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19th Jan -National, International & Sports News Round up

... Editorial Team

NATIONAL

Semi-high speed train between Delhi and Agra, Gatiman Express, which will run at a maximum speed of 160 kmph and cover a 200-km distance in about 105 minutes, will be operated by Railways for a year on a pilot basis.

Ministry of Shipping initiated Project Green Port to make Indian ports cleaner and greener

Ashok Vajpeyi, author, has returned Honorary Degree Due to 'Anti-Dalit' Attitude at University of Hyderabad

The World Bank, for the very first time, decided to extend an assistance of 20 million US dollar to help reconstruct a zoological park named - Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Visakhapatnam

Sikkim has been declared as the first organic farming State of India

INTERNATIONAL

China's 2015 GDP growth rate of 6.9% is the slowest it has achieved in 25 years

Japanese man Yasutaro Koide, World's oldest man dies at 112 in Japan

ISIL confirms the death of militant Jihadi John in an airstrike in November.

Pakistan lifts a three year ban on YouTube after Google launches a local version that allows the government to demand removal of material it considers to be offensive. Similar systems have existed in China for many years

French President Francois Hollande on 18 January 2016 declared a state of economic and social emergency to redefine country’s economic and social model.

Pakistan has reported the highest stillbirths’ rate among the 186 countries surveyed by medical journal The Lancet

Stephen Hawking has said that the Biggest Threats to Existence Come from Scientific Advancements.

SPORTS

Indian driver Jehan Daruvala has  won the Lady Wigram Trophy motor race in New Zealand

Rafel Nadal and Simon Halep loose in the first round of the Australian Open.

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has retained India's growth projections at 7.5 per cent for 2016-17 and 2017-18 each, even as it scaled down world economic growth at 3.4% in 2016 and 3.6% in 2017.

The price of oil drops below $28 a barrel, the lowest since 2003

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