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CURRENT AFFAIRS JANUARY 3

                                       INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS


 Pacific Island Nation Palau becomes first nation in the world to ban ‘reef-toxic’ sun cream

The sun cream consists of oxybenzone and octinoxate absorbs UV (UltraViolet) rays which causes water more acidic, makes corals susceptible to bleaching and agitating fish stocks.

* Following Palau, Hawaii bans sun cream comes into effect from 2021.

Palau Capitals- Ngerulmud, Melekeok.
Tommy Remengesau- Palau’s President.
Currency- United States Dollar.


 UNICEF:2019 concluded as deadly decade for children in conflict; >1.7lac grave violations verified 

About United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF):
Formation- 11 December 1946.
Headquarters- New York City, USA(United States of America).
Executive Director- Henrietta Holsman Fore.

                                           NATIONAL AFFAIRS

 30% of Poshan Abhiyaan funds used in 3 years as per data shared in parliament

the data shared by Minister for Women and Child Development (MoWCD) Smriti Irani in the Parliament.

Best performer-Mizoram
Worst performer-Punjab
 Indian Railways launches integrated helpline number 139 for passengers

It is an integrated form of existing helpline numbers (except 182).

The helpline number will be available in 12 languages.

About Indian Railways:
Headquarters– New Delhi
Founded– 16th April 1853
Minister of Railways– Piyush Goyal
Minister of state for Railways– Suresh Angadi

 Gujarat CM unveiled world’s 2nd tallest statue of Vallabhbhai Patel in Ahmedabad

This bronze statue which is 50 feet tall weighing 70,000 kilograms was built at a cost of Rs 3.25 crores.

Padma Bhushan awardee Ram Vanji Sutar(Sculptor) who designed the world’s tallest statue has built this world’s second tallest statue too.

The world’s tallest statue known as the ‘statue of unity’ of Sardar Patel was built at Kevadiya in Narmada district of Central Gujarat. Its height is 182 meters (597 ft) and was built at a cost of Rs 3000 crores.

About Gujarat:
Capital- Gandhinagar.
Cultural Capital- Vadodara.
Governor- Acharya Devvrat
Chief minister- Vijay Rupani.
National Parks (NP)- Gir Forest NP, Blackbuck NP, Marine NP, Vansda NP.

 Ritualistic Festival ‘Lai Haroba’ begins in Tripura

Tripura- Agartala.
CM- Biplab Kumar Deb.
Governor- Ramesh Bias

 10k cameras to be used for 2020 Asiatic lion census in Gujarat

The Wildlife Institute of India (WII),an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate change(MoFCC), is set to conduct the Asiatic Lion Census in May 2020 by using around 8,000-10,000 cameras across 25,000 sqkm (Square kilometre) area spanning 7 districts in Gujarat.

 Odisha govt launches India’s 1st  e-Gazette portal for all gazette notifications

The portal was launched by Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy.

About Odisha:Capital– Bhubaneswar
Governor– Ganeshi Lal
Chief Minister– Naveen Patnaik
Sweet– Rasagola
Dance– Odissi

                                         ECONOMY & BUSINESS

 DPIIT: FDI inflows rose 15% to $26 Bn in 1st half of FY2020; Singapore largest FDI source of India

Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT)

India to place restrictions on non-essential imports from China by March 2020

The new rules will be spearheaded by Union trade minister Shri Piyush Goyal.

Trade deficit with China: India’s trade deficit with China stands at $53.6 billion.


                                        BANKING & FINANCE

 BoB joins hands with JM Financial for co-lending to home buyers

About Bank of Baroda (BoB):Founded- 20 July 1908
Headquarters- Vadodara, Gujarat
Non-Executive Chairman- Hasmukh Adhia
Tagline- India’s International Bank.
About JM Financial Home Loans Limited (JMFHL):Formation– 16 December 2016.
Headquarters– Mumbai,Maharashtra
CEO– Manish Sheth

                                AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS


1. Britain’s Prince William Arthur Philip Louis unveils prize for climate innovation 

About UK:
Capital– London
Currency– Pound Sterling
Prime Minister– Boris Johnson

 2. Cristiano Ronaldo bags best men’s player title at 11th Dubai Globe Soccer Awards 2019 in Dubai.


3. 14 scientists conferred with Swarna Jayanti fellowships for 2018-19 


                              APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATION

 Prof Suresh Chandra Sharma was appointed as the 1st Chairman of NMC

Sharma was the head of ENT(ears, nose, throat) head-surgery department of AIIMS(All India Institute of Medical Sciences) in New Delhi

 Hillary Rodham Clinton appointed as 11th and 1st female Chancellor of UK’s Queen’s University

About UK:
i.Prime Minister- Boris Johnson
ii.Capital- London
iii.Currency- Pound Sterling


                                  ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS


 Mastercard acquires RiskRecon to strengthen its cybersecurity front

About RiskRecon:Founded– 2011
Headquarters– Salt Lake City, United States
CEO & Co-Founder- Kelly White
About Mastercard:
Founded- 1966 (as Interbank Card Association) &1979 (as Mastercard)
Headquarters- New York, U.S.
President and CEO– Ajaypal Singh Banga


                                    SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

1. President released mobile app “Telangana Red Cross” of Red Cross Society of India in Telangana

2. ISRO to set its 2nd launch port in Thoothukodi district of Tamil Nadu

Gaganyaan Mission:
India’s first manned mission to outer space Ganganyaan is targeted to launch in 2022. Selection of Astronaut is over and four men selected from Indian Air Force will leave to Russia for the training.

About ISRO:
Chairman- K Sivan
Headquarters- Bengaluru


                                                 SPORTS


1. For the first time Lawn bowls & Cycling to be included in 3rd Khelo India Games 2020 to be held in Guwahati, Assam

Headquarters- New Delhi
Chief Executive Officer- Avinash Joshi

2. Indian chess grandmaster Koneru humpy finishes 12th in FIDE World Blitz competition 2019 held in Moscow, Russia

About FIDE:Formation– July 20, 1924
Headquarters– Lausanne, Switzerland
President– Arkady Dvorkovich

3. MS Dhoni named captain of ESPNCricinfo’s ODI and T20 teams of past decade; Virat as captain of their test team

 On the other hand, Former skipper Mithali Raj and fast bowler Jhulan Goswami were named in the same women’s team picked for both the ODIs and T20s.

Australia’s inspirational cricketer, Meg Lanning was named the captain of the side.


                                            IMPORTANT DAYS


1.World Health Organisation designated 2020 as International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

in honour of 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.


                                              STATE NEWS

1. ‘Cyber Safe Women’ campaign launched in Maharashtra by state cyber police

to mark the birth anniversary of a social reformer, Savitribai Phule in Maharashtra.

About Maharashtra:
Chief Minister- Uddhav Thackeray
Governor- Bhagat Singh Koshyari
Capital City- Mumbai

2. K-RERA’ launched in Kerala to bring transparency in real estate sector

K-RERA (Kerala Real Estate Regulatory Authority)

About Kerala:
Chief Minister- Pinarayi Vijayan
Governor- Arif Mohammad Khan
Capital City- Thiruvananthapuram

3. Telangana govt declared 2020 as AI year and signs 8 MoU

with various companies and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) to make way for technological advancements in the state.

About Telangana:
Capital- Hyderabad.
Governor- Tamilisai Soundararajan.
Chief minister- Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.
National Parks (NP)- Mrugavani NP, Mahavir Harina Vanasthali NP.

4. Delhi gets First 20-feet-tall  Smog Tower to Help Tackle Rising Levels of Air Pollution at Lajpat Nagar.