CURRENT AFFAIRS 24 JANUARY, 2019
Important Current Affairs of 24 January, 2019 taken from The Hindu newspaper & PIB.
Current Affairs 24 January
Gandhi Peace Prize-2018
Gandhi Peace Prize for 2018 has been conferred to Yohei Sasakawa. Yohei Sasakawa is Goodwill Ambassador of the WHO for Leprosy Eradication. Gandhi Peace Prize award is given in recognition to his work towards eradication of the disease (leprosy) in India and across the world.
World Capital of Architecture-2020
Brazil city, Rio De Janeiro is named as World Capital of Architecture for 2020 by the UNESCO.
Rio De Janeiro now becomes the first city to receive the title under a program launched by UNESCO(United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) & the International Union of Architects (UIA).
The city will host the World Congress of International Union of Architects (UIA) in July 2020.
World Congress of International Union of Architects (UIA) is an event that held every three years.
Edelman Trust Barometer’s Global Trust Index
In the list of 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer’s Global Trust Index, India is second in the informed public category and third place in the general population category.
China topped the Trust Index among both the informed and the general population segments.
The Trust Index is the average per cent of trust in business, NGOs,government and media.
Current Affairs 24 January
Sea Vigil 2019
In coordination with the Coast Guard and other stakeholders, the Indian Navy will conduct a two-day defense exercise which is code named as ‘Sea Vigil 2019’.
The exercise is being conducted under the aegis of Commander-in-Chief, Coastal defence, Southern Naval Command, Kochi.
Sea Vigil exercise is aimed at testing India’s preparedness against any attack that occurs through the sea route.
Committee on Pricing of Drugs
Government of India has constituted a standing committee to monitor the pricing of medicines and healthcare products.
The committee will be headed by Niti Aayog member (Health).
This committee will act as the recommending body to the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA).
NPPA is a government regulatory agency that controls the prices of pharmaceutical drugs in India.
PM Inaugurates Subhas Chandra Bose Museum at Red Fort
PM Modi at Subhash Chandra Bose Museum at Red Fort. (Source: BJP/Twitter)
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has inaugurated a Museum dedicated to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Red fort, Delhi to mark his 122nd birth anniversary.
Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar
An award titled Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar is being instituted that will be announced every year on 23rd January on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
For the year 2019, 8th Battalion of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) located at Ghaziabad has been selected for the Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar for its commendable work in Disaster Management.
The Award recipient will receive a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 51 lakh.
The 8th Battalion of NDRF was raised in 2006 and is a highly specialized Rescue and Response Force with large area of responsibility covering National Capital Region (NCR), Uttarakhand, Western UP & Haryana.
NDRF has done commendable work in Kerala floods the battalion rescued 5338 victims & evacuated 24,000 persons to safety.
Some other major disasters in which NDRF battalion participated are:
- Leh Cloud Burst (2011),
- Kedarnath Floods (2013),
- Cyclone Hudhud (2014),
- Chennai Floods (2015) and
- Tripura Floods (2018)
They have also done commendable Disaster Management related work internationally, like Nepal Earthquake, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster and Tsunami in Indonesia(2018).