Sunday, 5 January 2020

4th January Current Affairs 2020

4th January Current Affairs 2020

National Affairs

KVIC’s 1st Silk Processing Plant opens in Gujarat to boost Patola Saree production

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) opened its first Silk Processing Plant in Surendranagar district of Gujarat to increase the production of Gujarat Patola Sarees. The Plant was set up at a cost of Rs 75 lakh by Khadi institution where RS 60 lakh was contributed by KVIC. Patola Sarees are the trademark of Gujarat.

Important Points:
  • Patola is the trademark saree of Gujarat.
  • They are highly expensive and were once worn only by royal aristocratic families. With the new plant, the comedown.
  • The Patola silk was founded by the Salvi caste (Scheduled) in the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
  • They moved to Gujarat in the 12th century in order.

Cyber Safe Women’ initiative launched by Maharashtra Govt

Maharashtra Government has launched a ‘Cyber Safe Women’ initiative under which awareness camps will be held across all the districts of the state regarding cyber safety. The initiative will help in educating women about how the web is used by anti-social elements and child predators to commit various types of crimes.

Important Points:
  • Maharashtra CM: Uddhav Thackeray; Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari;
  • Capital: Mumbai.

CM Jagan mohan reddy inaugurates YSR Aarogyasri scheme at Eluru, Andhra Pradesh

In a bid to provide free medical treatment to the poor, The Chief Minister (CM) of Andhra Pradesh (AP), Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy has inaugurated “YSR Aarogyasri scheme” at Eluru in West Godavari district of AP.

The scheme will be extended to each district of the state from the month April 2020.

MEA sets up new emerging and strategic technologies (NEST)

The External affairs ministry announced the setting up of new emerging and strategic technologies (NEST) division. The division will work to increase investment coordination among the states of the country and also with the foreign countries.

NEST will act as the nodal division within the ministry for issues pertaining to new and emerging technologies. It will help in collaboration with foreign partners in the field of 5G and artificial intelligence.

Important Points
  • The division will also hold responsibility for matters that involve negotiations with multilateral fora like the United Nations, G20.
  • This will help to safeguard India’s interests as such forums govern the rules of access to such technologies.

4th All India Police Judo Cluster Championship 2019

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, inaugurating the 4th All India Police Judo Cluster Championship 2019, in New Delhi. The 4th All India Police Judo Cluster Championship organized this year by CRPF is being attended by 34 participating teams consisting of 1207 sportspersons from across the country, with a total of 15 Trophies and 214 Medals, including one Medal for the Best Gymnast, in contention.

Important Points:

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs: Nityanand Rai.

1st of-its kind turtle rehab centre comes up in Bihar

A 1st of its kind rehabilitation centre for freshwater turtles is to be inaugurated in January 2020 in the Bhagalpur forest division of Bihar. This centre spread over half a hectare will be able to shelter 500 turtles at a time. The centre will also treat turtles that are sick, severely injured or smuggled, and then be returned safely into its natural habitat.

Important Points about Bihar:
  • Capital – Patna
  • Chief Minister – Nitish Kumar
  • Governor – Phagu Chaugan

International Affairs

Iran names Esmail Qaani as new Commander

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei named the Deputy Head of the Revolutionary Guards’ foreign operations arm Esmail Qaani to replace Qasem Soleimani as its commander. Soleimani was killed in a pre-dawn US strike in Baghdad.

Important Points:
Iran Capital: Tehran; Currency of Iran: Rial; President of Iran: Hassan Rouhani.

Banking Current Affairs

Exim Bank grants $75 mn line of credit to Cuba for solar parks

Export-Import (Exim)Bank, the premier export finance institution of India has given a $75 million (over Rs 500 crore) line of credit (LoC, a soft loan / loan with low interest rate) to Cuba for financing 75 MW (megawatt) Photovoltaic Solar Parks.

About Exim Bank:
  • Founded – 1 January 1982
  • Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Managing Director – David Rasquinha

Appointments & Resignations

Abhinav Kumar gets extension as BSF IG

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the proposal of Ministry of Home Affairs for extending the deputation tenure of IPS Abhinav Kumar, Inspector General, Border Security Force (BSF), up to June 27, 2021, in relaxation of IPS Tenure Policy.

Important Points:
BSF formed: 1 December 1965; DG BSF: V K Johri.

North Macedonia PM Zoran Zaev submitted his resignation

North Macedonia Prime Minister (PM) Zoran Zaev submitted his resignation. His resignation paves a way to form a new caretaker government under the country’s former interior minister  Oliver Spasovski until  April 12, 2020 election.

Important Points:
Capital- Skopje
Currency- Macedonian denar

Sports Affairs

Manav Thakkar becomes world no.1 in ITTF rankings

Indian paddler Manav Thakkar became world no.1 in the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings in the Under-21 men’s singles category. With this, Thakkar became the fourth Indian to achieve the feat after Harmeet Desai, G Sathiyan and Soumyajit Ghosh.

Manav Thakkar achieved the top spot after clinching the Under-21 men’s singles title at the ITTF Challenge Plus Benemax-Virgo North American Open in Markham, Canada.


NBA mastermind David Joel Stern New york, United States dead at 77

David Joel Stern born in New York, United States is a former commissioner of the NBA (National Basketball Association) passed away due to brain haemorrhage.

Important Points:

He took the NBA’s growth into a global sports powerhouse.

He served as commissioner of the NBA for 30 (1984-2014) years.

Centenarian Freedom fighter Bhim Chandra Jana dies at 107

Centenarian Freedom fighter Bhim Chandra Jana has died of old-age related ailments in West Bengal’s Howrah District at the age of 107.

Bhim Chandra Jana was also known as ‘Nanu’ to other freedom fighters of Bengal. Jana was awarded by Government of India after Independence.

Important Days

World Braille Day 2020 is observed on January 4

World Braille Day is being observed on January 4 every year across the world to mark the remembrance of Louis Braille who invented Braille script which helps the visually disability persons to read as well as to write. The day was celebrated by the United Nations and other organizations.

Important Points:
  • Louis Braille was born on 4th January 1809 in the town of Coupvray in Northern France. 
  • He lost his eyes just at the age of 3. This led to the invention of language with 6 dots- Braille Script.
  • United Nations Observed First Official World Braille Day on 4th January 2019.


India’s Malavath Poorna scales Antarctica’s Highest Peak

Indian mountaineer Malavath Poorna, the youngest girl to have climbed the world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest 5 years ago, accomplished another feat by conquering Mt. Vinson Massif, Antarctica’s highest mountain peak (4,987 mts).With this, the 18-year-old becomes the first and youngest tribal woman in the world to set foot on the six tallest mountain peaks across six continents.

Important Points:

She has already scaled Mt Everest (Asia, 2014), Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa, 2016), Mt. Elbrus (Europe, 2017), Mt. Aconcagua (South America, 2019), Mt. Cartsnez (Oceania region, 2019), and now Mt. Vinson Massif (Antarctica, 2019).

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