21.01.20 Andhra Pradesh (APPSC) Daily Current Affairs

ANDHRA PRADESH

Andhra’s poorest ‘bought’ land worth Rs 220 crore in Amaravati

Claiming to have unearthed a major land scam in Amaravati, the Andhra Pradesh police has revealed that some of the poorest people in the state have been shown as owners of lands running into crores.

According to an investigation by CID, 797 white ration card-holders, each with a monthly income of less than Rs 5,000, bought lands worth Rs 220 crore in Amaravati in 2014 and 2015.

After Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in 2014, the then TDP government had announced that Amaravati would be the new capital of bifurcated AP and pooled 33,000 acres of land in the region next to Vijayawada. The YSRCP government that came to power in 2019, however, decided to have three separate capitals with Amaravati having only the assembly and all government offices would shift to Visakhapatnam.

The CID investigation found that the highest number of suspicious transactions took place in Thulluru Mandal where the core capital city of Amaravati was planned and the temporary secretariat and high court buildings have come up.

INTERNATIONAL

Microsoft vows to be carbon negative by 2030

 

 

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond Washington.Microsoft announced that it would become carbon negative by the year 2030. The announcement made in the form of its increased efforts to combat climate change. The company announced that it vows to eliminate all the carbon emissions created by the company since its inception in 1975. Microsoft announced its investment of $1 billion in a climate innovation fund for technology for carbon capture and removal.

Amazon to invest 1 billion USD in India.

 

Amazon.com chief Jeff Bezos announced USD 1 billion over Rs 7,000 crore investment in India to help bring small and medium businesses online and committed to exporting USD 10 billion worth of India-made goods by 2025. The online retail giant committed USD 5.5 billion investments in India – Amazon’s most important market outside of the US and a key growth driver.

 

The long-term partner of India and actions speak louder than words. Amazon will invest an incremental USD 1 billion to digitize micro and small businesses across India, helping them reach more customers than ever before. This initiative will use Amazon’s global footprint to create USD 10 billion in India exports by 2025.

 

 

Iranian Film ‘Castle of Dreams’ gets Best Film Award at Dhaka International Film Festival

 

The Iranian film ‘Castle of Dreams’ directed by Reza Mirakarimi won the Best Film Award in Asian Competition section of the 18th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF).

The film also won the Best Director Award.

Information Minister of Bangladesh Hasan Mahmud gave away the award carrying prize money of Tk 1 lakh, a citation in the closing ceremony held in Dhaka.

Indian film ‘Finally Love’ directed by Anjan Dutt bagged Best Audience Award in Cinema of the World Category.

The theme of this year’s festival was ‘better film, better audience, better society’.

 

NATIONAL

Indian scientist Sakya Singha Sen awarded Merck Young Scientist Award 2019

 

Sakya Singha Sen from National Chemical Laboratory awarded as Merck Young Scientist Award 2019 for performing remarkable research in chemical science. Sen and his research team specializes in main group chemistry and involves in the synthesis of compounds with main group element and their catalytic application. The catalysts used mostly belong to precious metals platinum, palladium, iridium. These are very expensive, and their abundance in the earth is very less.This award is instituted by Merck. He is a science and technology company operating worldwide.

 

Merck Young Scientist Award is given to researchers with less than ten years of experience with expertise in solving some of the toughest problems in chemical sciences.

 

 

9th International Children’s Film Festival begins in Kolkata

 

The 9th International Children’s Film Festival begins in Kolkata with the screening of Aizaz Khan directed Hamid.

About 250 films from 45 countries will be screened in the week-long festival.

The National Award winner Children actor, Talha Arsad Rishi will inaugurate the festival.

Besides the screening of films, an exhibition on the children’s film festival will also be organised.

The Bloomsbury Anthology of Great Indian Poems to be released

The Bloomsbury Anthology of Great Indian Poems edited by Abhay K. is to be launched on 23 January 2020. It will be launched on the opening day of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2020.

 

Bloomsbury Anthology of Great Indian Poems:

The anthology covers over 3000 years of Indian poetry which were written in 28 Indian languages. 

Earlier, Abhay K. has edited 100 Great Indian Poems. It has been translated and published into Portuguese, Spanish and Italian and it is to be published in Nepali, French, Irish, Russian, and Malagasy.

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