Current Affairs

6 January, 2020

International

Top Iran general Qassem Soleimani killed at Baghdad airport in US airstrikes

Iran’s most powerful military commander,General Qassem Soleimani, who was the head (since 1998) of the Quds Force, a unit of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was killed in an American drone airstrike at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. The airstrike was conducted by the order of United States(US) President Donald Trump. Soleimani was seen as the 2nd most powerful person in Iran after Iran’s supreme leader Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei.

National

Amit Shah to head group of ministers to examine the proposed National Tariff Policy

The minister of Home Affairs (MoHA) Shri Amit Shah will head the Group of Ministers (GOM) to discuss and examine the proposed National Tariff Policy 2016. Before being sent to Shri Amit Shah, the draft policy was first sent for approval to the cabinet secretariat. The policy if implemented, will bring a major reform in the stressed power sector but is opposing by the state govts and discoms (Distribution Companies) due to clauses like penalties for load shedding.

Uttar Pradesh became 1st state to shortlist migrants for citizenship

Uttar Pradesh (UP) became the 1st state in India to conduct an exercise to shortlist migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan for eligibility under the new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019. This exercise will also eventually identify the people living illegally in UP.
About Uttar Pradesh (UP):
Chief minister- Yogi Adityanath.
Governor- Anandiben Patel.
Capital- Lucknow.
National Parks(NP)- Dudhwa NP.
Wild Life Sanctuaries(WLS)- Bakhiara WLS, Hastinapur WLS, Katarniaghat WLS, Kishanpur WLS.

2019 Forest Survey of India report: one-fifth (21.40%) of India’s forests prone to fires

According to a 2019 report by the Forest Survey of India (FSI) which was based on a study carried out along forest fire points (FFP) identified across the country from 2004 to 2017, about 21.40% of forest cover of the country has been prone to fires. Among the total forest areas, the northeastern region in the country was found to be more vulnerable.Highest fire alerted state: Mizoram topped among all the states with the highest number of fire alerts at 2,795.

Chandigarh railway station is fifth in the country and first in North India to inaugurate Navigation facilities for visually impaired

Navigation facilities for visually impaired was inaugurated in Chandigarh railway station in Mohali, Punjab by Shri Gurinder Mohan Singh, Divisional Railway Manager- Ambala Division. It is fifth in the country and first in North India to have this facility for visually impaired.
About Punjab:
Capital- Chandigarh
State Animal- Blackbuck
State Bird- Northern goshawk
State Tree- Indian Rosewood
State Flower- Lilium

Eight States finalized Agriculture Export Policy by the Government of India

As per Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), eight states namely Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Punjab, and Karnataka finalized an action plan for Agriculture Export Policy (AEP) to enhance exports.

171 hospitals de-empanelled & Rs 4.5 cr fine imposed for fraud under Ayushman Bharat scheme

The National Health Authority(NHA) which is the apex body regulating and implementing Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme, Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB- PMJAY) has de-empanelled a total of 171 hospitals and also imposed penalty of Rs 4.5 crore on hospitals for committing fraud and indulging in malpractices under the Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme.

Economy

HAL inks pact with Wipro 3D to make aerospace components

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), an Indian state-owned aerospace & defence company, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Wipro 3D,the metal additive manufacturing (AM) business of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering (WIN), to jointly design, develop and manufacture aerospace components using metal additive technology (Three Dimensional (3D) printing).
About Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL):
Founded– 1940 (as Hindustan Aircraft) &1964 (Renamed Hindustan Aeronautics)
Headquarters– Bangalore, Karnataka
Chairman & MD– R Madhavan
About Wipro 3D:
Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka
Founded– 2012
It is the 1st Indian company to locally develop an industry-grade metal-additive 3D-printing machine, jointly with the Indian Institution of Science (IISc),Bangalore.

PayPal India launches adoption assistance programme for employees

In order to promote parental support benefits for employees, online digital payments player, PayPal India Private Limited has launched a new Adoption Assistance Program, where it will be offering financial assistance of up to Rs 1 lakh per adoption for the parents. It is being effective from December 2019.
About PayPal India:
Formation– 2017
Headquarters– Varthur, Karnataka

IRDAI: Health insurance cover in the name ‘Arogya Sanjeevani’ mandatory for insurance companies

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has mandated all the health and General Insurance Companies(GICs) to offer 1st of its kind standardised health insurance products (SHIP) in the name “Arogya Sanjeevani” policy with effect from April 1, 2020. All the health products offered by those companies will be succeeded by this name. It is to be noted that no health insurance companies will mention any other name other than the standard name of Arogya Sanjeevani in any of the documents.

Indian Bank signed MoU with TN’s WEWA to provide credit for business establishments

The Indian bank has signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with Women Entrepreneurs Welfare Association (WEWA) of Tamil Nadu(TN) to provide training and credit linkage to its women entrepreneurs to establish business.
About Indian Bank:
Founder- Ramaswami Chettiar.
Founded- 15 August 1907.
Headquarters- Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Chief Executive Officer(CEO) & Managing Director(MD)- Ms. Padmaja Chunduru
Tagline- Your Own Bank; Taking Banking Technology to the Common Man; Your Tech Friendly Bank

Sports

Overview of 63rd National Shooting championship competitions 2019 held in Bhopal, MP

The 63rd National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC) 2019 in Small Bore Rifle & Pistol events (including Para events) was held at Shooting Academy Shooting Ranges, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (MP) from 7th December 2019 – 4th January 2020.
It was jointly organized and conducted by the National Rifle Association of India(NRAI) &MP State Shooting Academy.

Indian batsman Rohit Sharma lays foundation of International cricket stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana

India’s cricket batsman, Rohit Gurunath Sharma has laid the foundation of the Cricket Stadium and Training Center at ‘Heartfulness Institute’s headquarters in Hyderabad, Telangana. The cricket stadium has been named as “Rohit Sharma Cricket stadium” by spiritual guru Kamlesh Patel.
i.This stadium is 138 meters in diameter and has all modern facilities being made available for the students of Heartfulness centre.

Indian Sports Ministry gave ‘in principle’ approval to hold shooting and archery in 2022 CWG

The Sports Ministry has given ‘in principle’ approval to hold the Commonwealth Games shooting and archery events in India. These events will be held under the aegis of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Friendship Program in March 2022.
About CWG 2022:
Place- Birmingham, United Kingdom (UK)
Mascot- Mistar Urdd
Motto- Are you Game?
About Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports:
Minister- Kiren Rijiju (constituency– Arunachal West)
Indian Olympic Association:
President- Narinder Batra
Founded- 1924

India’s all-rounder cricketer Irfan Pathan announces retirement

5 years old, all rounder cricketer from Vadodara, Gujarat, Irfan Pathan (nicknamed Guddu) has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Achievements:
i.Pathan picked up 3 wickets in his four overs against Pakistan in finals and was named as man-of-the-match in T-20 World Cup 2007.
ii.Pathan is a left-arm medium-fast bowler featured in 29 Tests,120 ODIs (One Day International) and 24 T20Is (Twenty 20 International) for India.
About Gujarat:
Capital- Gandhinagar.
CM- Vijay Rupani.
Governor- Acharya Devvrat.
Dance- Garba.

Miscellaneous

Indian Army to sign MoU for 7.5 lakh AK-203 assault rifles procurement

The Indian Army is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)in a month for the procurement of over 7.5 lakh AK-203 assault rifles. These rifles will be manufactured locally by an India-Russia joint venture (JV) with 1lakh rifles to come directly from Russia, remaining 6.5 lakh rifles will be manufactured by the JV.

ISRO signs an agreement with IIA to set up optical telescopes

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has signed a pact with Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) to establish an Optical telescope under ‘Project NETRA’ (NEtwork for space object TRacking and Analysis) for tracking space objects.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Isro and IIA was signed by ISRO scientific secretary R.Umamaheswaran and IIA director Annapurni Subramanium during a meet in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
About NETRA:
i.Project Netra– Launched by ISRO in September 2019 with an outlay of Rs 400 crore.
ii.Aim- The Project will help India detect threats to Indian Satellites from debris and other hazards.
About ISRO:
Founded- 15 August 1969.
Headquarters– Bengaluru
Chairman- Kailasavadivoo Sivan.

Karur Vysya Bank MD and CEO P R Seshadri resigns

P R Seshadri, MD (Managing Director) and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Karur Vysya Bank has resigned from the position citing personal reasons, which was accepted by the Bank’s Board of Directors.
About Karur Vysya Bank:
Headquarters- Karur.
Tagline- Smart Way to Bank.

Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embalo wins the Guinea-Bissau’s presidential election

Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embalo won the West African state of Guinea-Bissau’s Presidential election. He succeeded President Jose Mario Gomes Vaz. Umaro belongs to Madem G15 party.
About Guinea-Bissau:
Capital- Bissau
Currency- West African CFA franc

Singular ‘they’ voted word of the decade by US linguists

A jury of 350 US (United States) linguists of the American Dialect Society (ADS) chose ‘they’ as their Word of the Decade to recognize its growing use to refer to a person whose gender identity is non-binary. The most popular pick for the Word of the Year 2019 was “(my) pronouns”.

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