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Sunday, January 5, 2020


1.    IR integrated helpline number 139
ü The indian Railways launched an integrated helpline number 139 for quick grievance and enquiries by the passengers during journeys.The helpline number will be available in 12 languages and it will be based on an interactive voice response system

2.    world’s 2nd tallest statue of Vallabhbhai Patel
ü Vijay Rupani unveiled the world’s 2nd largest statue of Sardar vallabhbhai Patel at Sardardham campus near Vaishnodevi circle in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. This bronze statue which is 50 feet tall weighing 70,000 kilograms was built at a cost of Rs 3.25 crores.

3.    First nation in the world to ban ‘reef-toxic’ sun cream
ü Palau has become the first nation to ban sun cream which damages the coral reefs, sea life and are toxic to juvenile wildlife species. It is the Pacific Island country in the Western Pacific Ocean near Philippines.The sun cream consists of oxybenzone and octinoxate absorbs UV (UltraViolet) rays which causes water more acidic, makes corals susceptible to bleaching and agitating fish stocks.

4.    FDI inflow in 1st half of FY2020
ü According to the data released by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India rose 15% to $26 billion in the first half of FY2020 (Fiscal year 2020). Singapore continued to be the largest source of FDI in India during the first half of FY2020 with $8 billion investments.

5.    India to place restrictions on non-essential imports from China
ü India has decided to place stricter quality standards for 371 items. This has been done with the aim of curbing imports of non-essential items such as toys, plastic goods, sports items and furniture, especially from China.

6.    1st Chairman of NMC
ü Delhi AIIMS’ Professor Suresh Chandra sharma appointed as the 1st ever Chairman of NMC (National Medical commission). National Commission Bill 2019 was introduced which replaces Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.

7.    ISRO to set its 2nd launch port in Thoothukodi district of Tamil Nadu
ü The second launch port of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) will established in Thoothukodi district of Tamil Nadu to launch small satellite vehicles. This will come up in 2300 acres.
ISRO Chairman also said India’s first manned mission to outer space Ganganyaan is targeted to launch in 2022.

8.    World Health Organisation designated 2020 as International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

9.    ‘Cyber Safe Women’ campaign
ü Maharashtra Government launched ‘Cyber Safe Women’ campaign to mark the birth anniversary of social reformer, Savitribai Phule.

10. Delhi gets First 20-feet-tall  Smog Tower
ü Delhi gets its first 20-ft tall smog tower, which is used to purify air ,has been installed at south Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar market, can remove up to 80% of the particulate matter (PM 2.5 and PM10).



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