January 07, 2020

National

  1. Amit Shah lays foundation stone of Delhi Cycle Walk Project
  • The foundation stone of Delhi Cycle Walk project at Tughlakabad was laid by Home Minister Amit Shah on January 06, 2020.
  • It is the first phase of Delhi Cycle Walk which will be a part of the whole network of over 220 km. This project will increase universal accessibility and green cover in the city.
  • Lt Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal said that this project will help in addressing environmental issues and traffic problem of the National Capital.
  1. Uttar Pradesh became 1st state to shortlist migrants for citizenship
  • Uttar Pradesh (UP) became the 1st state in India to conduct an exercise to shortlist migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan for eligibility under the new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019. This exercise will also eventually identify the people living illegally in UP.
  • All the 75 district magistrates of UP have been asked to track down migrants from the above three countries who have settled without citizenship for decades. Migrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh were reported to be found mainly in Lucknow, Hapur, Rampur, Shahjahanpur, Noida and Ghaziabad cities of UP.
  • The state government will also update the Ministry of Home Affairs(MoHA) on illegal Muslim migrants in the state and they could also be deported back to their countries.

State

  1. MP cabinet approves Mukhyamantri karmchari swasthya bima yojana rollout from April 1,2020
  • Madhya Pradesh (MP) state Cabinet led by its Chief Minister (CM), Kamal Nath has approved the Mukhya Mantri Karmchari Swasthya Bima Yojana (Chief Minister Employees Health Insurance Scheme) implementation from April 1 ,2020 for the welfare of all 12.55 lakh employees of the state.
  • Benefits of the scheme: Under this, Rs 5 lakh for general illness and 10 lakh for critical illness & Cashless treatment facility up to Rs 10,000 per annum in OPD(Outpatient Department) will be provided / free medicines will be distributed.

International

  1. Iran announced not to abide by any of restrictions
  • The Iran government has recently announced that it will no longer stand with any of the restrictions imposed by 2015’s nuclear deal.
  • Iran declared that it will not abide by any restrictions on its nuclear enrichment capacity, research, and development.
  • On the other hand, the European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has invited Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to discuss both the nuclear deal and how to defuse the crisis.

Banking & Finance

  1. PayPal India launches adoption assistance programme for employees
  • In order to promote parental support benefits for employees, online digital payments player, PayPal India Private Limited has launched a new Adoption Assistance Program, where it will be offering financial assistance of up to Rs 1 lakh per adoption for the parents. It is being effective from December 2019.
  • On the other hand, the new policy will also covers reimbursement of adoption expenses such as CARA (Central Adoption Resource Authority) registration, child placement, foster care and establishment of legal guardianship.
  • The company provides paid adoption leave of 16 weeks for female employees, maternity leave of 26 weeks, paternity leave of 2 weeks, Childcare@PayPal, where children can be enrolled in a nearby daycare centre/reimbursement of monthly daycare expenses of up to Rs. 10,000.

Sports

  1. India’s all-rounder cricketer Irfan Pathan announces retirement
  • 35 years old, all rounder cricketer from Vadodara, Gujarat, Irfan Pathan (nicknamed Guddu) has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
  • He played last match for India against Sri Lanka in 2012.
  • Irfan Pathan is currently performing the role of mentor-cum-coach for the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket team.
  1. Indian Sports Ministry gave ‘in principle’ approval to hold shooting and archery in 2022 CWG
  • Sports Ministry has given ‘in principle’ approval to hold the Commonwealth Games shooting and archery events in India.
  • These events will be held under the aegis of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Friendship Program in March 2022.
  • Last year CWG has decided to exclude shooting event in 2022 CWG but the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was against the decision.
  • India won 66 medals including 26 golds in 2018 CWG in Gold Coast, Australia and also won 16 medals in Shooting event.

Books

  1. Malayali novelist A Sethumadhavan’s first English novel, ‘The Cuckoo’s Nest’ published
  • Malayali novelist A Sethumadhavan’s ‘The Cuckoo’s Nest’ is his first novel in English and was published by Niyogi Books. In this book, the author attempts to fight against the division in society through the character of the eternal optimist, Madam Agatha, a former nun and also other Indian girl-child raised in an orthodox community.
  • The story progresses to show how these ‘birds’ take flight and become self-reliant.
  • A Sethumadhvan who was popularly known as Sethu was born on June 5, 1942 in Chendamangalam village in Kerala.
  • Velutha koodarangal, Thaliyola, Kiratham, Niyogam, Sethuvinte Kathakal and Kaimudrakal are some of his literary works.

Science, Space & Technology

  1. ISRO signs an agreement with IIA to set up optical telescopes
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has signed a pact with Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) to establish an Optical telescope under ‘Project NETRA’ (NEtwork for space object TRacking and Analysis) for tracking space objects.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Isro and IIA was signed by ISRO scientific secretary R.Umamaheswaran and IIA director Annapurni Subramanium during a meet in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • Recently, ISRO has also tied up with NIT-Karnataka (National Institute of Technology) at Surathkal in Dakshina Kannada to set up a regional academic center for space to promote research and development in space.
  • 2 Crore will be provided annually by ISRO to NIT for Research and Development activities.

Environment

  1. Red brittle star “Ophiocoma wendtii” becomes the 2nd creature to exhibit extraocular vision : UK scientists
  • For the 1st time, Scientists from the University of Oxford in England, United Kingdom(UK), have shown that a starfish-like species called “red brittle star (Ophiocoma wendtii)” lives in the coral reefs of the Caribbean Sea, can see even though it does not have eyes/ the ability to exhibit extraocular vision.
  • It has become only the 2nd creature, after a sea urchin species, known to have this ability.
  • In both species, extraocular vision is said to be facilitated by the photoreceptor cells found on their bodies.
  • A light-sensing cells that cover its whole body, give the species visual stimuli to recognise coarse structures such as rocks.
  • Exhibits a dramatic color change is the eye-catching feature of the red brittle star. While the creature is deep red during the day, it changes its colour to beige at night.
  • The study has been published in the journal Current Biology.

Obituary

  1. Former Karnataka Governor TN Chaturvedi Passes Away
  • Former Karnataka Governor Triloki Nath Chaturvedi passed away on January 05, 2020, at the age of 90.
  • He was born on January 19, 1929, in Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh. He was the Governor of Karnataka from the year 2002 to 2007.
  • He held the office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India from 1984 to 1989. He was also the Governor of Kerala.
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