National News Daily Current Affairs Update – 20 January 2016
ExamPariksha publishes relevant fact based Current Affairs daily to cover all important happening and developments in the National sphere in this section. Usually examiners ask GA GK questions in personal interviews focussing on recent events to check how informed you are, is an attempt to cover all important topics for such scenarios also.
- National Bravery Awards for the year 2015 have been announced. 25 Children will be conferred the award by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence on 24th January 2016. Two of the awards will be given posthumously.
- These awards have been initiated by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) in 1957. These awards give recognition to children who distinguish themselves by performing outstanding acts of bravery.
- Information and Broadcasting Secretary Sunil Arora has announced that as a part of the government’s effort to promote the Indian film industry and India’s “Soft Power”, it has been decided to institute a new award category under the National Film Awards titled “The Most Film Friendly State/UT“.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has officially declared Sikkim as the first organic state in the country. It will soon become the harbinger of organic farming not only in India but also around the world. The PM has also handed over the Organic Certificate to Chief Minister Pawan Chamling in Gangtok.
- Government has extended the time-line for its co-contribution facility under Atal Pension Yojana till 31st March.
- In an initiative has aimed at quick delivery of government services, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has launched ‘Amma Call Centre’, which is a round-the-clock call centre for ensuring fast response to grievances. Note that: Jayalalithaa is fondly addressed as ‘Amma’ (mother) by her supporters.
International News Daily Current Affairs Update – 20 January 2016
Questions about International Relations (IR) are often asked in interviews, written exams conducted by various recruiters. The following international news has important daily current affairs which you must know as an aspirant for exams conducted by UPSC and State PSCs.
- After US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become the second most popular leader on the social networking website Facebook.
- For the first time, China has launched an online system to check the “authenticity” of top Tibetan Buddhist monks, amid growing incidents of fraud involving religious leaders. The first list of 870 verified Tibetan monks, known as ‘Living Buddhas’. It is the first time information on the country’s religious leaders is accessible via the Internet.
Economics News Daily Current Affairs Update – 20 January 2016
- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has retained India’s growth projection at 7.3 per cent in the current fiscal, even as it cut world economic outlook to 3.4 per cent for 2016. In its update on World Economic Outlook (WEO), IMF has said China’s growth would slow to 6.3 per cent in 2016, but India would continue to grow at a “robust pace”.
- Homegrown auto major Tata Motors has appointmented ex-Airbus COO Guenter Butschek as its Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director.
Sports News Daily Current Affairs Update – 20 January 2016
- Russia’s Ivan Popov has won the 14th Delhi International Open chess Championship.
- Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey has passed away at age of 67 years. The Eagles were one of the most successful bands of the 1970s, with multiple hit singles including Hotel California.
- The Japanese national, Yasutaro Koide who was known as the world’s oldest man (112 Years) has passed away. Koide was born on March 13, 1903, has died two months short of his 113th birthday.
- Renowned Kannada filmmaker and lyricist Geethapriya has passed away. He had penned lyrics for over 250 immortal songs and has directed 40 films.
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