One liners 5th January

• Railway Minister Piyush Goyal instructed officials to provide WiFi facilities at a minimum of 2,000 stations as soon as possible. He also called for setting up a single helpline number for all non-security railway complaints by the end of January.

• The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development approved the establishment of a Centre for Classical Language at the Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University, Tirur, Kerala. The Ministry has communicated the decision to the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysuru.

• Ajay Maken, Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister, stepped down as the All India Congress Committee (AICC) party’s Delhi unit president. He cited the health-related issues as the reason for his resignation. P.C. Chacko, AICC in-charge of the Delhi unit, confirmed Mr. Maken’s resignation.

• The union government clarified that there has been no decision recently regarding the production of the 2000 rupees notes. Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg the printing of notes is planned as per the projected requirement. The country more than adequate such notes in the system with over 35 percent of them by value in circulation.

• During his visit to Manipur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to inaugurate 8 projects and lay the foundation stone for 4 new schemes. The projects include the integrated check post in Tengnoupal district, Dolaithabi Barrage project of Imphal East district, FCI food storage godown in Imphal East district and the Buffer water reservoirs in Ukhrul district.

• 30 years old Indian Batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara faced 1258 balls in the ongoing test series so far against Australia to become the batsman who had faced highest deliveries in a test series in Australia beating India’s Former Captain, Rahul Dravid’s record of 1203 balls.

• India’s wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant became the first Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to score a century in Test against Australia on Australian soil after hitting 159 runs on the 2nd day of 4th Test Match at Sydney, Australia. Rishabh pant broke Farokh Engineer’s record of highest Test runs against Australia on Australian soil. Farokh Engineer scored 89 runs in 1967.

• Climate change took a toll on French oyster farmers. Oyster farmer’s along France’s Emerald Coast said that the long drought in France took a heavy toll, leading to smaller harvests. Cold weather normally encourages a needed rest for oysters to mature. But this winter has so far been unusually warm and, paradoxically, too rainy.

• PayU India’s CEO Amrish Rau joined as the head of financial technology partnerships and investments for Naspers’ fin tech business. Nasper is South African parent of PayU. Rau will continue to report to Laurent le Moal the chief executive of PayU, which is headquartered in the Netherlands.

• Thyssenkrupp, the German industrial giant, appointed Vivek Bhatia as the Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Thyssenkrupp Industries India. Mr.Bhatia was earlier the CEO – Asia Pacific at Thyssenkrupp AG, driving group activities for all Thyssenkrupp companies in the region.

• Parliament following the approval from the Rajya-Sabha passed a bill to provide retrospective recognition to central and state government funded institutions offering B.Ed and related courses that are not recognized under the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) Act.

• The Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shri Parshottam Rupala informed that the Government had launched a Global Environment Facility (GEF) assisted project namely, Green – Ag.

• Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s one day visit to Imphal, Manipur, he inaugurated 12 projects worth over Rs. 1500 crore. The 12 projects consisting of eight key development projects related to water supply and tourism and four schemes in Manipur.

• Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), a public sector miner, launched the social media wall on the YouTube Channel Singareni Siren, Facebook application, Instagram and Twitter handles, all at one place. It aims at bringing together all the social media applications introduced to disseminate information on the developments.

• The 13th edition of Global Healthcare Summit 2019 is to be held in Hyderabad from July 21 to 24. The summit is organized in partnership with the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.

• In the Women’s National Boxing Championships, Lovlina Borgohain entered the quarter-finals owing to a walkover as pugilists from Haryana and Kerala impressed in Vijayanagara. Four of Kerala boxers Divya Ganesh (69 kg), Indira KA (75kg), Anaswara PM (81kg), and Fousiya AT (81kg) entered the quarter-finals along with four boxers from Haryana.

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