Current Affairs in Short: 17 January 2020
A mercy petition was filed by one of the Nirbhaya case convicts has rejected by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind.
President Ram Nath Kovind rejects mercy petition of Nirbhaya case convict
• A mercy petition was filed by one of the Nirbhaya case convicts has rejected by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind.
• Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs forwarded Mukesh Singh’s mercy petition to the President of India.
• All four convicts of the Nirbhaya case – Vinay Sharma, Akshay Kumar, Mukesh Singh, and Pawan Gupta will be hanged to death on January 22, 2020.
Tejas Express flagged off between Mumbai-Ahemdabad
• A new Tejas Express between Mumbai and Ahmedabad has been flagged off on January 17, 2020.
• It is the first train under the private sector with state-of-art facilities. It will run between Mumbai and Ahmedabad on six days a week basis.
• Some of its major features are – personalized reading lights, bio-toilets, attendant call buttons, automatic doors, mobile charging units among other facilities.
Russian parliament approves Mikhail V. Mishustin as new PM
• Russia's parliament has elected Mikhail V. Mishustin as the country's new Prime Minister. He was the chief of the tax department of the country.
• President Vladimir Putin recommended Mishustin’s name soon after Medvedev’s resignation.
• Vladimir Putin proposed a constitutional amendment that provoked PM Dmitry Medvedev and the entire cabinet to resign.
Tibet passes Law, Ethnic Unity is mandatory
• The Tibet People's Congress has recently passed a bill that makes Ethnic Unity mandatory in the region. It will be implemented from 1 May 2020.
• This bill states that China has been an integral part of Tibet since ancient times. About 40 ethnic minorities are living in the region which accounts for 95% of Tibet’s population.
• It says that all citizens have to demonstrate solidarity against the spirit of separatism in the country.
India-Japan Coast Guard exercise 'Sahyog-Kaijin' held
• Indian and Japanese coast guards took part in a bilateral exercise ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’. It aims to strengthen the bilateral relations of both countries.
• One Indian aircraft and four ships of Indian coast guards along with one Japanese coast guard ship participated in the exercise.
• It held in each country every two years on a rotation basis. 'Sahyog-Kaijin' exercise between India and Japan was started in the year 2000.