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GK Current Affairs - Today 9rd January 2019 - Latest Current Affairs

GK Current Affairs - Today 9rd January 2019 - Latest Current Affairs

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Vikram Misri takes charge as India's new envoy to China

Current Affairs  A 1989-bunch Indian Foreign Service officer, Vikram Misri supplanted Gautam Bambawale, who had resigned in November. Misri has recently filled in as the Indian emissary to Myanmar and in addition in different limits at the home office of the Ministry of External Affairs and Prime Minister's Office. He has additionally served in different Indian Missions in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America.

Lok Sabha passed the 'DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019

Current Affairs  The motivation behind this Bill is to extend the use of DNA-based legal innovations to help and reinforce the equity conveyance arrangement of the nation. The key parts of this Bill include the foundation of a DNA Regulatory Board; accreditation of DNA research centers undertaking DNA testing, breaking down, and so forth.; the foundation of the National and Regional DNA Data Banks, as conceived in the Bill, will aid measurable examinations. The Bill likewise plans to include an incentive in engaging the criminal equity conveyance framework by empowering the utilization of DNA proof, which is viewed as the best quality level in wrongdoing examinations. Prior, Shashi Tharoor of Congress and N K Premchandran of RSP restricted the bill and requested to send it to the Standing Committee of the House.


Russian President Putin invites PM Modi to Eastern Economic Forum as the main guest

Current Affairs  Leader Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephonic discussion amid which they concentrated on key two-sided and global issues and made plans to venture up collaboration in managing fear based oppression. Russian president welcomed Modi to participate in the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok in September 2019 as the principle visitor. India is one of Russia's principal arms purchasers. In November, New Delhi likewise settled the arrangement on four Russian guided-rocket frigates.

Shenzhen becomes 2nd China city with 99% electric taxis

Current Affairs  Shenzhen city in southern China has reported 99% of the cabs working in the city are presently electric, turning into China's second and biggest city to do as such. Out of 21,689 cabs operational in the city, around 7,500 cabs were still gas fueled in 2018. Eminently, the northern China city of Taiyuan has had just electric taxicabs since 2016. Shenzhen, which outskirts Hong Kong, is home to Huawei Technologies and a large group of other Chinese innovation organizations.


Airports Authority of India declares 16 airports single-use plastic free

Current Affairs  Sixteen air terminals - Indore, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Tirupati, Trichy, Vijayawada, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Vadodara, Madurai, Raipur, Vizag, Pune, Kolkata, and Varanasi - have been pronounced as single-utilize plastic free. Airplane terminals Authority of India (AAI) has additionally prohibited single-utilize plastic crosswise over 129 of its air terminals, from January 1 Single-utilize plastic things are utilized just once and after that tossed in the junk. AAI Headquarters: New Delhi Founded: 1 April 1995.

Nandan Nilekani to Head RBI's new panel on digital payments

Current Affairs  The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) constituted a high-level committee headed by former chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Nandan Nilekani to set up a robust digital payments ecosystem in India) Role of the five-member panel - To review the existing status of digitization of payments, identify gaps in the ecosystem and suggest ways to plug them. Besides Aadhaar architect Nilekani, the other members of the panel are former RBI deputy governor H.R. Khan, former managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of Vijaya Bank Kishore Sansi, former secretary in the ministry of IT Aruna Sharma and chief innovation officer at the Center for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship, IIM Ahmedabad, Sanjay Jain.

DRDO receives Exhibitor of the Year Award

Current Affairs  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)  DRDO’s outdoor exhibits included surface-to-air missile system - Akash, model of BrahMos missile, remotely operated vehicle - Daksh, heavyweight torpedo - Varunastra, Laser Ordnance Disposal System (LORDS) and Vehicle-Mounted Dazzler etc)


Current Affairs  Amazon was valued at $810 billion as compared to Microsoft at $789 billion. Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994. Amazon achieved its record market capitalization of $1 trillion in September last year. Following Amazon as the most valuable company in the world are Microsoft, Alphabet Inc, and Apple.
Current Affairs  Reliance Jio Infocomm launched the Kumbh JioPhone application, specially designed for millions of pilgrims who will congregate during this year’s Ardh Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj. The new app which will be available to both existing and new JioPhone users will contain information on Kumbh, real-time travel information (special trains, buses etc) ), booking tickets and receiving updates, ‘Yatri Ashray’ at stations, emergency helpline numbers, area routes and maps, pre-published bath and religious day schedules and railway camp male) The new app has a feature called ‘Khoya Paya’ that will help users stay close to near and dear ones by finding their exact location.

Current Affairs  The 106th session of Indian Science Congress (ISC), 2019 concluded in Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar yesterday. The five-day session was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and attended by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Science &Technology Minister on 3rd January 2018. As a part of the ISC, Women’s Science Congress was held which was inaugurated by Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister for Textiles & Industry and concluded by Prakash Javadekar, Union HRD Minister. Science Communicators’ Meet was inaugurated by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Electronics & IT.


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