Current Affairs

9 January, 2020

International

IIM Bengaluru ranks third in Global MOOC performance among Business schools

Indian Institute of Management Bengaluru (IIMB), Karnataka,secured third rank in Global MOOC(Massive Open Online Course) performance among Top Business schools in 2020.
MOOCLabs published ranking for the business schools globally who are providing MOOC courses.

Treating female genital mutilation annually costs $1.4 bn globally: WHO On the occasion of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (On February 6, 2020), the United Nations’s (UN) health agency, the WHO (World Health Organization) has presented the interactive modelling tool. As per this tool, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) poses a serious threat to women’s health & to avoid its ill effects, a burden of $1.4 billion is incurred worldwide.

Treating female genital mutilation annually costs $1.4 bn globally: WHO
On the occasion of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (On February 6, 2020), the United Nations’s (UN) health agency, the WHO (World Health Organization) has presented the interactive modelling tool.
As per this tool, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) poses a serious threat to women’s health & to avoid its ill effects, a burden of $1.4 billion is incurred worldwide.

UN releases USD 30mn for humanitarian operations in syria’s ldlib province

Syria’s Idlib province has received additional USD 30 million for the humanitarian operations from United Nations’ (UN) Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). It has been informed by UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock UN Security Council meet in New York, United States (US).
About Syria
Capital– Damascus
Currency– Syrian pound
Prime Minister– Imad Khamis
President– Bashar al-Assad

National

LPG coverage reached 96.9 % as on Jan 1, 2020: Dharmendra pradhan

According to the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Shri.Dharmendra Debendra Pradhan, a total of about 27.5 crore LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas) or cooking gas connections in India & out of this, 8 crore connections have been provided under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme.
Also the LPG coverage has reached 96.9 % as of January 1,2020.

DPIIT releases quality order for LPG rubber hose

Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry has notified Quality Control norms for LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas) Rubber Hose with an aim to contain import and production of sub-standard products in India .The norm will come into effect from August1, 2020.

Hyderabad Metro Rail becomes Country’s 2nd Largest Operational Metro Project

Chief Minister of Telangana State Mr. K.Chandrashekhar Rao flagged off new Metro line from Jubilee Bus Station (JBS) to Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) connecting twin cities if Hyderabad and Secunderabad, and the stretch covering of 11-kms(Kilometers) becomes India’s 2nd largest Metro Rail Network of total operational distance of 69.2kms, only next to Delhi Metro Rail Network having an operational distance of 231kms.

Sum of Rs 6,717.18 crore released under Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme between FY16 and FY20

During the period of 2015-16 to 2019-20, the Centre has released a total of Rs 6,717.18 crore under the Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (ATUFS).
A total of 9,641 applications, covering employment of 2.86 lakh persons and investment of Rs. 40026.5 crore submitted by textile units, have been issued with UIDs (unique identification numbers) till January 2020. This information has been given by textiles minister Smriti Irani as a part of competitiveness of the textile industry.

MoHUA launched Ease of Living Index and Municipal Performance Index 2019 to assess cities’ performance

the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA), has launched, two Assessment Frameworks, viz. Ease of Living Index (EoLI) and Municipal Performance Index (MPI) 2019 to assess to assess quality of life of citizens in 100 Smart Cities and 14 other Million Plus Cities. This will empower the cities to use evidence to plan, implement them & then monitor their performance.
Municipal Performance Index 2019
With the Municipal Performance Index 2019, the Ministry has sought to assess the performance of municipalities based on five parameters namely Service, Finance, Planning, Technology and Governance which have been further divided into 20 sectors which will be evaluated across 100 indicators.

Economy

ADB approved $2 million fund amount to combat nCoV

The Asian Development Bank(ADB) has approved to sponsor $2 million as funding to combat the outbreak of novel coronavirus (nCoV). Under the funding, regional technical assistance will be provided in Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. ADB has also partnered with the World Health Organisation(WHO) and other regional experts to respond to the 2019 nCoV situation.

Reserve Bank set to conduct Financial Literacy Week (FLW) 2020 from February 10–14

India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is going to conduct the Financial Literacy Week (FLW) 2020 from February 10 – February 14, 2020 based on the theme “Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)”.
The RBI will also launch a centralized mass media campaign in February 2020 to broadcast essential financial awareness messages to MSME entrepreneurs.

Sports

American tennis player Spears handed 22-month doping ban

American tennis player Abigail Spears (38 years) was given a 22 month doping ban by the International Tennis Federation(ITF). The ban was announced on spears after she failed the doping test from the 2019 US (United States) open match. The ban which was started from November 07, 2019, will end at midnight on September 6, 2021.

Miscellaneous

Astronomers discover monster galaxy XMM-2599 from early universe

The International team of astronomers led by scientists at the University of California, United States(US) have discovered a monster galaxy dubbed as XMM-2599. This galaxy existed around 12 billion years ago just 1.8 billion years after the formation of the universe. The details of this discovery has been published in the Astrophysical Journal.

IIT Madras & AIIMS Mangalagiri to collaborate for patient safety, quality healthcare delivery

Indian Institute of Technology Madras(IIT-M), in Tamil Nadu and All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Mangalagiri in Andhra Pradesh has announced to collaborate together in areas such as patient safety and quality healthcare.
MoU signing: The Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) was signed by Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director of IITM, and TS Ravikumar, President of AIIMS Mangalagiri.

Indian Army Major Anoop mishra develops world’s 1st bulletproof helmet that can stop AK-47 firing

In a vital development, a Major in the Indian Army, Anoop Mishra has developed the world’s 1st bulletproof helmet which can stop an AK-47 bullet round from a distance of as less as 10 meters. The helmet is developed under the Indian Army’s

NCL sets up R&D centre for sustainable coal mining

Coal India Limited (CIL) subsidiary NCL(Northern Coalfield Limited) sets up a R&D (Research and Development) centre named ‘SARAS’ (Science and Applied Research Alliance and Support) in collaboration with IIT (BHU)-Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (UP).
Shri. Prabhat Kumar Sinha, NCL, CMD (Chairman and Managing Director), announced the new (R&D) centre, at the World Confederation of Productivity Science seminar, New Delhi, India.

Indian leopard population declined by 75-90% as per study conducted by CWS

Scientists found that the Leopard population has decreased to 75-90% in India over the past 120 to 200 years, suggesting that leopards need similar conservation attention like tigers in India.
The study was conducted by scientists from the Centre for Wildlife Sanctuaries (CWS), Bengaluru, Karnataka and the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) Uttarakhand, Dehradun.

Cipla acquires 4 key brands from Wanbury for up to Rs 89 crore

Cipla pharmaceutical company, Mumbai, Maharashtra has acquired 4 brands from Wanbury pharmaceutical company, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. Wanbury had received up to Rs.88.60 crore for the sale of the brands to Cipla.

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