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10 January, 2020

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AP CM launches Rs 6,318 cr ‘Amma Vodi’ scheme for indigent mothers

Andhra Pradesh (AP) Chief Minister(CM) Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy launched his government’s flagship programme ‘Amma Vodi’ scheme in Chittoor, AP. The scheme is to support lakhs of poor and needy mothers to educate their children.

Uttar Pradesh government announced to build a 121-acre zoo named after Ashfaqullah Khan

The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has approved a proposal to set aside Rs.234 crore for a zoological garden spread across 121 acres in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh to be named after the freedom fighter and revolutionary Shaheed Ashfaqullah Khan.
Shaheed Ashfaqullah Khan:
i.Ashfaqullah Khan was born on October 22,1900 in Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
ii.Khan acquainted with Ram Prasad Bismil and found the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA) with the aim of winning freedom for the country.
Static:
Capital- Lucknow.
Chief Minister- Yogi Adityanath.
Governor- Anandiben Patel.

Union Power Minister RK Singh released 2nd State Energy Efficiency Index 2019 in New Delhi

The Minister of State (MoS- Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy who is also MoS for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Raj Kumar Singh has released the State Energy Efficiency Index 2019 in New Delhi. The index tracks the progress of Energy Efficiency (EE) initiatives undertaken in 36 states and Union Territories(UTs) based on 97 indicators.
Progressive states: The progressive states and UTs of the 2019 index which was grouped into 4 for rational comparisons were Haryana, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Puducherry and Chandigarh.

5th edition of ‘The pulses conclave 2020’ will be held in Lonavala, Maharashtra

India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), the apex organisation of the import and export trader of pulses and grains in India will host the 5th edition of its biennial conference, ‘The Pulses Conclave 2020’ from February 12 – 14, 2020 at the Aamby Valley City in Lonavala, Maharashtra.
About Maharashtra:
Capital– Mumbai
Chief Minister– Uddhav Thackeray
Governor– Bhagat Singh Koshyari
National parks– Chandoli National Park, Gugumal National Park, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Navegaon National Park.

Forest Committee approves Green Credit Scheme to ‘trade’ in forests

The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) which is an apex body that considers questions on the diversion of forest land for non-forest uses such as mining, industrial projects, townships etc and also issues granting of forest clearances has approved Green Credit Scheme that would allow forests to be traded as a commodity.
Green Credit scheme:

Agencies identifying lands: The scheme allows agencies like private companies, village forest communities etc to identify lands for forest cultivation and ensures plantations are grown.

Chenab bridge: World’s highest rail bridge by Indian Railways to connect Kashmir to rest of India by 2021

Government of India set a new deadline for the completion of the world’s highest railway bridge- Chenab bridge. Kashmir will be connected to the rest of India by Indian railways by December 2021. Konkan railway is the implementing agency of this project.
The Chenab bridge will be 35m taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris,France.
About Chenab River:
i.The Chenab river is formed by the confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers at Tandi in the upper himalayas in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, Republic of India.
ii.In its upper reaches it is also known as Chandrabhaga.
iii.It is the tributary of the Indus river.
iv.The total length of Chenab river is about 960 km.
Konkan Railway:
Chairman and Managing Director- Shri. Sanjay Gupta.
Headquarters- (C.B.D) Central Business District Belapur, Navi Mumbai.

1st Solar section in South Central Railways comes up in Nandyal-Yerraguntla section in Guntakal division of Andhra

The Nandyal-Yerraguntla section in Guntakal Division of Andhra Pradesh has been declared as the first solar section in South Central Railway. In 2016 August Indian Railways opened Nandyal-Yerraguntla section in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh.

4 Indian airports received international recognition for reducing emissions as per ACI

The Airports Authority of India(AAI) has announced that 4 Indian airports have received international recognition for reducing the carbon emission level as per the standards set by Airports Council International (ACI) for the grading.

1023 Fast Track Courts under safety of women mission to be set up in 24 states

24 states and union territories (UTs) have joined together to set up a total of 1,023 ‘fast-track special courts’ (FTSCs) to dispose of over 1.60 lakh cases of rape of children below the age of 12 years and women pending in various courts across the country. This has been done to bring out fast and time bound completion of trial of these cases for which Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2018 was enacted.
The FTSC will be set up as part of National Mission for Safety of Women (NMSW).

Economy

In a 1st, RBI introduced video-based identification process for KYC

The Reserve Bank of India(RBI) for the 1st time has introduced Aadhaar-based Video Customer Identification Process (V-CIP). This process will allow banks and other lenders to complete the KYC (Know Your Customer) process of customers on video itself. This facility can be used as an alternative to the already available e-KYC facility. To introduce V-CIP, RBI has amended guidelines under the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules, 2005.

Digital KYC redefined: The definition of digital KYC has been changed in section 3 of the Master Direction on KYC dated February 25, 2016.

Sports

Rajya Sabha MP Chandra Pal Singh Yadav re-elected as the chairman of KRIBHCO

Agri-cooperative leader and Rajya Sabha MP (Member of Parliament) Chandra Pal Singh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh constituency has been re-elected unanimously as Chairman of Krishak Bharati Cooperative Limited (KRIBHCO). He has been the Chairman from July 1999 to May 2010 & thereafter from February 2015 to till date.
About KRIBHCO:
Headquarters- Noida.
Founded- 4 May 1980.

MS Swaminathan & Dr. Gutta honoured with 1st Venkaiah Naidu National Awards in Hyderabad

Eminent Agricultural Scientist Dr M S Swaminathan has been selected as the 1st recipient of the Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu National Award for Excellence while renowned social worker Dr. Gutta Muniratnam has been selected as the 1st recipient of the Muppavarapu National Award for Social Service. The award was given at a function in Hyderabad, Telangana.
This award which is given for the 1st time has been instituted by Muppavarapu Foundation for award for excellence while the one for social service was launched by Swarna Bharat Trust, in Hyderabad, Telangana.

Kohli continues at No.1; Rahane, Pujara slips: ICC Men’s test rankings 2020

As per the ICC (International Cricket Council) Men’s test ranking 2020 released on January 8,2020, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has retained his top position with 928 points in the list of batsmen. At the same time, Cheteshwar Pujara slipped one place to 6th spot with 791 points while Ajinkya Rahane dropped two places to 9th position with 759 points.

Here’s the list of top3 & Indian players in ICC test ranking 2020:

Rank Batting Bowling All-rounder
1 Virat Kohli ( India) Patrick James Cummins (Australia) Jason Omar Holder (West Indies)
2 Steven Peter Devereux Smith (Australia) Neil Wagner (South African-born New Zealand cricketer) Ravindrasinh Anirudhsinh Jadeja(India)
3 Marnus Labuschagne (Australia) Jason Omar Holder (West Indies) Ben Stokes (England)
Rank of Indian players
Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara-6thAjinkya Madhukar Rahane-9th Jasprit Jasbirsingh Bumrah-6th
Ravichandran Ashwin -9th   Mohammed Shami Ahmed -10th
Ravichandran Ashwin-5th

Miscellaneous

LIGO detects collision of neutron stars for the 2nd time

A team of Scientists with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and Virgo collaborations have detected gravitational waves due to collision of two neutron stars for the 2nd time. The first such gravitational-wave detection of merging neutron stars, called GW170817, took place in August 2017.
About LIGO observatory:
It is a large-scale physics experiment and observatory to detect gravitational waves. It was Co founded in 1992 by Kip Thorne and Ronald Drever of Caltech and Rainer Weiss of MIT & is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Location(s)- Hanford Site, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana, US

HDFC acquired Apollo Munich Health Insurance for Rs 1,495.81 crore; named as HDFC ERGO Health Insurance Ltd

About HDFC:
CEO- Aditya Puri
Headquarters- Mumbai
About Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company:
CEO- Antony Jacob
Headquarters- Gurugram
About Competition Commission of India:
Chairman- Ashok Kumar Gupta
Headquarters- New Delhi
About RBI:
Governor- Shaktikanta Das
No of Deputy Governors- 3
Deputy Governors- Mahesh Kumar Jain, Bibhu Prasad Kanungo, N.S. Vishwanathan.
Headquarters- Mumbai
About IRDAI:
Chairperson- Subhash Chandra Khuntia
Headquarters- Hyderabad

Uttam prakash agarwal resigns as independent director of Yes Bank

Uttam Prakash Agarwal,an independent director and chairman of YES Bank’s Audit Committee, has resigned citing corporate governance failure.
About Yes bank:
Founded– 2004
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO– Ravneet Gill
Tagline– Experience our Expertise.

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