Current Affairs : 09-01-2020 in English

Important Day

  • Journalists' Day in Maharashtra - 6 January.

Economy

  • National Statistical Office (NSO) has estimated India's GDP growth rate for 2019-20 at - 5%.
  • To make payments fast and secure, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) launched the platform, called - Vajra.

Environment

  • The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the year 2019 was recorded as the seventh warmest year since - 1901.

International 

  • A ten-day-long art exhibition commemorating 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was inaugurated on 7 January in – DhakaBangladesh.
  • Host country of the fifth edition of the Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference (APDRC5) – India (in Pune).
  • Guest country at the Paris book fair “Livre Paris” which will be organised in March 2020 - India.
  • “Selfie Kingdom (TSK)”, a first-of-its-kind "selfie museum" has been inaugurated in – Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

National

  • On 8 January, the Union Cabinet has given its ex-post-facto approval on the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between Department of Health & Family Welfare (DOHFW) and this foundation on cooperation in the field of Health - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
  • On 8 January, the Union Cabinet has given its approval to confer the status of Institution of National Importance to the - Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar.
  • On 7 January, the 2nd ‘National GST Conference of the Commissioners of State Tax and Chief Commissioners of Central Tax’ was held in - Delhi.
  • UNESCO World Heritage site in India that completed 1,020 years in 2019 - Khajuraho temples.
  • In a first, this Assembly polls will have 11 Artificial Intelligence (AI) equipped polling constituencies - Delhi.
  • The World Regional Rose Convention will be held at the Agri-Horticultural Society of India (AHSI) from 9 January in – Kolkata.
  • The third edition of the Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters will be held between January 30 and February 2 in – Kochi.

Persons in News

  • A book ‘Karmayoddha Granth’ is written on the life of - Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
  • Zoran Milanovic won presidential election in - Croatia.
  • Winner of the Global Child Prodigy Awards 2020 in Dubai - Sucheta Satish (Dubai-based Indian girl who can sing in most languages).
  • Pedro Snchez took the oath as Prime minister of – Spain.
  • India-born author who won UK children's book award for her 'Asha and the Spirit Bird' - Jasbinder Bilan.

Sports

  • The first edition of Khelo India University Games has been scheduled to be held at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University in –Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

State Current Affairs

  • The Vikram Sarabhai Children Innovation Center (VSCIC) will be setup in - Gujarat.
  • The Children's Innovation Festival (CIF) was organised in – Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
  • This state’s Legislative Assembly unanimously passed a resolution urging the Centre for a caste-based Census to find out the population of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) across the country - Maharashtra.

General Knowledge

  • Father of Marathi Journalism - Balshastri Jambhekar.
  • National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) - Founded: 2008; Headquarters: Mumbai.
  • India Meteorological Department (IMD) was founded in – 1875.
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - Founded: 1946 (4 November); Headquarters: Paris, France.
  • Agri-Horticultural Society of India (AHSI) – Founded: 1820; Founder: Dr William Carey; Location: Kolkata, WB.

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