Current Affairs Daily Digest – January 30 2020
1. World Sustainable Development Summit organized by TERI first time in New Delhi
The World Sustainable Summit is an annual event organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). It is being organized since 2001. The event has become a premier international event focusing on developing actions.
The event is to be held between January 29, 2020 and January 31, 2020. This year, the event is being held at New Delhi. The theme of the event is Theme: ‘Towards 2030: Making the Decade Count’.
2. NITI Aayog’s Aspirational District Ranking released: Chandauli of UP tops
NITI Aayog released the ranking of Aspirational Districts of the country for the month of December 2019. The ranking is released every month. The Chandauli district of UP topped the list followed by Bolangir of Odisha, YSR (AP) in second and third positions respectively.
Sahibanj of Jhatkhand and Hailakandi of Assam were placed in fourth and fifth places. The rankings were done for 112 aspirational districts. The districts were selected from six developmental areas in December 2019.
3. Indian Coast Guard commissions high speed interceptor boat in Mangaluru
Indian Coast Guard commissioning a high-speed interceptor boat in Mangaluru on January 29. The water-jet-propelled vessel deployed for patrolling and rescue operations. The 500 nautical miles at 20 knots and is capable of doing speeds of up to 45 knots.
The boat fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment which designed for high-speed interception close-coast patrol low-intensity maritime operations search-and-rescuee, and marine surveillanc
4. World largest meditation centre inaugurates in Telangana
A one lakh capacity meditation center claimed to be the world’s largest such facility was inaugurated at the global headquarters of the Heartfulness Institute and the Shri Ram Chandra Mission (SRCM) in Hyderabad. The center can accommodate one lakh meditation practitioner who was unveiled in the presence of Yoga guru Baba Ramdev and other dignitaries to mark the 75th anniversary of the formation of Ram Chandra Mission and Heartfulness Institute.
5. World Neglected Diseases day observed on January 30
January 30 is to be marked as World Neglected Diseases day. This is the first time World NTD Day is marked. Aim of the Day The day creates awareness in addressing tropical diseases.
Cause of the disease Pathogens cause the Neglected Tropical Diseases. They are common in low-income country America. According to the WHO organization, 20 health conditions are considered as Neglected Diseases. seases
6. DRDO on setting up technology centre at Gujarat University
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is exploring the possibility of setting up a center for advanced defence technology at the Gujarat University’s upcoming Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Extension and Research and Innovation (CERI). Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama was the guest of honor expressed disappointment that in the world’s top 200 universities, there is none from India.
7. NASA spacecraft breaks its own record with another swing by the sun
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe took one step closer to the sun when it executed its fourth flyby of our star. This is the first such maneuver called a perihelion that the spacecraft has completed since swinging past Venus in December, a move that shrank the probe’s orbit.
The Parker Solar Probe’s trajectory carried the warhead within about 11.6 million miles (18.6 million kilometers) of the sun, more than 3 million miles (5 million km) closer than previous flybys.
8. Assam Rifles builds war memorial in Nagaland for 357 martyrs
Assam Rifles constructed a combined war memorial in Nagaland for the 357 Army and Assam Rifles personnel killed. At the same time, fighting insurgency in the northeastern state. The monument was built at Mokokchung, which is also the cultural and intellectual center of Nagaland. Nagaland saw decades of rebellion, leading to loss of lives for the security forces and Naga insurgents.
9. NCRB launches two online national level services related to search of missing persons
National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) launches Police Citizen centric services on the CCTNS platform. The Director, Intelligence Bureau, Shri Arvind Kumar, presided over the launch function. These online services will help citizens in searching their Missing Persons and Generating Vehicle NOC. The services can be accessed through ‘digitalpolicecitizenservices.gov.in’ portal or a link in the existing ‘Digital Police Portal.’
10. Nepal creates Guinness World Record for highest altitude fashion show event
Nepal has set an all-new Guinness World Record for the highest altitude fashion show event. Mount Everest Fashion Runway organized by RB Diamonds and KASA Style in support of the Nepal Tourism Board held at 5340 meters (17515 ft) elevation at Kala Patthar near the Everest base camp on January 26.
The event part of the Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign of the Nepal Tourism Board. Various Models from various parts of the world including Finland, Italy, Sri Lanka, and Singapore, participated in the show. The main aim behind the fashion gala was to raise awareness about climate change as well as to promote sustainable fashion
11. ICICI Bank launches iBox facility
ICICI Bank has launched a self-service delivery tool for customers called the iBox. Using the new facility, ICICI Bank customers can collect their deliverables like debit cards, credit cards, cheque book and returned-cheques from the bank branch near to their home or office.
12. Horticulture output to be 313 million tonnes in 2019-20: First advance estimates
Total horticulture production in 2019-20 is expected to be 313.35 million tonnes (mt), about 0.84 per cent higher than 2018-19, according to first advance estimates released.
As per the final estimates, also released, the total horticulture production of the country in 2018-19 was estimated to be 310.74 mt, only marginally higher than the previous year.
13. Bengaluru Has World’s Worst Traffic, 4 Indian Cities In Top 10: Report
India has topped the TomTom Traffic Index 2019 with 4 of its cities amongst the 10 most congested cities globally. Bengaluru (71%), Mumbai (65%), Pune (59%) and New Delhi (56%) ranks 1st, 4th, 5th and 8th respectively.
The other global cities featured amongst the top 10 include Manila from the Philippines, Bogota from Colombia, Moscow from Russia; Lima from Peru, Istanbul from Turkey, and Jakarta from Indonesia.
14. Google Pay introduces UPI recharge option for FASTag
In a bid to help its users recharge their FASTag accounts faster, Google Pay announced that it has added a new Unified Payments Interface (UPI) feature that will let them link FASTag accounts to the Google Pay app and recharge and track their payments.
According to the company, to recharge their FASTag accounts, users need to open their Google Pay app, look for the FASTag category under the “Bill Payments” section and select the bank that has issued their FASTag.
15. SBI takes over as lead financier of Navi Mumbai Airport project
State Bank of India has taken over as the lead financier for India’s costliest airport project planned to be set up in Navi Mumbai, said multiple people aware of the development.
SBI has agreed to disburse a term loan and facilitate the much-delayed financial closure of the Rs 16,000-crore Navi Mumbai International Airport, to be built by the GVK PowerNSE & Infra-led consortium that runs the commercial capital’s current airport, which is India’s second busiest and most congested.
16. Martyrs Day 2020: Remembering Mahatma Gandhi on his 72nd death anniversary
In India, five days are declared as Martyrs Day in honour of those who laid down their lives for the nation. Of these, the first falls on January 30, the day when Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse in 1948.
Mahatma Gandhi led the struggle for Independence that culminated in India getting freedom from British rule on August 15, 1947. Bapu, as he was lovingly called, played one of the most prominent roles in India’s freedom struggle through non-violence and peaceful methods.