Team Gyantaxi presents the Daily GK Update for 10th January 2019. In this Daily GK Update, we have covered all the important National and International current affairs. We have also included Awards and Honours, Appointments, Agreements, Obituaries, Science and Technology, Sports etc. We also provide current affairs quiz based on Daily GK Updates regularly. Once you are done with reading, we request you to attempt the Current Affairs Quiz and the link is provided below. Enjoy reading the Daily GK Update for 10th January 2019.
Daily GK Update & Current Affairs: 10th January 2019
1. Government Launched Web- Wonder Women Campaign
- The government launched Web-Wonder Women Campaign to celebrate the exceptional achievements of women who have influenced and impacted society through social media.
- The Campaign aims to recognize the fortitude of Indian women stalwarts from across the globe who have used the power of social media to run positive campaigns to steer a change in society.
2. Andaman To Be First Island To Operate Seaplanes Under UDAN-3
- According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, islands in Andaman will soon be connected by seaplanes that can land on or take-off from the water.
- To facilitate the same, the government has approved flight operations on 13 water aerodrome routes under the Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme.
- The government had opened bidding under the third phase of its regional connectivity scheme, UDAN-3, in November, and had received a total of 111 proposals by 15 airlines.
3. India To Become World’s 3rd Largest Consumer Market By 2030: WEF
- A report by World Economic Forum stated that India is set to become the world’s third largest consumer market behind only USA and China by 2030. The report was titled as ‘Future of Consumption in Fast-Growth Consumer Market – India’.
- As per the report, consumer spending in India is expected to grow from 1.5 trillion US dollar at present to six trillion US dollar by 2030. With the annual GDP growth rate of 7.5 percent, India is currently the world’s sixth largest economy.
4. IRCTC Partners With Bharti AXA General Insurance
- Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the Railways’ subsidiary, will offer insurance of up to INR50 lakh for free for air passengers who book their tickets through its portal. IRCTC has tied up with Bharti-Axa for the offer.
- IRCTC’s service charge of INR59 is the cheapest compared with travel websites. IRCTC has tied up with Galileo, a computer reservation system, for powering the flight search engine. At present, over 30 lakh users log in through its mobile app and 3 lakh ticket bookings happen daily through the app.
5. Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Gets USD 400 Million Swap From RBI
- Sri Lanka’s Central Bank announced that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has agreed to provide USD 400 million under a swap arrangement to boost the island nation’s reserves.
- It stated that a further request to the RBI for another SWAP arrangement of USD 1 billion is “under consideration”. These are to be made available under the SAARC SWAP facility. The RBI has agreed to provide the funds under its SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Swap Facility.
6. Malala Pens New Book On Refugee Girls Titled We Are Displaced
- Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai pens a new book, titled ‘We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World,’ charting her experiences traveling the world and visiting refugee camps.
7. PM Modi Launched Various Development Projects in Solapur
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched development projects worth Rs 1,100 cr at Solapur in Maharashtra.
- Referring to the passage of The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha, PM, Modi described it as a landmark moment in the nation’s history.
8. Polavaram Project Enters Guinness Book of World Record For Concrete Pouring
- The Polavaram project of Andhra Pradesh entered the Guinness Book of World by pouring 32,100 cubic meters of concrete in a matter of 24 hours.
- While the staff of Navayuga Engineering company performed the task, project, and state government officials remained at the site until the goal was completed.
9. Mohamed Salah Named African Footballer Of The Year
- Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been named as the 2018 Confederation of African Football Player of the Year. For the second consecutive year he has won the award.
- Egypt forward Salah, 26, beat Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the title. He received the award at a ceremony in Senegal.
10. UGC To Set Up CARE To Strengthen Research Publication
- The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved a list of journals, in that the UGC has decided to establish a Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (CARE).
- The good quality Research Journals in disciplines under Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Arts, Culture, Indian Knowledge Systems etc., will be maintained by CARE and referred to as ‘CARE Reference List of Quality Journals’. This will be used for all academic purposes.
- UGC has constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of Prof. P. Balram, to review its quality mandate relating to promotion of Research and to review the existing M.Phil/ Ph.D Regulations.
11. India Allows Iran’s Bank Pasargad To Open Branch in Mumbai
- Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced that India has allowed an Iranian bank, Pasargad Bank, to open a branch in Mumbai. The move is aimed at circumventing US trade and investment sanctions as India builds a strategic port in the West Asian country.
- Iran’s Pasargad Bank has received the necessary clearances to open its branch in Mumbai. Alongside, India’s UCO Bank will open a branch in Iran.
12. SEBI Constitutes Research Advisory Committee Headed By Sankar De
- Market regulator Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has constituted a “Research Advisory” committee which will assist in formulating policy to undertake research relevant for development and regulation of capital markets.
- According to SEBI, the committee would comprise prominent financial economists and market practitioners. It will be headed by Sankar De.
13. World Hindi Day:10 January
- World Hindi Day is celebrated on January 10 every year, marking the anniversary of first World Hindi Conference which was held in 1975.
- The first World Hindi Conference was inaugurated by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi. World Hindi Day was first observed on January 10, 2006.
- World Hindi Day and National Hindi Diwas are completely different. National Hindi Diwas is celebrated every year on September 14.
14. Egypt to Host 2019 African Cup of Nations
- Seven-time champions Egypt have won the hosting rights for the 2019 edition of the African Cup of Nations. Egypt beat South Africa by 16 votes to one at the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Executive Committee.
- With just five more months for the tournament, Egypt has got a limited time to prepare for an event where a total of 24 teams will be participating.
15. Sushma Swaraj confirms participation in first India-Central Asia Dialogue
- Continuing with increasing engagements with Central Asia, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will attend the first-ever India-Central Asia Dialogue to be held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
- According to a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry, Sushma Swaraj will co-chair the Dialogue along with Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov.
16. Europe dominates top of democracy index, North Korea lags in last
- The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has just released its annual democracy index, and there are a few things that might surprise you.
- Australia and New Zealand are the only “full democracies” in the entire Asia-Pacific region, while the United States is among those that couldn’t find its way into the top category.
- There are also eight countries (Algeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Timor-Leste, Ethiopia, North Korea, Laos, Nepal and Sri Lanka) whose full titles include the word “democratic”, but the EIU says not one of these countries is actually fully democratic.
17. The Most Powerful Passports Of 2019: Japan Leads, Singapore Retains 2nd Spot; India At No.79
- For the second time in a row, Japan retained its top spot as the world’s most powerful passport in 2019, according to the Henley Passport Index.
- The country became the world’s most travel-friendly passport due to the document’s access to 190 countries.
- In 2019, 27 countries were in the top 10 positions on the index, with 20 of those countries located in Europe, and three in Asia.