31st January 2019 Current Affairs
Suman Kumari appointed Pakistan's first ever Female Hindu Civil Judge


♦ Suman Kumari has become the first Hindu women to be appointed as a civil judge in Pakistan after passing an examination for induction of judicial officers.

♦ She passed her LLB examination from Hyderabad and did her Masters in Law from Karachi's Szabist University.

♦ The first judge the Hindu community was Justice Rana Bhagwandas, who served in Pakistan from 2005-07.


India Replace Japan to become 2nd-largest Steel Producer


♦ India became 2nd-largest steel producing country according to World Steel Association report.

♦ India has replaced Japan to retain the 2nd largest steel producing country.

♦ India's crude steel production in 2018 was 106.5 million tonnes from 101.5 million tonnes in 2017. India shows 4.9% growth in production.

♦ Japan produced 104.3 MT in 2018, down 0.3% compared to 2017 and hold the third Position in Crude steel Production.

♦ China is the largest producer of crude steel. China's share increased from 50.3% in 2017 to 51.3% in 2018.

♦ United States, at the 4th position, which produces 86.7 MT of crude steel in 2018.

♦ South Korea, at the 5th position, which produces 72.5 MT of crude steel in 2018.

♦ Russia, at the 6th position, which produces 71.7 MT of crude steel in 2018.

♦ Germany, at the 7th position, which produces 42.4 MT of crude steel in 2018.

♦Turkey, at the 8th position, which produces 37.3 MT of crude steel in 2018.

♦ Brazil, at the 9th position, which produces 34.7 MT of crude steel in 2018.

♦ Iran, at the 10th position, which produces 25 MT of crude steel in 2018.


Dubai Airport retains Top position as world's Busiest Airport


♦ Dubai International Airport (DXB) has become the world's busiest airport for international passengers for the fifth consecutive year.

♦ It overtook the crown of the world's busiest airport for international passengers from London's Heathrow in 2014.

♦ Dubai International shows an increase of 1% in passenger traffic when compared to the previous year. It is the slowest growth for Dubai Airport in the past decade.


Tamil Nadu bagged best state award for Swasth Bharat Yatra


♦ Tamil Nadu has bagged the best state award for its active participation in the Swasth Bharat Yatra.

♦ The Swasth Bharat Yatra was a pan-India Cyclothon, the key element of Cyclothon was 'Eat Right India' and the goal of the campaign was to aware the sensitive people about 'eating right for a healthy life.

♦ Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had organized  Swasth Bharat Yatra.


Global Corruption Index Ranking: India Ranks 78th 


♦ India has ranked 78th spot on the Global Corruption Index 2018.

♦ According to Transparency International Report India rose by three points to 78 in the list of 180 countries in the world.

♦ China lagged far behind at 87 and Pakistan ranked 117.


First Swadesh Darshan Project inaugurated in Sikkim


♦ K.J. Alphon, Union Minister for Tourism has inaugurated the first Swadesh Darshan Project in Sikkim.

♦ This project was sanctioned by the Minister of Tourism in June 2015 for Rs. 98.05.

♦ Under the scheme, the government will develop quality infrastructure in the country with an objective of providing better experience and facilities to the visitors. It will also promote economic growth.


Civil Aviation Ministry launched Country's First GI Store in Goa


♦ The Civil Aviation Ministry has launched the country's first Geographical Indication (GI) store at Dabolim International Airport in Goa.

♦ The Geographical Indication (GI) store will promote local products made by the artisans and handicrafts at the airport.

♦ The store is set up by Airports Authority of India in partnership with the Cashew Export Promotional Council of India.


FDI grew 18% in FY18 to Rs.28.25 lakh crore: RBI data


♦ Reserve Bank of India has released a data on 'Census on Foreign Liabilities and Assets of India Direct Investment Companies, 2017-18', According to this Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has increased 18% to Rs. 28.25 lakh crore.

♦ FDI increased by 4,33,300 crore during 2017-18, including revaluation of past investments to reach Rs 28.25 lakh crore.

♦ Overseas Direct Investment (ODI) by Indian companies has increased by 5% to reach Rs 5.28 lakh crore.

♦ Mauritius is the largest source of FDI in India (19.7%) followed by the US, the UK, Singapore, and Japan.

♦ In case of Overseas investment by Indian companies, Singapore was the top destination followed by the Netherland and Mauritius and the United state of America.


GST on Haj reduced from 18% to 5%


♦ Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that GST on Haj has been reduced from 18% to 5%.

♦ Due to decreasing in GST, this will reduce the airfare spend on Haj pilgrims by Rs 113 crore this year.

♦ This is the first time since independence more than 2,300 Muslim women from India will go on 2019 Haj without Mehram.


India signs agreement with OECD for participation in PISA 2021


♦ Human Resources Development (MHRD) signed an agreement with Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for India's participation in Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2021.

♦ PISA is a triennial international survey, tests the learning level of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics, science and collaborative problem solving and is conducted by OECD every three years.

♦ The objective for participation in PISA is to help introduce competency-based examination reforms in the school system and to evaluate the education system in the country.

♦ The CBSE and NCERT will be part of the process and activities leading to the actual test.

♦ The students for the test will be selected through random sampling by PISA.

♦ More than 80 countries, including 44 middle-income countries, have participated in the assessment since the first round of testing in 2000.

♦ The next round of PISA is going to held in 2021. 


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