19th January 2019 Current Affairs
Japan launched Epsilon-4 rocket with 7 satellites


♦ Japan launched the Epsilon-4 rocket carrying 7 satellites from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima on 18th January 2019.

♦ The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has launched this satellites.

♦ The Satellites have been developed by private sector companies and Universities.

♦ It was for the first time launched to space in 2013. The second time in late 2016 while the third Epsilon launch vehicle lifted off in January 2018.

♦ The Epsilon is a solid fuel rocket equipped with artificial intelligence technology that cuts labor and launch costs, and which can be controlled from the ground by just two personal computers.


Asif Saeed Khan Khosa appointed as the 26th Chief Justice of Pakistan


♦ Asif Saeed Khan Khosa has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of Pakistan.

♦ He became the 26th Chief Justice of Pakistan.

♦ He was administered the oath by President Arif Alvi, in the ceremony which was also attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan, judges of higher courts, minister, civil and military official, lawyers and foreign guests, including from India.


Haryana government announced "Shaurya Award"


♦ Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced "Shaurya Award" to students.

♦ The award was given in the name of 71 martyrs of the state police force, who laid down their lives while maintaining law and order and protecting society.

The announcement was made by Manohar Lal Khattar at the first state-level function at National Police Memorial in New Delhi.

♦ Under this award, prize money of Rs11,000 will be given to a student for courageous deeds every year in a village block where is located.

♦ Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar also released a book titled "Martyrs of Haryana Police" which highlights the heroic deeds of the police personnel.


Nagpur host the 4-day 2nd World Orange Festival


♦ Nagpur, the city of Oranges host the 4-day 2nd World Orange Festival for the first time on 19th January 2019.

♦ The festival is presented by UPL and hosted by Maharastra Tourism.

♦ The festival will also showcase and brand the exquisite fruit in order to boost its export.


India Rankings: GDP to be a tad Higher to 7.5% in FY20


♦ India Ratings, a Fitch Group Company estimated India's GDP growth could touch 7.5% in the financial year 2019-2020 as against 7.2% during current fiscal i.e. 2018-2019.

♦ The agency estimate, GDP growth in FY20 will be more dispersed and evenly balanced across sectors as well as demand-side growth drivers.

♦ Indian Ratings believes investments are slowly but steadily gaining traction with gross fixed capital formation growing 12.2% in FY19 nad projected tp 10.3% in FY20.



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