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                 NATIONAL AFFAIRS

NEST division is formed by Ministry of External Affairs

New, Emerging and Strategic Technologies (NEST) 

 About MEA:
External Affairs Minister of India- Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (Constituency- Gujarat)
House- Rajya Sabha

KVIC’s 1st Silk Processing Plant opens in Gujarat to boost Patola Saree production

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) 

The Plant was set up at a cost of Rs 75 lakh by Khadi institution where RS 60 lakh was contributed by KVIC.

About KVIC:
Chairman- V K Saxena
Headquarters- Mumbai
About Gujarat:
Chief Minister- Vijay Rupani
Governor- Acharya Devvrat

Department of Heavy Industries sanctioned 2636 EV charging stations across the country

FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India)

Overview of PM Modi’s 2-day visit to Karnataka

Prime Minister was inaugurating the 107th Indian Science Congress (ISC) at the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) in Bengaluru.
The theme of ISC for the year 2020 was “Science and Technology: Rural Development”.

Indian Science, Technology and Engineering Facilities Map (I-STEM) website  launched

About Karnataka:
Chief minister- Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yediyurappa.
Governor- Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala.

1st of-its kind turtle rehab centre comes up in Bihar
About Bihar:
Capital- Patna.
Chief Minister- Nitish Kumar.
Governor- Phagu Chauhan.
National parks- Valmiki National park.

India and Pakistan exchanged list of Nuclear Installations in their countries
About Pakistan:
Capital- Islamabad.
Largest city- Karachi.

Currency- Pakistani rupee.
President- Arif-ur-Rehman Alvi.
Prime Minister- Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi.

                  BANKING & FINANCE

Exim Bank grants $75 mn line of credit to Cuba for solar parks

for financing 75 MW (megawatt) Photovoltaic Solar Parks.

About Exim Bank:Founded– 1 January 1982
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director- David Rasquinha
About Cuba:Capital– Havana
Currency– Peso (CUP)

RevFin partners with PNB MetLife to provide life insurance to its customers

This insurance covers loans up to Rs 3 lakh for a period of 3 years.

About RevFin:Formation– 16 March 2018
Headquarters– NewDelhi
CEO– Sameer Aggarwal
About PNB MetLife India Insurance Company:Founded– 2001
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD& CEO– Ashish Kumar Srivastava

CSC signed pact with Paytm Payments Bank for sale of FASTags

About CSC e-governance service India ltd:

* Chief Executive Officer (CEO)- Dinesh Tyagi.

About Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL):

Fact- it is India’s only mobile first bank with zero balance digital transaction charge accounts.
Chairman- Vijay Shekar Sharma.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Managing Director (MD)- Satish Kumar Gupta.

               ECONOMY & BUSINESS

India’s foreign exchange reserve touches a record level of $457.46 bn: RBI

According to the “Bulletin Weekly Statistical Supplement – Extract” released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

               AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Dubai-based Indian singer, Sucheta Satish wins Global child prodigy award 2020

who sings in 120 languages

She was awarded by Puducherry Leutenant (Lt) Governor Kiran Bedi.


North Macedonia PM Zoran Zaev submitted his resignation
About North Macedonia:
Capital- Skopje
Currency- Macedonian denar 

                    SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

ISRO sets its fourth RAC-S in Karnataka

(ISRO) sets its fourth Regional Academic Centre for Space (RAC-S) at the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NIT-K) at Surathkal in Mangaluru taluk.

About ISRO:
Chairman- K Sivan
Headquarters- Bengaluru
ISRO CPBO director- Dr P V Venkitakrishnan


Paddlefish of China’s Yangtze River, declared as extinct


India’s Manav Thakkar, jumped 9 spots to No.1 in U-21 table tennis category

from Uttar Pradesh

About ITTF:(International Table Tennis Federation)
Headquarters- Lausanne, Switzerland.
President- Thomas Weikert.


NBA( National Basketball Association) David Joel Stern of New York, US dead at 77

Tamra Patra awardee Centenarian Freedom fighter Bhim Chandra Jana dies at 107

Former Tamil Nadu Assembly speaker, P.H. Pandian passes away at the age of 74

                        IMPORTANT DAYS

World Braille Day 2020 is observed on January 4

* To mark the remembrance of Louis Braille who invented Braille script which helps the visually disable persons to read as well as to write. 

                             STATE NEWS

CM Jagan Mohan reddy inaugurates YSR Aarogyasri scheme at Eluru, Andhra pradesh

India welcomes highest number of New born babies on first day of 2020, Surpasses China: UNICEF