January 22, 2020

National

  1. PM Modi interacts with students at Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020
  • The 3rd Edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha was held on January 20, 2020 at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with over 2000 students who would appear for the Board Exams 2020.
  • PM Modi shared interesting tips for exam preparations and also talked about the ways to handle stress and anxiety.
  1. First squadron of Sukhoi-30 aircraft inducted into Indian Air Force
  • The first squadron of Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft was inducted into the Indian Air Force at its Thanjavur base, Tamil Nadu on January 20, 2020.
  • The Sukhoi-30 aircraft has been integrated with the supersonic BrahMos missiles.
  • This 222-squadron known as the Tigersharks will serve as a platform for conducting aerial and maritime missions in the Indian Ocean Region.

State

  1. Gujarat leads in water efficiency survey 2019 under National hydrology project, Delhi among worst performing states
  • According to the rankings of ‘Central and state governmental water departments based on their efficiency targets for 2019’ released by Ministry of Jal Shakti, Gujarat ranked the best for parameters on efficiency targets, while National Capital Territory of Delhi remains in the worst-performing state category.
  • Departments wise ranking: The Survey of India (SoI) received top spot among the 7 central government departments reviewed .It was followed by National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) and the Central Water Commission. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) pushed to the last in the year 2019 ranking.

International

  1. WEF’s 1st Global Social Mobility Index 2020: India ranks 76th & Denmark tops the list
  • World Economic Forum (WEF) released 1st edition of a report titled “The Global Social Mobility Report 2020: Equality, Opportunity and a New Economic Imperative”.
  • The global social mobility index (GSMI) of 82 countries were launched in this report. As per the Index, India ranked at the 76th position with a score of 42.7while Denmark topped the list.
  • India is among the 5 countries namely China, the United States(US), Japan and Germany which stands to gain most from boosting social mobility score. India ranks 41st in lifelong learning while it ranks 53rd in working conditions. It has the second-highest level of workers in vulnerable employment behind Saudi Arabia.
  • Improvement needed areas: Social protection and fair wage distribution are the areas in which India needs improvement. It ranks 76th in social protection and 79th in fair wage distribution.
  1. Highlights of NSA Ajit Doval’s visit to Sri Lanka; $50mn assistance pledged to SL
  • National Security Advisor (NSA) of India Shri Ajit Doval paid a day-long visit to Colombo in the Island nation of Sri Lanka (SL). On his visit, Shri Doval met the President of SL Shri Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa and held talks on various bilateral issues.
  • $50 million assistance: India pledged to provide $50 million security assistance to Sri Lanka for purchasing equipment for its security forces.
  • SL and India vowed to strengthen military ties and also to widen their maritime links with neighbours. After the talks, NSA Ajit Doval discussed on setting up of a maritime research coordination centre in SL.
  • Ajit Doval is the second-highest-ranking Indian official to visit Colombo, SL after Gotabaya Rajapaksa assumed office in November 2019.

Business & Economy

  1. Printing process for Union Budget 2020-21 begins
  • The Printing process for the Union Budget 2020-21 began with the Halwa ceremony in North Block on January 20, 2020.
  • The Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be presenting the Union Budget 2020-21 on February 1, 2020.
  • At present, all the officials involved in the preparation of Union Budget 2020 have been subject to “Lock-in” to avoid any prospective leak of information.

Sports

  1. Jacqueline Williams of Jamaica becomes the 1st woman third Umpire in men’s T20I
  • Jacqueline Williams of Jamaica becomes the first woman third umpire in men’s international cricket match. The 43-year-old Jamaican woman oversaw all 3 matches of the Twenty20 International (T20I) series in Grenada, West Indies between West Indies and Ireland.
  • 43-years-old Jacqueline Williams stood as umpire in 2015 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament.
  • In 2017, she was one of the four umpires in Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier. In 2019, she stood in her first One Day International (ODI) match between the United States (USA) and Papua New Guinea in the 2019 United States Tri-Nation Series.
  • In May 2019, India’s Gandikota Sarva Lakshmi became the first woman to be appointed onto the ICC International Panel of Match Referees and oversaw the third series of the Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), becoming the first woman match referee in men’s ODIs.

Award & Honors

  1. ‘cVIGIL’ and ‘Voter Helpline app’ won e-Governance Award of Excellence 2019 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha
  • Award of Excellence for the year 2019 was given by Computer Society of India (CSI) and Special Interest Group on e-Governance (CSI SIG e-Gov) at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology in Bhubaneswar, Odisha during the CSI 2020, 53rd annual convention of CSI.
  • The two innovative Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications developed by Election Commission of India (ECI), ‘cVIGIL’ and ‘Voter Helpline App’ has won the ‘Award of Excellence’ 2019.
  • Kushal Pathak, Director ICT & chief information security officer (CISO), ECI and Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha, Shri Sushil Kumar Lohani received the award on behalf of ECI.
  • By using cVIGIL app citizens can report Violations during elections such as bribery, free gift, liquor distribution, playing loudspeakers beyond the permitted time.

Science, Space & Technology

  1. India successfully test-fired nuclear capable SLBM K-4 of 3,500 km range in Visakhapatnam coast in Andhra Pradesh
  • India successfully test-fired the nuclear capable Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) K-4 at the Visakhapatnam coast in Andhra Pradesh. The range of K-4 ballistic missile is 3,500 Kilometer. The missile was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The test was carried out from an underwater platform in the sea.
  • By this test, India moved a step towards the induction of ballistic missile on the INS (Indian Naval Ship) Arihant class nuclear submarines.
  • The three-meter-long ballistic missile carries a nuclear warhead of over one tonne with a circular error probability of 40 meters or less, which makes it ideal to strike targets from stand-off ranges.
  • India is the fourth country after the United States (US), Russia, China to launches SLBM of 3,500 kilometer range.
  • Apart from K-4, BO-5 is the other underwater missile with a strike range of 700 kilometers which is being developed by India.

Obituary

  1. Congress leader Shamsher Singh Surjewala dies
  • Congress leader Shamsher Singh Surjewala passed away on January 20, 2020 following a prolonged illness. He was 87.
  • Surjewala is the father of Congress party leader Randeep Surjewala.
  • He had served as an MLA for five terms and was one-time Rajya Sabha MP.
  • He served as the President of Haryana Krishak Samaj and fought for the rights of farmers.
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