Current Affairs of 10 January

MC Mary Kom
MC Mary Kom 
MC Mary Kom - MC Mary Kom became the World No 1 Boxer in 45-48 kg category with 1700 points in the latest International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) World Rankings. An Indian Olympic boxer from Manipur, Mary Kom is the only woman to become World Amateur Boxing champion for a record six times.

Alok Verma
Alok Verma
Alok Verma - The high-power committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed Alok Verma as CBI Director, a day after he resumed office following the Supreme Court verdict restoring his position. And, until further orders, Additional Director M. Nageswara Rao has again been appointed interim CBI Director. 

Airboat Service From Varanasi To Prayagraj
Airboat Service
Airboat Service From Varanasi To Prayagraj - Minister for Shipping and Water Resources Ministry has said the government will launch an airboat service from Varanasi to Prayagraj for the Kumbh Mela from January 26. The airboat is a popular means of waterway transportation propelled by an aircraft-like rotor and powered by an aircraft or an automation engine.

Chhattisgarh Withdrew General Consent To CBI
CBI
Chhattisgarh Withdrew General Consent To CBI - After West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, Congress-led Chhattisgarh too has withdrawn general consent accorded to the CBI to probe cases in the state. With this, the Central Bureau of Investigation would now require permission of the state government to conduct raids and probe in Chhattisgarh. West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh governments had late last year withdrawn the general consent accorded to the CBI to conduct probe and raids in the states.

Cabinet Approved Three AIIMS
Cabinet Approved Three AIIMS
Cabinet Approved Three AIIMS - The Union Cabinet approved a proposal for establishing three new AIIMS -- two in Jammu and Kashmir and one in Gujarat. The AIIMS at Vijaynagar in Samba, Jammu, will be set up at a cost of Rs 1,661 crore, the one at Awantipora in Pulwama, Kashmir, at a cost of Rs 1,828 crore and the AIIMS at Rajkot, Gujarat, will be set up at a cost of Rs 1,195 crore.

National Clean Air Programme
National Clean Air Programme
National Clean Air Programme - The Centre has launched 300-crore rupees programme to reduce particulate matter (PM) pollution by 20-30% in at least 102 cities by 2024. The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) is envisaged as a scheme to provide the States and the Centre with a framework to combat air pollution. The NCAP will be five-year action plan with 2019 as the first year. This is not a pan-India, but a city-specific programme.

Gold Monetisation Scheme
Gold Monetisation Scheme
Gold Monetisation Scheme - The Reserve Bank of India made some changes in the Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS). Apart from individual and joint depositors, the scheme could now be availed by charitable institutions, the Central government, the State government or any other entity owned by the Central government or the State government.

Free High Speed Wifi
Free Wifi
Free High Speed Wifi - Indian Railways is now providing free high-speed WiFi on all railway stations of Kalka-Shimla section. RailTel has transformed all railway stations into a digital hub by providing public WiFi through its RailWire WiFi project.

Relief For MSMEs
Relief For MSMEs
Relief For MSMEs - In a major relief to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the GST Council chaired by finance minister Arun Jaitley doubled the GST exemption limit for companies in the sector to those with an annual turnover of Rs 40 lakh from the current Rs 20 lakh. For North East and hilly states, the limit has been increased to Rs 20 lakh from Rs 10 lakh. 

Disaster Cess Approved by GST Council
Disaster Cess
Disaster Cess Approved by GST Council - Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allowed the state government of Kerala to impose 1 per cent disaster cess on intra-state sales for a period of two years. The proposed cess is a special tax that will be levied to raise additional resources to fund rehabilitation work in the state hit by floods.

Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai 
Malala Yousafzai - Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai pens a new book, titled 'We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World,' charting her experiences traveling the world and visiting refugee camps.

SAARC Swap Facility
SAARC Swap Facility
SAARC Swap Facility - Sri Lanka’s Central Bank announced that the Reserve Bank of India has agreed to provide USD 400 million under a swap arrangement to boost the island nation’s reserves. The RBI has agreed to provide the funds under its SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Swap Facility. 

Pasargad Bank
Pasargad Bank 
Pasargad Bank - Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced that India has allowed an Iranian bank, Pasargad Bank, to open a branch in Mumbai. The move is aimed at circumventing US trade and investment sanctions as India builds a strategic port in the West Asian country. Alongside, India’s UCO Bank will open a branch in Iran. 

OPEC Will Cut Oil Production
OPEC Will Cut Oil Production
OPEC Will Cut Oil Production - OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia announced that it has decided to slash its oil exports in January by 10 per cent in comparison to November. OPEC and its allies had decided last month to cut their overall output by 1.2 million bpd starting in January, to boost prices hit by a supply glut and fears demand could plummet.

Felix Tshisekedi
Felix Tshisekedi
Felix Tshisekedi - In Congo, the electoral commission announced that opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has won the long-delayed presidential elections. Martin Fayulu, another opposition candidate, has rejected the outcome of the December 30 poll, calling it an electoral coup.

Seaplanes For Andaman Islands
Seaplanes
Seaplanes For Andaman Islands - According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, islands in Andaman will soon be connected by seaplanes that can land on or take-off from the water. To facilitate the same, the government has approved flight operations on 13 water aerodrome routes under the Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme.

Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics

Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics - The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved a list of journals, in that the UGC has decided to establish a Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (CARE). The good quality Research Journals will be maintained by CARE and referred to as ‘CARE Reference List of Quality Journals’. This will be used for all academic purposes.

National Consultation on Child Protection
National Consultation on Child Protection
National Consultation on Child Protection - 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.

Insurance For Air Passengers
IRCTC
Insurance For Air Passengers - Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the Railways’ subsidiary, will offer insurance of up to Rs 50 lakh for free for air passengers who book their tickets through its portal. IRCTC has tied up with Bharti-Axa for the offer. IRCTC’s service charge of Rs 59 is the cheapest compared with travel websites. IRCTC has tied up with Galileo, a computer reservation system, for powering the flight search engine.

African Football Player of the Year
African Football Player of the Year
African Football Player of the Year - Egypt ‘s Mohamed Salah has been named as the 2018 Confederation of African Football Player of the Year. For the second consecutive year he has won the award.

World Hindi Day
World Hindi Day
World Hindi Day - World Hindi Day is celebrated on January 10 every year, marking the anniversary of first World Hindi Conference which was held in 1975. World Hindi Day and National Hindi Diwas are completely different. National Hindi Diwas is celebrated every year on September 14.

Bilateral Swap Arrangement
Bilateral Swap Arrangement 
Bilateral Swap Arrangement - The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for entering into an Agreement for Bilateral Swap Arrangement (BSA) between India and Japan and authorizing the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to sign the Agreement for Bilateral Swap Arrangement between the RBI and the Bank of Japan for a maximum amount of USD 75 billion.

Sheila Dikshit
Sheila Dikshit
Sheila Dikshit - Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was appointed the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president days after Ajay Maken resigned from the post citing ill health.