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Current Affairs Today – 11th January 2020

NEWS AT A GLANCE

  • Union Home Minister has inaugurated the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal and Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) located in New Delhi.
  • The 23rd National Youth Festival (NYF) 2020 has been scheduled to be held from 12-16 January at Indira Pratishthan, Lucknow.
  • The Andhra Pradesh State government launched the Amma Vodi scheme. Amma Vodi can be translated as ‘mother’s lap’ in Telugu. The scheme will be implemented on 26 January 2020.
  • Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation (GAIC) launched imported water-soluble fertilizers in Ahmedabad. The move aims to encourage the use of high-grade agri-inputs in the state.
  • The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has announced 4 airports in India have received international recognition for reducing carbon emission.
  • Uttar Pradesh State government is to set up a zoological garden in Gorakhpur, UP. The zoo is to be named after the socialist and freedom fighter Shaheed Ashfaqullah Khan.
  • The International Energy Agency (IEA) along with the country’s policy think tank NITI Aayog released the first in-depth review of India’s energy policies on 10 January 2020.
  • Wings India 2020 has been scheduled to be held at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad from 12-15 March 2020.
  • The Union Government has released the “State Energy Efficiency Index 2019”.
  • Eurasia Group reported that India is one of the world’s top geopolitical risks for 2020.
  • India has deployed its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya in Arabian Sea
  • The longest-serving ruler of Oman Sultan Qaboos bin Said passed away.

NEWS IN DETAILS

NATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

Union Home Minister inaugurates I4C & National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal

  • Union Home Minister has inaugurated the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal and Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) located in New Delhi.
  • The National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal is a citizen-centric vision which enables people to report cybercrimes online.
  • The NCCRP will also provide access to cybercrime-related complaints to the law enforcement agencies of the states and union territories to take action according to the law.
  • It will also increase the coordination among the law enforcement agencies of the states and union territories in the investigation of cases and resolving them.
  • Presently, 3900 police stations and 700 police districts have been linked with the portal “cybercrime.gov.in”.

National Youth Festival 2020 to be held in Lucknow

  • The 23rd National Youth Festival (NYF) 2020 has been scheduled to be held from 12-16 January at Indira Pratishthan, Lucknow.
  • The festival will be jointly inaugurated by Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath and Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju.
  • The NYF 2020 is organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and State Government of Uttar Pradesh.
  • The theme of the 23rd National Youth Festival 2020 is FIT YOUTH FIT INDIA.

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Uttar Pradesh:

  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • State formed in: 24 January 1950
  • Literacy Rate: 67.68%
  • Nation Park: Dudhwa National Park

STATE CURRENT AFFAIRS

AP govt. launched Amma Vodi scheme to support low-income families

  • The Andhra Pradesh State government launched the Amma Vodi scheme.
  • It was launched by the Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on 9 January 2020.
  • Amma Vodi can be translated as ‘mother’s lap’ in Telugu. The scheme will be implemented on 26 January 2020.
  • Amma Vodi scheme aims to support low-income families in educating their children.
  • Under the scheme, mothers and guardians of school-going children from lower-income groups will receive financial assistance of Rs.15,000 annually.
  • The scheme will be available to ration cardholders, who fall under the Below Poverty Line (BPL) and clear a few more criteria related to their economic status.
  • The state government has allocated a budget of around Rs.6,455 crore for 2019-20 under the scheme.
  • The fund nearly 20% of the total education budget of Rs.32,618 crore of the state.

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Andhra Pradesh:

  • Capital: Amravati
  • Chief Minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
  • Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan
  • State Formed on 1 November 1956
  • Literacy Rate: 67.4 %
  • National Park: Sri Venkateswara National Park, Sri Venkateswara National Park, Papikonda National Park

GAIC launched imported water-soluble fertilizers in Gujarat

  • Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation (GAIC) launched imported water-soluble fertilizers in Ahmedabad. The move aims to encourage the use of high-grade agri-inputs in the state.
  • GAIC promotes agro-based industries in Gujarat.
  • It imported 300 tonnes of water-soluble fertilizers from China.
  • In this move, the role of GAIC will be to import, pack and sell the imported water-soluble fertilizers to the farmers through its network of dealers across the State.
  • The new-generation fertilizers/water-soluble fertilizers will be sold in the market under its brand ‘AGRO’.
  • The water-soluble fertilizers that were launched include, AGRO NPK, AGRO CN, AGRO MKP, AGRO MAP, AGRO SOP, AGRO NOP.

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Gujarat:

  • Capital: Gandhinagar
  • Chief Minister: Vijay Rupani
  • Governor: Acharya Devvrat
  • The state formed on 1 May 1960
  • Literacy Rate: 79.31%
  • National Park: Vansda NP, Blackbuck NP, Gir Forest NP, Marine NP, Gulf of Kutch

AAI reported that 4 Indian airports received international recognition

  • The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has announced 4 airports in India have received international recognition for reducing carbon emission.
  • The airports had adopted the grading system in 2018 as per ACI.

The four airports are:

1) Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata

2) Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar

3) Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi

4) Trivandrum International Airport

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AAI:The Airports Authority of India or AAI is a statutory body working under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India is responsible for creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure in India.

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Founded: 1 April 1995
  • Jurisdiction: India
  • Chairman: Arvind Singh

UP to set up a zoo named after Shaheed Ashfaqullah Khan

  • Uttar Pradesh State government is to set up a zoological garden in Gorakhpur, UP.
  • The zoo is to be named after the socialist and freedom fighter Shaheed Ashfaqullah Khan.

About UP’s new zoological garden:

♦ The zoological garden will be spread across 121 acres in Gorakhpur

♦ The state government has set aside Rs.234 crore to set up the zoological garden

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Ashfaqulla Khan:

Khan was born on 22 October 1900 in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh. He was a freedom fighter who participated in Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement (NCM), Chauri Chaura incident. Ashfaqulla Khan along with Ram Prasad Bismil found the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA).

INTERNATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

IEA released a first in-depth review of Indias energy policies

  • The International Energy Agency (IEA) along with the country’s policy think tank NITI Aayog released the first in-depth review of India’s energy policies on 10 January 2020.
  • The review aims to set out a range of recommendations in each energy policy area.
  • The IEA regularly releases energy policy reviews for its member and association countries.
  • For the first time, it has carried out the review for India.
  • This is the first review IEA carried out for India.

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IEA:The International Energy Agency is a Paris-based autonomous intergovernmental organization established in the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in 1974 in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis.

  • Headquarters location: Paris, France
  • Founded: November 1974
  • Membership: 30 states
  • Secretariat: Paris, France

SUMMITS AND CONFERENCES

Wings India 2020 to be held in Begumpet Airport

  • Wings India 2020 has been scheduled to be held at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad from 12-15 March 2020.
  • The event is expected to boost aviation.
  • The event is organized by Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) to provide a congenial forum to the rapidly changing dynamics of the sector.
  • Wings India 2020 is an international exhibition and conference on the civil aviation sector
  • The event focus on new business acquisition, investments, policy formation, and regional connectivity.
  • The event aims that the restructured focused forums will be instrumental in attaining the objective of connecting the investors, buyers, sellers and other stakeholders at a common forum.

RANKS AND INDICES

Union Government unveils State Energy Efficiency Index 2019

  • The Union Government has released the “State Energy Efficiency Index 2019”.
  • The index was released during the ‘Review, Planning and Monitoring (RPM)’ meeting held in New Delhi.
  • The index is developed by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) along with Alliance for an Energy-Efficient Economy (AEEE).
  • The SEE Index 2019 traces the expansion and achievements of Energy Efficiency (EE) drives running in 36 states and union territories.
  • The SEE Index 2019 constitutes quantitative, qualitative and outcome-based 97 indicators
  • State Energy Efficiency Index 2019 has divided States/UTs into 4 groups on the basis of Total Primary Energy Supply (TPES).
  • The 4 groups are: ‘Front Runner’, ‘Achiever’, ‘Contender’ and ‘Aspirant’.
  • The State Energy Efficiency Index 2019 was topped by Haryana, Karnataka and Kerala while Manipur, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand and Rajasthan performed worst in their respective groups.
  • The states of Haryana, Karnataka and Kerala were in “Achiever” group and there was not a single state in the “Front Runner” group.

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BEE:The Bureau of Energy Efficiency is an agency of the Government of India, under the Ministry of Power created in March 2002 under the provisions of the nation’s 2001 Energy Conservation Act. The agency’s function is to develop programs which will increase the conservation and efficient use of energy in India.

  • Official website: beeindia.gov.in
  • Founded: 1 March 2002
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Organization type: Government agency
  • Area served: India
  • Purpose: Development of policies and strategies, with an emphasis on self-regulation and market principles

India ranked the fifth-biggest geopolitical risk of 2020 by Eurasia Group

  • Eurasia Group reported that India is one of the world’s top geopolitical risks for 2020.
  • The political risk consultancy India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi was listed as the fifth biggest geopolitical risk of 2020.
  • Eurasia Group is one of the United States’ most influential risk assessment companies.
  • The report said that the Indian PM Narendra Modi has spent much of his second term to promote the controversial social policies, include the revocation of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir through an Act, at the expense of an economic agenda.

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Eurasia Group is a political risk consultancy founded in 1998 by Ian Bremmer, with offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., London, Tokyo, São Paulo, San Francisco, and Singapore. In 2010, Patrick Tucker of the World Future Society described the group as “the world’s largest political-risk consultancy”.

  • Founder: Ian Bremmer
  • Founded: 1998
  • Headquarters: New York, New York, United States
  • Subsidiary: Intellibridge Corporation
  • Type of business: Corporation
  • Key people: Ian Bremmer, Cliff Kupchan, Kevin Rudd

DEFENCE CURRENT AFFAIRS

India deploys INS Vikramaditya in the Arabian Sea amid Ex.’ Sea Guardians’

  • India has deployed its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya in the Arabian Sea.
  • The aircraft carrier was deployed amid the Pakistan-China naval exercise “Sea Guardians” taking place in North Arabian Sea.

OBITUARIES

Ruler of Oman Sultan Qaboos bin Said passes away

  • The longest-serving ruler of Oman Sultan Qaboos bin Said passed away.
  • He was a charismatic and visionary leader who transformed Oman into a modern and prosperous nation.
  • He was ruling Oman since 1970.
  • The Sultan is the prime decision-maker in Oman and also holds the portfolio of Prime Minister, supreme commander of the armed forces, minister of foreign affairs, minister of finance and minister of defence.

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