Current Affairs of 5 January


Vijay Mallya
Vijay Mallya
Vijay Mallya - Vijay Mallya became the first person to be declared a ‘fugitive economic offender’ under the Fugitive Economic Offenders’ Act, 2018 by a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Court in Mumbai. The court will hear the arguments on the confiscation of Mallya’s properties on February 5.
Fugitive Economic Offender
Fugitive Economic Offender
Fugitive Economic Offender - According to the new law, a fugitive economic offender is a person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued for his or her involvement in economic offenses involving at least Rs. 100 crore or more and has left India to avoid prosecution.


NHAI Signed MoU with Oil Marketing Companies
NHAI
NHAI Signed MoU with Oil Marketing Companies - To ensure easier availability of FASTags, Indian Highways Management Company Ltd. (IHMCL), a company promoted by NHAI, is signing MoUs with state-run Oil Marketing Companies (IOCL, BPC, and HPC).  It will ensure availability of FASTags at petroleum outlets across India. In the first phase, the tags will be available across 50 Fuel Station in Delhi NCR. IHMCL has been mandated to implement the National Electronic Toll Collection Program (NETC) in the country.  IHMCL is also striving for the vision of One Nation – One Tag.

Time Capsule
Time Capsule
Time Capsule - A laptop, a smartphone, a drone and VR glasses were among 100 items buried as part of a Time Capsule during the ongoing 106th Indian Science Congress by three Nobel Laureates — Avram Hershko, F Duncan M Haldane and Thomas Christian Sudhof. The Capsule, which will remain buried for 100 years, was developed with an objective to “capture” the current technological essence for future generations. The capsule was buried on the campus of Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar at a depth of 10 ft. According to university officials, it will be unearthed and opened on January 3, 2119.

ICICI Band Signed MoU with FinCredit India
ICICI Bank
ICICI Bank Signed MoU with FinCredit India - ICICI Bank, in a first-of-its-kind programme, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Small Business FinCredit India Pvt. Ltd. (SBFC), a systemically important Non-Banking Finance Company for entrepreneurs, to jointly provide credit worth up to Rs 1 crore to MSMEs for a tenure of 15 years.

Andhra Pradesh Topped in Ease Doing Business Index
Andhra Pradesh Topped
Andhra Pradesh Topped in Ease Doing Business Index - Andhra Pradesh emerged on top of Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI), Singapore's 2018 Ease of Doing Business (EDB) Index ABC rankings for economies of 21 states of India, while Maharashtra and Delhi came in second and third place, respectively. Andhra Pradesh rose from the 5th rank in 2016 to the top spot in 2018.

New Delhi International Arbitration Centre
Arbitration Centre
New Delhi International Arbitration Centre - The Lok Sabha has passed the New Delhi international Arbitration Centre, Bill, 2018 which seeks to provide for the establishment and incorporation of New Delhi International Arbitration Centre for creating an independent and autonomous regime for institutionalised arbitration and for acquisition and transfer of undertakings of the International Centre of Alternative Resolution.

Swachh Survekshan 2019
Swachh Survekshan
Swachh Survekshan 2019 - Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, launched the ‘Swachh Survekshan 2019’, the fourth edition of the annual nationwide cleanliness survey of urban India in New Delhi. The survey will cover 40 crore people across over 4000 towns and cities. Swachh Survekshan 2019, completely digital and paperless survey, will be completed in a record time of 28 days.

6 Monuments Declared As National Importance
Archaeological Survey of India
6 Monuments Declared As National Importance - Ministry of Culture announced that Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) declared 6 monuments as ‘protected and of national importance’ under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958, in 2018. These sites are -
Old High Court Building in Nagpur, Maharashtra.
Group of Temples in Ranipur Jharail in Bolangir district of Odisha.
Agra- Haveli of Agha Khan and Hathi Khana
Neemrana Baori in Alwar district of Rajasthan
Vishnu Temple in Kotali, Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand.

World Book Fair
World Book Fair
World Book Fair - The 27th New Delhi World Book Fair has begun at Pragati Maidan. Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the 9-day annual event. Over 20 countries including Canada, China, Sri Lanka, and the US are participating in the book fair. The theme of this year is 'Readers with Special Needs'.

International Kite Festival
International Kite Festival
International Kite Festival - 30th edition of the International kite festival will be inaugurated on 6 December by the Gujarat Governor OP Kohli. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijaybhai Rupani, Deputy CM Nitinbhai Patel and Minister of Tourism Ganpatsinh Vasava will also be present on the occasion. 

Six districts Selected for Ease of Doing Business
Ease of Doing Business
Six districts Selected for Ease of Doing Business - Six districts in Maharashtra, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh have been selected towards district-level ease of doing business, commerce minister Suresh Prabhu said. The minister added that a baseline is being created for the purpose and resources and skills available in districts are being identified so that they could be harnessed.

Cyclone Pabuk
Cyclone Pabuk 
Cyclone Pabuk - A ‘yellow alert’ was issued in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as Cyclone Pabuk made its way towards the archipelago. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall.

Projects Launched in Odisha
Projects Launched in Odisha
Projects Launched in Odisha - Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone of revival of six irrigation projects, including North Koel (Mandal Dam) project amounting to 2,500 crore rupees and Kanhar Stone Pipeline irrigation system. Mr Modi will dedicate to the nation, Balasore-Haldia-Durgapur section of LPG pipeline project of IOCL and the Balasore multi modal logistic park, at Baripada in Odisha.

National Table Tennis Championship
National Table Tennis Championship
National Table Tennis Championship - The 80th National Table Tennis Championship began at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Cuttack.