Current Affairs Daily Digest – January 13 2020
1. Ishwar Sharma was honoured with 2020 the Global Child Prodigy Award
Ishwar Sharma from the UK has been honoured with the Global Child Prodigy Award 2020. The award recognized for the achievements in spiritual discipline yoga. He received his Certificate of Achievement at a special event attended by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and Dr. Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, in New Delhi in January 2020.
2. Jasprit Bumrah to receive the Polly Umrigar Award
Indian Cricketer Jasprit Bumrah is selected to receive the Polly Umrigar Award for male category for the year 2018-19. He is awarded for being the best international cricketer at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Annual Awards. It has been scheduled to be held in Mumbai.
3. World Future Energy Summit began on 13 January in Abu Dhabi
The World Future Energy Summit began at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi on 13 January 2020. The theme of the summit is Rethinking Global Consumption, Production, and Investment. The event will be held from 13-16 January 2020 in ADNEC, Abu Dhabi.
The four-day event includes exhibition and forum programs that address energy, solar, water, waste and smart cities. It also focuses on clean energy generation, water sustainability.
4. Nitin Gadkari confer National Highways Excellence Awards
The National Highways Excellence Awards will be conferred by the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Shri Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi on 14 January 2020. The award by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways acknowledges the exceptional work that is done in various aspects of highway management.
5. Lohri day is celebrated on 13 January
Lohri day is celebrated on 13 January every year in India. Lohri is termed as the festival of farmers in Northern India. It is observed a night before Makar Sankranti.
6.GoI to acquire 200 aircraft for Air Force
Centre is planning to acquire around 200 aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). The aim is to cope with the depleting aerial inventories of IAF. The announcement about the acquisition was made by the defence secretary Ajay Kumar.
IAF is also in a move to finalize a contract for 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mark 1 A as the contract for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)-manufactured 83 LCA Tejas Mark 1 A advanced fighter jets are about to be completed.
7. Report says STEM jobs raising in India
One of the job sites, indeed released a report that jobs related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics have increased by 44% between November 2016 and November 2019.
The report said that Delhi led the was with 31% of overall postings. It was also high in other Metros like Mumbai contributing to 21% of the posting, Bengaluru-14%, Pune-12%, Hyderabad-12% and Chennai-10%. The Western region of all part of India has the highest job postings of STEM.
8. Raisina Dialogue to be held New Delhi
The Raisina Dialogue is to be held between January 14, 2020 and January 16, 2020. It is a multilateral conference that is held in New Delhi annually since 2016. The dialogue is organised by the Ministry of External Affairs and Observer Research Foundation.
9. LCA Tejas: The First Indigenous Aircraft to make an arrested Landing
The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas successfully landed on INS Vikramaditya. With this achievement, the LCA becomes the first aircraft to make an arrested landing on a naval ship.
The DRDO (Defence Research Development Organisation) made LCA became the first indogenously made aircraft to land on an aircraft carrier.
10. India Finish 2019 as Number One in the World in the Sport of Shooting
On the back of its sparkling show through 2019, India finished the year as the top shooting nation in the world, leapfrogging Olympic heavyweights China and the USA. In terms of overall medals, the tally stood at 21 gold, six silver and three bronze as India topped all the Rifle-Pistol World Cups and Finals in a unforgettable year.
11. Indian scientists receive award for remarkable research
Indian researchers have received first Merck Young Scientist Award 2019 in Chemical Sciences recently at Bangalore instituted by Merck, a science and technology company operating worldwide. Dr Sakya Singha Sen, a senior scientist from National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune has been awarded for doing remarkable research in chemical science.
The other recipient of the award are Dr Debojyoti Chakraborty, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi (IGIB), Dr Dipyaman Ganguly, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata (CSIR-IICB); Dr Siddhesh S Kamat, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune; Dr Mahendran K .R, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram (RGCB) and; Dr Basker Sundararaju, Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT) Kanpur.
12. IndianOil, OIL tie up for CO2-assisted enhanced oil recovery
IndianOil and Oil India Ltd (OIL) have signed an agreement to collaborate on a CO2-assisted Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) project in Assam. The two will develop Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) as an effective emissions mitigation tool to combat climate change.
13. Scientist Saha elected as IUPAC bureau member
Bipul Behari Saha, a noted chemist has been elected as a bureau member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) for the period 2020-23. Founded 100 years ago, IUPAC is the largest global organization of Chemistry professionals.
14. Bengaluru to host apparel sourcing expo
The three-day International Apparel Sourcing Show will be held between February 20 and 22 at Hotel Sheraton Grand at Whitefield in Bengaluru. Organised by Apparel Resources, the event is expected to be a platform curated on the three pillars — opportunity, knowledge and inspiration.
15. Workshop-cum-exhibition on “Bamboo- A wonder grass” concludes in Jammu
The deliberations of the two-day workshop-cum-exhibition on Bamboo with the aim of creating opportunities for the sustainable development in Jammu and Kashmir concluded today at Jammu.
The workshop-cum-exhibition was organized by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, North Eastern Council, Govt. of India and Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir through Cane and Bamboo Technology Center (CBTC), Guwahati, Assam and the Department of Social Forestry, Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir.
16. BCCI set to appoint Madan Lal, Gautam Gambhir as CAC members
The BCCI is all set to appoint World Cup winning former India players Madan Lal and Gautam Gambhir as members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which will pick selection committees for the next four-year cycle starting 2020.
The third member of the panel is likely to be Mumbai-based woman international Sulakshana Naik, who has played two Tests and 46 ODIs for the country.
17. Australian Wade Ormsby secures Hong Kong Open title
Australian Wade Ormsby completed a wire-to-wire victory at the Hong Kong Open as a final-round 66 lifted the Australian to the title for the second time in three years.
18. Novak Djokovic’s Serbia Beat Rafael Nadal’s Spain to Win Title
Rafael Nadal’s Spain lost to Novak Djokovic’s Serbia in the final of the ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney. Serbia came from behind to defeat Spain with Novak Djokovic starring in both his singles and doubles matches.
Djokovic beat Nadal 6-2, 7-6(4) in the second match of the day after Roberto Bautista Agut beat Dusan Lajovic 7-5, 6-1 in the first match of the tie. Djokovic then paired up with Victor Troicki and defeated Feliciano Lopez and Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-4.