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Current Affairs 21st January 2020

JITHIN LAL , Published On:21-Jan-2020


               CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.The National Information Center (NIC) is to hold a 2-day technology Conclave in New Delhi.The event is to be conducted between January 21, 2020 and January 22, 2020.

  • The Conclave is to be inaugurated by Union Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad.
  • The Technology Conclave will discuss application of Information and Communication Technology.
  • The conclave is to be held under the theme -Technologies for NextGen Governance.

2.The Andhra Pradesh state assembly passed the bill proposing creation of three state capitals in Amravati, Visakhapatnam and Kurnool on January 20, 2020. 

  • The bill was passed without any amendments. 
  • The AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020 will now be presented before the legislative council on January 21, where the ruling YSR Congress just has nine members.
  • The bill was earlier approved by the AP Cabinet chaired by CM Jaganmohan Reddy.
  • The draft proposal was then cleared by the Legislative Assembly Business Advisory Committee.
  • The bill was later introduced in the state assembly amid protest.
  • The bill proposes the development of Amaravati, Visakhapatnam and Kurnool as the legislative, executive and judicial capitals of the state.


  • The three-capital proposal has been pushed forward to enable decentralisation and inclusive development of all regions, thereby ensuring "balanced and inclusive growth" of Andhra Pradesh.

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3. The Delhi Government released the guarantee card that consisted of 10 guarantees for the residents of Delhi.It included free bus services, electricity, water supply, pollution, etc.

  • The card guaranteed uninterrupted power supply throughout the year.
  • It also included free electricity for all the residents up to 200 units of consumption.
  • The card also assured supply of 24/7 clean drinking water to every household of the Territory by 2025.
  • The Guarantee card included free education, better health facility and mohalla clinics for those living in unauthorized colonies.
  • It also promised to build pucca houses under “Jahan Jhuggi Wahin Makan” scheme for those living in slums.

4.The Ministry of Jal Shakti recently launched rankings of Central and state governmental water departments based on their efficiency targets.According to the report, Gujarat topped the ranking and Delhi was pushed to the last.

  • Among the seven central government departments, Survey of India topped the list followed by National Institute of Hydrology and Central Water Commission.
  • The Central Pollution Control Board received the lowest rank.

5.Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the induction ceremony of Su-30 fighter squadron at the Air Force Station in Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. 

  • The second frontline fighter squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to be based in the South.
  • The operationalization of the 222 Squadron will strengthen the air defence capabilities of the IAF, particularly in the Southern Air Command area.
  • Su-30 fighter squadron:
  • The Tigersharks fighter squadron is equipped with formidable air   superiority fighter aircraft. 
  • It is armed with 2.5 ton air-launched BrahMos missile. 
  • The missile is of 300 km range. 
  • The missile can strike from large stand-off ranges on any target including sea, on land with pinpoint accuracy by day, night and in all weather conditions.    
  • The capability of the missile along with the performance of the Su-30 MKI is set to change the paradigm of maritime surveillance, security, and strike in the region.


Ques.  - Who is the new India & South Asia MD of IBM ?

Ans.   - Sandeep Patel

Ques.  - President Ramnath Kovind laid which foundation stone in Lakshadweep ?

Ans.   - Super Specialist Hospital at "Kavaratti"

Ques.  - where was inaugurated an Art Exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of Gandhi ?

Ans.   - Dhaka ( Bangladesh )

Ques.  - Which cricketer is banned for 2 year from international and national cricket?

Ans.   - Saqeeb-Al-Hasan ( Bangladesh )

Ques.  - Which Railway station were inaugurated navigation facilities for visually impaired people and become 5th railway station of india to have this facility?

Ans.   - Chandigarh Railway Station ( Punjab )

Ques.  - Which Indian online payment will launched all-in-one QR CODE for merchant to accept unlimited payments at 0% fee ?

Ans.   - Paytm 

Ques.  - what is the name of Indo-Oman bilateral naval exercise?

Ans.   - Naseem-Al-Bahr

Ques.  - To which bank, RBI has generated "in principle" approval for transition into a Small Finance Bank ( SFB )?

Ans.   - Shivalik Mercantile Co-operative Bank 

Ques.  - Which State were launched "CM App" ?

Ans.   - Himachal Pradesh

Ques.  - Recently which politician launched a book name "Karmyodha Granth" ?

Ans.   - Amit shah

Ques. - Who is the author of the book "Karmyoddha Granth" ?

Ans.   - P.M. Narendra Modi



Q Which is the world's largest tea producer company?

Ans: Brooke Bond Lipton

Q Which state is the largest producer of cardamom?

Ans: Kerala

Q Which is the first hospital on wheels in the world?

Ans: Jeevan Rekha express

Q Where is the World's highest post office?

Ans: Spiti valley in HP (15,000 ft)

Q Who holds the world record of accurate and fastest typing?

Ans: Dr. Rajinder singh (Himachal Pradesh)

Q Who holds Guiness record of non stop typing on a manual typewriter?

Ans: Shambhu Anbhavne (123 hrs in 1986)

Q Name the first woman air pilot holding a record of maximum flying hours?

Ans: Captain Durba Banerjee

Q Where is the largest cinema hall in India?

Ans: Thangam (madurai)

Q Which is the tallest lighthouse in India?

Ans: Prongs Reef , Mumbai

Q Name the state with highest mineral output.

Ans: Jharkhand

Q Where is the first rice straw power plant?

Ans: Jalkheri (Punjab) in 1992

Q Where the Central leather research institute is situated?

Ans: Chennai

QWhere the Central glass and ceramic research institute is situated?

Ans: Jadavpur

Q Where is the Indian grassland and forest research institute situated?

Ans: Jhansi

Q Which was the first Submariner to be awarded Maha Vir Chakra?

Ans: Cdr MN Sawant 

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

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