One liners 12th January

• Narasimhan Ram, Chairman, the Publishing Private Limited, has been appointed President of the Alliance for Media Freedom (AFMF), a cross-media advocacy and action group of media organization, promoters, and journalists.

• Bihar left-arm spinner Ashutosh Aman etched his name in record books, surpassing the great Bishan Singh Bedi as the highest wicket-taker in a Ranji Trophy season after claiming his 65th scalp in Moun-ul-Haq stadium Patna, Bihar. Ashutosh Aman hails from Gaya, Bihar and he is also an employee in Indian Air Force.

• Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) signed an MoU, kick-starting cooperation in building energy efficiency.

• Centre introduced a Bill in the Lok Sabha to amend the Trade Unions Act, 1926. The Centre said that the Bill would grant recognition to trade unions, ensure representation of workers in tripartite bodies and check arbitrary nomination by the government.

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

• The Centre has launched the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), a programme to reduce particulate matter (PM), pollution by 20-30% in at least 102 cities by 2024.

• President of the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF), Birendra Prasad Baishya, has been named Chef de Mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It is for the first time that the Weightlifting has been accorded with the honor of Chef de Mission for the Olympics.

• The Union Cabinet approved the setting up of three All India Institutes of Medical Sciences in Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat. The institutes will be set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana.

• Glenmark Specialty S.A., the Suisse subsidiary of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd., has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Yuhan Corporation for commercialising its novel nasal spray Ryaltris in South Korea.

• The 16th edition of the three-day life-sciences and healthcare forum BioAsia is to begin from February 25, 2019. The event is being organised by the Federation of Asian Biotech Association and the Government of Telangana. Hyderabad will be hosting the programme.

• China is developing an advanced compact size radar for the Navy which can maintain constant surveillance over an area of the size of India. The ship-based Over-the-Horizon (OTH) radar system “will increase (the Chinese) Navy’s information gathering capabilities in critical areas” including the South China Sea, Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

• The World Bank has said that India’s economy will accelerate to 7.5% in 2019-20 as consumption remains robust and investment growth continues in the country. It also added that India will retain its position as the fastest growing major economy in the world.

• After Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, Chhattisgarh has become the third state to withdraw the General Consent given to CBI to probe cases in the state. The CBI must now seek permission before investigating any fresh cases in Chhattisgarh.

• A report by World Economic Forum (WEF) said that India is set to become the world’s third largest consumer market behind only USA and China by 2030. Consumer spending in India is expected to grow from 1.5 trillion US dollar at present to six trillion US dollar by 2030.

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