20 January 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

20 January 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

20 January 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. India successfully test fired K-4 ballistic missile

  • India has successfully test-fired a 3,500 km range nuclear-capable K-4 ballistic missile off the Vizag coast in AP that can be launched from a submarine.
  • It will be inducted on the INS Arihant class of nuclear submarines.
  • The missile was developed by the DRDO.
  • It is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of over one tonne.
  • Only the US, Russia and China have submarine-launched ballistic missiles of 3,500-kilometre range.

2. Ratchanok Intanon wins Indonesia Masters 2020 title

  • Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon won the Indonesia Badminton Masters 2020 women's singles title.
  • She defeated Carolina Marin of Spain by 21-19, 11-21, 21-18 in the final.
  • The clash went into three-games and despite losing the first game, the Spanish shuttler made a comeback in the second game and claimed the game by 21-11.
  • Intanon won the match by claiming the third game by 21-18.
 Honours & Awards

3. 9th Children Film Festivals held in Kolkata

  • The 9th edition of Kolkata International Children's Film Festival has begun in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • The festival will showcase 255 films from 35 countries.
  • National award-winning 'Hamid' was the inaugural film.
  • The National award winner child actor, Talha Arsad Rishi inaugurated the festival.
 National & International Appointments

4. Nripendra Misra appointed as chairman of NMML

  • Former principal secretary to PM, Nripendra Misra has been appointed as chairman of the executive council of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML).
  • Mishra who resigned from the PS to the PM post last year is a UP cadre IAS officer, closely associated with the think tank Vivekananda International Foundation
  • Dr. A Surya Prakash, chairman of the Prasar Bharati will be the vice-chairman of the council.
 International Affairs

5. India to set up Maritime Research Coordination Centre

  • Sri Lanka and India agreed to establish a maritime research coordination center and strengthen military ties. 
  • India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and discussed setting up the center to learn maritime activities in the Indian Ocean Region.
  • Mr. Rajapaksa will visit India in late Nov for talks with PM Modi, who offered $450 mn aid to Sri Lanka. 
 National & International Appointments

6. Arjun Munda Elected President of AAI

  • Union minister Arjun Munda was elected as president of the suspended Archery Association of India (AAI).
  • A three-time Jharkhand chief minister, he is also the president of Jharkhand Archery Association
  • He defeated Assam Archery Association president BVP Rao. 
  • The elections were held as per the Delhi High Court order.
  • The election was held in the presence of a World Archery observer Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed Chapol.
 National Affairs

7. Gujarat ranked top for water efficiency

  • The Ministry of Jal Shakti released a report on efficiency targets in the review of state and Central government water departments.
  • As per the report, Gujarat has topped in the list
  • Rajasthan is the third-best and Delhi is among the worst-performing states.
  • Among the seven Central departs reviewed, the Survey of India has got the top billing followed by the National Institute of Hydrology and Central Water Commission.

 Banking & Finance

8. 50th World Economic Forum begins today

  • The 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland begins today and continue till 24th
  • Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal will be leading the Indian delegation.
  • Goyal will also participate in an informal WTO Ministerial gathering being held in Davos during this period.
  • He will also meet the DG of WTO and Secretary-General of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

9. Indian Air Force inducts BrahMos-armed Sukhoi-30MKI

  • On January 20, 2020, the first squadron of Brahmos-Armed Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft was inducted into the Indian Air Force at its Thanjavur base, Tamil Nadu.
  • This 222-squadron known as the Tigersharks will serve as a platform for conducting aerial and maritime missions in the Indian Ocean Region.

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