28-29 January 2020 Current Affairs

Bodo Peace Agreement | Andhra Pradesh | Legislative Council | New Ambassador to US | Billie Eilish |

Posted on Jan 29, 2020 04:57 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) A tripartite agreement for bringing Assam’s Bodo community closer to the mainstream was signed in New Delhi on 27 January 2020. Which banned entity is part of this agreement? - National Democratic Front of Bodoland – NDFB (The Union Home Ministry on 27 January 2020 signed a tripartite agreement with the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and Assam government. As a part of the agreement, the Bodos will now get political and economic aid from the Centre, and Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) will be renamed Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR). However, NDFB’s long standing demand of a separate state or a Union territory for Bodos stands unmet)

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2) Which state government on 27 January 2020 took decision to abolish the Legislative Council in the state? – Andhra Pradesh (Andhra Pradesh cabinet on 27 January 2020 decided to abolish the Legislative Council which had referred the capital decentralisation bill to a Select Committee to review it. A Cabinet meeting held earlier discussed how to proceed on the three capital bills stuck in the Legislative Council. TDP, which is in majority in the Legislative Council, had blocked the bills from passing. It is worth mentioning that apart from Andhra Pradesh, 5 other states in India also have bicameral legislatures – Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. This means these states have two houses in state assemblies – Upper House – Legislative Council and Lower House – Legislative Assembly)

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3) From 27 January 2020 onwards malls and eateries in the non-residential areas of which city were allowed to stay open through the night? – Mumbai (Maharashtra Government had cleared a proposal to allow malls and eateries in the non-residential areas of Mumbai city to stay open through the night with an expectation to generate jobs, drive tourism and boost the economy. The pertaining law came to effect from 27 January 2020 and a few eating joints like McDonald’s announced seven 24-hour outlets in the city. The exemption, however, will not apply to restaurants that serve alcohol, so pubs, bars and liquor shops will continue to follow a 1.30 am deadline)

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4) Who was appointed India’s next Ambassador to the US on 28 January 2020? - Taranjit Singh Sandhu (Taranjit Singh Sandhu, India's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the US. Sandhu is succeeding Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who was appointed as India's next Foreign Secretary. Sandhu has been India's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka since 2017 and has served as Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy of India in Washington DC)

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5) What is the name of the 18-year old female American singer who was nominated in six categories at the 62nd Grammy Awards and won five awards at the ceremony? - Billie Eilish (18-year old Billie Eilish came to limelight as she won five of the six Grammies she was nominated at the 62nd Grammy Awards Ceremony held on 26 January 2020. She won the Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Album of the Year, Best New Artist and Song of the Year. Billie lost to Lizzo in the Best Pop Solo Performance category)

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