Government releases State Energy Efficiency Index 2019
Power Minister R K Singh released the State Energy Efficiency Index 2019 in New Delhi. The index is developed by Bureau of Energy Efficiency in association with Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy. It will help states to contribute towards national goals on energy security and climate action by helping drive Energy Efficiency policies and programmme implementation at the state and local level.
Indian Railways to install IP based Video Surveillance System at stations
Indian Railways is in the process of installing Internet Protocol (IP) based Video Surveillance System (VSS) at stations to enhance security.Railway Board of India has approved works for provision of Video Surveillance System covering 983 stations over Indian Railways under Nirbhaya funds.
This year a budget of Rs. 250 crore was allotted to Indian Railways from Nirbhaya fund for installation of the video surveillance system.
Union Railway Minister: Piyush Goyal.
Kashmir to be connected with rest of India through rail by December 2021
Kashmir will be connected to rest of the country through Railway network by December next year as the government has set a fresh deadline for completion of the world’s highest Railway bridge. The Rail line is expected to be 35 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower. Konkan Railway has said, it was most challenging project in the post-independent history of Indian Railways. The Chenab bridge will be35m taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris,France.
Important Points about Konkan Railway:
- Headquarters-(C.B.D) Central Business District Belapur, Navi Mumbai.
- CMD – Shri.Sanjay Gupta
1st Solar section in South Central Railways comes up in Nandyal-Yerraguntla section in Guntakal division of Andhra
The Nandyal-Yerraguntla section in Guntakal Division of Andhra Pradesh has been declared as the first solar section in South Central Railway. In 2016 August Indian Railways opened Nandyal-Yerraguntla section in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. i.All the 8 stations in the Nandyal-Yerraguntla section has been provided with solar panels which are capable of meeting all the power needs in these stations.
Important Points about Indian Railways:
- Founded – April 16,1853
- Headquarters – New Delhi
- Railway Minister- Piyush Goyal
- Chairman- Vinod Kumar Yadav.
AP CM launches Rs 6,318 cr ‘Amma Vodi’ scheme for indigent
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday launched his government’s flagship programme ‘Amma Vodi’ scheme meant to support lakhs of poor and needy mothers to educate their children. The Amma Vodi scheme is a first of its kind in the country to bring about historical changes in the education system of the state of Andhra Pradesh.
- AP CM: Jaganmohan Reddy
- Capital: Amaravati
Music University renamed after Jayalalithaa
Tamil Nadu (TN) Assembly passed the Bills to rename ‘Tamil Nadu Fisheries University’ and ‘Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University’, after the late Chief Minister and AIADMK leader Jayaram Jayalalithaa as ‘Tamil Nadu Dr.J.Jayalalithaa Fisheries University (TNJFU)’ and ‘Tamil Nadu Dr. J.Jayalalithaa Music and Fine Arts University (TNMFAU)’ respectively.
5th edition of ‘The Pulses Conclave 2020’ will be held in Lonavala
India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), the apex organisation of the import and export trader of pulses and grains in India will host the 5th edition of its biennial conference, ‘The Pulses Conclave 2020’ from February 12 – 14, 2020 at the Aamby Valley City in Lonavala, Maharashtra.
IPGA expects close to 1500 trade stakeholders from India and key pulses exporting countries like the USA, Australia, Canada, Myanmar, Ethiopia, etc. to participate in the conclave.
- Capital – Mumbai
- CM- Uddhav Thackeray
- Governor – Bhagat Singh Koshyari
UP to build Rs 234-crore zoo named after Ashfaqullah Khan
The UP Cabinet approved a proposal to set aside Rs 234 crore for construction of a zoological garden named after Shaheed Ashfaqullah Khan in Gorakhpur. The zoo will come up across over 121 acres. A government spokesperson said the objective was to attract tourists and increase employment opportunities.
Freedom fighter Ashfaqullah Khan was sentenced to death along with Ram Prasad Bismil for the Kakori train robbery, commonly known as the Kakori conspiracy of 1925.
Arunachal Pradesh adopts new logo for the state
Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly (ARLA) adopted a new logo which will reflect the distinct identity and culture of the state. The new logo consists of the National Emblem to signify the federal system of the Indian Constitution and the flower foxtail orchid (Rhynchostylis retusa) which represents the state, its people and culture, while the blue colour denotes the autonomy of the assembly secretariat.
- CM – Pema Khandu
- Governor- D. Mishra
World Bank projects India’s growth rate at 5% for FY2020
World Bank has released Global Economic Prospects report. In its report, the World Bank has projected India’s growth rate at 5% for fiscal year 2020.It has also projected India’s growth rate at 5.8% for fiscal year 2021.
The report stated the weakness in credit from Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) as the root cause for lowering the growth rate from 6% to 5%.
- President of World Bank: David R. Malpass;
- Headquarter: Washington DC.
RBI allows “Video based Customer Identification Process”
The Reserve Bank of India has revised the Know Your Customer (KYC) norms for banks and other lending institutions. New amendments in KYC norms by RBI allows banks and other lending institutions to use “Video based Customer Identification Process (V-CIP)”.
The V-CIP is a consent based alternate method of establishing the customer’s identity and for customer on boarding from remote areas while leveraging the digital technology.
- Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.
- RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das;
- Headquarters: Mumbai;
Summit and Conferences
South Asian Trade and Travel Exchange Expo 2020 held in New Delhi
The 27th edition of South Asian Trade and Travel Exchange Expo (SATTE) 2020 was held in New Delhi. The SATTE expo was supported by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and sponsored by Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Department. The objective of the expo was to build new business partnerships and hence was an important place for the promotion of tourism.
The SATTE witnessed the participation of over 50 countries and 28 Indian states.During the expo, the Tourism Department of Jammu & Kashmir launched publicity campaign to showcase diverse tourism attractions.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
MS Swaminathan & Dr. Gutta honoured with 1st Venkaiah Naidu National Awards in Hyderabad
Eminent Agricultural Scientist Dr M S Swaminathan has been selected as the 1st recipient of the Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu National Award for Excellence while renowned social worker Dr. Gutta Muniratnam has been selected as the 1st recipient of the Muppavarapu National Award for Social Service. The award was given at a function in Hyderabad, Telangana.
Important Points about Telangana :
- Capital– Hyderabad
- Chief minister-Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.
- Governor – Tamilisai Soundarajan
ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS
HDFC acquired Apollo Munich Health Insurance for Rs 1,495.81 crore; named as HDFC ERGO Health Insurance Ltd
HDFC has completed the acquisition of majority stake in Apollo Munich Health Insurance for Rs.1,495.81 crore. The Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited (HDFC) has bought 50.80 per cent stake in Apollo Munich for Rs.1, 485.14 crore and 0.36 per cent shareholding of employees for Rs.10.67 crore.
Important Points about HDFC:
- CEO – Adhitya Puri
- Headquarters – Mumbai.
Important Points about CCI:
- CEO – Antony Jacob
- Headquarters – Gurugram
ICC Men’s test rankings 2020; Kohli continues at No.1
ICC (International Cricket Council) Men’s test ranking 2020 released on January 8,2020, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has retained his top position with 928 points in the list of batsmen. At the same time, Cheteshwar Pujara slipped one place to 6th spot with 791 points while Ajinkya Rahane dropped two places to 9th position with 759 points.
Kohli is now 17 points ahead of his strong rival Steven Peter Devereux Smith (911points) of Australia.
- Formation – 15 June 1909
- Headquarters – Dubai,UAE
- CEO – Manu Sawney
World Hindi day celebrated on January 10, 2020
On January 10, 2020, World Hindi Day (WHD) is celebrated across the world with the aim to promote the use of Hindi language abroad. The 1st World Hindi Conference was organized on 10 January 1975 in Nagpur,Maharashtra by then Prime Minister (PM) Indira Gandhi. It was attended by 122 delegates from 30 countries.The day was 1st celebrated in 2006. Since then every year 10th January is being observed as the WHD.