January 07, 2020 – UPSC Current Affairs: Key Prelims News Topics

107th Indian Science Congress (ISC)

  • This prestigious annual event was held at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bengaluru.
  • Focused on ‘Science and Technology for Rural Development,’ the ISC serves as a platform for scientists, researchers, and academicians to discuss scientific advancements and innovations.
  • The 107th edition notably included the Pride of India-Science Expo-2020 and the launch of the I-STEM website, aimed at fostering research collaboration across various Indian institutions.

American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Global Healthcare Summit

  • This summit, organized in Visakhapatnam, brought together healthcare professionals of Indian origin from around the world.
  • It provided a forum to discuss global health challenges and explore innovative solutions, reflecting the significant contribution of Indian-origin physicians in the global healthcare sector.

Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 in Nagaland

  • This act, applied to Nagaland, designates it as a ‘disturbed’ area, granting special powers to the Indian Armed Forces.
  • These powers include authority for search and arrest without warrants and use of force, reflecting the government’s approach to handling insurgency and maintaining order in the region.

Cyber Safe Women Initiative in Maharashtra

  • Launched by the Maharashtra Government, this initiative aims to enhance cyber safety awareness among women.
  • It involves organizing awareness camps across all districts to educate women about cybercrimes, their prevention, and legal remedies, highlighting the growing importance of cybersecurity in today’s digital age.

Lai Haraoba Festival in Tripura

  • This is a traditional cultural festival of the Manipuri Meitei communities, celebrated with great fervor in Tripura.
  • The festival includes traditional dance, music, and rituals, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Meitei community and its significance in the northeastern cultural landscape of India.

Foreign Exchange Reserves of India

  • India’s foreign exchange reserves reaching US$ 457.47 billion signifies the country’s economic strength and stability.
  • These reserves, comprising foreign currencies, gold reserves, and Special Drawing Rights, play a crucial role in managing the national economy and ensuring financial security.

FAME India Scheme

  • The Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India Scheme is a government initiative to promote electric vehicles (EVs).
  • With the approval of thousands of charging stations across the country, the scheme underscores India’s commitment to sustainable development and reducing carbon emissions.

Silk Processing Plant in Gujarat for Patola Sarees

  • The establishment of the first silk processing plant in Gujarat for Patola sarees aims to enhance the production of these traditional Gujarati sarees.
  • This initiative not only preserves cultural heritage but also contributes to local economies and sustainable textile practices.

Ayushman Bharat Scheme Hospital De-empanelment

  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s de-empanelment of 171 hospitals under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme for committing fraud reflects the government’s stringent measures to ensure the integrity and effectiveness of this significant healthcare initiative.

General Qasem Soleimani Killing by US

  • The US airstrike that killed Iran’s Quds Force chief, General Qasem Soleimani, at Baghdad airport marked a significant escalation in regional tensions.
  • This event had profound implications for international relations, particularly in the Middle East, and highlighted the complex dynamics of US-Iran relations.

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