15 January 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

15 January 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. India celebrates 71st Army Day today

  • Today, 71st Army Day is being celebrated formally with an annual parade at the Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi.
  • Army Day is celebrated on 15th January every year to mark the day when (then) Lieutenant General KM Popularly known as “Kipper”, KM Cariappa was the first Indian commander-in-chief of the Indian Army.
  • The day is celebrated to pay homage, salute to the courageous and brave Indian soldiers who have been sacrificing their lives for protecting the country.
  • Three Service Chiefs General Bipin Rawat (Army Chief), Sunil Lanba (Chief of the Naval Staff) and Birender Singh Dhanoa (Air Chief Marshal) paid tribute at Amar Jawan Jyoti (India Gate) in Delhi.

2. Makar Sankranti celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety

  • Makar Sankranti (Festival of harvest) is being celebrated in different parts of the country with religious fervour and gaiety.
  • People have started gathering on the banks of various rivers in wee hours to take holy dip on this occasion.
  • It is the harvest festival when agriculturists worship the sun as well as their cattle by way of thanksgiving for the bumper harvest.
  • After taking holy dip people are offering water to Sun God and donate Til & rice among poor.
  • Makara Sankranti when the Sun moves position from the DakshiNaayana to Uththaraayaaa welcoming the spring season.

3. Pongal festival celebrated today in Tamil Nadu

  • Today, Pongal festival (four-day) is being celebrated in Tamil Nadu and the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry.
  • It marks the first day of the auspicious month in Tamil calendar, “Thai.”
  • People decked up their homes early in the morning with colourful “kolam’s” or rangoli’s in view of Pongal.
  • The day marks the start of the sun's six-month-long journey northwards (the Uttaraayanam).

4. World's largest religious and cultural human congregation ‘Kumbh Mela’ begins in UP

  • The World’s largest religious and cultural human congregation "Kumbh-2019” has begun at Sangam at Prayagraj, Uttar Paresh (conclude on 4th March 2019).
  • The first bathing was taken by saints and seers of different Akharas.
  • More than one lakh twenty thousand toilets have been erected for making Clean Kumbh.
  • Twenty-one Snan Ghats have been set up for bathing.
  • The whole Kumbh area is divided into 20 sectors and 9 zones for keen vigil by sector & zonal magistrates.
  • Forty police stations, 58 police outposts including three women police station are erected where more than 20 thousand security personnel are deployed.
Know about Kumbha Mela
  • Kumbha Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindu gather to bathe in the holy river.
  • According to medieval Hinduism, Lord Vishnu dropped drops of Amrita (the drink of immortality) at four places, while transporting it in a Kumbha (pot).
  • Traditionally, four fairs are held periodically at one of the following places by rotation
S. No. Kumbha Melas Rivers
1. The Prayag Kumbh Mela (Sangam) The Ganges and the Yamuna and the invisible Sarasvati
2. The Haridwar Kumbh Mela Ganga
3. Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha Godavari
4. The Ujjain Simhastha Shipra

National Affairs

5. Wholesale inflation falls to 3.80% in December

  • According to the government data released, Inflation based on wholesale prices fell 3.80% in December 2018.
  • The Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation stood at 4.64% in November 2018 (in Dec 2017- 3.58%)
  • Deflation in food articles stood at 0.07% in December, (in Nov 3.31%).
  • The Reserve Bank of India mainly considers retail inflation data while formulating monetary policy. 

6. The Global Aviation Summit 2019 started in Mumbai today

  • The Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu has inaugurated the two-day ‘Global Aviation Summit 2019’ in Mumbai.
  • This will be the first-of-its-kind event in the world with participation from more than 86 countries.
  • The Global Aviation Summit with a theme “Flying for all - especially the next 6 Billion”, being organised by Ministry of Civil Aviation in association with FICCI.
  • The objective of the Summit is to provide a platform to the aviation fraternity to discuss the challenges facing the sector in the newly developing growth spots and understand how technology-driven innovations will change air travel in the future.
  • The Vision 2040 for the aviation sector and the Air Cargo Policy will also be unveiled during the summit.

National Appointment 

7. Yes Bank appoints Brahm Dutt as non-executive part-time Chairman

  • Yes Bank has appointment Mr Brahm Dutt as non-executive part-time Chairman. (till 4th July 2020).
  • Currently, He is also the chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.
  • Brahm Dutt has been on Yes Bank’s board since July 2013 as an independent director and contributed to almost all the sub-committees of the board over the past five and a half years.
  • Yes Bank Limited is India's fourth largest private sector bank, founded by Rana Kapoor and Ashok Kapur in 2004.
  • It operates as three entities - Yes Bank, Yes Capital and Yes asset management services.

Honour & Awards

8. Namita Gokhale wins Sushila Devi Literature Award

  • Writer Namita Gokhale has won the Sushila Devi Literature Award for her novel “Things to Leave Behind”.
  • She was awarded in the ‘Best Book of Fiction Written by a Woman Author’ category at the inaugural edition of Bhopal Literature and Art Festival (BLF).
  • Sushila Devi Literature Award is constituted by Ratanlal Foundation, recognises the Best Book of Fiction Written by a woman author.
  • The literature festival has been inaugurated by the Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons at Bharat Bhawan the multi-cultural hub in Bhopal.

9. PM Narendra Modi receives Philip Kotler award

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential award at his residence in New Delhi.
  • PM Modi has been awarded for his outstanding leadership for the nation.
  • The Award focuses on the triple-bottom-line of People, Profit and Planet. 
  • The Philip Kotler Presidential Award recognises and celebrates achievements of organisations, marketing teams, and individuals in different industries around the world.
  • Prof. Philip Kotler is a world-renowned Professor of Marketing at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.

Science & Defence

10. Sitharaman to witness a joint military drill in Andaman, Nicobar Islands

  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is on a two-day visit to Andaman & Nicobar Islands and reviewed a Special Forces', amphibious warfare operations.
  • She also inaugurated a joint military drill involving the Army, the Air Force, the Navy and the Coast Guard.
  • The archipelago is straddled strategically near the mouth of the Malacca Straits which is an important Sea Lane of Communication used by the navies of several countries.
  • The Malacca Straits is also an important Sea Lane of Communication and used by the navies of several countries, including China which has been stepping up its military infrastructure in the Indian Ocean Region.
  • She will also witness three exercises - general survival exercise, amphibious drill and a joint drill.

International Affairs

11. Greek defence minister announces resignation over Macedonia vote

  • The Greece Defence Minister ‘Panos Kammenos’ has announced his resignation from Alexis Tsipras’s coalition government.
  • The Minister had announced his resignation ahead of an upcoming parliamentary vote to end a 27-year name dispute with Macedonia.
  • For the Greeks, Macedonia is the name of a history-rich northern province that was the cradle of Alexander the Great's ancient empire


12. Senior Congress leader Shivajirao Deshmukh passes away

  • Senior Congress leader and former chairman of Maharashtra Legislative Council Shivajirao Deshmukh (84-years) passed away in Mumbai due to illness. 
  • Deshmukh had served as the Revenue Minister in the Vasantsada Patil government from 1976-85.


13. Stephen Constantine steps down as coach of the Indian football team

  • Indian football team head coach ‘Stephen Constantine’ (56-year) has decided to step down after the team's shock 0-1 defeat to Bahrain.
  • India conceded an injury time goal through a penalty to lose 0-1, which led to its exit from the showpiece Asian Cup 2019.
  • Constantine, who had earlier coached India from 2002 to 2005, was handed over reins of the team again in 2015.
  • He guided India to the Asian Cup after a gap of eight years.
13-14 January 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

13-14 January 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Prakash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh celebrated across the country

  • The 352nd birth anniversary of the 10th & last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh is being celebrated across the country as ‘Prakashotsava’.
  • The main function being held at "Takht Harmandar Sahib" in Patna Sahib (birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh).
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a 350-rupee commemorative coin as part of the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh in New Delhi.
  • Guru Gobind Singh Ji's entire life was devoted to serving the people and fighting for values of truth, justice, and compassion.
  • Guru Gobind Singh initiated the Five K's tradition of the Khalsa Kesh (uncut hair), Kangha (a wooden comb), Kara (an iron or steel bracelet worn on the wrist), Kirpan (a sword), Kacchera (short breeches).
  • Guru Gobind Singh, born Gobind Rai (22 December 1666 – 7 October 1708) was the 10th Sikh Guru, a spiritual master, warrior, poet and philosopher.
  • Gobind Singh was the son of Guru Tegh Bahadur (ninth Sikh guru) and Mata Gujri.
  • Guru Gobind Singh was formally installed as the leader of the Sikhs at age nine, becoming the last of the living Sikh Gurus.

2. Prez Kovind approves re-promulgation of Triple Talaq ordinance

  • According to Ministry of Law and Justice notification, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved re-promulgation The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2019.
  • The ordinance seeks to protect the rights of married Muslim women and criminalise the practice of instant triple talaq.
  • The President has also re-promulgated Companies Amendment Ordinance 2019 and Indian Medical Council Amendment Ordinance 2019.

3. Rajyavardhan Rathore launches National Youth Parliament Festival 2019

  • Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Col Rajyavardhan Rathore has launched the National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 at a function in New Delhi.
  • The theme of the festival is- Be the Voice of New India and Find solutions and contribute to policy.
  • The festival will continue till 24th of next month.
  • The Ministry has decided to organise the youth festival at every district of the country so that the youth (18 to 25 years) can participate and discuss and debate about how to make a New India.
  • The best three speakers at the National Youth Parliament will be awarded.
  • The award money will be 2 lakh rupees for the first prize while 1.5 lakh rupees for the second while one lakh rupees will be for third prize.

4. Vice President Naidu inaugurates 25th edition of Partnership Summit 2019 in Mumbai

  • Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu has inaugurated the Partnership summit 2019 (25th edition) in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • New India Rising to Global Occasions is the theme of the inaugural session of the Summit.
  • The summit is expected to build new partnerships and explore investment opportunities in sectors like Artificial Intelligence, big data, food processing, defense, aeronautics, renewable energy and tourism.

5. Sikkim CM launched ‘one family, one job’ scheme

  • Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling has launched the ‘One Family One Job’ scheme in Gangtok.
  • Now, Sikkim has become the first state in the country to carry out such a programme for the people entitling them to state government employee benefits.
  • Under this Scheme, every family one government job has been allotted.
  • New recruits were taken for Group C and Group D posts in 12 departments.

6. INDUS FOOD 2019 to begin today in Greater Noida

  • INDUS FOOD-II with the theme of 'World Food Supermarket' has been started at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida (14th and 15th January 2019).
  • It will promote value addition to India's agriculture exports and integrate Indian farmers and agricultural products with global value chains.
  • INDUS FOOD is a global platform where top exporters from the Food and Beverage Industry of India will be participating and buyers from across the world have been invited.
  • The event is aimed at promoting India as a strong and reliable exporter of food and beverage products to the world

7. Punjab govt to regularise over 5100 teachers with full pay scale

  • The Punjab government will regularise over 5100 teachers with full pay scale next month.
  • According to State Education Minister O P Soni said, the state government is making efforts to uplift educational standards in the state.
  • 'Sikhya Providers' and "volunteer teachers" will get a pay hike of 1,500 rupees from next month.
  • Those teachers who were suspended during their protests had been reinstated and the teachers who were temporarily sent to distant places had been ordered to join at their parent stations.

8. Gujarat becomes 1st state to implement 10% quota to EWS

  • Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has announced that the benefits of 10% for Economically Weaker sections of general category in educational institutions and government jobs will be applicable in the state.
  • This 10% quota for the economically weaker class from the general category will be over and above the existing 49% quota for SC, ST and OBC.
  • The eligibility of the new quota will be applicable only for which the announcement for jobs and admissions have been made but the process has not yet begun.
  • Gujarat is the first state to implement Government’s historic and unprecedented decision to implement the 10 per cent reservation for general category poor candidates.
  • The Union Government had taken the decision under Article 46 of Guiding Principles of Constitution of India after Amendment of the Articles 15 and 16, incorporating 10% reservation for Economically Weaker Sections.

9. Nepal Army Chief conferred honorary ‘General of Indian Army’

  • Nepal's Army Chief Purna Chandra Thapa has arrived in New Delhi on a four-day official visit.
  • General Thapa conferred honorary ‘General of Indian Army’ by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
  • The visit symbolizes the deep-rooted ties between the two armies and will help strengthen defence cooperation.
  • He will also visit defence formations based at Jaipur and Lucknow.

10. Ashok Chawla resigned as NSE Chairman

  • Ashok Chawla has resigned as chairman of the National Stock Exchange of India Ltd (NSE) with immediate effect.
  • Earlier, Ashok Chawla stepped down from the post of non-executive Chairman of Yes Bank.
  • Mr Chawla is named, along with former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, in the Aircel-Maxis bribery case being probed by the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation).
  • The National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) is the leading stock exchange of India, located in Mumbai.
  • NSE (established in 1992) was the first exchange in the country to provide a modern, fully automated screen-based electronic trading system.


11. AAP leader and former banker Meera Sanyal passes away

  • Banker-turned politician Meera Sanyal (57-years) passed away due to illness.
  • She had joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after quitting her job as the country chief executive (CEO) of Royal Bank of Scotland.
  • She contested the Lok Sabha election unsuccessfully in 2014 from Mumbai South constituency.
  • Sanyal also authored a book entitled ‘The Big Reverse: How Demonetization Knocked India Out’.
  • Sanyal was also awarded as Philanthropist of the Year by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) in 2011.


12. Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspended pending an inquiry into comments on the TV show

  • According to The Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai, Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul were suspended pending an inquiry into their comments on women during a TV show.
  • The decision to hand them suspensions came after Rai's CoA colleague Diana Edulji recommended suspension till further action against the two.
  • Both will be sent home on the first available flight from Australia.

13. Abhinav Shaw becomes youngest gold medallist in shooting

  • Abhinav Shaw (10-years) has become the youngest gold medallist in shooting at the Khelo India Youth Games in Pune.
  • He teamed up with Mehuli Ghosh to help West Bengal win the 10m air rifle mixed team event.
  • Delhi's Devanshi Rana bagged gold in Under-21 girls 25m pistol event.
  • With 18 medals (nine gold, six silver and three bronze) Maharashtra was also crowned champions.

14. Bengaluru Raptors win Premier Badminton League title

  • Bengaluru Raptors edged the Mumbai Rockets 4-3 to win their first ever Premier Badminton League title.
  •  Star player Kidambi Srikanth, Vu Ji Trang and the Men's Doubles pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Satiawan won their matches for Bengaluru guiding them to victory.
  • Premier Badminton League is a franchise league has the rights to operate and execute the Premier Badminton League.
  • The nine teams are Delhi Dashers, Ahmedabad Smash Masters, Awadhe Warriors, Bengaluru Raptors, Mumbai Rockets, Hyderabad Hunters, Chennai Smashes, North Eastern Warriors and Pune 7 Aces.

15. Australian Open: first Grand Slam of the season begins in Melbourne

  • Today, the first Grand Slam of the season 107th edition "Australian Open-2019" kicked off in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki are the 2018 men's and women's singles defending champions, respectively.
  • India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran will be seen in action in the Men's Singles, with Leander Paes and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, with their team-mates.
  • The pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan figuring in the Men's Doubles.
  • The "2019 Australian Open" is a tennis tournament that will take place at Melbourne Park between 14- 27th January 2019.
  • The tournament will consist of events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles play.

16. Mahendra Singh Dhoni joins an elite list of Indian cricketers to score ten thousand runs

  • India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the fifth player to score 10,000 runs (in 330 ODIs) for India in One-day International (ODI) Cricket.
  • Earlier achieved are Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli.
  • Now Dhoni has over 10,050 runs at an average of 49.75, including 9 centuries and 67 fifties.
  • Overall, Dhoni is the 13th player in history to score ten thousand runs in the ODIs.
  • In 2001, India's Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to cross the 10,000 runs mark in ODIs.
List of Indian cricketers to score ten thousand runs:
S. No Player Name Matches Runs 100s 50s
1. Sachin Tendulkar 463 18,426 49 96
2. Sourav Ganguly 311 11,363 22 72
3. Rahul Dravid 344 10,889 12           83
4 Virat Kohli 217 10,235 38 48
5. MS Dhoni 333 10224 10 68
12 January 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

12 January 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. National Youth Day being observed today

  • National Youth Day (Yuva Diwas) is celebrated in India on 12th January on the birthday of social reformer, philosopher and thinker Swami Vivekananda (156th).
  • According to Ramakrishna Mission, the theme for 2019 is “Youth and Nation Building
  • Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has unveiled the tallest bronze statue of Swami Vivekanand at Ranchi Lake.
  • Renowned sculptor and a recipient of Padma Bhushan Ram V Sutar has designed the 33 feet bronze figurine at a whopping cost of Rs. 15 crores.
  • Swami Vivekananda was born on 12th January 1863 in the Pausha Krishna Saptami tithi and died on 4 July 1902.
  • He was the chief disciple of the 19th-century saint Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and the founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission.
  • He was one of the most prominent figures of India who introduced Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the 'Western' World.


2. TCS appoints Daniel Hughes Callahan as Independent Director

  • India’s largest IT services company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has appointed Daniel Hughes Callahan as an Additional and Independent Director for a period of five years.
  • He was the Chief Administrative Officer (CEO) and Head of Operations and Technology at Citi group and was a member of Citi’s Operating Committee until November 2018.
  • Callahan has broad experience in driving strategic change across large global organisations and dealing with multiple stakeholders in local and national governments and regulatory bodies.

3. Su Tseng-chang appointed as Taiwan PM

  • Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has appointed Su Tseng-chang as Prime Minister, during a Cabinet reshuffle following the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's heavy losses in local elections.
  • Su is a former premier appointed in 2006 by then-President Chen Shui-bian.
  • She was a chairman of Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party for two terms.

Books & Authors

4. Malala pens new book on refugee girls titled 'We are Displaced'

  • Nobel Peace Prize winner, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai is coming up with a new book, charting her experiences travelling the world and visiting refugee camps.
  • The Title of the 244-page book is ‘We Are Displaced’, priced at Rs 399.
  • Malala's experiences visiting refugee camps caused her to reconsider her own displacement - first as an Internally Displaced Person when she was a young child in Pakistan, and then as an international activist who could travel anywhere in the world except to the home she loved.

Science & Defence

5. ISRO announces Human Space Flight Centre in Bengaluru

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Siva has announced setting up of Human Space Flight Centre in Bengaluru to make India's maiden human mission to Space a reality.
  • Gaganyaan project (Headed by- R. Hutton), will send three astronauts to orbit the Earth for three to seven days at about 400 kilometres.
  • The space agency has tied up with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and L&T among other firms to manufacture the industry-made PSLV launch vehicles.
  • The Rs. 10,000-crore project is slated to happen before December 2021 and will be preceded by two unmanned trials.

6. NIC Command and Control Centre inaugurated

  • The Union minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad has inaugurated the National Informatics Centre (NIC)’s Command and Control Centre (CCC) and its Centre for Excellence in Artificial Intelligence.
  • National Informatics Centre hosts over 10,000 e-Governance applications and offers Data Centre and Cloud services to the Government.
  • The Command and Control Centre is set up as a specialized facility with a nationwide view of ICT infrastructure for effective monitoring and management of the performance & availability of all these critical services.
  • The Command and Control Centre will increase the agility of NIC’s nationwide ICT infrastructure.
  • National Informatics Centre (NIC) is the premier science and technology organisation of the Government of India in informatics services and information and communication technology (ICT) applications.

National Affairs

7. Urea fertilizer prices reduced by 11% in UP

  • The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has reduced the prices of urea fertilizer by 11% in the interest of the farmers.
  • The decrease in prices of Urea is due to the reduction in additional VAT levied on natural gas.
  • Now, the bag of 45 kilograms of urea will be available at the cost of Rs. 266.50 instead of Rs. 299.
  • 50-kilogram Urea bag will cost rupees 295. Our correspondent reports that this is an important step in the direction of the government's effort to double farmers income by 2021.

8. Finance Minister to present interim Budget for 2019-20 fiscal on 1st February

  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the interim Budget for 2019-20 fiscal on 1st of February 2019.
  • The budget session of the Parliament to be held from 31st January to 13th February.
  • The work for preparation of interim Budget has already commenced and is now gaining momentum.

9. Sino-Indian Digital Collaboration Plaza launched

  • The Union Government has launched the Sino-Indian Digital Collaboration Plaza (SIDCOP) to bring Indian IT companies and Chinese enterprises closer to each other on a single AI enabled platform.
  • This is a partnership by National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) with Municipal Governments of Guiyang and Dalian.
  • SIDCOP, which is a boundary-less marketplace offers this opportunity for Chinese enterprises in order to assist them in operational optimization and adopting industry best practices in business solutions.
  • This platform could be useful to connect with top providers from India and help Chinese enterprises source the right solution providers for their projects.

10. Union Government launched the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)

  • The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) was launched by Union minister for environment, forests and climate change, Harsh Vardhan with an initial budget of Rs. 300 crores for the first two years.
  • The NCAP will be a mid-term, five-year action plan with 2019 as the first year.
  • The Centre stepped up its efforts to combat air pollution by launching a five-year action plan with a tentative target of 20-30% reduction in concentrations of PM10 and PM2.5 by 2024, with 2017 as the base year.
  • The approach for NCAP includes collaborative, multi-scale and cross-sectoral coordination between the relevant central ministries, state governments and local bodies.

11. EC panel submits the report on digital media and campaigning during last 48 hours before polls

  • The Election Commission appointed Committee headed by Umesh Sinha (Sr. Deputy Election Commissioner) has submitted its report on digital media and campaigning during last 48 hours before polls to the Sunil Arora (Chief Election Commissioner).
  • The recommendations of Committee will be considered by the Commission in detail for follow up action.
  • The panel was mandated to review and suggest modifications in the provisions of Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act dealing with campaigning in the last 48 hours and related provisions of the Model Code of Conduct.
  • No campaigning is allowed in the last 48 hours so that voters can think independently. This period is also called silence period.
  • The task of maintaining campaign silence during last 48 hours before the conclusion of polling is becoming increasingly onerous due to the influence of digital media.


12. Egypt to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

  • According to Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad, Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations between 15th June and 13th July 2019.
  • The CAF executive committee preferred Egypt to South Africa as a replacement for original hosts Cameroon.
  • Cameroon was dropped due to delays in preparations and concerns over security.
  • Egypt only entered the running to host the Cup of Nations when fellow north African country Morocco announced they would not bid to do so. 
UPSC NDA I 2019: 392 Vacancies (Apply Online)

UPSC NDA I 2019: 392 Vacancies (Apply Online)

UPSC NDA I 2019 - Apply Online for 392 Vacancies in National Defence Academy & Naval Academy, Across India. Online Applications are invited by Union Public Service Commission from 09 Jan 2019 to 04 Feb 2019 for 392 vacancies.

Important Dates for UPSC NDA I 2019:

Starting Date to Apply Online09 Jan 2019
Closing Date to Apply Online04 Feb 2019

Application Fee for UPSC NDA I 2019:

Gen/ OBC₹ 100
SC/ ST/ Ex-ServicemenNil
Pay the Examination Fee through depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using Visa/MasterCard/Rupay Credit/Debit Card 

Age Limit for UPSC NDA I 2019:

Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd July, 2000 and not later than 1 st July, 2003 are eligible.

Job Location for UPSC NDA I 2019:

Across India

Qualification for UPSC NDA I 2019:

  • (i) For Army Wing of National Defence Academy :—12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
  • (ii) For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy :—12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University. 

Post Details for UPSC NDA I 2019:

Name of PostNo. of Post
National Defence Academy
Air Force92
Naval Academy  (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)50

Pay Scale of UPSC NDA I 2019:

RankPay Level in ₹
Lt to MajLt - Level 10 (  56,100 – 1,77,500)
Capt - Level 10 B ( 61,300-1,93,900)
Maj - Level 11 (69,400 – 2,07,200)
Lt Col to Maj GenLt Col - Level 12A (1,21,200 – 2,12,400)
Col - Level 13 (1,30,600-2,15,900)
Brig - Level 13A (1,39,600-2,17,600)
Maj Gen - Level 14 (1,44,200-2,18,200)
Lt Gen HAG ScaleLevel 15 (1, 82, 200-2,24,100)
HAG+ScaleLevel 16 (2,05,400 – 2,24,400)
VCOAS/Ar my Cdr/ Lt Gen(NFSG)Level 17 (2,25,000/-) (fixed)
COASLevel 18 (2,50,000/-) (fixed)

Selection Process for UPSC NDA I 2019:

On the basis of Written Exam and Interview.

How to Apply for UPSC NDA I 2019:

Eligible candidates may apply online at UPSC's website (direct link is given below) from 09 Jan 2019 to 04 Feb 2019.
Steps To Apply Online:
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Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019: Navik GD 10+2 Entry 02/2019 Batch

Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019: Navik GD 10+2 Entry 02/2019 Batch

Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019 - Apply Online for Navik GD 10+2 Entry 02/2019 Batch in Indian Coast Guard, Across India. Online Applications are invited by Indian Coast Guard from 21 Jan 2019 to 31 Jan 2019.

Official Notification for Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019

Important Dates for Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019:

Starting Date to Apply Online21 Jan 2019
Closing Date to Apply Online31 Jan 2019

Age Limit for Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019:

For Gen/ UR CandidatesMinimum 18 Years and maximum 22 years
Relaxation ( in Upper age limit )05 years for SC/ST candidates
03 years for OBC candidates

Job Location for Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019:

  • Across India

Qualification for Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019:

  • 10+2 passed with Maths and Physics from an education board recognized by Central/State Government with minimum 50% aggregate marks.

Physical Fitness Test (PFT) for Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019:

PFT will be conducted for all those who qualify the written tests. All candidates are advised to be in possession of sport rig (Shoe, T-shirt, Trouser etc). The PFT consists of:-
  • (i) 1.6 Km run to be completed in 7 minutes.
  • (ii) 20 Squat ups (Uthak Baithak)
  • (iii) 10 Push up. Candidates undergoing PFT will do so at their own risk.

Medical Standards for Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019:

  • a) Medical examination will be conducted by authorized Military Doctors as per medical standard prescribed in current regulations applicable to Enrolled Personnel on entry.
  • (b) Height. Minimum height 157 cms. Reduction in height for candidates from hilly areas and tribal areas will be in accordance with the Central Govt. orders.
  • (c) Chest. Should be well proportioned. Minimum expansion 5 cms.
  • (d) Weight. Proportionate to height and age +-10 percentage acceptable.
  • (e) Hearing. Normal.
  • (f) Visual Standard. 6/6 (Better Eye) and 6/9 (Worse Eye). (Candidates using glasses are not eligible)

Pay Scale for Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019:

₹ 21,700.00

Selection Process for Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019:

  • On the basis of Written Test.

How to Apply for Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019:

Eligible candidates may apply online at Indian Coast Guard's website (direct link is given below) from 21 Jan 2019 to 31 Jan 2019.

Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019: Apply Online

Steps To Apply Online for Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019:

  1. Before applying to Online Applicants have valid email & Scanned copies of photo, signature.
  2. Candidates log on to http://www.joinindiancoastguard.gov.in/
  3. Read the information carefully & Click on "Apply Online".
  4. Click on “Click here for New Registration”, if you are a new user.
  5. Complete the Registration & Click on “Submit”.
  6. After Registration, Log in with Registered Number & Password.
  7. Fill the all details in the application & upload Photo, Signature.
  8. Take a print out of Online application for future use.

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HSSSC Clerk Recruitment 2019 Notification Apply for 352 Posts

HSSSC Clerk Recruitment 2019 Notification: Apply for 352 Posts 

HSSSC Clerk recruitment 2019 notification! HSSSC has released the recruitment notification for the 352 vacancies of Clerk posts in the High Court of Punjab & Haryana. The online application for HSSSC Clerk 2019 has started and the last date to apply is 07th February 2019. The HSSSC Clerk 2019 exam is expected to be held in the month of April/ May 2019 as per the official notification.

HSSSC Clerk Recruitment Notification 2019 PDF

Candidates interested in applying for the HSSSC Clerk post can check below the important dates, no. of vacancies, eligibility criteria, application form, selection procedure, exam pattern & much more.

Important Dates for HSSSC Clerk Recruitment 2019

Events Important Dates
Last date for HSSSC Clerk Application Form 2019 04th February 2019
Last Date for receipt of application fee 06th February 2019
Last date for HSSSC Registration Step II 07th February 2019
Last date to edit the applications 07th February 2019
HSSSC Clerk Exam Date 2019 April or May 2019

HSSSC Clerk Vacancy 2019

Below is the distribution of vacancies for the post of clerk in HSSSC: -
Category Posts
General 183
SC/ST of Haryana 60
BC of Haryana BC-A 40
BC-B 29
PHC of Haryana General 1
Ex-Servicemen General 22
BC-A 9
BC-B 4
Total 352

Eligibility Criteria for HSSSC Clerk Recruitment 2019

To be eligible for the post of Clerk in HSSSC, the candidate has to fulfill both the stages as stated by the commission which is as follows: -

1. Age Limit for HSSSC Clerk Recruitment 2019

Category Minimum Age Limit Maximum Age Limit
General 18 42
SC/ST of Haryana 18 47
BC of Haryana 18 47
Ex-servicemen of Haryana 18 42 + military services added by 3 years.
PHC of Haryana 18 Relaxable by 10 years
In Service Employees 18 45

2. Educational Qualification for HSSSC Clerk Recruitment 2019: -

To be eligible for the post of clerk in High Court of Punjab & Haryana, the candidate should possess a degree of Bachelor of Arts, or Science or equivalent from a recognized university. He/she should have also passed matriculation examination with Hindi as one of the subjects and must have proficiency in operation of computers (word processing and spreadsheets).

Application Form for HSSSC Clerk Recruitment 2019

The online application form for the registration (Step-1) will be accepted until February 04, and the second stage (Step-2) of uploading the photograph & signature will be accepted till 07th February 2019. Eligible candidates can apply for the post of clerk through the link shared above. Below you can check out the steps to apply online for the post of clerk in HSSSC: -

HSSSC Recruitment 2019 Online Apply - Direct Link!

How to Apply online for HSSSC Clerk Recruitment 2019?

Step 1: - Go to the official website of HSSSC.
Step 2: - Click on the recruitment link of clerk shown on the home page.
Step 3: - Click on the online registration (step-1 registration).
Step 4: - Enter the complete details as per your official documents.
Step 5: - Submit the application form and pay the application fee.
Step 6: - Download the receipt of the form.
Step 7: - After this go again to step 2 & click on “Login for Step-II”.
Step 8: - Upload the photograph/signature, & qualification.
Step 9: - Click on the submit button.

Application Fee for HSSSC Clerk Recruitment 2019

The application fee of different categories is different. Below are the detailed criteria of HSSSC Clerk application fee for every category: -
Category Male Female
General Rs. 750/- Rs. 375/-
SC/ST/BC/ESM of Haryana Rs. 200/- Rs. 100/-
Reserved categories of other states Rs. 750/- Rs. 375/-

Selection Process for HSSSC Clerk Recruitment 2019

The selection of the candidates for the post of clerk in High Court of Punjab & Haryana will be based on the following two stages which are as follows: -
Stage 1: - Written test
Stage 2: - Computer Proficiency test (CPT)

Exam Pattern for HSSSC Clerk Recruitment 2019

Candidates those who have applied for the exam have to appear for a written examination in the following subjects: -
Subject Maximum Marks Qualifying Marks
General Knowledge 50 33% in each subject but no candidate shall be considered to have qualified the written examination unless he/she obtains 40% marks in the aggregate of both subjects.
English Composition 50
Total 100 marks
Note: -
  • There is a negative marking of 1/4th mark for every wrong answer.
  • Candidates will be called for CPT i.e. to access the proficiency of candidates in operation of the computer (word processing and spreadsheets) only after qualifying the written examination.
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