Daily Current Affairs | 01st February 2020
9th India-Bangladesh joint military exercise SAMPRITI-IX to be conducted in Umrong, Meghalaya
As part of ongoing defence cooperation between India and Bangladesh, 9th edition of the joint Indo-Bangladesh military exercise named SAMPRITI-IX will be conducted at Umroi, Meghalaya from February 03-16, 2020. Both nations will work together in a counter terrorism environment under the United Nations (UN) charter.
Governor- Tathagata Roy.
Chief minister- Conrad Sangma.
National Parks(NP)- Balpakram NP, Nokrek NP.
Telangana tops in best performing state in sustainable growth: UNDP India
As per the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India, India’s youngest state Telangana has emergered as Number 1 state in the ‘Decent work and economic growth’ category with the score of 82 on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India index in 2019.
Telangana was followed by states of Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Karnataka together with a score of 72.
IR Undertakes RFID project for Automatic Identification & Data Collection of Rolling Stock
The Indian Railways(IR) undertook the Radio-frequency identification (RFID) project which aims for automatic identification & data collection of rolling stock with focus on improving the safety and reliability. Two works for the RFID project have been sanctioned by the Railway board worth Rs.112.96 Crores. The project is spearheaded by the Rolling Stock Department of IR and will be implemented fully by 2021.
Under PMAY-G, centre aims to achieve objective of housing for all by 2022
The Central Government has aimed to achieve objective of Housing for all by 2022 (which coincides with 75 years of Indian independence) under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Grameen (PMAY-G) scheme.
About Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY)– Housing For all scheme:
It is an initiative by the Government of India in which affordable housing will be provided to the urban poor with a target of building 20 million affordable houses by 31 March 2022.
It has 2 components:
Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) (PMAY-U) for the urban poor. It is run by Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. and
12th South Asia Conference held in New Delhi
Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh addressed the 12th edition of the South Asia Conference at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA) in New Delhi from January 28-29, 2020. The conference deals with issues related to economic cooperation for development, changing political context in India’s neighbourhood etc.
The theme of the conference was India’s “Neighbourhood First” Policy: Regional Perceptions.
About South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC):
Fact- The current chair of SAARC is Nepal.
Founded- 8 December 1985.
Headquarters- Kathmandu, Nepal.
SAARC members- 8 (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka).
Secretary General- MR. Amjad Hussain B. Sial.
Government took over process related to IMEI from private body MSAI
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT), a department of the Ministry of Communications, has taken over the process of issuing and managing IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity), a special 15-digit serial number of mobile phones in the country, from private body MSAI (Mobile Standard Alliance of India).
DOT Guideline for all mobile device manufacturers; asks them to switch to C-DoT-operated IMEI system
The DoT has issued a new guideline to all the Mobile Device manufacturers/Brand Owners , a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) ( Version 1.0).Under this it has mandated the mobile phone makers to replace the Mobile Standard Alliance of India (MSAI)-operated IMEI system with that developed in-house by a state-owned firm.
The London-based industry organization GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications, originally Groupe Spécial Mobile) and its authorized organizations allot IMEI. When a mobile is lost, an IMEI number is required to locate it.The process related to IMEI is being managed by the Mobile Standards Alliance of India (MSAI).
About Department of Telecommunications:
Minister– Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Minister of State (independent charge)
Nagoba Jatara festival celebrated in Telangana
Nagoba Jatara tribal festival was celebrated in the state of Telangana. The festival is prominently celebrated in Keslapur village, Indervelly Mandal, Adilabad district of Telangana. It is the 2nd biggest tribal carnival which is celebrated by the tribal people from Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh belonging to the Mesaram clan of of Gond tribes.
Governor- Tamilisai Soundararajan.
Chief minister- Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.
National Parks(NP)- Kasu Brahmananda Reddy NP, Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali NP, Mrugavani NP.
Indian Railways to offer content on demand service by 2022
The Indian Railways has decided to provide ‘Content on Demand Service (CoD)’ on trains and railway stations from 2022. With COD, passengers will be able to enjoy uninterrupted free subscription based entertainment service such as movies, shows, educational programs during their journey. They will also be able to enjoy high-quality buffer-free streaming on personal devices. Also, the CoD platform will provide e-commerce services such as bookings for cab, bus and trains.
About RailTel Corporation of India:
Founded– September 2000
Headquarters– Gurugram, Haryana
Chairman & Managing Director (CMD)- Puneet Chawla
About Indian Railways:
Headquarters– New Delhi
Founded– 16th April 1853
Minister of Railways– Piyush Goyal
9th Tomtom Traffic Index 2019: Bengaluru has world’s worst traffic; 4 Indian cities in top 10 list
Dutch multinational developer & creator of location technology and consumer electronics Tomtom has released its 9th edition of Tomtom Traffic Index 2019. As per the index, Bengaluru (Karnataka) emerged as the worst traffic congested cities in the world. Along with Bengaluru, 3 more Indian cities were ranked in the top 10 list. The index in brief are as follows:
Coronavirus declared as a global health emergency by WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared novel Coronavirus(nCoV) as a global health emergency during the second meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019 held in Geneva, Switzerland. The outbreak which was more prominent in China has now continued to spread to other countries too.
About World Health Organisation(WHO):
Founded- 7 April 1948.
Director General- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Headquarters- Geneva, Switzerland.
BANKING & FINANCE
ICICI Bank launches first-of-its-kind 24×7 self-service delivery facility , ‘iBox’
ICICI (Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India) Bank , an Indian financial institution, has launched first-of-its-kind 24×7 self-service delivery tool for customers called “iBox” at one of its branches in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The bank has started it in over 50 branches in 17 cities.
About ICICI bank:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
President– Sandeep Batra
Tagline– Hum Hai Na, Khayal Apka
Indian Bank launches credit products ‘Corporate Loan’ & ‘Ind Surya Shakthi’ for textile sector
The Indian Bank has announced the launch of two tailor made credit products i.e., Corporate Loan and Ind Surya Shakthi/ Indian Bank Solar which will be available across the country for the benefit of the textile sector. The products were launched during a meeting with high officials of the textile industry under the Indian Texpreneurs Federation (ITF), in association with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
About Indian Bank:
Fact- Allahabad Bank will merge with Indian Bank, with effect from April 1, 2020. After the merger, Indian bank will become the 7th largest Public sector bank in India with net worth Rs.8.50 lakh crore.
Founded- 15 August 1907.
Headquarters- Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Tagline- Taking Banking Technology to the Common Man, Your own bank, Your Tech-friendly bank.
Google commits $ 1 million grant to Internews for news literacy promotion in India
In order to curb misinformation, Google News Initiative (GNI), a cooperative effort between Google & a number of large traditional news media providers, has announced a $1 million grant for global non-profit organization ‘Internews’ that will launch a new initiative to promote news literacy among the Indian public.
Founded– 4 September 1998
Headquarters– California, U.S.
CEO– Sundar Pichai
Headquarters– California, United States(US)
President and CEO- Jeanne Bourgault
Tata AIG in collaboration with DFI to develop insurance products for drone industry
The not-for-profit industry-led body Drone Federation of India (DFI) has announced to collaborate with Tata AIG General Insurance Company Ltd (Tata AIG) for developing as well as launching insurance products for the drone operators. The announcement was made during the recently concluded Drone Festival of India at New Delhi.
About Tata AIG General Insurance Company:
AIG abbreviation- American International Group.
Chairman- Saurabh Agrawal.
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)- Neelesh Garg.
Headquarters- Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Founded- 22 January 2001.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Journalist Yusuf Jameel won 2019 PEN Gauri Lankesh Award for Democratic Idealism
Senior journalist Yusuf Jameel from Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) won the 2019-20 PEN Gauri Lankesh Award for Democratic Idealism for his outstanding contribution in journalism. This was the 2nd edition of award instituted in 2018 by PEN South India and PEN Delhi in the name of editor late Gauri Lankesh, who was assassinated in 2017. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh and a citation. The 1st edition was given to cartoonist P Mahamood in September 2018.
Padma Shri awardee Rani Rampal became 1st hockey player worldwide to win World Games Athlete of the Year 2019
Indian Hockey women’s team captain and 2020 Padma Shri awardee Rani Rampal became the 1st ever hockey player to win the 2019 ‘World Games Athlete of the Year‘ award. The announcement was made by the world games. Hailing from Haryana, Rani has obtained 1,99,477 votes from fans worldwide.
About FIH (Fédération Internationale de Hockey):
English abbreviation- International Hockey Federation.
Motto- FairPlay Friendship Forever.
Headquarters- Lausanne, Switzerland.
President- Narinder Batra.
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)- Thierry Weil.
About International World Games Association (IWGA):
Headquarters – Lausanne, Switzerland
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) -Joachim Gossow
APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS
Vinay Mohan Kwatra designated as the next Ambassador of India to Nepal
As per the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India (GoI), Shri Vinay Mohan Kwatra, a 1988 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Nepal. He will replace Manjeev Singh Puri.
Currency– Nepalese rupee.
President– Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
Prime Minister– Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
OPPO signs MoU with IIT Hyderabad for research on 5G, AI
Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corporation Ltd (commonly referred as OPPO),a Chinese consumer electronics and mobile communications company, has signed an MoU (memorandum of understanding) with the Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H), Telangana for research on new technologies such as 5G (5th Generation) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Headquarters– Guangdong, China
Founder & CEO– Chen Mingyong
Bala Devi: 1st Indian woman to sign up for foreign football club, ‘Rangers FC’ of Scotland
Ngangom Bala Devi, 29 years old from Manipur, has become the first Indian woman footballer to get a professional contract from Scotland’s Women Premier League club Rangers (Football Club) for 18-months and to play for jersey No.10 after a successful trial in November, 2019. The formal announcement was made by Rangers FC and Bengaluru FC at Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
About Rangers FC (Football club):
Rangers Football club is a Scottish professional football club in Govan district of Glasgow, Scotland.
Founded- March 1872.
Chairman- Dave king.
Canada’s Christine Sinclair becomes all-time top scorer with 185 goals in international soccer
Christine Margaret Sinclair, 36 years old, Canadian soccer player ,became the all-time top scorer with 185 goals in international soccer. Sinclair surpassed the record of American Abby Wambach (original name Mary Abigail Wambach) who scored 184 goals.
Thought of the Day.
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