Daily Current Affairs 21 January 2020: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 21 January 2020. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 21 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 21 January 2020 Current affairs test.

National News

1. Chapcharkut festival

  • The Chapcharkut festival will be celebrated in Mizoram.
  • The festival is generally celebrated after the completion of the Jhum cultivation, which is also known as the slash and burn agriculture.

2. Squadron of Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft

  • Indian Air Force has inducted its first squadron of Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft.
  • It is carrying the BrahMos missiles in the South at its Thanjavur based in Tamil Nadu.
  • Indian Air Force Day: 8 October.
  • Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria is the 26th Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force.

3. National Tribal Youth Exchange Programme

  • The 12th edition of National Tribal Youth Exchange Programme has started in Puducherry.
  • Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Dr Kiran Bedi inaugurated this Programme.

International News

1. Global Social Mobility Index 2020

  • The first edition of ‘The Global Social Mobility Report 2020’ was released by World Economic Forum.
  • India has ranked has 76th position with a score of 42.7 in ‘The Global Social Mobility Report 2020’.
  • Top Three:
  • 1. Denmark
  • 2. Norway
  • 3. Finland
  • World Economic Forum: Established: January 1971 || Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland || Founder & CEO: Klaus Schwab.

2. Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • The winners of the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced at an event held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, USA.
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Sam Rockwell, (Fosse/Verdon)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Michelle Williams, (Fosse/Verdon)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show)
  • Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series: Game of Thrones
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Renee Zellweger (Judy)
  • Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: Avengers: Endgame

3. Highest Australian Civilian Honour to Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

  • Australia has conferred its highest civilian honour ‘The Order of Australia honour’ on Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.
  • Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is an Indian billionaire entrepreneur. She is the chairperson and managing director of Biocon Limited, a biotechnology company based in Bangalore, India and the chairperson of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Business News

1. Zomato acquires Uber Eats

  • Zomato has announced the acquisition of Uber Eats business in India in an all-stock deal.
  • Zomato CEO: Deepinder Goyal.
  • Uber Technologies CEO: Dara Khosrowshahi.

2. Forex reserves as per World Gold Council

  • The RBI holds 625.2 tonnes of Gold, forming 6.6 per cent of its forex reserves as per World Gold Council (WGC).
  • RBI ranked sixth among central banks in buying gold abroad
  • The central banks of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Poland bought more than India in 2019.
  • The World Gold Council is the market development organisation for the gold industry. It works across all parts of the industry, from gold mining to investment, and their aim is to stimulate and sustain demand for gold.
  • Headquarters: London, United Kingdom || CEO: David Tait || President: David Harquail || Founded: 1987 || Subsidiary: World Gold Council, Research Division

3. Global Wealth and Lifestyle report

  • ‘Global Wealth and Lifestyle report’ is published by Swiss wealth management group Julius Baer Group.
  • Mumbai was ranked as the cheapest city for purchasing luxury goods and services.
  • Hong Kong was found to be the most expensive.

4. IMF cuts India’s Growth Rate

  • IMF has cut India’s Projected Growth Rate for 2019-20 to 4.8% and has projected 5.8% growth in next fiscal.
  • IMF: Headquarters: Washington, DC , United States || Managing Director: Kristalina Georgieva || Chief Economist: Gita Gopinath

Sports News

1. Rome Ranking Series

  • Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat has won the gold medal at the Rome Ranking Series 2020 held in Rome.
  • She defeated Ecuador’s Luisa Elizabeth Melendres in the 53 kg category

2. President of Archery Association of India

  • Union Minister Arjun Munda was elected as President of the suspended Archery Association of India.
  • Arjun Munda is a Minister of Tribal Affairs of Government of India. He was also Chief Minister of Indian state of Jharkhand. He has also served as a member of parliament having been elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from the prestigious Jamshedpur constituency in the 2009 parliamentary elections.

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