17th January – 24th January, 2019




  1. 15 km Kollam Bypass is constructed on the National Highway 66 which reduces the travel time between Alappuzha and Thiruvanthapuram in Kerala.
  • This is the first National Highway project in the country taken up on 50:50 centre-state partnership.
  1. In Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Kamal Nath launched the Rs 50000-crore farm debt-waiver scheme named ‘Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana’.
  • It would benefit 55 lakh small and marginal farmers.
  • Under this scheme, the government promised to repay bank loans of the farmers
  • Only those applicants will be considered whose loan does not cross Rs 2 lakh threshold.
  • This scheme is only for those who are associated with agricultural practices on a full-time basis.
  1. A panel headed by Sudhir Mungantiwar will examine uniformity of taxation on lottery under GST and other issues arising out of it.
  • State- organised lottery falls under 12% tax slab and State- Authorised lottery attracts 28% tax.
  1. Global Aviation Summit 2019 has started in Mumbai with the theme- ‘Flying for All’.
  1. For the first time at the Kumbh Mela, a transgender ashram, known as the Kinnar Akhara, led by rights activist Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi from Mumbai, joined the first bathing day.
  • A mobile app named ‘Kumbh Mela Weather Service’ has also been developed to disseminate the live weather information on temperature, humidity, rainfall and winds.
  1. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launched the Global Housing Technology Challenge (GHTC) under Pradhan Mantri Awas YojanaUrban to make the construction of houses cost effective and meet the target of constructing 1.2 crore houses by 2022.
  • GHTC focuses on identifying and mainstreaming proven demonstrable technologies for lighthouse projects and spotting potential future technologies for incubation and acceleration support.
  1. UNNATI (Unispace Nanosatellite Assembly & Training) programme was organised by ISRO in Karnataka to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations conference on the exploration and peaceful uses of outer space (UNISPACE-50).
  • UNNATI programme aims at capacity building in satellite technology for participants from countries interested in developing a space programme by providing hands-on experience in building and testing of Nano Satellites.
  1. Reliance Retail and Reliance Jio Infocomm would jointly launch a new e-commerce platform in the country.
  • Gujarat will be the first state to get it.
  1. MoU between India and Australia were approved for implementation of risk-based safety management system, providing training and modernising R&D laboratory of Directorate general of Mines safety (DGMS)
  1. President of India, Shri. Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Act, 2019.
  • The changes include regular examination in the fifth class and in the eighth class at the end of every academic year.
  • If a child fails in the examination, he shall be given additional instruction and granted opportunity for re-examination within a period of two months from the date of declaration of the result and hold back if fails in re-examination.
  • No child shall be expelled from a school till the completion of elementary education.No child shall be expelled from a school till the completion of elementary education.


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