15 January 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

15 January 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

15 January 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. M S Swaminathan Honoured with ‘Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu National Award’

  • Eminent Agricultural Scientist Dr M S Swaminathan was presented the ‘Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu National Award for Excellence’ for his distinguished contribution to the field of agriculture.
  • He becomes the first recipients the award presented by the Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu during the Pongal Celebrations held at Raj Bhavan in Chennai today.
  • The Award instituted by the Muppavarapu Foundation was announced recently during its 10th-anniversary celebrations in Hyderabad.
  • It carries a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakhs and a citation.
  • Swaminathan is known as the “Father of the Green Revolution in India and the Doyen of Agricultural Science”.
  • He has been playing a pioneering role in the advancement of agriculture and improving the lives of the farmers. 

2. Ishwar Sharma wins ‘Global Child Prodigy Award’

  •  British Indian yoga boy Ishwar Sharma (10-year-old) wins Global Child Prodigy Award.
  • He was chosen from the UK for the awards which honour child prodigies from across 45 countries and 30 different categories such as palaeontology, biking, choreography, fitness and martial arts etc.
  • Ishwar Sharma also has the skill to chant up to 50 shlokas from the Vedas and ‘Bhagavad Gita’ and practices yoga. Sharma, originally from Mysore, has participated in over 100 yoga events across the UK and worldwide.
  • Global Child Prodigy Awards is A Global Talent Recognition for Child Prodigies. Kids Upto age 15 years who are extraordinary in their own way.
  • One hundred Global Child Prodigies will be recognized and will be featured in the Global Child Prodigy Award Book 2019.
Source: Business-standard

3. Himachal creates Guinness World Record by preparing the largest quantity of Khichdi 

  • Himachal Pradesh has made the Guinness Book of World Records for preparing the largest-ever quantity of ‘bean and rice’ dish (khichdi) on 14 January 2020 at Tattapani in Mandi district.
  • Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur accepted the certificate on behalf of the state’s Tourism and Civil Aviation department.
  • A team of 25 chefs from Holiday Home hotel in Shimla, cooked 1995 kg of the dish in a vessel weighing 270 kg, with the dimensions of four feet depth and seven feet diameter, that was specially acquired from Jagadhari in Haryana.
  • The chefs’ team took five hours, 4 AM to 9 AM, to prepare the stew.
  • The khichdi container was too heavy to be carried that a crane was used to tilt out the khichdi from the enormous container for serving khichdi to devotees at Tattapani.
  • Earlier, the record for making the largest amount of khichdi (918.8 kg) was held by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor.
  • Sanjeev Kapoor represented the Indian ministry of food processing industries at an event in New Delhi on November 4, 2017.

4. Capt Tania Shergill to be 1st woman parade adjutant

  • Indian Army Officer Captain Tania Shergill will be the first woman parade adjutant for the Republic Day parade.
  • Captain Shergill is an electronics and communications graduate.
  • A parade adjutant is responsible for the parade.
  • She was commissioned in March 2017 from the Officer Training Academy, Chennai.
  • Her father, grandfather and great-grandfather have also served in the Army.
  • In last year's Republic Day parade, Captain Bhavna Kasturi was the first woman officer to lead an all-men contingent.

5. A P Maheshwari appointed as the new DG of CRPF

  • Senior IPS officer AP Maheshwari has been appointed as the director-general of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
  • Maheshwari, a 1984 batch IPS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, has been appointed to the post up to February 28, 2021.
  • He took the charge from Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) DG Surjeet Singh Deswal who was given an additional charge as the head of CRPF after the retirement of DG Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar on December 31, 2019.
  • The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is India's largest Central Armed Police Forces.
  • It functions under the authority of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) of the Government of India.

6. Lt General Girish Kumar appointed as the Surveyor General of India

  • The government of India has appointed Lt General Girish Kumar as the Surveyor General of India in Survey of India on contract basis for a period of one year.
  • Appointment Committee of the Cabinet approved the proposal from re-appointment of Kumar on the post for one year with effect from January 1, 2020.
  • It further mentioned that "necessary communication in this regard has been sent to the Department of Science and Technology."
  • Earlier, Kumar was appointed as Surveyor General of India on September 30, 2017, under the Survey of India, the national survey and mapping organization of the country.

National Affairs

7. Center to set up 11-member Committee on royalty rates revision of minerals 

  •  The central government has decided to set up an 11-member committee to look into the issues related to the revision of royalty rates for minerals other than coal, lignite, sand for stowing and minor minerals. 
  • The committee will be headed by K. Rajeswara Rao, the additional secretary of the ministry mines.
  • Mines secretaries of Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha will be the members of the committee.
  • The committee will submit its report within 1 month to the ministry of mines. 

8. Indian Railways signs MoU with RailTel for Phase 2 of e-office Execution 

  • After the successful completion of the Phase 1 execution of NIC e office for 50000 users in 58 units, Indian Railways has signed MoU with RailTel, a miniratna PSU under Ministry of Railways, for the phase 2 of the project. 
  • In phase 2, RailTel will register 39000 users over 34 Railway divisions on NIC e office platform by 30th June 2020. 
  • The phase 1 of NIC e-office execution started with a mandate to complete the work by March 2020. 
  • But with a lightning speed of execution RailTel completed the work way ahead of time and successfully created 50000+ users in 58 units of Indian Railways and trained the executives to handle the platform in a span of mere 6 months’ time.
  • MoU was signed by Executive Director (ED/TD), Railway Board, Shri Umesh Balonda, and General Manager (GM)/Information Technology (IT) project/RailTel, Smt. Haritima Jaipuriar.
Source: PIB

 9. 6th Island Development Agency meeting held in New Delhi 

  • 6th meeting of Island Development Agency (IDA) was held New Delhi on January 13, 2020. The meeting was chaired by Union Minister of Home Affairs (MoHA) Shri Amit Shah. 
  • The meeting focused on “Green Development in the Islands to reach new heights”. Also, during the meeting progress made towards “Holistic development of islands” were reviewed. 
  • The Island Development Agency (IDA) has taken up scientifically assessed sustainable development goals in order to improve growth of the Islands. 
  • This is the first time such an initiative is being implemented.

 10. The Government of India launched the Integrated Road Accident Database (IRAD) 

  • The government of India (GoI) has launched an Integrated Road Accident database. 
  • It is a central accident database management system that will help in analysing causes of road crashes and in devising safety interventions to reduce such accidents in the country.
  • This IT tool has been developed by the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) and will be implemented by the National Informatics Centre. 
  • The project costs ₹258 crore and is being supported by the World Bank.
  • The system will be first piloted in the six States with highest fatalities from road crashes — Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
  • It was launched during ‘Road Safety Stakeholders’ Meet held in New Delhi. 
 Important Days

11. India celebrates 72nd Army Day today

  • Today, the 72nd Army Day is being celebrated across the country.
  • Army Day is celebrated every year on 15th January to mark the day when (then) Lieutenant General KM Popularly known as “Kipper”, KM Cariappa was the first Indian commander-in-chief of the Indian Army.
  • The day is celebrated to pay homage, salute to the courageous and brave Indian soldiers who have been sacrificing their lives for protecting the country.
  • On Army Day, General Bipin Rawat (Chief of Defence Staff), General Manoj Mukund Naravane(Army chief), Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria (Air Force Chief)and Admiral Karambir Singh (Navy Chief) paid tributes at the National War Memorial Ground in New Delhi.
Source: DD News
 Banking & Finance

 12. Retail inflation jumps to about 5-yr high of 7.35 % in Dec 2019

  • Retail inflation rose to about five-and-half year high of 7.35% in December 2019, mainly due to the rise in prices of vegetables as onions.
  • Now, it is surpassing the RBI's comfort level, 
  • As per the data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO), the spike in inflation in the vegetable segment was 60.5%  during the month compared to December 2018.
  • The overall retail inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 2.11% (in December 2018) and 5.54% ( in November 2019).
  • The previous high in retail inflation was witnessed at 7.39% ( in July 2014).
  • The Central Government has mandated the Reserve Bank of India to keep inflation in the range of 4% with a margin of two per cent on either side.
  • Retail inflation means the increase in prices of certain products or commodities compared to a base price.
  • In India, retail inflation is linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which is managed by the Ministry of Statistics.
  • CPI numbers are widely used as a macroeconomic indicator of inflation, as a tool by governments and central banks.
Source: AIR News

13. World Bank & ADB Approves Rs 14000 crore to enhance road safety in India

  • According to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Transport ministry has firmed up a Rs 14,000 crore state support programme for strengthening road safety in India, which will be funded by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
  • The road transport and highways ministry will fund half of the `14,000-crore programme while the World Bank and the ADB will equally contribute the remaining half.
  • According to the World Road Statistics, India recorded the highest number of road accident deaths across 199 countries in 2018.
Art & Culture

 14. Bhogi is being celebrated in south India

  • Bhogi is being celebrated in Tamil Nadu and several other parts of southern India.
  • It marks the last day of the month of Margazhi in the Tamil calendar.
  • On Bhogi day, redundant or unusable materials are disposed of, to welcome the auspicious Pongal festival.
  • Bhogi is a prelude to the grand Pongal festivities.
International Affairs

15. Iranian Olympic medalist Kimia Alizadeh announces her defection

  •  Iran’s Olympic medalist, Kimia Alizadeh took to her Instagram to announce that she is leaving the country.
  • Alizadeh is the only woman from Iran to have won the Olympic medal.
  • She made history at the Rio Olympics in 2016, when she won the bronze medal for her country in Taekwondo.
  • Alizadeh did not announce any future plans or the country which she has gone to, but she said that she will remain the daughter of Iran.

 16. Japan Coast Guard Ship ‘Echigo’ arrives in Chennai

  • The Japan Coast Guard Ship ‘Echigo’ has arrived in Chennai on a five-day goodwill visit.
  • It will be participating in the Annual Joint Exercise ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ with the Indian Coast Guard off Chennai.
  • This is the 19th such exercise being conducted between the two Coast Guards since 2000.
  • Four Indian Coast Guard ships, their aircraft and a vessel from the Chennai-based National Institute of Ocean Technology - NIOT are participating in the exercise along with the Japanese vessel.

17. India finish 2019 as number one shooting nation in the world

  • India finished this year as the top shooting nation in the world, leaving behind Olympic heavyweights China and the USA.
  • In terms of overall medals, the tally stood at 21 gold, six silver and three bronze as India topped all the Rifle-Pistol World Cups and Finals in an unforgettable year. 
  • While India leads the standings with 30 medals overall, China is second with 11 gold, 15 silver and 18 bronze for a total of 44 podium finishes. 
  • The USA is placed third with 15 medals including six gold six silver and three bronze.
  • The number of Olympic quotas, which now stands at a record 15, is not an only refection of the country's rapid rise in the sport over the last one year but also sets up the shooters nicely for a record haul at the Tokyo Games, after the meltdown at Rio de Janeiro. 
  • Indian shooting's best show at the Olympics remains the two medals won at London in 2012. 
Source: AIR News 

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