Current Affairs for OAS Prelims 2020: National News

January 2020

  • National Stock Exchange (NSE) Knowledge Hub inaugurated in New Delhi. The Hub will assist the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) sector.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its ‘in principle’ approval for strategic disinvestment of 4 Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) namely Minerals & Metals Trading Corporation (MMTC), MECON, Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) and National Mineral  Development Corporation (NMDC) & 2 Odisha State PSUs namely Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation of Odisha (IPICOL) and Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) in Neelachal Ispat Nigam Limited (NINL).
  • The union cabinet has granted the approval of giving the status of Institution of National Importance to a cluster of Ayurvedic institutions at Gujarat Ayurved University in Jamnagar. Jamnagar Ayurveda University will become the 1st Ayurveda institute to join the ranks of the IIT’s and AIIMS.
  • The Union Government has authorized the amount of Rs 5559 crore as Viability Gap Funding (VGF) or 1656 Km long Indra-dhanush Natural Gas Pipeline Grid project. The project will connect 8 North Eastern states: Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
  • Indian Railways is in the process of installing Internet Protocol (IP) based Video Surveillance System (VSS) at stations to enhance security.
  • Census exercise India-2021 to begin on 1st April 2020 and will end on 30th of September 2020. It will be conducted through a mobile phone application.
  • The “Paperless Licensing Process” has been launched by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), for Petroleum Road Tankers. The process has been launched through Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) & launched under the Petroleum Rules, 2002.
  • The National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (NCCRP) and Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) was inaugurated in New Delhi. NCCRP enables people to report cyber crimes online. I4C will manage all kinds of cyber crimes comprehensively in coordinated manner.
  • India has extended a line of credit of USD 75 million (over Rs 500 crore) to Cuba to finance solar parks in Cuba.
  • The Kolkata Port has been renamed as Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Port on the occasion of 150th years celebration of Kolkata Port Trust.
  • Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan will be inaugurated “Saksham” campaign. “Saksham” is a fuel conservation mega campaign of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA).
  • Union minister for women and child development and Member of Parliament from Amethi, Smriti Irani has launched 3 welfare schemes for women in Goa. The schemes are Yashaswini Scheme for Women Entrepreneurship, Swasthya Sahayak Project and breast cancer screening initiative handheld device facilitating detection of cancer.
  • Union Minister of Steel launched mission PURVODAYA for the development of eastern India through integrated steel hub in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • The Income-Tax Department has launched a 24×7 control room to monitor black money and illegal inducements in poll-bound Delhi.
  • India’s Statue of Unity has become the part of ‘8 Wonders of SCO’ list. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation has included the Statue of Unity in its ‘8 Wonders of SCO’ list.
  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu to inaugurate a new Centre of Excellence for Studies in Classical Telugu on January 21 in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Indian Army Officer Captain Tania Shergill, an officer with Army’s Corps of Signals, will be the first woman parade adjutant for the Republic Day parade.
  • Parshuram Kund Mela begins in Arunachal Pradesh. Parshuram Kund is a Hindu pilgrimage centre situated on the Brahmaputra plateau in the lower reaches of the Lohit River.
  • Super Senior Citizens (over 80 years of age) and PwDs now vote through Postal Ballot in Delhi Assembly Election.
  • Union Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel launched an exhibition titled “Indian Heritage in Digital Space” at National Museum, New Delhi.
  • Union Minister for Heavy Industries Prakash Javadekar inaugurated ELECRAMA 2020 in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
  • 12th National Tribal Youth Exchange Programme was jointly organized by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and Puducherry Government in Puducherry.
  • The Integrated Check-Post (ICP) in Biratnagar has been inaugurated at India-Nepal border with modern facilities like electronic weighbridges, fire safety, warehousing facilities and 24×7 monitoring through CCTV.
  • President of Brazil Jair Messias Bolsonaro will be the chief guest at the 71st Republic Day Parade at Raj Path, New Delhi on 26 January.
  • The Government of India has created “National Startup Advisory Council“ to advise the central government to create a strong ecosystem to nurture innovation and start-ups in India. Commerce Minister will be the chairman of the Council.
  • India’s first Mahatma Gandhi convention centre opens in Niger to honour the memory of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • The Election Commission of India has received the approval from the Union Cabinet to sign MoU with Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission and Independent High Authority for Elections of Tunisia to enhance the cooperation in the field of electoral management and administration.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the agreements in the field of mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, cooperation in the field of early childhood care, oil and natural gas, and Geology and Mineral Resources between India and Brazil.
  • A festival to celebrate the spirit of India “Bharat Parv 2020” has begun at Red Fort Ground in New Delhi. The objective of Bharat Parv is to encourage people to visit different tourist places of the country and to inculcate the spirit of ‘Dekho Apna Desh’. The theme of this year’s Bharat Parv is ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ and ‘Celebrating 150 Years of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Union Minister of State for PMO Jitendra Singh launched the Bhuvan Panchayat V3 web Portal in Anthariksh Bhavan, ISRO Head Quarters in Bengaluru. This web Portal will enhance network application of gram panchayats. The Portal will function with the help of satellite technology developby ISRO.
  • Indian Railways has commissioned India’s 1st governmental waste-to-energy plant in Mancheswar Carriage Repair workshop at Bhubaneswar under the East Coast Railway zone.
  • World’s largest meditation centre was inaugurated at Kanha Shanti Vanam in Hyderabad, Telangana.
  • Minister of State (I/C) for Civil Aviation launched the Biometric enabled Centralised Access  ontrol System (CACS) and ‘e-BCAS Project Training Module’. The two projects aims to enhance security and ease of doing business at airports.
  • NITI Aayog has released the 2nd edition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index. According to the SDG India Index, India’s composite score has improved from 57 in 2018 to 60 in 2019.
  • Bengaluru will host the 107th edition of the Indian Science Congress. It will be the ninth time the  city will host the annual convention. University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bengaluru will host the event.
  • The Election Commission of India has launched a Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System (PPRTMS). The system enables the applicants to track the status of the applications for the party registration.
  • The ISRO Chairman announced that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will establish a 2nd launch port in Thoothukodi district in Tamil Nadu.
  • Kerala became the 1st state in the country to pass a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
  • The Indian Railways has renamed its security force RPF (Railway Protection Force) as Indian Railway Protection Force Service.