11 January 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

11 January 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

11 January 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Census India-2021 to begin on 1st April

  • ‘Census India-2021’ (16th Indian Census) will begin on 1st of April this year and end on 30th of September 2020 with actual enumeration in February 2021 and a revision round in March.
  • It will be conducted through a mobile phone application, moving away from the traditional pen and paper.
  • The reference date will be 1st March 2021 in most of the country and 1 October 2020 for Jammu and Kashmir and some areas of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
  • Enumerators of the census will seek the information of the mobile number of the head of the family, information related to toilets, TV, Internet, vehicles owned, source of drinking water besides asking other questions during the house listing phase of the exercise.
  • The Indian Census is the largest single source of a variety of statistical information on different

2. Union Budget to be presented on 1st Feb & Economic Survey on 31st Jan

  • Union Budget will be presented on the 1st of February and the Economic Survey on 31st January 2020.
  • The Budget Session of Parliament will begin on the 31st of this month.
  • The first Union budget of independent India was presented by R. K. Shanmukham Chetty on 26th November 1947.
  • Until 2016, the budget of the Indian Railways was presented separately to Parliament and dealt with separately.
Economic Survey of India: 
  • The Economic Survey of India is the flagship annual document of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
  • The Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance presents the Survey in the Parliament every year, just before the Union Budget.
  • It is prepared under the guidance of the Chief Economic Adviser attached to the Ministry of Finance.
Union Budget:
  • The Union Budget of India is the Annual Financial Statement in Article 112 of the Constitution of Republic of India.
  • The Government presents it on the first day of February so that it could be materialised before the beginning of the new financial year in April.

3. Home Minister Amit Shah dedicates National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal to nation

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah has inaugurated the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) and dedicated National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (www.cybercrime.gov.in) to the nation.
  • National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal is a citizen-centric initiative that will enable citizens to report cyber-crimes online through the portal.
  • It enables filing of all cyber-crimes with a specific focus on crimes against women, children, particularly child pornography, child sex abuse material, online content pertaining to rapes.
  • At the initiative of the Home Ministry, 15 States and UTs have given their consent to set up Regional Cyber Crime Coordination Centres.
  • All the cyber-crime related complaints will be accessed by the concerned law enforcement agencies in the States and Union Territories for acting as per law.
Source: AIR News

4. Government releases State Energy Efficiency Index 2019

  • Power Minister R K Singh has released the State Energy Efficiency Index 2019, which tracks the progress of Energy Efficiency Initiatives in 36 States and Union Territories.
  • The index this year incorporates qualitative, quantitative and outcome-based indicators to assess energy efficiency initiatives, programs and outcomes in five distinct sectors.
  • The index is developed by Bureau of Energy Efficiency in association with Alliance for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
  • It will help states to contribute towards national goals on energy security and climate action by helping drive Energy Efficiency policies and programme implementation at the state and local level.
  • These are buildings, industry, municipalities, transport, agriculture, and DISCOMs.
  • The required data were collected from the concerned state departments such as DISCOMs, Urban Development and other departments with the help of State Designated Agencies.

5. Pulses Conclave to be held in Lonavala

  • India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA) has announced the fifth edition of the Pulses Conclave, will be held in Lonavala, Maharashtra from 12-14 February 2020.
  • IPGA expects close to 1500 trade stakeholders from India and key pulses exporting countries like USA, Australia, Canada, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi.
  • IPGA is the nodal body for the country's pulses trade and industry.
  • The conference aims at increasing exports, processing efficiencies, protein extraction, value addition and post-harvest management.

6. GoI to launch Purvodaya to accelerate Eastern India Development

  • The Ministry of Steel will launch “Purvodaya”, a world-class steel hub.
  • The hub aims at an accelerated development programme of eastern states.
  • The Ministry will be joined by CII (Confederation of India Industries) in the implementation of “Purvodaya”.
Honour & Award

7. Jasbinder Bilan wins UK children's book award

  • India-born author Jasbinder Bilan has bagged a coveted UK children's book award for her debut novel.
  • Her novel, 'Asha and the Spirit Bird', aimed at readers aged nine years and above, beat competition from three other shortlisted books to be named the winner of the 2019 Costa Children's Award this week.
  • Bilan will receive 5,000 pounds as the winner of the award.
  • The award is open to authors resident in the UK and Ireland and presented annually across five categories of First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book.
Source: Telegraph India

8. Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman passes away

  • The King of Oman Sultan Qaboos bin Said (79-years) passed away due to years-long struggle with an illness.
  • Sultan Qaboos supported by Britain came to power in 1970 in a bloodless coup against his father.
  • Sultan Qaboos followed a moderate and a stable foreign policy and is credited with turning Oman into a modern country.
  • During his rule, Oman often became the neutral mediator in the otherwise volatile region.
  • The written constitution Qaboos introduced requires the ruling family to choose a successor within three days of the throne falling vacant.
Know about Qaboos bin Said
  • Qaboos was born in Salalah in Dhofar on 18 November 1940 as an only son of Sultan Said bin Taimur and Sheikha Mazoon al-Mashani.
  • He attended school in Oman and England before entering the U.K.’s Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.
  • The Sultan of the Sultanate of Oman is the monarch and head of state of Oman.
  • It is the most powerful position in the country.
Source: AIR News
Banking & Finance

9. RBI amends KYC norms, allows banks to use V-CIP

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has amended the KYC norms allowing banks and other lending institutions regulated by it to use Video-based Customer Identification Process (V-CIP).
  • The V-CIP will make it easier for banks and other regulated entities to adhere to the RBI's Know Your Customer (KYC) norms by leveraging digital technology.
  • According to RBI, it decided to permit video-based Customer Identification Process (V-CIP) as a consent-based alternate method of establishing the customer's identity, for customer onboarding with a view to leveraging the digital channels for Customer Identification Process (CIP) by regulated entities (REs).
  • The regulated entities will have to ensure that the video recording is stored in a safe and secure manner and bears the date and time stamp.
  • As per the circular, the reporting entity should capture a clear image of the PAN card to be displayed by the customer during the process.
  • The official of the reporting entity should ensure that the photograph and the identification details in Aadhaar/PAN should match with the details provided by the customer.
  • It also said that Live location of the customer (Geotagging) shall be captured to ensure that customer is physically present in India.
Source: Air news
International Affairs

10. Second largest Muslim Congregation in the world Bishwa Ijtema begins in Bangladesh

  • The first phase of the world’s second-largest Muslim congregation after Haj began on the outskirts of Dhaka.
  • Thousands of devotees from Bangladesh and abroad are thronging the bank of river Turag at Tongi near Dhaka to participate in the congregation called Bishwa Ijtema.
  • Noted scholars give a religious sermon to the devotees on this occasion.
  • The Ijtema began with the ‘aam bayan’ and will end on January 12 with the final prayers ‘Akheri Munajat’.
  • The second phase of Bishwa Ijtem will take place between January 17-19.
  • Bishwa Ijtema has been taking place on the Turag riverbank in Tongi near Dhaka since 1967.
  • In 2011, the congregation was split into two phases to ensure better management.
  • Bishwa Ijtema draws in Muslim devotees from about 150 countries.

11. Israel unveils revolutionary laser-based air defence system

  • According to the Israeli Ministry of Defense, Israel has successfully developed a laser-based air defence system.
  • The system is meant to intercept aerial threats ranging from as mortar fire, drones, medium-range Grad rockets, anti-tank missiles as well as long-range missiles.
  • The technological development will enable the long-range targeting and stabilization of laser beams, allowing them to intercept targets at great distances.
  • The system is set to be tested in six months' time at an undisclosed location in northern Israel.
  • If the interception test is successful, the laser-based system will be dispatched for field use along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip.

12. India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant likely to be commissioned by 2021

  • The manufacturing of the country's first indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant is currently under phase three.
  • It is likely to be commissioned by early 2021.
  • This carrier is being built at the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) in Kochi.
  • According to Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh, Vikrant will be fully operational by 2022 and it will have a fleet of MiG-29K aircraft.
Source: Economics Times
Art & Culture

13. Famous chariot festival of Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple started in Tamil Nadu

  • The famous chariot festival of the Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple is being held with great camaraderie and devotion.
  • The ten-day annual festival is held in the Tamil month falling in December - January.
  • The temple is especially significant because it is sacred to both the Shaivite as well as Vaishnavite sects.
  • This 17th-century temple is famous for its architectural grandeur.
  • There is an Anjaneya statue, which is 22 feet tall and is carved out of a single granite block.
  • It is said to be one of the tallest statues of its type in India.

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