Top Current Affairs of the day: 20 January 2020


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Top Current Affairs of the day: 20 January 2020
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  • PM interacted with Students at 2020 Pariksha Pe Charcha

    32 days ago
    The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with students as part of Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020 at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi on 20 January 2020.
    Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020-Highlights: ♦ 50 Divyang students took part in the interaction programme.
    ♦ The interaction between PM and the students lasted for over 90 minutes ♦ The students sought guidance on various issues of importance to them from the Prime Minister.
    ♦ He highlighted the important role... Read More

    The 2nd edition of NIC TechConclave 2020 to be held in New Delhi

    32 days ago
    The 2nd edition of NIC TechConclave 2020 is to be held on 21-22 January 2020 at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. The conclave will be inaugurated by the Union Minister for Law & Justice, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad. Minister of State for Electronics & IT, Communications and Human Resource Development, Shri Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao, the Secretary-MeitY, Shri Ajay Sawhney and the President, CISCO (India and SAARC),... Read More

    APEDA sets up 186 Agri products testing laboratories

    32 days ago
    Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has added 135 laboratories to existing 51 recognized laboratories. With this addition of laboratories, APEDA recognition of laboratories has reached 186 laboratories in India.
    Added labs: The move is significant as the Laboratory testing requirements are crucial in the Agri export supply chain. The number of laboratories added includes 35 in Maharashtra, 23 in Gujarat, 10 in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, 23... Read More
    Category: Environment

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    NDRF celebrated its 15th raising day on 18 January

    32 days ago
    The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) celebrated its 15th Raising Day at New Delhi on 18 January 2020. The celebration was graced by the Union  Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai and Shri G.V.V. Sarma, Member Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). National Disaster Response Force's achievements: ♦ NDRF plays a vital role in saving human lives and national property in disaster response operations ♦ It has always been in the... Read More
    Category: Defence

    TN girls won the under-17 basketball title at Khelo India Youth Games

    32 days ago
    Tamil Nadu girls won the under-17 basketball title at Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati, Assam. Tamil Nadu defeated Rajsthan by 59 to 57 points.
    Other winners: ♦ Punjab girls won the bronze medal in the under-21 category. They defeated Tamil Nadu.
    ♦ Kerala and Karnataka won bronze medals in boys and girls under-17 categories. In Hockey: ♦ Haryana won Gold in girls under-17 category by defeating Jharkhand in a penalty shootout.
    ♦ Assam weightlifter... Read More

    SAG Awards 2020 winners list

    32 days ago
    The winners of the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards were awarded at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, the US on 19 January. The award honours the biggest achievements in TV and film for the year 2019. Winners' List: Television Awards: Television Movie/Miniseries (Male): Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon  Television Movie/Miniseries (Female): Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon Drama Series (Male): Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones Drama Series (Female): Jennifer Aniston, The... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    India, Sri Lanka agrees to strengthen military ties

    32 days ago
    India and Sri Lanka agreed to strengthen military ties and widen maritime links with neighbours after security talks. The talks were held between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa during a visit to Sri Lanka on 19 January 2020. The move comes after China's economic hit increases in the region.
    Highlights: ♦ Both the leaders discussed setting up a maritime research coordination centre  ♦ They also discussed that other... Read More

    Amazon India to induct 10,000 EVs into its delivery fleet

    32 days ago
    Amazon India has announced that it is to induct 10,000 electric vehicles (EV) into its delivery fleet by 2025. It is a part of the company's measures to reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impact of its operations in the country. Amazon's EV delivery fleet: ♦ Amazon India's commitment to electric mobility comes after running successful pilots in several cities in 2019.
    ♦ The company is to have its electric fleet operating in 20 cities across India... Read More
    Category: Environment

    CM Arvind Kejriwal launched a guarantee card to provide free bus rides

    32 days ago
    Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal released a guarantee card on 19 January 2020. The card promises free bus rides for students and deployment of mohalla marshals for women's security.
    Guarantee card: ♦ The 10 guarantees of the Kejriwal card will continue the scheme for free electricity up to 200 units and free health facilities. ♦ The scheme also includes the planting of two crore saplings in the national capital over the next five years. ♦ The state government has... Read More
    Category: Schemes

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    Ratchanok Intanon won the 2020 Indonesia Masters title

    32 days ago
    Thailand's Badminton player Ratchanok Intanon won the Indonesia Masters title 2020 in Women's Singles category on 19 January. It was her first badminton title of the year 2020. She defeated former world number one Carolina Marin. She secured 2-1 to claim the title. She was awarded $30,000 and the trophy. Results: Men's Singles: Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (Indonesia) Women's Singles: Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) Men's Doubles: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, Kevin Sanjaya... Read More

    Union Minister Arjun Munda was elected as the President of AAI

    32 days ago
    Union Minister Arjun Munda was elected as the President of the Archery Association of India (AAI) elections. Arjun Munda defeated his rival BVP Rao by a margin of 34-18 votes. Munda was elected for a full tenure of four years. The AAI elections were held according to the Delhi High Court order. The election was held in the presence of an observer each from World Archery (WA), Sports Ministry and Indian Olympic Association (IOA). Pramod Chandurkar of Maharashtra defeated Maha Singh of... Read More

    The Bloomsbury Anthology of Great Indian Poems to be released

    32 days ago
    The Bloomsbury Anthology of Great Indian Poems edited by Abhay K. is to be launched on 23 January 2020. It will be launched on the opening day of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2020.
    Bloomsbury Anthology of Great Indian Poems: ♦ The anthology covers over 3000 years of Indian poetry which were written in 28 Indian languages.
    ♦ Earlier, Abhay K. has edited 100 Great Indian Poems. It has been translated and published into Portuguese, Spanish and Italian and it is to be... Read More
    Category: Books & Authors

    China and Myanmar signed 33 agreement to accelerate BRI

    32 days ago
    China and Myanmar signed 33 deals on 18 January 2020. The agreements aimed to speed up key infrastructure projects to provide China a stepping stone to the Indian Ocean. The agreement was signed after a meeting between President Xi Jinping and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi was on a two-day visit to China. He held talks with Xi on the final day of his two-day visit. Agreements: ♦ The agreements covered areas such as politics, investment, trade, and people-to-people... Read More
    Category: International

    National Immunization Day was observed on 19 January

    32 days ago
    National Immunization Day was observed on 19 January 2020. The day was aimed to maintain the NO POLIO status of the country. On this day, a nationwide programme to administer polio drops to children below 5 years was organized throughout the country.
    Aim: The Pulse Polio programme ensures to protect children from polio disease and aims to eliminate poliomyelitis in India. Pulse Polio Programme 2020: ♦ President Ram Nath Kovind launched the Pulse Polio Programme 2020 and... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Indian Railway to replace Urdu with Sanskrit on signboards at Uttarakhand platforms

    32 days ago
    The Indian Railway authorities have decided to replace the Urdu language on signboards at the Uttarakhand state platforms with Sanskrit. The decision by the railways was taken as per provisions of the Railway Manual. It stated that the names of the railway stations should be written in Hindi, English and in the second language of the state. Sanskrit is Uttarakhand's second language. Hence, as per the manuals, Sanskrit must be used on signboards along with English and Hindi.
    Earlier,... Read More

    DRDO successfully K-4 ballistic missile from an underwater platform

    32 days ago
    India has successfully test-fired nuclear-capable K-4 ballistic missile off the coast in Andhra Pradesh on 19 January 2020. The missile was launched from a 3500 kilometer strike range nuclear-capable submarine, underwater platform. The missile was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
    Missile Test: ♦ K-4 ballistic missile will be equipped on indigenous INS Arihant class nuclear-powered submarines of the Indian Navy. ♦ The missile has a... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Elecrama 2020 is being held in Uttar Pradesh

    32 days ago
    Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar and R K Singh inaugurated Elecrama on 18 January 2020, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. It is being organized by the industry body the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA). The five-day event targets businesses worth Rs.30,000 crore. The event will be held from 18-22 January 2020. Aim: Elecrama 2020 focuses on energy storage, e-mobility, grid transformation, start-ups,  revenue security with special attention on small and... Read More

    The 14th Foundation day of DFCCIL was celebrated in New Delhi

    32 days ago
    The 14th Foundation day of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) was celebrated in New Delhi on 18 January 2020. Union Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Shri Piyush Goyal participated in the event.
    Achievements of DFCCIL: ♦ DFCCIL completed 500 km of Dedicated Freight Corridor. It has also set its target to achieve the goal of 991km by March 2020.
    ♦ DFC has an impact to transform the railway sector. It is necessary to have separate... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

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