25th January 2019 Current affairs

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South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa to be Chief Guest at 2019 R-Day Parade

  • South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day Parade 2019.
  • To grace the celebrations, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa accompanied by first lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe and a high-level delegation including nine ministers, senior officials and a 50-member business contingent will have a two-day India visit.
  • It will be Ramaphosa’s first India tour as the head of the state.
  • He is the second President of South Africa after Nelson Mandela to be the Chief Guest at the parade.

e-Courts services through CSCs launched

  • The Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, decided to deliver e-Courts services to the litigant public through the 2 lakh Common Service Centres (CSCs).
  • No fee will be charged from the customers for e-Courts related services delivered through CSCs.
  • The aim of the e-Courts is to provide efficient and time-bound access to the Courts services to the litigant public.

Sultan Abdullah named as King of Malaysia

  • Sultan Abdullah was elected as Malaysia’s new King on 24 January 2019, following the abdication of Sultan Muhammad V in January 2019.
  • He is the ruler of the Malaysia state of Pahang.
  • He will have a five-year term.
  • He is the current President of the Asian Hockey Federation and a council member of FIFA, the world football body.

Johan Botha retires from all forms of cricket

  • Former South Africa all-rounder Johan Botha has announced his immediate retirement from all forms of cricket.
  • Botha’s Australian Twenty20 league team, the Hobart Hurricanes, announced the news.
  • The 36-year-old Botha, who received his Australian citizenship in 2016, failed to take a wicket during nine-wicket loss to the Sydney Sixers.
  • Botha played for South Africa in five Test matches, 78 one-day internationals and 40 T20 Internationals from 2005 to 2012.
  • Botha captained the Proteas in 10 ODIs and took the team to the No. 1 ranking after they defeated Australia 4-1 in Australia in 2009.

Parthasarathi Mukherjee to head Lakshmi Vilas Bank for another two years

  • Private sector Lakshmi Vilas Bank has reappointed Parthasarathi Mukherjee as its managing director.
  • He will hold the position another two years from January 25.
  • Reserve Bank of India has approved his reappointment.
  • Mukherjee joined the bank on January 25, 2016, for three years and had brought positive changes initially before the piling up bad loans hit profitability.

Karthyani appointed as Goodwill Ambassador

  • The Commonwealth of Learning appointed 96-year-old Karthyayani Amma as their goodwill ambassador on 22 January 2019.
  • She bagged the first rank in the ‘Aksharalaksham’ literacy exam conducted by the Kerala government in November 2018.
  • Commonwealth of Learning is a Canada-based organisation which works for the promotion of education in Commonwealth countries.

Ronojoy Dutta named new Indigo CEO

  • InterGlobe Aviation Limited, which owns and operates low-cost airline IndiGo, appointed Ronojoy Dutta as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 24 January 2019.
  • He joined IndiGo airlines in December 2018 as the principal consultant.
  • He was the President of United Airlines.
  • Indigo airlines also appointed M. Damodaran as an independent Non-Executive Director and the Chairman of the board.

National Voters’ Day celebrated across the country

  • Today, India is celebrating National Voters Day across the country.
  • This year, India marks the 9th edition of the National Voters Day.
  • The National Voters Day is celebrated all over the country on January 25 every year.
  • The Indian Election Commission was set up on January 25, 1950. Therefore, since 2011, it has been decided to celebrate National Voters Day on this day.
  • The day is celebrated specially to make young voters aware of voting and political response.

Technology Mission Centre launched by govt

  • Union Minister Harsh Vardhan launched three important centres’ set up by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) at IIT Madras on 25 January 2019.
  • The first one is the ‘DST –IITM Solar Energy Harnessing Centre’.
  • The second centre is the ‘DST-IITM Water –IC for SUTRAM of EASY WATER’.
  • The third centre is the ‘Testbed on Solar thermal desalination solutions.

Krishna Sobti, a legendary Hindi writer, passes away

  • Krishna Sobti, a legendary Hindi writer, passed away early this morning in Delhi. She was 93.
  • Born in February 1925 in Gujarat- Punjab, now a province in Pakistan, Sobti began her writings in poetry and then went on to write fiction which won her several awards.
  • Sobti was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1980 and the Jnanpith award in 2017 for her contribution to Indian literature.
  • Sobti has also received the Shiromani Award in 1981 and Hindi Academy Award in 1982.
  • In 2018, she released her autobiographical novel — ‘Gujarat Pakistan se Gujarat Hindustan’.

Government launches new norms for JSS

  • The government of India unveiled new guidelines for Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSS) on 24 January 2019.
  • The new norms are expected to help identify and promote traditional skills in a district.
  • It will also help in the training of trainers to develop skills through National Skills Training Institutes.
  • JSS comes under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.

Try out the quiz ?

1. Who will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day Parade 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day Parade 2019.

2. E-Courts related services delivered through .............to provide efficient and time-bound access to the Courts services to the litigant public.

Correct! Wrong!

The Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, decided to deliver e-Courts services to the litigant public through the 2 lakh Common Service Centres (CSCs).

3. Who has elected as king of Malaysia?

Correct! Wrong!

Sultan Abdullah was elected as Malaysia’s new King on 24 January 2019, following the abdication of Sultan Muhammad V in January 2019.

4. Johan Botha retires from all forms of cricket, he is from which country?

Correct! Wrong!

Former South Africa all-rounder Johan Botha has announced his immediate retirement from all forms of cricket.

5. Parthasarathi Mukherjee has reappointed as managing director of which bank?

Correct! Wrong!

Private sector Lakshmi Vilas Bank has reappointed Parthasarathi Mukherjee as its managing director.

6. Who has appointed as goodwill ambassador for Commonwealth of Learning?

Correct! Wrong!

The Commonwealth of Learning appointed 96-year-old Karthyayani Amma as their goodwill ambassador on 22 January 2019.

7. Ronojoy Dutta named as new Chief Executive officer of which airlines?

Correct! Wrong!

InterGlobe Aviation Limited, which owns and operates low-cost airline IndiGo, appointed Ronojoy Dutta as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 24 January 2019.

8. Which day National Voters Day is celebrated all over the country?

Correct! Wrong!

The National Voters Day is celebrated all over the country on January 25 every year.

9. Technology Mission Centre has been launched by .............

Correct! Wrong!

Union Minister Harsh Vardhan launched three important centres’ set up by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) at IIT Madras on 25 January 2019.

10. ‘Gujarat Pakistan se Gujarat Hindustan’ is an autobiographical novel of which legendary hindi writer, who has passed away?

Correct! Wrong!

Krishna Sobti, a legendary Hindi writer, passed away early this morning in Delhi. She was 93. In 2018, she released her autobiographical novel — ‘Gujarat Pakistan se Gujarat Hindustan’.

11. Government launches new norms for Jan Shikshan Sansthans(JSS). JSS comes under which Ministry?

Correct! Wrong!

The government of India unveiled new guidelines for Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSS) on 24 January 2019. JSS comes under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.

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