9 January 2020 Current Affairs

Coal Sector | Ordinance | Cruise jewellery exhibition | Iran air crash | Bharat Bandh | Artificial Human |

Posted on Jan 09, 2020 00:56 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) The Union Cabinet on 8 January 2020 approved the promulgation of Mineral Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2020. It allows coal mining for all sectors other than which two sectors? – Steel and Power (The Mineral Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 is aimed to attract investments in coal mining. It allows coal mining for any company present in sectors other than steel and power, and dispenses away with the captive end-use criteria. The ordinance also thus paves the way to put an end to state-run Coal India Ltd’s (CIL’s) monopoly)

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2) World’s first ever jewellery exhibition on-board a cruise ship was inaugurated during January 2020 in Mumbai. This first-of-its-kind jewellery exhibition was hosted on which cruise ship? – Jalesh Karnika (Jalesh Karnika, an Indian cruise ship of Essel Group’s Jalesh Cruise Co., hosted the world’s first ever jewellery exhibition on-board a cruise ship from 6 to 9 January 2020. This exhibition started at Mumbai Port Trust and the cruise ship cruised to Arabian Sea during the 4-day event. Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Shipping tied up for event to promote cruise tourism as well as jewellery business)

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3) A Boeing 737 jet of Ukraine International Airlines crashed in Iran shortly after takeoff in the early hours of 8 January 2020 killing all 176 passengers onboard. The ill-fated plane was flying between which two cities? – From Tehran to Kiev (Boeing 737 operated by the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) went down in the vicinity of Parand, a city in Robat Karim county, shortly after it took-off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport for Kiev’s Boryspil International Airport. It was a two-engine aircraft and was delivered in July 2016). Boeing is already mired in crisis following crashes in October 2018 and last March)

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4) “Bharat Bandh”, the nationwide strike called by numerous trade unions, was observed on 8 January 2020. This was the 19th such nationwide strike against government’s economic policies. When was the first such strike observed? – 1991 (The first strike against neo-liberal economic policies took place on 29 November 1991. It was observed barely 5 months after the supposedly anti-labour policies by the then Finance Minister Manmohan Singh were announced. Since 2015 India has seen four such nationwide Bharat Bandhs - 2 September 2015, 2 September 2016, 8-9 January 2019 and now 8 January 2020)

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5) Samsung backed STARLabs introduced what it calls the world’s first ‘Artificial Human’ at the world’s biggest tech show CES in Las Vegas (USA). What is the name given to this ‘Artificial Human’? – NEON (NEON is described as a computationally created virtual being that looks and behaves like a real human, with the ability to show emotions and intelligence. NEONs are capable of conversing and sympathizing just like real humans, allowing us to bring AI where the world needs it the most)

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