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January – 2019





The noted Gujarati poet who has been awarded the Saraswati Samman 2017 by the KK Birla Foundation for his collection named Vakhar –​​ Sitanshu Yashashchandra



Naval Air​​ Station Shibpur in the Andaman Islands has been commissioned by the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lamba as –​​ INS Kohassa
The largest coastal defence exercise conducted by the Indian Navy from 22 to 23 Jan 19 along the entire 7516.6 coastline of India​​ and involving all the 13 coastal States and UTs including fishing and coastal communities is named –​​ Exercise SEA VIGIL

The​​ Indo-Myanmar joint military exercise​​ conducted at Chandimandir military station in Chandigarh was named –​​ IMBEX 2018-19



The​​ noted Hindi writer, recipient of 2017 Jnanpith Award and author of novels​​ Zindaginama, Mitro Marjani​​ who passed away on 25 Jan 2019 –​​ Krishna Sobti



The five-member high-level committee constituted by the RBI to encourage digitisation of payments and​​ enchance financial inclusion is headed by –​​ Nandan Nilekan

The Indian-American economist who has become the first female to be appointed the Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund –​​ Gita Gopinath

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The Awami League​​ candidate who has taken oath​​ as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the fourth time –​​ Sheikh Hasina

The veteran Bollywood actor, screenwriter, comedian and director who passed away on 31 Dec 2018 –​​ Kader Khan.

Places – Venues

The venue of 15th Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas observed​​ from 21 to 23 January 2019 with the theme "Role of Indian Disapora in building New India"​​ –​​ Varanasi (U.P.)

The venue of 9th International Micro Irrigation conference held from 16 to 18 January with the theme Micro Irrigation and Modern Agriculture –​​ Aurangabad, Maharashtra

The venue of​​ 1st National Level Sports Meet for Eklavya Model Residential Schools​​ held from 14 to 16 January 2018 –​​ Hyderabad

The venue of the First Global Aviation Summit held from 15 to 16 January 2019 with the theme​​ "Flying for All" –​​ Mumbai

The venue of the second edition of Khelo India Youth Games held from 10 to 20 January 2019 –​​ Pune,​​ Maharashtra

The venue of 106th session of Indian Science Congress held from 3 to 7 January 2019 with the focal theme "Future India: Science and Technology" –​​ Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar


Places – New Institutions

The place in Tamil Nadu where foundation stone for setting up​​ All India Institute of Medical Sciences was laid by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi –​​ Madurai

The place in Gujarat where the Union Cabinet has given its approval for setting up of AIIMS –​​ Rajkot

The places in Jammu and Kashmir where the Union Cabinet has given its approval for setting up of AIIMS

–​​ Vijay Pur and Awantipora

The three places at which the​​ Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has approved the proposal to set up​​ Indian Institute of Skills (IISs) –​​ Kanpur, Mumbai and Ahmedabad



The international airport at which country's first Geographical Indication store has been set up​​ by Airports Authority of India and Cashew Export Promotional Council of India –​​ Dabolim,​​ Goa

The place in Uttarakhand where setting up of the​​ State's first tulip garden and the second in the country (after Srinagar) has been approved by the Govt – Pithoragarh

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The place at which Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Museum was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on the occasion of 122nd birth anniversary of Netaji –​​ Red Fort, New DelhiThe Indian​​ sea port which has become the only port to be listed​​ in top 30 container ports globally, as per the latest Lloyds Report –​​ Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Mumbai

The city in which National Museum of Indian Cinema was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi –​​ Mumbai



The Indian cricketer who​​ was suspended from bowling in international cricket by the International Cricket Council terming his bowling action as illegal –​​ Ambati Rayudu

The Indian shuttler who has won the Indonesia Masters Women's Singles title defeating Carolina Marin of Spain in​​ the finals – Saina Nehwal

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The Indian cricketer who has become the fastest Indian bowler to claim 100 wickets in 56 one-day internationals surpassing Irfan Pathan's record of 59 ODIs –​​ Mohammad Shami

The Indian mountaineer who has become the youngest man​​ in the world (and the first Indian) to scale seven summits and seven volcanic summits across seven continents – Satyarup Siddhanta

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The Indian chess player who has become the​​ youngest Indian (and 2nd youngest in the world) to become a​​ Grandmaster at the age of 12 years 7 months and 17 days – D Gukesh


The IWF President who has been chosen to be the Indian Chef de Mission (person in charge of a sports team) for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 –​​ Birendra Prasad Baishya


The coach of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli etc. and recipient of Dronacharya Award (1990) and Padma Shri (2010) who passed away on 02 Jan 2019 –​​ Ramakant Achrekar


The Indian mountaineer who has become​​ the first woman amputee to climb Mt Vinson, the highest​​ peak in Antarctica – Arunima Sinha



The theme of 9th National Voters Day observed on 25 January 2019 –​​ No voter to be left behind

The theme of National Girl Child Day observed by the Women and Child Development Ministry on 24 January 2019 –​​ Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow

The theme of National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 launched by the Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Col Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd)​​ ​​ Be The Voice of New India and Find solutions and​​ contribute to policy



Currency and Banking

The common digital currency launched by the Central Banks of​​ UAE and Saudi Arabia is named –​​ Abe

The denomination in which a commemorative coin was released by the PM Shri Narendra Modi to mark the birth anniversary celebrations​​ of​​ Sikh Guru Shri Gobind Singh (the coin has the image of Patna Sahib)– Rs. 350

The two public sector banks whose amalgamation has been approved by the Union Cabinet with Bank of Baroda as the transferee bank –​​ Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank



The State which has declared​​ the Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival to be its State Festival​​ –​​ Arunachal​​ Pradesh

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The State which has become the first in the country to​​ launch One Family One Job programme​​ for its people –​​ Sikkim


ICC Awards 2018

Sir Garfield Sobers​​ Trophy for ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year -​​ Virat Kohli​​ (India)

Men's Test Cricketer of the Year -​​ Virat Kohli​​ (India)

Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year -​​ Virat Kohli​​ (India)

Men's Emerging Cricketer of the Year -​​ Rishabh Pant​​ (India)

Men's​​ Associate Cricketer of the Year -​​ Calum McLeod​​ (Scotland)

Men's T20I Performance of the Year -​​ Aaron Finch​​ (Australia) for 172 against Zimbabwe in Harare in July, 2018

David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year -​​ Kumar Dharmasena​​ (Sri Lanka)



The phrase which has been chosen as the Hindi Word of the Year 2018 by Oxford Dictionary –​​ Nari​​ Shakti

India's first semi-high speed​​ Train 18​​ set to run between Delhi and Varanasi has been renamed as –​​ Vande Bharat Express

The online campaign launched by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development to discover and celebrate the exceptional achievements of women is named –​​ Web - Wonder Women (#www)