Current Affairs of 15 January 


Kumbh 2019
Kumbh 2019
Kumbh 2019 - The world's largest religious and cultural human congregation, ‘Kumbh 2019’ began at Prayagraj (erstwhile Allahabad), Uttar Pradesh on January 15, 2019 and will go on till March 4, 2019. This 7-week event began with the holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of three rivers - Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati.

British PM Faces Defeat in Parliament
British PM Faces Defeat in Parliament
British PM Faces Defeat in Parliament - British Prime Minister Theresa May faces crushing defeat in a historic vote in parliament over the Brexit deal she has struck with the European Union, leaving the world's fifth biggest economy in limbo. With just over two months to go until the scheduled Brexit date of March 29, Britain is still bitterly divided over what should happen next and the only suspense over the vote is the scale of May's defeat.

Facebook Will Invest in Local News Programs
Facebook
Facebook Will Invest in Local News Programs - Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in local news programs, partnerships and other initiatives. The move comes at a difficult time for the news industry, which is facing falling profits and print readership. Facebook, like Google, has also been partly blamed for the ongoing decline in newspapers’ share of advertising dollars as people and advertisers have moved online.  In the U.S. social media has overtaken print newspapers as a news source for Americans.

GST e-way Bill Will Be Integrated With FASTag
GST e-way Bill
GST e-way Bill Will Be Integrated With FASTag - The GST e-way bill system is likely to be integrated with NHAI’s FASTag mechanism from April to help track movement of goods and check GST evasion. Integration of e-way bill with FASTag would help find the location of the vehicle and when and how many times it has crossed NHAI’s toll plazas. The integrated system on an all-India basis is planned to be rolled out from April. Karnataka is implementing an integrated system on a pilot basis.\

DD Science and India Science
DD Science and India Science
DD Science and India Science - The Department of Science and Technology, along with Doordarshan, launched two science communication initiatives - DD Science and India Science. While DD Science is a one hour slot on Doordarshan National channel, India Science is an internet based science channel. 

Reservation For EWS in Academic Session 2019
Reservation For EWS
Reservation For EWS in Academic Session 2019 - The HRD ministry announced that it will implement 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker section of the general category from the 2019 academic session and increase around 25 per cent seats in higher educational institutions and universities across the country.

Farm-To-Port Project
Farm-To-Port Project
Farm-To-Port Project - The UAE and Saudi Arabia will use India as a base in addressing their social security concerns. For the first time, India’s export policy launched farm-to-port project which is similar to a special economic zone but in the style of a corporatised farm, where crops would be grown keeping a specific UAE market in mind.

Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana
Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana
Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana - Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath launched his government’s Rs 50,000-crore farm debt-waiver scheme named ‘Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana’. Kamal Nath said it would benefit 55 lakh small and marginal farmers. 

India Beat Australia By Six Wickets
India Beat Australia By Six Wickets
India Beat Australia By Six Wickets - India beat Australia by six wickets in the second one-day international (ODI) at the Adelaide Oval to level the three-match series at 1-1. Skipper Virat Kohli once again led from the front notching up his 39th ODI hundred while MS Dhoni hit his second consecutive fifty to guide India over the finishing line. 

Multi-Modal Logistics Park
Multi-Modal Logistics Park
Multi-Modal Logistics Park - PM Modi dedicated to the nation the Multi-Modal Logistics Park at Jharsuguda, Odisha. The Park promotes movement of goods for domestic as well as global trade. It will establish Jharsuguda as a prime logistics hub and boost ease of doing business in the state.

Global Aviation Summit
Global Aviation Summit
Global Aviation Summit - The Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the Global Aviation Summit 2019 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The theme of the Global Aviation Summit 2019 is 'Flying for all-especially the next 6 Billion'. The event will host experts and CEOs from Global Aviation Fraternity emphasising upon the latest trends, futuristic aircraft and cutting-edge technologies. 

SEBI Issued Guidelines For REITs And InvITs
REITs And InvITs
SEBI Issued Guidelines For REITs And InvITs - Markets regulator Sebi amended guidelines for Real state Investment Trusts (REITs) and Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs) to ease the process of public issue of their units. Now, these trusts can accept only Applications Supported by Blocked Amount (ASBA). Among others, the manager on behalf of the REIT or InvIT will announce the floor price or price band at least two working days prior to the opening of the bid in case of an initial public offer.

Army Day
Army Day
Army Day - 71st Army Day was celebrated across India on January 15, 2019. The Day is celebrated every year to commemorate the day when General (later Field Marshal) KM Carriappa took over the command of Indian Army from General Sir FRR Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief in 1949 and became the first Commander-in-Chief of Indian Army.

ROADEO Robot
ROADEO Robot
ROADEO Robot - The Chennai Traffic Police inducted a road safety robot into service on January 14, 2019 for traffic management. The robot is named as ‘ROADEO’. The robot will help police in traffic management and assist pedestrians in Chennai roads.

Shakil Ahmed
Shakil Ahmed
Shakil Ahmed - Asian Cup gold medallist Shakil Ahmed has set up a world record in indoor rowing by completing 1 lakh meters in above-40 years category in Kolkata. Shakil began his record-setting indoor rowing feat in Salt Lake stadium complex and achieved the milestone of covering 1 lakh meters of simulated distance in 10 hours.

Vision 2040
Vision 2040
Vision 2040 - The Ministry of Civil Aviation unveiled the Vision 2040 document, which highlights the growth potential in different sub-sectors of Indian aviation. As per the document the total passenger traffic in India is expected to rise nearly six-fold from 187 million in FY 2018 to around 1124 million in FY 2040. This includes around 821 million domestic passengers and around 303 million international passengers.

Womaniya on Government e Marketplace
Womaniya on Government e Marketplace 
Womaniya on Government e Marketplace - The Union Government launched the ‘Womaniya on Government e Marketplace (GeM)’, an initiative to enable women entrepreneurs and Women Self-Help Groups (WSHGs) to sell handicrafts, handloom, accessories, and other products directly to Government departments and institutions.