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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS – 28TH JAN 2020 – GK TODAY
1. Coronavirus Outbreak
- An outbreak of a new coronavirus that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan has already killed at least 106 people in China and now the Infections have been confirmed in many other countries.
- Thailand and Hong Kong have each reported eight cases of infection; the United States, Taiwan, Australia and Macau have five each; Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia each have reported four; France has three; Canada and Vietnam have two; and Nepal, Cambodia and Germany each have one.
- A woman in Bihar is suspected to be infected by the coronavirus. Her blood samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for further investigation.
- The government of India has also set up a 24×7 helpline – 011-23978046.
- According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Coronavirus is similar to the viruses that cause serious illnesses ranging from the common cold to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
- Symptoms of Coronavirus include cough, fever, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties among others.This fever can transform to pneumonia and pneumonia can exacerbate many problems associated with the kidney.
- Since there is no vaccine is available to stop Coronavirus, the best policy to prevent Coronavirus is to avoid sea-food, clean your hands thoroughly before coming from anywhere or eating anything.
2. Maharashtra Government launches ‘Shiv Bhojan’ scheme
- The Maharashtra government launched its much-awaited ‘Shiv Bhojan’ scheme to provide affordable and quality food to all people, irrespective of their religion, cast, creed or financial status.
- The scheme is aimed at providing a meal, the lunch plates or thalisthat will comprise two chapattis, one vegetable sabzi, rice and dal to the poor for just 10 rupees.
- Under the Shiv Bhojan scheme, lunch plates or thalis will be made available to the poor at designated canteens and centres during a particular time in all districts of the state.
- Under the pilot scheme, at least one ‘Shiv Bhojan’ canteen has been started at district headquarters.Initially, 50 ‘Shiv Bhojan’ outlets will be set up for the beneficiaries and each canteen will serve at least 500 thalis per day.
- The thalis will be made available between 12 pm and 2 pm.
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Tamil Nadu had set up the first such canteen,AmmaUnavagamin 2013. Karnataka have also launched Indira Canteen before.
Maharashtra –also known as the City of Seven Islands or the Financial Capital of India.
Capital: Mumbai; Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari; Chief Minister: Uddhav Thackeray.
It is India’s second-most populous state and third-largest state by area.
3. ‘GATI’ portal launched to speed up and monitor Rs 3 lakh crore road projects
- The Union ministry of road transport and highways has launched an online portal ‘GATI’.
- The new portal has been prepared by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)on the lines of PRAGATI portal used by PMO
- The portal can be accessed from NHAI website and contractors, concessionaires can raise any project related issues on it.
- Issues raised on GATI portal will be monitored daily by a team of officers in NHAI and will be constantly reviewed by the senior officers of NHAI and the ministry of road transport and highways.
- This will not only bring transparency in the works but will also speed up the decision to boost the national highway construction work.
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Founded: 1988; Headquarters: New Delhi; Chairman:Sukhbir Singh Sandhu.
4. Ganga Yatra to begin from Bijnor, Ballia in UP
- The five-day Ganga Yatra under Namami Gange mission kicked off from Bijnor and Ballia in Uttar Pradesh.
- UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat and Union Minister Sanjeev Baliyan launched the yatra from Bijnor, a place where Ganga enters Uttar Pradesh.
- Governor Anandiben Patel, Union Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey and Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Modi will launch it from Ballia in eastern UP, where the holy river leaves the state to enter Bihar.
- The two yatras will cover more than 1350 kilometer route in 27 districts bother from road and water routes before culminating in Kanpur on January 31 where a grand function will be organised.
- 5-day long yatra under Namami Gange mission started amidst chanting of mantras and performance of Ganga aarti.
- The Yatra inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to promote biodiversity and to make the villages situated on the banks of the holy river more developed and prosperous.
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‘Namami Gange Programme’, is an Integrated Conservation Mission, approved as ‘Flagship Programme’ by the Union Government in June 2014to accomplish the twin objectives of effective abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of National River Ganga.
5. Govt signs ‘Historic’ Bodo Accord 2020
- The center government signed a peace agreement with the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), one of the dangerous militant groups in Assam which will ensure the bright future of the people of Assam as well as the Bodo tribe.
- The agreement provides political and economic benefits to the tribal areas without seeking a separate Bodoland state or union territory.
- The government of India has been signed three agreements with Bodo tribes so far for 27 years, first accord of which was signed by The All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) and the Government of India in 1993.
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The Bodo people are the largest tribe of Assam settled in the northern part of the Brahmaputra river valley.
In 1966 the Bodo tribals formed the Plains Tribal Council of Assam (PTCA) and demanded a separate union territory Udayachal.
6. UK introduces new fast-track visa to attract scientists
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a new fast-track visa to attract more of the world’s best scientists researchers and mathematicians from across the world, including India to the U.K. in hopes of creating a global science “superpower.”
- The new visa route will have no cap on the number of people able to come to the U.K. under the program.
- Johnson paired the announcement of the Global Talent route program for research into advanced mathematics.
- Britain is facing its biggest immigration shake-up in decades after it leaves the EU.
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UK – Capital:London; Monarch:Elizabeth II; Currency:Pound sterling.
7. India’s first war memorial for animals
- A first of its kind war memorial for animals is being planned in Meerut city, Uttar Pradesh that would be similar to the National War Memorial in Delhi but on a smaller scale.
- It will feature those animals that have lost their lives in counter-insurgency operations, mainly in Kashmir. And it will be unique since it will be devoted to service animals, mostly dogs, but also horses and mules.
- The memorial will be India’s first animal war memorial that recognize their heroics on the battlefield, devotion to duty and outstanding contribution to military service alongside soldiers.
- The memorial will come up at the Remount and Veterinary Corps (RVC) Centre and College in Meerut where the army breeds, rears and trains dogs, mules and horses.
- On top of the list of animals whose names will be inscribed on the memorial”s walls is Mansi, a Labrador who was posthumously ”mentioned in dispatches” (the highest honour that a dog can get in military service in India) four years ago for her role in a counter-infiltration operation in north Kashmir.