India Current Affairs and Current Events of 2018


Yearly important India Current Affairs related to Government policy, polity, current Economy updates, important national events, people in the news, place in the news etc. for State PSC, SSC, IBPS, Rail and other competitive exams.

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Most Important National Current Affairs – January 2018 to December 2018.

 Pratyush (IITM Pune) is the name of India’s fastest and first ‘multi-petaflops’ supercomputer.
 Mihir is the high performance computer(HPC) system launched to improve India’s weather forecasting.
 Sankalp Se Siddhi is the theme of the 22nd National Youth Festival (NYF-2018).
 Punjab is the first state in India that has rolled out e-Raktkosh in all government blood banks.
 Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust has won the 2017 “Samudra Manthan – Caring Organisation of the Year” award.
 Karnataka is hosting the 7th edition of the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav (RSM) 2018.
 Matunga in Mumbai has entered the Limca Book of Records 2018, for being India’s first ever all women staff railway suburban station.
 Gandhinagar railway station in Joipur has become the second in India to be managed solely by women.
 Hyderabad has become second major city to be declared open defecation free (ODF). First major city is Mumbai.
 India’s first ‘Robocop’, named after the martyr Hemant Karkare, has been Launched in Hyderabad.
 Union Minister Jitendra Singh has announced that government will set up the second Film and Television Institute of India(FTII) in Arunachal Pradesh.
 Bhanakpur village in Haryana has become the second village in India to put into practice the system of singing national anthem every day. First was Jammikunta village in Telangana.
 Telangana state government has inaugurated India’s first National Park for people with special needs.
 India’s first garbage fest ’Kachra Mahotsav 2018’ has organized by Chhattisgarh state government in Raipur.
 Bhopal railway station has become the first to install a sanitary napkin vending machine, named ‘Happy Nari’.
 Cartosat-2 was launched by ISRO as its 100th. This flight is designated as PSLV-C40.
 Indu Malhotra has becomes the first women lawyer to be directly appointed as a Supreme Court.
 Sikkim state government has allowed people to forge a fraternal relationship with trees, through a practice locally known as Mith/Mit/Mitini.
 Usha Anathasubramanian has become first woman chairman of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA).
 Maharashtra state cabinet has approved 1% reservation for orphans in the government jobs and education.
 In India the first Blockchain Academy has been launched in Kerala.
 Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, Edappadi K. Palaniswami received the UNESCO Award of Merit awarded to the Ranganathaswamy temple.
 As per a report by World Steel Association, India has overtaken USA to become the world’s third largest steel producer. (China – 1st and Japan – 2nd )
 India Coast Guard conducted a ‘Day at Sea’ event for children in West Bengal.
 Operation Green has been launched by the Government with the allocation of Rs 500 crore, to promote production of tomato, onion and potatoes.
 South Central Railway has become the first railway zone to complete 100% LED lighting at all the stations.
 Scientists from IIT Gandhinagar institution have developed world’s thinnest material.
 Radio Umang is India’s first online radio station.
 Jharkhand state Chief Minister has announced to set up a ‘Dada-Dadi Park’ for senior citizens in every city.
 India’s first institute for artificial intelligence is going to be set up in Mumbai.
 PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Science, in Arunachal Pradesh.
 As per a report by Home Ministry, 42 Indian languages are endangered.
 Kerala state government has made vaccination card mandatory for admissions to first standard.
 New Delhi has hosted the 7th India Energy Congress (IEC) 2018.
 UIDAI has announced to introduced a ‘Bal Aadhaar’ for children below the age of 5 year.
 Panaji, Goa has hosting the 2nd edition of Nobel Prize Series-India 2018.
 Andhra Pradesh hosted the first-ever Pelican Bird Festival-2018.
 World’s largest solar park named ‘Shakti Sthala’ was launched in Karnataka.
 Karnataka state government unveiled the State flag (nada dhwaja).
 Delhi state government has approved the home delivery of rations under PDS.
 Balkrishna Doshi has become the first Indian architect to win the prestigious 45th Pritzker Prize.
 Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport has become the world’s busiest single-runway airport.
 A M Khanwilkar was appointed as the chairman of ‘Mahandi Water Disputes Tribunal’ constituted to adjudicate the dispute between Odisha and Chattisgarh.
 Dr Ketzia David Prakasam is the first Indian woman to be conferred the ‘Academy Award for Nobel Peace’.
 Diu has become the first UT to be 100% solar energy efficient.
 West Bengal has become the India’s first state to opt out of the National Health Protection Scheme “Modi Care”.
 Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has announced to set up a multi skill centre in Darjeeling.
 Maharashtra to have India’s first artificial intelligence centre.
 Y H Malegam committee has been constituted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to look into bank frauds.
 Ministry of Environment and Forests has given clearance to Indian Neutrino Observatory(INO) project to be set up in Bodi West Hills, Tamil Nadu
 Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar has announced to set up a Plastic Park in Deoghar, Jharkhand.
 World’s longest sandstone cave measuring 24.5 km, named Krem Puri, was recently discovered in Meghalaya.
 Surat has become the first district in India to have 100% solar powered Primary Health Centres (PHC).
 Debjani Ghosh has been appointed as the new President of Nasscom and Rishad Premji has been appointed as the new Chairman of Nasscom.
 Linguistic professor at the University of Hyderabad has discovered two endangered languages, named ‘Walmiki’ and ‘Malhar’, primarily spoken in Odisha.
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first health centre under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme in Chhattisgarh.
 Delhi has become the first in India to have a policy to compensate consumers for unscheduled power cuts.
 Odisha government has launched the free sanitary napkin scheme ‘Khushi’ for girl students across the state.
 India’s first helicopter-taxi service has launched in Bengaluru.
 New Delhi to host the 2018 National Legislators Conference.
 The headquarters of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has shifted from Chennai to Ballabhgarh, Haryana.
 Bhaichung Bhutia has launched his political party named ‘Hamro Sikkim’.
 Amol Palekar( bollywood personality) has been honoured with the ‘Godavari Gaurav’ award.
 PM Narendra Modi inaugurated first model Van Dhan Vikas Kendra under the scheme in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh.
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan at – Ram Nagar in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh.
 The nationwide National Nutrition Mission (POSHAN Abhiyaan) was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan.
 Bhabha Atomic Research Centre ( BARC ) has developed lighter bullet proof jackets, christened ‘Bhabha Kavach’.
 HDFC bank has launched its interactive humanoid IRA 2.0 in Bengaluru.
 Pakyong airport in Sikkim is going to become the 100th operational airport in India.
 Geologists have discovered world’s second oldest rock in Odisha .
 Manipur has hosted the 7th edition of the Women Science Congress (WSC-2018) and 105th Indian Science Congress 2018.
 Guwahati Railway Station has become India’s first railway station fully powered by solar power.
 Kerala state government has declared Jackfruit as official fruit of the state.
 India’s first all womem run Post Offic Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) has been opened in Phagwara, Punjab.
 Chandrabhaga Beach in Odisha has become the first in Asia to get the Blue Flag certification.
 Operation Mistar was launched by the Indian Navy to rescue 38 Indians stranded on Cyclone Mekunu hit Socotra Island, Yemen.
 The Last village to be electrified under the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana is Leisang village located in Senapati district in Manipur.
 United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) has recognised Cochin International Airport as the world’s first fully solar energy powered airport.
 Sudha Balakrishnan has been appointed the first ever chief financial officer (CFO) of the Reserve Bank of India(RBI).
 Ayan Gogoi Gohain has been the ‘Youngest Author of India’ by India Book of Records, for his book ‘Honeycomb’.
 Pune to host first joint military exercise with BIMSTEC countries.
 India’s first national police museum will be established in Delhi.
 Union Minister of Steel, CB Singh inaugurated rebuilt Blast Furnace – 1 of Rourkela Steel Plant. The blast furnace is Parvati.
 Uttarakhand High Court has give legal entity status to animals giving them same rights as human beings.
 Agra airport rename as the ‘Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Airport’.
 Rahul Dravid and Ricky Ponting were recently inducted in the International Cricket Council(ICC) Hall of Fame.
 The world’s longest sandstone cave has discovered in Meghalaya.
 Surat has become the India’s first district to have 100% solar powered primary health centres.
 India’s first Insect Museum has opened in Tamil Nadu.
 The 114th meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) between India and Pakistan has started in New Delhi.
 New Delhi hosted the 9th trilateral meeting of India, Japan and the United States.
 Kerala has become the first Indian state to adopt a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for determining brain death cases.
 Anushka Sharma honoured with the 2018 Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award.
 First Meeting of the ‘NITI Forum for North East’ held in Agartala, Tripura.
 Second Meeting of the ‘NITI Forum for North East’ held in Guwahati, Assam.
 World’s first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics has been launched in Gandhinagar.
 Anukreethy Vas from Tamil Nadu has been crowned Miss India World 2018.
 Shillong has been selected as the 100th and last city under the Smart Cities Mission.
 Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Maharashtra have been designated as World heritage Sites by UNESCO.
 New Delhi to host the India Mobile Congress 2018.
 Greater Noida to host the 7th edition of Home Expo India 2018.
 The Island Tourism Festival 2018 has started in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
 Madhya Pradesh has been conferred the Most Film Friendly State Award for 2017 at the 65th National Film Awards.
 Satyashree Sharmila has become first transgender lawyer in India, he belongs to Tamil Nadu.
 K. Prithika Yashini has become first transgender Police Sub Inspector in India, he belongs to Tamil Nadu.
 Joyita Mondal has become first transgender Judge in India, he belongs to West Bengal.
 Under the chairmanship of PM Modi, the Union Cabinet has decided to name Agartala airport after the name of Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore, Kolhapur airport as the ‘Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj Airport’ and Solapur airport will be rechristened after Mahatma Basaveshwar.
 Jharkhand to set up country’s first Khadi mall.
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh.
 India is the highest recipient of remittances in 2017, as per World Bank (WB)’s latest report “Migration and Development Brief”.
 Sitanshu Yashaschandra has been chosen for the 2017 Saraswati Samman.
 Anjolie Ela Menon has been chosen for the 2018 Kalidas Samman.
 Asha Bhosle has been honoured with the 26th P C Chandra Puraskaar 2018.
 Akshay Kumar won the best actor award at the 2018 Dadasaheb Phalke Awards.
 World’s largest bird sculpture Jatayu sculpture will be inaugurated in Kerala.
 Santhali has become first Indian tribal language to get its own Wikipedia edition.
 Andhra Pradesh has got first rank in ‘Ease of Living Index 2018′(States).
 Pune has got first rank in ‘Ease of Living Index 2018′(Cities).
 The lander on the Chandrayaan-2 mission, which is scheduled to be launched early next year, will be named ‘Vikram’ after Vikram Sarabhai, the father of Indian space programme.
 The Supreme Court has asked Delhi government to have hologram based coloured sticker on vehicles, which would indicate the nature of fuel being used.
 Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has recently introduced the RUCO (Repurpose Used Cooking Oil) initiative.
 The first organised census of Indus Dolphins will be carried out in Punjab.
 Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh to host the first apex conference for the CEOs of Smart Cities.
 Mumbai is hosting the 6th US-India Aviation Summit 2018.
 ISRO, Gaganyaan mission will be able to take Indian astronauts to space by the year 2022.
 Uttar Pradesh has surpassed its own target by planting 9.26 cr saplings in a day?
 From the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, Sundari, a tiger, was translocated to Satkosia Tiger Reserve, Odisha in June 2018.
 Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi was conferred with 2018 Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award.
 The MP state government will move to the Union Railway ministry for renaming Habibganj Railway Station after late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
 Uttar Pradesh government has decided to name the upcoming Bundelkhand Expressway as Atal Path.
 Employees PRANAM Act would be implemented in Assam. The Act will deduct 10% of an employee’s pay and transfer in to the account of the relatives concerned.
 Bhartruhari Mahtab has got outstanding Parliamentarian award for the year 2017.
 Dinesh Trivedi has got outstanding Parliamentarian award for the year 2016.
 Bindeshwar Pathak has been honoured with the 2018 Nikkei Asia Prize in Japan.
 Amitabh Bachan has been honoured by European Union for strengthening Europe-India cultural ties.
 New Delhi is hosting the Smart Cities India 2018 Expo.
 India’s first national sports university will come up in Monipur.
 New Delhi is hosting the ASEAN India Film Festival 2018.
 Rashmi is the name of the World’s first Hindi speaking Robot.
 To grant constitutional status to National Commission for Backward Classes, the 123rd Constitution Amendment Bill was passed in Lok sabha.
 NITI Aayog signs on Sushant Singh Rajput to promote Women Entrepreneurship … NITI Aayog’s Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP).
 Mary Kom has been appointed as a brand ambassador by BSNL for 2 years.
 Akshay Kumar has been made the first honorary ambassador of Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Foundation.
 France will collaborate with India for ISRO’s Human Mission Gaganyaan.
 Nagaland state government has declared the Singphan Wildlife Sanctuary as an elephant reserve making it the 30th reserve for jumbos in the country.
 The 9th edition of ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’ has started in Uttarakhand.
 Indian Railways has rolled out its first ‘SMART’ coach. The coach has been manufactured by Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh .
 Dr B K Mishra has been named for 2018 Dr BC Roy national Award as eminent medical person of the year.
 Khangchenzonga Biosphere Reserve has become the 11th Biosphere Reserve from India that has been included in the UNESCO designated World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
 Uttarakhand High Court has banned the commercial use of elephants in Tiger Reserve.
 Andhra Pradesh has unveiled the world’s first ever thermal battery plant.
 Facebook giant has partnered with National Commission for Women (NCW) to offer digital literacy programme for women.
 Yuvraj Singh has been honoured with the ‘Most inspiring icon of the year for Social Welfare’ award by the Dadasaheb Phalke International Fil m Festival (DPIFF).
 Zubeen Garg has been honoured with the ‘Hero to Animals Award 2018’ from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.
 Sikkim has won the United Nation (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Future Policy Gold Award.
 According to a World Health Organization report, India is the World’s most depressed country in the World
 Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi has received 2018 Hridaynath Award for Lifetime Achievement.
 Chandrabhaga beach, Odisha has become the Asia’s first beach to get the Blue Flag certification.
 Four Himalayan peak near Gangotri glacier of Uttarkashi district have been named after Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
 SBI has recently launched its ‘Wealth Hub’ in Mangaluru.
 Queen pineapple has been declared as the state fruit of Tripura.
 President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated the three day ‘Vishwa Shanti Ahimsa Sammelan’ in Maharashtra.
 Narendra Modi has been awarded with the 2018 Seoul Peace Prize.
 The Supreme Court has ruled that no Bharat Stage IV vehicle shall be sold across the country with effect from 1 April 2020.
 M S Swaminathan receive the first World Agriculture Prize instituted by the India Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA).
 Train 18 is the first Made in India engineless train.
 Train 18, India’s fastest train, will be flagged off from Varanasi by PM Narendra Modi.
 Fali S. Nariman has been honoured with the 19th Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration for the year 2018.
 India will become the world’s 3rd largest aviation market in 2024 by surpassing the United Kingdom, according to International Air Transport Association.
 Metro INOX, Mumbai is the India’s first Rooftop Solar Power Cinema.
 Tamil Nadu has created a record by opening over 16 lakh postal saving accounts under Sukanya Samridhi Yojana.
 G D Agarwal died due to heart attack in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand after a 111 day hunger strike demanding the government to clean river Ganga.
 Renowned Hindustani classical musician Annapurna Devi passed away recently; she was born in Madhya Pradesh.
 Karnataka has become the first in India to give legal protection to good Samaritans.
 India’s first-ever national police museum will establish in Delhi.
 Under ‘India Smart Cities Award 2018, Surat has been selected for ‘City Award’ for showing great momentum in implementation of projects.
 The theme of the 2018 International Yoga Day (IYD) is ‘Yoga for Peace’.
 Pallavi Durua has been crowned as the India’s first Tribal Queen.
 Anukreethy Vas has been crowned Femina Miss India World 2018.
 Kalki Koechlin has been conferred with the French distinction of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.
 Gujarat has topped the Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) of Niti Aayog.
 The world’s first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics has launched in Gujarat, India.
 PM Modi laid the foundation stone of India International Convention and Expo Centre in Dwarka, Delhi.
 Sachin Tendulkar has refused to accept Doctorate Degree from Jadavpur University.
 The country’s first indigenously developed 500mw prototype fast breeder reactor was set up at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu.
 India Air Force is planning to set up its drone manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh.
 India’s largest Cyclotron facility name Cyclone – 30 has become operational in Kolkata.
 PM Narendra Modi launched the flagship scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana’ from Ranchi, Jharkhand.
 ISRO’s first Space Technology Incubation Centre was inaugurated in Tripura.
 TISS, Mumbai is going to have India’s first ever gender neutral hostel.
 Bangladesh Cabinet approves use of Chittagong and Mongla ports for Indian shipments to northeast.
 Anna Rajam Malhotra, the first Indian woman IAS officer of Independent India who passed away recently.
 India’s first ‘smart fence’ pilot project was launched at India-Pakistan Border.
 Punjab National Bank was awarded with ‘Rajbhasha Krirti’ award on the occasion of Hindi Divas.
 First ever dedicated dog park of India was construcyed in Hyderabad.
 Piyush Goyal receive the prestigious Carnot Prize from the lvy League University of Pennsylvania in recognition of his work for rural electrification.
 EyeRovTuna was India’s first underwater robotic drone which was launched and handed over to the Naval physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) of DRDO.
 Rahul Dravid and Ricky Ponting have recently inducted into ICC Cricket Hall Of Fame.
 cVigil app has been launched by the Election Commission of India (ECI) for people to report model code violations.
 Deshna Jain from Madhya Pradesh has been crowned the Miss Asia (Deaf) 2018 ?
 India’s first microprocessor which was named ‘Shakti’ was developed by IIT Madras
 Tigress Avni was shot dead in an operation in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra.
 The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh.
 West Bengal Green University will be renamed after name of Rani Rashmoni.
 Jawahar Lal Sarin has been presented with the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest civilian honour.
 Jolly Grant Airport will be renamed after late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The airport is located in which state? Uttarakhand
 First ever India Russia Strategic Economic Dialogue was held in St. Petersburg.
 SSB have joined hands to provide security to Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.
 The UN has selected Noida and Greater Noida to participate in its Global Sustainable Cities 2025 initiative.
 India’s first military flight using blended bio-jet fuel has been successfully flown on AN-32 aircrafts.
 Indian film ‘Period. End of Sentence’ has been shortlisted for the 91st Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category.
 Sanam Kapoor has been named PETA India’s Person of the Year 2018.
 India’s largest cancer hospital-cum-research facility has been launched in Haryana.
 Maharashtra state government has launched the ‘Bharat Ratna Atal Bihar Vajpayee International Schools’ for students in rural areas.
 Manju Mehta has been conferred with the ‘Tansen Samman’ for 2018 by the Madhya Pradesh government.
 Uttarakhand becomes the first state to launch universal health insurance scheme
 Bhubaneswar is the venue of the 26th National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC).
 Hyderbad was awarded Best Capital City in the Solid Waste Management in the Swachh Survekshan 2018 rankings.
 Indian Railways has developed ‘Ustaad’ a Artificial intelligence -powered robot to check for faults in trains.
 UNESCO has signed pact with Andhra Pradesh state government to set up Design University for Gaming.
 India to operate Sri Lanka’s loss-making Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambantota.
 Anju Khosla has become the oldest Indian woman to complete an Ironman Triathlon?
 New Delhi to host the first-ever ‘India Tourism Mart (ITM)’.
 Samsung has set up the world’s largest mobile phone factory in Noida.
 BSNL has become the India’s first Mobile operator to launch Internet Telephony Services in India.
 World’s largest visa centre has been opened in Dhaka.
 Kolkata is hosting the 18th UNICEF International Children’s Film Festival 2018.
 Pradip Choudhuty has been conferred with the 2018 Mohun Bagan Ratna.
 Rajasthan has become the first Indian state to implement the National policy on bio fuels.
 IIT Madras has developed the first indigenous microprocessors ‘RISECREEK’ under Project Shakti.
 Raveena Tandon has become the new brand ambassador of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP).
 ISRO is planning to use GSLV Mk-III launch vehicle to send Gaganyan in space by 2022.
 Bharat Vatwani and Sonam Wangchuk two Indians have received the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Award.
 India’s first tribal circuit tourism project has launched in Chhattisgarh.
 Odisha state government has launched ‘Star-Rating’ system for industries to check air pollution.
 India has become the world’s first country to develop document on Cooling Action Plan (CAP).
 Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma have been signed as ambassadors of Skill India Campaign.
 India & Israel have recently celebrated the 100 years of Battle of Haifa.
 India has decided to organise ‘Gandhi March’ in Netherlands.
 Mary Kom has been named as the brand ambassador of Tribes India and BSNL.
 NITI Aayog has recently signed pact with Oracle to curb the distribution of fake drugs using blockchain.
 India’s first methanol-based alternative cooking fuel is to be established in Assam.
 Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak has been declared the cleanest government university in the Swachh Campus ranking 2018.
 Veena Sendre has been chosen as India’s first ‘Miss Trans Queen’.
 India’s first-ever India-Israel Innovation Centre (IIIC) has launched in Bengaluru
 Amitabha Bagchi is the author of the book “Half the Night is Gone”, which is shortlisted for The Hindu Prize 2018.
 Kerala is set to become the India’s first smoke-free State.
 Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi has been named for 2018 Hridaynath Award for lifetime achievement.
 Narendra Modi has been chosen for the 2018 Seoul Peace Prize.
 New Delhi is the venue of the 11th Global Agriculture Leadership Summit 2018.
 M Mukundan has been selected for 2018 Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, the highest literacy prize of the Kerala government.
 Pather Panchali is the only Indian film has been included in BBC’s 100 best foreign language films list of the 21st century.
 The Jharsuguda Airport of Odisha will be renamed after Surendra Sai eminent freedom fighter of the state
 Noted journalist N. Ram has been chosen for the prestigious Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award.
 Jawahar Lal Sarin has recently bestowed with France’s highest civilian honour “Knight of the Legion of Honour”.
 Indian journalist Swati Chaturvedi has won the 2018 London Press Freedom Award for Courage.
 Social initiative #PowerOf18 has been launched by Twitter India to boost youth engagement for 2019 General Elections.
 Satyarup Siddhanta has become the first Indian to climb Mt Giluwe in Papua New Guinea.
 Martha Farrell has been honoured with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 6th Indian Social Work Congress in New Delhi.
 Indian sportsperson Hima Das has been appointed as UNICEF India’s first-ever Youth Ambassador.
 The Himalayan State Regional Council (HSRC), which is recently set up by NITI Aayog, will be chaired by V K Saraswat.
 Ranchi is the venue of the 8th National Conference of Women in Police (NCWP).
 Saroj Suman Gulti has been conferred with the Global Education Leaders Award 2018.
 Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has won the 2018 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development.
 Indian musician Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has been honoured with the 2018 Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement Award.
 Wildlife Crime Control Bureau(HQ-Delhi) has won the 2018 Asia Environment Enforcement Awards.
 Nahid Afrin has been appointed as the first ‘Youth Advocate’ of the north-eastern region by UNICEF India
 Amitabh Bachchan has been honoured with the third Sayaji Ratna Award 2018.
 Indian actress Nandita Das is awarded of FIAPF Award at the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) 2018.
 Andhra Pradesh has topped the highest employability rate, as per latest India Skills Report 2019.
 Odisha state government has come out with lexicons of 21 rare tribal languages to preserve vanishing native languages in State.
 India’s first-ever autism township will come up in West Bengal.
 Karnataka state government has launched the ‘DataCity’ to foster innovation and solve global challenges.
 Indian movies ‘Walking with the Wind’ has won the 2018 ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal.
 New Delhi is the venue of the South Asia Regional Youth Peace Conference.
 Imran Hussain has been awarded the PETA ‘Hero to Animals’ award for banning the Chinese manjha in Delhi.
 India’s heaviest communication satellite GSAT-11 recently launched successfully from French Guiana.
 Kerala has become the India’s first state to have four international airports,
 Twitter handle @CyberDost has been launched by the Union Government to spread awareness about cyber crimes.
 M K Kanimozhi has been selected for the Best Woman Parliamentarian (Rajya Sabha) for 2018.
 Delhi high court has recently banned online sale of medicines across India?
 Indian start up ‘Help Us Green’ has been honoured by UN Climate Action Award at the 2018 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24).
 India’s first private Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) factory has opened in Hyderabad
 Madhavi Divan has been appointed as new Additional Solicitor General of India (ASGI) in Supreme Court.
 Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has announced that Indian Army has dedicated the year 2018 as Year of the Disable Solidier.
 IIT Madras has developed a portable solar powered cold storage device for storing vegetables, fruits etc.
 ‘The Price of Free’ is a YouTube documentary on Kailash Satyarthi.
 Asia Pacific Screen Award (APSA) 2018 for Best Performance by an Actor (Male) was given to Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
 Uttarakhand emerged as the best state at the 38th India International Trade Fair.
 Railway will start the special ‘Panj Takht Express’ which will cover the five sacred Takht associated with Sikhism.
 India to host its first G-20 Summit in 2022.
 India’s first owl festival was held in Pune.
 Nagaland is the Hornbill Festival held annually.
 Abhinav Bindra has been bestowed with the Blue Cross, the International Shooting Sport Federation’s highest award.
 The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has slapped a fine of Rs 25 crore on Delhi government for failing to check the increasing menace of pollution.
 Raninder Singh has become the first Indian to be elected as International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Vice President.
 Pawan Singh has become the first Indian to be elected as the member of the Judges Committee of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).
 International Conference on bears started in Agra.
 Ahmadabad based cardiologist Dr Tejas Patel performed the World’s first in human Telerobotic Caronary intervention on a patient nearly 2 km away.
 Krishnamurthy Subramanian has been appointed as the new Chief Economic Advisor?
 Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Council has approved India’s proposal to observe an International Year of Millets in 2023.
 India will import crude oil from Iran country by using a rupee based payment mechanism.
 Ratan Lal has won the Glinka World Soil Prize 2018.
 The Indian Coast Guard conducted the regional level Marine Oil Pillution Response Exercise named ‘Clean Sea’.
 India has started granting visa on arrival to the nationals of South Korea.
 Recently Myanmar has started Indian granting visa on arrival.
 Khelo India Youth Games 2019 will be held in Pune.
 First International Conference on Sustainable Water Management was held in Mahali, Punjab.
 Arundhati Bhattacharya has been appointed as the new chairman of SWIFT India Board.
 Imran Siddiqui was honoured with Sanctuary Wildlife Service Award 2018.
 The Manipur Government has conferred Meethoileima title to Mary Kom.
 The Indian Navy has inducted its first Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle system at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.
 India rank 11th in Climate Change Performance Index.
 Tata Steel has won Prime Minister’s Trophy for the ‘Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant’ for the year 2016-17.
 India’s first private sector unit for manufacturing unmanned aerial vehicles was inaugurated in Hyderabad.
 Pune District Court has become first court in India to accept e-payment.
 India is set to get its first underwater museum of the Pondicherry coast.
 Operation Oliva is launched by the Coast Guard in Odisha to protect the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles.
 Brijendra Pal Singh has been elected as the new president of the Film and Television Institute of India.
 Ashok Amritraj was honoured with the French Knight of the National Order of Merit.
 Jammu and Kashmir has become the first state in the country to enact a law banning ‘Sextortion’.
 India will give financial assistance of $1.4 billion to Maldives to overcome the economic crisis.
 Ramphal Pawar has been appointed as the Director of the National Crime Records Bureau.
 Kaiga nuclear power plant, Karnataka has created a history by operating one of its units for more than 940 days.
 The Union Cabinet has approved establishment of two new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
 Madhavi Goradia Davan has been appointed as the Additional Solicitor General.
 Gujarat was ranked the best state for startups in India by the Department of industrial Policy and Promotion.
 Maharashtra has largest number of startup in India.
 NITI Aayog has released ‘Strategy for New India@75’, its comprehensive national strategy for New India which defines clear objectives for 2022-23.
 Arvind Subramanian is the author of the book ‘Of Counsel:The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy’.
 LinkedIn has appointed Mahesh Narayanan as the Country Manager for India.
 Apple has appointed Ashish Chowdhary as the Country Manager for India?
 NITI Aayog has published the report SDG India Index:Baseline report 2018?
 Yashwant Sinha has written the book ‘India Unmade:How the Modi Government Broke the Economy’.
 Three day Annual conference of DGPs, IGPs held in Narmada District of Gujarat.
 Suresh Prabhu was conferred Skoch Golden Jubilee Challenger Award 2018.
 UNESCO Category 2, International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography was inaugurated in Hyderabad.
 Defence Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman has iaunched the Inforation Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region in Gurugram.
 Monmohan Singh has been conferred Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati National Eminence Award.
 Andhra Pradesh has got new high court in Amravati which has function from 1st January. Ramesh Ranganathan become the first Chief Justice of this court.
 Champions of Change 2018 award on chief minister of Manipur.
 Union minister of state for Ayush Shripad Naik laid the foundation stone of the All India Institute of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy in Goa.
 Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa will be the chief guest at the Republic Day of India. He is the President of which country.
 Tripura is going to sell its tea under Tripureshwari Tea brand to expand its market in the country and the world.
 India’s first elephant hospital was opened in Mathura.
 The National Green Tribunal has directed Volkswagen auto major company to pay an interim amount of Rs 100 cr with the Central Pollution Control Board.
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 Shubhankar Sharma has won the Rookie of the Year 2018 award on European Tour.
 Pankaj Advani has won the IBSF World Billiards Championship titles.
 Eighth National Conference of Women in Police was held in Ranchi.
 WhatsApp has appointed Abhijit Bose as the head for WhatsApp India.
 President Ram Nath Kovind has unveiled a bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Sydney, Australia.

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