March 8, 2020 GKmojo

January 2020

Here are some Important Bullet Points on January Month 2020 Current affairs:-

  1. Vice Chief of the Army Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane took charge as a new Army Chief. He will succeed Gen Bipin Rawat after a three-year stint as Army chief. He took charge as vice-chief of the Army staff in September, Lt Gen Naravane heading the Eastern Command of the Army takes care of India’s nearly 4,000-km border with China.

  2. According to a report released UK based Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), India will overtake Germany in 2026 to become the world’s fourth largest economy. The report also said that 2034, India will overtake Japan and become third largest economy in the world. Today, India is the fifth largest economy in the World after US (20.49 trillion USD), China (13.41 trillion USD), Japan (4.97 trillion USD) and Germany (4 trillion USD).

  3. NITI Aayog released Sustainable Development Goals Index 2019-20. According to the report, the overall composite score of India improved from 60 in 2018 to 57 in 2019. India succeeded in the areas of power and industry, water and sanitation, nutrition and gender equality. The index covered 16 out of 17 SDGs.

  4. Indian Space Research Organisation establish a second launch port in Thoothukodi district in Tamilnadu exclusively to launch small satellite launch vehicles. ISRO Chairman K Sivan informed that this would come up in 2300 acres.

  5. Singapore was the largest source of FDI for India in H1 OF 2019-20, accounting for around $8 billion, followed Mauritius with $6.3 billion, Netherlands ($2.3 billion), the United States ($2.1 billion) and Japan ($1.7 billion).

  6. 1917 wins Best Motion Picture – Drama at the Golden Globes 2020. It is an epic war film directed, co-written and produced Sam Mendes. The film stars George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, with Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch.

  7. India has ranked 34th in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) of the World Economic Forum for the year 2019. In 2013, India ranked 65th. WEF analyzed 139 countries and scored each according to three sub-indices: (1) Regulatory Framework (2) Business Environment and Infrastructure (3) Human, Cultural, and Natural Resources.

  8. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(NRI Day) is a celebratory day observed on 9 January the Republic of India to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the development of India. The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Ahmedabad on 9 January 1915.

  9. Japan has topped Henley Passport Index while Afghanistan is last (107th). A country’s ranking is based on the number of countries its holders can enter without prior visa approval. Japanese citizens can enter 191 countries while Afghan nationals can only travel to 26 countries without a visa.

  10. The birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda also called Swami Vivekananda Jayanti is celebrated every year on 12 January. He was born on 12 January, 1863. The government had decided to observe it as National Youth Day because the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth. He had given speech at the Parliament of the World’s religions in Chicago and glorified India’s name.

  11. The Union Minister of State Dr. Jitendra Singh announced that the training for Gaganyaan space astronauts will start their training from the third week of January 2020.The training of the Indian astronauts for India’s first human space mission will take place in Russia.

  12. Sindhi writer Vasdev Mohi has conferred with 29th Saraswati Samman for his short stories collection ‘Chequebook’. The short stories collection talks about the agonies and sufferings of marginalized sections of the society.

  13. Henley Passport Index 2020 was launched recently Henley & Partners. India ranked 84th in the index. Japan has the world’s strongest passport. The index was based on the data collected from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

  14. The 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting will be held on 21-24 January 2020, in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. WEF annual meetings aim to engage world leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional, and industry agendas at the beginning of each year.

  15. The Finance Ministry appointed managing directors (MDs) and chief executive officers (CEOs) of four PSU banks. Bank of India’s Executive Director R Koteeswaran has been appointed as MD and CEO of Indian Overseas Bank.

  16. India slipped 10 places to 51st position in the 2019 Democracy Index’s global ranking, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit, which cited “erosion of civil liberties” in the country as the primary cause for the downtrend.India’s overall score fell from 7.23 in 2018 to 6.90 in the Index that provides a snapshot of the current state of democracy worldwide for 165 independent states and two territories.

  17. National Girl Child Day is celebrated on 24 January. The day aims to create awareness about the rights of the girl child in India. It aims to improve the condition of girls in society. The day aims to provide support and facilities to the girls of the country in every respect. It also aims to create awareness about the inequalities, discrimination, exploitation faced the girls in the society.

  18. India was ranked 72nd (up 8 places) in 2020 Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI). Switzerland topped the list of 132 countries, followed the US and Singapore. Launched INSEAD, GTCI ranks countries on the basis of their ability to grow, attract and retain talent.

  19. Maharashtra retain Khelo India Youth Games champions trophy in Guwahati with 256 medals including 78 gold.

  20. India’s first e-waste clinic is to be inaugurated in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on 24 January. It was jointly set up the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The e-waste clinic will be started on the basis of a three-month pilot project.

  21. India ranked 80th in the global Corruption Perceptions Index 2019 (CPI-2019). In 2018, India ranked 78th in the index. The index was released Transparency International.

  22. Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro arrived at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi. He was received President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 January 2020. Bolsonaro was invited as chief guest on Republic Day.

  23. The heads of the European Commission and Council, Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, signed the Withdrawal Agreement of the UK. The move comes ahead of the UK’s exit from the EU on 31 January 2020. Brexit ended 46 years of run in the European Union club.

  24. The NBA (National Basketball Association) star Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash. He retired from the game in 2016. He has won two gold medals in Olympics, one in 2008 and the other in 2012. The star had won 5 championships so far.

  25. Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation will start soon its East-West project which runs partly under the city’s iconic Hooghly river, March 2022 after a delay of several years doubled costs. The final installment of 200 million rupees – $2.8 million over the next two years from the Indian Railway Board. A loan amount of 41.6 billion rupees from the Japan International Cooperation Agency helps fund 48.5% of the project.

  26. India marked its 71st Republic Day on January 26 with a parade showcasing some of its newly acquired capabilities and military hardware, both homegrown and like the anti-satellite missile as well as bought from abroad like US made heavy lift Chinook and the anti-tank attack Apache helicopters.

  27. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched a Virtual police station along with two other transformational projects of the Odisha Police. Main Aim: To reduce human interface with government offices. The three projects include Virtual Police Station, Road Accident Case Documents Module, and Medico-Legal Opinion System.