Current Affairs : 28-01-2020 in English

Important Day

  • Theme for International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust (27 January 2020) - "75 years after Auschwitz - Holocaust Education and Remembrance for Global Justice".

Economy

  • This Indian stock exchange has signed a licensing agreement with Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) to use its ‘Brent index’ as the settlement benchmark for the Indian bourse's rupee-denominated brent futures contracts - BSE.

National

  • On 28 January, the 3rd Global Potato Conclave organised in - Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
  • This Chinese smartphone maker has entered into a partnership with Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H) to promote collaborative research on advanced and emerging technologies - OPPO.
  • First Indian company to integrate Maersk spot on its digital platform – FreightBro.

Persons in News

  • First independent farmer in India who won the international patent for the technique (in soil swapping and soil fertility) - Chinthala Venkat Reddy (Telangana).
  • Record of the Year at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards – ‘Bad Guy (Billie Eilish).
  • Album of the year at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards – ‘When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go’ (Billie Eilish).
  • Song of the year at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards – ‘Bad Guy’ (Billie Eilish).
  • Best new artist at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards - Billie Eilish (American Singer).
  • Winner of a Grammy award for the best spoken word album for "Becoming" - Michelle Obama (Former US First Lady).
  • Newly appointed secretary of National Commission for Minorities - B Anand.
  • The government’s director on the board of Indian Bank - Sanjeev Kaushik.
  • New chief executive of Indian Bank's Association (IBA) - Sunil Mehta.

Sports

  • Newly nominated Life President of the Asian Tennis Federation - Anil Khanna.

State Current Affairs

  • The Central government signed an accord with the banned insurgent group National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) in - Assam.
  • This state cabinet passed a resolution setting in motion the process for abolishing the state Legislative Council - Andhra Pradesh.
  • Government eMarketplace (GeM) and this state government signed a MoU to set up a GeM Organizational Transformation Team (GOTT) Project Management Unit (PMU) in the State - Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Assam Power Generation Corporation Ltd (APGCL) will setup a waste-to-energy plant in - Guwahati.

Science

  • World's first commercial green hydrogen project and the world’s largest electrolyser plant - Hyport Oostende in Belgium.

General Knowledge

  • National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was founded in – Originally: 1909 (as Central Malaria Bureau); Renamed: 1963 (as the NICD).
  • World’s oldest remaining asteroid crater – “Yarrabubba” (Meekatharra, Australia).
  • Assam – Capital: Dispur; Statehood: 26 January 1950.
  • Government e-Marketplace (GeM) was launched in - 2016.
  • Indian Bank's Association (IBA) - Founded: 1946 (26 September); Headquarters: Mumbai.
  • Indian Bank - Founded: 1907 (15 August); Headquarters: Chennai.
  • BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) - Founded: 1875 (09 July); Location: Mumbai; Founder: Premchand Roychand.

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