram multi-purpose irrigation project entered the Guinness Book record in terms of using the highest volume of concrete in a given day.
  • The project contractor Navayuga Engineering Company poured 32,100 cubic meters of concrete in the spillway channel within 24 hours.
  • The project beat the existing record set in Dubai while building a hotel in May 2017.

NCR launches mobile app for Kumbh Mela

  • The North Central Railway (NCR) launched a mobile application to help people navigate through Prayagraj city during Kumbh Mela starting from 15 January 2019.
  • The name of the app is ‘Rail Kumbh Seva Mobile App’.
  • It will also provide information regarding all the ‘Mela special’ trains that will be run during the period.
  • The app will provide a link to the user to buy the train tickets.

AAI Signs MoU With SAMEER for Boosting Communication

  • Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed MoU with Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER) for joint research programs in the field of Communication Navigation and Surveillance (CNS).
  • The MOU, on the one hand, will provide for the transfer of skill by SAMEER experts in the areas of Radio Frequency, Millimetre Wave and Antenna-related solutions to AAI domain experts, while on the other hand, it will pave way for exposure for the SAMEER researchers to the challenging Aviation field.

Try out the quiz ?

1. Cabinet Approves 10% Job Quota For ‘Economically Weaker’ Upper Castes the earning should be......

Correct! Wrong!

Ahead of the General Elections this year, the government has announced reservation in jobs for those belonging to the upper castes and earning less than Rs 8 lakh per year.

2. The Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was passed in Lok Sabha. In which year the Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha?

Correct! Wrong!

The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha in August 2018.

3. Rohan Bopanna’s and Divij Sharan have won the ATP tour Tennis title, this title has been played in which city?

Correct! Wrong!

Rohan Bopanna’s and Divij Sharan have won the ATP tour Tennis title at the Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune on 5 January 2019.

4. Rani won gold medal in Senior National Women’s Judo Championship in which category?

Correct! Wrong!

She won the gold medal in the 78 kg category.

5. Who is the winner of Hopman Cup 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic won the Hopman Cup on 5 January 2019.

6. Who has resigned as United States Defence Chief of Staff?

Correct! Wrong!

In the United States, Department of Defence, Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Kevin Sweeney has resigned, a month after Defence Secretary James Mattis announced his departure.

7. What is the name of World Bank President, who has made the surprise announcement of his resignation?

Correct! Wrong!

World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim has made the surprise announcement that he is stepping down after six years in the post.

8. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Announces Interest Free Loans for which group?

Correct! Wrong!

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced interest-free loans of up to Rs. 3 lakhs for women self-help groups (WSHGs) in the state.

9. Six people have died due to Kyasanur forest disease (KFD), this disease also known as ......

Correct! Wrong!

At least six people have died due to Kyasanur forest disease (KFD), also known as ‘monkey fever’, in Shivamogga district of Karnakata.

10. The Polavaram multi-purpose irrigation project entered the Guinness Book record, what is name of the company who is working on this project?

Correct! Wrong!

The project contractor Navayuga Engineering Company poured 32,100 cubic meters of concrete in the spillway channel within 24 hours.

11. The North Central Railway (NCR) launched a mobile application 'Rail Kumbh Seva' for ..............

Correct! Wrong!

The North Central Railway (NCR) launched a mobile application to help people navigate through Prayagraj city during Kumbh Mela starting from 15 January 2019.

12. Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed MoU with Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER) for............

Correct! Wrong!

Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed MoU with Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER) for joint research programs in the field of Communication Navigation and Surveillance (CNS).

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