Current Affairs 28 January 2019
1.Lt Kasturi becomes 1st woman to lead all-men contingent on Republic-Day
Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi has become the first woman to lead an all-men Army contingent in Republic Day parade by leading the Indian Army Service Corps contingent.An all-women Assam Rifles contingent was also part of the parade for the first time.
2.South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, Chief Guest at Republic Day
South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Delhi for his first state visit ahead of the Republic Day celebration parade, where he is the chief guest. Ramaphosa is second South Africa’s President after Nelson Mandela to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade.
3.India’s fastest indigenous train renamed as Vande Bharat Express
India’s fastest indigenous train which will run from Delhi to Varanasi has been named as Vande Bharat Express. Its previous name was Train 18. The new name has been given after taking suggestions from the general public.It is a train built completely in India by Indian engineers in a span of 18 months and it is an example that it is possible to make world-class trains under Make in India.
4.Government to confer 4 Padma Vibhushan, 14 Padma Bhushan awards this year
The Government of India announced four Padma Vibhushan, 14 Padma Bhushanand 94 Padma Shri Awards for 112 personalities.As many as 21 of the awardees are women. Folk artiste TeejanBai, President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh, L&T chairman AM Naik and theatre artiste Balwant Moreshwar Purandare were awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award.
5.Pranab Mukherjee, N Deshmukh and B Hazarika awarded Bharat Ratna
The Government of India announced four Padma Vibhushan, 14 Padma Bhushanand 94 Padma Shri Awards for 112 personalities.The award was also conferred on RSS ideologue Nanaji Deshmukh and singer Bhupen Hazarika, both posthumously.Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee, who was the 13th President of India and served from 2012 until 2017, had served under Indira Gandhi. He was also the Finance Minister under the premiership of Manmohan Singh.
6.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, 7,616 people or 81% cast their votes favouring sugarcane juice, 15% voted for orange juice while 4% chose carrot.
7.Niagara Falls region freezes as storm system sweeps through North America
One of the biggest waterfalls, Niagara Falls frozen out due to extreme weather conditions.The winter storm that has blanketed the Midwest in snow and turned the Northeast into a deep freezer has now brought the falls’ rushing waters to a halt in places.The Niagara Falls region is expected to be coated in the snow for the next few days, with the area bracing for more storms.
8.More Than Half of Leprosy Cases Reported From India: WHO
WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia Poonam Khetrapal Singh said , “Though the number of leprosy cases has steadily declined worldwide, an estimated 2,00,000 cases continue to be reported every year, with India accounting for more than half.
9.Wasim Jaffer becomes 1st player to score 1,000 runs in a Ranji season twice
India’s domestic giant Wasim Jaffer has become the first batsman to score more than 1000 runs twice in the Ranji Trophy. Jaffer has surpassed the 1000 run mark while playing for the defending champions Vidharbha in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2018-19.
10.Anders Antonsen won the men’s singles title and Saina Nehwal won the women’s singles title