28 January 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

28 January 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Sunil Mehta takes charge as IBA Chief Executive

  • Former MD & CEO of Punjab National Bank (PNB), Sunil Mehta has been appointed as the new CEO of Indian Bank Association (IBA).
  • He succeeds V G Kannan, who stepped down on December 31, 2019.
  • The term of the CEO of IBA is for the three years while the chairman term is for only one year.
  • Currently, the managing committee of IBA has SBI chief Rajnish Kumar as Chairman year 2019-20 along with three deputy chairmen and honorary secretary.
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 State Affairs

2. AP assembly passes resolution to abolish LegislativeCouncil

  • The Andhra Pradesh Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution to abolish the State Legislative Council.
  • Speaker, Tammineni Seetharam announced, the statutory resolution was adopted with 133 members voting in favour of it.
  • Now, the resolution will be sent to the Centre for necessary follow-up action.
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 International Affairs

3. Saudi Arabia says Israeli citizens still not welcome

  • Saudi Arabia has announced that Israeli citizens are not allowed to visit the kingdom, home to Islam's holiest sites.
  • This decision comes after Israel's Interior Ministry said Israeli citizens (Muslims and Jews) have the right to travel to Saudi Arabia for religious and business visits.
  • Like most Arab countries, Saudi Arabia does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. Israel has peace deals with only two Arab countries Jordan and Egypt.
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 Summits & Conferences

4. PM Modi addresses 3rd Global Potato Conclave in Gandhinagar

  • The Third Edition of the Global Potato Conclave (1st-1999 & 2nd- 2008) has been started at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the conference through remote video conferencing.
  • The objective of the conclave to highlight achievements and opportunities in the area of potato research, trade & industry, and value chain.
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 National & International Appointments

5. Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Sarec resigns

  • Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Sarec (youngest-ever PM) has announced a step-down and called for fresh elections.
  • Earlier, he is best known as a comedian and political satirist before he launched himself as an anti-establishment politician.
  • The Prime Minister of Slovenia is the head of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.
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 Important Dates

6. 28th January: Lala Lajpat Rai Birth Anniversary

  • The ‘Year-2020’ marks the 155th birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai (Punjab Kesari), one of the greatest freedom fighters of India.
  • Lala Lajpat Rai was born on January 28, 1865, in a Jain Punjabi family in Dhudikae village of Moga district,Punjab.
  • He was part of the famous radical trio 'Lal Bal Pal', who advocated the Swadeshi movement in India,
  • He played a pivotal role in the Indian freedom struggle.
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 National & International Appointments

7. ATF unanimously nominates Anil Khanna as life President

  • Senior Sports Administrator Anil Khanna was nominated Life President of the continental body Asian Tennis Federation (ATF).
  • Mr Khanna had served as ATF President from 2005 to 2019 and also ITF Vice President from 2015-19. 
  • The ATF held the meeting of its Board of Directors in Melbourne and unanimously nominated Mr Khanna as Life President.
  • He was also appointed Chairman of the ATF Finance Committee.
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8. GRSE set to deliver ASW corvette INS Kavaratti to Navy soon

  • Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) is set to deliver anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kavaratti to the Navy.
  • 'Kavaratti' is the last of the four Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes built by the GRSE for the Indian Navy under Project P28.
  • Three of the four corvettes, INS Kamorta, INS Kadmatt and INS Kiltan were commissioned in 2014, 2016 and 2017 respectively.
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9. Former Karnataka Minister Amarnath Shetty passes away

  • Former Karnataka Minister & senior Janata Dal(S) leader Amarnath Shetty (80-years) passed away due to age-related ailments.
  • Shetty was minister for Tourism and Muzarai in the Janata Dal government.
  • He was elected to the state Assembly from Moodbidri constituency in Dakshina Kannada district three times in 1983, 1987 and 1994.
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 National Affairs

10. Indian Railways commissions first waste to energy plant

  • Indian Railways (East Coast Railway (ECoR) zone) has commissioned the first waste-to-energy plant at Carriage Repair Workshop, Mancheswar, in Bhubaneswar.
  • It has been built at a cost of Rs 1.79 crore and has the capacity to dispose 500 kg waste, including plastic and e-waste.
  • This waste-to-energy plant uses a patented technology called ‘Polycrack’.
  • This process will produce energy in the form of light diesel oil which is used to light furnaces.
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