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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Japan coast guard Ship ‘Echigo PLH08’ arrives Chennai to take part in the 19th edition of ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ exerciseOn January 13, 2019 the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) Ship ‘Echigo PLH08’ has arrived Chennai on a five-day goodwill visit and it will participate in the 19th edition of Annual Joint Exercise ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ which will be begin on January 16, 2020 with the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Key Points:

i.Admiral Takahiro Okushima, Commandant, Japan Coast Guard and Director General (DG) Krishnaswamy Natarajan, DG of Indian Coast Guard will witness the 19th edition of ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ exercise.
ii.It is aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties and mutual understanding between the two Coast Guards and to enhance interoperability in communication and Search and Rescue procedures and sharing of best practices.
iii.First edition of ‘Sahyog- Kaijin’ exercise between two coast guards took place in 2000.
iv.Four Indian Coast Guard Ships, their aircraft and a vessel from National Institute of Ocean Technology will be participating along with Japan Coast Guard Ship.
v.Activities like Official calls, reciprocal visit Onboard ships, sporting, cultural interactions and professional interactions between personnel of both the Coast Guards will take part in the exercise.

Amit Shah chaired 6th IDA meeting in New Delhi; 26 islands identified to promote tourismOn January 13, 2020 the Union Minister of Home Affairs (MoHA) Shri Amit Shah chaired the 6th meeting of Island Development Agency (IDA) in New Delhi. During the meeting progress made towards “Holistic development of islands” were reviewed. It is also for the first time in India, under the IDA’s guidance an initiative of sustainable development has been undertaken with scientific assessments.
26 islands selected to promote tourism:

A total of 26 islands i.e, 16 from Andaman and Nicobar Islands and 10 from Lakshadweep islands have been identified for promoting tourism.

  • Digital connectivity by June 2020: In order to strengthen the infrastructure improving air, sea and digital connectivity are also being implemented. Port Blair (Andaman & Nicobar) and 7 islands of Andaman & Nicobar will be digitally connected through submarine optical fibre cable by June, 2020.
  • Communication services:  Information Technology (IT) based and other Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the islands would be set up through Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands Industrial Development Scheme (LANIDS), 2018 notified on 1st January, 2019.
  • Airport development in Great Nicobar Island of Andaman & Nicobar and Minicoy Island of Lakshadweep have been proposed….Click here to Read More

1st time India to host SCO heads meeting; Statue of unity included in 8 wonders of SCOOn January 13, 2020 the secretary general of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Vladimir Norov who is on a 4-day visit to India to attend the Raisina dialogue 2020 in new Delhi from January 14-16,2020, has announced that India has been selected to host the SCO’s annual meeting of council of heads of government for the 1st time.
Raisina dialogue host:
The dialogue which addresses the issues faced by global community is hosted by Observer Research Foundation(ORF) in collaboration with Ministry of External Affairs(MEA).

  • The Statue of Unity in Gujarat,India has been included in the SCO’s “8 wonders of SCO” list.
  • India’s membership with SCO: India became a member of the SCO at the SCO summit held in Astana (now renamed as Nur-sultan), Kazakhstan in the year 2017 along with Pakistan. Before becoming a member of SCO, India was granted with the observer status from 2005.
  • SCO members: The members of the SCO include China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, India, Pakistan. Thus there totally 8 member nations of SCO….Click here to Read More

Indian Railways signs MoU with RailTel for Phase 2 execution of e-office
On January 13, 2020 Indian Railways signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with  RailTel, a miniratna Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under the Ministry of Railways for Phase 2 project of e-office execution. Under this project, RailTel will register 39,000 users over 34 divisions on National Informatics Centre (NIC) e-office platform by June 30, 2020.
Key Points:
i.MoU was signed by Executive Director (ED/TD), Railway Board, Shri Umesh Balonda, and General Manager (GM)/Information Technology (IT) project/RailTel, Smt. Haritima Jaipuriar.
ii.Under the Phase 1 execution of e-office, RailTel trained more than 50,000 users in 58 divisions of Indian Railways.
iii.e-office is a paperless culture which helps to reduce the operational cost and carbon footprints. Thus 58 units of Indian Railways became paperless under Phase 1 execution of e-office.
iv.NIC e-office  is a cloud enabled software based on Central Secretariat Manual of e-Office Procedure (CSMeOP). It contains four modules namely File Management System (eFile), Knowledge Management System (KMS), Collaboration & Messaging Services (CAMS) and Personnel Information Management System (PIMS).
v.Participants: Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, Member S&T, Railway Board, Shri Pradeep Kumar, CMD, RailTel, Shri Puneet Chawla and other senior officials of Railways and RailTel.
About Indian Railways:
Founded- April 16, 1853
Headquarters- New Delhi
Minister of Railway- Piyush Goyal
Chairman of Railway Board- Vinod Kumar Yadav

11-member panel headed by K. Rajeswara Rao to chair royalty rate issues on minerals
On January 13, 2020 the centre has decided to set up an 11-member panel that will look into the issues related to revision of royalty rates for minerals (other than coal, lignite, sand for stowing and minor minerals). The panel will be headed by additional secretary of the mines ministry Dr. K. Rajeswara Rao. Mines secretaries from states of Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha will be the members of the panel.
Key Points:
i.Report submission: The members will have to submit the report within 1 month to the Mines ministry after examining the issues raised by stakeholders.
ii.Previously in February 2018, the mines ministry had set up a study group to revise royalty rates and dent rent for minerals. The group submitted its report in July 2019.
About Ministry of Mines:
Headquarters- New Delhi.
Union minister- Prahlad Joshi. (Constituency- Dharwad, Karnataka).

India’s under-5 mortality of girls exceeds that of boys: UN Child Mortality report 
On January 12, 2020, the United Nations(UN) inter agency group for child mortality has produced a report titled “Levels and Trends in Child Mortality”. As per this report India is among 5 countries where in 2018, the mortality of girls under the age of 5 exceeds that of the boys. Half of all under-5 deaths in 2018 occurred in the following five countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo(DRC) and Ethiopia.

  • Gender gaps: Considering overall states and Union Territories(UTs), Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttarakhand showed largest gender gaps in under-5 age mortality.
  • India and Nigeria alone accounted for about 1/3rd of under 5 age deaths.

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Si.No Category  State 
1 State with largest gender gap Jharkhand.
2 State with highest newborn deaths Uttar Pradesh.
3 State with highest under 5 mortality rate Madhya Pradesh.
4 State with least under 5 mortality rate Kerala.

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Govt launches Integrated Road Accident Database (IRAD) developed by IIT-Madras
On January 13, 2020, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs(Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) Shri Nitin Gadkari & Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh have jointly launched an IT (Information Technology) tool “Integrated Road Accident Database (IRAD)” developed by the Indian Institute of TechnologyMadras (IIT-M) that will help in proper monitoring and accurate analysis of road accidents.
It was launched during ‘Road Safety Stakeholders’ Meet held in New Delhi.

  • Developed with the help of ₹258 crore financial assistance given by the World Bank,the database will be implemented by the National Informatics Centre (NIC).
  • Initially this system is being implemented in 6 states (Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh (MP), Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu (TN) and Uttar Pradesh (UP) with highest fatalities of road crashes….Click here to Read More

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Retail inflation rose to 7.35% in December 2019, highest in last 5 years : NSOOn January 13, 2020, According to the Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) / Retail inflation figures, released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), Retail inflation rose to a 5-year high of 7.35% in December 2019. Earlier, in July 2014, the retail inflation had reached 7.39 %.

  • Retail inflation was more affected in December due to high food prices.
  • Retail inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at only 2.11 % in December 2018 & 5.54 % in November 2019.
  • The retail inflation has crossed the upper limit set by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The central government has asked the Reserve Bank to keep inflation in the range of 2-6%….Click here to Read More

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

Football player Mbappé named as the most valuable player at €265 million: CIES Football ObservatoryOn January 13, 2020 Switzerland based International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) Football Observatory has released a list of the most valuable football players in the world. Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe topped the list with  €265 million.
Key Points:

i.Raheem Sterling from Manchester City listed second with  €223.7 million and Mohammed Salah from Liverpool was the third position with  €175.1 million.
ii.The six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi was at eighth position with €125.5 million.
iii.21-year-old Mbappe has registered 19 goals and 11 assists in contrast with 32-year-old Messi has managed 16 goals and 9 assists in all competitions in the season.
Winners:
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Rank      Name
1 Kylian Mbappe  ( €265 million)
2 Raheem Sterling ( €223.7 million)
3 Mohammed Salah  (€175.1 million)

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About CIES:
Founded- 2000
President- Pierre Cornu

Captain Tania Shergill to become first woman parade adjutant for Republic Day parade of 2020
On 13th January 2020, Captain Tania Shergill, an officer with Army’s Corps of Signals, will be the first woman parade adjutant for the Republic Day (26th January) parade of 2020. A parade adjutant is responsible for the parade.
Key Points:
i.She is an electronics and communications graduate, her father, grandfather and great-grandfather have also served in the Army. She was commissioned in March 2017 from the Officer Training Academy, Chennai.
ii.In the 2019 Republic Day parade, Captain Bhavna Kasturi was the first women officer who led an all-men contingent.
iii.The Republic Day parade will witness Infantry Combat Vehicle BMP-2K of the 18 Mechanised Infantry, Dhanush Gun System and the Army Air Defence on the Rajpath. Contingents of the Corps of Signals, Sikh Light Infantry, Kumaon Regiment, the Grenadiers, the Parachute Regiment will also take part in the parade.
About Indian Army:
Founded– 1st April 1895, India
Headquarters– New Delhi
Commander-in-Chief– President Ram Nath Kovind
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS)– General Manoj Mukund Naravane

British Indian yoga champion Ishwar Sharma wins Global Child Prodigy AwardOn January 12, 2020 Yoga Champion Ishwar Sharma,10 years old schoolboy (UK resident) originally from Mysore, under 11-yoga champion from the UK, has been honoured with the Global Child Prodigy Award 2020 for achievements in spiritual discipline yoga.
Global Prodigy Award honours child prodigies from across 45 countries under 30 different categories such as palaeontology, choreography, biking, fitness and martial arts etc.
Key Points:
i.Sharma received his certificate of achievement from Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Dr. Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry at a special event in New Delhi.
ii.Sharma has participated in over 100 events across the UK and Worldwide and he started an e-petition with the UK Government to include yoga in national school curriculum and nearly 20,000 people signed.
iii.In the past he has been named as British Indian of the year in the Yoga Achiever category and won a gold medal at the Euro Asian Yoga Championships.
iv.Sharma has qualified to represent Great Britain in the World Yoga Championship to be held in Edmonton, Canada, in October 2020 and organized by the International Sports Yoga Federation.
About Global Child Prodigy Award:
This award is a platform to showcase the talent of children in dance, music, art, writing, acting, modelling, science, sports etc.,This award is supported by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Foundation and Oscar Award-winning music producer AR Rahman among others.

2020 Swachhata Darpan plastic management awards conferred by actor Aamir Khan in New DelhiOn January 12, 2020 the Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS) under Ministry of Jal Shakti, organised the ODF (Open Defecation Free) sustainability workshop in New Delhi.  The workshop had a special session by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan (founder of Paani foundation) who distributed awards to the best performing districts on key swachhata parameters.
Swachhata Darpan Awards:

Actor Aamir Khan presented the Swachhata Darpan Awards for best performing districts which includes East Godavari (Andhra Pradesh), West Kameng (Arunachal Pradesh), Bemtara (Chhattisgarh), Diu (Daman and Diu), Panipat (Haryana), Vadodara (Gujarat), Kolhapur (Maharashtra), Moga (Punjab), East Sikkim (Sikkim) and Pedappali (Telangana).
Award for plastic waste management:
4 districts i.e, Dibrugarh (Assam), Sirmaur (Himachal Pradesh), Indore (Madhya Pradesh) and Puri (Odisha) were awarded for innovations and initiatives in plastic waste management.

  • Sindoda panchayat of Indore was declared as the first plastic-free area in the Madhya Pradesh recently and the award was conferred to Indore Zila Panchayat chief executive officer(CEO) Neha Meena….Click here to Read More

Highlights of 2nd edition of Sportstar Aces awards 2020 ceremony held in Mumbai, MaharashtraOn January 12, 2020, The 2nd edition of Sportstar Aces Awards 2020 was held at the Trident Hotel in Mumbai, Maharashtra consisting of 23 different categories of awards for India’s sportspersons.

  • The winners have been picked by a panel headed by cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar, and included THG (The Hindu Group) Publishing Private Limited chairman N. Ram, former India hockey captain M.M. Somaya, Olympians Anjali Bhagwat, Aparna Popat and chess legend Viswanathan Anand.

Here’s the full list of winners,….Click here to Read More

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

A P Maheshwari appointed as the new DG of CRPFOn January 13,2020 Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) Officer A P Maheshwari appointed as Director General (DG) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. He took the charge from Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) DG Surjeet Singh Deswal who was given an additional charge as the head of CRPF after the retirement of DG Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar on December 31, 2019.
Key Points:

i.A P Maheshwari is 1984-batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IPS officer who worked previously as  Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Union Home Ministry.
ii.He will be in the post till February 28, 2021, the date of his superannuation.
About CRPF:
In 1939 it is named as Crown Representatives Police (CRP) and later in 1949 it is named as the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). It is Headquartered in New Delhi. It is under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Michael Debabrata Patra appointed as fourth Deputy Governor of RBIOn 14th January, 2020, Michael Debabrata Patra has been appointed as Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). After the resignation of Viral V Acharya the post was lying vacant from July 2019. He will be the fourth Deputy Governor of the RBI appointed for a period of three years.
Key Points:

i.The Appointments committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Michael Debabrata Patra as a Deputy Governor of the RBI. He had applied for the role in 2017 and the date of appointment has not been specified yet.
ii.Prior to this he was working as an Executive Director of RBI, managing four departments Department of Economic and Policy Research, Department of Statistics and Information Management, Monetary Policy Department and New Frontiers Unit, also part of the rate setting six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).
iii.He pursued his PhD from IIT Mumbai, Joined RBI in 1985. Before moving to the monetary policy department in 2005 he served in the Department of Economic Analysis and Policy in charge of international finance, money and banking.
iv.He has been central to the RBI’s views on the macro-economy, the new inflation targeting framework and the liquidity framework.
About RBI:
Head Quarters– Mumbai
Founded– 1st April 1935, Kolkata
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Deputy Governors– N S Vishwanathan, B P Kanungo and M K Jain

Lt General Girish Kumar reappointed as the Surveyor General of India for one yearOn 14th January 2020, the Appointment Committee of Cabinet (ACC) approved the re-appointment proposal of Lt General Girish Kumar as the Surveyor General of India in Survey of India, the national survey and mapping organization of the country, for a period of one year on contract basis w.e.f. January 1, 2020.
Key Points:

i.Earlier on September 30, 2017 he was appointed as Surveyor General of India under the Survey on India.
ii.The surveyor General of India is the head of the Department of Survey of India, a Department which comes under the Ministry of Science and Technology of Government of India. He is also to be the senior most member of the Survey of India Service, an organized engineering service under the Union of India.
About Survey of India:
Formed– 1767
Headquarters– Hathibarkala Estate, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Minister– Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology
Survey and mapping agency executives– Lt Gen. Girish Kumar, Surveyor General of India, Col. Amardeep Singh, Addl. Surveyor General

       SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

IOC launches special NATO class diesel for Indian Navy 
On January 13,2020 Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has developed a special class diesel, High Flash High Speed Diesel (HFHSD- IN 512), conforming to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) grade for use in ships and vessels of Indian Army and results reduced carbon footprint.
About HFHSD- IN 512:
i.The HFHSD-IN 512 diesel exceeds the MIL DTL 16844M (Detail Specification Fuel Naval Distillate) specification, which is considered benchmark standard across in the world.
ii.The revised technical specification of new fuel arrived consisting of 22 test parameters including critical parameters cetane number, flash point, sulphur content, sediment content, oxidation stability and Cold Filter Plugging Point (CFPP).
iii.The upgraded HFHSD- IN 512 blend, NATO specifications, is being supplied from Haldia and Pardip refinery, Kolkata,West Bengal.
iv.The fuel has less environmental impact due to low sulphur content and would result in better performance of engines.
v.IOC refineries were the first ones to make available of 0.5 per cent Sulphur Marpol Fuel Oil that will reduce stack emissions from the ships….Click here to Read More

17-year-old intern at NASA, Wolf cukier discovers new planet ‘TOI 1338b’ 1300 light years awayOn January 11, 2020, Wolf Cukier, a 17-year-old boy from New York (United States), has discovered a planet named “TOI 1338b” that is 1,300 light years away & about 6.9 times larger than Earth, on the 3rd  day of his internship at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). He used NASA’s alien-hunting space telescope TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) for his record breaking discovery.
Key Points:
i.Another special thing is that the planet, which lies in the Pictor constellation, orbits 2 stars, one of which is 10 % larger than our Sun, while the other is much smaller and less bright. The planet orbits the pair of stars every 93 – 95 days.
ii.The TESS mission was launched into orbit by SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in April of 2018.
About National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA):
Founded– 29 July 1958.
Founder– Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Headquarters– Washington, D.C., United States(US).
Administrator– Jim Bridenstine

H9N2 virus: Indian scientists detect India’s 1st case of infection in Maharashtra
Scientists of the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, Maharashtra have detected the 1st case of H9N2 virus ,a rare subtype of influenza virus A, in a 17-month-old boy in Maharashtra. The discovery has been published in the December 2019 issue of journalEmerging Infectious Diseases’ of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr Varsha Potdar, senior scientist at NIV, is the lead author of the study along with Dr Pragya Yadav and Dr M S Chadha.
Key Points:
i.About H9N2 virus:

  • It is a rare variant of the virus, which causes human influenza as well as bird flu. These viruses, found exclusively in wild birds, could potentially play a major role in the worldwide emergence of influenza.
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the avian influenza virus is spreading rapidly in poultry firms, exposure to infected poultry or contaminated environments poses a risk to human groups as well.
  • H9N2 virus infections in humans are rare, although cases of the infection do not come to light due to unclear symptoms. In humans, the first case of H9N2 virus infection occurred in Hong Kong in 1998.

ii.1st case: In India, the virus was spotted during a community-based surveillance study in 93 villages of the Korku tribe of Melghat district in Maharashtra in February 2019.Globally, the 1st case of H9N2 virus infection occurred in humans in Hong Kong in 1998.

SPORTS

India finish 2019 as number one shooting nation in world: ISSFIn 2019 according to International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), India is the top Shooting Nation in the World with 21 gold, 6 silver, and 3 bronze. India secured first position in all the Rifle-pistol World Cups and Finals in the year.
Key Points:

i.China is at the second position with 11 gold, 15 silver and 18 bronze.
ii.The United States (US) is at the  third position with 6 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze.
About ISSF:
Founded- 1907
Headquarters- Munich, Germany
President- Vladimir Sergeyevich Lisin

OBITUARY

8 times National Award Winner Manmohan Mohapatra passed away at 69On January 13,2020 Manmohan Mohapatra, Odisha’s legendary filmmaker and director, passed away at the age of 69 in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. Mohapatra is considered as the ‘Father of New Wave Odia Cinema’ and consecutively won eight national awards for ‘Best Feature Odia film’.
Key Points:

i.Mohapatra’s first movie “Seeta Raati” released in 1981 that fetched him national award for Best feature film in Odia and also the first Odia film to be selected by the prestigious ‘Indian Panorama’ section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), New Delhi.
ii.The seven other National-Award winning films are ‘Neeraba Jhada’, ‘Klanta Aparahna’, ‘Majhi Pahacha’, ‘Nishidhdha Swapna’, ‘Kichhi Smruti Kichhi Ambhuti’, ‘Andha Diganta’, ‘Vinya Samaya’.
iii.His last film “Bhija Matira Swarga’”got him the award for the Best Director and bagging award for five more categories including Best Film at the 30th Odisha State Film Awards,2019.
iv.Mohapatra was born on Khordha, Odisha in 1951 and studied film-making in FTII (The Film and Television Institute of India) Pune, Maharashtra.
About Odisha:
Capital- Bhubaneshwar.
Chief Minister (CM)- Naveen Patnaik.
Governor- Ganeshi LAl.

Britain’s conservative thinker and Philosopher Roger Vernon Scruton passes away at 75On January 13, 2020 Philosopher and Britain’s most prominent conservative thinker Roger Vernon Scruton passed away after battling with cancer. He was 75.
Key Points:

i.He was graduated from Cambridge University and worked as a lecturer at the University of London’s Birkbeck College.
ii.He wrote more than 50 books on morality, politics, culture and aesthetics and made regular television appearances.
iii.He received Medal of Merit (First Class) of the Czech Republic, 1998 from the late Czech President Vaclav Havel, in 2019 he was awarded Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, by Hungary’s right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and also honoured with Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, 2019.

IMPORTANT DAYS

Fourth Armed Forces Veterans’ Day is observed on Jan 14,2020Armed Forces Veteran’s Day is observed every year on 14th January as a mark of respect and recognition of the services rendered by Field Marshal Kodandera Madappa Cariappa OBE (Order of the British Empire),the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces who retired on 14 Jan 1953. Observing since 2017, the year 2020 marked day’s fourth edition.
Key Points:
i.4th Armed Veteran day commenced with the homage ceremony at the National War Memorial, New Delhi where wreaths were laid by CISC (Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee) serving three star officers as well as Veteran Officers and JCOs (Junior Commissioned Officer) from all three services.
ii.Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff was the Chief-Guest of the Veteran’s day function which was held at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi.
iii.The Chief of Army Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane and Air force Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria also attended the event along with approximately around 2000 veterans.
iv.Defence Minister Rajnath Singh presided over the event at Jaipur while Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Shripad Yesso Naik at Mumbai.
v.Armed Veterans Day is also being celebrated at  seven other Command Headquarters of Army, Navy and IAF (Indian Armed Forces).

STATE NEWS

15 new investment proposals worth Rs 6608 cr approved in Tamil Nadu
On January 14,2020 In Tamil Nadu, fifteen new investment proposals worth Rs 6608 crore have been approved, which will generate 6763 direct employment. They have been cleared by the higher-level committee on industrial guidance and single window system, led by the state chief-minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy.
Key Points:
i.The meeting held at Fort St.George in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and considered several new investment proposals and pending clearance were submitted through single window system.
ii.Many of the Industries are coming up in districts like Tuticorin, Trichy, Perambalur, Krishnagiri and Vellore besides the traditional industrial hubs of Chennai’s adjoining districts of Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur.
About Tamil Nadu:
Capital- Chennai.
Chief Minister- Edappadi k.Palanisamy.
Governor- Banwarilal Purohit.
State Bird- Emerald Dove.
State Animal- Nilgiri tahr.
State Tree- Palm Tree.
State Flower- Gloriosa Lily.

AC BYTES

Sachin Tendulkar nominated in Laureus’s list for most inspiring sporting event of last 20 years
Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has been nominated in Laureas’s list for the most inspiring sporting event in the last twenty years.Apart from Tendulkar, England’s Andrew Flintoff is the only other cricketer to feature in the list.

Indian-American Raja Jon Vurputoor Chari  is among NASA’s new astronauts:set to conquer Moon, Mars
An Indian-American US Air Force colonel, Raja Jon Vurputoor Chari (41), is among 11 new NASA(National Aeronautics and Space Administration) graduates who are all set to be a part of the space agency’s ambitious future missions to the International Space Station (ISS), Moon and Mars.

Current Affairs Headlines: 14 January 2020 

  1. Japan coast guard Ship ‘Echigo PLH08’ arrives Chennai to take part in the 19th edition of ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ exercise
  2. Amit Shah chaired 6th IDA meeting in New Delhi; 26 islands identified to promote tourism
  3. 1st time India to host SCO heads meeting; Statue of unity included in 8 wonders of SCO
  4. Indian Railways signs MoU with RailTel for Phase 2 execution of e-office
  5. 11-member panel headed by mines additional secretary to chair royalty rate issues on minerals
  6. India’s under-5 mortality of girls exceeds that of boys in Child Mortality report of UN
  7. Govt launches Integrated Road Accident Database (IRAD) developed by IIT-Madras
  8. Retail inflation rose to 7.35% in December 2019, highest in last 5 years : NSO
  9. Football player Mbappé named as the most valuable player at €265 million: CIES Football Observatory
  10. Captain Tania Shergill to become first woman parade adjutant for Republic Day parade of 2020
  11. British Indian yoga champion Ishwar Sharma wins Global Child Prodigy Award
  12. 2020 Swachhata Darpan plastic management awards conferred by actor Aamir Khan in New Delhi
  13. Highlights of 2nd edition of Sportstar Aces awards 2020 ceremony held in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  14. A P Maheshwari appointed as the new DG of CRPF
  15. Michael Debabrata Patra appointed as fourth Deputy Governor of RBI
  16. Lt General Girish Kumar reappointed as the Surveyor General of India for one year
  17. IOC launches special NATO class diesel for Indian Navy
  18. A 17-year-old intern at NASA, Wolf cukier discovers new planet ‘TOI 1338b’ 1300 light years away
  19. H9N2 virus: Indian scientists detect India’s 1st case of infection in Maharashtra
  20. India finish 2019 as number one shooting nation in world: ISSF
  21. National Award Winner Manmohan Mohapatra passed away at 69
  22. Britain’s conservative thinker and Philosopher Roger Vernon Scruton passes away at 75
  23. Fourth Armed Forces Veterans’ Day is observed on Jan 14
  24. Fresh investment proposals worth Rs 6608 cr approved in Tamil Nadu
  25. Sachin Tendulkar nominated in Laureus’s list for most inspiring sporting event of last 20 years
  26. Indian-American Raja Jon VurputoorChari  is among NASA’s new astronauts:set to conquer Moon, Mars

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