Current Affairs of 29 January


George Fernandes
George Fernandes 
George Fernandes - Former Defence Minister George Fernandes passed away following a prolonged illness. Fernandes was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Fernandes held the portfolio of the Union Defence Minister from 2001 to 2004 under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government. The Bihar government declared a two-day State mourning.

India is Second Largest Producer of Steel
India is Second Largest Producer of Steel
India is Second Largest Producer of Steel - According to World Steel Association India has replaced Japan as the world's second-largest steel producing country, only behind China, which is the largest producer of crude steel accounting for more than 51 per cent of production. India's crude steel production in 2018 was at 106.5 MT. Japan produced 104.3 MT. While China's crude steel output was 928.3 MT.

Corruption Perceptions Index
Corruption Perceptions Index
Corruption Perceptions Index - India rose by three points to 78 in the list of 180 countries in the world, while China ranked 87 and Pakistan 117 in 2018, the Transparency International said in its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2018. The top countries on the list are Denmark and New Zealand. Somalia, Syria and South Sudan are at the bottom of the list. 

Digital Currency Aber
Digital Currency Aber
Digital Currency Aber - The central banks of the UAE and Saudi Arabia have launched a common digital currency called "Aber", which will be used in financial settlements between the two countries through Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers technologies. Through this digital currency, both the United Arab Emirates Central Bank (UAECB) and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) are studying the impact on the improvement and reduction of remittance costs and the assessments of risks.

Universal Basic Income
Universal Basic Income
Universal Basic Income - With the Congress announcing to introduce a minimum income guarantee scheme in 2019, if voted to power, talks about Universal Basic Income has again gained steam. The idea was first mooted by the Economic Survey of 2016-2017. “A Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis. Many countries like Norway and Finland practice it, whereas others like Germany, Switzerland and France are experimenting with it.

Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris - Kamala Harris, a U.S. Senator from California of African and Indian descent, officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign from her hometown of Oakland.

Domestic Council for Gems & Jewellery
Domestic Council for Gems & Jewellery 
Domestic Council for Gems & Jewellery - The Commerce Ministry announced the formation of a Domestic Council for Gems & Jewellery to bring the industry’s domestic business stakeholders under one umbrella so that they could evolve a unified approach to promote growth in the sector. The basic objective of the government is to make this unorganised sector organised and structured.

Swadesh Darshan Project
Swadesh Darshan Project
Swadesh Darshan Project - K.J. Alphons, Union Minister for Tourism will inaugurate the first project under the Swadesh Darshan Project of the Union Ministry of Tourism at the Zero Point, Gangtok, Sikkim. Under the scheme Government is focusing on development of quality infrastructure in the country. The scheme was launched in 2014 -15 when the Ministry sanctioned 77 projects worth projects. 

Award of Excellence for ‘Best in Show’
Award of Excellence
Award of Excellence for ‘Best in Show’- India received the Award of Excellence for ‘Best in Show’ at the recently concluded New York Times Travel Show 2019. The New York Times Travel Show 2019 is the largest travel show in North America that was held during January 25-27, 2019 in New York, USA.  The Union Ministry of Tourism participated as the ‘Presenting Partner’ in the New York Times Travel Show.

Beating the Retreat
Beating the Retreat
Beating the Retreat - The four-day long celebrations of the 70th Republic Day concluded on January 29, 2019 with 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony, which was held at the historic Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. The Beating Retreat' marks a centuries-old military tradition, when the troops ceased fighting, sheathed their arms and withdrew from the battlefield and returned to the camps at sunset at the sounding of the Retreat.

Central Assistance From NDRF
Central Assistance From NDRF
Central Assistance From NDRF - The High Level Committee, chaired by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, approved the additional Central assistance from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) of Rs 7214.03 crore to 6 States and one Union Territory. The funds allocated to these states are - Rs 317.44 crore to Himachal Pradesh, Rs 191.73 crore to Uttar Pradesh, Rs. 900.40 crore to Andhra Pradesh, Rs. 127.60 crore to Gujarat, Rs. 949.49 crore to Karnataka, Rs. 4,714.28 crore to Maharashtra and Rs. 13.09 crore to UT of Puducherry.

National Museum Institute
National Museum Institute
National Museum Institute - Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Human Resource Development will inaugurate the new Campus of the National Museum Institute at NOIDA. Since its inception, the Institute has been one of the leading centers in the country for training and research in the field of art and cultural heritage. 

Citizenship Amendment bill
Citizenship Amendment bill 
Citizenship Amendment bill - The Chief Ministers of Meghalaya, Conrad K Sangma  and Mizoram, Zoramthanga said that 11 parties resolved to jointly oppose the Citizenship Amendment bill. The parties include Asom Gana Parishad, National Peoples Party, Mizo National Front and others. Nagaland became the third NDA-ruled state in the region to reject the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. 

Hindi Word of The Year
Hindi Word of The Year
Hindi Word of The Year - Nari Shakti was chosen as the Hindi word of the year 2018 by Oxford Dictionary. The March 2018 recorded a large spike in the use of ''Nari Shakti'' as discussion began around Indian government's Nari Shakti Puraskar given by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Jiban Sampark
Jiban Sampark
Jiban Sampark - Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced "Jiban Sampark" project in partnership with UNICEF India to generate awareness about the development and welfare initiatives of state government among the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups of the state.

Tulip Garden
Tulip Garden
Tulip Garden - Uttarakhand's first tulip garden will come up in Pithoragarh district. The state government has obtained the Centre's nod for development of the garden. To be developed by the ONGC, under its corporate social responsibility programme, the proposed tulip garden will be the country's second after the one located in Srinagar (J&K).

India China Signed Agreement on Tobacco
India China Signed Agreement on Tobacco - India and China have signed the protocol for exports of Indian tobacco leaves to China. The protocol was signed during the recent visit of Commerce Secretary, Dr. Anup Wadhawan to Beijing.

Amateur Golf Championship
Amateur Golf Championship
Amateur Golf Championship - India's Kartik Sharma won the New South Wales men's Amateur Golf Championship in Australia. Kartik notched up a magnificent win over Australia's Nathan Barberie in the scheduled 36-hole final to emerge as champion.

Rohit Paudel
Rohit Paudel
Rohit Paudel - Nepal batsman Rohit Paudel has become the youngest male cricketer to score an international fifty at the age of 16 years and 146 days, breaking Sachin Tendulkar's previous mark. He is also the youngest man to score a one-day international half-century, beating Shahid Afridi.

Data Protection Day
Data Protection Day
Data Protection Day - The Council of Europe had launched a Data Protection Day to be celebrated each year on 28 January, the date on which the Council of Europe’s data protection convention, known as “Convention 108”, was opened to the signature.

America and Taliban Will Sign Peace Agreement
Peace Agreement
America and Taliban Will Sign Peace Agreement - American and Taliban officials have agreed to the framework of a peace deal in which the insurgents guarantee to prevent Afghanistan from being used by terrorists, and that could lead to a full pull-out of U.S. troops in return for a ceasefire and Taliban talks with the Afghan government.

Penalty on Indian Railway
Penalty on Indian Railway
Penalty on Indian Railway - The Central Pollution Control Board has slapped a fine of Rs 1 crore each on the North Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Northern Railways over non-compliance of norms. The board sent the notice to the Northern Railways over its construction and demolition activities.

Panel For Lokpal
Panel For Lokpal
Panel For Lokpal - An eight-member search panel headed by former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai, formed to select members of anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal.