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The Union Cabinet has recently approved what percent of reservation for ‘economically backward’ upper castes in government jobs?
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Who: Union Cabinet
What: Approves 10% Job Quota For ‘Economically Weaker’ Upper Castes
When: published on 7th January 2019

The Union Cabinet has approved 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for the economically weak sections in the general category, sources said.

The section doesn't get reservation as of now, the sources said.
This reservation will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation, they said, adding that the government is likely to bring a constitutional amendment bill in Parliament.

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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/union-cabinet-approves-10-reservation-for-economically-weaker-sections/articleshow/67418734.cms
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Who: Airports Authority of India
What: signed an MoU with SAMEER for boosting communication 
When: published on 7th January 2019

Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed MoU with Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER) for joint research programs in the field of Communication Navigation and Surveillance (CNS).

AAI and SAMEER, an autonomous research and development (R and D) institute under MeitY have entered into an overarching MOU that will provide a platform for Collaborative Research for both the Organizations to work together.

Both the organisations will strive to arrive at a beneficial solution for CNS Systems related R and D activities in the country.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:

https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/aai-signs-mou-with-sameer-for-boosting-communication-119010400966_1.html
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Which of the following states has recently announced interest free loans for women SHGs?
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Who: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik
What: announces interest free loans for women SHGs
When: published on 5th January 2018

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced interest-free loan up to Rs 3 lakh for the women self-help group members (SHGs), a move that would benefit around 70 lakh women associated with six lakh groups.

Announcing it at the Mission Shakti convention in Puri attended by around 70,000 women, the chief minister said the Mission Shakti initiative has truly become a silent movement bringing women to the forefront of Odisha’s development.

“It encouraged entrepreneurship through SHGs and is now empowering them digitally to grow and prosper,” Naveen said.
The announcement that came months before the general and assembly polls is also seen as an attempt to garner support of women voters during polls.

The chief minister also launched distribution of seed money (Rs 15,000 per group) to around three lakh newly-formed SHGs and to those which have not yet received the amount. Seed money is the funds allocated to initiate a project is given to the women SHGs since they don’t have adequate savings. They can utilize the amount to seek bank loans.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/odisha-cm-naveen-patnaik-announces-interest-free-loans-for-women-shgs/articleshow/67394359.cms
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Erna Solberg has recently arrived in India on 3 day visit. She is prime minister of which of the following countries?
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Who: Norway PM Erna Solberg
What: has arrive for 3-day visit to India
When: published on 7th January 2018

For a three-day visit, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg will arrive here on Monday. On a host of issues, she will hold talks with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

During her visit, Solberg will deliver the inaugural address at the Raisina Dialogue and address India-Norway Business Summit.

Besides holding talks with Prime Minister Modi, she will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also call on Solberg during her India visit.

In a statement the MEA had said that the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Solberg will provide an opportunity to the two sides to review the progress in bilateral cooperation and discuss ways to further expand the multi-faceted partnership in areas of common interest.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:

https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india-norway-pm-erna-solberg-india-live-updates-3-day-visit-narendra-modi-sushma-swaraj-raisina-dialogue-497531
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Which of the following countries has recently made history by winning first-ever cricket Test series in Australia?
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Who: India
What: made history by winning first-ever cricket Test series in Australia
When: published on 7th January 2019

Indian cricket got its new seminal moment after talismanic Virat Kohli led the country to a maiden series victory on Australian soil, ending a 71-year wait to script a golden chapter in the game's history.

The fourth and final Test match at the SCG petered to a barren draw due to inclement weather but not before providing India with a 2-1 series win and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

It is a rare first Down Under for India since Lala Amarnath's side visited the country back in 1947-48 months after independence to face Sir Don Bradman's 'Invincibles'.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/india-in-australia/india-vs-australia-india-make-history-win-first-ever-cricket-test-series-in-australia/articleshow/67414248.cms


Important Current Affairs Questions and Answers: 11th January, 2019
 
1. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has introduced a 70-point grading index to assess the quality of school education offered by states.
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The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has introduced a 70-point grading index to assess the quality of school education offered by states.

This will give the correct picture of where every state stands. There will be a fair competition to improve each other’s performances, he said. The ministry has also decided to print more books of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) as it said there were only 2 crore books two years ago.

2. Jim Yong Kim stepped down as President of World Bank.
(Latest Current Affairs Capsule of 11TH January 2019)

World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim has made the surprise announcement that he is stepping down after six years in the post.

His resignation will take effect from 1 February.

Mr Kim, 59, was not due to leave until 2022, after he was re-elected for a second five-year term in 2017.

3. 4th Edition of Raisina Dialogue was held in New Delhi.
(Top 10 Current Affairs Questions of 11TH January 2019)

The fourth edition of the Raisina Dialogue will begin in New Delhi today evening.

Norway Prime Minister Ms Erna Solberg will deliver inaugural address in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Ministry of External Affairs in partnership with Observer Research Foundation is organizing the flagship annual geopolitical and geostrategic conference. The theme of the Dialogue this year is “A World Reorder: New Geometries; Fluid Partnerships; Uncertain Outcomes”.

The discussions will seek to address issues arising from ongoing global transitions and changes to the world order, triggered by unique leaders, innovative partnerships and new technologies.

The Dialogue will bring together over 600 delegates from 93 countries, including influential political leaders, strategic thinkers, policy practitioners, technology innovators, business representatives and academics.

4. Jalandhar hosted the 106th Session of Indian Science Congress.
(Top Current Affairs Questions and Answers of 11TH January 2019)

The 106th session of Indian Science Congress (ISC), 2019 concluded in Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar on 8th January 2019.

The five-day session was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and attended by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Science &Technology Minister on 3rd January, 2018.

As a part of the ISC, Women’s Science Congress was held which was inaugurated by Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister for Textiles & Industry and concluded by Prakash Javadekar, Union HRD Minister.

Science Communicators’ Meet was inaugurated by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Electronics & IT.

The Children’s Science Congress was inaugurated by the Nobel Laureates Avram Hershko from Israel and F.Duncan M.Haldane from USA.

6. PM Modi laid foundation of Rs 2,391-cr Mandal Dam in Jharkhand.
(Most Important Current Affairs Quiz of 11TH January 2019)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated six irrigation projects in Jharkhand’s Palamu, Garhwa and Chatra districts. The projects include Rs 2,391.36 crore Mandal dam that will provide irrigation to 19,604 hectare in Palamau and Garhwa districts, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said Friday. The prime minister also laid foundation stone for the Sone canal pipeline irrigation project worth Rs 1,169.28 crore, benefiting Garhwa district. The ambitious Mandal dam, work on which began in 1972, but has been stalled since 1993, will be built on North Koel river under Barwadih block in Latehar district.

Modi will also lay the foundation stones for four other projects: renovation and lining work of Bater Vier Irrigation Project, renovation of Bain Banki Reservoir Project, renovation and lining work of Anjanva Reservoir Project and renovation and lining work for Brahmani irrigation project (in Chakradharpur block of West Singhbhum district).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay foundation stone of various development projects in Palamu, Jharkhand.

7. India made history by winning first-ever cricket Test series in Australia.
(Top 10 Objective Current Affairs Quiz of 11TH January 2019)

Indian cricket got its new seminal moment after talismanic Virat Kohli led the country to a maiden series victory on Australian soil, ending a 71-year wait to script a golden chapter in the game's history.

The fourth and final Test match at the SCG petered to a barren draw due to inclement weather but not before providing India with a 2-1 series win and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

It is a rare first Down Under for India since Lala Amarnath's side visited the country back in 1947-48 months after independence to face Sir Don Bradman's 'Invincibles'.

8. Norway PM Erna Solberg has arrived for 3-day visit to India.
(Top 10 MCQs on Current Affairs of 11TH January 2019)

For a three-day visit, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg will arrive here on Monday. On a host of issues, she will hold talks with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

During her visit, Solberg will deliver the inaugural address at the Raisina Dialogue and address India-Norway Business Summit.

Besides holding talks with Prime Minister Modi, she will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also call on Solberg during her India visit.

In a statement the MEA had said that the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Solberg will provide an opportunity to the two sides to review the progress in bilateral cooperation and discuss ways to further expand the multi-faceted partnership in areas of common interest.

9. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announces interest free loans for women SHGs.
(Today’s Current Affairs Quiz of 11TH January 2019)

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced interest-free loan up to Rs 3 lakh for the women self-help group members (SHGs), a move that would benefit around 70 lakh women associated with six lakh groups.

Announcing it at the Mission Shakti convention in Puri attended by around 70,000 women, the chief minister said the Mission Shakti initiative has truly become a silent movement bringing women to the forefront of Odisha’s development.

“It encouraged entrepreneurship through SHGs and is now empowering them digitally to grow and prosper,” Naveen said.

The announcement that came months before the general and assembly polls is also seen as an attempt to garner support of women voters during polls.

The chief minister also launched distribution of seed money (Rs 15,000 per group) to around three lakh newly-formed SHGs and to those which have not yet received the amount. Seed money is the funds allocated to initiate a project is given to the women SHGs since they don’t have adequate savings. They can utilize the amount to seek bank loans.

10. Airports Authority of India signed an MoU with SAMEER for boosting communication.
(Daily Current Affairs and GK Questions of 11TH January 2019)

Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed MoU with Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER) for joint research programs in the field of Communication Navigation and Surveillance (CNS).

AAI and SAMEER, an autonomous research and development (R and D) institute under MeitY have entered into an overarching MOU that will provide a platform for Collaborative Research for both the Organizations to work together.

Both the organisations will strive to arrive at a beneficial solution for CNS Systems related R and D activities in the country.  
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