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Diary of National Events

31. Diary of National Events

January, 2019

  • The Constitution (103 rd Amendment Act), 2019 providing 10 %
  • reservation in government jobs and education to EWS.
  • Prime Minister dedicates the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial in Dandi, Gujarat
  • 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations held in Varanasi.
  • Microsat-R and Kalamsat-V2 satellites launched by PSLV
  • First-ever National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai.
  • The government approves merger of Vijaya Bank, Dena Bank and Bank of Baroda; first-ever three-way merger in Indian banking.
  • Womaniya on Government e-Marketplace initiative launched to enable
  • women entrepreneurs to sell items online.
  • e-Court services initiated through common service centres across the
  • country.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust becomes the only Indian port to be listed
  • among the world’s top 30 container ports.

February, 2019

  • President presents the Gandhi Peace Prize for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
  • Khelo India App launched to develop the sporting ecosystem.
  • President presents the Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.
  • Prime Minister launches the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PMKISAN) scheme from Gorakhpur.
  • National Mineral Policy, 2019 to ensure effective regulation of mining sector approved.
  • KUSUM - ‘Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan’ for farmers’ welfare approved.
  • e-AUSHADHI portal for online licensing of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy medicine launched.
  • National Institute of Design at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and Jorhat in Assam inaugurated.
  • Human Resources Development Ministry launches SHREYAS – ‘Scheme for Higher Education Youth in Apprenticeship and Skills’ for providing industry apprenticeship opportunities to fresh graduates.
  • Tribal Affairs Ministry launches Van Dhan - the scheme for Minimum Support Price for Minor Forest produce and development of value chain.

March, 2019

  • India conducts its first anti-satellite missile test ‘Mission Shakti’ from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha 
  • New series of visually impaired friendly ? 1, ? 2, ? 5, ? 10 and ? 20 coins released.
  • ISRO launched a special programme for school children titled ‘Young
  • Scientist Programme’ or ‘Yuva Vigyan Karyakram’ 
  • World Consumer Rights Day, 2019 observed with the theme ‘Trusted Smart Products’
  • Kumbh Mela entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest traffic and crowd management plan, largest sanitation drive and largest painting exercise of public sites.
  • Common smart card format for driving licences and registration certificates prescribed across the country.
  • Pinaki Chandra Ghose appointed as India’s first Lokpal.

April, 2019

  • PSLV-C45 successfully launches EMISAT 
  • India finishes fourth by winning 17 medals at Asian Athletics
  • Championships 2019 in Doha, Qatar.
  • Jet Airways, India’s leading private airlines, shut operations due to
  • mounting fund crunch.

May, 2019

  • Shri Narendra Modi sworn in as Prime Minister for second term. Leaders of all BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and
  • Economic Cooperation) countries attend the swearing-in ceremony.
  • The United Nations listed Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist 
  • PSLV-C46 successfully launches RISAT-2B, a radar imaging earth
  • observation satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
  • DRDO successfully test-fires AKASH MK-1S surface-to-air missile from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, Odisha.
  • MHRD launches Samagra Shiksha scheme for school education.

June, 2019

  • The first session of the 17 Lok Sabha commences. BJP MP from
    Rajasthan, Om Birla, unanimously elected as the Speaker.
  • PM approves the re-constitution of (NITI) Aayog.
  • PM-KISAN scheme extended to all farmers in the country, irrespective of the size of their landholding. 
  • World’s largest multi-purpose lift irrigation project - Kaleshwaram Lift
    Irrigation Project – inaugurated in Telangana.

July, 2019

  • India’s  GSLV MkIII-M1, successfully launches the Chandrayaan-2  
  • Jal Shakti Abhiyan for water conservation and water security launched.
  • Ministry of AYUSH conceptualised AYUSH GRID Project for digitising
  • AYUSH healthcare delivery at all levels.
  • India jumped five places to 52nd position in the 2019 Global Innovation Index.
  • Parliament passed the Triple Talaq Bill making the practice of Triple Talaq an illegal, unconstitutional and punishable act.
  • Sprinter Dutee Chand becomes the first Indian to win gold in the 100m race at the World University Games held in Naples, Italy.
  • Sprinter Hima Das won five successive gold medals in a month in different meets across Poland and the Czech Republic.

August, 2019


  • Bharat Ratna on former President Pranab Mukherjee and posthumously on social activist Nanaji Deshmukh and singer Bhupen Hazarika.
  • The Parliament passes the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 and approved the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution. The move ended the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and paved the way for splitting the state into two union territories.
  • Shuttler P. V. Sindhu becomes the first Indian to win gold at Badminton World Federation Championship after defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara.
  • Prime Minister launches Fit India Movement on National Sports Day.
  • ‘Janaushadhi Sugam’ mobile application launched for locating outlets and searching generic medicines anywhere in the country.
  • MHRD launched school education portal ‘Shagun’.
  • India became the first country in the world to issue facial biometric cards known as Biometric Seafarer Identity Document for seafarers.
  • One Nation, One Ration Card scheme implemented on pilot basis in four states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

September, 2019

  • The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 comes into force.
  • India hosts the 14 Conference of Parties (COP14) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
  • Chandrayaan 2’s lander ‘Vikram’ lost communication with the ground stations during its final descent and made a hard landing.
  • Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan-Dhan Yojana to provide social security net for the small and marginal farmers launched.
  • India successfully flight-tested indigenously developed Air-to-Air Missile ‘Astra’ from Sukhoi-30 MKI.
  • National Rural Sanitation Strategy for next decade (2019-2029) launched to increase access to solid and liquid waste management.

October, 2019

  • Nation celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Jammu and Kashmir bifurcated into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
  • Indian-origin economist Abhijit Banerjee wins the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics for his work on global poverty.
  • India and Pakistan signe an agreement to operationalise the historic Kartarpur Corridor.
  • India climbed 14 places to 63rd position among 190 nations in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking.

November, 2019

  • 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev celebrated across the country.
  • The Supreme Court in its verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case orders the construction of Ram temple at the site and directs the union government to allot a five-acre plot for Muslims in Ayodhya.
  • Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India.
  • The Parliament passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 for the social, economic and educational empowerment of
  • transgenders and protection of their rights.
  • Mumbai and Hyderabad became members of UNESCO Creative Cities
  • Network in the fields of film and gastronomy.
  • 50th International Film Festival of India held in Goa 
  • Uddhav Thackeray takes over as the 18th chief minister of Maharashtra.

December, 2019

  • Amitabh Bachchan honoured with 50th Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
  • United Nations Climate Conference COP25 held in Madrid, Spain
  • The Parliament passes a bill to merge Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli – two separate UTs to be called Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.
  • Prepaid rechargeable tags for toll collection - FASTags - made mandatory for all vehicles.
  • Indian Railways recorded zero passenger deaths in 2019, making it the national transporter’s safest year.
  • Hemant Soren takes over as the 11th Chief Minister of Jharkhand.
  • Post of the Chief of Defence Staff to head new Department of Military Affairs under Ministry of Defence.
  • General Bipin Rawat appointed as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff.
  • General Manoj Mukund Naravane appointed as the 28 new Chief of Army Staff.


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