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  • Madhavpur Mela to be held in 2020 April

    13 days ago
    The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh chaired a high-level meeting with senior officials of the Gujarat Government to review preparations for the mega festival of Madhavpur Mela in New Delhi on 8 January 2020. The Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat due to be held in the first week of April 2020. The 8 States of the Northern Eastern Region will participate in the festival. Madhavpur Mela: ♦ The Madhavpur Mela of... Read More

    Cabinet approved the agreement signed between India and Mongolia for outer space cooperation

    13 days ago
    The Union Cabinet approved the agreement signed between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of Mongolia on 8 January 2020. The agreement aimed at enhancing the cooperation of the countries in the exploration and uses of outer space for peaceful and civilian purposes. The agreement was signed at New Delhi on 20 September 2019. Agreement provisions: ♦ As per the agreement, the countries shall enable pursuing the potential interest areas of cooperation in field... Read More
    Category: Agreements MoU

    ISRO to set up Indian Data Relay Satellite System

    13 days ago
    ISRO is planning to set a new satellite series called the Indian Data Relay Satellite System. It aims to ring its own era of space-to-space tracking and communication of its space assets in 2020. It was announced by K. Sivan, ISRO Chairman and Secretary, Department of Space. IRDSS: ♦ The Indian Data Relay Satellite System (IDRSS) will track and be constantly in touch with Indian satellites, in particular, those in low-earth orbits (LEO) which have limited coverage of earth. ♦... Read More

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    Pedro Sanchez top be the Prime Minister of Spain

    13 days ago
    Spain's Parliament confirmed Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez as Prime Minister of the country on 7 January 2020. He will hold the office for another term at the helm of the country's first-ever coalition government since its return to democracy in the 1970s. Pedro Sanchez: Mr. Sanchez won 167 votes in the 350-seat Assembly compared to 165 votes against Catalan and Basque separatist MPs. He is planning to form a minority coalition government with hard-left party Podemos. This will be... Read More
    Category: International

    Cabinet approved the MoU signed by India and UK to enable Energy Self-Sufficiency for Indian Railways

    13 days ago
    The Union Cabinet chaired by the PM Narendra Modi approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and the United Kingdom on 8 January 2020. The MoU aimed for enabling Energy Self-Sufficiency for Indian Railways. It was signed by the Ministry of Railways with Department for International Development, Government of the United Kingdom on 2 December 2019. MoU Provisions: ♦ The countries agreed on the scope of activities to be undertaken as a part of the endeavor for... Read More

    IMD reported that 2019 is recorded as the seventh warmest year

    13 days ago
    The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the year 2019 was recorded as the seventh warmest year since 1901. It also said that the heating was substantially lower than the highest warming observed in 2016.
    Report Highlights: ♦ The reports stated that 1,562 people died due to extreme weather events including heatwave, avalanches floods, and thunderstorms.
    ♦ It highlighted that the average temperature over India during the year 2019 was above normal. ♦... Read More
    Category: Environment

    Indian Army uses GOCO model to improve efficiency

    13 days ago
    The Indian Army began its work based on the Government Owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) model. The model will identify the potential industry partners for its base workshops and ordnance depots intended to improve operational efficiency. Army also issued a Request For Information (RFI) to shortlist service providers with experience in warehousing, logistics and supply chain management for Central Ordnance Depot (COD), Kanpur.
    Also, the Army's Master General of Ordnance (MGO) started to... Read More
    Category: Defence

    First edition of Khelo India University Games to be held in Odisha

    13 days ago
    The first edition of Khelo India University Games has been scheduled to be held at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University in Bhubaneswar.
    Aim: The University Games provides a platform for young students to showcase their sports talent. The games are aimed to further nourish the talents of the youth. Khelo India University Games: Khelo India University Games is an initiative of the Government of India to empower the sports sector. It aims to mould the future... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Two Indian origin women appointed as the judges to criminal and civil courts

    13 days ago
    Two Indian origin women, Judge Archana Rao and Judge Deepa Ambedkar have been appointed as judges to criminal and civil courts. The judges were appointed by New York mayor Bill de Blasio. Judge Archana Rao is appointed to criminal court of New York and Judge Deepa Ambedkar is appointed to civil court in New York. These appointments were effective from 1 January 2020. Judge Archana Rao: Rao graduated from Vassar College. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of... Read More

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    Gujarat to set up Vikram Sarabhai Children Innovation Center

    13 days ago
    Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced that the State is to set up the Vikram Sarabhai Children Innovation Center (VSCIC) in the state. The announcement was made at the Children's Innovation Festival (CIF) held at Swarnim Sankul in Gandhinagar. He felicitated top 30 idea teams, out 114 teams, led by school students in the state. Also, a letter of intent was exchanged between Gujarat University and UNICEF on the occasion. VSCIC: The center will identify, nurture and promote... Read More

    Magesh Chandran won the Hastings International Chess Congress title

    13 days ago
    Indian chess player P. Magesh Chandran won the title in the 95th edition of the Hastings International Chess Congress in Hastings, England. He defeated Indian GM Deep Sengupta in the eighth round to win the title. He secured the first place with 7.5 points from nine games. Other winners: Indian player G A Stany took sixth place with 6.5 points India's woman player GM R Vaishali secured 6 points and finished 10th.
    Two other Indian players, Deep Sengupta and Swayams Mishra... Read More
    Category: Sports

    The 31st International Kite Festival launched in Ahmedabad

    13 days ago
    The 31st International Kite Festival was launched at the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It was inaugurated by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. The festival will be conducted from 7-14 January in different parts of the state. The festival became an identity of Gujarat. International Kite Festival: ♦ Makarsankranti, the festival of Kites aims attracts a large number of foreign tourists in the state. ♦ The size of the kite industry in the state has increased multi-fold... Read More
    Category: Festivals

    Amit Shah released a book titled Karmayoddha Granth

    13 days ago
    The Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah released a book titled Karmayoddha Granth in New Delhi on 7 January 2020. In his book, Amit Shah has shared the life of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Karmayoddha Granth: ♦ The book talks about the three parts of PM Modi's life: 1) The first part talks of Modi dedicating his life to an ideology 2) The second about him entering politics on the ideals of the Sangathan 3) The third about him Upholding the tenets of... Read More
    Category: Books & Authors

    Prakash Javadekar presented the Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman

    13 days ago
    The Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar presented the Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman in New Delhi on 7 January 2020. The award acknowledged the positive role and responsibility of media in disseminating the outreach of Yoga in India and abroad.
    The award marked a new trend to recognize the endeavour of media organizations that it should go beyond news, views, and advertisements, and work in mission mode for the benefit of society. Award... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    NSO estimated Indias GDP growth rate as 5 percent for the current fiscal

    13 days ago
    National Statistical Office (NSO) has estimated India's GDP growth rate for 2019-20 estimated at 5% on 7 January 2020. It has seen dipping to an 11-year low of 5% in the current fiscal. This is mainly due to poor showing by the manufacturing and construction sectors. The previous low economic growth was recorded at 3.1% in 2008-09. Report highlights: ♦ As per the first advance estimates of the national income released by NSO, the estimated growth of the Indian economy of 5% in... Read More

    World Day of War Orphans was observed on 6 January

    13 days ago
    The World Day of War Orphans was celebrated on 6 January 2020. The day is observed every year. The day enables the global Communities to recognize the plight of a, particularly vulnerable group.
    Aim: The day aims to address the war orphans as it has become a growing worldwide humanitarian and social crisis. The day ensures to voice out the predicament of war orphans. It highlights that children growing up in orphanage experience emotional, social and physical handicaps.
    War... Read More
    Category: Important Days

    Journalists Day was celebrated on 6 January in Maharashtra

    13 days ago
    Journalists' Day was celebrated on 6 January 2020. The day is observed every year in Maharashtra.  The day is observed in the memory of late thespian journalist Balshashtri Jambhekar.
    Balshastri Jambhekar: Balshastri Jambhekar is also known as The Father of Marathi Journalism. He was born on 6 January 1812 in Pombhurle in Devgad taluka in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. He is recognized for his efforts in starting journalism in the Marathi language. He dealt with the issues... Read More
    Category: Important Days

    Kochi to host ASCEND 2020, the Global Investors Meet

    13 days ago
    Kerala is organizing the Global Investors Meet 'ASCEND 2020'. The meet will be held from 9-10 January 2020 in Kochi, Kerala. The meet will be organized by the Industries Department of the state government. ASCEND 2020: ♦ In the meeting, the government will highlight a Kochi-to-Palakkad integrated manufacturing cluster, a Rs.131 crore Defence Park at 60 acres in Ottapalam of Palakkad district and an electronic hardware park in Ernakulam district among 18 mega projects the state... Read More

    Famous artist Akbar Padamsee passed away

    13 days ago
    One of India's best-known artists, Akbar Padamsee passed away in Coimbatore on 6 January 2020. He was 91 years old.
    Akbar Padamsee: Akbar Padamsee was born in Mumbai in 1928. He earned a Diploma in Painting from Sir JJ School of Art. He was one of the pioneers of modern Indian art along with S.H. Raza, F.N. Souza, and M.F. Husain. He was also part of the Progressive Artists' Group. He was renowned for his famous artworks like metascape, Syzygy, Portrait of Husain, Jeune femme... Read More
    Category: Obituary

    RBI allows select banks in India to offer forex rates 24X7 to Indian Clients

    13 days ago
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has permitted the select banks in India can offer forex rates to Indian clients round the clock, which is 24X7. Now the select banks can work beyond the inter-bank market hours, which now run from 9 am to 5 pm.
    Benefits: ♦ The move will allow the Indians to hedge their foreign exchange risks at any time of the day.
    ♦ It will make the offshore currency markets in Dubai and Singapore less attractive for Indian investors.
    ♦ RBI... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

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