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The UIDAI has issued a total of 122.90 crore Aadhaar cards as on November 30, 2018.
Out of these, 6.71 crore Aadhaar cards were issued to children aged below five years while over 29 crore were given to those aged between 5-18 years.
Union Minister Hansraj Ahir said the number of children born within last one year of the 2011 census is 2,08,98,228.
According to an External Affairs Ministry release, the two sides exchanged the list under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear Installations between India and Pakistan.
The agreement, which was signed on December 31, 1988, and entered into force on January 27, 1991, provides that the two countries inform each other of nuclear installations and facilities to be covered under the pact on the first of January of every calendar year.
This is the twenty seventh consecutive exchange of such a list between the two countries, the first one having taken place on January 1, 1992.
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the setting up of a high-level committee for implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. It provides for constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of Assam. It also recommended reserving Assembly seats for indigenous communities in the State.
This move is after the Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in May 2018 that a committee would be set up at the earliest in consultation with the State government.
The Cabinet approved several measures to fulfil the demands of the Bodo community. It approved the establishment of a Bodo Museum-cum-language and cultural study centre, modernisation of the existing AIR station and Doordarshan Kendra at Kokrajhar and naming a superfast train as Aronai Express.
The Assam Accord (1985) was a Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) signed between representatives of the Government of India and the leaders of the Assam Movement in New Delhi on 15 August 1985
A six-year agitation demanding identification and deportation of illegal immigrants was launched by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) in 1979
It culminated with the signing of the Assam Accord
President Ram Nath Kovind nominated Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri as Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).
His appointment is effective from December 31, 2018.
Private sector lender RBL Bank appointed Pankaj Sharma as its chief operations officer (COO).
Prior to this, Sharma was heading retail operations of Axis Bank.
Under his leadership, the ATM channel, phone banking and branch automation and digital initiatives at Axis Bank took shape.
NCC Limited, formerly Nagarjuna Construction Company Ltd, an infrastructure firm, received four new orders totalling to Rs. 2,890.7 crore (exclusive of GST) in December 2018 from government agencies.
One of them for Rs.680.3 crore pertains to water and environment division, while two orders totalling Rs.2,126.8 crore pertain to roads division. The fourth order for Rs.83.7 crore pertains to building division. Shares of NCC were trading 3.12% up at Rs 74.40 apiece on the BSE. The Company has a cluster of regional offices in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bhopal, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Bangalore. Also, NCC has a presence in international level through offices in Dubai (UAE) and Muscat (Sultanate of Oman).
Mr. Bolsonaro, 63 won the presidential election by a wide margin against Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers’ Party.
♦ Capital: Brasilia.
♦ Currency: Brazilian real.
France will introduce its own tax on large internet and technology companies from January 1, finance minister Bruno Le Maire said Monday amid difficulties in finalizing a new EU-wide levy.
France has been pushing hard for a new so-called “GAFA tax” named after Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon to ensure the global giants pay a fair share of taxes on their massive business operations in Europe.
With the merger, Bank of Baroda (BoB) will become the country’s third-largest bank after State Bank of India and ICICI Bank.
This marks the first-ever three way amalgamation in the country's banking sector.
The merger will come into force on April 1, 2019.
As per the scheme of amalgamation, Bank of Baroda will be the transferee bank while the other two public sector banks will be transferor banks.
About Bank of Baroda:
♦ Headquarters: Alkapuri, Vadodara
♦ CEO: P. S. Jayakumar
♦ Founded: 20 July 1908, Vadodara
♦ Tagline: India's International Bank
About Dena Bank:
♦ Headquarters: Mumbai
♦ CEO: Shri Karnam Sekar
♦ Founded: 26 May 1938
♦ Tagline: Your Trusted Family Bank
About Vijaya Bank:
♦ Headquarters: Bengaluru
♦ CEO: R. A. Sankara Narayanan
♦ Founded: 23 October 1931
♦ Tagline: A friend you can bank on
Juno spacecraft, NASA’s solar-powered probe on Jupiter, has beamed back new images of volcanic plumes on Jupiter’s moon Io, captured during the mission’s 17th flyby of the gas giant. On December 21, four of Juno’s cameras captured images of the Jovian moon Io.
Jupiter’s Io moon:
♦ Io is the most volcanic body in our solar system
♦ Io's volcanoes were discovered by NASA's Voyager spacecraft in 1979
♦ Images could lead to new insights into Jupiter's interactions with its five moons
The missions include the second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 (₹800-crore mission) to land on the moon with lander and rover.
India's maiden human space mission in 2021-22, Gaganyaan, will also be pursued this year.
Among the ISRO's achievements in 2018 were launch of the heaviest satellite GSAT-29 (3,423 kg) on November 14 and building the heaviest communication satellite GSAT-11 (5,854 kg), launched on December 5 onboard the Arianespace space agency's rocket from French Guiana on the north Atlantic coast of South America.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman - K. Sivan
Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) reported that Sweden has been named the first best performing country in the CCPI 2019 list. CCPI evaluates the climate protection performance of 60 countries, responsible for over 90% of global energy-related CO2 emissions.
Morocco has been named second. Morocco, the North African country significantly increased the share of renewables over the past five years and increased new renewable energy capacity. Lithuania is in the third position in CCPI 2019.
The bottom five in the list are Saudi Arabia, U.S., Iran, South Korea, and Taiwan. With the connection of the world’s largest solar plant to the grid, Morocco is on track for achieving its target of 42% installed renewable energy capacities by 2020.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) set up a committee under former SEBI Chairman UK Sinha to address issues regarding the sustainability of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
This comes after RBI allowed one-time restructuring of MSME loans of up to ₹25 crore.
Manoj Das, an eminent English and Odia writer, received the Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. This ceremony was instituted by the Berhampur University, Odisha.
During the 53rd foundation day ceremony, the university also honoured noted folk dance guru Nabaghana Parida with Dakshin Odisha Loksanakruti Samman.
France‘s football team which last year defeated Croatia to win the World Cup were awarded the Legion of Honour, France’s highest award for “exceptional service” to the nation, in the New Year’s honors list.
The football World Cup 2018 at Russia was France’s second World Cup title, after the 1998 World Cup.
Each of the 23 players of the French football team, including star strikers Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, received France’s top medal for their part in beating Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow.
The Union Cabinet approved the amendment on Trade Unions Act, 1926, to facilitate recognition of trade unions at the Central and federal level. The amendment was proposed by the Centre. Most trade unions opposed the proposed amendments saying the government was trying to interfere in, and cripple, their functioning.
Ten Central trade unions had earlier written to the Labour Ministry objecting to the draft version of the amendment Bill; the only major standout was the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
The amendment will ensure that the nomination of workers’ representatives in tripartite bodies by the government will become more transparent and reduce litigation and industrial unrest. Trade unions which are recognised under the amended law would be accountable in maintaining industrial harmony. Ten Central trade unions have issued a general strike call on January 8 and 9.
The first SwS event saw interaction of 40 students and 10 teachers from select schools with ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan during which the students were briefed about Indian space programme and their benefits to the common man at the Anthariksh Bhavan, Bengaluru.
The Q&A session that followed saw Dr. Sivan engaging students on a series of topics ranging from rockets, satellites, Chandrayaan, Gaganyaan, and various space applications.
The Chairman asked students to study science and mathematics with absolute seriousness which would enable them to take up challenging careers.
The US had notified UNESCO of its decision to quit the organisation in October 2017 and had called for its "fundamental reform". Israel followed the US in quitting UNESCO.
The Paris-based organisation has previously criticised Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem and granted full membership to Palestine in 2011.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was co-founded by the US after World War II with the mission of seeking to “build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture.”
UNESCO is best known for its work to preserve heritage, including maintaining a list of World Heritage sites, and programmes to promote education in developing countries.
The US has pulled out of UNESCO before. The Reagan administration did so in 1984 because it viewed the agency as mismanaged, corrupt, and used to advance Soviet interests. The US rejoined in 2003.
Lakhs of women from across Kerala formed a 620-km long Women’s Wall, that stretched from Kasargod in northern Kerala to the southernmost district of Thiruvananthapuram, to uphold gender equality and renaissance values.
This was a state-sponsored move done in the backdrop of protests in Sabarimala due to Supreme Court’s decision to all women to pray at the Ayyappa shrine.
Health minister K K Shylaja was the leader of the human chain at Kasargod whereas leader Brinda Karat was the last person at the end of the chain in Thiruvananthapuram.
Ramakant Achrekar, who has honed a battery of Test cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, died at his residence in Mumbai. He was 86. Achrekar served as a cricket coach on the Mumbai maidans for more than four three decades until he was paralysed in the late 1990s.
In 1990, Achrekar was honoured with the Dronacharya Award for Outstanding coaches in Sports and Games. He was honoured with one of the country's highest civilian award, the Padma Shri in 2010. He was honoured the Lifetime Achievement award by the Sports.
Kumbh Mela 2019’, the Union Home Ministry (MHA) approved the Uttar Pradesh government’s proposal to rename Allahabad as Prayagraj.
MHA had earlier approved the renaming of the British-era railway station Robertsganj as Sonbhadra, Farah Town railway station near Mathura and iconic Mughalsarai junction after Deen Dayal Upadhyay both in Uttar Pradesh.
The Centre also approved the renaming of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai as Chhatrapati Shivaji ‘Maharaj’ International Airport, earlier.
The Tripura government also got Centre’s approval to change the name of Agartala Airport as Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore, the erstwhile ruler of the state.