Current Affairs 30 January 2019
1.Cable-stayed ‘Atal Setu’ inaugurated on Mandovi river in Goa
A 5.1-km long cable-stayed “Atal Setu” on the Mandovi river in Goa, a third such bridge to connect the state capital with North Goa, was Sunday opened to public by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.The bridge is made of 1 lakh cubic metres of high strength, high performance concrete enough to fill 40 Olympic size swimming pools.
2.ICAR’s ‘Kisan Gandhi’ tableau bags 1st prize at R-Day parade
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research tableau in the Republic Day Parade has won the first prize for its Kisan Gandhi theme.The Indian Council of Agricultural Research is an autonomous body responsible for co-ordinating agricultural education and research in India. It reports to the Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture. The Union Minister of Agriculture serves as its president.
3.GST reduced to 5% for Mansarovar Yatra, Haj
Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi stated that GST on Haj has been reduced from 18% to 5% and this will significantly lower the airfare thus saving Haj pilgrims’ 113 crore rupees this year. Mr. Naqvi also stated that for the first time since the independence 2,340 women from India will go on 2019 Haj without Mehram.
4.Southern Railway ranks high on IRCTC cleanliness survey 2018
The Southern Railway is on first position for cleanliness in the ‘Trains Cleanliness Survey’ conducted by IRCTC .Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation is a subsidiary of the Indian Railways that handles the catering, tourism and online ticketing operations of the Indian railways, with around 5,50,000 to 6,00,000 bookings every day is the world’s second busiest and highest of 15 to 16 lakh tickets every day.
5.Indian Railways’ fastest Train 18 named Vande Bharat Express
India’s first indigenously built engineless semi-high speed train, Train 18, has been named Vande Bharat Express. The train is set to run between Delhi and Varanasi at a maximum speed of 160 kmph. It was designed and built by Integral Coach Factory Chennai under the Indian government’s Make in India initiative over a span of 18 months.
6.Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré appoints as the new Prime Minister of Burkina Faso
Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Burkina Faso.Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré was announced as the new Prime Minister through a presidential decree by government Secretary-General Stéphane Sanou on state television.
7.U.S. hits Venezuela state-owned oil company with sanctions
U.S. imposed sanctions on the state-owned oil company of Venezuela, a potentially critical economic move aimed at increasing pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to cede power to the opposition.The sanctions will include a freeze on any assets the firm may have in U.S. jurisdictions and bar Americans from doing business with it.
8.India replaces Japan as second largest steel producer
India has replaced Japan as the world’s second-largest steel producing country, only behind China, which is the largest producer of crude steel accounting for more than 51 per cent of production, as per the latest report by World Steel Association.“India’s crude steel production in 2018 was at 106.5 MT, up by 4.9 per cent from 101.5 MT in 2017.
9.Brisbane Heat won their maiden womens Big Bash title
Australian T20 cricket team “Brisbane Heat” won their maiden Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) title by defeating Sydney Sixers in the final by three wickets at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney, Australia.
10.ICC bans Ambati Rayudu from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect
Ambati Rayudu has been suspended from bowling in international cricket by the International Cricket Council, after having found his bowling action to be illegal.The suspension will remain in place until he is tested, and can demonstrate he is able to bowl with a legal action.