January 20, 2020

National

  1. President Kovind launches Pulse Polio Programme for 2020
  • President Ram Nath Kovind launched the Pulse Polio Programme for this year by administering Polio drops to children below five years at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • Mr Kovind launched the programme on the eve of the National Immunization Day which will be observed.
  • Under this programme, over 17 crore children of less than five years of age across the country will be administered polio drops.
  • Polio booths have been set up across all states which will remain open from 9 am to 4 pm . The programme is a part of immunization drive of the Central Government to sustain polio eradication from the country.
  1. Conference on Census 2021 held in New Delhi
  • A Conference of the Chief Secretaries and Administrator State and Union Territories on Census 2021 and updating of National Population Register, NPR was held in New Delhi.
  • Inaugurating it, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai laid emphasis on the need of conducting Census 2021 and the role of the States in doing the same.
  • He also stated that the data collected in the Census helps us in framing policies for the welfare of the people of the country. Mr Rai also inaugurated the Official Mascot for Census 2021.
  • Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla remarked on the vastness of this exercise and involvement of the State functionaries.
  • Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India Dr Vivek Joshi made a brief presentation on the Strategy for Census 2021.

State

  1. Delhi CM launches ‘Guarantee card’ ahead of Assembly Polls
  • Aam Aadmi Party national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched party’s Guarantee Card ahead of upcoming assembly elections in the national capital.
  • He stated in the coming 5 years, AAP will ensure 24 hours drinking water supply to every household and pollution-free Delhi. He futher stated students will be given free bus services and affordable homes will be provided to the needy.
  1. Bengaluru comes up with Centre for Excellence in Blockchain Technology
  • In Karnataka, Bengaluru has come up with a Centre for Excellence in Blockchain Technology. This technology helps in enhancing transparency and trust in e-Governance system by allowing all stakeholders benefit from shared learning, experiences and resources.
  • Set up by the National Informatics Centre, the Centre for Excellence would help to bring a revolutionary change in the lives of the people by delivering e-governance services effectively through the data-centric model.
  • The Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has stated that the country is witnessing digital transformation as most of the State Governments are adopting technologies widely in their governance.
  • Around 16,000 courts have been transformed as e-courts in India and technologies related to Direct Benefit Transfer and e-scholarship developed by NIC have been widely accepted by people as they are user-friendly.
  • The Centre for Excellence will provide world-class blockchain services to government by identifying and sharing suitable data for the use of government departments.
  1. Visakhapatnam to be AP’s new executive Capital
  • Visakhapatnam will be the executive capital of Andhra Pradesh. The State Cabinet approved a high-powered panel report on decentralisation, making Amaravati only a legislative capital.
  • The Secretariat and all heads of departments will also be shifted to Visakhapatnam. A bill to this effect will be introduced in the state assembly in the special session .
  • The State cabinet was to take a final call on the reports of the GN Rao panel and Boston Consulting Group, on the new capital.
  • Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had announced that the Government was in favour of administrative decentralisation, with Visakhapatnam and Kurnool serving as the executive and judicial capitals, respectively, while Amaravati could be used for assembly sessions.

International

  1. Qatar signs $470 mn solar deal
  • Gas-rich Qatar signed a $470-million deal to build its first solar energy plant, capable of meeting up to one-tenth of peak national power demand.
  • The Al-Kharsaah plant, near the capital, is a 10-square-kilometre joint venture with French and Japanese partners due for completion in 2022 ahead of the football World Cup.
  • Eight times the solar power pledged in the World Cup bid will be produced.
  1. Novel corona virus grips China’s Wuhan city
  • China’s Wuhan city is in grip of a new respiratory virus called Novel corona virus that has killed two people in China and sickened at least 45 persons including overseas cases with some new cases being detected in the city.
  • The illness has been identified as a new strain of coronavirus, which is in the same family as the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Most people with the infection are believed to have contracted it through exposure to animals at a market that sells seafood and meat in Wuhan.
  • It is not certain that the virus spreads from person to person. Symptoms of coronaviruses can range from fever and coughing to pneumonia with severe effects.
  • A different coronavirus caused the SARS outbreak in China in 2003 which killed nearly 800 people and also MERS, another severe respiratory ailment that has been present in Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries since 2012

Banking & Finance

  1. Tamil Nadu plans single window system for building permits
  • To provide the much-needed relief to people who run from pillar to post to get clearances and approvals for construction of buildings, the Tamil Nadu government will soon bring in a single window clearance system.
  • According to sources, the state government is creating a single window portal through which people can apply online for different building approvals.
  • Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency has been roped in to develop the portal. The agency will also be maintaining it.
  • After creation of the special software, people can submit their application online for different services like obtaining planning permission, building permission application, completion certificate and occupancy certificate.

Sports

  1. Ratchanok Intanon lifts Indonesia Masters 2020 title
  • Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon lifted the Indonesia Badminton Masters 2020 women’s singles title after defeating Carolina Marin in the summit clash.
  • Intanon defeated Marin 21-19, 11-21, 21-18 in one hour and twenty minutes long match. The clash went into three-games and both the shuttlers tried their 100 per cent to turn things in their favour.
  • Despite losing the first game, the Spanish shuttler made a comeback in the second game and claimed the game by 21-11. Intanon won the match by claiming the third game by 21-18.

Appointment & Resignation

  1. Arjun Munda becomes President of AAI
  • Union Minister Arjun Munda was elected as President of the suspended Archery Association of India (AAI) in its much-delayed elections. The elections were held as per the Delhi High Court order.
  • The two factions clashed for the first time in the presence of a World Archery (WA) Observer in Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed Chapol.
  • Mr Munda had a smooth sailing as he beat his rival B V P Rao by a margin of 34-18 votes. Munda’s entire panel secured majority share of votes and were elected for a full tenure of four years.
  • A three-time Jharkhand Chief Minister, the 51-year-old Munda is a hugely popular tribal leader who also runs an archery academy which was instrumental in the rise of former world number one Deepika Kumari

Important Days

  1. National Immunization Day
  • Government of India planned to hold a polio National Immunization Day (NID) January 19, 2020.
  • According to thenational health portrayal, 2020 polio day program is going to be held on January 19th.
  • India is free from polio but the disease still persists in some countries and it may come back. hence ensure every child under 5 years of age gets polio drops every time.
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