Current Affairs: 20 January 2019

Daily Current GK Update

20 January, 2019

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  1. India to host the 14th session of the conference of parties to UNCCD

India will host the 14th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to address the issue of land degradation and desertification which will have participation from over 100 countries. It is likely to be held in October 2019.

The UNCCD, established in 1994, has 197 parties working towards maintaining and restoring land and soil productivity and mitigating the effects of drought. The permanent secretariat of the Convention is located in Bonn, Germany since January 1999.

Source: – The Hindu Business Line


  1. Saksham 2019 launched by petroleum ministry in New Delhi

‘Saksham’, an annual high intensity one month long people-centric mega campaign of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) was launched by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

‘Saksham’ Cycle Day in 200 cities, Cyclothons, Workshops for drivers of commercial vehicles, Nationwide campaign through Radio, TV, Digital Cinemas, Outdoor media etc. will be conducted, with a focus on reaching out to various segments of fuel users.

Source: – Press Information Bureau


  1. India signs long term contract with Uzbekistan for supply of Uranium

India has signed a long-term contract with Uzbekistan for supply of uranium ore concentrates to widen its source base for the nuclear fuel. The contract was exchanged in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who were at the Vibrant Gujarat summit in Gandhinagar.

Uzbekistan is the seventh largest exporter of uranium in the world. The Exim Bank signed an agreement with Uzbekistan to extend a 200-million US dollar line of credit for financing housing and social infrastructure projects.

Source: – AIR World Service


  1. HDFC Standard Life Insurance renamed to HDFC Life Insurance

HDFC Standard Life Insurance has changed its name to HDFC Life Insurance following the receipt of relevant approvals from regulatory authorities. The change in name is effective right off the bat and the company will henceforth operate under the name HDFC Life Insurance Company Ltd. it stated.

Source: – The Hindu Business Line


  1. BHEL and LIBCOIN to build India’s 1st Lithium Ion giga factory

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Libcoin are in dialogue to form a world class consortium to initially build 1GWh. lithium-ion battery plant in India. Its capacity will be scaled up to 30GWh in due course.

With this, India has finally taken steps into its energy security and clean energy commitment to the world. BHEL will be sending a team of senior officers for the study of the facilities, R&D infrastructure and other techno-commercial issues soon.

Source: – Press Information Bureau


  1. India’s 2nd Defence Innovation Hub to come up in Nashik

Nashik in Maharashtra will be the site of the country’s second defence innovation hub after Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre stated that the defence innovation hub at Nashik will help local industries and entrepreneurs in the country’s defence sector. He added, the plan is to achieve annual arms exports of Rs 35,000 crore.

Source: – The Economic Times


  1. PM Narendra Modi launches National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) in Mumbai. The development of the Museum was guided by the Museum Advisory Committee headed by Shyam Benegal.

An innovation Committee headed by Prasoon Joshi provided an upgrade to the NMIC. Built at a cost of Rs 140.61 crore, the museum depicts the journey of over a century of Indian cinema in a story telling mode with the help of visuals, graphics, artifacts, interactive exhibits and multimedia expositions.

Source: – Press Information Bureau


  1. Prabhat Singh appointed DG in NHRC

The Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India has appointed Senior IPS Officer Prabhat Singh as Director General (Investigation) in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Singh, a 1985 batch IPS Officer of AGMUT cadre is at present Special Director, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). He has been appointed to the post for a period up to April 30, 2020.

Source: – Business Standard

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