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Image result for Bengaluru pipped Hyderabad to top list of worlds most dynamic cities: 6th City Momentum Index by JLL
According to the 6th City Momentum Index, released by property consultant JLL, Bengaluru has emerged as the world’s most dynamic city with a robust technology and innovation ecosystem in place. The report is titled: ‘JLL City Momentum: The World’s Top 20 Most Dynamic Cities’. The 2019 edition of the survey was conducted on 131 cities over a period of 3 years. iii. The key theme in this year’s index was cities having a robust technology and innovation ecosystem. Among other Indian cities, Hyderabad ranked second with Delhi at fourth, Pune at fifth, Chennai at seventh and Kolkata at fifteenth position featuring in top 20 cities. 19 of the top 20 cities ranked were from the Asia Pacific region. The other cities include Hanoi at the third position, Nairobi at 6th, Ho Chi Minh City at 8th Xi’an at 9th Guangzhou at 10th.
Image result for Indias first CWG Boxing Gold-Medallist Mohammed Ali Qamar Appointed Womens Team Coach
Mohammed Ali Qamar, the man who won India’s first Commonwealth Games gold medal in boxing, has taken over as the chief coach for the country’s female boxers. He has replaced veteran Shiv Singh. Qamar, who is set to turn 38, is also the youngest person to land the job.
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Tamil Nadu lad D Gukesh became the 2nd youngest Grand Master in the world and the youngest Indian to achieve the feat at 12 years, 7 months and 17 days, erasing the mark set by his state-mate R Praggnanandhaa in June 2018. Gukesh becomes India’s 59th Grand Master.
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International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that Manu Sawhney appointed as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Sawhney, the former CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and Managing Director of ESPN Star.
Image result for Stephen Constantine Resigns As Coach Of Indian Football Team
Indian football team head coach Stephen Constantine stepped down after the team’s shock 0-1 defeat to Bahrain which led to its exit from the Asian Cup. The Anglo-Cypriot coach took over the reins of the team in 2015 for a 2-year tenure. He was given one-year contract extension twice
Image result for MHRD says 10 percent quota in all admissions for the coming academic year
Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the 10% reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in the general category will be implemented in all colleges and universities, including private institutions, from 2019-20. The UGC and AICTE will be given the operational mandate within a week to implement it. This quota will be over and above the existing quotas for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Castes, which will also be implemented in private institutions. The income criteria for the EWS quota would be set at a gross annual household income of Rs. 8 lakh.
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Ministry of Water resources and River development has organized 9th International Micro irrigation conference in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.  The conference focused on the theme of “Micro Irrigation and Modern Agriculture”.
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India committed to purchase USD 5 billion worth of oil and gas from the US per annum and USD 18 billion worth of defence equipment that are under implementation, a top Indian diplomat here said, highlighting the growing bilateral trade cooperation.
Image result for First National EMRS National Sports Meet 2019 Held in Hyderabad
First National Level Sports Meet for the students of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) was inaugurated by Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs at G.M.C Balayogi Stadium, Hyderabad. The Minister also launched an app ‘EMRS Sports Meet’ dedicated on the occasion. The event had participation of 1777 students comprising of 975 boys and 802 girls representing 20 States of the country.
Image result for Cabinet approved infusion of Rs.6,000 crore in the Exim Bank
The Cabinet approved an infusion of Rs.6,000 crore of capital in the Exim Bank of India. The capital infusion would enable the bank to augment its capital adequacy and support Indian exports.  The financing will be done through the issuance of recapitalisation bonds worth Rs.6,000 crore by the Centre. The equity will be infused in two tranches of Rs.4,500 crore in FY 2018-19 and Rs.1,500 crore in FY 2019-20. The Cabinet also approved an increase in the authorised capital of Exim Bank from Rs.10,000 crore to Rs.20,000 crore. The recapitalisation bonds will be on the lines issued to public sector banks.
Image result for PM led panel to appoint new CBI chief will meet on 24th January
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection panel to appoint a new CBI director is likely to meet on 24th January. The Prime Minister heads the high-power Selection Committee.  The move is after the letter by the Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, who wrote to the Prime Minister calling the appointment of interim CBI Director M. Nageshwar Rao illegal. Mr. Kharge said that the government should establish its bonafides in fighting corruption and ensuring the integrity of the premier investigative agency by convening an immediate meeting of the Selection Committee.
Image result for Centre has allotted Rs.6,084 crore to the NREGA Scheme
Centre has allotted Rs.6,084 crore to the National Rural Employment Guarantee (NREGA/MGNREGA) scheme to tide over the next three months. NREGA scheme has exhausted 99% of its annual allocation three months ahead of time.  This lifts the total allocation to MGNREGA for 2018-19 to Rs.61,084 crore, which is the highest ever allocation said the Ministry of Rural Development.  As on January 16, the scheme’s financial statement shows that 15 States have a total negative net balance of Rs.4,064 crore, which includes payments due for unskilled wages for work that has already been done.
Image result for Drone corridor proposed to expand unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) services in India
A task-force constituted by the Union government has proposed the creation of a “Drone Corridor” in the country. The task force is created to address the various challenges posed by Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in India.  It has recommended key principles in the Drone Ecosystem Policy Roadmap that will guide the drafting of ‘Civil Aviation Regulations’ (CAR) 2.0.  Currently, a basic framework for regulations in the area has been established under the “DigitalSky Platform” in CAR 1.0 which took effect from December 1, 2018. The roadmap was released at the Global Aviation Summit 2019 being held at Mumbai.
Image result for Indra Nooyi is being considered to head the World Bank
Indra Nooyi is among the candidates being considered by the White House to head the World Bank. The Bank’s current president Jim Yong Kim had earlier this month announced that he would quit his post in February. Ms. Nooyi, 63, stepped down as PepsiCo’s chief last year after leading the company for 12 years. She has been courted as an administration ally by Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter who is playing a role in the selection of a nominee.
Image result for C.P.Joshi was elected unopposed as the Speaker of the Rajasthan Assembly
C.P. Joshi, a Veteran Congress leader, was elected unopposed as the Speaker of the Rajasthan Assembly. The House passed the motion for Mr.Joshi’s election to the post by a voice vote on the second day of its first session, after the formation of the government by the Congress. Mr.Joshi, the five-time Congress MLA, took over the chair from pro tem Speaker Gulab Chand Kataria, who will be the Leader of Opposition in the House. Mr. Joshi, 68, was also an MP from Bhilwara in the 15th Lok Sabha and served as a Union Minister between 2009 and 2013. He was also elected in the 2018 Assembly polls from Rajsamand’s Nathdwara constituency.
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India and the United Kingdom are negotiating an agreement that will lead to recognition of year-long Master’s degree courses offered by British universities that are not considered legitimate. The discussion on the agreement figured in a high-level two-day meeting between officials of both sides. India does not recognise many U.K. Master’s degrees as they are mostly 12 months’ duration. Both sides are looking for mutual recognition of these degrees. The issue featured during a discussion on the future bilateral migration relationship which is expected to provide greater U.K. opportunities for workers from India.
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