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Current Affairs 16 January 2020

1. Vladimir Putin names Mikhail Mishustin as new prime minister.
  • Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin new prime minister upon Dmitry Medvedev’s resignation.
  • Head of Federal Tax Service since 2010.
  • Russia Capital: Moscow.
  • Currency: Ruble.
2. Yes Bank acquires 30% stake in Reliance Power arm Rosa Power Supply Company Ltd
  • Rosa Power Supply Company Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reliance Power Ltd.
  • Rosa Thermal plant (1,200 MW): Shahjahanpur, UP.
3. IBM tops US patent list for 2019; India second-highest contributor
  • IBM has received record 9,262 US patents in 2019.
  • IBM inventors from India received over 900 patents.
  • IBM nicknamed ‘Big Blue’ HQ: New York, USA.
4. Jeff Bezos pledges $1 billion for Indian business growth
  • Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.
  • $1 billion in new investments.
  • Help take small Indian businesses online.
  • Amazon launched ‘Digital Haats’ for e-commerce in villages.
5. Guatemala swears in conservative Giammattei as president
  • Alejandro Giammattei, a conservative physician, as its new president.
  • Capital: Guatemala City.
  • Currency: Guatemalan quetzal.
6. Kohli named captain of ICC’s ODI & Test teams of the year
  • Apart from Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, opener Rohit Sharma, speedster Mohammed Shami & spinner Kuldeep Yadav found a place in the ODI side.
  • Rohit Sharma was named ‘2019 ODI Cricketer of the Year’
7. 7th Conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association India Region began at the legislative assembly building in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla inaugurated the Conference.
  • Theme : ROLE OF LEGISLATORS.
  • U.P. Governor: Anandiben Patel.
8. Govt launches award to laud breakthrough startups in cyber security
  • The Cyber Security Grand Challenge with a cash prize of Rs 3.2 crore to a startup doing breakthrough work.
  • Ministry of Electronics and IT & Data Security Council of India have launched this award.
  • To promote entrepreneurship in the Cyber Security startup ecosystem.
  • Minister of State (Electronics and IT): Sanjay Dhotre.
9. RBI issues new debit & credit card rules to improve convenience, security
  • RBI has asked banks to allow only domestic card transactions at ATMs & PoS terminals in India at the time of issuance/reissuance of card.
  • New cards, it will be effective from 16 March 2020.
  • Users to have 24×7 access to switch ON/OFF transaction limits.
10. ICICI Bank launches India’s largest API Banking portal with nearly 250 APIs
  • The APIs are available across a variety of categories namely payments & collections like IMPS, UPI etc.
  • API full form : (Application Programming Interfaces).
  • Roy Fieldings, Invented API.
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