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Current Affairs in Short: 21 January 2020

The Central Government on January 21, 2020 notified the organizational structure of the National Startup Advisory Council.

Jan 21, 2020 18:01 IST
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Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura celebrated their Statehood Days

• Three States namely Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura celebrated their Statehood Days on January 21, 2020. 
• PM Narendra Modi greeted the people of all three states on the occasion. 
• PM Modi tweeted about the popularity of each state and mentioned that Meghalaya is known for sports, music and conservation of nature; Manipur is known for its vibrant culture and Tripura’s citizens are known for their industrious nature.

Central Government notifies National Startup Advisory Council

• The Central Government on January 21, 2020 notified the organizational structure of National Startup Advisory Council.
• The Council will advise the Government on measures required to boost the ecosystem for nurturing startups in India for sustainable economic growth and employment opportunities. 
• The Council will be chaired by the Union Minster for Commerce & Industry. 
• It will consist of the non-official members nominated by Central Government and the term of these members will be of two years.

PM Modi and Nepali PM KP Sharma Oli jointly Inaugurate ICP at Jogbani-Biratnagar

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepali counterpart KP Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Jogbani-Biratnagar, an important trade point between India & Nepal.
• This second Integrated Check Post was developed with Indian assistance to facilitate movement of people across India-Nepal border.
• The check post was inaugurated through Video Conferencing.

PM to chair 32nd PRAGATI meeting 

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on January 22, 2020 chair the 32nd PRAGATI meeting. 
• PRAGATI is an ICT-based multi-modal platform for effective governance and timely implementation of projects.
• In previous 31 PRAGATI interactions, PM Modi has approved projects worth over Rs 12 lakh crore.

Brazil President Bolsonaro to be chief guest at 71st Republic Day

• Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro will be the Chief Guest at the 71st Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on January 26, 2020. 
• President Bolsonaro will be on a four-day visit to India and will be leading a delegation of 7 Ministers and the Chairman of Brazil-India Friendship Group. 
• President Bolsonaro will also hold talks with President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Madhya Pradesh to observe National Girl Child Day on January 24

• Madhya Pradesh will observe the National Girl Child Day on January 24, 2020 on the theme “Aware girl child-able Madhya Pradesh" under Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao scheme. 
• On the occasion, the state government will examine the health of girls and will create awareness about the rights of girls & daughters.
• The Women and Child Development Department will be observing the National Girl Child Week during January 24-30, 2020. 

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