January 11, 2020

National

  1. Census India-2021 to be conducted through mobile-app
  • The government of India (GOI) has recently announced that Census India-2021 will start on April 01, 2020. This exercise will be completed by September 30.
  • As per the information released by GOI, the entire census will be done through a mobile application. This time no paper and pen will be used.
  • Enumerators will ask for information like information related to toilets, mobile number of head of the family, vehicles, Internet connection, source of drinking water, etc.
  1. Paperless Licensing process for Petroleum Road Tankers launched
  • The paperless licensing process has been launched by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) on January 10, 2020.
  • The process included online payment of fees which will go directly to the concerned officer’s ID without any manual interface.
  • It has been launched for all road tankers for transportation of petroleum under the Petroleum Rules, 2002.

State

  1. Eight NE states to participate in Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat
  • The eight States of the Northern Eastern Region will participate in a big way during the Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat due to be held in the first week of April this year.
  • The annual fair is held at Madhavpur Ghed in Porbandar district and the Mela this year will commence on 2ndApril, a day after the Ram Navami festival.
  • This will mark the cultural integration of Gujarat with the North-East under the Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat shares its connect to the Mishmi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. The Mishmi Tribe traces its ancestry to the legendary King Bhishmak and through him to his daughter Rukmini and Lord Krishna.
  • The festival celebrates the immortal journey which Rukmini undertook from Arunachal Pradesh to Gujarat with Lord Bhismaknagar, located near Roing in the lower Dibang Valley district, also finds mention in Kalika Purana.
  1. Delhi polls launched 24×7 control room to monitor black money
  • The Income-Tax Department has launched a 24×7 control room to monitor black money and illegal inducements in poll-bound Delhi.
  • A toll-free number- 1800117574 – where people can inform the department about any activity of use of money power, illegal distribution of cash among other such election-related crimes.
  1. 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 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower. it was most challenging project in the post-independent history of Indian Railways.
  • The massive arch-shaped structure, being constructed in hostile terrain, which will consume over 5,462 tonnes of steel and will be 359 metres above the river bed.
  • Designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 260 kilometres per hour, the 315 km-long engineering marvel will connect Bakkal (Katra) and Kauri (Srinagar).
  • The bridge forms a crucial link in the 111-kilometre stretch between Katra and Banihal, which is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project.

International

  1. More than 6 million hectare land burned in Australia
  • According to the officials of the Australian administration said that 24 people have been killed and about 6 million hectares of land have been burned in wildfires.
  • Australia’s emergency management commission said that about 23 fires are still burning in the Victoria region.
  • Australian wildfire has already destroyed 1,60,000 hectares of land following the high fire risk due to a rise in temperature.
  1. Indian Consulate in Dubai to issue passports under tatkal scheme on same day
  • Indian Consulate in Dubai will issue passports under the tatkal scheme on the same day with certain conditions. The announcement was made by Consul General Vipul on the occasion of the Pravasi Bhatiya Divas celebrations .
  • The Consul General was addressing the Indian expats who had gathered in large number on the occasion. However, he stated that the application for the passport had to be made before noon and additional fees will be charged for the service. The passport will be given to the applicant by the evening.
  • Passports under the Tatkal scheme in any case were being given within 24 hours. The announcement came as a boon especially for people who have to travel under emergency condition. The Consulate in Dubai receives about 850 applications for passport applications.

Banking & Finance

  1. Govt to propose easing foreign investment rules further
  • India is considering further opening up its insurance and aviation sectors to foreign investors to help spur the economy, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • The Finance Ministry has suggested increasing the limit on foreign direct investment in insurance and pension companies to 74% from the present 49% and allowing foreign airlines to own Indian carriers.
  • It also wants to allow 100% foreign investment in railway operations, education, and rental housing management companies. FDI is currently prohibited in railway operations.
  • The government wants to increase the amount of FDI to as much as 6% of gross domestic product, compared with less than 2% now.

Business & Economy

  1. Serena Williams donates signed dress to Australian bushfire appeal
  • Serena Williams came forward to help firefights tackling Australia’s wildfires. A signed dress worn by Serena Williams is being auctioned to raise funds.
  • Earlier, F1 champion Lewis Hamilton announced to give USD 5,00,000 for relief efforts. He announced that the death of billions of animals saddened him.
  • Apart from him, Shane Warne raised more than one million Australian dollars to help victims of Australian wildfires. He auctioned ‘baggy green’ cap worn during his career.
  1. India needs 6.3% labour productivity growth to clock 8% GDP: India Ratings
  • India Ratings and Research stated that the country will have to increase its labour productivity growth to 3 per cent to attain 8 per cent economic growth.The labour productivity growth in FY19 was 5.2 per cent.
  • “India will have to raise its labour productivity growth to 6.3 per cent to achieve 8 per cent GDP growth. And to attain nine per cent growth, labour productivity growth will have to be raised to 3 per cent.
  • This is 40.4 per cent higher than the level attained in FY19.

Appointment & Resignation

  1. Chandra Pal Singh becomes new Chairman of KRIBHCO
  • Rajya Sabha MP and Agri-cooperative leader Chandra Pal Singh has been recently elected as the Chairman of Krishak Bharati Cooperative Ltd (KRIBHCO).
  • V Sudhakar Chowdary was elected as the Vice-Chairman of the cooperative society, Krishak Bharati Cooperative Ltd.
  • KRIBHCO mainly produces urea and some other fertilizers. It has three manufacturing units for bio-fertilizers – Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Hazira (Gujarat), and Lanjha (Maharashtra).
  1. Hudco appoints M Nagaraj as Chairman, Managing Director
  • State-owned Housing and Urban Development Corporation (Hudco) stated that M Nagaraj has been appointed the company’s Chairman and Managing Director.
  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has conveyed the approval of the competent authority to assign the current charge of the post of Chairman and Managing Director, Hudco, to M Nagaraj for a period of three months with immediate effect or until further orders whichever is earlier.
  • Nagaraj is also Director (Corporate Planning) of the company.
  • He has an experience of around 28 years in multitude of sectors such as housing, infrastructure finance, skill development and micro finance in social sector, and international trading.

Award & Honors

  1. Author Jasbinder Bilan wins UK Costa Children’s award 2019
  • Indian born-author Jasbinder Bilan’s debut novel ‘Asha and the Spirit Bird’ focussing on readers of age range 9 years and above,beat the competition and named as the winner of 2019 UK(United Kingdom) children’s book award named Costa Children’s Award.
  • Gothic romance featuring ‘twisted love affair’ wins Costa first novel award.
  • The story is about eleven-years-old Asha, who is empowered with spiritual connections to her grandmother as she journeys through the wild and dangerous Himalayas with her best friend Jeevan.

Science, Space & Technology

  1. India to Launch GSAT-30 Communication Satellite
  • India will launch a heavy communication satellite GSAT-30 on January 17 from Kourou space centre in French Guiana on board an Ariane-5 rocket of the European Space Agency (Arianespace).
  • The launch of GSAT-30 from Kourou will be our first satellite in the New Year (2020) to augment capacity to provide communication links to state-run and private service providers.
  • The Paris-based Arianespace launched the space agency’s GSAT-31 on February 6, 2019, with 1-2K bus structure to provide communication services from geo-stationary orbit in Ku-band for 15 years.
  • ISRO planning to have 25 launches this year, including Aditya-L1 satellite, which will be inserted in a halo orbit around the Lagrangian point (L1), about 1.5 million km from the earth.
  • Aditya will also study the Chromosphere (ultra-violent) and the particle flux emanating from the sun and reaching the L1 orbit.
  • During 2019, six launch vehicle and seven satellite missions were realised by us. The year also marked also marked the 50th launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

Obituary

  1. Folk singer and sarangi maestro Sharif Idu passes away
  • Legendary balladeer and sarangi maestro from Punjab, Sharif Idu (80), passed away.
  • He was conferred with the country’s highest honour for performing arts — the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2006 in dhadi folk music category — by then President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
  • Buck Henry, screenwriter behind films like The Graduate and Heaven Can Wait, dies at 89
  • Veteran screenwriter Buck Henry, credited for penning Hollywood classics such as The Graduate and Heaven Can Wait, has passed away at the age of 89.
  • According to Deadline, Henry died after suffering a heart attack at Cedars-Sinai Health Center in Los Angeles.
  • Born Henry Zuckerman in 1930 in New York City, the writer was the son of silent film star Ruth Taylor.
  • He was known as Buck Hendry.

Important Days

  1. World Hindi Day
  • The day is commemorated every year on January 10th with the objective to promote use of Hindi language abroad. Special functions are being organized to mark the occasion.
  • On this day in 2006 the First World Hindi Conference was organized in Nagpur with the aim to promote the language worldwide and since then every year 10th January is being observed as the World Hindi Day.
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