Weekly Current Affairs 1-01-2020 to 4-01-2020

1st Jan – 4th Jan

RPF (Railway Protection Force) renamed as Indian Railway Protection Force Service 

 Finance Minister announces the launch of Rs 102 lakh crore National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) to help make India a $5 trillion economy by 2025. 

Flight Information system (FIS) Dornier aircraft formally inducted into No 41 Squadron, the ‘Otters’, at Air Force Station Palam  


Jammu & Kashmir administration announces abolition of toll posts from January 1, 2020  

 Reliance Industries Limited launches its online food and grocery selling venture named JioMart  

 Odisha’s Dhanu Yatra, known as world’s largest open-air theatre festival, being held in Bargarh town from Dec 31 to Jan 10 

 RBI launches ‘MANI’ (Mobile Aided Note Identifier) app to help visually challenged persons to identify denomination of notes 

 Indore is judged as the cleanest city in India for the fourth time in a row in the cleanliness survey released by the Union Government on December 31, 2019.  

 The ‘India State of Forest Report 2019’ ranked Karnataka (1,025 km), Andhra Pradesh (990 km) and Kerala (823 km) as the top three states with the highest growth in forest area.  

 World Health Organization (WHO) designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife to honour the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. 

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi electronically released 12,000 crore rupees under Pradhan Mantri Samaan Yojana to six crore farmers in Tumakuru. 

 India’s second spaceport after Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh will be set up in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu: ISRO

 14 scientists awarded Swarna Jayanti Fellowships for 2018-19 by the Ministry of Science & Technology  

 HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal inaugurate the 28th edition of the annual New Delhi World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.  

 Maharashtra Govt launches ‘Cyber Safe Women’ initiative; to organise cyber safety awareness camps in all districts

World Braille Dayis on 4 January and celebrates awareness of the importance of braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights for blind and visually impaired people.

The World Health Assembly has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in honour of the 200thbirth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.

The chief of Delhi AIIMS’ ENT head-neck surgery department, Professor Suresh Chandra Sharma, was appointed the chairman of National Medical Commission.

Prince William announced the most prestigious environment prize Earthshot Prize in history to encourage new solutions to tackling climate change.

Fourteen Indian scientists under 40 years of age, including three from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, were awarded the prestigious Swarna Jayanti (SJ) Fellowships for 2018-19. Mathematician Apoorva Khare, physicist Anindya Das and computational data scientist Yogesh Simmhan are the new SJ Fellows from the IISc.

Young Indian paddler Manav Thakkar became world no.1 in the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings in the Under-21 men’s singles category.

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