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CURRENT AFFAIRS JANUARY 1 AND 2

                          NATIONAL AFFAIRS


kerala assembly passes anti-CAA resolution in Assembly

  • On 31st December 2019, the Kerala Government has passed a resolution to roll back the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that was passed during this winter session of Parliament.
  • The Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 was passed in December 2019. The act amended the Citizenship act passed in 1955. It allows Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Christians, and Parsi religious minorities to gain Indian citizenship.

NITI Aayog Releases SDG India Index and Dashboard 2019 

  • According to the SDG India Index, India’s composite score has improved from 57 in 2018 to 60 in 2019.
  • India is the first country in the world with a government-led, sub-national measure of progress on Sustainable Development Goals.

 India's Second Spaceport to be in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukdi: ISRO Chief


  • The country's first spaceport is at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, about 90 km northeast of Chennai.
  • Thoothukudi is about 600 km southeast of Chennai.The new location is ideal for launching smaller satellites of less than 500 kg in the sun-synchronous orbit.
 Indore tops national cleanliness rankings for first two quarters
  • 1-10 lakh population: Among cities with 1-10 lakh population, Jamshedpur (Jharkhand) ranked 1st in both quarter 1 and quarter 2.
2019-2025 National Infrastructure Pipeline report: Rs 102 lakh crore infrastructure plan 
unveiled
  • Based on the information compiled by the task force headed by Economic Affairs Secretary Atanu Chakraborty, Rs 102 lakh crores has been projected on the capital expenditure in infrastructure sectors in India during the fiscals 2020 to 2025.  
Government creates new Department of military affairs headed by Bipin Rawat
  • The DMA is the 5th department in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and was created after a change in Government of India (Allocation of Business), Rules 1961.
  • Chief of Army Staff- Manoj Mukund Naravane.
  • Chief of the Naval Staff- Admiral Karambir Singh.
  • Chief of the Air Staff – Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria.
Centre sets up 7-member GoM led by Rajnath singh to review crop insurance scheme-PMFBY
{Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana}

The group also includes Home Minister (HM) Amit Shah and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Minister of State for Agriculture, Finance, Tribal Affairs and Animal Husbandry.

For the 1st time, Vizag  to host 14th Global healthcare summit in 2021

The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), a professional association for Indian American physicians, is set to organize a 3-days long 14th Global Healthcare Summit (GHS) in Visakhapatnam,Andhra Pradesh(AP) from January 3, 2021 for the 1st time.

            BANKING & FINANCE

 RBI launched ‘MANI’ App for visually challenged to Identify currency Denomination

 The full form of ‘MANI’ is the “Mobile Aided Note Identifier”.
MANI application scans currency notes using camera and gives audio output in Hindi and English.

India may overtake Germany to become the fourth-largest economy by 2026

It also estimated that India will overtake Japan as the third-largest economy by 2034. 


CAD slips to 0.9% of GDP in July-Sept 2019 from 2.9% :RBI

On December 31, 2019, According to the report “Developments in India’s Balance of Payments during the Second Quarter (July-September) of 2019-20” released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), India’s current account deficit (CAD) decreased to 0.9 % of gross domestic product (GDP) or $6.3 billion in July-September 2019 quarter due to the economic slowdown that helped the country improve its export and import balance sheet.
It was 2.9 % of GDP or $19 billion in the corresponding quarter of 2018-19.

           AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS  

Piyuus jaiswal wins Global Bihar excellence award 2019

Previously he was honoured with humanitarian award with the Global Peace Excellence Humanitarian Award 2019 & Page 3 Award in 2018.

Telangana’s mountaineer Malavath Poorna: 1st and youngest tribal women in the World to scale 6 mountain peaks in 6 continents

Sekhar Babu Bachinepally is her coach.
’Poorna’,a biography of Poorna Malavath was written by Aparna Thota.

                 APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATION

VK Yadav to continue as Railway board chairman for one more year

About Railway Ministry:
Union minister- Piyush Goyal.
Ministers of State(MoS)- Suresh Angadi.
Headquarters- New Delhi.
Founded- 16 April 1853.
Divisions- 73.
Zones- 17.

Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha gets 1 year extension

About Election Commission(EC):
Headquarters- New Delhi.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC)- Sunil Arora .
First Executive- Sukumar Sen.
Preceding Executive- Om Prakash Rawat.
Formed- 25 January 1950.

S Sundar appointed as interim MD&CEO and additional director of Lakshmi Vilas Bank

About LVB:
Non-Executive Chairman- B K Manjunath
Headquarters- Chennai; 
Tagline– The changing face of prosperity

HDFC gets requisite approval to hold a 51.2% stake in Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company

  • The total value of the deal is Rs. 1,347 crore in which HDFC will acquire 50.8% from the Apollo Hospitals group for Rs 1,336 crore and remaining will be paid to the employees of Apollo group to purchase their stake of 0.4% in the company.
  • Apollo Munich Health Insurance is a joint venture between Apollo Hospitals and German reinsurer Munich Re Group while HDFC runs HDFC Ergo General Insurance Co, a joint venture with Ergo International AG, the primary insurance entity of Munich Re.
                 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

IAF chief formally inducted Dornier 228 aircraft into No. 41 Squadron in New Delhi

A contract has been signed by Indian Air Force (IAF) for purchasing 14 Dornier aircraft in 2015, which are flight inspection system planes, for Rs 1,090 Crore from state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

                              SPORTS

India women’s hockey player Sunita Lakra {odisha}announces her retirement due to knee injury breakdown

              STATE NEWS

UPSRTC launched ‘Damini’ helpline service for women in Uttar Pradesh

  • As the extension of ‘Nirbhaya Yojana’ the unique number “81142-77777” has been subscribed for this helpline, which was launched by transport minister Ashok Kataria in Lucknow, UP.
  • On November 2019, web portal and e-Ganna app was launched for the sugarcane farmers by the Chief Minister of UP.
Natyasurya Awardee dramatist Ratna Ojha passed away at 88 in Assam

On December 31, 2019, renowned Assamese dramatist, writer and social activist Ratna Ojha passed away in Guwahati, Assam. He was 88. He took part in an ongoing protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.