Daily Current Affairs | 26th & 27th January 2020
26 new Indian English words featured in 10th Oxford dictionary;Aadhaar, hartal among them
The 10th edition of the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary was launched. In this latest edition 26 new Indian languages words namely Aadhaar, Chawl, dabba, hartal, shaadi were included. Several incorporate words like chatbot, fake news, microplastic & over 1000 new words were included. Out of the 26 Indian language words, 22 are figured in printed dictionary while the remaining 4 words (looter, current, looting and upazila) are in the digital version
India completely phased out one of the most potent ozone depleting HCFC-141 b chemical
The republic of India has successfully achieved complete phase out of the Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-141 b. It is a chemical used in foam manufacturing companies and is one of the most potent ozone depleting chemicals after the Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). India took the challenge to phase out HCFC-141b by January 1, 2020.
France to be the guest of honour at 2022 New Delhi World Book Fair
France ambassador to India, Emmanuel Lenain has announced that France will be the guest of honour at New Delhi World Book Fair for the year 2022 (NDWBF 2022) as part of the reciprocal invitation as New Delhi was the guest of honour for 2020 Livre Paris (Paris Book Fair).
President- Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron.
Prime Minister- Édouard Charles Philippe.
BANKING & FINANCE
RBI increased Investment Limits Under Voluntary Retention Route to Rs 1.5lakkh crore
Based on the feedback received from the Voluntary Retention Route scheme introduced by the Reserve Bank of India(RBI) in 2009, the central bank(RBI) in consultation with the govt. made certain amendments in the scheme to increase its operational flexibility.As per the amendments, the investment limit under VRR has now been increased to Rs 1,50,000 crores (1.5lakh crores) from earlier Rs.75,000 crores.
Tennis player Joao Souza of Brazil banned for life due to match-fixing
According to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), which is responsible for investigating match fixing in tennis, Joao Olavo Soares de Souza (31), a former Brazilian professional tennis player has been banned for life due to match fixing and corruption. It also fined Souza with $200,000.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Graphic designer Sneha pamneja wins Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize 2020 for ‘Tiffin’ at 13th Jaipur Literature Festival
Sneha Pamneja, a well known Graphic designer based in New Delhi, was awarded Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize 2020, a 1st of its kind award for brilliance in book design, at Jaipur BookMark of ongoing 13th edition of the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) at Diggi Palace Hotel in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
She was honoured for designing the cover of the book ‘Tiffin: Authentic Recipes Celebrating India’s Regional Cuisine’.
About Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize:
The annual prize, now in its 5th edition, was initiated in 2015 to recognise and celebrate the extraordinary work of illustrators,and appreciate the visual values in design.
Journalist & Hindu group chairman N Ram honoured with Kerala’s national media award
Popular journalist and Chairman of the Hindu Group of Publications Shri N Ram was honoured by Kerala Media Academy’s National media award as part of its 40th anniversary of formation. He was awarded for his outstanding contribution to journalism. The award carried a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, a citation and a memento.
English actor Andy Serkis to get BAFTA award for outstanding British contribution to cinema in Feb 2020
Andrew Clement Serkis (55), an English actor and film director, will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award 2020, one of the British Academy’s top honours from British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) at the 73rd EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony,scheduled to be held on February 2, 2020 in London, UK (United Kingdom).
Country– United Kingdom (UK)
First awarded– 29 May 1949
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Qualcomm launches 3 new chipsets – Snapdragon 720G, 662 &460 with Indian GPS system NavIC
In a major step to Made in India GPS (Global Positioning System) alternative, Qualcomm, an american multinational chipset manufacturer, has launched 3 chipsets in India – Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460, along with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). All 3 chipsets feature Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and Bluetooth 5.1 support &the most important thing is that these 3 chipsets of Qualcomm have been developed with support for ISRO’s Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC), a technology considered an advanced location positioning and navigation system than the GPS technology currently in use.
About NAVIC :
It is also known as the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) &is an autonomous regional satellite navigation system built by India to provide accurate real-time positioning and timing services over India and the region extending to 1,500 kilometres around India.
The NAVIC system consists of a constellation of 3 satellites in Geostationary orbit (GEO), 4 satellites in Geosynchronous orbit (GSO) and 2 satellites on the ground as stand-by to give precise information on position, navigation and time (PNT) of objects or persons to users on ground, sea and air.
Headquarters– California, United States
CEO– Steve Mollenkopf