Daily Current Affairs | 05th & 6th February 2020
India & Norway signed 4 MoUs in field of research, higher education
India and Norway signed 4 MoUs (A Memorandum of Understandings) in the field of research and higher education to strengthen their bilateral partnership.
The agreements were led by Anni Line Wold, Norway Director-General,Norwegian Ministry of Education & Research and witnessed by Hans Jacob Frydenlund Norwegian Ambassador to India at New Delhi, India.
About 4 MoUs:
i.MoU 1: The MoU was signed between the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and UiT (The University of Tromso), The Arctic University of Norway, for cooperation in fields such as bio-photonics, health & diagnostic tools, nanotechnology, water management and renewable energy.
AP Govt made history with ‘Intivadhakey Pension’ scheme by covering 94 % within few days
The Andhra Pradesh (AP) state Government led by its Chief Minister(CM) Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy,has created a record with its ‘Intivadhakey Pension’ (Pension to your Doorstep) Scheme by covering 94 % of about 60 lakh pensioners at their doorstep within a few days. The scheme was launched in 13 districts on February 1, 2020.
AP is the 1st state in India to take up such an initiative of Door delivery of pension service.
About Andhra Pradesh:
Capital City- Amaravati
Governor– Biswabhusan Harichandan.
National Parks(NP)- Papikondalu NP, Sri Venkateswara NP
State Tree– Neem tree
State Flower– Water lilies
New Delhi hosts Ministerial-level defence dialogue 2020 between India & South Korea
The Ministerial-level Defence dialogue 2020 between India and South Korea was held at South Block in New Delhi, where Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Jeong Kyeong-doo, Minister of National Defense of South Korea discussed many important issues & affirmed to deepen bilateral defence cooperation between the two countries.
About South Korea:
Currency– South Korean won
President– Moon Jae-in
APEDA-CFTRI Sign MoU for Liason Office in Guwahati to Promote Food Processing & Organic Agri Exports in North-East States
A Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) was signed between CSIR-CFTRI and APEDA to set up a Liaison Office, Guwahati, Assam to provide technical support to the food industries in the NorthEast region.
It will benefit the farmers, products and entrepreneurs.
CSIR-CFTRI = Council of Scientific & Industrial Research- Central Food Technological Research Institute.
APEDA= The Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority.
Founded- 21 October 1950.
Headquarters- Mysore, Karnataka.
Director- Dr Karumanchi Srisaila Mallikarjuna S Raghavarao.
Headquarters- New Delhi.
Chairman- Pawan Kumar Borthakur.
MSME implemented new scheme SFURTI to set up traditional industries clusters
The Ministry of Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(MSME) implemented a new scheme named “Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries”(SFURTI). Under this scheme, financial support will be given to set up traditional industries clusters viz. Khadi, Coir & Village industries clusters.
Greenbone Sustainable Resilience data: Maharashtra tops States hit by global medical data leak
According to the recent report published by German cybersecurity firm Greenbone Sustainable Resilience, Maharashtra topped among the Indian states which has been hit by global medical data leak. The analysis was made after data of around 120 million Indian patients were leaked and made freely available on the internet.
Greenbone Sustainable Resilience data:
State ranks: Data leaked states: Maharashtra which topped among Indian states had 3,08,451 data leaks giving access to 6,97,89,685 images.
Maharashtra was followed by Karnataka in 2nd place with 1,82,865 data leaks giving access to 1,37,31,001 images.
SC directs States to notify setting up ‘Gram Nyayalayas’ within 4 weeks
The Supreme Court (SC) bench headed by Justice Nuthalapati Venkata (NV) Ramana has directed the state governments to issue notifications for establishing mobile village courts called “Gram Nyayalayas” within 4 weeks.
It also asked the High Courts (HC) to speed up consultation with department concerned on the matter.
About Gram Nyayalayas:
These mobile village courts established as per Gram Nyayalayas Act,2008 to provide speedy & ensure justice to rural poor at their doorsteps.
These courts should be set up for every Panchayat at the intermediate level or a group of Panchayats at intermediate level in a district / where there is no Panchayat at intermediate level in any State for a group of Panchayats.
One in 10 Indians to have cancer in their lifetime: WHO report
In order to mark World Cancer Day on February 4, 2020, WHO (World Health Organization) and its specialized International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have released 2 reports namely, “Report on Cancer: Setting priorities, investing wisely and providing care for all” by WHO & “World Cancer Report “Cancer research for cancer prevention” by IARC aimed at setting the global agenda on the disease & focused on research and prevention.
According to the report, 11.6 million new cases of cancer were reported in India & and 7,84,800 people died due to cancer in 2018 & 2.26 million 5-year prevalent cases in India’s population of 1.35 billion.
Bhutan ends free entry for Indian tourists
The Government of Bhutan, Thimphu decided to implement a daily fee of Rs.1200 ($17) for “regional tourists” from India, the Maldives, Bangladesh from July 2020. The fee is called SDF “Sustainable Development Fees” inorder to regulate a new tourism policy (tourism facilities, better infrastructure).
Prime Minister (PM)- Lotay Tshering.
BANKING & FINANCE
Paytm unveils all-in-one QR, PoS device and merchant SDK
Paytm, India’s leading digital payments company,has launched an all-in-one QR (Quick Response), point-of-sale (POS) device for merchants across India & SDK (software development kit) for third-party integration .
Founded- August 2010
Headquarters- Noida, Uttar Pradesh (UP)
Founder & CEO– Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Owned by– One97 Communications Limited.
RBI hikes Insurance cover on bank deposits to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 1 lakh
India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has increased the Insurance cover on bank deposits to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 1 lakh effective from February 4, 2020 with a view to giving protection to depositors.
Digital transactions through IMPS, UPI and BHIM at record high in January 2020
According to the latest data from NPCI (National Payments Corporation of India ) comes against the backdrop of the decision made by government on encouraging digital payments, Unified Payments Interface( UPI), IMPS (Immediate Payment Service) & BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money) registered a new record in the amount of cash transaction in January 2020.
Reliance general insurance introduces comprehensive health insurance plan “Infinity”
Reliance General Insurance Company Limited , one of the leading insurance companies in India, has launched a comprehensive health insurance plan called “Reliance Health Infinity”.
Under the plan, the minimum sum insured will be Rs. 3 lakh while the maximum sum insured limit will be Rs. 1 crore.
About Reliance General Insurance:
Founded– 17 August 2000
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
ED and CEO– Rakesh Jain
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Big Bang Boom Solutions wins prestigious SKOCH Award
Big Bang Boom Solutions Pvt Ltd (BBBS), start-up company in the defence sector was awarded the prestigious SKOCH Award for “Boron Nitrate Based Personal Hybrid Combat Armour ” at New Delhi, India.
About Big Bang Boom Solutions (BBBM):
CEO (Chief Executive Officer)- Praveen Dwarakanath.
CTO(Chief Technical Officer)- Dr. Shivaraman.
About SKOCH award:
The Skoch Award was instituted in 2003, and is the highest civilian honour in the country conferred by an independent organisation. The award is contributed to the best efforts in the area of digital, financial and social inclusion.
ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS
India’s top refiner IOC acquires minority stake in Israeli battery developer Phinergy
Indian Oil Corporation Limited-IOC (commonly known as IndianOil), an Indian government owned oil and gas company, has acquired a minority stake in Phinergy Ltd, an Israeli start-up company specializing in battery development with the aim to make ultra lightweight metal-air batteries that can be used in electric vehicles (EVs).
About Indian Oil Corporation (IOC):
Headquarters– New Delhi.
Chairman– Sanjiv Singh.
Founded– 30 June 1959.
About Phinergy Ltd:
Founder– Aviv Tzidon
Headquarters– Lod, Israel
Co-Founder & Chairman– Aviv Tzidon
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
UAE discovers new natural ‘Jebel Ali gas field’ between Abu Dhabi, Dubai
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has discovered huge shallow gas resources called ‘Jebel Ali gas field’ with estimated reserves of 80 trillion standard cubic feet spanning an area of 5,000 square kilometres (sqkm) in the cross-border area of the Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
About United Arab Emirates(UAE):
Capital– Abu Dhabi
Currency– United Arab Emirates dirham
President– Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
It consists of seven emirates– Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al-Khaimah and Umm Al-Quwain.
World’s oldest Bamboo Fossil Discovered turns out to be Conifer
A fossil of leafy branch was discovered in Eocene, Patagonia in 1941, at that time of Examination it considered as bamboo’s fossil and still it became the oldest bamboo of the world, but in recent Examination of that fossil by Dr. Peter Wilf from Pennsylvania state university revealed the real nature of the plant’s fossil (chusquea oxyphylla name of the fossil) and it was published in open-access journal Phytokeys.