Current Affairs January 8,2019
Important Current Affairs of January 8, 2019 taken from The Hindu newspaper. It covers the prelims oriented questions.
Quota for Economically Weaker Section
A 10% Quota has been approved for Economically Weaker Section. The Cabinet led by PM Narendra Modi has aproved the proposal for a 10% quota which will be to give reservation to economically backward sections of the Upper Caste Communities.
This 10% Quota reservation will be over and above the existing 50% reservation.
The government will be amending the Article 15 & Article 16 of the Constitution to implement it.
Who are Eligible for 10% reservations
- Those Family whose annual income is below Rs.8 Lakhs.
- Those who own less than five hectares of agricultural lands.
- One who owns homes smaller than 1,000sqft.
- Those who owns residential plots lesser than 100 Sq yards in the notified municipalities or 200 sq yards in non-notified municipality areas.
Northeastern State 11 hour bandh
Entire Northeastern state has decided to go on a 11 hour bandh on 8th January 2018 (Tuesday) from 5 am to 4 pm.
This bandh has been called in protest of the citizenship amendment bill, 2016.
This is for the first time since independence that the entire Northeast region will together observe a unified bandh.
The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 and seeks to grant citizenship to minority communities namely Hindus, Sikhs, Christian, Buddhists, Jains & Parsi from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
First Test Series Win on Australian Soil
India won first cricket test series victory on Australian soil. The victory comes after 71 years of its first tour to Australia under the captain-ship of Virat Kohli. India won the series 2-1.
New Bangladesh’s Prime Minister
New Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took oath for the third consecutive term.
Sheikh Hasina was sworn as Prime Minister of Bangladesh for a record fourth term. Her Party is Awami League. Bangladesh President Md.Abdul Hamid administered the oath.
Sheikh Hasina was first elected Prime Minister in 1996.