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CURRENT AFFAIRS OF JANUARY 8

                                                            



                                                          
          Quote of the day
             
                            “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”



     INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India ranks 34th on World Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) 2019

Top 3 countries of the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s World Travel, Tourism Competitiveness Index for the year 2019 are:
i.Spain.
ii.France.
iii.Germany.


About Ministry of Tourism (India):
Founded- 1967.
Headquarters- New Delhi.
Minister of State for Tourism and Culture- Shri Prahlad Singh Patel.



   ECONOMY & BUSINESS


 SBI revised India’s GDP projection to 4.6% for FY 20 from previous 5% 

* it is also called Ecowrap report

About State Bank of India(SBI):
Formation- 1 July 1955.
Chairperson- Rajnish Kumar.
Headquarters- Mumbai.
Tagline- The banker to every Indian; With you- all the way; A bank of the common man; Pure banking, nothing else.

GoM chaired by Amit shah clears EOI & share purchase agreement for privatization of Air India


    AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS


Forbes India’s “20 people to watch in 2020” list: 7 Indians featured; Indian origin Hassan Minhaj from US tops 

Two persons from Bihar namely Prashant Kishor-12th place (Poll strategist and JD(U) national vice-president) & Kanhaiya Kumar -16th (former JNU Students’ Union president) were the biggest name in the list.


    NATIONAL AFFAIRS

107th Indian Science Congress held in Bengaluru, Karnataka

The theme of ISC for the year 2020 was “Science and Technology: Rural Development”.

Prime Minister also launched the Indian Science Technology and Engineering facilities Map (I-STEM) Portal during ISC.

Farmers Science congress conducted for the 1st time:


India hosts Asia Pacific drosophila research conference 1st time; 5th edition overall

* in pune, Maharashtra.

About Maharashtra:
Governor- Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
Chief minister- Uddhav Thackeray.
Capital- Mumbai.
National Parks(NP)- Tadoba NP, Sanjay Gandhi NP, Chandoli NP, Gugamal NP.


2nd National GST Conference to streamline GST system held in New Delhi


31st International Kite Festival launched in Ahmedabad, Gujarat 

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has inaugurated the colourful kite festival 

Static About Festivals:
Lai Haraoba festival- Tripura.
Hornbill festival- Nagaland.
Lohri festival- Punjab.

Gujarat to set up Vikram Sarabhai Children Innovation Center 

About Gujarat:
Chief Minister- Vijay Rupani
Governor- Acharya Devvrat


About UNICEF:
Founded- December 11, 1946
Headquarters- New York, United States
Executive Director- Henrietta H. Fore



J&K registers highest Inpatient Department (IPD) care in the country 

About J &k:
Lieutenant Governor- Shri Girish Chandra Murumu.
National Park(NP)- Hemis NP, Dachigam NP, Kazinag NP, Kishtwar NP, Salim Ali NP.


Eight Crore farmer families benefited under PM Kisan Scheme

The scheme was launched on 24 February 2019 by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

About Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Ministry:
Headquarters- New Delhi.
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare- Shri Narendra Singh Tomar.
Minister of State- Shri Parshottam Rupala,Shri kailash Choudhary.

2nd phase of Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0 begins in Uttar Pradesh



    APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATION

Former PM Zoran Milanovic wins Croatia presidential polls

About Croatia:
Capital- Zagreb.
Currency- Croatian Kuna.
Prime Minister- Andrej Plenkovic.


Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez re-elected as the PM of Spain

About Spain:
Capital– Madrid
Currency– Euro

A Sakthivel appointed as the new Chairman of Apparel Export Promotion Council of India (AEPC)

About AEPC:
Founded- 1978
Headquarters- Gurgaon, Haryana.



    SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Gaganyaan Mission: ISRO to launch  “Indian Data Relay Satellite System (IDRSS)” for space communication purpose


NASA Discovers Potentially Habitable Earth-Sized World “TOI 700 d” in Star’s ‘Goldilocks’ Zone 


    SPORTS

NADA bans Weightlifter Sarbjeet Kaur for four years

About National Anti Doping Agency (NADA):
CEO- Navin Agarwal
Founded- November 24, 2005
Headquarters- New Delhi



    OBITUARY

Veteran Odissi Danseuse Padma Shri Minati Mishra passes away at 91


Former Vellore Lok Sabha MP R.P. Ulaganambi passed away at 82


    BOOKS & AUTHORS



Union Home Minister Amit Shah released a book ‘Karmayoddha Granth’ on the life of PM Modi



     STATE NEWS



Maharashtra celebrates January 6, 2020, as State’s Journalists’ Day 

It was celebrated in the memory of late thespian journalist Balshastri Jambhekar.

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

Static Gk:
National Journalism Day- 17th November.
World Press Freedom Day- 3rd May.