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Exam Specific Current Affairs for UPSC Aspirants 28 January 2019

Bharat Ratna 2019: Pranab Mukherjee, Nanaji Deshmukh, Bhupen Hazarika conferred with highest civilian honour

The President, Ram Nath Kovind on January 25, 2019 conferred the country’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna Award2019, on Congress leader and former president Pranab Mukherjee. The award was also conferred on singer Bhupen Hazarika and RSS ideologue Nanaji Deshmukh and, both posthumously.

Train 18 named as ‘Vande Bharat Express’; set to run between Delhi and Varanasi at speed of 160 kmph

Piyush Goyal, the Union Minister of Railways and Coal, on January 27, 2019 named India’s first engineless train, ‘Train 18’ as the ‘Vande Bharat Express’ conceding its made-in-India status.
Integral Coach Factory (ICF) manufactured the train with a period of 18 months under PM Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” initiative. Vande Bharat Express is a superior leap in terms of speed and convenience for Indian Railways. It is India’s first semi-high speed train furnished with world class passenger facilities.

Padma Awards 2019 announced: Gautam Gambhir, Prabhu Deva, Late Kader Khan among awardees

One of the highest civilian awards in India, the Padma Awards 2019wereannounced on January 25, 2019 on the occasion of Republic Day eve.

The awards were declared in three categories:   Padma Shri: For distinguished service in any field, Padma Bhushan: For distinguished service of high order and Padma Vibhushan: For exceptional and distinguished service.

President Ram Nath Kovind permitted conferment of 112 Padma Awards including one duo case. The list comprises 4 Padma Vibhushan, 14 Padma Bhushan and 94 Padma Shri Awards, of which, 21 of the awardees are women. The list includes 11 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI, 3 posthumous awardees and 1 transgender person.

Supreme Court upholds constitutional validity of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code

On January 25, 2019, The Supreme Courtupheld the constitutional validity of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).

A Bench headed by Justice R.F. Nariman upheld the constitutional validity of the code “in its entirety”. However, the apex court said that related parties in the Act should mean a person connected with the business.

Republic Day 2019: 48 people conferred with Jeevan Raksha Padak awards

The President of India on January 25, 2018 approved the conferment of Jeevan Raksha Padak Series of Awards – 2018 on 48 people, eight of them posthumously.

The Jeevan Raksha Padak series of awards are conferred for the meritorious act of human nature in saving the life of a person. They are given under three categories: Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak, Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak and Jeevan Raksha Padak.  People of all walks of life are eligible for these awards.

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