One liners 3rd January

• The UIDAI has issued a total of 122.90 crore Aadhaar cards as on November 30, 2018. Out of these, 6.71 crore Aadhaar cards were issued to children aged below five years while over 29 crore were given to those aged between 5-18 years.

• According to an External Affairs Ministry release, the two sides exchanged the list under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear Installations between India and Pakistan.

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the setting up of a high-level committee for implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. It provides for constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of Assam.

• President Ram Nath Kovind nominated Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri as Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA). His appointment is effective from December 31, 2018.

• Private sector lender RBL Bank appointed Pankaj Sharma as its chief operations officer (COO). Prior to this, Sharma was heading retail operations of Axis Bank. Under his leadership, the ATM channel, phone banking and branch automation and digital initiatives at Axis Bank took shape.

• NCC Limited, formerly Nagarjuna Construction Company Ltd, an infrastructure firm, received four new orders totalling to Rs. 2,890.7 crore (exclusive of GST) in December 2018 from government agencies.

• Mr. Bolsonaro, 63 won the presidential election by a wide margin against Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers’ Party. Brazil: Capital: Brasilia. Currency: Brazilian real.

• France will introduce its own tax on large internet and technology companies from January 1, finance minister Bruno Le Maire said Monday amid difficulties in finalizing a new EU-wide levy.

• With the merger, Bank of Baroda (BoB) will become the country’s third-largest bank after State Bank of India and ICICI Bank. This marks the first-ever three way amalgamation in the country’s banking sector. The merger will come into force on April 1, 2019.

• Juno spacecraft, NASA’s solar-powered probe on Jupiter, has beamed back new images of volcanic plumes on Jupiter’s moon Io, captured during the mission’s 17th flyby of the gas giant. On December 21, four of Juno’s cameras captured images of the Jovian moon Io.

• The missions include the second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 (₹800-crore mission) to land on the moon with lander and rover. India’s maiden human space mission in 2021-22, Gaganyaan, will also be pursued this year.

• Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) reported that Sweden has been named the first best performing country in the CCPI 2019 list. CCPI evaluates the climate protection performance of 60 countries, responsible for over 90% of global energy-related CO2 emissions. Morocco has been named second.

• The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) set up a committee under former SEBI Chairman UK Sinha to address issues regarding the sustainability of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). This comes after RBI allowed one-time restructuring of MSME loans of up to ₹25 crore.

• Manoj Das, an eminent English and Odia writer, received the Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. This ceremony was instituted by the Berhampur University, Odisha. During the 53rd foundation day ceremony, the university also honoured noted folk dance guru Nabaghana Parida with Dakshin Odisha Loksanakruti Samman.

• France‘s football team which last year defeated Croatia to win the World Cup were awarded the Legion of Honour, France’s highest award for “exceptional service” to the nation, in the New Year’s honors list. The football World Cup 2018 at Russia was France’s second World Cup title, after the 1998 World Cup.

• The Union Cabinet approved the amendment on Trade Unions Act, 1926, to facilitate recognition of trade unions at the Central and federal level. The amendment was proposed by the Centre. Most trade unions opposed the proposed amendments saying the government was trying to interfere in, and cripple, their functioning.

• The first SwS event saw interaction of 40 students and 10 teachers from select schools with ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan during which the students were briefed about Indian space programme and their benefits to the common man at the Anthariksh Bhavan, Bengaluru.

• Lakhs of women from across Kerala formed a 620-km long Women’s Wall, that stretched from Kasargod in northern Kerala to the southernmost district of Thiruvananthapuram, to uphold gender equality and renaissance values.

• Ramakant Achrekar, who has honed a battery of Test cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, died at his residence in Mumbai. He was 86. In 1990, Achrekar was honoured with the Dronacharya Award for Outstanding coaches in Sports and Games.

• Kumbh Mela 2019’, the Union Home Ministry (MHA) approved the Uttar Pradesh government’s proposal to rename Allahabad as Prayagraj. MHA had earlier approved the renaming of the British-era railway station Robertsganj as Sonbhadra, Farah Town railway station near Mathura and iconic Mughalsarai junction after Deen Dayal Upadhyay both in Uttar Pradesh.

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