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National

National

National Health Agency as “National Health Authority” for better implementation of Pradhan Mantri – Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).

The Union Cabinet today approved the restructuring of existing National Health Agency as “National Health Authority” for better implementation of Pradhan Mantri – Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).

With this approval, the existing society “National Health Agency” has been dissolved and
will be replaced by National Health Authority as an attached office to Ministry of Health &
Family Welfare.

The National Health Authority would be empowered with full autonomy, accountability and the mandate to implement PM-JAY through an efficient, effective and transparent decision- making process by aligning the accountability with responsibility.

 

The 4th edition of the annual cleanliness survey Swachh Survekshan 2019 was launched in New Delhi today.

It will be conducted across 4,237 towns and cities.

The completely digital and paperless survey will be completed in a record time of 24 days.

Objective of Swachh Survekshan 2019 : To encourage largescale participation of citizens and to ensure sustainability of the initiatives taken towards garbage-free and open defecation- free cities.

Nine days long International Kite Festival kicks off in Ahmedabad

Nine-day long international kite festival which marks the Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti, the day when winter season starts changing to summer and farmers welcome the approaching harvest season, kicked off at Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

This year’s Kite festival in which Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Ahmedabad Mayor Bijal Patel and State Revenue Minister Kaushik Patel also took part was inaugurated by Gujarat Governor O P Kohli.

This year is the 30th edition of kite festival in which about 500 kite fliers from 19 cities of Gujarat and 13 different states of the country are participating. Besides more than 150 kite fliers from 45 different countries are also taking part in the festival.

Andhra Pradesh Tops ACIs Ease Of 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.

EDB index is based upon three parameters called ABC – Attractiveness to Investors, Business Friendliness and Competitiveness Policies.

International

International

The Nepal Government is set to introduce a law aimed at ensuring the security of senior citizens.

The Nepal Government is set to introduce a law which makes it mandatory for the children to deposit 5 to 10 per of their income into the bank accounts of parents to ensure their well-being.

The government will present a bill on the amendment to the Senior Citizens Act, 2063 (2006) with such a provision.

The move is primarily aimed at ensuring the security of senior citizens.

 

United Nations has called for an independent and impartial investigation into the recently held general elections in Bangladesh

The United Nations has called for an independent and impartial investigation into the recently held general elections in Bangladesh amid accusations of violence and voting irregularities.

Note : Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina secured her third consecutive term.

Economy&Finance

Economy and Finance

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced interest- free loans for women Self-Help Groups (SHGs).

As part of the Mission Shakti scheme, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced interest- free loans for women Self-Help Groups (SHGs).

He also announced seed money worth ₹15,000 for new SHGs and ₹3,000 to purchase smartphones for digital empowerment.

 

Indian Railways is planning to seal stations like airports and passengers would require to arrive 15- 20 minutes before their train’s scheduled departure to complete the security check process.

The hi-tech security plan has been implemented in Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh) and Hubli (Karnataka) stations.

Sports

Sports

Hopman Cup: Roger Federer & Belinda Bencic retain title for Switzerland

Hopman Cup, an annual international eight-team indoor hardcourt tennis tournament was held in Perth, Western Australia. It is a mixed competition in which male and female players are on combined teams and represent their countries.

The Event was concluded on 5th January 2019.

This year Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic secured a 2-1 victory over Germany’s Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev to win the Hopman Cup for the second year in a row. It was Switzerland’s fourth title overall, behind only the United States with six.

This year’s tournament is the 31st edition of the Hopman Cup and potentially be the final edition of the tournament as it will be replaced by an ATP tournament from next year.

India win a Test series in Australia for the first time in history

India won the four-match Test series against Australia 2-1 as the Sydney Test ended in a draw after the fifth day’s play was washed out due to rain.

This is the first time ever that India have won a Test series in Australia. Before this, India had played 11 Test series in Australia since 1947, losing eight and drawing three.

Miscellaneous

Important Days

(6th January 2019) is World Day for War Orphans.

This day was initiated by the French organisation, SOS Enfants en Detresses.
Held on 6th January each year, this special day enables the International Community to recognise the plight of a particularly vulnerable group.

Awards

Christian Bale, Lady Gaga win at 76th Golden Globe Awards

Christian Bale won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for ‘Vice’ at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, while Lady Gaga’s song ‘Shallow’ from ‘A Star is Born’ won Best Original Song.

Oscar-winning ‘Moonlight’ actor Mahershala Ali won the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for ‘Green Book’

 

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ named Best Picture at 76th Golden Globe Awards

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, the biopic on rock band Queen was named the Best Motion Picture Drama at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards.

‘Green Book’ won the award for Best Musical or Comedy while the award for the Best Foreign Language Film went to ‘Roma’. Meanwhile, Alfonso Cuaron won the Best Director award for ‘Roma’.

Thought of the Day

“When you know better, you do better.”


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