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Current Affairs News 21 January 2019

Defense Minister launches India’s second defense industrial corridor

Union defense Minister NirmalaSitharamaninaugurated the Tamil Nadu defense Industrial Corridor from Tiruchirappalli on 20th January 2019, leading an important path to enhance production of defence equipment indigenously. Privately held companies i.e. Date patterns, TVS AND Alpha Designs also have committed to invest Rs. 75 crore, Rs. 50 crore and Rs. 100 crore respectively.  Oneof the global security2- 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas begins at Varanasi

The 15th edition of Pravasi Bhratiya Divas began on 21st January 2019 at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, extending an opportunity to the Indian diaspora to take part in the ongoing KumbhMela. Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, the event is being held in Varanasi, “the cultural and spiritual capital of India” for the 1st time in history. On 22nd January, PM Narendra Modi will officially inaugurate the event with his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth, the Chief Guest of the event. Around 6000 NRIs are expected to take part in the event.

Rio de Janeiro named as first World Capital of Architecture for 2020

The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro has been named as the World Capital of Architecture for 2020 by
the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Assistant Director-General for Culture Ernesto Ottone R of UNESCO, Verena Vicentini Andreatta, made the announcement on January 18, 2019.

Indians over 65 and under 15 can now visit Nepal and Bhutan with Aadhaar

Aadhaar Cards are now valid travel documents for Indians under 15 and over 65 years travelling to Bhutan and Nepal, said The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on January 20, 2019. But, the people who are in the age bracket of 15-65 cannot use Aadhar as the passport for the two neighboring countries.  Nepal and Bhutan do not ask for VISA to Indian citizens if they have a valid passport, Voter’s ID or a photo identity card issued by the Government of India. .

India likely to surpass UK in the world’s largest economy rankings: PwC 

As per the recent survey by a Global Consulting farm PwC, India may surpass the United Kingdom in terms of world’s largest economy rankings in 2019. As the farm said, while France and UK have continued to switch places owing to equal populations and similar levels of development, India’ s ranking is going to be steady if it climbs up the ranking in  2019.

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