9 PM Current Affairs Brief – January 2, 2019


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Strange bedfellows in West Asia

Strange bedfellows in West Asia News: A new regional paradigm has led to covert ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Important Facts: Complex Reasons Israel and Saudi Arabia were the two countries most resolutely opposed to the 2015 international agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear programme Both opposed the Iran nuclear agreement – the Joint Comprehensive Plan … Continue reading “Strange bedfellows in West Asia”

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The bilateral transformation

The bilateral transformation News: Sheikh Hasina secured third consecutive term with a landslide victory in Bangladesh’s national election. Important Facts: Why was this election important? Bangladesh is a Muslim-majority nation of more than 160 million people and faces issues ranging from possibly devastating climate change, Islamist militancy, endemic poverty and corruption. The country has recently … Continue reading “The bilateral transformation”

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Metro Rail Policy 2017 needs relook

Metro Rail Policy 2017 needs relook Important Facts: 1. Policy provides direction for undertaking metro rail projects at various urban centers 2. Policy provides three conditions for undertaking rail projects. First, state government is responsible for exploring and choosing urban mobility options and implementation of projects. Second, Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) is mandatory prerequisite for … Continue reading “Metro Rail Policy 2017 needs relook”

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Nasa spacecraft zips by most distant world ever studied

Nasa spacecraft zips by most distant world ever studied News: NASA spacecraft completes farthest flyby in history. Facts: NASA’s New Horizons probe flew by a small lump of rock and ice called 2014 MU69, also nicknamed Ultima Thule, it’s now the most distant, and most primitive, place ever visited by humans. One mystery the New … Continue reading “Nasa spacecraft zips by most distant world ever studied”

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Signs of a turnaround: on RBI’s Financial Stability Report

Signs of a turnaround: on RBI’s Financial Stability Report News: The Reserve Bank of India has released the financial stability report of 2018 Important Facts: Major Finding of the report: India’s financial system remains stable, and the banking sector shows signs of improvement, even though the global economic environment and the emerging trends in financial … Continue reading “Signs of a turnaround: on RBI’s Financial Stability Report”

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Boost to plain packaging (TH)

Boost to plain packaging (TH) News: Thailand and Saudi Arabia introducing plain packaging of tobacco products. Important Facts: Both countries are the first in the Asian and Arab regions, respectively, to adopt the tough measure in order to curb tobacco consumption. In December 2012, Australia became the first country to introduce plain packaging following the … Continue reading “Boost to plain packaging (TH)”

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