Current Affairs - January, 2020

Current Affairs January, 2020 section comprises all the Current Affairs Updates published between January 1, 2020 and January 31, 2020 for competitive examinations in India including UPSC, IAS/PCS, Banking / IBPS, SSC, Railways, CLAT, NDA/CDS, UPPSC, RPSC, BPSC, MPPSC, TNPSC, MPSC, KPSC etc.

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First indigenous bio-jet fuel powered IAF aircraft lands successfully in Leh

The AN-32 aircraft of Indian Air Force powered with 10% blend of bio-jet fuel took off and landed successfully in Leh airport.


This is the first time, bot the engines of an aircraft are powered with bio-jet fuel. Leh is located at an altitude of 10,682 feet above sea level and is one of the highest operational air field. It challenging to fly an aircraft in the region due to wind turbulence and proximity of mountainous terrain.

Fuel Technology

The technology of the fuel was produced by CSIR-IIP in 2013. However, it couldn’t be used for commercial purposes due to lack of aviation test facilities. Indian Air force in 2018, sponsored the project and channelized material resources and human resources to complete fuel testing.

The bio-jet fuel is manufactured from “Tree-Borne oils”. The raw materials for the oil is grown and procured from Chhattisgarh tribal areas. This will help in reducing India’s dependence on crude oil imports and also will assist in reducing carbon emissions.

Indian Railways: First Banana Container Train to boost exports; First High Capacity Parcel Van

With its firsts increasing, Indian Railways has recently launched a high capacity parcel van at Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station.

Also, the Indian Railways has launched an exclusive Banana Container train to boost the exports of the fruit.

Highlights: Parcel Van

The new parcel van was designed and manufactured in Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory. It is the first of its kind in Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches. The LHB coaches are the coaches of the Indian Railways that have been developed by the LHB company of Germany. They are mostly produced in Kapurthala Coach Factory.

The parcel van is to run at high speed of 130 km per hour. The train includes collapsible partitions and sliding doors. Also, it is Head On Generation compliant.

Highlights: Fruit Train

On January 30, 2020, Indian Railways launched the first “Fruit Train”. The train will transit from Anantpur in Andhra Pradesh to Mumbai’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port. The train dispatched the first shipment of 890 tonnes of banana in 43 refrigerated containers.

The APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) along with export firms trained 500 farmers to cultivate bananas in more than 1800 hectares of land.