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Current Affairs 16th January;2020

JITHIN LAL , Published On:16-Jan-2020


                        CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.The World Economic Forum released its Global Risks Report. Under the report, the Forum has identified the global risks.

  • The Forum reported that Climate-related risks had the greatest likelihood of severe of severe impacts.
  • The other threats include geopolitical turbulence.
  • The retreat from multilateralism has threatened the ability of the world to deal with global risks.
  • The current economic stagflation according to the report will increase. This might even lead to increased social issues, protests, increased populists movements.
  • Though the Digital Technology is in its peak of evolution, the unequal access of the technology across the globe will increase.
  • The social demographic, environmental and technological pressure on health systems is growing.

2.The State of Culture and Tourism minister launched a month long exhibition on Indian Heritage in New Delhi.

  • The exhibition was launched in digital space and will stay online till February 15, 2020.
  • This exhibition is the first of its kind in the country.
  • The visitors of the exhibition will find architectural and conjectural reconstructions, recreations of socio-cultural traditions and life of Hampi and also many more murals.
  • Through this, the exhibition will take heritage to wider population.It has overcome the barrier that heritage was restricted only to research.
  • When the reach of significance of heritage increases, accountability of citizens increases.
  • This will help to protect age old structures and monuments in a better way.

3.The Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) operating under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas will launch fuel conservation campaign on January 16, 2020.

  • The campaign will create awareness among the public about fuel conservation.
  • PCRA has developed energy efficient burners for gas stoves. It will provide messages on “Pollution ka Solution”.
  • In collaboration with NCERT, PCRA has prepared a comic book on the theme, “Fuel Conservation”.
  • The books are to be distributed at the campaigns. The books are also available in E-Pathshala.

4.The Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani launched Yashaswini Scheme for women entrepreneurship and Swasthya Sakhi project in Goa on January 11, 2020.


  • Yashaswini Scheme:
  •  Under the Yashaswini Scheme, the Goa state government will provide interest-free loans up to Rs 5 lakh to women SHGs. The tenure of the loan will be 5 years.
  • The loan amount will be paid in a total of four installments. The repayment of the loan will begin from the second year.

Swasthya Sakhi Project: 

  • The Swasthya Sakhi Project aims to ensure the wellness and welfare of women, especially during pregnancy.
  • It aims to promote a healthy lifestyle, which will benefit both mother and child.
  •  Under the Swasthya Sakhi Project, the Goa state government will provide a diagnostic kit to the healthcare workers to enable them to provide basic diagnostic services to the people in the state at their doorsteps.
  • The state government launched the Swasthya Sahayak device to enable healthcare workers to digitize all health information and conduct basic diagnostic tests.
  • Overall the diagnostic kit will comprise all necessary equipment to conduct basic tests such as blood sugar, blood pressure, blood haemoglobin and heart rate.
  • The kit has been developed by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) using corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds.
  • The kit will help monitor women’s health during pregnancy and enable early detection of deficiencies and identification of high-risk pregnancy cases for timely referrals.

5.The Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev has resigned from his post on January 15, 2020, along with his cabinet. He submitted his resignation to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. President Putin said that Medvedev’s cabinet failed to achieve its goals.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested Mikhail Mishustin’s name as the new Prime Minister of the country.
  • According to the reports, the purpose of these constitutional amendments is to create a post so that even after the end of the President's term, Putin can continue to hold an important post in Russia.


1. Which country has launched its new communication technology experiment satellite, Tongxin Jishu Shiyan Weixing -5 (TJSW-5) recently ?

Answer- China

2. Name the India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier that is likely to be commissioned by early 2021 .

Answer- Vikrant

3. Which manufacturing company, is building the India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier, “Vikrant” ?

Answer- Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL)

4. Name the deceased screenwriter, who was nominated for Oscar for directing the film ‘Heaven Can Wait’ along with Warren Beatty .

Answer- Henry Zuckerman

5. , Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated On ?

Answer-  January 9

6. Name the scheme under which 24 states and Union Territories (UTs) will set up a total of 1,023 ‘fast-track special courts’ (FTSCs) .

Answer- National Mission for Safety of Women (NMSW)

7. What is the total outlay of the project, that will set up 1,023 ‘fast-track special courts’ (FTSCs) ?

Answer-  Rs. 767.25 crore

8. How many Indian airports have received the International recognition for reducing the carbon emission level as per the standards set by Airports Council International (ACI) ?

Answer- 4  (Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Biju Patnaik International Airport, Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Trivandrum International Airport)

9. Which section has been declared as the first solar section in South Central Railway ?

Answer- Nandyal-Yerraguntla section, Andhra Pradesh

10. By which year, Indian Railways has planned to source about 1000 MegaWatt (MW) Solar Power ?

Answer- 2021-22

11. Name the bridge, that will become the world’s highest railway bridge (359 m height above river bed) after completion .

Answer- Chenab Bridge

12. Which of the following cities will be connected by the 1.315-km-long Chenab Bridge ?

Answer- Bakkal (Katra) and Kauri (Srinagar)

13. Under which scheme, Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) allowed forests to be traded as a commodity ?

Answer- Green Credit Scheme

14. Which state will set up 121 acres zoological garden named after the freedom fighter and revolutionary Shaheed Ashfaqullah Khan ?

Answer- Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh

15. Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly (ARLA) adopted a new logo recently.Which of the following flower is seen in the logo ?

Answer- Rhynchostylis retusa


1.In which year did the parliament adopt Indian constitution?


2.Maithali & Santali was added by which amendment?

     92nd C.A 2003

3.Which amendment is known as the mini constitution of India?

     42nd amendment to the constitution of India

4.Lingraja temple built during the medieval period is located at?


5.Who discovered RH factor?

     Landsteiner & Weiner

6.Name the only mammals that possess nucleated red blood corpuscles are?

     Camel & Lama

7.Ragur soil is best suitable for?


8.The mammal which lays eggs is?

     Duck Billed Platypus

9.Which is the first state formed on the basis of language?

     Andhra Pradesh

10.First classical language is?


11.Oldest Indian language is?


12.Who wrote the composition Bhaja Govindam?

     Adi Shankaracharya

13.Who wrote the book Gita Govindam?


14.What is the name of the only Island district of India and where it is situated?

     Majuli Island in Assam

15.Who was the court physician of Kanishka?


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

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