Top Current Affairs of the day: 16 January 2020


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  • IPS officer AP Maheshwari appointed as new CRPF DG

    36 days ago
    IPS officer Anand Prakash Maheshwari took over as the new director-general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the world's largest paramilitary force on 15 January 2020. He will retire in February 2021. He will replace ITBP Director General S S Deswal who was given the additional charge to head the CRPF.
    AP Maheshwari was handed over the ceremonial DG baton at the CRPF headquarters at Central Government Offices (CGO) complex, New Delhi. Anand Prakash Maheshwari: Anand... Read More

    ASER report showed the learning status of Uttar Pradesh students

    36 days ago
    The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) was showed over 46% in Lucknow and 45.9% in Varanasi kids are unable to read or recognize numbers. The survey covered 1,514 villages, 30,425 households and 36,930 children in the age group of 4-8 in the state. Report HIghlights: ♦ The report stated that the children studying in Class 3 in the cities of Varanasi and Lucknow cannot read or recognize numbers between 1 to 100. ♦ It said that the standard of education continues to remain... Read More
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    IMD celebrated its 145th Foundation Day on 15 January

    36 days ago
    The India Meteorological Department (IMD) celebrated its 145th Foundation Day on 15 January 2020. The day was celebrated by the Ministry of Earth Science. IMD: Established on: 1875 Headquarters: New Delhi Ministers responsible: Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Earth Sciences Director-General: Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra IMD functions under the Ministry of Earth Sciences. IMD has marched forward with various milestones and paradigms to serve society. IMD's initiatives and... Read More
    Category: Important Days

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    WHO released 2020 Global Health Challenges report

    36 days ago
    The World Health Organization (WHO) released the list of Global Health Challenges of the forthcoming year on 13 January 2020. Report Highlights: ♦ The list of Global Health Challenges highlighted 13 potential threats. ♦ The top among the listed threats was Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) and climate crisis.
    ♦ As per the report, around 7 million people are affected because of climate change.
    ♦ The report said that climate change has increased malnutrition... Read More
    Category: Index / List

    Dr. M M Kutty inaugurated fuel conservation mega campaign Saksham in New Delhi

    36 days ago
    Secretary, Petroleum and Natural Gas Dr. M M Kutty inaugurated fuel conservation mega campaign 'Saksham' in New Delhi on 16 January 2020. The campaign was organized by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA). The campaign will be held for a month. Aim: The annual event of Saksham aims at creating mass awareness among the public about conventional fuel conservation. Saksham: ♦ GoI has set to double to 11% by 2040. ♦ The campaign is aimed to address the... Read More

    Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the exhibition on Indian Heritage in Digital Space

    36 days ago
    Union MoS Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the exhibition on Indian Heritage in Digital Space and First International Heritage Symposium at National Museum, New Delhi The exhibition will be open till 15 February 2020. Organized by: The exhibition was organized by Ministry of Culture and Tourism in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.
    Indian Heritage in Digital Space: ♦ The visitors will be able to see... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Exercise Sahyog Kaijin began in Chennai port

    36 days ago
    Indo-Japan joint-exercise Sahyog-Kaijin began on 16 January 2020 at the Chennai port. This is the 19th edition of the exercise that is being conducted between the two Coast Guards. Aim: The exercise is aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties and mutual understanding between the two coast guards. It also aims to enhance interoperability in communication, search and rescue procedures and sharing of best practices.   Key highlights: ♦ During the exercise, various... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Brazil to open new Antarctic research base

    36 days ago
    Brazil has announced that it is to open a new research base in Antarctica. Brazil's original scientific outpost was destroyed by fire 8 years ago. It is expected that Vice President Hamilton Mourao and Science and Technology Minister Marcos Pontes will attend the official opening ceremony. Brazil's Antarctic research base: ♦ The Brazilian government has invested nearly $100 million in the reconstruction of the Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station. ♦ It is a... Read More
    Category: International

    Renewable Energy Investors Meet was organized by Indian Railways and REMCL

    36 days ago
    Renewable Energy Investors' Meet 2020 was held on 9 January in New Delhi. The meet was organized by Indian Railways and Railway Energy Management Company Ltd. (REMCL). Aim: ♦ The Investors' Meet aimed to disseminate information about the opportunities available under renewable energy in Indian Railways.
    ♦ Various experience of developers with Railways and key benefits of partnering with Indian Railways was showcased during the meet. ♦ The investors shared... Read More

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    CARA celebrated 5th Annual Day on 15 January

    36 days ago
    Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) celebrated its 5th Annual Day in New Delhi on 15 January 2020. Secretary WCD, Rabindra Panwar along with other senior officials of the Ministry, its associated Statutory/Autonomous Bodies and representatives from the States and Union Territories participated in the function. Souvenirs to commemorate the Annual Day was unveiled during the event.
    CARA's service: ♦ CARA conducted various training programmes and workshops at national and... Read More

    Russia to begin Gaganyaan space astronauts training by 2020 January

    36 days ago
    The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh announced that the training for Gaganyaan space astronauts will start their training from the third week of January 2020.
    Space Astronauts training: ♦ The training of the Indian astronauts for India's first human space mission will take place in Russia.
    ♦ India has selected four astronauts for the human space mission. ♦ The... Read More

    SBI cuts FD rates by 15 bps

    36 days ago
    State Bank of India (SBI) has reduced the fixed deposit rates. It reduced the FD rates by 15 basis points (bps) on long-term deposits maturing in 1 year to 10 years. The deposit rate reduction will help the bank to retain its net interest margins since SBI had reduced lending rates in December. Fixed Deposit rate cut: ♦ For deposits below Rs.2 crore, SBI will now offer 6.10% as compared to 6.25% for all maturities of 1 year to 10 years.
    ♦ Senior citizens will continue to... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Janak Raj to be the third internal member of the monetary policy committee

    36 days ago
    Janak Raj is expected to be appointed as the third internal member of the central bank in the monetary policy committee (MPC). He is currently serving as Reserve Bank of India's principal adviser in the monetary policy department. He will replace Michael Patra, the executive director of the monetary policy department, who was elevated as deputy governor.
    Monetary Policy Committee (MPC): The MPC consists of 6 members, out of which three are RBI's internal members and three are... Read More

    Arunachal Pradesh signs MoU with IUCN to red List Orchids

    36 days ago
    Arunachal Pradesh has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the IUCN on 13 January in Arunachal Pradesh. The MoU was signed by Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Manmohan Singh Negi and the IUCN’s country representative Dr. Vivek Saxena. The environment & forests department is the nodal department for executing the project. MoU Highlights: ♦ According to the MoU, the Arunachal Pradesh state government will collaborate with the IUCN and carry out a red-list... Read More
    Category: Environment

    EU triggered dispute mechanism on Iran Nuclear deal

    36 days ago
    European Countries namely Britain, France, and Germany pressured Iran to stop its violations of the nuclear deal. The EU countries stressed to resolve differences through talks on the United Nations sanctions. The three countries rejected Iran's justification for violating the deal because the U.S. broke the agreement by withdrawing in 2018. EU has charged Iran over transgressions that could ultimately lead to the reimposition of UN sanctions and triggered the deal's dispute... Read More

    India signed MoU with Finland to deepen defence cooperation

    36 days ago
    India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Finland on 15 January 2020. The MoU was signed by Defence Secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence of Finland Mr. Jukka Juusti. The MoU is signed on the sidelines of Raisina Dialogue 2020. MoU Highlights: ♦ The MoU is aimed at further defence cooperation between India and Finland. ♦ It will enhance co-operation in the field of Production, Procurement, Research and Development (R&D) of... Read More
    Category: Agreements MoU

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