Current Affairs of 21 January


15th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas
15th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas
15th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas - The 15th edition of the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) began first time at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on January 21, 2019. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally inaugurate the event on January 22, 2019, along with his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth, the Chief Guest of the event. The theme 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was 'Role of Indian Diaspora in building New India'. The Youth Pravasi Bhartiya Divas and Uttar Pradesh Pravasi Bhartiya Divas were held on the opening day itself that is on January 21, 2019.

World Capital of Architecture for 2020
World Capital of Architecture for 2020
World Capital of Architecture for 2020 - The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro as the World Capital of Architecture for 2020. Rio will be the first city to receive the title under a programme launched together by UNESCO and the International Union of Architects (UIA) in November 2018. The city beat Paris and Melbourne to get the position.

Best Performing States
Best Performing States
Best Performing States - Bihar and Andhra Pradesh led the pack among States in terms of GDP growth in financial year 2017-18, clocking 11.3% and 11.2% growth, respectively, compared with the national GDP growth of 6.7% for the year, according to a report by CRISIL. Even as 12 large states grew faster than national GDP in FY18, the same has not translated into job creation, says report. 
Top Performer - Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat.
Worst Performer - Jharkhand, Kerala, and Punjab.

World Economy Outlook Report
World Economy Outlook Report 
World Economy Outlook Report - India is projected to grow at 7.5 per cent in 2019 and 7.7 per cent in 2020, an impressive over one percentage point ahead of China’s estimated growth of 6.2 per cent in these two years, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its World Economy Outlook report. The IMF trimmed global growth projections for 2019 and 2020 to 3.5 per cent and 3.6 per cent respectively.

Chinese Economy in Recession
Chinese Economy in Recession
Chinese Economy in Recession - China’s economy grew at 6.6 per cent in 2018, its slowest rate in almost three decades as the world’s second-biggest economy grappled with the effects of the current trade war with the US and declining exports. In the three months to December, the economy grew 6.4% from a year earlier, down from 6.5 per cent in the previous quarter.

No Single Use Plastic in Election Campaign
No Single Use Plastic
No Single Use Plastic in Election Campaign - Seeking to meet India’s voluntary commitment to eliminate single-use plastic in the country by 2022, the Centre urged states and Union territories to desist from single-use plastic election material and requested use of sustainable alternate materials during the campaign.

Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura Statehood Day
Statehood Day
Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura Statehood Day - Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura are celebrating their statehood day on 21 January. On this day in 1972, all the three states became full-fledged states under the North Eastern Region (Reorganisation) Act, 1971. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his best wishes to the states for a bright and prosperous future.

Jallikattu
Jallikattu
Jallikattu - A grand jallikattu (bull-taming) event held in Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu on January 20, 2019 entered the world record for the maximum number of bulls released into the sporting arena which was over 1,300 and almost double than the previous record. The bull taming sporting event, coordinated by Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar at Viralimalai saw the participation of 1,354 bulls and 424 tamers.

Shivakumara Swamiji
Shivakumara Swamiji
Shivakumara Swamiji - Prominent Lingayat seer of Tumakuru-based Siddaganga Math, 111-year old Shivakumara Swamiji, who was known as the 'Walking God', passed away after a prolonged illness. He received Padma Bhushan and Karnataka Ratna awards. Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has announced a government holiday on January 22 and state mourning for three days.

World Integrated Medicine Forum
World Integrated Medicine Forum
World Integrated Medicine Forum - The 2nd World Integrated Medicine Forum 2019 on the Regulation of Homeopathic Medical Products will be held in Goa from January 23, 2019. The three-day forum will be inaugurated by AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik.

UK Sinha Committee
UK Sinha Committee
UK Sinha Committee - The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has set up an 11-member working group under the Chairmanship of former SEBI chief UK Sinha to go into the concept of ‘Group Insolvency’ and suggest a suitable framework. This Working Group has been tasked to submit a report within two months.

Agri Vision 2019
Agri Vision 2019
Agri Vision 2019 - The 2-day Agri Vision 2019 Conference on envisioning Agro solutions for Smart and Sustainable Agriculture was held in Hyderabad. It was inaugurated by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu. 

Sansad Ratna Award
Sansad Ratna Award
Sansad Ratna Award - Himachal Pradesh MP Anurag Thakur has been bestowed with Sansad Ratna Award for his distinguished performance as a parliamentarian under Jury Committee Special Award category. Thakur became the first BJP MP to receive the Jury Committee award.

Ankita Raina
Ankita Raina
Ankita Raina - India's Ankita Raina has won the International Tennis Federation's 25,000-dollar Women's tournament in Singapore. In the final faceoff Ankita defeated Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands.

Penalty on Google
Penalty on Google
Penalty on Google - France’s data watchdog announced a fine of 50 million euros (USD 57 million) for US search giant Google, using the EU’s strict General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for the first time.