Current Affairs – 2020

Indian Science Congress to begin at Bengaluru

On January 3, 2020, PM Modi will inaugurate Indian Science Congress at Bengaluru. The theme of the Congress is Theme: Science and Technology: Rural Development The Congress is to be hosted by Department of Science and Technology. ContentsHighlightsFarmers Science CongressChildren Science Congress Highlights The 107th Indian Science Congress is to be held between January 3, Read More…

NITI Aayog: Link private medical colleges with district hospitals

On January 1, 2020, the Government Think Tank released its Draft “Model Concession Agreement for Setting Up Medical Colleges under Public Private Partnership” guideline document. Under the guideline the think tank has suggested Public Private Partnership (PPP) model to link private medical colleges and district hospitals. ContentsHighlightsConcessionaireSignificance Highlights The suggestion will address the issues of Read More…

GoI misses its disinvestment target

Government of India misses its disinvestment target as the plan to sell Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Air India and Container Corporation of India has not been succeeded. ContentsHighlightsWhat is Windfall money?Air India Highlights The Government had planned to sell 53.3% of BPCL, 31% of Concorp as per latest market prices. The Government had set Read More…

Sale of Darjeeling Tea affected by illegal influx of Nepal Tea

The prices of Darjeeling Tea that recently received GI tag has fell by 20% to 25% due to unchecked flow of Nepal Tea into the country. ContentsHighlightsIssueGI Tag Highlights Nepal Tea also known as Himalayan Tea is very similar to that of Darjeeling Tea in aroma, flavor and taste. But Nepal Tea is 50% cheaper Read More…

Guru Gobind Singh Birth anniversary Celebrated

On January 2, 2019, India celebrated the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh. He is considered to be the 10th Guru of Sikhs. He was born on January 5, 1666. ContentsGuru Gobind SinghSikh gurus Guru Gobind Singh Guru Gobind Singh founded Sikh Warrior community called Khalsa in 1699. He introduced five Ks in Sikhism. It Read More…

Lists of Civilian prisoners and fishermen exchanged between India and Pakistan

On January 1, 2020, India and Pakistan exchanged list of prisoners and fishermen. The countries exchange the information every year on 1st January and 1st July. They also exchanged nuclear installations alongside on the same day. ContentsHighlights2008 AgreementKulbhushan Jadhav Highlights Pakistan shared the lists of 227 fishermen and 55 civilian prisoners who are Indians or Read More…

Andhra Pradesh Government plans to deliver sand at door steps

The Andhra Pradesh Government announced that it will deliver sand at customers’ door steps. As a pilot project, the government is to begin the initiative on experimental basis. ContentsHighlightsLegislation of sand miningMMDR act, 1957 Highlights Under the new initiative, the government will collect transportation charges from the customers and deliver sand at door steps. In Read More…

RBI launches MANI application for visually challenged

On January 01, 2020, the Reserve Bank of India launched the MANI application for visually challenged persons to identify new currency notes that were launched after demonetization. MANI is Mobile Aided Note Identifier. ContentsHighlightsMahatma Series NotesSecurity FeaturesThe Intaglio Print Highlights MANI application scans currency notes using camera and gives audio output in Hindi and English. Read More…