6-8 January 2019 Current Affairs

NGT | Illegal Mining | Fugitive Economic Offender | Asian Cup Football | Sultan Muhammad V | NSE-IIT Kanpur | India-Australia Test Series |

Posted on Jan 08, 2019 01:08 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) The National Green Tribunal on 4 January 2019 imposed a fine of whopping Rs. 100 crore on which state government for its failure to curb illegal coal mining in the state? – Meghalaya

Explanation: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed Rs. 100 crore fine on the state government of Meghalaya. The fine was imposed as a “deterrent” and for its “inaction” to curb illegal mining in the northeastern state.

- It is worth mentioning that at least 15 miners are trapped in the 370 foot-deep illegal coal mine in Lumthari village of East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya since 13 December 2018 and all efforts to pump the water out of flooded mine have been in vain.

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2) Who became the first-ever person in India to be declared as a fugitive economic offender, as was declared by a Special Court in Mumbai on 5 January 2019? - Vijay Mallya

Explanation: A special court in Mumbai on 5 January 2019 declared absconding accused liquor baron Vijay Mallya as a fugitive economic offender under the new Fugitive Economic Offenders Act. He is the first person to be declared so and the government can now confiscate his properties.

- On 22 June 2018, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had filed an application at the PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) court to declare Mallya a fugitive economic offender and sought orders to confiscate all his properties estimated to be around Rs. 12,500 crore.

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3) India outclassed which team by 4-1 in the ongoing Asian Cup football tournament at Abu Dhabi on 6 January 2019 to record its first win in 55 years? – Thailand

Explanation: India outplayed Thailand by 4-1 to record its first victory in the Asian Cup football tournament since 1964 on 6 January 2019 at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

- Indian football’s goal machine and captain Sunil Chhetri struck a brace to help the country score this pulsating win. Playing in his second Asian Cup and 105th match, Chhetri scored in the 27th (penalty) and 46th minutes for his 66th and 67th international goals.

- With his two strikes, the 34-year-old Chhetri went past Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, who has so far scored 65 goals from 128 matches. Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest scorer with 85 from 154 matches.

- Midfielder Anirudha Thapa and second half substitute Jeje Lalpekhlua then struck in the 68th and 80th minutes to completely outclass Thailand.

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4) Sultan Muhammad V, who on 6 January 2019 abdicated his post as the king of his country, was the 15 monarch of which country? – Malaysia

Explanation: Malaysia’s King Sultan Muhammad V on 6 January 2019 announced his decision to abdicate from the post of country’s monarch. He was the 15 monarch of Malaysia.

- Sultan Muhammad V’s decision marks the first time a king has abdicated in the Muslim-majority country since Malaysia gained independence from Britain in 1957. The announcement follows a leave of absence by the head of state and rumours he had married a former Russian beauty queen.

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5) The National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. (NSE) on 4 January 2019 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with which IIT to work together on cyber security solutions and practices? – IIT Kanpur

Explanation: The National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. (NSE), India’s leading Stock exchange, on 4 January 2019 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IIT Kanpur, one of the premier technology institute’s in the country, to work together on industry-leading Cyber Security solutions and practices.

- Through this engagement, IIT Kanpur faculty would help NSE in the areas of Cyber Security. IIT Kanpur had earlier also provided cyber security monitoring facilities to the BSE, which had proved quite efficient and beneficial.

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6) India scripted history winning the first ever Test series on Australian soil beating the home team 2-1 after the fourth and final Test ended in a tame draw in Sydney due to inclement weather on 7 January 2019. Who was declared the man of the series? – Cheteshwar Pujara

Explanation: Cheteshwar Pujara (India), who scored three centuries and amassed 521 runs in the series, was declared the man of the series of the India-Australia Test series that concluded on 7 January 2019.

- The fourth and final test ended in a draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). India thus won the series 2-1 and created history by winning a Test series on the Australian soil for the first time. India won the Test matches at Adelaide Oval and Melbourne while Australia’s lone win came at Perth.

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