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5th January 2020 Current Affairs India

5th January 2020 Current Affairs India


1. World Braille Day: 04 January
The world Braille Day was celebrated on 04 January.
  • The day is marked remembering the birth anniversary of Louis Braille, the inventor of Braille - for people with visual disabilities.
  • Louis Braille was born on 4th January 1809 in the town of Coupvray in northern France.
  • At the age of just 3, he lost both his eyes in an accident.
  • This resulted in the invention of the language of 6 dots- which is popularly known as braille.
2. Neutral pronoun 'they' voted Word of the Decade
Neutral pronoun 'they' has been voted word of the decade by US language experts, beating out other contenders.
  • "They" is used in English by a growing number of non-binary individuals, people who do not identify as either male or female.
  • They prefer the plural neutral pronoun to bypass using the pronouns "he" or "she".
  • The recognition comes after US dictionary Merriam-Webster in December named "they" as word of the year.
3. India ranked 34th on world travel, tourism competitiveness index
According to WEF report, India has moved up six places to rank 34th on world travel and tourism competitiveness index.
  • India's ranking improved from 40th to 34th, the greatest improvement over 2017 among the top 25 percent of all countries ranked in the report.
  • Spain held on to the top spot in the World Economic Forum's (WEF) latest Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report (TTCR), which ranked 140 countries on their relative strengths in global tourism and travel.
  • Spain was followed by France, Germany and Japan, with the United States replacing the UK in the top five.
4. WB Govt to provide holy water of Ganga Sagar through an app
West Bengal Government has decided to provide holy water of Ganga Sagar on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.
  • The people who desire to have holy water may apply through the designated app of the Mela.
  • Only courier charges will be taken for this purpose.
  • The Ganga Sagar Mela will take place on the 14th of January this year in West Bengal.
5. Kolkata Police to start third edition of 'Sukanya' project
Kolkata Police will start the third edition of its 'Sukanya' project to provide girls studying in schools and colleges in the city with self-defence training.
  • The third batch of 'Sukanya' will start at 100 city-based schools and colleges situated in Kolkata Police jurisdiction.
  • Girl students of VIII, IX, XI and girls studying in the first year at educational institutions in this area will be part of it.
  • Sukanya is an initiative of the Kolkata Police's Community Policing Wing to provide self-defence training to girl students of city-based schools, colleges and universities.
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