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5 January 2019

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal instructed officials to provide WiFi facilities at a minimum of 2,000 stations as soon as possible. He also called for setting up a single helpline number for all non-security railway complaints by the end of January. Additionally, Point of Sale (PoS) machines will be distributed in all trains to each catering staffer by March 31 to address complaints related to overcharging by the caterer. The government will also replace conventional coaches with modern Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) design coaches in all long distance trains.

5 January 2019

The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development approved the establishment of a Centre for Classical Language at the Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University, Tirur, Kerala. The Ministry has communicated the decision to the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysuru. It is said that the State government would be required to prepare a detailed project report and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry. The proposed centre would spur the development of Malayalam language and help the Malayalam university also.

5 January 2019

Ajay Maken, Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister, stepped down as the  All India Congress Committee (AICC) party’s Delhi unit president. He cited the health-related issues as the reason for his resignation. P.C. Chacko, AICC in-charge of the Delhi unit, confirmed Mr. Maken’s resignation. The party is looking for a successor to replace his position. former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and former Delhi Minister Yoganand Shastri are being considered as his replacements

5 January 2019

The union government clarified that there has been no decision recently regarding the production of the 2000 rupees notes.  Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg the printing of notes is planned as per the projected requirement. The country more than adequate such notes in the system with over 35 percent of them by value in circulation.

5 January 2019

During his visit to Manipur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to inaugurate 8 projects and lay the foundation stone for 4 new schemes. The projects include the integrated check post in Tengnoupal district, Dolaithabi Barrage project of Imphal East district, FCI food storage godown in Imphal East district and the Buffer water reservoirs in Ukhrul district. PM Modi will also inaugurate improved and upgraded water supply for Churachandpur zone, eco-tourism complex at Thangapat in Kangpokpi district, an integrated tourist destination in Noney district and the water supply scheme at JNV, Lambui and its surrounding villages. He will lay the foundation stone for four projects that include Infrastructure development of Dhanamanjuri University in Imphal West district, flood lighting of hockey stadium and the main stadium at the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex in Imphal East district and AstroTurf laying in Langjing Achouba of Imphal West district. Security measures have been tightened in the entire state in view of the prime minister's visit.
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5 January 2019

30 years old Indian Batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara faced 1258 balls in the ongoing test series so far against Australia to become the batsman who had faced highest deliveries in a test series in Australia beating India’s Former Captain, Rahul Dravid’s record of 1203 balls.

5 January 2019

India’s wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant became the first Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to score a century in Test against Australia on Australian soil after hitting 159 runs on the 2nd day of 4th Test Match at Sydney, Australia. Rishabh pant broke Farokh Engineer’s record of highest Test runs against Australia on Australian soil. Farokh Engineer scored 89 runs in 1967.

5 January 2019

Climate change took a toll on French oyster farmers. Oyster farmer’s along France’s Emerald Coast said that the long drought in France took a heavy toll, leading to smaller harvests. Cold weather normally encourages a needed rest for oysters to mature. But this winter has so far been unusually warm and, paradoxically, too rainy. Rains may bring minerals that favour plankton growth, but they also mean the molluscs spend too much energy eating.  As winters get warmer and summers drier many Oyster growers worry there will soon be fewer of the molluscs to go around. In 2017, the roughly 4,500 oyster growers in France sold 1,00,000 tonnes. CNC national shellfish producer’s association reported that the Oyster farmers will see volumes down by 20 to 30% in 2019. It also said that Climate warming is starting to have an impact on Oysters.

5 January 2019

PayU India’s CEO Amrish Rau joined as the head of financial technology partnerships and investments for Naspers’ fin tech business. Nasper is South African parent of PayU. Rau will continue to report to Laurent le Moal the chief executive of PayU, which is headquartered in the Netherlands.

5 January 2019

Thyssenkrupp, the German industrial giant, appointed Vivek Bhatia as the Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Thyssenkrupp Industries India. Mr.Bhatia was earlier the CEO - Asia Pacific at Thyssenkrupp AG, driving group activities for all Thyssenkrupp companies in the region. Prior to joining Thyssenkrupp, Mr. Bhatia was earlier with Boston Consulting Group, India.

5 January 2019

Parliament following the approval from the Rajya-Sabha passed a bill to provide retrospective recognition to central and state government funded institutions offering B.Ed and related courses that are not recognized under the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) Act.. The NCTE (Amendment) Bill which will be a one-time measure would help over 17,000 students who have obtained B.Ed degrees from those institutions which do not have NCTE approval for the course under the 1993 law. 23 state and central universities and colleges offering B.Ed courses were found not recognized by the Council. The government would ensure that the quality of institutes offering B.Ed courses is maintained and proposes to start an integrated course in B.ED as in Law and other courses from 2020.

5 January 2019

The Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shri Parshottam Rupala informed that the Government had launched a Global Environment Facility (GEF) assisted project namely, “Green – Ag: Transforming Indian Agriculture for global environmental benefits and the conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes” in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) during September 2018. The project was launched in high-conservation-value landscapes of five States namely (i) Madhya Pradesh: Chambal Landscape, (ii) Mizoram: Dampa Landscape, (iii) Odisha: Similipal Landscape, (iv)Rajasthan: Desert National Park Landscape and v) Uttarakhand: Corbett-Rajaji Landscape. The project is aimed to mainstream biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable land management objectives and practices into Indian agriculture. Besides this, it is also supposed to catalyze a transformative change of India’s agricultural sector to support the achievement of national and global environmental benefits and conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes.

5 January 2019

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s one day visit to Imphal, Manipur, he inaugurated 12 projects worth over Rs. 1500 crore. The 12 projects consisting of eight key development projects related to water supply and tourism and four schemes in Manipur.  These include: An Integrated Check Post at Moreh, Imphal, at a cost of over Rs. 125 crores, that will facilitate customs clearance, foreign currency exchange, immigration clearance. the Dolaithabi Barrage Project which completed at a total cost of Rs. 500 crore, the FCI Food Storage Godown at Sawombung that had begun in December 2016, He dedicated to the nation the 400 kV Double Circuit Silchar-Imphal Line that was made at a cost of Rs. 700 crore. A buffer water reservoir at Ukhrul was mentioned which would be helping the citizens till 2035. He inaugurated improved and upgraded water supply for Churachandpur zone which will help the citizens till 2031.

5 January 2019

Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), a public sector miner, launched the social media wall on the YouTube Channel Singareni Siren, Facebook application, Instagram and Twitter handles, all at one place. It aims at bringing together all the social media applications introduced to disseminate information on the developments. The application would incorporate information pertaining to coal production, transport and details of power generation by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)-run plants in addition to welfare activities taken up by the company for the employees as well as those residing in the mining areas. Those interested can click the social media wall icon placed on the website www.scclmines.com to view/download information about its activities.

5 January 2019

The 13th edition of Global Healthcare Summit 2019 is to be held in Hyderabad from July 21 to 24. The summit is organized in partnership with the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. The organizing chapters of the conference include Osmania, Gandhi, Kakatiya and Telangana Medical alumni, Association of Telugu Medical Graduates of the U.S.A., Gandhi Medical College Global Alliance, and Kakatiya Medical College Old Students’ Association. More than 500 physicians are expected to attend the summit. The summit would have an international research competition for which the American Association of Physicians with Indian Origin (AAPI) would work in collaboration with a leading academic medical college in Hyderabad.

5 January 2019

In the Women's National Boxing Championships, Lovlina Borgohain entered the quarter-finals owing to a walkover as pugilists from Haryana and Kerala impressed in Vijayanagara. Four of Kerala boxers Divya Ganesh (69 kg), Indira KA (75kg), Anaswara PM (81kg), and Fousiya AT (81kg) entered the quarter-finals along with four boxers from Haryana.   

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