President Ram Nath Kovind lays foundation of 1st Super Specialty Hospital of Lakshadweep in Kavaratti

  • President who is on two days visit to the union territory assured special focus for the development of Lakshadweep.
  • President received guard of honour from a joint group of 160 different forces.


India Continues to be top sourcing Market for Sri Lankan tourism accounting 19% of the tourist share

  • The latest data released by Sri Lankan tourism revealed that 3,55,002 Indian tourists visited Sri Lanka last year against total arrival of around 1.91 million.
  • Over 48 thousand Indians visited Sri Lanka during last month of December alone including over thousand by sea route.
  • India, United Kingdom, China, Germany and Australia were Sri Lanka’s top five international tourist generating markets last year.


ISRO’S Astronaut Training Hub to be established in Challakere, Karnataka

  • Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) proposed 2,700 crores of infrastructure plans to construct its first Human Space Flight Infrastructure Centre (HSFIC) on January 06, 2020.
  • This astronaut hub will be established Challakere, Chitradurga district of Karnataka.
  • It is expected that this center will start functioning in the next three years.
  • India’s 1st Manned mission to space- Gaganyaan

Bureau of energy efficiency (BEE) Notifies new energy performance standards for air conditioners.

  • The new standards states that 24 degree C default setting has been made mandatory from Jan 1, 2020 for all room air conditioners covered under the ambit of BEE star-labelling program vide this notification.
  • Additionally, the Indian Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (ISEER) as per the new standards will range from (3.30 – 5.00) for split and (2.70 – 3.50) for window air conditioners, which will be applicable from 1st January 2021 onwards.