Current Affairs : 08-01-2020 in English

Defence

  • This Indian force will observe 2020 as the 'year of mobility' - Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
  • On-going ‘Naseem-Al-Bahr’ exercise in Goa is the bilateral naval exercise between India and - Oman.

Economy

  • India’s first urban cooperative bank which has got in-principle approval from RBI to convert into a small finance bank - Shivalik Mercantile Cooperative Bank Ltd (Uttar Pradesh).
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has permitted this type of banks to offer foreign exchange prices to users at all times - category-I banks.

National

  • Default setting for all room air conditioners (from Jan 1, 2020) which was notified by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) – 24 degree Celsius.
  • The second phase of Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0 rolled out at block level in 35 districts of - Uttar Pradesh.
  • The 31st International Kite Festival has been launched in – Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • Fifth Railway station in the country and first in North India which have Navigation facilities for visually impaired – Chandigarh railway station, Punjab.
  • According to the ICMR’s report on sugar intake of India, city which recorded with the highest sugar intake - Mumbai.
  • The Farmers Science Congress was organised in - Bengaluru.
  • Country's world-class facility for training astronauts will be setup in – Challakere (Chitradurga district, Karnataka).
  • New World Boddh Museum and Educational Institution will be started in - Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh.

Persons in News

  • World's youngest democratically elected leader heading an unlikely coalition with the Greens - Sebastian Kurz (Austria).
  • New Chairman of the Apparel Export Promotion Council of India (AEPC) - A Sakthivel.
  • Former commander of the Army's Western Command who secured Siachen victory in 1984, died in Chandigarh on 6 January 2020 - Lt Gen P N Hoon.

Sports

  • The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has disaffiliated this association for violating its constitution and guidelines - Karate Association of India.
  • Face of the third edition of the 10PL-World Cup of tennis ball cricket which to be held in Sharjah from 8-13 March 2020 - Dwayne Bravo (West Indies all-rounder).
  • World Number-1 in the U-21 category, according to the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings - Manav Thakkar.

State Current Affairs

  • New Assembly Speaker of Jharkhand - Ravindra Nath Mahto (from Nala constituency).
  • The fourth 'Buxa Bird Festival' has begun in Buxa National Park in - Alipurduar district, West Bengal.
  • On 6 January, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launched 478 developmental schemes worth Rs 727.93 crore during the 'Jagrukta Sammelan' in - Araria district.
  • This state government is organising ‘Zo Kutpui festival’ across 10 states in the country and also in other countries – Mizoram
  • The first edition of ‘Zo Kutpui festival’ will be inaugurated on 9 January 2020 in – Vanghmun, Tripura.

Science

  • There are currently around ______ active satellites orbiting our planet, according to the Satellite Industry Association - 2,100.

General Knowledge

  • The ‘Intensified Mission Indradhanush’ was launched by Government of India in - 2017.
  • Satellite Industry Association – Formed: 1995; Located: Washington, D.C.
  • International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) - Founded: 1926; Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was founded in – 1927.
  • Apparel Export Promotion Council of India (AEPC) was incorporated in – 1978.
  • Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) - Founded: 1948; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was established in – 1969 (10 March).

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