Top current affairs of 8th January 2015 in news and daily GK updates are given below.
National Scene 8th January 2015
1. Motor vehicle act 1988 got president’s approval.
i) President Pranab Mukherjee signed an ordinance to amend Motor vehicle act 1988 as per Article 123 of constitution.
ii) Under the new act driving license is made mandatory for the driver.
iii) No person can be granted a learner’s licence to drive a transport vehicle unless he held the driving licence for light motor vehicle for a period of at least one year has been removed.
iv) Maximum speed limit is fixed 25 kmph.
v)The e-rickshaws will be allowed to carry four passengers and 40 kg luggage. E-carts would transport goods upto 310 kg.
2. Pravasi Bharatiya divas 2015 kicked off at Gujrat on 7th January 2015.
i) The annual PBD, that began in 2003 under the Atal Behari Vajpayee-led NDA Government Pravasi bharatiya divas is observed on 9th of January every year. This day is celebrated to mark the achievements of overseas Indian community in development of India. The day January 9 is chosen since on the very same day Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa and led India’s freedom struggle.
International affairs 8th January 2015
3. Pakistan enacted a new law to create constitutional military courts to try and punish terrorists.
The law will give a tough message to militants who often are wriggled out of ordinary courts. Thus it will help to curb and eliminate militancy in Pakistan. Presently, Pakistan has already lifted moratorium on death penalty and hanged seven convicted militants.
Appointments 8th January 2015
4. Atul Khare named as UN Under Secretary-General for Field Support.
It was announced by Secretary-General of United Nations Ban Ki-moon.
UN Department of Field Support (DFS)
This department provides dedicated support to peacekeeping field missions and political field missions around the world.
It also provides support in the areas of finance, logistics, Information, communication and technology (ICT), human resources and general administration to help missions promote peace and security.
His appointment to this position will bring strategic management and innovative reform expertise in both headquarters and field perspective of UN’s DFS.
Sports 8th January 2015
5. Virat Kohli breaks Dravid’s record.
Virat Kohli now has scored the most runs by any visiting Indian batsman in Australia. When he reached 120, he had gone past Dravid’s record of 619 runs he had scored during the 2003/04 season. Kohli is only the third batsman to score 4 Test hundreds in a series in Australia. Kohli scored his 10th century of his career on 8th january 2015.