Weekly Current Affairs

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Malala Yousafzai
Advance Estimate of GDP - National Statistical Office (NSO) projects India’s GDP growth rate for 2019-20 at 5%.The decline has been mainly on account of deceleration in manufacturing sector growth, which is expected to come down to 2 per cent in 2019-20 from 6.2 per cent in the year-ago fiscal.
Most Famous Teenager of The Decade - The United Nations has declared Pakistani education activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai as “Most Famous Teenager of The Decade”. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
Human Space Flight Centre - The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has proposed Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) at Challakere in Chitradurga district of Karnataka.  At present, astronauts part of Gaganyaan Mission, the Human Spaceflight Programme of ISRO are trained in Russia.
Esmail Qaani - 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.
Zoran Milanovic - Former Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic belong Social Democratic Party (SDP) won Croatia’s presidential election.
Malavath Poorna - 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.
Women Science Congress - The Women Science Congress was inaugurated at the ongoing Indian Science Congress in Bengaluru.
RBBG Scheme of SBI - The State Bank of India has announced ‘residential builder finance with buyer guarantee’ (RBBG) scheme. The SBI will issue a guarantee for completion of select residential projects to customers who have availed home loans from it.
Khelo India University Games - The 1st edition of Khelo India University Games is scheduled to be held at the KIIT University in Bhubaneswar, Odisha from February 22 to March 1, 2020. Khelo India University Games will witness over 4,000 athletes from 100 Universities across India vying for top honours in 17 games.
US Space Force - United States President Donald Trump has signed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. With the signing of the act, US has authorised the establishment of US Space Force.
Rifle AK-203 - The Indian Army is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the procurement of over 7.5 lakh AK-203 assault rifles with Russia. The rifles will be manufactured by the Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL) at Korwa in Uttar Pradesh.
Shivalik Mercantile Co-operative Bank - The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has granted “in-principle” approval to Shivalik Mercantile Co-operative Bank Limited for transition into a Small Finance Bank (SFB).
NSE Knowledge Hub - Union Minister of Commerce and Industries inaugurated the National Stock Exchange (NSE) Knowledge Hub in New Delhi. National Stock Exchange (NSE) Knowledge Hub is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered learning ecosystem that will assist the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) sector.
Disinvestment of PSU - Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its ‘in principle’ approval for strategic disinvestment of 4 Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs). The 4 CPSEs includes Minerals & Metals Trading Corporation (MMTC), MECON, Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) and National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC).
Krishnapatnam Port - Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), India’s largest private sector port operator, has agreed to buy a 75% stake in Krishnapatnam Port Co. Ltd (KPCL) at an enterprise value of Rs 13,572 crores. The Krishnapatnam Port is located in southern Andhra Pradesh and is a multi-cargo facility.
Global Economic Prospects - World Bank has released Global Economic Prospects report. In its report, the World Bank has projected India’s growth rate at 5% for fiscal year 2020. While the global economic growth is likely to increase to 2.5% in fiscal year 2020.
Henley Passport Index - Henley Passport Index 2020 has been released. The Indian passport ranked 84th in the world’s most powerful passport index 2020. Which is a drop by 2 places as it ranked 82nd in 2019. The list was topped by Japan.
Video based Customer Identification Process - Reserve Bank of India has revised the Know Your Customer (KYC) norms for banks and other lending institutions. New amendments in KYC norms by RBI allows banks and other lending institutions to use “Video based Customer Identification Process (V-CIP)”. The V-CIP is a consent based alternate method of establishing the customer’s identity.
SBI Report Ecowrap - The State Bank of India has released its research report ‘Ecowrap’. In the report ‘Ecowrap’, the economic research department of SBI has lowered India’s growth rate to 4.6% in the fiscal year 2020.
Indradhanush Natural Gas Pipeline Grid - The Union Government has authorized the amount of Rs 5559 crore for 1656 Km long Indradhanush Natural Gas Pipeline Grid project. The amount will be used to set up Natural Gas Pipeline Grid connecting 8 North Eastern states.
Terrorist Entities - The Iranian parliament has designated US Armed Forces & Pentagon as ‘Terrorist Entities’ with a motion passed at an open parliament session.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas - Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9th January every year. It also commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to India on 9 January 1915.
Sarbjeet Kaur - Indian women weightlifter Sarbjeet Kaur has been banned for 4 years from the sport by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA).
Census 2021 - Census exercise India-2021 to begin on 1st April 2020 and will end on 30th of September 2020. Census India-2021 will be conducted through a mobile phone application.
M Nagaraj - M Nagaraj has been appointed the company’s Chairman and Managing Director of State-owned Housing and Urban Development Corporation (Hudco).
Ukrainian Aircraft Crashed - The Ukrainian aircraftBoeing 737” boarding 176 people crashed in Tehran, Iran.
Costa Children’s Award - Jasbinder Bilan has won the UK based Costa Children’s Award 2019 . She has won the award for her debut novel ‘Asha and the Spirit Bird’.
Electric Air Taxis - Uber Technologies Inc and automaker Hyundai Motor have teamed up to develop electric air taxis. The partnership aims to make small self-flying cars to ease urban congestion. The team is heading towards a goal of launching Uber Air by 2023 and urban air mobility service in 2028.
Naseem Al Bahr - India and Oman will conduct 12th edition of bilateral maritime exercise ‘Naseem Al Bahr’ in Mormugao Port, Goa.
Vikram Sarabhai Children Innovation Center – The Vikram Sarabhai Children Innovation Center (VSCIC) will be set up in Gujarat.
Suresh Chandra Sharma - Professor Suresh Chandra Sharma was appointed the chairman of National Medical Commission.
Sucheta Satish - A 13-year-old Dubai-based Indian girl Sucheta Satish has won the 100 Global Child Prodigy Award in Delhi.
Miss Teen International - Aayushi Dholakia has bagged the title of Miss Teen International 2019.
Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference - The 5th edition of the Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference (APDRC5) held in Pune, Maharashtra. The conference is being conducted in India for the 1st time.
South Asian Trade and Travel Exchange Expo - The 27th edition of South Asian Trade and Travel Exchange Expo (SATTE) 2020 was held in New Delhi.
Karmayoddha Granth - Union Home Minister released a book ‘Karmayoddha Granth’ on the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Gujarat Ayurved University - The union cabinet granted the approval making the status of Institution of National Importance to a cluster of Ayurvedic institutions at Gujarat Ayurved University in Jamnagar.
World Hindi Day - World Hindi Day is celebrated globally on 10th January every year.
Irfan Pathan - Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
National Shooting Championship - Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary has won the men’s 10 metres air pistol gold medal at the 63rd National Shooting Championship in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award - Krishnamachari Srikkanth & Anjum Chopra will be conferred with the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.
NEST Division - 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. It will help in collaboration with foreign partners in the field of 5G and artificial intelligence.
Year of Nurse and Midwife - In the honour of 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the World Health Organization designated the year 2020 as the “Year of Nurse and Midwife”.
Tallest Statue of Patel - Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani unveils world’s 2nd tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in the world at Ahmedabad. 50 feet tall bronze statue has been unveiled in Ahmedabad.
Cyber Safe Women - 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.
World Braille Day - The world Braille Day is observed annually on 4 January.
Exim Bank Issued LOC - India has extended a line of credit (LoC) of USD 75 million (over Rs 500 crore) to Cuba. The line of credit is as per agreement signed between Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) and Banco Exterior De Cuba.
Global Investors Meet - Kochi, Kerala will host the Global Investors MeetASCEND 2020.
MECOS-3 - Kochi will host the 3rd international symposium on marine ecosystems challenges and opportunities (MECOS-3) from January 7 to 10.
Multi-entry Tourist Visa - The UAE Cabinet has validated the Multi-entry Tourist Visa which would be valid for 5 years. The Multi-entry Tourist Visa facility would be available for all nationalities visiting the UAE.
International Kite Festival - The 31st International Kite Festival has been launched at Sabarmati river front in AhmedabadGujarat.
Forex Trading - Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has enabled select banks in India to offer round-the-clock (24×7) trading in the Indian rupee to allow Indians to safeguard their foreign exchange (Forex) risks at any time.
Maha-Navy Connect - Indian Navy starts 1st Maha-Navy Connect 2020 Tri-Dimensional Expedition  started from Mumbai, Maharashtra.