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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Prelims booster(Micro notes), current affairs with static portions - 09 January,2020

NASA reported the discovery of an Earth-size planet
  • NASA reported the discovery of an Earth-size planet, named TOI 700 d.
  • Found by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission.
  • TESS is Space telescope for NASA’s Explorers program,designed to search for exoplanet( a planet outside the Solar System).
Northeast gas pipeline grid project
  • he proposed gas pipeline grid will connect Guwahati to the major Northeast cities and major load centers.
  • The project is being implemented under ambitious Urja Ganga Gas Pipeline Project.
  • Besides connecting all the state capitals in the region, the pipeline will also connect with the National Gas Grid through Barauni-Guwahati Gas Pipeline, which is being laid by GAIL.
  • It is to be implemented by Indradhanush Gas Grid, a joint venture of state-owned GAIL India, Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), Oil India Ltd (OIL) and Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL).
Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement 

  • Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement signed between India and France.
  • It is a major milestone in enhancing people-to-people contacts, fostering mobility of students, academics, researchers and skilled professionals and strengthening cooperation on issues related to irregular migration and human trafficking between the two sides.
  • The Agreement will validate for seven years and incorporates provision for automatic renewal and a monitoring mechanism through a Joint Working Group.

  • Ordinance enabling FDI in coal mining
    Ordinance enabling FDI in coal mining
    • The decision was taken to boost domestic production of Coal to one billion tonnes by 2023-24 as it leads to cheaper inputs and increase in competitiveness
    • Ordinances are laws that are promulgated by the President of India on the recommendation of the Union Cabinet, which will have the same effect as an Act of Parliament. 
    • They can only be issued when Parliament is not in session but later ordinance must be passed in parliament for continuing the law.
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