Current Affairs 4th January 2020

1. Chinese firm gets contract for RRTS project

The National Capital Region Transport Corporation has awarded a contract to a Chinese company, Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Company Limited, for the construction of a 5.6-kilometer, underground stretch, from New Ashok Nagar to Sahibabad, of the Delhi-Meerut RRTS project. The contract will be awarded a certain set of procedures and guidelines.

2. Kurla railway station to get 80 electric bikes

The Central Railway along with mobile application-based electric bike-sharing platform Yulu will be introducing 80 e-bikes outside the west side of Kurla railway station. The bike services are being introduced particularly to provide connectivity between Kurla and Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC). Commuters will be able to travel using electric bikes from Kurla railway station from February 2021.

3. PMC’s “plug and key” garbage processing units

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has introduced ‘plug and key’ garbage processing units to save time and money. The new units installed on vehicles with various types of mesh attached with a conveyor belt will segregate dry garbage. Post segregation of garbage, the residue will be sent to scientific landfilling in Uruli garbage depot which is lawful as per National Green Tribunal order.

4. Shah releases “National Police K-9 Journal”

Union Home Minister Amit Shah released the inaugural issue of “National Police K-9 Journal” on 2 Jan 2021. The journal comprises different sections in Hindi and English. A special “Police K9 Cell’ was established in November 2019 under the Police Modernisation Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs with the mandate of ‘Mainstreaming and Augmentation of Police Service K9s in the country:

5. Lenovo to start manufacturing tablets in India

Personal Computer (PC) maker Lenovo is going to start manufacturing tablets in India through an original design manufacturer. The company is also planning to increase laptop manufacturing facility by about 10 times at its Puducherry facility. Lenovo was ranked second after HP in terms of shipment of personal computers (PCs) in India in July-September 2020 period.

6. Uliyin Osai director llavenil passes away

Tamil director and writer ilavenil passed away in January 2021. The director is known for his film Uliyin Osai, which was written by Karunanidhi, and produced by S. P. Murugesan. The film released on 4th July 2008 and it featured Vineeth and Keerthi Chawla in the lead roles. Ilavenil had worked in popular movies like Alladista, Pen Singam.

7. Tesla opens its biggest supercharger facility

Tesla launched the world’s largest Supercharger station in China’s Shanghai with 72 charging stalls in Jan 2021. Tesla beat its own record of single-point EV super-charging station with 56 stalls opened in California in November 2020. The new superchargers come with a charging capacity of the 120 kW while the superchargers in California get a much faster 250 kW charging speed.

8. Bihar govt installs IT devices to water towers

Bihar’s Panchayati Raj Department has installed computer-based application to keep a tab on the operation of motorised pumps across Bihar. All water towers would be equipped with specially designed device, internet of things, to calculate operation time of pumps and flow of water from the towers. The device will also detect wastage or excessive use of water by the people.

9. FSSAI slashes limit for trans fat levels

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has capped the amount of trans fatty acids (TFA) in oils and fats to 3% for 2021 and 2% by 2022 from the current permissible limit of 5% through an amendment to the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Regulations. Trans fats are associated with increased risk of heart attacks and death from coronary heart disease.

10. PM Modi delivers inaugural address at NMC

PM Modi virtually inaugurated the National Metrology Conclave on January 4th, 2021. The theme of the conclave was ‘Metrology for the Inclusive Growth of the Nation!’. The conclave has been organized by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL). CSIR-NPL has completed 74 years after its inception.

11. DRDO to boost mushroom farming in Northeast

Defence Research Laboratory (DRL), under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), has conducted a three-day skill development program on mushroom farming and spawn production technology in Jan 2021. In the training session, participants from Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, and Assam have imparted training on oyster mushroom cultivation technology.

12. Woolly rhino from the Ice Age found in Russia

A well-preserved Ice Age woolly rhino with many of its internal organs still intact has been recovered from permafrost in Russia’s extreme north. The carcass was found on the bank of the Tirekhtyakh river in the Abyisk district, close to the area where another young woolly rhino was recovered in 2014. Scientists dated the carcass as anywhere from 20,000- to 50,000-years-old.

13. L&T bags over Rs. 7,000 Cr order from HPCL

L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering (LTHE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Larsen & Turbo has bagged an over Rs. 7,000 crore order from HPCL Rajasthan Refinery Ltd (HRRL) for setting up a dual-feed cracker unit. HPCL Rajasthan Refinery Ltd is a joint venture between Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) and the Government of Rajasthan.

14. Train services started in Bengaluru airport

The much-awaited train services from Bengaluru city to Kempegowda International Airport has started on the 4th January 2021. The first train left KSR Bengaluru at 4.45 am and reached the newly-built halt station near the Airport at 5.50 a.m. This train service comes as a huge relief for passengers and thousands of people working at the airport.

15. S Muralidhar: New Chief Justice of Orissa HC

Justice S Muralidhar took oath as the new Chief Justice of Orissa High Court on the 4th of January 2021. Justice Muralidhar is the 32nd Chief Justice of Orissa High Court. He succeeds his predecessor Justice Mohammad Rafiq, who has been transferred and appointed as the new Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

16. Germany approves over €1bn in arms deal

The German government approved a total of €1.16 billion ($1.41 billion) in arms exports during 2020 to countries involved in both the Yemen and Libya conflicts. In 2020, the German government signed off on weapons exports to countries involved in the deadly conflicts in Yemen and Libya. Germany is one of the top five arms exporters worldwide, along with the US, Russia, France, and China.

17. US gov passes Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act

The U.S. Congress has passed the ‘Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act’ for Pakistani women. The bill now heads to the White House for US President Donald Trump to sign into law. The bill requires the US Agency for International Development to award at least 50 percent of scholarships under a Pakistan-based higher education scholarship program to Pakistani women, from 2020 to 2022.

18. January 4: World Braille Day

World Braille Day is observed on January 4 every year on the birth anniversary of Louis Braille who was the inventor of the Braille language. Louis Braille has created a language called “Braille” for the visually impaired so that they can also read and write. The first-ever World Braille Day was celebrated on January 4 in 2019 after it was approved by the United Nations General Assembly.

19. Malayalam Poet Anil Panachooran dies

Well-known Malayalam poet and lyricist Anil Panachooran died at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram at night after suffering a heart attack on 3rd January 2021. Anil Panachooran who tested positive for COVID-19 was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Kollam district. He was known for his famous lyrics in movies like Arabikadha and Madambi.

20. FAU-G to be launched on Republic Day

Highly awaited mobile video game FAU-G is all set to launch on India’s 71th Republic day on 26th January 2021. FAU-G will be a third-person shooter game featuring a level based on the recent Indo-China clashes in eastern Ladakh. The launch date of the FAU-G game was announced by nCore Games by its brand ambassador and Bollywood star Akshay Kumar.

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