Daily Current Affairs 20 January 2020: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 20 January 2020. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 20 January 2020. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 20 January 2020 Current affairs test.

National News

1. Conference on Census 2021

  • Conference of the Chief Secretaries and Administrator State and Union Territories on Census 2021 and updating of National Population Register was held in New Delhi.
  • Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India: Dr Vivek Joshi.

2. National Immunization Day

  • Government of India is planning to hold a polio National Immunization Day (NID) January 19, 2020.
  • Polio, short for poliomyelitis, or infantile paralysis, is an infectious disease caused by the poliovirus.

3. K-4 Ballistic Missile

  • The nuclear-capable K-4 ballistic missile has been successfully test-fired by DRDO at Vizag coast in Andhra Pradesh.
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation is an agency of the Government of India, charged with the military’s research and development, headquartered in New Delhi, India.
  • Dr G. Satheesh Reddy is an Indian Aerospace Scientist and the current Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, Government of India and Director General, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA).

4. National Disaster Response Force

  • National Disaster Response Force celebrated its 15th Raising Day on 19th January 2020.
  • The National Disaster Response Force is a specialised force constituted “for the purpose of specialist response to a threatening disaster situation or disaster” under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
  • The “Apex Body for Disaster Management” in India is the National Disaster Management Authority.
  • Minister responsible: Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs || Motto: Saving Lives & Beyond || Headquarters: New Delhi || Agency executive: SN Pradhan, IPS, Director General; || Founder: Government of India || Founded: 2006

International News

1. S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems

  • Russia will deliver all S-400 air defence systems to India by 2025.
  • Russia: Capital: Moscow || Currency: Russian ruble || President: Vladimir Putin

2. International Children’s Film Festival

  • The 9th edition of International Children’s Film Festival has started in Kolkata.
  • It is inaugurated by National Award winner Children actor, Talha Arsad Rishi.

3. Novel Corona Virus in China

  • Wuhan city of China is in grip of a new respiratory virus called Novel Corona-virus.
  • It has been identified as a new strain of coronavirus of the same family as the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
  • A different coronavirus caused the SARS outbreak in China in 2003 which killed nearly 800 people

Business News

1. Centre for Excellence in Blockchain Technology

  • A Centre for Excellence in Blockchain Technology has been set-up by National Informatics Centre in Bengaluru.
  • National Informatics Centre is an attached office under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. NIC provides infrastructure to help support delivery of Government IT services and delivery of some of the initiatives of Digital India.
  • Founded: 1976 || Headquarters location: New Delhi || Director General: Neeta Verma

2. The 50th World Economic Forum

  • Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal will lead the Indian delegation to the 50th World Economic Forum at Davos.
  • Theme: ‘Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World’.
  • The World Economic Forum meeting in Davos engages the world’s top leaders to shape global, regional and industry agendas every year.
  • World Economic Forum: Headquarters: Cologny, Switzerland || Founded: January 1971 || Leader: Klaus Schwab || Motto: Committed to improving the state of the world

3. NIC Tech Conclave-2020

  • The 2nd edition of NIC Tech Conclave-2020 begins in New Delhi.
  • Theme: ‘Technologies for Next-Gen Governance’

Sports News

1. ICC U-19 World Cup Cricket

  • The ICC Under-19 World Cup Cricket 2020 has begun in South Africa.
  • India is the defending champions in U19 World Cup 2018.
  • Chairman of ICC: Shashank Manohar || CEO: Manu Sahney || Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

2. Indonesia Masters Title 2020

  • Men’s Singles: Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia
  • Women’s Singles: Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand

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