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Tuesday, January 14, 2020


1.    Naval exercise ‘Naseem-Al-Bahr’
ü 12th edition of the Indo-Oman bilateral naval exercise ‘Naseem-Al-Bahr‘. The meaning of the biennial exercise Naseem-Al-Bahr that has been conducted since 1993 between India and Oman is sea breeze.

2.    Rs 5908 crore to NDRF
ü A High Level Committee (HLC) led by  Amit Shah, has released Rs. 5908.56 crore to 7 states including Assam, Himachal Pradesh (HP), Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh(MP), Maharashtra, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh (UP) to help in the losses suffered by various disasters in 2019.

3.    Karnataka’s Challakere to train astronauts
ü The new World- Class facility center for training astronauts will come up in  India in the next three years at Challakere in Chitradurga district of Karnataka.
Also four pilots of India will train at the “Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre” in Russia for Gaganyaan mission 2022.
About ISRO:
Chairman- K Sivan
Headquarters- Bengaluru
About Karnataka:
Capital City- Bengaluru
Chief Minister- B. S. Yediyurappa
Governor- Vajubhai Vala
State Animal- Indian Elephant
State Bird- Indian Roller
State Tree- Indian Sandalwood
State Flower- Nymphaea nelumbo

4.    Zo kutpui festival 2020
ü In a bid to unify different tribes of Mizo community, the state Government of Mizoram will organize the 1st edition of Zo Kutpui festival 2020 across 10 states in India & also in countries such as Maryland in the US (United States), Tahan in Myanmar and Bangladesh from January 9, 2020.

5.    New Energy Performance Standards for ACs set
ü central govt in consultation with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has notified new energy performance standards for room Air Conditioner (AC).Under the ambit of BEE star-labelling program vide the notification, the default temperature setting for all ACs has been made mandatory at 24°C with effect from January 1, 2020.
6.    Buxa bird festival 2020
ü 4th edition of the Buxa Bird Festival 2020 has begun in Buxa National Park in the Alipurduar district of West Bengal(WB).

7.    SMCB became 1st UCB to convert to SFB
ü RBI, gave approval to Uttar Pradesh based Shivalik Mercantile Co-operative Bank Ltd to convert to a small finance bank (SFB). With this, Shivalik Mercantile became the 1st urban cooperative bank (UCB) to be converted into an SFB since the release of reformed RBI guidelines which came out 2 years ago.
ü Banks having a minimum net worth of Rs 50 crore and capital to risk weighted assets (RWA) ratio of 9% will be eligible to apply for voluntary transition to SFB.

8.    Round-the-clock forex market operations
ü Inorder to reduce the rising influence of offshore trading in the currency markets, the  RBI has enabled AD Category-I banks to offer round-the-clock (24×7) trading in the Indian rupee to allow Indians to safeguard their foreign exchange (Forex) risks at any time. Till now, foreign exchange rates only in inter-bank market hours from 9 am – 5 pm.

9.    AI-powered ‘knowledge hub’ to serve financial sector
ü National Stock Exchange(NSE) launched ‘NSE Knowledge Hub’ an Artificial  Intelligence-powered learning platform for BFSI (Banking,Financial services and Insurance) sectors to enhance skills for their employees, during an event in New Delhi.

10. CONCOR incorporates CONCOR Last Mile Logistics
ü Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) has incorporated with a wholly-owned subsidiary company with the name CONCOR Last Mile Logistics Limited.

11. Khelo India University Games 2020
ü Bhubaneswar has been selected to host the 1st edition of the 2020 Khelo India University Games (KIUG) which will be held at Bhubaneswar’s KIIT University (Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University).
ü Mascots:  ‘Jay and Bijay‘.

12. CISF observes 2020 as the ‘Year of Mobility’
ü The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will observe 2020 as the ‘Year of Mobility’. Rajesh Ranjan is the present Director-General of CISF.



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