8th January – 16th January, 2019





  1. Ministry of External organized the 4th edition of the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi
  • The Raisina Dialogue is India’s flagship annual geopolitical and geostrategic conference.
  • The theme of the Dialogue is “A World Reorder: New Geometries; Fluid Partnerships; Uncertain Outcomes”
  1. Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) in collaboration with FICCI organized First ever Global Aviation Summit 2019 with the theme “Flying for all”.
    • It was held in Mumbai.
  1. The Ministry of Industries and Commerce had initiated the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) to assist the organic producers to tap the market.
  • The Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) is the implementation agency for the NPOP.
  1. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise has introduced various initiatives in order to promote Ease of Doing Business.
    • Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum – One-page registration form which constitutes a self declared format
    • MSME SAMADHAAN Portal– Launched for empowering micro and small entrepreneurs.
    • MSME SAMBANDH Portal – Launched to monitor implementation of public procurement from MSMEs
    • MSME SAMPARK Portal – Digital platform where job seekers are recruiters register themselves.
  1. Indian Forest Service has been renamed as Indian Forest and Tribal Services in recognition of the close ties between tribals, the forest and forest ecosystem.


  1. Defence Innovation Organisation has launched the Defence India Startup Challenge under the ‘Innovations for Defence Excellence Scheme’ (iDEX) under Ministry of Defence.
  • Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) scheme is aimed at the creation of an ecosystem to foster innovation and technology by providing grants/funding and other support.


  1. Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan if they lived in India for six years instead of 12 years currently.


  1. Five Member High Level Committee was setup by the RBI to deepen the Digital Payments to encourage digitisation of payment and enhance financial inclusion.
    • Nandan Nilekani has been appointed as the head of the committee.
  1. The Supreme Court formed a five-judge Constitution Bench to hear the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title dispute case headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
    • In the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Case 14 appeals were filed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment.
  1. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswam announced the formation of a new district Kallakurichi because the previous coverage of the district Villupuram was huge and it was becoming difficult for the administrators to govern the district.
    • The state will now have 33 districts including Kallakurichi.

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