One liners 31st January

• The ICICI Bank has decided to terminate the contract of former MD and CEO, Chanda Kochhar. Ms. Kochhar, who assumed charge as MD and CEO on May 1, 2009, resigned in October last year.

• Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann was reappointed chief of the Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab unit. Mr.Mann had resigned from the post last year in protest against AAP convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s apology to former SAD Minister Bikram Singh Majithia.

• JSW Energy is planning to invest as much as Rs.6,500 crore in the manufacture of electric passenger cars. The company is already in discussion with leading global OEMs and engineering service providers on product and technology partnerships for electric vehicles.

• Ministry of Textiles and Government of India launched Artisan Speak at Elephanta Caves (UNESCO heritage site). The aim is to strengthen the handlooms and textiles sector of India.

• Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced entering into agreements worth $93 million for providing Naval Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) systems to India.

• Ministry of Textiles and Government of India launched Artisan Speak at Elephanta Caves (UNESCO heritage site). The aim is to strengthen the handlooms and textiles sector of India.

• The World Leprosy Eradication Day is celebrated on 30th January 2019. It is to stress the need for eradicating the disease. It also brings to light the discrimination and stigma that people suffer from society every day.

• The Dubai International Airport (DXB) has been named as the world’s busiest airport for international passengers for the fifth consecutive year. The UAE’s aviation sector’s contribution to the country’s economy also grows steadily.

• Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio inaugurated first Astro Turf Football Pitch of the State at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Kohima, Nagaland. The pitch was inaugurated on the occasion of 100th birth anniversary of the legendary footballer Dr. T. Ao.

• Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal received the Carnot prize for his work towards sustainable energy solutions from University of Pennsylvania in New Delhi.

• Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) launched the National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) to attract talent and strengthen higher agricultural education in the country.

• According to report,India ranked 78 out of 180 countries with a score of 41. Denmark topped the index, with 88 points. China ranked 87 and Pakistan ranked 117 It was followed by New Zealand, with 87 points and Finland with 85.

• Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) has been conferred ODF++ (Open Defecation Free Plus Plus) status by the Swachh Bharat Mission in the run-up to the Swachh Survekshan rankings.

• UP government approved construction of world’s longest expressway connecting Prayagraj with western UP. It will have a length of 600 km. Ganga expressway will start from Meerut and will touch Amroha, Shajahanpur, Rac Bareli, Pratapgarh, Bulandshahr, Badaun, Farrukhabad, Hardon, Kannauj, before reaching Prayagraj.

• A special scheme is launched by the Maharashtra government with an aim to curb infant deaths. Child Development Minister Pankaja Munde launched the scheme by distributing baby care kits to the children born in Primary health center and Government Hospitals.

• National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. space agency said that the Parker Solar Probe has begun its second orbit of the sun. It is on track for its closest approach to the sun.

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