GK & CA
Collection of weekly GK & CA since year 2016.
First digital exhibition on Indian Heritage inaugurated
Henley Passport Index launched
The index was launched based on the data collected from International Air Transport Association (IATA). Around 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations were considered to launch the index. The Index is based on the number of destinations their holders can access without visa.
Winged Raider: Indian Army’s largest airborne exercise-500
Vashishtha Narayan Singh
Vashishtha Narayan Singh was an Indian academic. A child prodigy, he completed his PhD in 1969 from Berkeley, California. He taught mathematics at various institutes in the 1960s and 1970s.Honoured with the prestigious Padma Shri on 25th January 2020.
Important days Jan 15 2020 to Jan 25
25 January – National Voters Day
Firsts of Census 2021: Cereals eaten, transgender run houses
For the first time, the Census will collect data of transgenders headed houses. Also, the census will enquire about “Main cereal”, which is also included for the first time in the history of census of India.
Wings India-Asia’s largest Civil Aviation
GoI:paperless licensing of petroleum service stations
On January 20, 2020, the Department of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) announced that it has launched paperless licensing process for petroleum service stations. The paperless licensing has been launched under Petroleum Rules, 2002. The implementing agency of the order would be Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO).
Three Capital Bill
The three capitals are Amaravati-legislative capital, Vishakhapatnam-the executive capital and Kurnool-judicial capital. The three-capital system is being adopted by the government of Andhra Pradesh in order to ensure equal development throughout the state.
January 23: Birth Anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose
On January 23, 2020, India celebrated 123rd birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose. He was born on January 23, 1897. In order to commemorate Netaji birth anniversary, GoI is inaugurating a temple at Varanasi in the name of the leader with a Dalit woman as a chief priest. The prayers are to be performed to Bharat Mata at the temple.
ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) is to send a half-humanoid robot called the “Vyom Mitra” as an experimental mission to Gaganyaan. Vyom Mitra means a friend in Sky.
RISAT (Radar Imaging Satellite) by ISRO
Provide all-weather surveillance using synthetic aperture radars (SAR). Synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) is a form of radar that is used to create two-dimensional images or three-dimensional reconstructions of objects, such as landscapes. Source: Wikipedia
IIT Bombay efficiently removes heavy metals from water
Simultaneously removing heavy metals such as arsenic, chromium, cadmium and mercury from waste water with very high efficiency now appears possible, thanks to the work of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. Source - The Hindu
Companies valued at 1 trillion market value
Alphabet joins Apple, Amazon and Microsoft as the only US firms to hit $1 trillion in market value
Athar Hussein Rizvi, known as Kaifi Azmi, was an Indian Urdu poet. He is remembered as the one who brought Urdu literature to Indian motion pictures. Together with Pirzada Qasim, Jaun Elia and others he participated in the most memorable mushairas of the twentieth century.
India attends Hormuz Peace Initiative
India recently attended the Hormuz Peace Initiative that was held in Tehran. The initiative aimed at stabilizing one of world’s busiest shipping lanes, the Strait of Hormuz amidst US-Iran tensions. It was attended by leading trade partners of Iran namely China, Oman, India and Afghanistan.
LCA Tejas: 1st Indigenous Aircraft make an arrested Landing
On January 11, 2020, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas successfully landed on INS Vikramaditya. With this achievement, the LCA becomes the first aircraft to make an arrested landing on a naval ship.
SCO heads meet: first time in India
The Statue of Unity that was inaugurated by PM Modi in October 2018 has been included in 8 wonders of SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization). The statue was a monumental tribute to Sardar Vallabhai Patel. The Statue was inaugurated on the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel. It is the world’s tallest statue.
Importatnt days (Jan 12 to Jan 18)
January 14: Armed Forces Veterans Day
January 12: National Youth Day
KHELO INDIA GAMES ~ January 10, 2020
The 3rd Khelo India Youth Games 2020 got off to a colourful start, as Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the youth games in presence of Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Sarusajai in Guwahati.
The JF-17 Thunder, earlier named as FC-1 Xiaolong
Upgraded version of fighter jet developed jointly by China, Pakistan makes maiden flight. The JF-17 Thunder, earlier named as FC-1 Xiaolong, was a single-engine multi-role light fighter jet jointly produced by the two countries for several years with engines supplied by Russia. The upgraded version features the technologies of China's stealth fighter J-20.
India-China military hotline
New India-China military hotline to become operational between DGMO and Western Theatre Command. A new military hotline between India and China which has been pending for a long time will soon become operational, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said on Saturday.
Ramanujan’s legacy:signal processing, black hole physics
Ramanujan’s legacy used in signal processing, black hole physics. His mathematics, done over a hundred years ago, finds applications today in areas other than pure mathematics, which were not even established during his time (22 December 1887 – 26 April 1920). Two among these are signal processing and Black Hole physics.
Challakere to be ISRO’s astronaut training hub
Ukraine Plane Shot
Ukraine Plane Shot Down Because of Human Error, Iran Says: One of its missiles had struck a Boeing 737-800 minutes after it took off from Tehran on Wednesday with 176 people on board, Iran admitted early on Saturday that its military had shot down the passenger jet by mistake.
H2O Holy Faith and Alfa
Long March-5: China launches largest carrier rocket
China has successfully launched its largest carrier rocket, Long March-5, carrying the Shijian-20 satellite, from Wenchang Space Launch Center (WSLC) in south China’s Hainan Province. China’s most powerful rocket is a critical ingredient in nation’s ambitious space programme.
Koneru Humpy bags 2019 World Rapid Chess title
Indian Grandmaster Koneru Humpy claimed the 2019 Women’s World Rapid Chess Champion tiltle. The winner of Women’s World Rapid Championship was decided in a playoff that ended with Humpy beating China’s Lei Tingjie in a dramatic final in Moscow, Russia.
World’s oldest rhino’ dies in Tanzania
Longest single spaceflight
Kerala: the first state to pass anti-CAA resolution
The Kerala Government on December 31, 2019, passed a resolution to rollback the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that was passed during this winter session of Parliament. According to the Kerala Government, the CAA act contradicts the basic principles of Constitution.
2020 Designated as “Year of Nurse and Midwife”
WHO is to focus on nursing and midwifery in order to achieve Universal Health Coverage. The organization is leading the development of “World Nursing Report” that is to be launched in 2020. The report is first of its kind. The year is being dedicated to the midwifery as well as WHO is also a partner of The State of the World’s Midwifery Campaign.
Palau 1st country to ban sunscreen to protect Coral Reefs
The Pacific Island, Palau has become the first country to ban sun cream that is harmful to corals. The country has banned common ingredients used in common ingredients used in cosmetics including oxybenzone.
1st Silk Processing plant in Gujarat to boost PATOLA SAREE
On January 3, 2020, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) inaugurated the first “Patola Saree” production unit in Gujarat. This will help to cut down the cost of silk yarn production and also will increase the sale of raw material for Patola sarees.
US army kills Iranian Commander Soleimani
How do reserves affect Currency?
Reserves act as shock absorbents of negative effects of exchange rate of a currency. The central bank of a country (like RBI) use these reserves to maintain a stable exchange rate. The bank buys or sells the reserves depending on the direction the exchange prices are intended to move.
Important dates (Dec 29 2019 to Jan 4 2020)
January 4: World Braille Day