22nd January 2020 Current Affairs

22nd January 2020 Current Affairs
22nd January 2020 Current Affairs

National Affairs

Prime Minister Modi chairs the 32nd edition of PRAGATI platform meeting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chaired the 32nd interaction through PRAGATI platform which was held in New Delhi. PRAGATI is defined as the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation.

The PRAGATI platform also addresses the grievances of the common people.The Prime Minister had launched the multi-purpose and multi-modal governance platform PRAGATI on March 25, 2015. PRAGATI – is an integrating and interactive platform, aimed at addressing the common man’s grievances.

“National Startup Advisory Council” created by Government of India

The Government of India has created “National Startup Advisory Council“. The council is being set up to advise the central government to create a strong ecosystem to nurture innovation and start-ups in India.

The Council aims to boost the culture of innovation among the students. It will recommend measures to facilitate public organizations to embrace innovation, promote creation, protection and commercialization of intellectual property rights, making it easier to begin, operate, grow and exit businesses by narrowing the regulatory compliances and costs.

Important Points:

  • Union Minister of Commerce and Industry: Piyush Goyal.

Brazilian President J. M. Bolsonaro has been invited as the Chief Guest on India’s 71st Republic Day celebrations

On the occasion of 71st Republic Day Parade at Raj Path, New Delhi on 26 January, President of Brazil Jair Messias Bolsonaro has been invited as the chief guest. This will be the third time that India has invited a Brazilian leader as the chief guest at the country’s Republic Day event

‘Youth Co:Lab- National innovation Challenge’ was hosted by Atal Innovation Mission and UNDP in New Delhi

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) NITI Aayog and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosted a three day long Youth Co:Lab -National Innovation Challenge in New Delhi. The programme aims at fostering technology, promoting youth leadership and social entrepreneurship in India. This programme supports young people by catalysing youth-led innovation and empowers them through Youth Co:Lab.

Important Points:

  • Formed- January 1, 2015
  • Headquarters- New Delhi
  • CEO- Shri Amitabh Kant

Indian Navy Signs MoU for offshore Data with Geological Survey of India

Indian Navy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Geological Survey of India (GSI) for ‘Sharing of seabed sediments data, products and expertise for Naval Application in Meteorology and Oceanography’. The MoU was signed today between Commodore AA Abhyankar, who heads Indian Navy’s Oceanology and Meteorology Directorate and Shri N Maran, Deputy Director General of GSI.

About Geological Survey of India(GSI):

  • Founded– 1851
  • Founder– Thomas Oldham
  • Headquarter– Kolkata
  • Director General– Shri S N Meshram

State Affairs


Maharashtra Govt. makes Preamble reading mandatory in Maharashtra schools

Reading of the Preamble of the Constitution has been made mandatory for the Maharashtra schools by the government of Maharashtra. The Maharashtra government has mandated the reading of Preamble of the Constitution after prayer in all primary and secondary schools in Maharashtra.

The decision has been taken to make everyone aware and understand the basic principles and the importance of the inclusiveness, justice, equality, liberty and brotherhood mentioned in the Preamble of the Constitution.

Important Points:

  • Chief Minister of Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray; Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari.


Uttarakhand is the first state to implement agricultural leasing policy

Uttarakhand has become the first state in India which has made a policy to lease agricultural land. After the approval of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the state government has issued the order. Under this leasing policy, instead of giving land on a 30-year lease, the concerned farmer will get the rent for the land.

By this policy any institutions, company, firm or NGO can take farm lands of maximum 30 acres in villages for lease for a period of 30 years and the government land around farm land can be taken for  lease by paying the fee with the permission of the District Magistrate.

About Uttarakhand:

  • Capital City- Dehradun
  • Chief Minister- Trivendra Singh Rawat
  • Governor- Baby Rani Maurya


In a 1st, TSEC to use face recognition app in 2020 Telangana Municipal polls on pilot basis

The Telangana State Election Commission(TSEC) of the Indian state of Telangana, for the first time in India will use facial recognition in the Telangana Municipal polls to tackle the counter impersonation by the voters. This will be done on a pilot basis in selected 10 polling stations of Telangana’s Kompally Municipality of Medchal Malkajgiri district.

The polling will be held on January 22, 2020 in 120 municipalities and 9 municipal corporations.

About Telangana:

  • Capital- Hyderabad
  • Governor- Tamilisai Soundararajan
  • Chief minister- Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.


Bengaluru airport first in India to get disabled aircraft recovery equipment

Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has entered into an agreement with KUNZ GmbH to manufacture, supply, commission and maintain specialised Disabled Aircraft Recovery Equipment (DARE) for the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB).

As part of this agreement, KUNZ GmbH has agreed to jointly establish a centre for disabled aircraft recovery training with BIAL, making BLR Airport the first in the region to have such a facility.

Important Points about Ministry of Civil Aviation:

  • Headquarters– Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, New Delhi
  • Minister of Civil Aviation– Hardeep Singh Puri

International Affairs

UN’s decarbonisation target for shipping to cost over $1 trillion – UMAS study

ccording to a new study by experts from University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS),London, England, which includes University College London’s (UCL) Energy Institute & the Energy Transitions Commission,the  shipping industry must spend a scale of investment of at least $1 trillion (£0.8 trillion) on new fuel technology to decarbonise the international shipping if it is to meet UN emissions targets by 2050.

The global shipping fleet, which accounts for 2.2% of the world’s CO2 emissions, is under pressure to reduce those emissions and other pollution. About 90% of world trade is transported by sea.

Guyana takes over G77 Chairmanship for 2020

The South American country Guyana recently took over the chairmanship of the Group of 77 (G77) for the year 2020 from Palestine, which chaired the group of 77 (G77) for the year 2020 from Palestine, which chaired the group for 2019. The Foreign Minister of Palestine formally handed over the gavel to the Prime Minister of Guyana.

The G77 is the largest intergovernmental organization of developing countries in the UN. It was designed to promote its members’ collective economic interests and create an enhanced joint negotiating capacity in the UN.

About Guyana:

  • Capital- Georgetown
  • Currency- Guyanese dollar

About United Nations:

  • Founded- 24 October 1945
  • Headquarters- New York
  • President- Tijjani Muhammad-Bande

Banking News

NICL board approves its merger proposal with OICL & UIIC

The Board of National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) has approved its merger with Oriental Insurance Company Ltd (OICL) and United India Insurance Company Ltd (UIIC). The merger would help cut down costs and achieve economies of scale.

The board of OICL and UIIC had already approved the merger at their board meetings held in Delhi, before the board of NICL.

ICICI Bank launches ‘cardless cash withdrawal’ through ATMs using ‘iMobile’; daily transaction limit set at Rs 20,000

ICICI (Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India) Bank, an Indian multinational bank has launched Cardless cash withdrawal facility from its ATMs (Automated Teller Machine) with a per day transaction limit of Rs 20,000.

With this, customers can withdraw cash from more than 15,000 ATMs of the bank through the bank’s mobile banking application ‘iMobile’.

About ICICI Bank:

  • Headquarters- Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Executive Director– Mr. Anup Bagchi
  • MD & CEO– Mr. Sandeep Bakhshi

Economic & Business News

Bharti Airtel receives approval from Telecom department to raise FDI in the company to 100%

The Bharti Airtel Ltd has received the approval from the Telecom department to increase the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the company to 100%. The approval will enable Bharti Airtel company to raise more funds as per its requirement.

The Indian government’s approval will allow Singapore Telecommunications Ltd or Singtel, which owns a 35% stake in Bharti Airtel, to increase its stake in the Indian company.


President of India Presented 14th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the 14th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards at a ceremony held in New Delhi today (January 20, 2020). The award honours journalists across the country from print, broadcast and digital media.  The awards were presented to 23 winners in 11 categories for their outstanding work done from the year 2018.

Anant Goenka, Executive Director (EXDIR) of express group, Indian Express chief editor and author Raj Kamal took part on this occasion.

President Kovind confered Rashtriya Bal Puraskar awards to children

President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, 2020 at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Bal Puraskar is given by government every year to recognize exceptional achievements of children in various fields.

These fields are innovation, scholastic achievements, social service, arts and culture, sports and bravery. AIR correspondent reports that twenty-two children who were selected for National Bravery Awards also received the awards from the President.

Ranks & Index

Hyderabad ranked 14th globally in Knight Frank’s Global Residential Cities Index Q3, 2019, Budapest in Hungary tops

In the Knight Frank’s Global Residential Cities Index Q3 (Quarter) 2019, Hyderabad has ranked 14th among 150 cities in the World with an appreciation of 9% in residential prices on a YoY (Year-over-Year)  basis. In this index ,Budapest in Hungary is at the first place with the  highest annual growth rate of 24%, followed by Xi’an and Wuhan in China at 15.9% and 14.9%.

According to the report, Indian cities that have seen an appreciation in home prices are New Delhi at the 73rd rank globally with a 3.2% rise, Bengaluru at the 94th rank with a 2% appreciation and Ahmedabad at the 108th rank with a 1.1% growth.

RBI ranked sixth among central banks in buying gold abroad

“World Gold Outlook 2020” has been released by World Gold Council in which it placed Reserve Bank of India on 6th position in the largest buyer of sovereign gold abroad. RBI was a modest player in buying gold abroad compared to other major central banks, adding to its reserve in October after a gap of five months.

However, it became the sixth largest buyer when it purchased 25.2 tonnes in first 10 months of 2019 to hedge government’s sovereign gold bond issue.

Sports Affairs

Sania Mirza wins 2020 doubles title at 27th WTA Hobart International Trophy in Australia

Indian Tennis Player Sania Mirza and her Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok have won the 2020 women’s doubles title of the 27th WTA (World Tennis Association) Hobart International Trophy held in Hobart, Australia. In final they defeated Shauli Peng and Shaui Zhang of China 6-4, 6-4.

It is Sania’s 42nd WTA doubles title and first since Brisbane International Trophy in 2007 with American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands.


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