Daily GK Update : 28 January 2019, Daily Current Affairs 2020:
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National (Current Affairs)
♦ Piyush Goyal target Railways to run 100% on electricity by 2024
- Commerce and industry, and railways minister Piyush Goyal on 27th January said the entire network of the Indian Railways will run on electricity by 2024 and become a net-zero emission network by 2030.
- “By the year 2024, we expect the entire Indian Railways, which is about 125,000 km of track length and nearly 68,000 km of route length, to be 100% run on electricity.
Note: List of Project Targets
- PM vision of $ 5 trillion Economy-2025
- To Eliminate TB- 2025
- Housing for All- 2022
- Doubling Farmers income- 2022
- India to surpass china’s population- 2027
- Net zero carbon emitting in indian railways-2030
♦ Tongo join hands to NTPC as PMC for about 300 MW solar power projects in Togo
- The Letter of Engagement of NTPC as PMC for development about 300 MW Solar Power Projects by Togo was handed over here on 28th January by Mr. Kondi Mani, Charge d’ Affaire, Embassy of Togo, New Delhi.
- Togo is a Country in West Africa and Member of International Solar Alliance (ISA). The country has set an ambitious plan to achieve universal electricity access by 2030 with focus on capacity addition in Solar Power generation.
Note: About Togo
- Capital: Lome
- Currency: West African CFA franc
♦ Indian Railways commissions first Waste to Energy Plant in Bhubaneswar
- Indian Railways has commissioned country’s first governmental Waste to Energy Plant, having capacity of 500 Kg waste per day, in Mancheswar Carriage Repair Workshop at Bhubaneswar in East Coast Railway.
- This Waste to Energy Plant, a patented technology called POLYCRACK, is first-of-its-kind in Indian Railways and fourth in India.
International (Current Affairs)
♦ Diplomat Joao Vale de Almeida is appointed as first post-Brexit UK ambassador
- Portuguese diplomat Joao Vale de Almeida was appointed as the head of future EU diplomatic mission to the UK after Brexit on 24 January.
Appointment & Resign
♦ Sachin Bansal steps down as director of Ujjivan Small Finance Bank
- Sachin Bansal has resigned as independent director of Ujjivan Small Finance Bank, a role he took up in May 2019.
- Bansal said he was stepping down in the interest of propriety and to prevent conflict of interest arising out of the fact that his wholly-owned firm Navi Technologies has applied for a banking license.
Note: About Ujjivan Small Finance Bank
- Founder: Samit Ghosh
- Founded: 1 February 2017
- Headquarter: Bengaluru
- Tagline: We believe in your belief
♦ Anil Khanna nominated Life President of Asian Tennis Federation
- Senior sports administrator Anil Khanna, who recently decided not to contest the President’s post of the Asian Tennis Federation, was on 27th January nominated Life President of the continental body.
- Khanna had served as ATF President from 2005 to 2019 and also ITF Vice President from 2015-19.
♦ Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh gives away awards related to Republic Day 2020
- Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh gave away awards and prizes related to the Republic Day 2020 at Rashtriya Rangshala Camp, Delhi Cantt. On 28th January.
- There were a total of 22 tableaux including 16 from various states and union territories and remaining 6 from various ministries and departments.
- Best Tableaux Awards (States and Union territories): Assam’s (Theme-‘Land of Unique Craftsmanship and Culture)
- Best Tableaux Awards(Ministry): National Disaster Response Force
- Best Tableaux Awards (Departments): Jal Shakti Mission (Theme- Jal Jeveen Mission) Aims at providing functional tap connection to every rural household by 2024.
♦ Actor Jameela Malik passes away
- Actor Jameela Malik, known for her critically acclaimed roles in a handful of movies in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu, besides television serials, passed away.
♦ Producer Vinay Sinha passes away
- Filmmaker Vinay Sinha, best known for producing cult comedy “Andaz Apna Apna”, has paases away. He was 74.
♦ Sunita Chandra, former Indian women’s hockey captain, passes away
- Sunita Chandra, former India women’s hockey team captain, passed away in her sleep on Monday. Chandra Arjuna Award winner.
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