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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS – 21 JANUARY 2020
1. Social Mobility Index 2020
- India has been ranked very low at 76th place out of 82 countries on a new Social Mobility Index compiled by the World Economic Forum.
- In the report, the countries have been ranked on the basis of ‘better life’ they could ensure for children in comparison to their parents.
- The Index has followed five determinants of social mobility – health, education, technology access, work opportunities-working conditions and fair wages and finally, social protection and inclusive institutions.
- Denmark has topped the charts. The most socially mobile societies in the world are all European. And Sri Lanka has topped on social mobility among the South Asian nations.
- Also lists India among the five countries that stand to gain the most from a better social mobility score that seeks to measure parameters necessary for creating societies where every person has the same opportunity to fulfill his potential in life irrespective of socioeconomic background.
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WEF – Founder: Klaus Schwab Trending
Founded: January 1971
Headquarters: Cologny, Switzerland
2. JP Nadda elected unopposed as 11th BJP National president
- Jagat Prakash Nadda was elected as the 11th President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the national level.
- Nadda succeeds Amit Shah who served as the BJP National President for 5.5 years.
- Earlier, Nadda was appointed as the working president of the BJP in June 2019 after the then serving President Amit Shah won the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
- He is a member of the Rajya Sabha from Himachal Pradesh and Parliamentary Board Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
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BJP – Founded: 6 April 1980
Founders: Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani.
3. ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ Programme
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with school students in his ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha-2020 programme.
- The third edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha was organised at Talkatora Indoor Stadium in Delhi.
- Over 2,000 students, parents and teachers participated from all over the country.
- There will be extensive discussions and insightful conversations on a wide range of subjects relating to examinations, especially how to remain happy as well as stress free during exam season.
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1st edition of Prime Minister’s Interaction Programme with school and college students ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha 1.0’ was held at Talkatora Stadium on February 16, 2018.
3. Veteran Odia Hindustani vocalist passes away
- Eminent Indian classical singer and daughter of noted Odia poet Baikunthanath Patnaik, Sunanda Patnaik passed away.
- Singer of Gwalior gharana of classical music, Sunanda was referred to as ‘Guruma’ in the classical music circle.
- Her popular devotional Odia song ‘Jeevana Patra Mo Bhariccha Kete Mote’ that was penned by her father still holds a special place in the hearts of Odias.
- Sunanda was honoured with the Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1970 and 1971 and the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for the year 2012.
4. Indian wrestlers win 7 medals at Rome Ranking Series
- Indian wrestlers had a stellar run in the Rome Ranking Series in Italy, returning with 7 medals, including four golds.
- Bajrang Punia and Ravi Kumar Dahiya claimed gold medals in the tournament.
- Vinesh Phogat, the World Championships bronze medalist, was on fire in the event as she completely mauled her opponents’ en route her maiden Ranking Series gold and Anshu Malik won silver in the women’s competition.
- In Greco-roman, Gurpreet Singh won gold in 82 kg category.
- Sunil Kumar settled for silver in the 97kg category while Sajan Bhanwal got a bronze in the 77 kg category.
5. Coronavirus in China
- China reported a mysterious SARS-like virus has spread across the country, has now spread to Beijing and Shenzhen cities of China.
- So far, the authorities have reported a total of 198 confirmed cases of coronavirus containment and death of 3 people.
- The new coronavirus strain has caused alarm because of its connection to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.
- A few cases of coronavirus infection have been reported from Thailand and Japan as well.
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SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, is the disease caused by SARS coronavirus.
CHINA Capital: Beijing
President: Xi Jinping