Current Affairs of 19 January


India Will Host UNCCD
India Will Host UNCCD
India Will Host UNCCD - India will host the 14th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to address the issue of land degradation and desertification which will have participation from over 100 countries. It is likely to be held in October 2019. The UNCCD, established in 1994, has 197 parties working towards maintaining and restoring land and soil productivity and mitigating the effects of drought.

India Signed MoU with Uzbekistan
India Signed MoU with Uzbekistan
India Signed MoU with Uzbekistan - India has signed a long-term contract with Uzbekistan for supply of uranium ore concentrates to widen its source base for the nuclear fuel. The contract was exchanged in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who were at the Vibrant Gujarat summit in Gandhinagar. Uzbekistan is the seventh largest exporter of uranium in the world. The Exim Bank also signed an agreement with Uzbekistan to extend a 200-million US dollar line of credit for financing housing and social infrastructure projects.

Committee For EVM Manipulation
Committee For EVM Manipulation
Committee For EVM Manipulation - A four-member committee of opposition party leaders has been formed after reports of EVM manipulation by the BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. The committee, comprising Abhishek Manu Singhvi (Congress), Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Satish Mishra (Bahujan Samaj Party) and Arvind Kejriwal (Aam Aadmi Party) will submit its recommendations to the EC for implementation and will press for wider use of VVPAT.

Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor
Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor
Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor - Defence Minister Nirmala Seetharaman will formally launch the Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor. This will be the country's second defence industrial corridor, the first one has already been launched in Aligarh, UP in last August. The Tamil Nadu corridor is expected to have six nodes at Trichy, Salem, Hosur, Kovai, Madurai as well as Chennai.

First Private Howitzer Gun Factory
First Private Howitzer Gun Factory
First Private Howitzer Gun Factory - Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Armoured Systems Complex of Larsen and Toubro in Gujarat, the first private facility in the country where the K9 Vajra self-propelled Howitzer guns will be manufactured. L&T had in 2017 won the Rs 4,500-crore contract from the Ministry of Defence to supply 100 units of K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 calibre tracked self-propelled gun systems to the Indian Army under the Centre’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Japan Will Launched Mini Satellite
Japan Will Launched Mini Satellite
Japan Will Launched Mini Satellite - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has launched Tokyo-based startup Star-ALE’s mini-satellite aimed to deliver the world’s first artificial meteor shower. The satellite carries 400 tiny balls, will be enough for 20-30 events, that will glow as they rush down the atmosphere on being released. ALE plans to deliver its first show in Hiroshima in early 2020.

Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centres
Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centres
Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centres - External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj mentioned that India will build Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centres across African nations on grant assistance basis to mark 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

HDFC Standard Life Insurance Renamed
HDFC Standard Life Insurance Renamed
HDFC Standard Life Insurance Renamed - HDFC Standard Life Insurance has changed its name to HDFC Life Insurance following the receipt of relevant approvals from regulatory authorities.

Sustainable Catchment Forest Management
Sustainable Catchment Forest Management
Sustainable Catchment Forest Management - Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb launched a project for Sustainable Catchment Forest Management. The project is jointly funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Government of India. JICA is providing Rs. 1,000 crores for a span of 10 years.

Saksham Campaign
Saksham Campaign
Saksham Campaign - ‘Saksham’, an annual high intensity one-month long people-centric mega campaign of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) was launched by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

Women Will Be Inducted in Military Police
Women Will Be Inducted in Military Police
Women Will Be Inducted in Military Police - The government has decided to induct women for the first time in Personnel Below Officer Rank, PBOR, role in Corps of Military Police. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, the women will be inducted in graded manner to eventually comprise 20 per cent of total Corps of Military Police.

Vishweshwar Dutt Saklani
Vishweshwar Dutt Saklani
Vishweshwar Dutt Saklani - Vishweshwar Dutt Saklani, known as Uttarakhand’s ‘Vriksha Manav’ or ‘Tree Man’ died aged 96, and his family estimates that he must have planted as many as 50 lakh trees in Tehri Garhwal district in his lifetime. He was awarded the Indira Priyadarshini Award in 1986 by then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.