26 January 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

25 January 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

26 January 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Nation celebrates 71st Republic Day with patriotic fervour

  • The nation celebrated the 71st Republic Day with a grand military parade and strategic weaponry at the Rajpath in New Delhi.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind unfurled the tricolour and took the salute of the parade.
  • Jair Messias Bolsonaro (President of Brazil) is the chief guest at the Parade this year.
  • As per the tradition, after unfurling of the National Flag by the President, the national anthem was played with a 21 guns salute.
 Arts & Culture

2. Bharat Parv 2020 begins at Red Fort in Delhi

  • Tourism Ministry has inaugurated the six-day cultural extravaganza 'Bharat Parv' at the Red Fort in Delhi.
  • The objective of Bharat Parv is to encourage people to visit different tourist places of the country and to inculcate the spirit of ‘Dekho Apna Desh’.
  • Choreographed Folk, Tribal Dances and Music from the different States showcased during cultural programmes.
  • Bharat Parv will remain open for public from 12 Noon to 10 PM until 31st January.
 International Affairs

3. Corona Virus: Government launches 24X7 call centre

  • Seven central teams will visit states and designated airports to review the end-to-end preparedness for management and control of Novel Coronavirus in India.
  • These airports are New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi.
  • A 24x7 National Centre for Disease Control Call Centre - 011 -23978046 has been made operational.
  • The decision was taken by the Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan at a review meeting held in New Delhi.
 Honours & Awards

4. Govt. announces 141 Padma Awards for this year

  • The Union government has announced 141 Padma Awards (7 Padma Vibhushan, 16 Padma Bhusan and 118 Padma Shri) for this year.
  • 34 awardees are women,18 foreigners and 12 persons are awarded posthumously.
  • Former Union Ministers George Fernandes, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley will be awarded Padma Vibhushan posthumously.
  • Late Vishveshateertha Swamiji will be awarded Padma Vibhushan posthumously.
 Important Dates

5. 26th January: International Customs Day

  • The International Customs Day (ICD) is being held on 26 January every year to recognise the role of customs officials & agencies.
  • The Theme of 2020 is “Customs fostering Sustainability for People, Prosperity and the Planet”.
  • The day was instituted by the World Customs Organization (WCO) to commemorate the day in 1953 when the inaugural session of the Customs Cooperation Council (CCC) was held in Brussels, Belgium.
 National Affairs

6. CJI Bobde inaugurates All India Members’ Conference

  • The Chief Justice of India, Justice S.A. Bobde, inaugurated the All India Members’ Conference of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) in New Delhi.
  • The two-day event was held as a part of the 79th Foundation Day Celebrations of ITAT.
  • India’s Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) was set up on 25 January 1941.
  • ITAT functions under the Department of Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Law and Justice.
 International Affairs

7. UK introduces new fast-track visa to attract scientists

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a new fast-track visa to attract more of the world's best scientists to the U.K. in hopes of creating a global science "superpower."
  • Johnson paired the announcement of the Global Talent route program with a pledge of USD 392 million for research into advanced mathematics.
  • The money will help fund researchers and doctoral students whose work in math underpins myriad developments.
 State Affairs

8. West Bengal emerges at the top in vegetable production

  • West Bengal has overtaken Uttar Pradesh and emerged as the top State in vegetable production in 2018-19.
  • According to the State-wise horticulture production data released at a conference organised by the Agriculture Ministry last week, West Bengal produced 29.55 million tonnes (mt) of vegetables last year.
  • Andhra Pradesh continued to hold on to the pole position in fruits with 17.61 mt, followed by Maharashtra (10.82 mt) and UP (10.65 mt).

9. Noted artist and sculptor Sher Singh Kukkal passes away

  • Noted artist and sculptor Sher Singh Kukkal (86-years) passed away after a brief illness.
  • He was awarded Senior Fellowship in Visual Art Photography by Union Ministry Of Culture during 2008-09. 
  • He received a gold medal in painting from Queens College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (UP) & Rajiv Gandhi Foundation award for his photography and painting.

 National & International Appointments

10. Agni Sapkota elected speaker of House of Representatives

  • Nepal Communist Party's Agni Sapkota has been elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the lower house of Parliament in Nepal.
  • His name was proposed by Subhash Chandra Nembang of Nepal Communist Party.
  • The post of Speaker was lying vacant since October last year after Mr Krishna Bahadur Mahara resigned following allegations of attempted rape.

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