The 9th India Japan Energy Dialogue was held in New Delhi
Objective – To work together for energy security and energy access
Discussions on Electric Vehicles
India is ranked joint-sixth in the list of doping violations with 69 cases, same as that of Russia
According to report for samples collected in 2016 by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
The World Anti-Doping Agency is a foundation initiated by the International Olympics Committee based in Canada to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against drugs in sports
The 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in holy city of Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) from January 21 to January 23, 2019.
Its theme will be “Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India”.
The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on January 9 to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India.
HARIMAU Shakti – First ever Bilateral joint military training exercise between India and Malaysia
The commerce ministry has asked FSSAI ( Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) and customs authorities to clear importconsignments of foodproducts in about 48hours at ports with a view to promote ease of doing business at trade front.
It will help India to improve its ranking in Trading Across Borders which is one of the 10 parameters of ease of doing business.
India ranked 146th in Trading Across Borders component ranked by World Bank in its latest report.
The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958 will continue in Nagaland as it is a special case and the peace agreement hasn’t been finalised.
Nagaland is the only state in the north east India, apart from eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh, where the AFSPA continues to be imposed by Union Ministry.
From 2019, State schools in Rajasthan will observe February 14 as Matr-Pitr Pujan Diwas (Mother – father Puja Day)
It has been done to counter the growing influence of Western culture among the teenagers.
Village is declared electrified if 10% of its households have connection as per the Power Ministry.
Electrified implies that a village has been connected to the grid. It does not imply that all households have access to electricity.
Makkal Needhi Maiam ( Political Party based out of Tamil Nadu) leader Kamal Haasan launched ‘Maiam Whistle’
Which will be used to flag civic and socio political issues
The government has decided not to cut any excise duty on fuels.
Domestic Cooking Gas (LPG) – The only commodity that is subsidised now
India has the highest retail prices of petrol and diesel among the South Asian nations as taxes account for half of the pump rates.