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- The centre has signed an agreement with stakeholders from the State of Tripura, Mizoram and members of the Bru community bringing an end to the 22-year old Bru refugee crisis. The agreement was signed in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga and others in New Delhi. As per the agreement, over 30 thousand Bru refugees will be settled in Tripura. Addressing the media, Mr Shah said, the Centre has sanctioned 600-crore rupee package for the rehabilitation of the people from this community. He said, Bru refugees will get a 40 ´ 30 feet plot along with a fixed deposit of four lakh rupees, cash assistance of five thousand rupees per month for two years and free ration.
- India’s high power communication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully launched onboard Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana on 17 January. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the GSAT-30 aims to provide high-quality television, telecommunications and broadcasting services. The 3,357-kg GSAT-30 derives its heritage from ISRO’s earlier INSAT/GSAT satellite series, and is equipped with 12 C and 12 Ku band transponders, GSAT-30 will serve as replacement to the aging INSAT-4A spacecraft services with enhanced coverage. The satellite will provide Indian mainland and islands coverage in Ku-band and extended coverage in C-band covering Gulf countries, a large number of Asian countries and Australia. With a mission life of 15 years, GSAT-30 is an operational communication satellite for DTH, television uplink and VSAT services.
- Government has said that no documents will be asked for or biometric will be taken for National Population Register (NPR). Home Ministry officials said that a form carrying questions as part of the NPR exercise will be finished soon. They said most of the states have notified provisions related to the NPR. The NPR is a register of usual residents of the country. The NPR exercise will be carried out between April and September 2020 in all states and UTs, except Assam, along with the house listing phase of the census exercise. Assam has been excluded because the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise has already been conducted in the state. Union Cabinet has approved over three thousand 941 crore rupees for the NPR exercise.
- Eminent Sindhi writer Vasdev Mohi will be conferred with 29th Saraswati Samman. He has been selected for this prestigious literary award for his short stories collection Chequebook. This short stories collection talks about the agonies and sufferings of marginalized sections of the society. Saraswati Samman carries a cash award of 15 lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque. Mr Mohi has authored 25 books of poetry, stories and translations. He has also received Sahitya Akademi Award.
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dedicated to the nation the 51st K9 Vajra self-propelled Howitzer gun made by L&T at Hazira in Gujarat. The gun weighs 50 tonnes and can fire 47-kilogram bombs at targets up to a distance of 43 kilometers. It can also turn around at zero radius. Minister Rajnath Singh said that K9 Vajra-T guns are indeed future-ready combat vehicles that meet the requirement of 21st-century warfare including deep fire support to the longer firing range. He said that under the Make in India programme, India will be not only a manufacturing hub, but also a net defence exporter.
- Centre has accepted the recommendations of a special investigations team (SIT), headed by retired Delhi High Court Justice SN Dhingra which probed 186 cases of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed Supreme Court that the Centre will take appropriate steps on the SIT recommendations. Mr Mehta informed a bench comprising Chief Jusitce SA Bobde and Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant that a lot of steps are required to be taken and it will be taken. Appearing for police officials and they will file application seeking action against the cops who were allegedly involved in the ghastly crime. Referred to the SIT’s report, Mr Suri said the undercurrent is that police officials can’t go scot-free for the things which had happened.
- Person with disabilities (PwDs) and people over 80 years of age can now cast their vote in Delhi Assembly Election through postal ballot. For the first time, Delhi Metro, Northern Railway Employees and media persons covering polling can also use postal ballot facility to cast their votes. Till now, voting through postal ballot was available to armed forces and those assigned in poll duties.
- Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour has invited suggestions on the Industrial Relations Code, 2019 and Code on Social Security, 2019. People, NGOs, experts and institutions can send their memoranda containing views and suggestions separately on each code by visiting the website – www.loksabha.nic.in. The two codes introduced in the Lok Sabha were referred by the Speaker to the Standing Committee headed by MP Bhartruhari Mahtab.
- Fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India, CCI has ordered a probe against Flipkart and Amazon for alleged malpractices, including deep discounting and tie-ups with preferred sellers. The Delhi Vyapar Mahasangh has accused the e-commerce firms listing, exclusive tie-ups and private labels. In its order, the Commission said, it needs to be investigated whether the alleged exclusive arrangements, deep discounting and preferential listing by the opposite parties are being used as an exclusionary tactic to foreclose competition.
- Reserve Bank has asked banks and other card-issuing companies to provide facility to customers to switch on and off their debit or credit cards, a move aimed at enhancing security for digital transactions. The RBI said that at the time of issue or re-issue, all cards (physical and virtual) should be enabled for use only at contact based points of usage [ATMs and Point of sale (PoS) devices within India. The central Bank said issuers should provide cardholders a facility for enabling card not present (domestic and international) transactions, card present (international) transactions and contactless transactions.
- In Russia, entire federal government resigned after President Vladimir Putin announced that a range of constitutional changes are needed. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has also resigned. Tass news agency said Medvedev to become deputy head of the National Security Council, which is chaired by Putin. Prime Minister Medvedev said, the president’s proposals will significantly change Russia’s balance of power. Hours after the government resigned, President Putin proposed the head of Russia’s tax service Mikhail Mishustin for the post of prime minister. Putin, in his annual address to Parliament, proposed a referendum on amending Russia’s constitution to increase the powers of parliament, while maintaining a strong presidential system.
- China has advocated for package solution for reforms at United Nations Security Council. Reacting to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s statement in New Delhi on January 15, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in Beijing, that all parties have major differences on the issue of reforms in UNSC. He said that China would like to work with other members to find a package solution however he did not elaborate as to what a package solution constitute. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, yesterday at Raisina Dialogue, backed permanent membership of India and Brazil at UNSC to give due representation to developing world at the most powerful world body.
- With its sparkling show through 2019, India finished the year as the top shooting nation in the world, leaving behind Olympic heavyweights china and the USA. In terms of overall medals, the tally stood at 21 gold, six silver and three bronze as India topped all the Rifle-Pistol World Cups and Finals in a unforgettable year. While India leads the standings with 30 medals overall, China is second with 11 gold, 15 silver and 18 bronze for a total of 44 podium finishes. The USA is placed third with 15 medals including six gold, six silver and three bronze.
- India has announced its squad for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia starting February 21. The 15-member team led by Harman Preet Kaur will include Bengal’s rookie batswoman Richa Ghosh. 15-year-old Haryana schoolgirl Shafali Verma will also be playing her first global meet following some good performances at the international level in her first season. The selectors also announced a 16-member squad for a tri-series in Australia prior to the T20 World Cup, with Nuzhat Parveen being added as the 16th member. That tournament starts on January 31 and also features England.