Current Affairs

25 January, 2020


17th India-EU Summit 2020 to be held in Brussels

The President of European Council Charles Michel invited Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to attend the 17th India-EU summit in early 2020. The summit which will be held at Brussels, Belgium, is aimed at expanding strategic partnership with Europe.

WHO released 3rd global report on trends in tobacco prevalence 2000-2025

The World Health Organisation (WHO) released its 3rd edition of global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025. As per the report despite decline in tobacco usage, India is off track to achieve 30% reduction in tobacco use by 2025 when compared to its 2010 levels. 163 nations besides India are also not on track in this regard. The report in detail are as follows:

Expected tobacco usage reduction by 2025: Based on current progress by India, a reduction in the tobacco usage by 23% by 2025 is expected in the country.

Consumption data in India: The consumption in india is going down by 21.6% points. In male, the consumption will go down to 35.8% from 57.3% by 2025. The consumption in female for the same period will decline to 8% from 29.8%.

Data in 2010: 44% of the people in 2010 used tobacco. India was one of the top 10 producers of tobacco then.


Nagpur Resolution to empower citizens adopted at conference organised by DARPG in Nagpur

The ‘Nagpur Resolution’ which is an approach to empower citizens, was adopted during the 2-day organised Regional Conference on ‘Improving Public Service Delivery – Role of Governments’, in Nagpur, Maharashtra. The conference was organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) along with Maharashtra govt and the Maharashtra State Commission for Right to Public Services’ collaboration.

Previously, Shillong Declaration and the Jammu Resolution were adopted for good governance in 2019.

The Overview of the resolution are to empower the citizens by policy interventions,

Government approves Rs 56,443 cr Kerala semi-high speed rail project named “Silver line”

As per the order was issued by the Ministry of Railways , the Central Government has gave its approval for Rs 56,443 crore worth of 532 km Thiruvananthapuram – Kasaragod in Kerala semi-high speed rail (SHSR) corridor project, named “Silver Line” project.
This highspeed corridor project will be implemented by Kerala Rail Development Corporation (KRDCL),a joint venture between the Government of Kerala and the Ministry of Railways.

State nodal agencies for Ecoclub programme meets for the 1st time in Kevadia, Gujarat

The Ministry’s Environment Education Division &GEER (Gujarat Ecological Education and Research) Foundation, have jointly organized the 1st Annual Meet of the State Nodal Agencies implementing the National Green Corps (NGC) ‘Ecoclub’ programme of the Ministry of the Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in Kevadia, Gujarat from December 20- 21,2019.
The meet also witnessed the releasing of books namely ‘Glimpses of Ecoclubs’, a handbook on International Environment Conventions and Programmes & Handbook on Important Days of Environmental significance.

Tamil Nadu tops in coverage under micro-irrigation for 2019

The website of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) ( released the data on states with coverage of area under micro-irrigation (MI) for the year 2019. As per the data, Tamil Nadu(TN) topped the list in coverage under micro-irrigation. Out of the 3.64 lakh hectares brought under MI, TN accounts for around 1.39 lakh hectares, i.e., 38% of the total coverage in the country.

Other top ranked states: TN was followed by Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh(AP), Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh(UP) in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place respectively.

Fisheries dept, NABARD & TN govt sign 1st tripartite MoA for fisheries development fund

The department of fisheries of govt. of India, NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) and the govt. of Tamil Nadu (TN) has signed the 1st tripartite Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for implementation of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Fund (FIDF). The total outlay of the fund is Rs. 7522.48 crores. The FIDF will provide finance to the eligible entities, cooperatives, individuals and entrepreneurs for development of identified fisheries infrastructure.
420 crore approval by Nabard:
Initial concessional finance of Rs 420 crore from NABARD will be availed by the TN govt. under the the 1st tripartite agreement. Under this initial concession 3 fishing harbours will be developed in TN. They include Tharangampadi (Tranquebar) in Nagapattinam District, Thiruvottriyur Kuppam in Thiruvallur District and Mudhunagar in Cuddalore District.


SEBI inks pact with Kazakhstan-based AFSA for mutual, technical cooperation

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI),the Regulator for the Securities market in India owned by Government of India(GoI), has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA), a financial hub in Kazakhstan, for mutual cooperation and technical assistance.
About Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI):
Formation– April 12, 1988
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
About Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA):
Founded– 2018
Headquarters– Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Governor– Kairat Kelimbetov

RBI limits lending on P2P platforms at Rs 50 lakh

In a bid to protect the interest of consumers, India’s Central Bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set a ₹50-lakh limit on the aggregate lending to all borrowers across all Non-Banking Financial Company – Peer to Peer (NBFC-P2P) lending platforms at a time determined.
Further, lender investing over Rs 10 lakh across P2P platforms should get a practising chartered accountant (CA) certify a minimum net-worth of Rs 50 lakh.

India to get $210 million loan from AIIB for irrigation & solar energy projects

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB),a multilateral financial institution, has decided to grant a loan worth of $210 million for irrigation ($145-mn) & solar energy projects($65-mn) in India.
Under this loan, $145-million will be given to improve irrigation service delivery and strengthen flood risk management in West Bengal (WB). While,the remaining $65-million has been given for 250-megawatt (MW) solar power project in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Irrigation project in West Bengal: This work, co financed with the World Bank(WB), is said to boost the management of the Damodar Valley Command Area (DVCA) irrigation scheme.


Liverpool wins 16th FIFA club world cup 2019 final for the 1st time in Doha, Qatar

England’s football club (FC) Liverpool has won the 16th edition of Club World Cup (WC) title 2019 for the 1st time after beating Flamengo (Brazilian sports club) with 1-0 scores in Khalifa International stadium, Doha ,Qatar. The only goal was scored by Roberto Firmino in the 99th minute.
16th FIFA Club World Cup 2019:
Organizer– FIFA(Federation Internationale de Football Association)
Teams– 7 (from 6 confederations)
Best player– Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
Fair play award– Espérance de Tunis (Tunisia Sports club)
About FIFA:
Founded– 21 May 1904.
Headquarters– Zürich, Switzerland.
Motto– For the Game,For the World.
President– Gianni Infantino

Belgium retained FIFA Team of the Year title for 2019 for 2nd successive time

For the second year in a row, Belgium was announced as the FIFA’s (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Team of the Year as it reached the top of the world rankings for the year 2019. Belgium was followed by France, Brazil, England and Uruguay in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th spot respectively.
Mover of the accolades:
The mover of the accoade went to Qatar as it gained 138 ranking points in 2019. The World Cup 2022 host, Qatar won the 2019 Asian Cup climbing 38 places up the rankings. That was the biggest jump recorded by any team, ahead of Algeria (up by 32) and Japan (up by 22).
About FIFA:
English Abbreviation- International Federation of Association Football.
Founded- 21 May 1904.
Headquarters- Zürich, Switzerland.
Motto- For the Game. For the World.
President- Gianni Infantino.

South African all rounder Vernon Philander announces retirement from all forms of Cricket

34-years-old South African Cricketer Vernon Philander announced international retirement from all forms of cricket after the upcoming test series against England. He has played 97 matches across all three formats, taking a combined 261 wickets with 1784 runs in his international career. He also took 51 Wickets in his first seven Test matches which earned him the 2012 SA Cricketer of the Year award.


DRDO successfully tested its Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile System (QRSAM) from Chandipur in Odisha

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has test-fired its Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) from Chandipur district of Odisha. This missile was tested with full configuration in deployment mode intercepting the target in mid-air and meeting mission objectives.
MSR Prasad, Director General of Missiles and Strategic Systems at DRDO was present during the trial. With this mission, developmental trials of the weapon system are completed and weapon system is expected to be ready for induction by 2021.
About QRSAM:
i.This missile is developed by DRDO in association with Bharat Electronics Limited and Bharat Dynamics Limited for Indian Army.
ii.Range of this missile is 30 kms.
iii.This missile is an all-weather, all-terrain surface-to-air missile.
About DRDO:
Chairman- Dr G Satheesh Reddy
Headquarters- New Delhi
Founded- 1958

New China-Brazil earth resource satellite named “CBERS-4A” launched into space

China and Brazil’s jointly developed earth observation satellite named China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite- 4A (CBERS-4A). The satellite along with 8 other satellites, was launched under a bilateral programme that would enhance cooperation among the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations. It was launched from Long March-4B rocket in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi.

Harsh Vardhan Shringla appointed as the 33rd Foreign Secretary of India

The Government of India as appointed the Senior Diplomat and Indian ambassador to the United States, Mr. Harsh Vardhan Shringla as the next Foreign Secretary. He is the 33rd foreign secretary of the country. He replaces Vijay Gokhale. Shringla will take charge after the completion of VIjay Gokhale’s two-year term on January 29, 2020.
About Harsh Vardhan Shringla:
Harsh Vardhan Shringla is a Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1984-batch and served as an ambassador to Bangkok from 2014 to 2016 and also served as the High Commissioner to Dhaka for two years. He also served at UNESCO in France, UN in New York besides Vietnam, Israel and South Africa.

Ravi Mohan appointed as the new chairman of ESAF SFB

P R Ravi Mohan was appointed as the new chairman of ESAF Small Finance Bank (SFB). Ravi has replaced R Prabha, whose tenure as chairman has ended.
About ESAF small Finance Bank:
Fact- ESAF started its operations as an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) in 1992 as Evangelical Social Action Forum.
Former name- ESAF Microfinance.
Incorporated- May 5, 2016.
Headquarters- Thrissur, Kerala.

Niranjan Hiranandani named as the new President of Assocham

Niranjan Hiranandani, Managing Director of Hiranandani Groups has taken the charge of Assocham’s (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India) new President on December 23, 2019. He replaces Welspun Group Chairman Balkrishan Goenka. Asscham has celebrated its centenary meet in New Delhi recently. PM Modi was the chief guest for the event and spoke about the economic challenges and the preparations to achieve the target of $5 trillion economy.
About Assocham:
Founded- 1921
Headquarters- New Delhi.
Goal: To promote both domestic and international trade, and reduce trade barriers while fostering conducive environment for the growth of trade and industry of India.

Vice President Venkaiah naidu confers 66th National film awards for 2018 in New Delhi

The Vice President of India, Shri Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu has conferred the 66th National Film Awards for the year 2018 in 31 categories in New Delhi.

Telangana’s Kamareddy district was awarded by UNICEF for effective implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission 2019

United Nations International Children’s and Education Fund (UNICEF) has awarded Kamareddy district of Telangana for effective implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission in water sanitation and hygiene sectors for the year 2019. This award was given under the categories like construction of individual sanitary lavatories, swachh darpan wall paintings, swachh survekshan, swachh sundar shouchalay and other activities.

Satyanarayana who was Collector of Kamareddy said that this award could be possible due to the concerted efforts of district rural development organisation, district panchayat office, mandal praja parishads, panchayat secretaries, sarpanches and field assistants. Swachh Bharat Mission Officer Shankar and Narayana, Joint Collector P. Yadi Reddy, Assistant Collector Tejas Nandalal Pawar, DRDO, ZP CEO, DPO and others were present during the ceremony.
About Unicef :
Headquarters- New York, United States.
Head- Henrietta Fore
About Telangana:
Chief Minister- Chandrasekhar Rao
Governor- Tamilisai Soundararajan
Capital City- Hyderabad

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