Daily GK Update : 16 January 2019, Daily Current Affairs 2020:
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National (Current Affairs)
♦Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla inaugurates 7th Conference of CPA India Region in Lucknow
- 7th Conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association India Region in the legislative assembly building in Lucknow on 16th January.
- Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that the belief in the democracy has increased today and so is the responsibility of the representatives.
- Presiding officers, Secretary-General, Principal secretaries and Secretaries along with the representatives of foreign countries are participating in the two-day long conference.
- The main theme of the conference is ‘ROLE OF LEGISLATORS’ and during the Plenary Sessions spread over two days, delegates will discuss the Capacity Building of Legislators for Scrutinizing Budgetary Proposals and Enhancing Focus of Legislators on Legislative Business.
Note: About UP
- Governor: Anandiben Patel
- Capital: Lucknow
- Chief minister: Yogi Adityanath
- Population: 20.42 crores (2012)
♦Ladakh hosts first ever Food Processing Summit to attract investors
- Union Territory Ladakh is hosting the first ever Food Processing Summit to attract investors to the region. With the help of Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, the UT Administration of Ladakh is organizing the Summit.
- Ladakh region has vast scope for investment in food Processing Industries in horticulture products like Apricot, SeabuckThorn, Apple and agricultural produce like buckwheat and barley.
Note: About Ladakh
- Union territory: 31 October 2019
- Population: 2.74 lakhs (2011)
- Capitals: Leh, Kargir
- Lieutenant Governor- RK Mathur
♦Fifth Science Film festival starts in Goa
- The fifth edition of Science Film Festival of India, SCI-FFI 2020, was started on 15th January in Goa’s capital city Panaji.
- The four-day-long festival was inaugurated by Chief Minister, Dr. Paramod Sawant. The festival that will take place at the Inox Complex and Maquinez Palace in Goa.
- Aims: Instilling the knowledge of science among the youth with the help of exhibitions, masterclasses, workshops, and other activities.
Note: About Goa
- Chief minister: Pramod Sawant
- Capital: Panaji
- Governor: Satya Pal Malik
International (Current Affairs)
♦Russia’s prime minister resigns after Putin suggest constitutional amendments to boost power
- President Vladimir Putin accepted the resignation of his prime minister on 15th January after proposing constitutional amendments that could herald his intention to carve out a position that would let him stay at Russia’s helm after his presidency ends.
- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who served as a placeholder president in 2008-2012 to allow Putin to observe term limits, said in televised comments that he needed to resign in light of his mentor’s proposed changes in government.
- Putin thanked Medvedev for his work and appointed him as the deputy head of the presidential Security Council.
Note: About Russia
- Capital: Moscow
- Currency: Russian ruble
- Population: 14.45 crores (2017) World Bank
- President: Vladimir Putin
Russian Duma (Lower house) approves Mikhali Mishustin as the new Prime Minister
- Russian assembly or the Duma on 16th January approved Mikhail V. Mishustin as the new Prime Minister, a little-known technocrat picked by President Vladimir Putin, a day after the Cabinet resigned as part of an unexpected Kremlin shake-up.
- Putin proposed major changes to the Russian Constitution that would spread political power more evenly, away from the president to the Parliament, the State Council and other government institutions.
Banking and Financial
♦World Bank and Government of India Sign $88 million loan agreement for the implementation of Assam Inland Water Transport Project
- The Government of India, the Government of Assam and the World Bank signed a loan agreement of $88 million.
- Purpose: Help modernize Assam’s passenger ferry sector that runs on its rivers including the mighty Brahmaputra.
Note: About Assam
- Capital: Dispur
- Literacy (2011): 72.19%
- Sex ratio (2011): 958 F/1000 M
- Chief minister: Sarbananda Sonowal
♦ICC Awards 2019: Rohit wins ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award, Kohli gets ‘Spirit of Cricket’ accolade
- ODI Player of the Year– India opener Rohit Sharma won the ODI Player of the Year award. He has five centuries in the 2019 World Cup and seven ODI centuries to his name.
- Spirit of Cricket Award– India skipper Virat Kohli – who had swept the Player of the Year, Test Player of the Year and ODI Player of the Year last year – won the Spirit of Cricket Award.
- The award is given for his gesture during the World Cup game when he asked the crowd to support Steve Smith and not boo him.
- T20I Performance of the Year – India seamer Deepak Chahar won T20I Performance of the Year. This award comes for his 6/7 against Bangladesh.
- ICC Player of the Year- England all-rounder Ben Stokes won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Player of the Year.
- He is awarded for his decisive role in England’s dramatic victory at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 along with a host of other memorable performances.
- Test Player of the Year- Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has been named the Test Player of the Year.
- Pat Cummins grabbed 59 wickets in 12 Test matches during the period and finished the year as the top-ranked bowler in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.
- Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne has been named as Emerging Cricketer of the Year.
- Labuschagne scored 1,104 runs in 11 Tests, which saw him zoom in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings from 110 at the start of the year to fourth by the end of the year.
- Associate Cricketer of the Year – Scotland’s Kyle Coetzer is the Associate Cricketer of the Year. Coetzer in ODIs has 880 runs in 18 matches and also aggregating 702 runs in 22 T20Is.
- 2019 Umpire of the Year– Richard Illingworth
- ICC ODI Team of the Year 2019: Jonny Bairstow, Rohit Sharma, , Virat Kohli (c), Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Ross Taylor, Ben Stokes, Mustafizur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.
- ICC Test Team of the Year 2019: Mayank Agarwal, Tom Latham, Marnus Labuschagne, Virat Kohli (c), Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, BJ Watling, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Neil Wagner, Nathan Lyon.
♦Indian wrestler Sunil Kumar reaches gold medal bout of Rome ranking series
- In Wrestling, twenty-year-old Greco-Roman grappler Sunil Kumar sprung a huge surprise by reaching the gold medal round on his maiden senior level appearance at the first ranking series event of the season in Rome.
- In the 87-kg category, Sunil began with a 2-1 win over American Patrick Anthony Martinez and followed it up with a commanding victory by fall over Venezuala’s Luis Eduardo Avendano Rojas in the semifinals.
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