29th January 2019 Currents Affairs
Kerala government launched "Pravasi Dividend Pension Scheme"


♦ Kerala government P. Sathasivam has launched "Pravasi Dividend Pension Scheme to provide pension to Non-Resident Keralites.

♦ All the NRI would be able to avail regular pension on a one-time payment of Rs 5 lakh.

♦ There are 2.1 million migrants from Kerala state who are residing in the various part of the world.

♦ A non-resident Keralite can invest an amount ranging from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 50 lakh, as a whole or as 6 installments paid within 3 years.

♦ Each beneficiary will be entitled to receive pensions ranging from Rs 5,000-50,000 every month, 3 year after the total amount is deposited, at a dividend rate of 12%.


Novak Djokovic defeats Nadal to win his 7th Australian Open Title


♦ Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal to win his 7th Australian Open Men's Single title at Melbourne.

♦ World No.1 outplayed the second-ranked Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in a largely one side match.

♦ In Women's singles, Japan's Naomi Osaka clinched her maiden Australian Open Grand Slam Single title in Melbourne.

♦ Osaka defeated Petra Kvitova Czech Republic 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 in the summit clash.


Defence Minister launched "RDP INDIA 2019"


♦ Ministry of Defence has launched a mobile app 'RDP India 2019' on the Republic Day.

♦ This app contains information about the Prade on Rajpath, New Delhi, including order of the March, details of the tableaux presented by different States and Ministries, children cultural performances, fly past and names of recipients of Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019.

♦ The app also had the provision for live streaming of the parade.


MP launched an employment scheme "Yuva Swabhiman Yojana" for urban youth


♦ Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has launched an employment scheme 'Yuva Swabhiman Yojana' for urban youths form economically weaker sections.

♦ The scheme was launched in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh.

♦ The main aim is to provide employment to the youth belonging to the weaker section of the society mainly in urban areas of the state.

♦ Under this scheme, 100 days of employment will be provided. They will also be given skill training.


Sugarcane Juice declared as National Drink of Pakistan


♦ The Pakistan government declared Sugarcane Juice as the "National drink" of the country.

♦ They came at this decision after asking People's opinion in twitter to choose one among orange, carrot, and sugarcane.

♦ According to the poll, 7616 people or 81% voted in favour of Sugarcane Juice while 15% voted in favour of Orange and 4% for Carrot.


India Ranks 6th in GDPR Readiness Index: CISCO


♦ According to CISCO report, India ranked 6th in General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) readiness index.

♦ As per report 65% of Indian organizations are better prepared for the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), making the country the 6th leading nation globally in the GDPR readiness index.

♦ As per the report, 59% of organization across the world reported meeting all requirements or most of the requirements, 29% expect to do so within a year while 9% will take more than a year.


Hrithik Roshan appointed as Brand Ambassador of Flamingo


♦ Medical products maker Ascent Meditech has appointed Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan as the brand ambassador for their brand 'Flamingo'.

♦ Ascent Meditech targets orthopedic, healthcare, wound and injury markets through an extensive range of products, till to date Flamingo range over 300 products available to 47 countries in the world.


Former New Zealand bowler Ewen Chatfield retired from Cricket


♦ Former New Zealand bowler Ewen Chatfield retired from Cricket at the age of 68.

♦ He made his debut in 1975.

♦He started his international career in 1975 with a Test match against England in Auckland.

♦ Ewen Chatfield retired from international cricket in 1989, then he played for the club for 51 years which gave him his identity. he played for ♦ the club named "Wellington club Naenae Old Boys.


Roshni, App Developed to Help Visually Impaired Identify Notes


♦ The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar, has developed an app 'Roshni'.

♦ This app would help the Visual Impaired in recognizing the denomination of the currency notes.

♦ The user has to bring the currency note in front of the phone camera and the App would provide audio information as to which note you are holding in your hands.

♦ The app can recognise both old and new noted and gives audio information.

♦ The App is developed by assistant professor Dr. Puneet Goyal and his students-Mandhtya Singh, Joohi Chauhan, and R Ram.

♦ The app was launched in Chandigarh.


D N Chakraborty gets Assam Republic Day Journalism Award


♦ Assam government has entitled the Republic Day Journalism Award 2019 to veteran journalist and former editor Dhirendra Nath Chakraborty.

♦ He is the former editor of Dainik Asom, Dainik Janambhumi and Ajir Batori group of newspaper.

♦ He has been honored for his lifetime contribution to journalism in the state.

♦ The award comprises Rupees one lakh in cash, a citation, the Assamese; xoraai' (the bell metal memento presented as an honour), jaapi (headgear) and an angavastra.

♦ Senior journalist Late Radhika Mohan Bhagawati and Sri Kanaksen Deka earlier received this award.



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