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    Important Current Affairs 10th January 2019

    Rankings and Indices

    India to become world's third largest consumer market by 2030: WEF 
    •    A report by World Economic Forum today said that India is set to become the world's third largest consumer market behind only USA and China by 2030.
    •    The report said consumer spending in India is expected to grow from 1.5 trillion US dollar at present to six trillion US dollar by 2030.
    •    The report said that with the annual GDP growth rate of 7.5 percent, India is currently the world's sixth largest economy.
    •    The report titled 'Future of Consumption in Fast-Growth Consumer Market - India' also noted that growth of the middle class will lift nearly 25 million households out of poverty.
     

    International Relations

    Sushma Swaraj meets Iranian counterpart
    •    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday met her Iranian counterpart Javed Zarif
    •    The two leaders held a wide-ranging discussion on important bilateral issues and shared perspectives on the regional situation.
    •    On the sidelines of Raisina dialogue, Mrs Swaraj also met Foreign Minister of Mongolia Damdin Tsogtbaatar.
    •    Mrs Swaraj had a productive meeting with her Mongolian counterpart and took stock of positive developments in a relationship in areas of energy, renewable energy, development partnership, capacity building and culture.


    US-China talks to resolve trade war concludes in Beijing on positive note 
    •    The extended US-China talks to resolve the trade war between the two greatest economy concluded in Beijing on a positive note on Wednesday.
    •    After the talks concluded, Ted McKinney, US Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs said the discussions went just fine, without elaborating.
    •    Meanwhile, confirming the conclusion of the trade talks, China's foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing that the extension of the talks indicates that both sides are serious about this consultation.
     

    National News

    Govt launches Web- Wonder Women Campaign 
    •    The government launched Web- Wonder Women Campaign to celebrate the exceptional achievements of women who have influenced and impacted society through social media.
    •    The Campaign aims to recognize the fortitude of Indian women stalwarts from across the globe who have used the power of social media to run positive campaigns to steer a change in society.
    •    The Campaign invites entries from across the world till 31st of this month. Indian-origin women, working or settled anywhere in the world, are eligible for nomination.
     

    Sports

    Hockey India removed Harendra Singh as coach of India Men's Team 
    •    Indian men's hockey coach Harendra Singh was sacked from the position and offered the task of helming the junior squad by the national federation.
    •    Hockey India said that it will be inviting applications for the position of chief coach and in the interim the team will be overseen by Hockey India High Performance Director David John and current Analytical Coach, Chris Ciriello.
    •    Harendra Singh was brought in as men's coach in May 2018 after Sjoerd Marijne was moved back to the women's camp
     

    International News

    US Secretary of State arrives in Baghdad to meet PM 
    •    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday arrived in Baghdad on a surprise visit to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.
    •    Pompeo also met other Iraqi officials, including the speaker of parliament Muhammad Al Halbusi.
    •    The US Secretary of State's visit to Baghdad is part of his West Asia tour.
    •    Mr. Pompeo plans to reassure allies about America's commitment to the region despite US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria.


    Congo: Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi wins presidential election
    •    In Congo, opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has won the long-delayed presidential election.
    •    The electoral commission announced today that Tshisekedi has won with 38.57 percent of more than 18 million ballots cast.
    •    If Tshisekedi’s victory is confirmed by the constitutional court, Democratic Republic of Congo will see its first peaceful democratic transfer of power since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.
     

    Appointments

    N. Ram appointed president of Alliance for Media Freedom 
    •    N. Ram, chairman, THG Publishing Private Limited, has been appointed president of the Alliance for Media Freedom (AFMF), a cross-media advocacy and action group of media organisations, promoters and journalists.
    •    The Alliance, which is dedicated to work for the cause of media freedom, media independence and the safety of the last journalist, adopted a charter that underlines the importance of creating enabling conditions to safeguard free speech guaranteed by the Indian Constitution.
    •    The Alliance which has been functioning informally for the last seven months in the cause of media freedom and independence, resolved to take steps to formalise and institutionalise its existence.
     

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