Current Affairs Updates (1st,2nd January 2019)

  • Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant became the country’s first keeper to complete twenty catches in a Test series, during the final day of the ‘Boxing Day Test’.
  • Delhi High Court has allowed that Section 354A of Indian Penal Code (IPC) can be used by transgenders to register complaints of sexual harassment.
  • Government has doubled the export incentives for onion farmers from existing 5 percent to 10 percent. This is the result of steep drops in recent weeks in the prices for onions, a staple food in India.
  • National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) launched a toll-free number 14433 and a facility to file complaints through Common Service Center (CSC).
  • A 33-year-old man Colin O’Brady from the United States become the first person to complete a solo trek across Antarctica without any assistance.
  • President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev announced 2019 as the ‘Year of Active Investment and Social Development’ in the backdrop of proposed investments from India to boost the economy of the Central Asian country, in his annual address to the Parliament.
  • India’s largest airline IndiGo has become the first domestic airline to have longer range Airbus A321neo (new engine option) plane in its fleet with the first aircraft arriving from the European aviation major Airbus’ Hamburg facility in Germany.
  • Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza has become a member of parliament after winning from the Narail 2 constituency in the country’s 11th general elections.
  • Veteran Actor Kader Khan passed away at the age of 81. Kader Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna’s “Daag” and has featured in over 300 films. He wrote dialogues for over 250 movies.
  • India’s opening batter Smriti Mandhana won the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for best cricketer of the year and the ICC ODI player of the year award.