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Tuesday, January 14, 2020


1.    Gujarat to boost Patola Saree production
ü Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) opened its first Silk Processing Plant in Surendranagar district of Gujarat to increase the production of Gujarat Patola Sarees. The Plant was set up at a cost of Rs 75 lakh by Khadi institution where RS 60 lakh was contributed by KVIC. Patola Sarees are the trademark of Gujarat.

2.    India and Pakistan exchanged list of Nuclear Installations.
ü The nuclear installation exchange was done under the terms of the  under the agreement on prohibition of attack against nuclear installations between India and Pakistan that came into force on January 27, 1991.

3.    $75 mn line of credit to Cuba for solar parks
ü Exim Bank, the premier export finance institution of India has given a $75 million (over Rs 500 crore) line of credit to Cuba for financing 75 MW (megawatt) Photovoltaic Solar Parks.

4.    India’s foreign exchange reserve touches new record
ü According to the “Bulletin Weekly Statistical Supplement – Extract” released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), India’s foreign exchange (Forex) reserves rose by $ 2.520 billion to a record $ 457.468 billion during the week ended 27 December 2019.

5.    Global child prodigy award 2020
ü A Dubai-based Indian girl, Sucheta Satish (13), who sings in 120 languages, has won the ‘100 Global Child Prodigy Award 2020′ in the category of singing. The award ceremony was held in Ashok Hotel, Delhi. She was awarded by Puducherry ieutenant (Lt) Governor Kiran Bedi.

6.    Paddlefish declared as extinct
ü China has declared that the country’s giant paddlefish often called as ‘Panda of the Yangtze river’ or ‘Chinese swordfish’ has become extinct. The extinction was reported due to decades of overfishing. Scientific name Psephurus gladius which can grow upto 22 feet (7 meters) in length became extinct between 2005 and 2010.

7.    World Braille Day 2020-January 4

8.    YSR Aarogyasri scheme
ü To provide free medical treatment to the poor, The CM of Andhra Pradesh YS Jaganmohan Reddy has inaugurated “YSR Aarogyasri scheme” at Eluru in West Godavari district of AP.The scheme will be extended to each district of the state from the month April 2020.
ü The revamped healthcare scheme is aimed at providing free medical treatment to people having an annual income of up to Rs 5 lakh & those eligible people will also be given Aarogyasri cards. Free treatment will be provided to the person whose treatment cost is more than Rs 1,000.



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