1. Iran appointed US armed forces and Pentagon as ‘terrorist entities’
The Iranian parliament passed a triple-urgency bill that designates the US army and the Pentagon as a terrorist entity.
- To take revenge for the US killing of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the Bill further requires the government to allocate 200 million euro to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force.
- Iraq’s Popular Forces Commander Abu Mahdi al-Modandis and Iran’s IRGC’s Quds Force Commander General Soleimani as well as eight other military men were killed by the US Army.
2. According to NSO, India’s GDP growth rate for 2019-20 estimated at 5%
The Indian economy is evaluated to grow at 5 percent in 2019-20 as against 6.8 percent in the previous fiscal.
- According to the first advance estimates of national income released by the National Statistical Office, the decline was mainly on account of deceleration in manufacturing sector growth, which is expected to come down to 2 percent in 2019-20 from 6.2 percent in the year-ago fiscal.
- The deceleration was also testified in sectors like agriculture, gas, construction and electricity, and water supply.
3. J&K registered highest Inpatient Department care in the country
Jammu and Kashmir recorded the highest Inpatient Department, IPD care in the country.
- According to the state-wise fact sheets released by National Health Systems Resource Centre, New Delhi, overall all women in J&K are availing Antenatal Care services.
- The 96 percent IPD care in rural areas of J&K is provided by Public Health Facilities which is highest against the country’s average of 85 percent as per the report.
4. Ravindra Nath Mahto appointed as Jharkhand Assembly Speaker
In Jharkhand, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) legislator Ravindra Nath Mahto from Nala constituency was unanimously elected as the new Assembly Speaker.
- Protem Speaker Stephen Marandi controlled the oath to the newly elected Speaker of the State Assembly.
- The newly-elected Speaker has been wished by Chief Minister Hemant Soren wished ton taking up the new position.
5. First-ever Antar-Rashtriya Yoga Diwas Media awards conferred to 30 media houses for promoting Yoga
On 08 Jan, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar conferred Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman to 30 media houses here.
- The honours were conferred in view of the media’s role in spreading the outreach of Yoga and making people more aware of the same in the country and overseas.
- Justice (Retd) CK Prasad, president of the Press Council of India, headed the six-member electoral panel that selected 30 out of the 132 entries received in 16 Indian languages and English for the first ‘International Yoga Day Media Awards’.
6. Prakash Javadekar conferred the Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has conferred the first Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman to 30 media houses in New Delhi.
- The Ministry had started the award in June last year to mark the contribution of media in spreading the message of Yoga.
- Eight awards under the category Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Television, Eleven awards were conferred under the category of Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Newspapers.
and 11 awards were conferred under the category Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Radio.
7. Two Indian origin women named as the judges to criminal and civil courts
Two Indian origin women, Judge Archana Rao and Judge Deepa Ambedkar designated as judges to criminal and civil courts by New York mayor Bill de Blasio.
- Judge Archana Rao is designated to the criminal court of New York.
- Judge Deepa Ambedkar is designated to civil court in New York.
8. IMD summarized that 2019 is recorded as the seventh warmest year
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the year 2019 was recorded as the seventh warmest year since 1901. It also said that the heating was substantially lower than the highest warming observed in 2016.
- The reports said that 1,562 people died due to extreme weather events including avalanches floods, heatwaves, and thunderstorms.
- It highlighted that the average temperature over India during the year 2019 was above normal.
- The average annual mean surface air temperature in India during 2019 was 0.36 degrees Celsius above average recorded between 1981 and 2010 period.
9. Cabinet passed the MoU signed by India and UK to enable Energy Self-Sufficiency for Indian Railways
On 8 January 2020, the Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and the United Kingdom. The MoU intended for enabling Energy Self-Sufficiency for Indian Railways was signed by the Ministry of Railways with Department for International Development, Government of the United Kingdom on 2 December 2019.
- To be undertaken as a part of the endeavor for enabling energy efficiency and energy self-sufficiency for the Indian Railways, the countries accepted the scope of activities.
- To take necessary steps to enable energy efficiency and energy self-sufficiency for Indian Railways, the MoU authorizes the parties to govern the subject matter in their respective countries, endeavor.
- They agreed for Energy planning for Indian Railways including the Solar & Wind Energy sector, Adopting energy efficiency practices, Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure deployment, Enabling Fuel efficiency, Battery operated Shunting Locomotives.