CURRENT AFFAIRS JANUARY 19, 2019 – Prelims 2019 UPSC


Important Current Affairs of January 19, 2019 taken from The Hindu newspaper & PIB.

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Current Affairs January 19

The Great Indian Bustard – SOON EXTINCT

Setting up of Captive breeding centre not helping in boosting the numbers of State Bird of RajasthanThe Great Indian Bustard.

Current Affairs January 19

Only 50 Great Indian Bustards left in the wild.

Found mainly in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan.

What is Captive breeding

It is the process of maintaining plants or animals in controlled environments, such as wildlife reserves, zoos, botanic gardens.

This method is implemented to save species that are being threatened from human activities.

Uzbekistan-India for Uranium

India has signed pact with the Central Asian country Uzbekistan for Uranium supply to meet its growing energy demands.  

President Shakat Mirziyoyev has agreed on a pact to supply Uranium to India this Friday 18th January, 2019.

The agreement was signed at an event on the sidelines of Vibrant Gujarat Summit where Uzbek President Mr. Mirziyoyev is one of the chief guests.

Current Affairs January 19
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Capital of Uzbekistan is Tashkent
Currency is UZBEK SOM (UZS)

Plastics Roads

Soon Plastic waste will be used to pave 600 km of Other District Roads (ODR) in the State of Chennai.

What are ODRs

ODRs (Other District Roads) are single-lane roads with a width of 3.5 m and handle traffic of up to 5,500 passenger car units (PCU) daily.

In 2013, the Indian Roads Congress laid the standards for laying of roads using plastic waste.

Indian Roads Congress (IRC)

It is the Apex Body of Highway Engineers in the country, set up in December, 1934.

Indian Roads Congress (IRC) was set up on the recommendations of the Indian Road Development Committee and it is best known as Jayakar Committee.

Indian Roads Congress (IRC) was set up by the Govt. of India with the objective of Road Development in India.

Government of India has declared the current decade as the decade of innovation for inclusive growth.

U.N. has declared this decade (2011-20) as the “Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020”.

Advantages of Plastic Roads

  1. Plastic mix Road has a higher resistance to water-induced damage.
  2. Increased durability and
  3. Improved fatigue life.


plastic waste uses in making roads

Free health services in Odisha

Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik announced the extension of free health services to All.

Free health services is under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana to all government medical colleges and hospitals from February 1, 2019.

Irrespective of their category (i.e., whether they are above poverty line(APL) or below poverty line (BPL) category ), will be able to avail of this facility.

Also a free blood bank facility will be provided to all patients.


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