Daily GK Update 22 January 2020: Read Daily GK-Current Affairs Update

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National Current Affairs 

1. GoI sets up “National Startup Advisory Council”

The “National Startup Advisory Council” has been set up by the Government of India to guide the union government to build a strong ecosystem to nurture innovation and start-ups in India. The council will be chaired by the Commerce Minister.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Commerce and Industry: Piyush Goyal.

2.  Prime Minister Modi chairs the 32nd edition of PRAGATI platform meeting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chaired the 32nd interaction through PRAGATI platform which was held in New Delhi. PRAGATI is defined as the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation. The PRAGATI platform also addresses the grievances of the common people.

3. Brazilian President J. M. Bolsonaro has been invited as the Chief Guest on India’s 71st Republic Day celebrations

On the occasion of 71st Republic Day Parade at Raj Path, New Delhi on 26 January, President of Brazil Jair Messias Bolsonaro has been invited as the chief guest.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Brazil Capital: Brasilia, Currency: Brazilian real.

State News

4. Government of Maharashtra makes the reading of Preamble mandatory in Maharashtra schools

Maharashtra Government has made the reading of the Preamble of the Constitution mandatory for the Maharashtra schools. The  reading will be done after prayer in all primary and secondary schools in Maharashtra.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray; Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

5. Uttar Pradesh Government launches Mukhyamantri Krishak Durghatna Kalyan Yojana 

Mukhyamantri Krishak Durghatna Kalyan Yojana has been launched by the government of Uttar Pradesh to provide financial assistance to the family of farmers who die or become handicapped while working in fields.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • UP Present CM: Yogi Adityanath, Governor: Anandiben Patel.

6. Meghalaya celebrates 48th anniversary of its statehood day on 21 January 

Meghalaya celebrates the 48th anniversary of its statehood day on 21 January and the celebrations will continue till the Republic Day celebration.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Meghalaya Capital: Shillong; Chief Minister of Meghalaya: Conrad Sangma.
  • Governor of Meghalaya: Ravindra Narayana Ravi.

Economy & Business News

7. Adani Capital acquires Essel Finance’s MSME lending business 

Essel Finance’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) loan business has been acquired by Adani Capital Private Ltd. Through the acquisition, Adani Capital has secured a loan book of around Rs 145 crore.

8. Bharti Airtel receives approval from Telecom department to raise FDI in the company to 100%

The Bharti Airtel Ltd has received the approval from the Telecom department to increase the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the company to 100%. The approval will enable Bharti Airtel company to raise more funds as per its requirement.

Awards News

9. The Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2020 award presented by President Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind distributed the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, 2020 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi to recognize the exceptional achievements of children in various fields like innovation, scholastic achievements, social service, arts and culture, sports and bravery.


10. Hyderabad Metro starts carpool services in partnership with redBus

Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited starts carpool service for train passengers in partnership with online bus ticketing platform redBus through an app “rPool”.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Executive Officer of redBus: Prakash Sangam.
  • Hyderabad is the Capital of Telangana.

11. IIM Indore to provide ‘mob management & communication’ training to UP Police

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore will provide effective communication and crowd management training to the Uttar Pradesh Police personnel. It will also provide training in the data analysis, traffic management, use of artificial intelligence & social media management to the Uttar Pradesh Police personnel.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh: Yogi Adityanath; Governor: Anandiben Patel.

Ranks & Reports

12. RBI stands at 6th position in buying gold abroad in World Gold Council report

“World Gold Outlook 2020” has been released by World Gold Council in which it placed Reserve Bank of India on 6th position in the largest buyer of sovereign gold abroad.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • World Gold Council founded: 1987.
  • Headquarters of World Gold Council: London, United Kingdom(UK).
  • Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of the World Gold Council: David Tait.

Sports News

13. Yogeshwar Dutt & Deepa Malik included in All India Council of Sports

Paralympian Deepa Malik, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt have been inducted in the All India Council of Sports along with shooter Anjali Bhagwat, footballer Renedy Singh, mountaineer Bachendri Pal and former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  •  President of All India Council of Sports: V K Malhotra.


14. A Committee to Draft Legislation on Mediation has been set up by Supreme Court of India

Niranjan Bhat will head the committee set up by the Supreme Court of India to firm up draft legislation to give legal sanctity to disputes settled through mediation.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Justice of India: Sharad Arvind Bobde; Founded: 28th January 1950.

15. India starts thermal screening of passengers against “Corona” Virus

Indian airports has started thermal screening of passengers arriving in India from China and Hong Kong, to stop the Corona Virus spread in India.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation: Hardeep Singh Puri.

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