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RRB English Current Affairs 16th January 2019

INDIAN AFFAIRS
  1. Ministry of Social Justice and Empowermenthas drafted a five-year action plan called the National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (2018 -2023) NAPDDR which aims to employ a multi-pronged strategy to address the problem of drug and substance abuse in the country.
  2. Union Government has re-promulgated the Companies (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019which aims to amend the companies law to further improve the ease of doing business as well as ensure better compliance levels.
  3. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharamanembarked on her 2-day visit to Andaman & Nicobar islands
  4. Union Minister of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment and Forests and Climate Change, Dr Harshvardhanlaunched the special weather services for the benefit of people visiting Prayagraj during Kumbh Mela at a function in New Delhi.
  5. “Womaniya on GeM” launched by Government e Marketplace [GeM] under Commerce Ministry to empower women entrepreneurs
  6. Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley and Union Minority Affairs Minister Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurated Hunar Haat exhibitions in New Delhi
  7. Gujarat becomes 1st state to implement 10% quota to EWS(Economically Weaker sections) 
  8. Vice President Venkaiah Naiduinaugurated the 4th International Kite Festival and 2nd International Sweet Festival in Hyderabad, Telangana.
  9. India’s largest startup ecosystem, measuring 1.8 lakh sq ft, inaugurated in Kerala by CM Pinarayi Vijayan
  10. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy announced that production, sale and use of single-use plastic products will be banned in the Union Territory of Puducherry
  11. HC forms committee to weed out invasive plant species from Western Ghats
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS 
  1. Macedonia renamed as the Republic of Northern Macedonia   
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
  1. National Wildlife Boardafter receiving recommendations from the state Wildlife Board, approved extraction of natural gas from Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary by state-owned ONGC Tripura Asset.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
  1. Shri Narendra Modi, received the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential award, in New Delhi.
APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS
  1. T.C.A Anant, former Chief Statistician of India & Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, took the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).Oath was administered by Shri Arvind Saxena, Chairman, UPSC.
  2. Deepak Maheshwari, the retired HDFC Bank executive and former Federal Bank board member took charge as chief credit officer (CCO)at Axis Bank as part of an ongoing reshuffle undertaken by new CEO Amitabh Chaudhry.
SCIENCE  & TECHNOLOGY
  1. Chennai Traffic Policeintroduced a road safety robot named ROADEO, to help in traffic management and assist citizens.
SPORTS
  1. Shakil Ahmed set world record in achieving 1 lakh meters in 10 hours in Indoor rowing
  2. Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed‘s record goes past MS Dhoni, Adam Gilchrist, to become the wicket-keeper with most catches
  3. Bengaluru Raptorsbeat Mumbai Rockets by 4-3 in the final of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) 2019 at the Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru to win their maiden title.
OBITUARY
  1. Former Goa Ranji player Rajesh Ghodgepassed away at 47 while playing at the Margao Cricket Club tournament.
  2. 1956 Olympian footballer Zulfiqar passed away

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