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  • The book titled “Early Indians: The Story of our Ancestors and where we came" has been authored by journalist Tony Joseph, which unravels our history using the results of genetics and other research.
  • Oscar and Grammy-winning composer Norman Gimbel has passed away.
  • The government has appointed Sudhir Bhargava as the new Chief Information Commissioner.
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of VK Yadav as railway board Chairman on the superannuation of Ashwani Lohani on December 31 women’s sport’s.
  • Smriti Mandhana was crowned cricketer of the year by the world governing body, capping off a prolific run-scoring season for the opener.
  • International Cricket Council announced the ODI and T20I teams of the year with senior New Zealand all-rounder, Suzie Bates named ODI skipper while as Indian batting star Harmanpreet Kaur nominated as T20's Captain.
  • Lending major Axis MD and CEO Shikha Sharma retired. She will be succeeded by Amitabh Chaudhary, effective January 1, 2019.
  • Leading private insurer SBI Life Insurance said it has signed a pact, with state-run Allahabad Bank to offer a financial planning solution to consumers. This will empower the consumer to address their complete financial needs under one roof.
  • RBI has extended the relaxation offered to banks for offering liquidity support to NBFCs up to March 31.
  • Public Sector Banks provision coverage ratio which measures the provisioning for bad loans has gone up from less than 50 per cent in 2015 to 66.85 per cent as of September 2018, reflecting improvement in their financial health.
  • Banks have seen a significant improvement in recovery of stressed assets helped by the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code(IBC) and amendments in the SARFAESI Act, during FY18, according to the RBI data. In the fiscal ended March 2018, banks recovered Rs 40,400 crore worth of bad loans as against Rs 38,500 crore recovered in FY17.
  • ESAF Small Finance Bank which received the first banking license in Kerala since independence has got RBI approval to operate as a scheduled bank. This makes Thrissur-based ESAF small finance bank (SFB) the 5th scheduled bank from Kerala.
  • Railways will build the first vertical lift bridge connecting Rameshwaram in the Arabian Sea to mainland India that will allow ships and steamers to pass through without any hindrance, replacing the existing 104-year-old Pamban bridge state’s.
  • The State-run MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre in Hyderabad has entered the men’s Guinness Book of World Records for organising the largest Health Awareness programme on prostate cancer on a single day.
  • India achieved electrification in 100 per cent households in 25 states at the end of 2018. Now, only – about 10.48 lakh households are left to be electrified in 4 states Assam, Rajasthan, Meghalaya, and Chhattisgarh.
  • The government on Jan 2, 2019, gave out the 6 crores free cooking gas connection as the scheme to make available cleaner fuel in every household kitchens runs ahead of schedule.
  • The government has constituted a committee to suggest recommendations to strengthen the real estate law RERA and to remove difficulties in its implementation. The decision to form the committee, to be headed by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Joint Secretary Shiv Das Meena.
  • According to a top space official, India is planning to launch 32 space missions in 2019. The missions include the second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 to land on the moon with lander and rover.
  • The United States and Israel officially quit the Us educational, scientific and cultural agency (UNESCO) at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias.
  • France will introduce its own tax on large internet and technology companies from January 1. It has Amazon” — been pushing hard for a new so-called “GAFA tax-named after Google, Apple, Facebook and to ensure the global giants pay a fair share of taxes on their massive business operations in Europe.
  • The asset quality of banks showed improvement with gross non-performing assets ratio declining to 10.8 per cent in September 2018 from 11.5 per cent in March 2018, according to Financial Stability Report by Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
  • The balance sheet size of NBFCs grew by 17.2 per cent to Rs 26 trillion in September 2018 from Rs 22.2 trillion in September 2017, according to Financial Stability Report by Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
  • The direct tax to GDP ratio of 5.98 % achieved during 2017-18 fiscal is the best in the last 10 years, according to the finance ministry. It was 5.57 per cent in 2016-17 and 5.47 per cent in 2015-16.
  • In a measure of relief for the troubled micro and small industries segment, the RBI permitted a one “standard” time restructuring of existing loans to MSMEs that are in default but as on January 1, 2019, without an asset classification downgrade. The restructuring has to be implemented by March 31, 2020.
  • The Union cabinet has approved the merger of public sector lenders Dena Bank, Vijaya Bank with Bank of Baroda.
  • In its ‘Growth Outlook for Confederation of Indian Industry stated that the GDP growth will be in the range of 7.5 % in 2019.
  • India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has become the highest wicket-taker in International cricket in 2018 after picking up 9 wickets in the Melbourne Test against Australia.
  • The government has appointed Hemant Bhargava Managing Director, Life Insurance Corporation of India, as the Acting Chairman.
  • Veteran Kannada actor CH Loknath passed away at a private hospital in Bengaluru. He was 91.
  • Veteran cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar, who trained Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar and his friend Vinod Kambli, among others, passed away following a heart attack.
  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) appointed Pramod Kumar Singh as its secretary.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) constituted an expert committee, which will review the ‘current institutional framework in place to support MSMEs along with examining the factors affecting timely and them adequate availability of finance to ’The new 8-member committee would be chaired by Upendra Kumar Sinha.
  • The 27th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), which has the third largest emirate Sharjah as its 2019 guest of honour, is set to enthral book lovers from January 5 to 13 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.
  • An ambitious web-based single window system will be rolled out at state levels by January 15, bringing an end to the clearance nightmare for entrepreneurs.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi added “Jai to the slogan “Jai Jawan, Jai given by the late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, hailing the power of research to propel the nation into the top league.
  • The Cabinet was apprised of the progress and new initiatives under National Health Mission (NHM) such as a decline by 2.7 per cent in the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) to 130 during 2014-16 from 178 during 2010-12.
  • Google has acquired a startup named Supernod that built an app allowing users to post questions — Assistant’s and receive answers from experts quickly a move that will help boost Google ability to accurately users’.
  • ICICI Bank and Small Business FinCredit India Pvt Ltd will jointly provide loans worth up to Rs 1 crore to the small and medium enterprises.
  • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said that food businesses need to comply with new packaging regulations that bar the use of recycled plastics and newspapers to wrap food articles by July 1.
  • Andhra Pradesh emerged on top of Asia Competitiveness Institute (National University of Singapore), Singapore’s 2018 Ease of Doing Business Index ABC rankings for economies of 21 states of India, while Maharashtra and Delhi came in second and third place, respectively.
  • Arunima Sinha, the Indian mountaineer who became the first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest in 2013, has now become the first women amputee to climb Mount Vinson(Highest peak of Antarctica).
  • On the occasion of his 78th birthday, veteran actor-producer Sanjay Khan announce his second book Watan”.
  • Eminent Bengali literature and Sahitya Akademi awardee Dibyendu Palit has passed away following old age complications. He was 79.
  • The Reserve Bank of India has decided to limit the liability of customers in case of unauthorised electronic payment transactions in Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPIs) issued by non-banks. If the fraud is reported between three and seven days, customer liability will amount to the transaction value or Rs 10,000 whichever is lower.
  • Former bureaucrat M.P. Bezbaruah will head a nine-member high-level committee constituted by the Union government to look into the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam accord of 1985 that provides for state’s constitutional guarantees to protect the indigenous communities.
  • World number nine Kei Nishikori defeated Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the summit clash to clinch the 2019 Brisbane International title (men).
  • Vice-Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Harivansh Narayan Singh launched Manohar book “A Crusade corruption”.
  • Manoj Das, an eminent English and Odia writer, received the Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Dr K Sivan said that the Union Government has allocated 10,900 crore rupees for the development of 40 satellite launch vehicles in the next four years.
  • Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg has arrived in New Delhi on a three-day state visit to India. She was accompanied by senior officials from her government and a large business delegation. She will participate in the Indo-Norwegian Business Conference.
  • The total value of BHIM UPI transactions crosses 1 lakh crore rupees in December 2018. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed via tweet that the app-based payments touched 1 lakh, two thousand five hundred and ninety-four crore rupees mark in December last year.
  • India scripted history after winning their first-ever Test series in Australia as the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) concluded in a draw.
  • Top-ranked doubles players Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won the Tata Open Maharashtra O’Mara ATP 250 Tournament in Pune after beating a British pairing of Luke Bambridge and Jonny in straight sets.
  • The Jammu and Kashmir administration set up a law commission, with Justice MK Hanjura as its founding chairperson, to identify redundant and obsolete laws that can be repealed and suggest measures for quick redress of public grievances.
  • In a first, the 2-day long Global Aviation Summit 2019 with the theme “Flying for was organized by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) in collaboration with FICCI from January 15-16, 2019 in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Gruh Finance Ltd is set to merge with Bandhan Bank Ltd. in a share-swap deal. The merger will help bank’s HDFC reduce the stake of Kolkata-based promoter entities while giving — the largest shareholder in Gruh Finance— a 14.96 per cent stake in the combined firm.
  • Releasing the first advance estimates of National Income for 2018-19, Central Statistics Office (CSO) stated that the growth in GDP during 2018-19 is estimated at 7.2% as compared to the growth rate of 6.7% in 2017-18, mainly due to improvement in the performance of agriculture and manufacturing sectors.
  • The income earned by an average Indian doubled in 7 years, from Rs 63,642 per year in 2011-12 to Rs 1.25 lakh in 2018-19, the first advance estimates of national income released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show.
  • Mysore-born Gita Gopinath has joined IMF as its chief economist becoming the first woman to occupy the top IMF post.
  • World Bank President Jim Yong Kim unexpectedly resigned, more than three years before his term ends in 2022, amid differences with the Trump administration over climate change and the need for more development resources.
  • Veteran journalist Dinu Randive has been conferred with the lifetime achievement award by the Mantralaya and Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh, an association of journalists covering Maharashtra legislature and secretariat.
  • A five-Judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi has been constituted to hear the title suit in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Ayodhya case.
  • Chief Minister Pema Khandu inaugurated longest 300 m single lane steel cable suspension bridge over Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh’s Upper Siang district bordering China.
  • Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami announced the creation of a new district by bifurcating Villupuram district, Kallakurichi will be the headquarters of the new district and its creation has increased the number of districts in TamilNadu to 33.
  • According to the Henley Passport Index, Japan, for the second time in a row, has topped a global world’s index for the most powerful passport in 2019, while India ranked at the 79th position.
  • Guatemala has said it is withdrawing from a UN-backed anti-corruption commission. President Jimmy Morales accused the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, commonly known as CICIG, of polarising the country and putting its security at risk.
  • Iran will be opening a branch of its private bank named Pasargad in Mumbai in three months. The Government of India has already given permission to Iran to open a bank branch in Mumbai.
  • Infosys co-founder and Aadhaar architect Nandan Nilekani will head a high-level committee assessing digitization of payments.
  • Market regulator SEBI has constituted a “Research committee which will assist in formulating policy to undertake research relevant for development and regulation of capital markets. It will be headed by Sankar De.
  • The growth rate is expected to accelerate to 7.3% during the current financial year ending March Bank’s 2019, according to the World Global Economic Prospects Report.
  • Global economic growth is projected to slow to 2.9 per cent in 2019 from a downwardly revised 3 per cent in 2018 amid rising downside risks, the World Bank has said in its Global Economic Prospects report.
  • More than 33 crore accounts were opened under the PMJDY till last December and over 80 per cent of these are active accounts, the Rajya Sabha was informed. Out of these accounts, 28.16 crore PMJDY accounts are operative accounts.
  • Future of Consumption in fast Growth Consumer Market-India report by World Economic Forum said world’s that India is set to become the third largest consumer market behind the only USA and China by 2030.
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) welcomed USA Cricket as its 105th member. As a Member of the ICC, USA Cricket is now eligible to receive funding in accordance with the ICC Development Funding Policy and can sanction domestic and international cricket in the United States.
  • A visionary in the field of Solar Energy and the chairman of National Solar Energy Federation, Shri Pranav R Mehta, has taken over as the president of Global Solar Council, from January 1, 2019. The GSC has its headquarters in Washington D.C, USA.
  • More than five years after Malayalam was declared a classical language, the Union Government issued its nod for setting up the Centre for Classical Language at the Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University in Tirur.
  • The first National Consultation on Child Protection for 2019 was held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of the Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development.
  • Sri Central Bank (Central Bank of Sri Lanka) announced that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) nation’s has agreed to provide USD 400 million under a swap arrangement to boost the island reserves.
  • MC Mary Kom has attained number one position in the International Boxing (AIBA) championships’ latest world rankings. She became the most successful boxer in world history when she claimed the 48kg category top honours in Delhi in November last year.
  • Hockey India removed Harendra Singh as the coach of the Indian hockey team following their disappointing run in the recently-concluded Hockey World Cup.
  • South African all-rounder Albie Morkel announced retirement from all form of cricket. Albie Morkel played a total of 58 one day matches for South Africa scoring 782 runs with an average of 23.7 and scalping 50 wickets with an economy rate of 5.5.
  • Industrialist and Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej was conferred the ICSIs Lifetime Achievement.
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai pens a new book, titled "we are world" displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee girls around the charting her experiences travelling the world and visiting refugee camps.
  • A day after the removal of Alok Verma, Additional Director M Nageshwar Rao again took charge of the office of the CBI Director.
  • Nicolas Maduro was once again sworn in as President for a second term, from 2019 to 2025. The swearing-in ceremony took place inside the Supreme Court of Venezuela under Article 231 of the Venezuelan Constitution.
  • Budding golfer Kartik Singh has acquired the top position in the under-8 category at the Kids Golf World Championship organised by US kids Golf in Malaysia.
  • Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr Harsh Vardhan launched the National Clean Air Programme aiming to reduce toxic particulate matter by 2024, taking 2017 as the base year.
  • Indian and global leaders on economic policy shall deliberate for two days at the 25th Partnership Summit 2019, which will be inaugurated by Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu.
  • India has slipped to 42nd place on an annual Global Democracy Index amid “rise of conservative ideologies” religious and increase in vigilantism and violence against minorities as well as other dissenting voices. Norway topped the list.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is setting up a “Human Space Flight in country’s Bengaluru, which will support its quest of making maiden manned space mission a success.
  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the “Ama Ghare Scheme, under which about 95 lakh families in the state will each get four LED bulbs free of cost.
  • Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling launched the “one family, one that envisions jobs to a member of every family which does not have a government job in the state.
  • The much sought after Organics and Millets 2019 International Trade Fair, organized by the Karnataka’s Bengaluru’s Government of Department of Agriculture, will be held from 18th to 20th January 2019 in Palace Grounds.
  • The GST Council relaxed the tax exemption limit to Rs 40 lakh from the earlier cap of Rs 20 lakhs during its 32nd meeting. The all-powerful panel also decided to extend the composition scheme to traders from informal sector rendering services or mixed supplies with a turnover up to Rs 50 lakh.
  • Senior Indian Information Service officer Nitin Wakankar will be the new Chief Information Officer and spokesperson of the CBI, replacing Abhishek Dayal who has been transferred to the Publications Division.
  • Senior bureaucrat Jaideep Govind has been appointed as Secretary-General, National Human Rights Commission.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released a commemorative coin of Rs 350 to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the ten preachers of the Sikh religion.
  • Team Right-hand opener Rohit Sharma becomes the first Indian batsman to smash 5 hundred in ODI cricket in Australia. Rohit, achieved this milestone while playing first ODI of the series against Australia in Sydney.
  • Former Indian footballer Mohd Zulfiqaruddin, who was part of the fourth place finishing a team in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, passed away in Hyderabad.
  • Former Ranji Trophy cricketer of Goa, Rajesh Ghodge passed away during a local tournament at the Rajendra Prasad Stadium in Goa. The 47-year-old, who was playing non-striker, suffered a massive heart attack.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, received the first ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award. The Award focuses on the triple-bottom-line of People, Profit and Planet. As per the award citation, Mr Modi has been selected for his outstanding leadership for the nation.
  • Writer Namita Gokhale has won the Sushila Devi Literature Award for her novel Things to leave behind”.
  • Bengaluru Raptors have won their first ever Premier Badminton League Title. In the title clash played at Bengaluru, Bengaluru edged out Mumbai Rockets, with a 4-3 win.
  • At the Khelo India Youth Games in Pune, 10-year-old Abhinav Shaw became the youngest gold medallist in the shooting. He teamed up with Mehuli Ghosh to help West Bengal win the 10m air rifle mixed team event.
  • Maharashtra topped the medal tally with 37 golds at the Khelo India Youth Games in Pune. It has 111 medals in its kitty with 37 gold, 31 silver and 43 bronze. Delhi continued to follow second with 30 gold and Haryana too maintained its third position with 28 gold.
  • The 38-year-old K Dhanya Sanal, a spokesperson for the Union Ministry of Defence, has become the women’s first woman, who is trekking to Agasthyarkoodam peak, after the Kerala High Court lifted the ban on trekking on December 9 last year.
  • The second India-Myanmar bilateral Army exercise “IMBEX 2018 commenced at Chandimandir military station near Chandigarh.
  • Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India is organizing the 9th International Micro Irrigation Conference on modern Agriculture at Aurangabad in Maharashtra 16 from January –18, 2019.
  • The Chennai Traffic Police inducted a road safety robot into its fold. Named ROADEO, the robot will make the pedestrians, especially children, feel safe while crossing the roads.
  • Senior Congress leader, a permanent invitee of All India Congress Committee (AICC) and former chairman of Maharashtra Legislative Council Shivaji Rao Deshmukh passed away following a brief illness.
  • Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi will head the seven-member Group of Ministers (GoM) to look into the revenue shortfall being faced by states following the rollout of GST.
  • Veteran filmmaker and chairman of Kerala State Film Development Corporation Lenin Rajendran has passed away. He was 67 and was under treatment for liver ailments.
  • GeM– Government eMarketplace (GeM) has launched an initiative-Womaniya on to enable women entrepreneurs and self-help groups to sell different products at the platform.
  • Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Col Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd) launched the National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 in New Delhi, thereby beginning the celebration of the National Youth Day 2019.
  • Asian Cup gold medallist Shakil Ahmed has added one more feather to his cap when he set up a world record in indoor rowing by completing 1,00,000 (one lakh) metres in above-40 years category in Kolkata.

 

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