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Daily Current Affairs : 2-Jan-2020

Major Topics Covered :

  1. ‘DHANU JATRA’

  2. MANI- MOBILE AIDED NOTE IDENTIFIER

  3. INDIA, PAKISTAN EXCHANGE LISTS OF CIVILIAN PRISONERS, FISHERMEN

  4. THOOTHUKODI LAUNCH PORT

  5. TRAI AMENDS NEW REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR CABLE & BROADCASTING SERVICES

  6. INDORE CONTINUES TO TOP SWACHH SURVEKSHAN

  7. TOBACCO USE PREVALENCE

  8. TASK FORCE ON NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE PIPELINE FOR 2019-2025

  9. KRISHI KARMAN AWARDS

  10. PM TO DEDICATE FIVE DRDO YOUNG SCIENTISTS LABS TO NATION ON JAN 2



‘DHANU JATRA’

Part of GS- 1 Culture


Why in news?

  • The famous 11-day long ‘Dhanu Jatra’, considered as the largest open-air theatre of the world begins at Bargarh in western Odisha.


Highlights:

  • The Jatra is based on the mythological story of Lord Krishna and his demon uncle King Kansa. It is about the episode of Krishna and Balaram's visit to Mathura to witness the Dhanu ceremony organized by their (maternal) uncle King Kansa.

  • Dhanu Jatra is the annual drama-based open-air theatrical performance celebrated in and around Bargarh city is considered to be the world’s largest open-air theatrical festival that finds a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records.

  • During Dhanu Jatra, King Kansa moves around the city and slaps fine on offenders on the streets. He also enters government offices and pulls up officials for lapses.

  • People become his obedient subjects. Ministers, bureaucrats, and police officials appear before the demon King during the 11-day yatra and act as per the direction of the King.

  • The rule of Kansa symbolizes an oppressive rule and the coronation of Ugrasen marks the beginning of democracy.

  • The annual festival came into being in 1947-48 to celebrate Indian’s Independence and to symbolize the victory of good over evil.

  • Over 70 artists performed in the Dhanu Yatra at Mathura, another 45 artists played different roles at Gopapura during the festival.

  • This apart, around 3,000 artists of 120 cultural troupes from across the state and from neighboring states will perform at the Raj Durbar, Nanda Durbar, and Rangamahal during the festival.

  • The department of Culture of the Government of India has accorded National Festival status to Dhanu Jatra in November 2014.


Source: AIR


MANI- MOBILE AIDED NOTE IDENTIFIER

Part of GS- 3 Economy


Why in news?

  • Reserve Bank of India, RBI has launched a mobile app, MANI, Mobile Aided Note Identifier, to help visually challenged people to identify denomination of currency notes.


Highlights:

  • The app, which is available both on Android and iOS operating systems, was launched by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das in Mumbai.

  • RBI said that the visually challenged can identify the denomination of a note by using the application, which can also work offline once it is installed.

  • Through the downloaded app, users can scan the notes using the camera.

  • The audio output will give the result in Hindi and English.


Source: AIR


INDIA, PAKISTAN EXCHANGE LISTS OF CIVILIAN PRISONERS, FISHERMEN

Part of GS- 2 IR


Why in news?

  • India and Pakistan exchanged the lists of civilian prisoners and fishermen of each country lodged in jails through diplomatic channels.


Highlights:

  • India handed over lists of 267 Pakistan civilian prisoners and 99 fishermen to Pakistan who are in India’s custody.

  • Similarly, Pakistan has shared lists of 55 civilian prisoners and 227 fishermen in its custody, who are Indians or believed-to-be Indians.

  • External Affairs Ministry said that this is in keeping with the provisions of the 2008 Agreement under which such lists are exchanged on 1st January and 1st July every year.

  • India has emphasised on the need for early release and repatriation of civilian prisoners, missing Indian defence personnel and fishermen along with their boats from Pakistan’s custody.

  • Pakistan was asked to expedite the release and repatriation of 4 Indian civilian prisoners and 126 Indian fishermen to India whose nationality has been confirmed and conveyed to Pakistan.

  • Pakistan has also been asked to provide immediate consular access to 14 believed-to-be Indian civilian prisoners and 100 Indian fishermen who are in its custody.

  • MEA said, India remains committed to addressing, on priority, all humanitarian matters, including those pertaining to prisoners and fishermen.


Source: AIR


THOOTH UKODI LAUNCH PORT

Part of GS-3 S&T


Why in news?

  • ISRO to set up second launch port in Thoothukodi district of Tamilnadu for small satellite launch vehicles


Highlights:

  • Indian Space Research Organisation will establish a second launch port in Thoothukodi district in Tamilnadu exclusively to launch small satellite launch vehicles.

  • Speaking to media persons in Bengaluru today, ISRO Chairman K Sivan informed that this will come up in 2300 acres.

  • On the lines of GPS navigation system developed by America, the Indian navigation system called Navic with the indigenous atomic clock will be operational with mobile phone manufacturers coming forward to install the regional navigation device.

  • On future programmes, the ISRO Chairman said that Chandrayaan 3 mission to the moon, comprising of a lander and a rover is approved by the Government.

  • On the progress made in India’s first manned mission to outer space Gaganyaan, he said, the process of Astronaut selection is over and four men selected from Indian Air Force will leave for Russia in the third week of January to get training.