29 January 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

29 January 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

29 January 2020 - Daily Current Affairs


1. Beating Retreat ceremony held at Vijay Chowk

  • Beating Retreat ceremony held at the historic Vijay Chowk (the victory square) in New Delhi.
  • The 'Beating Retreat' ceremony is held here every year on 29th January, marking the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations.
  • The ceremony traces its origins to the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army developed the unique ceremony of display by the massed bands.
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 International Affairs

2. Sheikh Khalid appointed as new Prime Minister of Qatar

  • Qatar’s Aamir (Ruler) Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani appointed trusted adviser Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani as prime minister of the country.
  • Sheikh Khalid is a close associate of Qatar’s ruler.
  • He has been chosen for the influential role to ensure that the emir’s writ runs throughout the Gulf State’s administration.
  • He was sworn in during a ceremony at the Diwan in downtown Doha
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 State Affairs

3. Odisha launches virtual police station

Odisha govt. has launched a virtual police station where people can lodge complaints from their respective districts regarding the theft of their vehicles without visiting Police Station.
The e-police station will function from the State Crime Records Bureau in Bhubaneswar.
CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the facility along with road accident case documents module and medico-legal opinion system projects of Odisha Police.

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 Obituaries

4. Former women’s hockey team captain Sunita Chandra passes awa

  • Former Indian women’s hockey team captain Sunita Chandra passed away.
  • She was awarded prestigious Arjuna Puraskar.
  • She had played for the Indian women’s hockey team between 1956 to 1966 and served as skipper from 1963 to 1966.
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 Honours & Awards

5. Assam tableau wins first prize at 71st Republic Day parade

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh gave away Best Tableaux awards for Republic Day Parade, 2020 in New Delhi.
  • Assam's tableau has been chosen as the best tableau, followed by Odisha and Uttar Pradesh who were tied for the second position.
  • Odisha's tableau depicted Lord Lingaraja's Rukuna Rath Yatra whereas the tableau of UP showcased the state's cultural and religious heritage.
  • Best among the Ministries and Departments- NDRF and Jal Shakti Mission.
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 International Affairs

6. Oxford declares 'Samvidhaan' the Hindi word of 2019

  • Oxford University Press (OUP) has named ‘Samvidhaan' (Constitution) in the Oxford Hindi Word -2019.
  • OUP received widespread attention in the year which was witness to the spirit of the Indian Constitution being embraced across segments of the society.
  • The Oxford Hindi Word of the Year is a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of attention and reflects the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the past year.
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 National Affairs

7. SC allows centre to introduce African cheetah to suitable ha

  • The Supreme Court (SC) allowed the Centre to introduce the African cheetah to suitable habitat in India.
  • The apex Court's decision followed a petition filed by National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) seeking permission for the introduction of the African cheetah as rare Indian cheetah is almost extinct in the country.
  • The government's plan is to import the Cheetah from African countries like Namibia and reintroduce them in India.
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 National Affairs

8. Jitendra Singh launches Bhuvan Panchayat V3 web Portal

  • Union Minister of State Dr Jitendra Singh has launched the Bhuvan Panchayat V3 web Portal to enhance network application of gram panchayats.
  • The Portal will function with the help of satellite technology developed by ISRO.
  • The Web Geoportal is an easy to use Geo portal developed for database visualization, data analytics, model-based products and services for the benefit of Gram Panchayat members and other stakeholders.
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 National Affairs

9. India plans first underwater metro in 2022

  • The first underwater Metro is being constructed in the Hooghly river. The project is awaiting clearance of 2.8 mn USD from the Indian Railways.
  • The new line is expected to carry about 900,000 people daily and will take less than a minute to cross the Hoogly river. 
  • Currently, it takes 20 minutes in the ferry to cross the river and an hour to cross the Howrah bridge.
  • Started in 1984 the Hooghly Metro is one of the oldest Metro in the country. 
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 National Affairs

10. Indian Navy Launched “Operation Vanilla” for Disaster Relief

  • The Indian Navy launched "Operation Vanilla" in the Southern Indian Ocean to assist the population of Madagascar that were affected by Cyclone Diane.
  • The Indian Navy ship Airavat has been deployed in the relief mission.
  • The operation will provide succour to the flood-affected population.
  • The ship will also set up a medical camp and offer water, food and other essential relief materials.
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 National & International Appointments

11. Taranjit Singh Sandhu appointed India's ambassador to US

  • Senior diplomat Taranjit Singh Sandhu (1988-batch Indian Foreign Service officer) has been appointed as India's Ambassador to the US.
  • Currently, Mr. Sandhu posted as High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka.
  • He replaces Harsh Vardhan Shringla as India's envoy in Washington who take over the charge of Foreign Secretary of India. 
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