Current Affairs : 20-01-2020 in English

Economy

  • According to the World Gold Outlook 2020 report, RBI’s rank in buying gold from abroad – sixth.
  • According to the World Gold Outlook 2020 report, world’s largest country in buying gold from abroad – China (followed by Russia, Kazakhstan).
  • This stock exchange has become the world’s largest exchange by trading volumes, outpacing US-based CME group - National Stock Exchange (NSE) of India (6 billion contracts traded volume in 2019).
  • World’s largest derivatives market place - US-based CME group.

International 

  • The agreement between Myanmar and this country was signed to implement the deep seaport project called Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone - China.
  • This country hosted 'Sweet Marathon' for tourists – Japan (in Osaka).

National

  • The Ministry of Earth Science has launched this project to identify the earthquake-prone areas based on its geological and geophysical characteristics - Seismic Hazard Microzonation project.
  • This state has secured the top for parameters on water efficiency targets which was set by the ministry of Jal Shakti - Gujarat.
  • A Conference of the Chief Secretaries and Administrator State and Union Territories on Census 2021 and updating of National Population Register (NPR) was held in - New Delhi.

Persons in News

  • Present Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India - Dr Vivek Joshi.
  • World’s shortest man who passes away - Khagendra Thapa Magar (67.08cm or 2 feet 2.41 inches).
  • World’s shortest man after late Khagendra Thapa Magar - Colombia’s Edward "Nino" Hernandez (70.21 cm).
  • Australia has conferred the ‘Order of Australia’ honour to - Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (Biocon founder).
  • Newly appointed chairperson of the executive council of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) - Nripendra Misra.
  • Newly appointed vice-chairperson of the executive council of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) – Dr. A Surya Prakash (chairperson of the Prasar Bharati board).

Sports

  • Winner of the 7th edition of the Mumbai marathon for the full marathon elite category - Derrara Hurisa (22-year-old Ethiopian).
  • Winner of the 7th edition of the Mumbai marathon for the International Elite Full Marathon Women's category - Ethiopia's Amane Beriso.
  • Winner of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL) Twenty20 trophy in Dhaka - Rajshahi Royals.

State Current Affairs

  • Indian Railway has decided to replace Urdu language on all signboards at platforms in Uttarakhand with - Sanskrit.

Science

  • World's first diagnostic test for the coronavirus is developed by a researchers from - German Centre for Infection Research.

General Knowledge

  • The Guinness Book of World Records was co-founded by twin brothers Norris and Ross McWhirter in London in - 1954.
  • Australia - Capital: Canberra; Currency- Australian dollar.
  • World’s longest river – Nile (runs through 11 countries in Africa).
  • Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) was founded in - 2006 (18 January).
  • World Gold Council (WGC) - Founded: 1987; Headquarters: London, United Kingdom.

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