Current Affairs 20 January 2019

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Current Affairs 20 January 2019

Current Affairs:National

PM Modi Inaugurates India’s First Cinema Museum in Mumbai.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while inaugurating India’s first National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai today, said films are a “silent power” that can quietly bring about major social changes.This is the country’s first National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) at Films Division of India premises in Mumbai.A film facilitation office with single window has already been started for international film directors seeking permission to shoot in the country.

Methanol-blending in petrol reduces carbon dioxide emission

Methanol (M-15) blended with petrol and used in the existing BS-IV standard cars reduces carbon dioxide emission, a study conducted by Pune-based Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has shown.According to the ARAI, the study evaluated emissions in real-world conditions and used 15 per cent M-15 blend in vehicles and tested them for 3,000 km.“India imports 7 lakh crore worth of crude oil every year. Using alternative fuels, we can divert 2 lakh crore for farmers to boost agriculture.

India para-powerlifter fails dope test, banned for 4 years

Indian para-powerflifter Vikramsingh Adhikari has been handed a four-year ban by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for a second anti-doping violation.Clomiphene, which can be used to accelerate testosterone secretion, is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency 2017 Prohibited List under the category S4. Hormone and Metabolic Modulators is prohibited both in and out-of-competition.

BES EXPO 2019 begins, 25 countries displaying their products at Expo

TRAI Chairman RS Sharma inaugurated the 25th International conference and exhibition on terrestrial and satellite broadcasting, BES EXPO 2019 in New Delhi .The theme of the exhibition is “Next Gen Broadcasting in the IT World”.

Two-day Agri Vision concludes in Hyderabad

Agri-Vision 2019, a two-day conference on ‘Envisioning Agro Solutions for Smart and Sustainable Agriculture’ was held in Hyderabad.A panel discussion on Technology in Agri Entrepreneurship: Success Stories and Experiences from the progressive farmers was held.

Current Affairs:International

Chang’e-4 Moon mission cotton seeds sprout buds


China’s Chang’e 4 lunar probe hit headlines earlier this month after it successfully landed on the far side of the moon in a world first.Now seeds carried by the lunar lander have sprouted, marking the first instance of biological matter growing on the moon.

Volcano erupts on Kuchinoerabu island of Japan

A volcano erupted in Japan’s Kuchinoerabu island, but residents near the mountain remained unharmed.In 2015, all 140 people living on the island were evacuated after a violent eruption that sent black clouds up as high as 9,000 metres (29,500 feet) and produced a five-minute volcanic quake. Japan, with scores of active volcanoes, sits on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where a large proportion of the world’s earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are recorded.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven reelected for second term

Sweden ended a four-month political vacuum  when lawmakers elected Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to a second term, after he elbowed out the far-right to save one of Europe’s few left-wing governments.Government is formed in coalition with the Green Party and in budget cooperation with Center Party and the Liberals.

Current Affairs:Sports

Wasim Jaffer became the 1st Asian to slam 2 first-class double tons after turning 40

Vidarbha batsman Wasim Jaffer has become the first ever Asian batsman to slam two first-class double hundreds after turning 40, achieving the feat against Uttarakhand in Ranji quarter-finals on Thursday. Jaffer, aged 40 years and 335 days, slammed 206(296).

India 1st away team to win bilateral series in all formats in Australia

India defeated Australia in the third ODI today to clinch the three-match series 2-1. With this, India became the first visiting side to win a bilateral series (two or more matches) in all three formats in Australia.

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