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Current Affairs of 9th January 2020

Jithin lal , Published On:09-Jan-2020

 

        CURRENT AFFAIRS


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.


WEEKLY AFFAIRS 


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


STATIC AFFAIRS 

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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