Top Current Affairs of the day: 21 January 2020

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Top Current Affairs of the day: 21 January 2020
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  • Telangana to test voter identification through a face recognition application

    31 days ago
    The Telangana government is planning to test voter identification through a face recognition application on a pilot basis in the municipal elections of 23 January 2020. For the first time, the face recognition software will be used to ascertain the identity of voters in the state. Face recognition: ♦ The pilot basis test will be implemented in Kompally Municipality in Medchal Malkajgiri district for 10 polling stations.
    ♦ An Additional Polling Officer will click pictures of... Read More


    IMF reduces India's economic growth forecast to 4.8 percent

    31 days ago
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has reduced India's economic growth forecast to 4.8% for the current fiscal year. The decline is due to the crisis in the non-banking financial sector (NBFC) and weak rural demand. It has also cut the world's growth estimate. Report: ♦ The IMF projection, 1.3% points lower than its earlier estimates, is less than the 5% projected by the official advance estimates.
    ♦ The IMF projected India's economy to grow by 5.8% next... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy


    Apurvi Chandela, Divyansh Singh Panwar won gold at the Meyton Cup

    31 days ago
    Indian shooters Apurvi Chandela and Divyansh Singh Panwar won gold at the Meyton Cup international shooting championship in Austria. The four Indian shooters have already secured Olympic quotas for Tokyo Games 2020. Apurvi won the gold in women's 10m air rifle. She secured a final score of 251.4. Another Indian player, Anjum Moudgil had to settle for bronze in the same event with a final score of 229. In men's 10m air rifle, Divyansh won the top honours with a final score of 249.7.... Read More
    Category: Sports

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    Four PSUs get MDs and CEOs

    31 days ago
    The Finance Ministry appointed managing directors (MDs) and chief executive officers (CEOs) of four PSU banks. The four banks for which new MD & CEOs were announced were Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC), Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), United Bank of India (UBI) and Vijaya Bank. Appointments: 1. Bank of India's Executive Director R Koteeswaran has been appointed as MD and CEO of Indian Overseas Bank. 2. Animesh Chauhan, executive director with Central Bank of India will head Oriental... Read More


    Fit India Cyclothon event was held in Goa

    31 days ago
    Fit India Cyclothon event was held on 18 January 2020 in Goa. It was flagged off by Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju at the Campal Parade Ground and culminated at Bal Bhavan. Organized by: The Fit India Mission has been initiated under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The Ministry in collaboration with the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Goa organizes the event. Fit India Cyclothon: ♦ The... Read More


    ICICI Bank launch of a Cardless Cash Withdrawal Facility

    31 days ago
    ICICI Bank announced the launch of a 'Cardless Cash Withdrawal' facility from its ATMs on 21 January 2020.
    Cardless Cash Withdrawal: ♦ ICICI Bank's Cardless Cash Withdrawal service will allow customers to withdraw cash from over 15,000 ATMs of the bank by raising a request on its mobile banking app, iMobile.
    ♦ ICICI customers can now withdraw cash without using a debit card at ATMs.
    ♦ Cardless Cash Withdrawal service can be used for... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance


    ITI to launch its FPO to raise around Rs.1,600 crore

    31 days ago
    State-owned Indian Telephone Industries (ITI), the telecom equipment maker, has announced that it is to launch its follow-on public offering (FPO) on 24 January 2020. It will raise around Rs.1,600 crore follow-on public offer (FPO).
    FPO Issue: ♦ The FPO announced by ITI comprises of fresh issue of up to 180 million equity shares. An additional issue constituting up to 1.8 million shares will be reserved for employees. ♦ ITI's FPO issue will close on 28 January... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance


    India stands among the top 10 recipients of FDI flow

    31 days ago
    The Global Investment Trend Monitor report stated that India was among the top 10 recipients of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 2019. The report was compiled by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
    Report Highlights: ♦ The report stated that India has attracted around $49 billion in inflows, a 16% increase from the previous year. ♦ It stated that the global FDI remained flat in 2019 at $1.39 trillion, a 1% decline from the revised $1.41... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy


    Mansukh Mandaviya to participate in the 50th WEF Annual Meeting

    31 days ago
    The Union Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) and Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya is to represent Indian in the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting being held at Davos, Switzerland. The forum will be held from 21-24 January 2020.
    Agenda: ♦ The Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will meet the various leaders of Industry, Investors and Entrepreneurs including IMO, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, Minister of Qatar from around the world during... Read More


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    PM to chair the 32nd interaction through PRAGATI platform

    31 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to chair the 32nd interaction through the PRAGATI platform on 22 January 2020. He will discuss the Information and Communications Technology, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation. 31st interactions of PRAGATI: ♦ In the 31st interactions of PRAGATI, projects worth over Rs.12 lakh crores were reviewed by the Prime Minister. ♦ Also, 9 projects worth over Rs.61,000 crore related to 16 States and the Union Territory... Read More


    Manipur, Meghalaya, and Tripura celebrated the Statehood Day

    31 days ago
    Indian states namely Manipur, Meghalaya, and Tripura celebrated their Statehood Day on 21 January. On 21 January 1972, all three states became full-fledged states under the North Eastern Region (Reorganisation) Act, 1971. Tripura: ♦ Governor: Ramesh Bais ♦ Chief Minister: Biplab Kumar Deb ♦ Capital: Agartala ♦ Literacy: 87.75% ♦ The state borders by: Bangladesh to the north, south, and west Assam and Mizoram to the east ♦ Tripura is the third... Read More
    Category: Important Days


    The 12th National Tribal Youth Exchange Programme began in Puducherry

    31 days ago
    The 12th National Tribal Youth Exchange Programme began in Puducherry on 19 January 2020. The programme was inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor Dr. Kiran Bedi.
    Organized by: The week-long programme is being jointly organized by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and Puducherry Government.
    12th National Tribal Youth Exchange Programme: ♦ It is expected that 200 youths from Naxal-affected areas of Chhattisgarh State will be participating in the 12th  National Tribal... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    President Ram Nath Kovind presented the 14th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards

    31 days ago
    President of India Ram Nath Kovind awarded the 14th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards at a ceremony held in New Delhi on 20 January 2020. The recipients of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards constitute works from the year 2018. It is awarded in various categories. The awardees were selected by a jury constituted of members including Tom Goldstein (Professor and Dean, Jindal School of Journalism & Communication, O P Jindal Global University), S Y Quraishi... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours


    India ranked 5th in the CDP India annual report

    31 days ago
    India ranked 5th in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) India annual report. The non-profit organization surveyed among the countries for corporate commitments to science-based targets (SBT).
    Report Highlights: ♦ The report identified that the investors demand better disclosure of climate change risk from Indian companies. ♦ The report examined the carbon reduction activities of the selected companies ♦ It stated that 98% of the firms surveyed between 2018 and 2019... Read More
    Category: Index / List


    One Nation, One Ration Card scheme to be implemented by 1 June

    31 days ago
    The One Nation, One Ration Card scheme will be implemented by 1 June 2020 in India. The announcement was made by the Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on 20 January. Earlier, the scheme was announced to be launched by 30 June 2020. One Nation, One Ration Card scheme: ♦ Under the scheme, the beneficiaries can avail of the benefits across the country using the same ration card. ♦ The scheme allows the portability of food security benefits across India, that is, poor migrant workers... Read More


    Chapchar Kut festival to be celebrated on 6 March

    31 days ago
    Mizoram is to celebrate festival Chapchar Kut on 6 March 2020. It is the biggest and most important festival of the Mizo. The meeting of the Chapchar Kut organizing committee was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Zoramthanga. The committee decided that the festival will be celebrated for two days. Agenda: ♦ The pre-festival will be celebrated on 5 March. It will be graced by Art and Culture Minister R Lalzirliana as Kut Pa or the father of the festival. ♦ The grand... Read More
    Category: Festivals


    AIM and UNDP hosted 3-day Youth Co:Lab National Innovation Challenge

    31 days ago
    Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) NITI Aayog and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosted the Youth Co: Lab -national innovation challenge was held from 17-19 January in Delhi.
    Aim: The move by AIM and UNDP aims to support young people by catalyzing youth-led innovation and empower them through Youth Co:Lab. It aims to foster technology and promote youth leadership and social entrepreneurship in India. Youth Co:Lab’s national innovation challenge: ♦ In the first... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    PM Modi, PM Oli jointly inaugurates second ICP at Jogbani-Biratnagar

    31 days ago
    Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Nepal Shri K.P. Oli has jointly inaugurated the second Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Jogbani-Biratnagar 21 January 2020.
    Jogbani-Biratnagar ICP: ♦ Nepal built the second Integrated Check Post at Jogbani-Biratnagar has been built with Indian assistance.   ♦ The ICP will facilitate trade and people’s movement across the India-Nepal border.
    ♦ The first ICP was built at the Raxaul-Birgunj... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Government launch of Paperless Licensing for Petroleum Service Stations

    31 days ago
    Government unveiled the paperless licensing process through Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) for petroleum service stations, the retail outlets storing and dispensing petrol/diesel for motor conveyances. It was launched by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
    Paperless licensing process: ♦ The initiative by the government is in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    IAF inducts Su-30 fighter squadron in Thanjavur

    31 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the induction ceremony of Su-30 fighter squadron at the Air Force Station in Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The second frontline fighter squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to be based in the South. The operationalization of the 222 Squadron will strengthen the air defence capabilities of the IAF, particularly in the Southern Air Command area. Su-30 fighter squadron: ♦ The Tigersharks fighter squadron is equipped with formidable air superiority... Read More
    Category: Defence


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