Current Affairs Capsule – January 6, 2020
- January 6, 2020
- Posted by: Team CP
- Category: Current Affairs Capsule
- Iran on 5th January, 2020 declared that it will no longer abide by any of the restrictions imposed by the 2015 nuclear deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The move comes after the US troops killed General Qassem Soleimani. According to the deal, Iran curbed its nuclear programme in exchange to relief from sanctions. The US had unilaterally abandoned the JCPOA on 8th May, 2018.
- Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on 6th January, 2020 inaugurated the National Stock Exchange (NSE) knowledge Hub, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered learning ecosystem that will assist insurance, banking and financial services, in New Delhi. It will help academic institutions in preparing future ready talent for the financial services industry.
- The third international symposium on Marine Ecosystems Challenges and Opportunities (MECOS-3) will be held in Kochi from 7th January to 10th January, 2020. Organised by the Marine Biological Association of India (MBAI), the symposium will provide a platform for discussion on a wide range of topics, including impact of climate crisis in marine ecosystems and unusual warming of the Arabian Sea.
- The Gujarat Government launched ‘Study in Gujarat’ campaign with an aim to make the state an educational hub at the national and international level. As a part of this campaign, a high-level delegation will hold road shows in 10 cities of India as well as in western Asian countries. As many as 22 private and government universities and 4 colleges of the state are participating in the campaign.
- The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on 4th January, 2020 issued a notice to the Chief Secretary of the Government of Rajasthan to submit a detailed report about the death of more than 100 children at a government run hospital in the Kota district of Rajasthan in the month of December in 2019. The report is to be submitted within four weeks. The Union Health Ministry has sent an expert panel to conduct gap analysis of clinical protocols, human resources and equipment and paediatric services. The NHRC is a public body constituted in 1993 under the Protection of Human Rights Act.
- The Speaker of the Tripura Legislative Assembly Rebati Mohan Das inaugurated the Lai Haraoba, a ritualistic festival observed by the Manipuri meitei communities since ancient times, in Agartala on 2nd January, 2020. The five day long festival is jointly organised by the Government of Tripura, Puthiba Lai Haraoba Committee and Puthiba Welfare & Cultural Society, Agartala. The festival aims to uphold tradition and cultural values of the Meitei community. Lai Haraoba is celebrated through oral literature, music, dance and rituals.
- Iran’s most powerful military commander General Qasem Soleimani has been killed by a US air strike at the Baghdad airport in Iraq on 3rd January, 2020. The 62-year-old spearheaded the Iranian military operations in the Middle East as Head of Iran’s elite Quds Force. Under his leadership, Iran had expanded its military presence in Syria and Iraq. According to Iran, Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was also amongst those killed. Meanwhile, in the wake of the attack, the global oil prices have soared by more than 4%.
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