Daily Current Affairs | 29th january 2020
Centre & Assam govt signed tripartite agreement with the banned NDFB
Govt. of India has signed a tripartite agreement with the representatives of the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) organisation at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The pact was signed to boost peace in the Northeastern state of Assam. The agreement would fulfill political and economic demands besides safeguarding the language and culture of the Bodo community people.
Agreement signing: The agreement was signed by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, four factions of the NDFB, All Bodo Students’ Union(ABSU), Joint Secretary of Home Ministry Satyendra Garg and Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna in presence of Union Minister of Home Affairs(MoHA) Shri Amit Shah.
Horticulture output to be 313.35 million tonnes in 2019-20: First advance estimates
The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India (GoI) has presented the first advance report for 2019-20 & as well as the final estimate for 2018-19 for Area and Production of various Horticulture Crops.
Horticulture production: According to the report, horticulture production in 2019-20 can be be 313.35 million tonnes (mt),0.84% higher than in 2018-19 (310.74 mt).
India’s first underwater metro, ‘Kolkata metro’ to be opened by March 2022
Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) is set to complete its East-West Project, which runs partly under the Hooghly river, West Bengal, by March 2022. It will be India’s first underwater metro. The new metro rail is expected to carry about 900,000 people daily & will take less than a minute to cross a 520-meter underwater tunnel. 74% of the East-West metro project is owned by India’s Railway & remaining 26% by the nation’s Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs.
About Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA ):
Founded- October 1, 2003.
Headquarters- Tokyo, Japan.
President- Shinichi kitaoka.
1st estimate of rabi crop released by NCML; record grain output to be witnessed in 2020
Agriculture post-harvest management company- National Collateral Management Services Limited (NCML) has released its 1st estimate of for 2019-20 rabi crop production. The year 2020 is expected to make record food grain production led by the wheat crop along with corn and jowar while Oilseeds and pulses may have lower production.
Rabi season: This season which contributes 50% of foodgrain production usually starts from the month of November and lasts till the following year’s April month. The Rabi paddy production is also estimated to increase by 5% further.
Overview of Brazilian President Bolsonaro’s 4-day Visit to India
The president of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Jair Messias Bolsonaro paid a 4-day official visit to India from January 24-27, 2020. The highlights of the visit in detail are as follows:
Brazil and India signed 15 Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) and also signed an action plan to deepen strategic partnership. The MoUs were in the field of Bioenergy, Oil and Natural Gas, Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, Social Security, Cyber security, Early Childhood, Health and medicine, Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy, etc.
Bolsonaro was the chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations and attended the Parade ceremony at Rajpath in New Delhi. It was the 1st visit of Bolsonaro after assuming his office in January 1, 2019.
Rajya Sabha panel submits report on child porn
An ad hoc committee of the Rajya Sabha (RS) headed by Congress parliamentarian Jairam Ramesh submitted its report on child pornography to Vice President (VP) and Rajya Sabha Chairman Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu.
About Rajya Sabha:
Type– Upper house of the Parliament of India
Deputy Chairman- Harivansh Narayan Singh (since 9 August 2018)
Secretary-General– Shri Desh Deepak Verma
Member Of Parliament & Leader Of House– Thaawarchand Gehlot
WHO has declared the global risk of Noval Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the global risk of Noval Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that cause serious illnesses ranging from the common cold to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
According to WHO report on January 27, 2020 Globally there is 2798 confirmed cases in out of which in China there are 2741 cases. Nearly 80 cases were found dead in China according to the report.
EU moves resolutions against India over CAA, Kashmir
The European Union(EU) parliament has decided to make a debate and conduct vote on the resolution against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019, and on the annexation of occupied Kashmir by India after abrogating Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. The decision taken after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s global campaign against CAA and the Kashmir issue, cited that the annexation of Kashmir was in clear violation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.
Resolution against CAA 2019 and Kashmir issue:
Out of the total 751 EU parliament members, 626 have moved a total of 6 draft resolutions related to both of the above mentioned issues. The debate will be conducted on January 29, 2020 with the voting on January 30th in the parliament in Brussels, Belgium.
Resolution purpose: The resolution condemns implementation of CAA citing that the act is seen as a discrimination against Muslims. The resolution calls on to promote implementing the UNSC resolution on Kashmir. Engagement in a peaceful dialogue by India with various sections of the population is required as per the resolution.
13th edition of International Children’s Film Festival inaugurated at Dhaka, Bangladesh
The 13th edition of International Children’s Film Festival was inaugurated in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The theme of International Children’s Film Festival 2020 is ‘Under The World’ and slogan is “Future in Frames”. The week-long festival will be concluded on January 31, 2020.
Currency- Bangladeshi taka
President– Mohammad Abdul Hamid
Prime Minister- Sheikh Hasina Wazed
BANKING & FINANCE
NABARD predicts Rs 90,395cr credit potential for Odisha in FY21
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), an Apex Development Financial Institution in India, in its State Focus Paper for Odisha, has estimated Odisha’s credit potential at Rs 90,395.69 crore for Financial year FY- 2020-21 with a hike of around 20% over credit projection of 2019-20.
About National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD):
Formation– July 12, 1982
Chairman– Dr. Harsh Kumar Banwala
Government of India has decided to sell 100 percent stake of Air India
Indian Government has decided to sell its 100 percent stake of Air India (AI) under the reconstituted Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism (AISAM) for re-initiated strategic disinvestment of Air India. It includes its 100 percent stake in low-cost airline Air India Express and 50 percent shareholding in joint venture AI SATS Airport Services Private Limited.
About Air India:
Headquartered- New Delhi
CEO-Pradeep Singh Kharola
Domestic Cricket player from Rajasthan Vineet Saxena announces retirement
Rajasthan domestic cricket stalwart Vineet Saxena (39) who played and won Rajasthan’s consecutive Ranji Trophy titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12 has formally announced his retirement. He is the most capped and highest run-getter for Rajasthan in the Ranji trophy. Saxena scored 7,637 runs in 129 first-class matches, which also includes 17 hundreds and 38 fifties.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Bajaj Housing Finance Limited Bags the BFSI Digital Innovation Awards 2020 for Cloud Solutions
Bajaj Housing Finance Limited (BHFL), a 100% subsidiary of Bajaj Finance Limited, had won the ‘BFSI Digital Innovation Award 2020’ for Cloud Solutions. The Express BFSI(Banking,Financial Services &Insurance) Technology Conclave and Awards 2020 held in Pune, Maharashtra which is one of the largest meetings of IT-decision makers, senior executives and partners in India. The function was organized by the Express Computer, an IT (Information Technology) business magazine from the Indian Express Group.
About Bajaj Housing Finance Limited:
Fact- Bajaj Housing Finance Limited (BHFL) has been incorporated as a housing finance company under the Companies Act, 1956, regulated by the National Housing Bank (NHB). It provides finance to builders and developers involved in construction of homes.
Headquarters- Pune, Maharashtra.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Atul Jain.
Chairman & Non-Executive Independent Director– Nanoo Gobindram Pamnani.
Managing Director (MD)- Rajeev Jain.
About Express Computer:
Fact- Express Computer is a part of the Business-to-Business (B2B) unit of The Indian Express Ltd and also one of India’s most respected IT media brands and has been in publication for 30 years.
Assam, Jal Shakti Mission & NDRF wins the best tableaux awards for 71st Republic Day Parade 2020
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh distributed the awards for best tableaux which was conducted on January 26, 2020, during the 71st Republic Day event. There were a total of 22 tableaux including 16 from various states and union territories and the remaining 6 from various ministries and departments.
‘Samvidhaan’ named as Oxford Hindi Word of the Year for 2019
The Oxford University Press (OUP) has named ‘Samvidhaan’ (constitution) as the Oxford Hindi Word of the Year (HWOTY) for 2019. This name received widespread attention in August 2019 with the abrogation of Article 370 and article 35(A) of the Indian Constitution on August 05, 2019. The articles removed special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir.
APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS
Anil Khanna nominated as Life President of Asian Tennis Federation (ATF)
Senior Sports Administrator Anil Khanna was unanimously appointed as Life President of Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) during the meeting of its Board of Directors in Melbourne, Australia. He is also named as the Chairman of the ATF Finance Committee.
About ATF(Asian Tennis Federation):
Headquarters- Continental Federations.
President- Kitsomabat Euammongkol.
Membership- 44 Asian Nations.
Joao Vale de Almeida appointed as the 1st ambassador of EU to United Kingdom
Veteran diplomat Joao Vale de Almeida appointed as the first ambassador of European Union (EU) to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He will assume the office on February 1, 2020 the day after the Brexit(Brexit is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union).
The European Union is a political and economic union of 28 (after brexit 27) member states that are located primarily in Europe. It is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
Currency- Pound Sterling
Sachin Bansal, the independent director of Ujjiv1an Small Finance bank resigns from the post
Sachin Bansal, co-founder of Flipkart has resigned from the independent director of Ujjivan Small Finance bank in the interest of propriety and corporate governance as Navi Technologies’ microfinance arm, Chaitanya India Fin Credit Pvt. Ltd (CIFCPL), owned and controlled by him, has applied for a universal banking licence on January 10, 2020.
Slovenian PM Marjan Sarec announced his resignation
Slovenian Prime Minister (PM) Marjan Sarec has resigned from his post. He leads the party ‘List of Marjan Sarec (LMS)’.