Daily Current Affairs 31 January 2020: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 31 January 2020. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 31 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 31 January 2020 Current affairs test.

National News

1. India’s first underwater metro

  • India’s first underwater metro project is set to complete its East-West Project of Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation by March 2022.
  • Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation, is a Government of India enterprise formed in 2008, implementing Kolkata Metro Line 2, also known as East West Metro, connecting the twin cities Kolkata and Howrah. The under construction metro rail route will be partly underground including the part that will be under the river Ganges.

2. World’s Largest Meditation Centre

  • The world’s largest meditation centre and the global headquarters of the Heartfulness Institute will be inaugurated at Kanha Shanti Vanam, Hyderabad.
  • Shri Ram Chandra Mission also named Heartfulness Meditation is a non-profit organization and a spiritual movement. It was registered in 1945 in India by Shri Ram Chandraji of Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. It has its current world headquarters at Kanha Shanti Vanam, Kanha village, Ranga Reddy District near Hyderabad, Telangana.

3. Indian Railways’ Milestone

  • Indian Railways is expected to switch entirely to electricity by 2024.
  • India is expected to make the entire railways network a ‘Net-zero Emission Network’ by 2030.
  • Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav

4. India’s first Super Fab Lab

  • India’s first Super Fab Lab was inaugurated in Kochi, Kerala under the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM).
  • It is built in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Fab Labs are fabrication laboratories that offer digital fabrication and computation.

5. National Handloom Expo 2020

  • The 17th Edition of National Handloom Expo 2020 has kicked off at Bhubaneswar.
  • It is organised by the Odisha State Handloom Weavers Co-op Society Limited (Boyanika), was inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

International News

1. World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) 2020

  • World Sustainable Summit 2020 is an annual event organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) at New Delhi.
  • Theme: ‘Towards 2030: Making the Decade Count’.
  • The Energy and Resources Institute is a research institute in New Delhi that specializes in the fields of energy, environment and sustainable development. Established in 1974, it was formerly known as the Tata Energy Research Institute.
  • Director-General of TERI: Dr Ajay Mathur

2. Operation Vanilla

  • Indian Navy has launched ‘Operation Vanilla’ to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief at Madagascar.
  • Madagascar: Capital: Antananarivo || Currency: Malagasy ariary

3. New PM of Qatar

  • Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdelaziz Al Thani has been appointed as new Prime Minister of Qatar.
  • Qatar Capital: Doha || Currency: Qatari riyal.

Business News

1. DefExpo 2020

  • The 11 edition of DefExpo 2020 will be held in Lucknow from February 5-9.
  • Theme: ‘Digital Transformation of Defence’.
  • DRDO will showcase indigenously-developed military systems, technologies at DefExpo 2020
  • DRDO: Headquarters location: New Delhi || Founded: 1958 || Motto: “Strength’s Origin is in Science” (Sanskrit) || Minister responsible: Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence || Chairman : Dr.G. satheeshreddy

2. Wipro CEO resigns

  • Wipro CEO and Managing Director Abidali Z Neemuchwala has decided to step down from the company.
  • He will continue until a successor is appointed for a smooth transition and to ensure that business continues as usual.
  • Founder: M.H. Hasham Premji || Owner: Azim Premji || Headquarters: Bangalore

3. BSE with Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) Futures Europe

  • Bombay Stock Exchange has signed a licensing agreement with Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) Futures Europe to serve the needs and interests to the Indian energy commodities space and market participants to access Rupee-dominated Brent benchmark prices.
  • The Bombay Stock Exchange is an Indian stock exchange located at Dalal Street, Mumbai. Established in 1875, the BSE is Asia’s oldest stock exchange.
  • Location: Mumbai || Founded: 9 July 1875 || Key people: Just. Vikramajit Sen; (Chairman); Ashishkumar Chauhan; (MD & CEO)
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4. OPPO with IIT Hyderabad

  • Chinese smartphone brand OPPO has signed an MoU with IIT Hyderabad to promote research in the field of science and technology.
  • Oppo: Head quarters: Dongguan, Guangdong, China || MD & CEO: Chen Mingyong

Sports News

1. Berlin Cycling Tournament

  • Indian cyclist EsowAlben has won Gold Medal in the men’s Keirin Individual Event of Berlin Cycling Tournament.
  • Capital of Germany: Berlin || Currency of Germany: Euro || Chancellor of Germany: Angela Merkel.

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