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Current Affairs of 9th January 2020

Jithin lal , Published On:09-Jan-2020



1.The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) announced that it has developed viable scientific method to cultivate Indian Pompano fish in ponds. 

  • Pompanos are marine fishes.
  • Cultivating Indian Pompano in ponds will be a good alternative to shrimp.
  • The financial assistance for the scientific invention was provided by the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB).
  • Upon successful invention of the scientific method to cultivate Pompano fish by CMFRI,
  • It is to be officially cultivated in ponds of Visakhapatnam.

2.The Competition Commission of India (CCI) released its report on “Market Study on E-Commerce in India.


  • The market study for the report was initiated in April 2019 by CCI.
  • According to the report, the number of internet users have increased from 445.96 million in 2017 to 665.31 million in 2019.
  • This is the primary reason for the fast growth of the E-Commerce sector in the country.
  • The revenue from the E-Commerce sector is growing at the rate of 51%.
  • In July 2018, the number of online transactions in the E-Commerce sector was 1 to 1.2 million per day.
  • The online travel booking is growing at 16% since 2016.

3.The Union Cabinet approved Memorandum of Understandings India had signed with United Kingdom, Sweden and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

  • The Ministry of Health and BMGF had signed the Mou in November 2019.
  • The BMGF agreed to work with the Ministry to strengthen health sector of the country.
  • It focuses on reducing child mortality, morbidity, maternal mortality and neonatal mortality.
  • It will aim to reduce the burden of diseases such as Lymphatic Filariasis, Visceral Leishmaniasis and TB.
  • The BMGF will also aid in improving the quality of family planning methods.

4.Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the North East Gas Pipeline Grid.

  • The pipeline is to be constructed for around 1,656 km.

  • The gas pipeline grid is to be developed in eight states of the North East Region namely Manipur, Meghalaya,Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland and Tripura.
  • The project is a joint venture of 5 Public sector units namely ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited),IOCL (Indian Oil Corporation Limited), OIL (Oil India Limited), GAIL (Gas Authority of India Limited) and NRL (Numaligarh Refinery Limited).
  • The Joint Venture has been named IGGL (Indra Dhanush Gas Grid Limited).

5.The LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) detected gravitational waves due to the collision of two neutron stars.


  • This is the second time the gravitational waves are being detected.
  • The mass of the neutron stars detected is expected to be 3.3 times and 3.7 times as that of the sun.
  • The scientists believe that the neutron stars were formed separately and drifted together to form a star pair.
  • The neutron stars were at a distance of 520 million light years from the earth.
  • The combined mass is the heaviest of the stars known so far.
  • Currently LIGO operates three gravitational wave detectors at Livingston, Louisiana and Hanford. T
  • hey are located 3,000 km apart in the shape of ‘L’.
  • LIGO India is to come up in Maharashtra. It will aim at locating gravitational waves and their new sources.
  • The first neutron star detection was in 2017. However, the second event that was recorded now, is not as strong as the first.


Q1. Based on how many sectors, States/UT were ranked in the first edition of Good Governance Index (GGI) ?

Ans: 10 sectors

Q2. Which state topped in the ‘first edition of Good Governance Index (GGI)’ under the “Big States Category” ?

Ans: Tamil Nadu

Q3. Find the Union Territory, that topped among the other Union Territories in the ‘first edition of Good Governance Index (GGI)’ ?

Ans: Puducherry

Q4. Name the Scheme launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to improve ground water management with an outlay of Rs 6000 crores for 5 years (2020-21 till 2024-2025) .

Ans: Atal Bhujal Yojana

Q5. What is the length of the Atal tunnel, World’s longest mountain tunnel under Rohtang Pass located in Himachal Pradesh ?

Ans: 8.8-kilometre

Q6. Name the scheme that received Rs. 627.40 crore from Cabinet for 10 projects sanctioned during 2018-19 to promote, develop and harness the potential of tourism in India

Ans: Swadesh Darshan Scheme

Q7. Which is the only country in the world, that has hypersonic weapons ?

Ans: Russia

Q8. Which bank has joined hands with Magicbricks for listing and e-auctioning of immovable properties repossessed by bank through recovery proceedings ?

Ans: Federal Bank

Q9. Which country was affected by the Typhoon Phanfone (Typhoon Ursula)?

Ans: Philippines

Q10. Who won the gold medal in the women’s 49 kg category in 6th Qatar International Cup in Doha ?

Ans: Saikhom Mirabai Chanu

Q11. Name the Indian weightlifter, who broke 27 records in 6th Qatar International Cup and won the silver medal in the men’s 67 kg weight category.

Ans: Jeremy Lalrinnunga

Q12. Name the Hindi author, poet, story writer, novelist and translator, who was nominated for Sahitya Academy Award in 2019 for his book ‘Main Bhi Jaoonga’.

Ans: Ganga Prasad Vimal

Q13. Who were the authors of the book titled “Dreams of a Billion: India and the Olympic Games” that describes about the chronicle India’s journey in the global sports arena of Olympics ?

Ans: Boria Majumdar & Nalin Mehta

Q14. How many Types of Prepaid Payment Instrument (PPI) are allowed by the Reserve Bank of India ?

Ans: 3 (Closed system, Semi-closed and Open PPIs)

Q15. Galapagos Island is located in which country ?

Ans: Ecuador


Q1.  Kolar in India is famous for 

    - gold fields 

Q2.  Dalmianagar in India is famous for

    - cement 

Q3.  Chandoli national park is in which state 

    - Maharashtra 

Q4.  Fastest shorthand writer

    - Dr G.D Mist (250 wpm)

Q5.   First Indian member of the House of Lords 

    - Lord SP Sinha 

Q6.   First Indian to reach the south pole

    - Col JK Bajaj in 1989 

Q7.   First indian to circumnavigate the globe

    - Lt Col K.S Rao 

Q8.  First Indian recipient of Victoria Cross

    - Khudada Khan

Q9.   First woman advocate 

    - Cornelia Sorabji 

Q10.  First woman Chief engineer 

    - P.K Thresia 

Q11.   First lady magistrate

    - Omana Kunjamma 

Q12.   First woman doctor 

    - Muthulakshmi Reddy 

Q13.   First to climb Mt Everest without oxygen

    - Phu Dorjee 

Q14.   In which year India became the largest producer of sugar (85 lakh tonnes)

    - 1989-90

Q15.  Which is the world's largest tea producer company 

    - Brooke Bond Lipton 

Q16.   Largest producer of cardamom 

    - Kerala 

Q17.   First hospital on wheels in the world 

   - Jeevan Rekha express 

Q18.   World's highest post office 

   - Spiti valley in HP (15,000 ft)

Q19.  Accurate and fastest typing 

  - Dr rajinder singh 

Q20.  World record of marathon typing 

  - Shambhoo Anbhawane (123 hrs in 1986)

Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information Bureau website

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