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15 January, 2020

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Govt launches Integrated Road Accident Database (IRAD) developed by IIT-Madras

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 Technology–Madras (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.

India’s under-5 mortality of girls exceeds that of boys: UN Child Mortality report

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.

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.

11-member panel headed by K. Rajeswara Rao to chair royalty rate issues on minerals

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.
About Ministry of Mines:
Headquarters- New Delhi.
Union minister- Prahlad Joshi. (Constituency- Dharwad, Karnataka).

Indian Railways signs MoU with RailTel for Phase 2 execution of e-office

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.
About Indian Railways:
Founded- April 16, 1853
Headquarters- New Delhi
Minister of Railway- Piyush Goyal
Chairman of Railway Board- Vinod Kumar Yadav

1st time India to host SCO heads meeting; Statue of unity included in 8 wonders of SCO

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 January16-16,2020, 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).

Amit Shah chaired 6th IDA meeting in New Delhi; 26 islands identified to promote tourism

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.

Japan coast guard Ship ‘Echigo PLH08’ arrives Chennai to take part in the 19th edition of ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ exercise

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) off in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Economy

Retail inflation rose to 7.35% in December 2019, highest in last 5 years : NSO

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.

Sports

Football player Mbappé named as the most valuable player at €265 million: CIES Football Observatory

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.
Winners:

Rank      Name
1 Kylian Mbappe  ( €265 million)
2 Raheem Sterling ( €223.7 million)
3 Mohammed Salah  (€175.1 million)

About CIES:
Founded- 2000
President- Pierre Cornu

Miscellaneous

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 journal ‘Emerging 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.

17-year-old intern at NASA, Wolf cukier discovers new planet ‘TOI 1338b’ 1300 light years away

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.
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

IOC launches special NATO class diesel for Indian Navy

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.

Lt General Girish Kumar reappointed as the Surveyor General of India for one year

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.
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

Michael Debabrata Patra appointed as fourth Deputy Governor of RBI

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.
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

A P Maheshwari appointed as the new DG of CRPF

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.
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).

Highlights of 2nd edition of Sportstar Aces awards 2020 ceremony held in Mumbai, Maharashtra

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.

2020 Swachhata Darpan plastic management awards conferred by actor Aamir Khan in New Delhi

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.

British Indian yoga champion Ishwar Sharma wins Global Child Prodigy Award

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.
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.

Captain Tania Shergill to become first woman parade adjutant for Republic Day parade of 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.
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

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