One liners 14th January

• Researchers have discovered six new species of bent-toed geckos, a type of small lizard, from northeastern India, and one of them is from Assam’s capital, Guwahati.

• Taslim Mir clinched the girls’ U-17 badminton title at the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2019. Taslim Mir defeated Manasi Singh and secured 23-21, 21-16 win at the Balewadi stadium, Maharashtra.

• The Irrigated Agriculture Modernisation and Water-Bodies Restoration and Management (IAMWARM) of Tamil Nadu signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cornell University.

• In Mangaluru, complaints against unauthorized parking of vehicles continue to pour in during the weekly phone-in programmes. The police have now said that towing vehicles should be operational in another 20 days.

• The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a fine on Citibank India, a foreign lender, a penalty of Rs.3 crore for not complying with ‘fit and proper’ criteria for directors.

• Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) hired former Citi executive Daniel Houghes Callahan, 62, as an additional and independent director for 5 years. With this, TCS has 11 directors, including seven independents in the expanded board.

• National award-winning filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award, in the name of late Satyajit Ray, by the West Bengal Film Journalists Association (WBFJA) in Kolkata.

• Namita Gokhale was awarded in the ‘Best Book of Fiction Written by a Woman Author’ category at the inaugural edition of Bhopal Literature and Art Festival (BLF) . She has won the Sushila Devi Literature Award for her novel “Things to Leave Behind”.

• The Centre gave its in-principle nod to the Uttarakhand government’s proposal which sought fund for implementing an integrated co-operative development project in the State. The Center has allotted Rs.3,340 crore for the State.

• Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) of United States Chamber of Commerce launched a new innovation strategy at Raisina Dialogue, 2019 in New Delhi. The Initiative is titled as “Fair Value for Innovation”.

• Private sector lender IDFC Bank changed its name to IDFC First Bank Ltd owing to the merge of the bank with Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC) Capital First on December 2018.

• Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling launched the ‘One Family One Job’ scheme, under which for every family one government job has been allotted, in Gangtok. New recruits were taken for Group C and Group D posts in 12 departments.

• Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi is to head the seven-member committee to look into revenue shortfall being faced by the states after the GST roll-out, and suggest steps for augmenting collections.

• Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Col Rajyavardhan Rathore on January 12, 2019, launched the National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 at a function in New Delhi. The theme of the festival is- Be the Voice of New India and Find solutions and contribute to policy.

• President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the Constitution (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act, 2019 which grants 10 percent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections in the general category.

• The Centre has signed an agreement with five States, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Delhi, and Himachal Pradesh, to restart the construction of the Renuka multi-purpose dam in the Upper Yamuna Basin. The project is a reservoir on the Giri river, a tributary of Yamuna, in Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh.

• Sheila Dikshit will take charge on 16th January. The newly appointed core group of the Delhi Congress met for the first time In New Delhi.

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