Current Affairs

3 February, 2020


2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report: India’s ORF ranks 27th; CEIP, US tops the list

he 2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (GGTTI), by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, United States(US) was released. The index ranked top think tanks from around the world. As per the report India’s Observer Research Foundation (ORF) was ranked at 27th place among 176 global think tanks. The report was topped by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) of US. The report in detail are as follows:
i.ORF: India’s ORF which ranked 27th in 2019 was previously ranked 118th position in 2018. It has also featured at 9th place on the “Think Tank to Watch in 2019” list.

Most featured think tank: It also remained as the most featured Indian think tank, being ranked in 26 categories and the highest-ranked in India in 14 categories.
Best conference: ORF organised Raisina Dialogue has been ranked as the 7th best conference in the report where it was ranked in 12th position previously.


HRD Minister chaired meeting of the INCCU with UNESCO in New Delhi

The Union Minister of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ chaired the meeting of Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU) in New Delhi. This was the 1st meeting after the National Commission’s reconstitution.

Andhra Pradesh flagged off India’s first ‘fruit train’ with bananas

India’s first of its kind fruit train was launched from Tadipatri Railway Station in Anantapur district & from Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. This is the first time an entire train carrying a load of 980 metric tonnes of locally grown bananas which has been sent to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNP)in Mumbai, Maharashtra.Those bananas will be exported to Iran.


Govt appoints M.Ajit kumar as chairman of CBIC

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of M.Ajit Kumar as chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). Ajit is an IRS (Indian Revenue Service) officer of the batch 1984.

Bank of Baroda signed pact with CARE Ratings to assess the credit quality of SMEs

State owned Bank of Baroda(BoB) has partnered with Care Ratings for assessing the credit quality of small and medium enterprises (SME) customers. Existing credit quality and prospective SME customers of the bank will be assessed by the rating agency by processing and analyzing structured, unstructured and new data streams.


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In a first IAF’S AN-32 aircraft landed at Leh with indigenous bio-jet fuel

Indian Air Force’s (IAF) successfully operated AN-32 aircraft powered with 10% blend of Indian bio-jet fuel. This is the 1st time both engines of the aircraft were powered by bio-jet indigenous fuel where the aircraft took-off from Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh. Before undertaking operational flight to Leh, the flight was tested along with performance validation at Chandigarh Air Base.

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