18th January-Current Affairs
Stuff Reporter | 20-01-19

? Reserve Bank has asked banks and other card-issuing companies to provide facility to customers to switch on and off their debit or credit cards, a move aimed at enhancing security for digital transactions.

? Alok Kansal, a senior officer of the 1983 batch of Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) took over the charge as General Manager of Western Railway.

? The US has signed the first phase of a trade deal with China, concluding more than a year of tough negotiations including several months of suspension of talks between the two largest economies of the world.

? “Krishi Manthan”, the 1st edition of the largest Food, Agri-business and Rural Development Summit of Asia begins in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

? Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.9 trillion in 2020, an increase of 3.4 per cent from the previous calendar year, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc.

? The four astronauts shortlisted for the Gaganyaan project, India’s first manned space mission, will receive training in Russia for 11 months.

? The South Central Zone of the Indian Railways has signed an MoU with the State Bank of India to provide doorstep banking services.

? The Indian Institute of Management, Indore has signed an MoU with the video sharing platform “TikTok“ for the production of short video modules for students and trained professionals.

? The Government of India (GoI), the Government of Assam and the World Bank have signed a $88 million loan agreement for the implementation of Assam Inland Water Transport Project.

? Harish Salve has been appointed into Queen Elizabeth II’s counsel of Senior Advocate for the courts of England and Wales.

? Sakya Singha Sen from National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL) Pune, has been awarded “Merck Young Scientist Award 2019” for doing remarkable research in chemical science.

? Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka have been nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year.

? Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne was named as the 2019 ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer.

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