One liners 11th January

• Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro started a second term in office on January 10, 2019, amid the economic and humanitarian crisis faced by the Latin American country. Maduro was re-elected last year amid allegation of vote buying and electoral fraud.

• The Serbian tennis player, Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep, the Romanian tennis player, were named top seeds for next week’s Australian Open.

• Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched a series of development projects worth Rs. 2900 Crores for the Agra city and the adjoining areas.

• The Gangavaram circle police of Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, received the Award for the Best Crime Detection (ABCD) for 2018 from the Chief Secretary Anil Chandra Punetha and Director General of Police R.P. Thakur in Vijayawada.

• The Cabinet Committee on Appointments has now posted Alok Verma as Director-General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards, for the remaining period of his present term that ends on January 31.

• According to the Henley Passport Index, Japan has retained its top spot as the world’s most powerful passport this year, with its citizens able to enter 190 countries without requiring a visa.

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the four-laning of Solapur-Osmanabad section of NH-211, underground sewerage system and three sewage treatment plants developed at an investment of ₹1,100 crore in Maharashtra.

• Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) plans to decentralize waste processing has been stalled with nearly all 13 bio-methanisation plants, five organic waste converters, and eight leaf cutter and shredder plants gathering dust over the past several months.

• Mary Kom, who had become the first ever woman boxer to win six world championship titles in November last year, has been ranked number one by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) in the light fly (45-48kg) category.

• Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani activist, has written a new book, titled We are Displaced, charting her experiences travelling the world and visiting refugee camps.

• Ajit Mohan officially took over as Facebook India’s new Vice President and MD. He succeeded Umang Bedi who left the post on October 2017.

• Congress chief Rahul Gandhi appointed Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister as the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief. This move is after the resignation of Ajay Maken from the post citing ill health. Sheila Dikshit will be assisted by three working presidents, Devender Yadav, Haroon Yusuf, and Rajesh Lilotia.

• Finance Minister Arun Jaitley raised the annual turnover for availing composition scheme to Rs 1.5 crore from Rs 1 crore effective from April 1, 2019, to provide relief to small businesses under Goods and Services (GST) regime.

• First 2019 edition of the ‘National Consultation on Child Protection’ was held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, under the Chairmanship of the Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development.

• Fourth Edition of Raisina Dialogue was organized by Ministry of External Affairs in partnership with Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. The Theme of the Dialogue was “A World Reorder: New Geometries; Fluid Partnerships; Uncertain Outcomes”.

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