Current Affairs of 14 January


Philip Kotler Presidential Award
Philip Kotler Presidential Award
Philip Kotler Presidential Award - The Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award for his outstanding leadership for the nation. The Award focuses on the triple bottom-line of ‘People, Profit and Planet’. The award will be offered annually to the leader of a Nation.

Gujarat: First State To Implement EWS Reservation
EWS Reservation
Gujarat: First State To Implement EWS Reservation - Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced that Gujarat has become first state to implement 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections in general category. The announcement comes less than a week after the Indian Parliament passed a constitutional amendment bill. It will be implemented in all ongoing recruitment process too wherein there is the only advertisement published.

Alliance Between SP and BSP
Alliance Between SP and BSP
Alliance Between SP and BSP - In Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have entered a alliance for Lok Sabah Poll 2019. SP and BSP will fight coming lok Sabha election jointly on seat sharing of 38 each in Uttar Pradesh. Two seats are left for other parties. Alliance will not field it's candidate on Amethi and Raebareli seats. This is exactly after 26 years that both the arch rival parties have come together to contest the elections against the Bhartiya Janata Party.

Maharashtra Topped in Khelo India Youth Games
Khelo India Youth Games
Maharashtra Topped in Khelo India Youth Games - Maharashtra topped the medal tally with 37 golds at the Khelo India Youth Games in Pune. It had 111 medals in its kitty with 37 gold, 31 silver and 43 bronze. Delhi was at second position with 35 gold and Haryana too maintains its third position with 29 gold. 10-year old Abhinav Shaw became the youngest gold medallist in the shooting. 
Sovereign Gold Bonds 2018-19
Sovereign Gold Bonds 2018-19
Sovereign Gold Bonds 2018-19 (Series V) - Sovereign Gold Bonds 2018-19 (Series V) will remain open from 14th to 18th January, 2019. The Issue Price of the Gold Bond is fixed at Rs 3,214 per gram. Government has decided to allow discount of Rs 50 per gram from the issue price to those investors who apply online and the payment is made through digital mode. Investors will get a fixed interest rate of 2.50% per annum on principal amount payable semi-annually. 

Underground Steel Great Wall
Underground Steel Great Wall
Underground Steel Great Wall - According to Chinese defence scientist Qian Qihu , China has built an “Underground Steel Great Wall” below the mountains to hide its nuclear weapons from the potential attacks. China’s nuclear strategy follows the principle of “no first use” and requires the country to have the capability of withstanding a nuclear attack before it responds with its strategic weapons.

Republic of Macedonia Renamed
Republic of Macedonia Renamed
Republic of Macedonia Renamed - The parliamentarians of the Republic of Macedonia voted on January 11, 2019 to change their country’s name to the “Republic of North Macedonia”. The move now awaits approval from the Greece Parliament. The change of name, if cleared by Athens, would pave the way for the small republic to enter NATO and the European Union. 

Joint Military Drill Involving Three Forces
Joint Military Drill
Joint Military Drill Involving Three Forces - Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will witness a joint military drill involving the Army, the Air Force, the Navy and the Coast Guard in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. She will witness three exercises - general survival exercise, amphibious drill and a joint drill. Andaman and Nicobar is an Integrated Services Command. The Marine Commando (MARCO) unit of the Indian Navy and specialist platoon (GHATAK) of the Indian Army displayed their operational capabilities by carrying out helocasting and beach assault.

System For Predicting Thunderstorms And Lightening Strikes
System For Predicting Thunderstorms
System For Predicting Thunderstorms And Lightening Strikes - Government will set up a complete system for predicting thunderstorms and lightening strikes in the country in next three months. Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) has already installed 48 lightening sensors across the country. This tool is developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune and India Meteorological Department (IMD), New Delhi. IITM has also developed a mobile app called ‘Damini’ for giving updated information about lightening activity over a certain area.

Global Housing Technology Challenge
Global Housing Technology Challenge
Global Housing Technology Challenge - Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri launched the Global Housing Technology Challenge (GHTC) among stakeholders, a move aimed at introducing best technologies that seek to construct houses in a shorter period of time with lower cost. Under the initiative launched by the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U), the government will hold 'grand expo-cum-conference' in March where stakeholders will showcase their best technologies to build houses.

Global Innovation Policy Center
Global Innovation Policy Center
Global Innovation Policy Center - The Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) of United States Chamber of Commerce launched a new innovation strategy at Raisina Dialogue, 2019 in New Delhi. The Initiative is titled as “Fair Value for Innovation”. The Initiative will examine economic underpinnings in order to enable breakthrough innovation and explore the opportunities to harness innovation capital in India.

National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction
National Action Plan
National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction - The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has drafted a five-year action plan for addressing the problem of drug and substance abuse in the country. The National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR), 2018 to 2023, aims to employ a multi-pronged strategy to address the issue of drug abuse. It involves education, de-addiction and rehabilitation of affected individuals and their families.

Inflation Declined
Inflation Declined
Inflation Declined - Retail inflation in December 2018 continued the downward trend, slipping to an 18-month low of 2.19 per cent with food prices staying in the negative zone along with lower vegetable and fuel prices. Earlier Whole Sale Price Inflation data showed that it fell to 8-month low in December falling to 3.80 per cent from 4.64 per cent in November amid decline in fuel and food items.

Stephen Constantine
Stephen Constantine
Stephen Constantine - Stephen Constantine has decided to step down as the head coach of the Indian football team following team's exit from 2019 AFC Asian Cup.