Current Affairs Capsule January 2020

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Current Affairs Capsule January 2020


  • The Kerala Legislative Assembly passes resolution demanding the centre to withdraw the Citizenship Amendment Act.
  • Sports events in 2020 
    • Olympics – Tokyo – July 24 to August 9
    • ICC T20 World Cup – Australia - October 18 to November 15
    • U17 Women’s World Cup Football – India – November 2 to November 21
  • Kerala plans a project to set up Social Volunteer Corps to handle disaster management and in case of emergencies.
    • The aim is to have 1 volunteer per 100 persons and will comprise of volunteers in the age group between 16 and 60.
  • Rajesh Kumar Singh IAS appointed as the new principal secretary (Finance) of Kerala.
  • Senior women’s national volleyball championship
    • Champions – Kerala
    • Runner up – Railways
    • Venue – Bhubaneswar
  • Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has announced that it will declare one day in a week (Friday) as public transport day.
    • Managing Director of KMRL – Alkesh Kumar Sharma
  • Kerala’s tableau which was rejected for Republic day parade – Art and Architecture of the State.
  • The women forest range officer of Attapadi who died in an accident while on duty – Sharmila Jayaram.
    • Sharmila Jayaram implemented the scheme ‘Aranyakam’ by which tribal school children were provided with books and other study implements.
  • International Weightlifting Federation ranking – Mirabhai Chanu of India ranked 8th among the list.
  • ISRO plans to launch the first unmanned Gaganyan test flight carrying a humanoid robot 
    • The robot is named as ‘Vyommitra’.
vyomitra robot

  • The Central Govt has appointed a committee under Additional Secretary Gyanesh Kumar IAS to implement the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya case.
  • Alappuzha and Mahe marked the highest temperature in the country on the first day of 2020 with a reading of 35.6 degree celcius.
  • Adani group acquires 75% stake in Krishnapatnam port in Andhra Peadesh.
  • World ranking – Table tennis Under 21 category by International Table Tennis Federation –
    • 1st – Manav Thakkar
    • 2nd – Archana Kamath (under 21 women’s category)
  • DIG Anup Kuruvilla John appointed as the head of Anti Terrorism Squad of Kerala.
  • Kerala health minister K K Shaijala honoured with visiting professor post by Moldova University.
  • KAPA – Kerala Anti Social Activities Prevention Act
  • The aerial survey of Kerala Semi High Speed Rail project completed.
  • The agency which conducted the survey – GeoKno India Pvt Ltd.
  • Traffic awareness animation video created by Malappuram police - ‘Narmathiloode Marmathilek’.
Narmathiloode Marmathilek




  • Programme of National Health Mission launched in Kozhikode district to help smokers to quit smoking – ‘Quit to care – anti smoking campaign’
             As part of this campaign, student volunteers from Govt and Aided schools in the     district will commence door to door survey to identify people with the habit of smoking.
  • 4.5 km long cake baked in Thrissur with the aim to beat Guiness record.
  • The chief justice entrusted the task of reviewing the Sabarimala verdict to a 9 judge constitution bench.
  • The National Centre for Performing Arts plans a musical odyssey to pay tribute to India’s lunar mission ‘Chandrayan’ and the scientists behind it.
  • The election commission announces Delhi assembly polls on 8th February.
    • Chief Election Commissioner – Sunil Arora
  • Finland Prime Minister proposes 4 day working week in the country letting the people to spend more time with their families.
  • Awkwafina became the first Asian American woman to win Golden Globe award for best actress.
  • ICC committee led by India’s former cricketer Anil Kumble will discuss the proposal for 4 day test matches.
  • Cooch Behar trophy – related to – Cricket.
  • Kerala PSC has decided to launch AADHAR based biometric verification system for candidates appearing for its online recruitment examinations.
  • The Agricultural Ministry, Govt of Kerala plans to set up resources centres – VAIGA centres in all 14 district.
    • VAIGA – Value Addition for Income Generation in Agriculture.
    • Agriculture minister of Kerala – V S Sunilkumar.
  • Global investors meeting ASCEND 2020 begins in Kochi.

ascend kerala 2020




  • New timing of ESI dispensaries in Kerala – 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • SEBI has directed the corporate companies to separate the post of Chairman and Managing Director to improve the efficiency of governance.
    • This is based on the report of Uday Kottak committee.
    • SEBI – Securities and Exchange Board of India
  • New food safety commissioner of Kerala – A R Ajayakumar.
  • Anti Terrorist Squad police station to be set up at – Nedumbassery.
  • Malappuram tops the list of World’s fastest growing urban areas according to a survey published by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
    • Kozhikode and Kollam stands at 3rd and 10th position in the list respectively.
  • National Hydrology project ranking – first position – Gujarat.
    • Kerala – 8th position.
  • State Election Commissioner of Kerala – V Bhaskaran.
  • Best footballer of Africa award to Sadio Mane (Senegal). 

sadio mane



  • First athletes to represent the newly formed union territory of Leh and Laddakh in a national level competition – Nusrat Rahman and Yasmeen Batool.
  • Odakuzhal award for – N Prabhakaran.
    • Book – Mayamanushyar.
  • ATP Qutar Open mens doubles tennis champions – Rohan Boppanna and Wesley Koolhof.
  • The Sultan of Oman, Quaboos Bin Said passes away.
    • He is the longest serving ruler of the middle east.
Sultan Quaboos Bin

  • Kerala state plans to set up Cancer Care Board for coordinating cancer care as well as preventive activities in the state.
    • Cancer care programmes, Awareness campaigns, Purchase of drugs etc will be coordinated by the board.
    • There will be state and district committees. The Health Minister will be the chairperson of the state level committee and DMO will head the district committee.
  • New director of National Book Trust – Lt Col Yuvraj Malik.
  • The Hollywood star who recited the poem “Where the mind is without fear” by Rabindranath Tagore in a protest on climate change – Martin Sheen.
  • The Indian American who completed the initial astronaut candidature training and is shortlisted for mission assignment by NASA – Raja Jon Vurputoor Chari.


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