Current Affairs of 16 January


Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit
Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 
Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit - Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the ninth edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 on January 18, 2019 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The theme Summit is “Youth Connect 2019: Shaping A New India – The Story of Billion Dreams”. Heads of five countries - Uzbekistan, Rwanda, Denmark, Czech Republic and Malta would be attending the summit. Summit will also celebrate Africa Day on Jan 19, marking the trade ties between India and Africa.

British PM Faces Defeat in Parliament
British PM Faces Defeat in Parliament
British PM Faces Defeat in Parliament - British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a crushing defeat in the Parliament on January 15, 2019 when lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected Britain’s withdrawal deal by a vote of 432 to 202, a majority of 230 votes, with just 73 days to go until Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union. Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, 2019. Following the vote, Labour tabled a no-confidence motion against May's minority government but Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament. May won a narrow victory, 325 votes to 306 votes.

Plant on Moon
Plant on Moon
Plant on Moon - A small green shoot is growing on the moon in an out-of-this-world first after a cotton seed germinated on board a Chinese lunar lander. The sprout has emerged from a lattice-like structure inside a canister since the Chang’e-4 lander set down earlier this month. The Chang’e-4 probe made the world’s first soft landing on the moon’s “dark side” on January 3.

Gandhi Peace Prize
Gandhi Peace Prize 
Gandhi Peace Prize - Gandhi Peace Prize for 2018 will be conferred on Yohei Sasakawa who is Goodwill Ambassador of the World Health Organization for eradication of Leprosy disease in India and across the world. Ekal Abhiyan Trust has been chosen for the award for the year 2017 while Akshaya Patra Foundation and Sulabh International will share the award for 2016. Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari bagged the award for 2015.

13 Central Universities Within 36 Months
13 Central Universities
13 Central Universities Within 36 Months - The Union Cabinet granted approval to an expenditure of over Rs 3,600 crore for setting up of 13 new central universities within the next 36 months. The new Central universities were established under the Central Universities Act, 2009 in Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. While one university each is to be set up in 11 of these states, Jammu and Kashmir will get two new central varsities.

Highest Allocation for MGNREGA
Highest Allocation for MGNREGA
Highest Allocation for MGNREGA - After exhausting 99% of its annual allocation three months ahead of time, MGNREGA scheme has been given an additional allocation of Rs 6,084 crore to tide over the next three months. This lifts the total allocation to MGNREGA for 2018-19 to Rs 61,084 crore, which is the highest ever allocation.

Recapitalisation of Export-Import Bank
Recapitalisation of Export-Import Bank
Recapitalisation of Export-Import Bank - The Union Cabinet approved the recapitalisation of the Export-Import Bank of India. The Cabinet also approved an increase in the authorized capital of EXIM Bank from Rs 10,000 crore to Rs. 20,000 crore. The Government will issue the Recapitalization Bonds to the tune of Rs 6000 crore for capital infusion in the EXIM Bank. The equity will be infused in two tranches. First tranche will be of Rs 4,500 crore in FY 2018-19, and then of Rs 1,500 crore in FY 2019-20.

Centralised Processing Centre 2.0 Project
Centralised Processing Centre 2.0 Project
Centralised Processing Centre 2.0 Project - The government said IT major Infosys will develop the next-generation income tax filing system for Rs 4,241.97 crore which will cut down the processing time for returns to one day from 63 days and expedite refunds. The Cabinet gave its approval for Integrated E-filing and Centralised Processing Centre 2.0 Project of the Income Tax Department. Project is expected to be completed in 18 months. 

Group of Ministers on Real Estate
Group of Ministers on Real Estate
Group of Ministers on Real Estate - The Ministry of Finance constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) for boosting the Real Estate Sector under the GST regime. Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat Nitin Patel is the convener of the GoM. The Secretary of the GoM will be Manish Sinha. Finance Ministers of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh and the Panchayat Minister of Goa are the members. 

D Gukesh
D Gukesh
D Gukesh - Tamil Nadu lad D Gukesh became the 2nd youngest Grand Master in the world and the youngest Indian to achieve the feat at 12 years, 7 months and 17 days. Gukesh becomes India's 59th Grand Master. Ukraine's Sergey Karjakin remains the youngest-ever GM, having achieved the feat at the age of 12 years and 7 months in 2002.

Iran Launched Satellite
Iran Launched Satellite
Iran Launched Satellite - Iran launched a satellite, however, it failed to reach the orbit in the final stage. Payam satellite was successfully launched with the Basir satellite carrier. Iran still plans to launch another low Earth orbit satellite, Doosti which mean Friendship in Persian. 

Franco German Human Rights Award
Yu Wensheng
Franco German Human Rights Award - A detained Chinese rights lawyer Yu Wensheng has won a Franco-German human rights award for his 'exceptional contribution' to the protection and promotion of human rights. Yu Wensheng, who is in pretrial detention in China for more than a year.

Cabinet Approved Visa Arrangements
Cabinet Approved Visa Arrangements
Cabinet Approved Visa Arrangements - Union Cabinet approved the Agreement on the facilitation of visa arrangements signed between India and Maldives signed in December 2018.  The Agreement provides for 90-day visa free travel for tourism, medical and limited business purpose and also provides for easy conversion of such visa free entry to medical visa.

Eklavya Model Residential Schools
Eklavya Model Residential Schools
Eklavya Model Residential Schools - The 1st National Level Sports Meet for the students of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) was inaugurated by Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs at G.M.C Balayogi Stadium, Hyderabad.

Micro Irrigation Conference
Micro Irrigation Conference
Micro Irrigation Conference - Ministry of Water resources and River development has organized 9th International Micro irrigation conference in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The conference focused on the theme of “Micro Irrigation and Modern Agriculture”.

Cabinet Approved MoU on Mines Safety
Cabinet Approved MoU on Mines Safety
Cabinet Approved MoU on Mines Safety - Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi MoU between India and Australia on the safety in Mines, Testing and Research Station.

Mohammed Ali Qamar
Mohammed Ali Qamar
Mohammed Ali Qamar - Mohammed Ali Qamar, the man who won India's first Commonwealth Games gold medal in boxing, has taken over as the chief coach for the country's female boxers. He has replaced veteran Shiv Singh.

Manu Sawhney
Manu Sawhney
Manu Sawhney - The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that Manu Sawhney has been appointed as the organization's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar
Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar
Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar - The national awards for children have been revamped as Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019 and will include the bravery awards category too. The awards will be given by the President of India on January 22 in the run-up to Republic Day.