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Current affairs of 8th January

Anjali Singh, Updated On:10-Jan-2019


                          Current affairs

1.The Chief Election Commissioner of India, Shri Sunil Arora inaugurated "The Road Ahead- Opportunities and Challenges''at the New Academic Session of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research  (PGIMER), Chandigarh.  

  • January marks the beginning of the new academic session at the Institute which annually trains 400 postgraduate students in different specialties and super specialties in its various 50 departments.


2. The International Civil Aviation Organization has predicted a 100 percent increase in global air travel by the year 2030, creating a need for extensive efforts to bring the entire aviation ecosystem to pace.

  • To ride this strong tailwind of growth and pave the way forward for the sector, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), in collaboration with FICCI is organizing a Global Aviation Summit with an overarching theme of “Flying for all” on 15-16 January 2019 in Mumbai, the financial capital of India.


3. United States has been blocking the appointment of members of the WTO Appellate Body on some systemic and procedural issues.

About 1/4th of the 164 WTO members, including India, have expressed concerns on the matter at every relevant WTO meeting.

India has 7 disputes at WTO which are at different stages of settlement. India is defending its interest in these disputes with the help of experienced Law Firms.

  • Import of poultry and poultry products from United States, Complainant: India,
  • Countervailing duty by United States on Indian steel products, Complainant: India,
  • National Solar Mission dispute with United States, Complainant: United States,
  • United States’ Sub-Federal Renewable energy programme, Complainant: India,
  • India-certain Measures on imports of iron and steel products from Japan, Complainant: Japan,
  • Export Subsidies measures of India, Complainant: United States,
  • United States-Certain measures of United States on steel and aluminium products, Complainant: India.


4. Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP)  focuses on institutionalizing, streamlining and simplifying defence procurement procedure to give boost to ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government of India, by promoting indigenous design, development and manufacturing of defence equipment, platforms, systems and subsystems


5. Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu formally inaugurated National Cadet Corps (NCC) Republic Day Camp 2019 at Delhi Cantt. Speaking on the occasion, the Vice President complimented the efforts of NCC, in grooming the youth of the country and its contribution towards ‘Nation Building’.


6. MoUs were signed between Indian and Australian Institutions in the 4th Australia-India Education Council Meeting (AIEC)

In the 4th AIEC meeting held on 29th June 2018 at Adelaide, Australia, both the sides reviewed the progress on the four key thematic areas –

(i) Higher Education, Research and Student Mobility,

(ii) Quality Assurance and Qualifications Recognition,

(iii) Skills

(iv) Schools.

A joint Communique was adopted by both the sides emphasizing the need for enhanced bilateral cooperation in -

  • Academic research collaboration between institutions on both sides
  • Online education, including by means of sharing of massive open online courses on each other’s platforms.
  • Skill development and vocational training
  • Greater mobility of faculty and students through Government of India schemes like Global Initiative of Academic Network (GIAN).
  • School education, especially in the curriculum revision and development of pedagogies.


7. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved 10 pc quota in jobs and educational institutions for economically weaker sections in general category.

  • For the implementation of the quota, Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution will have to be amended.


8. The Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), Nepal’s central monetary authority, wrote to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to legalize Indian currency notes of denominations higher than Rs 100 in Nepal


                       Awards and Recognition

9. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) pavilion received ‘Exhibitor of the Year Award’ at 106th Indian Science Congress held at Lovely Professional University (LPU), Phagwara, Punjab.


10. Bimal Roy Memorial and Film Society announced that it would honour veteran actors Asha Parekh and Farooque Shaikhat the event on January 8, 2019, commemorating 52nd death anniversary of the renowned filmmaker.

                Appointment and Resignation

11. Malaysia’s monarch Sultan Muhammad V resigned, as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, from the throne before completing their five-year tenure for the first time in Malaysia’s history.

12. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced that he would resign next month, when more than three years of his current term is yet to be expired.        


                          Books and Author

13. Manohar Manoj book ‘A Crusade Against Corruption’ was launched by Vice-Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Harivansh Narayan Singh at the Press Club of India in New Delhi.


14. Virat Kohli led the country to a maiden series victory in Australia,ending a 71-year wait to write a golden chapter in the game’s history.

15. The Brisbane International 2019 was played on outdoor hard courts in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

It was the eleventh edition of the tournament and took place as part of the Australian Open Series in preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year.

  • The Event Concluded on 6th January 2019.
  • The event took place at the Queensland Tennis Centre in Tennyson.
  • Japan’s Kei Nishikori won his first ATP title
  • K. Pliskova joined Victoria Azarenka (2009, 2016) and Serena Williams (2013-14) as the third woman to win the Premier event twice.
  • Men’s Doubles is won by M. Danielle of New Zealand And W. Koolhof of Netherland.
  • Women’s Doubles is won by N. Melichar of USA and K. Peschke of Czech Republic.


Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information Bureau website




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