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News in Short - 13-January-2020

Discovery of rare undersea volcano

Date: 13 January 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Mysterious hums heard around the world back in 2018 have led to the discovery of an underwater volcano in the Indian Ocean.
  • The researchers have identified a seismically quiet area in the western part of the ocean which was affected by 'complex' activity.
  • The volcano was first just a deep magma chamber, it propagated to the surface and ultimately, the entire structure was born.

India amends rules to allow US aircrafts to do own ground handling

Date: 13 January 2020 Tags: Infrastructure
  • India will make exceptions for American airlines on its ground handling regulations that prohibit international carriers from operations beyond the check-in area.
  • However, these airlines will have to allow a security audit by Indian agencies, and ensure that Indian employees are tasked with sensitive operations.
  • U.S. airlines will have access control to the aircraft, can screen unaccompanied baggage, conduct secondary check of passengers at the ladder point and have security control of cargo.
  • The changes will be effected only for the US, though the Union Cabinet has provided a blanket permission for US, Canada and Australia.

Kolkata PortTrust named as Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee port

Date: 13 January 2020 Tags: Infrastructure
  • PM Narendra Modi celebrated the 150th anniversary of the historic Kolkata Port Trust and renamed the port after Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.
  • Development of waterways has improved Kolkata Port Trust's connectivity with industrial centres in east India, made trade easier for neighbouring countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
  • The Kolkata Port Trust is the oldest operating port in India, and was constructed by the British East India Company.

Government to cut unwanted expenditure by 20%

Date: 13 January 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Union government has decided to reduce wasteful expenditure on items such as travel and food by 20 percent.
  • A decision of this effect was taken at a recent meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Investment and Growth (CCIG), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The move is being seen as the Centre’s attempt to avoid fiscal slippage by containing non-development expenditure and controlling fiscal deficit well within the limit of budgeted target of 3.3 percent during 2019-20 financial year.
  • With the GDP growth expected to slow down to an 11-year low of 5 per cent during the ongoing fiscal, the task of maintaining fiscal discipline becomes more challenging.
  • The CCIG includes Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal as members.

Jasprit Bumrah set to receive Polly Umrigar award

Date: 13 January 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • India's pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah will receive the prestigious Polly Umrigar Award for his exploits in international cricket in the 2018-19 season.
  • While Bumrah gets the biggest prize in the men's category, Poonam Yadav will claim the top prize in women's section and will be awarded the best international cricketer.
  • Former India captains Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Anjum Chopra will be presented with the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award and the BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award for women respectively.