Padma awards for 2019 were announced by Government. This year 112 recipients have been selected for the award – 4 Padma Vibuhshan, 14 Padma Bhushan and 94 Padma Shri awards. The recipients include Gautam Gambhir (cricketer), Prabhu Deva (Indian choreographer), Kader Khan (veteran film actor), Kuldip Nayar (veteran journalist) and Sunil Chetri (football) among others. Teejanbai, famous for Pandavani, is one of the awardee for Padma Vibhushan. Bachendri Pal is one of awardee of Padma Bhushan among others.
Kumbh 2019 – the world’s largest religious congregation began at Prayagraj, UP on 15th Jan 2019. This 7 week event will go on till 4th March 2019. According to an estimate, the city will have footfall of 15 crore during the event. The event will have six Shahi Snan on Makar Sankranti (15th Jan), Paush Purnima (21st Jan), Mauni Amavasya (4th Feb), Basant Panchami (10th Feb), Maaghi Poornima(19th Feb) and Maha Shivratri (4th March).
Indian Railways will initiate fresh recruitment of around 2,30,000 more employees under various cadres over next two years as announced in Budget 2019. This will be a major recruitment with the benefit of 10% reservations for Economically Weaker Section.
Gujarat CM – Vijay Rupani announced on 13th Jan 2019 that the state government will implement 10% reservation with immediate effect in the state for General category economically weaker section.
ISRO launched a student’s satellite Kalamsat and an imaging satellite Microsat-R from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, AP on 24th Jan 2019.
Smriti Mandhana, Indian left handed opener, has won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the year.
On 8th Jan 2019, Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill which seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. This amendment aims to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jain, Parsis and Christians eligible for citizenship.
On 17th Jan 2019, Vinesh Phogat became the first athlete from India to be nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sporting Comeback of the Year Award. He will be competing with some world famous sportsman such as golfer Tiger Woods, snowboarder Mark McMorris (Canada), ski racer Lindsey Vonn (America), figure skater Yuzuru Manyu (Japan) and para-snowboarding star Bibian Mentel-Spee (Netherlands).
Amabati Raydu suspended from international bowling by ICC as announced on 28th Jan 2019. This was done as the player elected not to submit to a test of his bowling action within the stipulated period of 14 days f being reported for a suspect action.
Former defence minister George Fernandes passed away on 29th Jan 2019 after a prolonged illness. He held the portfolio of Union Defense Minister under Atal Bihari Vajpayee led NDA government from 2001 to 2004.