1. PM Modi dedicates National Salt Satyagraha Memorial to the nation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated National Salt Satyagraha Memorial to the nation at Dandi village in South Gujarat.
- At the memorial site, he also unveiled statues of Mahatma Gandhi and 80 Satyagrahis who had marched with him during the historic Dandi Salt March in 1930.
- The memorial also has 24-narrative murals depicting various events and stories from the historic 1930 Salt March.
2. Shri K J Alphons inaugurates the First Swadesh Darshan project in Sikkim
Shri. K.J. Alphons, Union Minister for Tourism inaugurated the project “Development of North East Circuit in Gangtok, Sikkim”.
- The project implemented under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism.
- The government of India was sanctioned by the Ministry in June 2015 for Rs. 98.05 Crores and is the first ever project in Sikkim under the scheme.
- The Ministry has sanctioned 16 projects for Rs. 1349.04 crores covering all North Eastern States under its schemes of Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD.
- Swadesh Darshan scheme is one of the flagship schemes of the Ministry of tourism for the development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and prioritized manner.
- The scheme was launched in 2014 -15 and as on date, the Ministry has sanctioned 77 projects worth projects for Rs. 6121.69 Crore to 30 States and UTs.
3. ICICI decided to terminate Chanda Kochhar
The ICICI Bank has decided to terminate the contract of former MD and CEO, Chanda Kochhar. Ms. Kochhar, who assumed charge as MD and CEO on May 1, 2009, resigned in October last year. The bank also said there would be a clawback of bonuses paid between 2009 and 2019.
- In June last year, the bank formed the one-member panel, assisted by a law firm, to look into the allegations of conflict of interest against Ms.Kochhar in relation to a loan given to Videocon Industries.
- The panel by B.N. Srikrishna found that she violated the bank’s code of conduct.
4. Bhagwant Mann was reappointed as chief of AAPs Punjab unit
Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann was reappointed chief of the Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab unit. Mr.Mann had resigned from the post last year in protest against AAP convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal ’s apology to former SAD Minister Bikram Singh Majithia.
- Mr.Mann is an Indian politician. In May 2014, he became the MP for Sangrur constituency, Punjab.
- He is also a professional comedian who performs skits in the Punjabi language.
5. Dilip Sadarangani is appointed as the chairman of Federal Bank
South India based private sector lender Federal Bank has appointed Dilip Sadarangani as its part-time chairman.
The appointment of Sadarangani, who has been on the bank’s board since 2013, has been cleared by the Reserve Bank as well.
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6. Ministry of Textiles and GoI launched Artisan Speak
Ministry of Textiles and Government of India launched Artisan Speak at Elephanta Caves (UNESCO heritage site). The aim is to strengthen the handlooms and textiles sector of India. The event has been held to showcase the GI Textiles of India, through a confluence of fashion, music, and dance.
- Many textiles companies signed agreements with the Office of Development Commissioner (Handlooms), Ministry of Textiles on the occasion.
- Under the agreements, the Weavers Service Centres (WSCs) under the Office of DC (Handlooms) will enable textile firms to directly source their requirements from handloom clusters, as per defined quality, cost and time constraints. This will also result in better price realization and improved market understanding for weavers.
7. World Leprosy Eradication Day celebrated on 30th January
The World Leprosy Eradication Day is celebrated on 30th January 2019. It is to stress the need for eradicating the disease.
- It also brings to light the discrimination and stigma that people suffer from society every day.
- The theme for World Leprosy Day is ‘ending discrimination, stigma, and prejudice’. Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease is a highly contagious infection caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae.
8. Dubai airport has been named the worlds busiest airport
The Dubai International Airport has been named as the world’s busiest airport for international passengers for the fifth consecutive year. The UAE’s aviation sector’s contribution to the country’s economy also grows steadily.
- Dubai became the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic in 2014 when it overtook London’s Heathrow Airport.
- Indian travelers emerging as the largest source of traffic for the airport which registered a record footfall of over 89 million. Dubai international airport was opened for civil aviation in July 1937.
9. Nagaland CM inaugurated States first Astro Turf Football Pitch
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio inaugurated first Astro Turf Football Pitch of the State at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Kohima, Nagaland.
- The pitch was inaugurated on the occasion of 100th birth anniversary of the legendary footballer Dr. T. Ao.
- The state government also planned to partner with Bhaichung Bhutia Football schools for a game development plan.
- It will begin with young-footballers in which under-16 footballers all over the state will receive an opportunity to be part of this program.
10. Global Corruption Index Released India Ranks 78
According to report, India ranked 78 out of 180 countries with a score of 41.
- Denmark topped the index, with 88 points.
- China ranked 87 and Pakistan ranked 117
- It was followed by New Zealand, with 87 points and Finland with 85.
- Sudan was the worst with a score of 10 points, while Somalia and Syria followed it up with 13 points each.
- Overall, more than two-thirds of the 180 countries scored below 50 in the index, with an average score of only 43.