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Daily Current Affairs 2 January 2020
Air Marshal Vibhas Pande VSM assumes charge as Air-Officer-In-Charge Maintenance.
Air Marshal Vibhas Pande VSM has taken over as Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance of Indian Air Force with effect from 01 Jan 2020. Air Officer was commissioned as Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) in IAF on 29 Aug 1984. He started his career as Engineering Officer in IAF with fighter aircraft and later also gained experience in maintenance operations on transport aircraft and helicopters. He has flown nearly 1200 hrs on helicopters as Flight Engineer and has also been Air Force Examiner for Rotary Wing aircraft.
Air Officer is a Post Graduate in Reliability Engineering from IIT Powai, Mumbai. He is also an alumnus of College of Air Warfare and National Defence College.
Indore tops national cleanliness rankings for first two quarters.
The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has announced the results of the 1st and 2nd quarters of the Swachh Survekshan 2020. Indore has topped the cleanliness charts for two consecutive quarters among cities with over 10 lakh population while Kolkata was the worst performer. Jamshedpur has topped the cleanliness charts for two consecutive quarters among cities with 1 lakh to 10 lakh population.
Some key results of the Swachh Survekshan 2020:
Top three cities with over 10 lakh population in 1st quarter (April to June):
- Indore (Madhya Pradesh)
- Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)
- Surat (Gujarat)
Top three cities with over 10 lakh population in 2nd quarter (July to September):
- Indore (Madhya Pradesh)
- Rajkot (Gujarat)
- Navi Mumbai (Maharashtra)
Top three cities with 1 lakh to 10 lakh population in 1st quarter (April to June):
- Jamshedpur (Jharkhand)
- New Delhi
Top three cities with 1 lakh to 10 lakh population in 2nd quarter (July to September):
- Jamshedpur (Jharkhand)
- Chandrapur (Maharashtra)
Among the Cantonment Boards, the rankings in 1st quarter (April to June) were as follows:
- St.Thomas Mount Cantonment (Tamil Nadu)
- Jhansi Cantonment (Uttar Pradesh)
- Delhi Cantonment (Delhi)
Among the Cantonment Boards, the rankings in 2nd quarter (July to September) were as follows:
- Delhi Cantonment Board (Delhi)
- Jhansi Cantonment Board (Uttar Pradesh)
- Jalandhar Cantonment Board (Punjab)
Secunderabad Cantonment Board in Hyderabad is the worst performer among other cantonment boards.
NITI Aayog releases SDG India Index and Dashboard 2019.
NITI Aayog has released the 2nd edition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index. According to the SDG India Index, India’s composite score has improved from 57 in 2018 to 60 in 2019. India is the first country in the world with a government-led, sub-national measure of progress on Sustainable Development Goals.
The SDG India Index 2019 tracks progress of all States and UTs on 100 indicators drawn from the MoSPI’s National Indicator Framework (NIF). The SDG India Index has been developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), United Nations in India, and Global Green Growth Institute.
Classification criteria based on SDG India Index score is as follows:
- Aspirant: having score in the range of 0–49.
- Performer: having score in the range of 50–64.
- Front Runner: having score in the range of 65–99.
- Achiever: having score in the range of 100.
Some key results of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index:
Niti Aayog has given India an overall score of 60 points, driven mostly by progress in clean energy and sanitation (88); peace, justice and strong institutions (72); and affordable and clean energy (70). Kerala achieved the first rank in the composite SDG Index with a score of 70, followed by Himachal Pradesh at 69. Bihar is at the bottom of Niti Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index.
Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System launched by EC.
The Election Commission of India has launched a Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System (PPRTMS). The system enables the applicants to track the status of the applications for the party registration. The Commission has also amended the guidelines for registration which came into force from 1st January 2020. Under the new guidelines, the applicants applying for the party registration from 1st of January 2020 will be able to track the progress of applications and will get the status through SMS and e-mail.
ISRO will set up launch port for small satellite launch vehicles.
The ISRO Chairman announced that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will establish a 2nd launch port in Thoothukodi district in Tamil Nadu.
This launch port will be used exclusively to launch small satellite launch vehicles. The launch port will be established in 2300 acres. He announced that the process of Astronaut selection is over for India’s 1st manned mission to outer space i.e. “Gaganyaan” to be launched by 2022.
The ISRO Chairman also announced that the Government has approved the Chandrayaan–3 mission to the moon, comprising of a lander and a rover.
Nepal launches ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’ campaign.
- President of Nepal launched the “Visit Nepal Year 2020” during the ceremony held at historic Dasaratha Rangashala in Kathmandu. Mythical creature Yeti has been selected as mascot of the campaign.
- The ambitious campaign is aimed to promote tourism in Nepal and to attract 2 million tourists in 2020. The Visit Nepal 2020 campaign was launched in all the seven provinces of Nepal.
- Nepal is one of the World’s fascinating tourist destination and the government has a goal of making tourism one of the key pillars of the Nepali economy.
Palau becomes 1st nation to ban ‘reef toxic’ sun cream.
The Pacific nation of Palau has become the first country to ban sun cream which is harmful to corals and sea life. The ban prohibits sun cream containing any of the 10 ingredients which includes oxybenzone and octinoxate, that absorbs ultraviolet light.
A lagoon in Palau’s Rock Islands is a Unesco World Heritage site. Palau is renowned for its marine life and is regarded as one of the world’s best diving destinations.
Umaro Cissoko Embalo wins Guinea-Bissau presidential election.
Umaro Cissoko Embalo has won the Guinea-Bissau‘s presidential election. According to the National Electoral Commission of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro won the presidential election with 53.55% of votes. He will replace the incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz.