Current Affairs Capsule – January 29, 2020
- January 29, 2020
- Posted by: Team CP
- Category: Current Affairs Capsule
- Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Qatar on 28th January, 2020 replacing Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. Qatar’s ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani through a royal decree appointed him after the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah was accepted. Qatar’s Emir also appointed Abdulaziz bin Faisal bin Muhammad Al Thani as the new Commander of the nation’s internal security forces.
- Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who last served as India’s envoy to the US, took charge as the new Foreign Secretary on 29th January, 2020 for a fixed two-year term. He will succeed Vijay Gokhale. Mr Shringla is a 1984-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service. He has served as the High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh and Ambassador of India to Thailand. He has also served in France, Vietnam, Israel and South Africa. In the Ministry of External Affairs here, Shringla served as Joint Secretary looking after India’s ties with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives. He has also headed the United Nations Political and SAARC divisions in the Ministry. Earlier, he served as Director of the Northern Division dealing with Nepal and Bhutan and as Deputy Secretary of the Europe West Division.
- Indian Navy launched Operation Vanilla on 28th January, 2020 to help cyclone-hit Madagascar. INS Airavat, whose mission was deployed, has been diverted for the relief operations. The Operation has been launched to assist the population of Madagascar that were affected by Cyclone Diane. Madagascar is an island country in the Indian Ocean. It is the fourth largest island in the world.
- British Chancellor Sajid Javid launched a commemorative 50 paise coin marking United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (EU). The coins have the inscription “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations” and the date of 31st January. Prime Minister of UK Boris Johnson signed the Brexit Agreement to leave the bloc, on 24th January, 2020.
- India celebrated the 155th birth anniversary of the freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai on 28th January, 2020. He was popularly known as “Punjab Kesari”. He was one third of the Lal Bal Pal triumvirate. He was born on 28 January, 1865 in Punjab. The three leaders changed the political discoursed of the Indian Freedom Movement. They mobilized Indians across the countries and strengthened the Swadeshi Movement. He founded several institutions and organizations such as the Hisar Bar Council, Hisar Arya Samaj, Hisar Congress and National DAV Managing Committee.
- West Bengal became the fourth state in the country to pass an Anti-CAA resolution on 27th January, 2020. The West Bengal State Assembly had previously passed a similar resolution against NRC in September 2019. Kerala was the first state to pass an anti-CAA resolution. Punjab and Rajasthan also passed similar resolutions. According to West Bengal, the act does not stick to secularism. Also, the state claims that NPR, CAA and NRC are co-related. CAA stands for Citizenship Amendment Act, which was enacted into law on 12th December, 2019. The act provides citizenship to the Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Christian and Parsi refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who sought refuge in India on or before 31st December, 2014.
- The Government of India on 27th January, 2020 signed an accord with the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), an insurgent group of Assam, providing political and economic benefits to the Bodo tribes. The tripartite agreement has been signed by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, the leadership of four factions of the NDFB, Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary of the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), Ministry of Home Affairs and Kumar Sanjay Krishna, Chief Secretary of Assam.
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Q1. Who has been appointed as the new Foreign Secretary of India?
- Vijay Gokhale
- Ruchi Ghanshyam
- Harsh Vardhan Shringla
- Rajeev Chander
Q2. Who launched Operation Vanilla to help cyclone-hit Madagascar?
- Indian army
- Indian Navy
- Indian Air Force
- All of the above
Q3. Who among the following was popularly known as Punjab Kesari?
- Bhagat Singh
- Bal Gangadhar Tilak
- Lala Lajpat Rai
- Bipin Chandra Pal
Q4. Which was the first state to pass an anti-CAA resolution?
- West Bengal
Q5. When were the first Grammy Awards held?