03.01.20 Uttarakhand (UKPSC) Daily Current Affairs



Deaths in road accidents dip by over 17% in Uttarakhand in 2019


In some good news pertaining to road safety in the Himalayan state, the numbers of road accidents and related causalities have seen a drop last year as compared to 2018.
According to police department data, in 2019, Uttarakhand witnessed 867 fatalities in road accidents, compared to 1,047 in 2018, registering a decline of over 17%.

The number of road accidents too has shown a decline of around 8% with 1,352 road accidents witnessed last year, compared to 1,468 accidents in 2018. The number of people who sustained injuries in road accidents also declined to 1,457 from 1,571 in 2018.

However, Udham Singh Nagar district remained the worst performer in terms of road accident-related deaths. As many as 206 people lost their lives in accidents in the district in 2019, compared to 226 in 2018.

Haridwar remained the second worst performer registering 184 deaths in 300 road accidents last year. The numbers were, however, better than 2018, when 200 people died in 345 accidents.

Dehradun, on the other hand, registered increase in the number of road accidents and related causalities in 2019. In 328 road accidents, as many as 168 people were killed, compared to 137 fatalities in 2018.





India Forex reserves touch all time high of 457.468 billion


India’s foreign exchange reserves got by 2.520 billion USD to touch a record high of 457.468 billion USD in the week on 27th December 2019. The foreign currency assets, a significant part of the overall reserves, rose by 2.203 billion USD to 424.936 billion USD. The reserves surged by 456 million USD to end at 454.948 billion USD. Gold reserves increased by 260 million USD to end at 27.392 billion USD. India’s exclusive drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund, however, dipped by 2 million USD to 1.441 billion USD, while the country’s reserve position increased by 58 million USD to 3.7 billion USD.


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.


Govt’s UJALA, SLNP complete five years of illuminating nation


UJALA and Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) of the central government completed five successful years of illuminating the country.

Over 36.13 crore LED bulbs have been distributed across the country through the UJALA initiative.

This has resulted in an estimated energy savings of 46.92 billion kilowatt-hour per year.

Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) project brought the market transformation in the energy efficiency sector.

More than 1.03 crore smart LED streetlights have been installed till date under the Street Lighting National Programme.

MHRD has taken steps to transform the education sector


The Government has initiated the process of formulating a New Education Policy. The policy aims to meet the changing dynamics of the requirements of the population with regard to quality education, innovation, and research.

In the year 2019, Dr. K Kasturirangan Committee submitted the Draft National Education Policy to the ministry. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) took a leap forward in transforming the education sector with the motto of Education for All and Quality Education.


MHRD has launched the Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Program, DHRUV, to identify and encourage talented children to enrich their skills and knowledge.

It also launched the National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) to improve learning outcomes at the elementary level through an Integrated Teacher Training Programme.

MHRD launched many other new schemes in the Higher Education Department to boost research and Innovation culture in the country.


Department of Higher Education of HRD Ministry has finalized and released a five-year vision plan named Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP). SWAYAM 2.0, Deeksharambh and PARAMARSH are other major schemes of the Department of Higher Education launched in 2019.

Also, under the Samagra Shiksha programme a total of 5930  Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas have been sanctioned in the country out of which 4881 such schools are operational. An outlay of over Rs.800 crore has been approved under sports grants for over 10 lakh government schools of different categories.



Govt. announced first Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman


The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has announced its first Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman. The award will be conferred by the Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Shri Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on 7 January 2020.
The award aims to acknowledge the positive role and responsibility of media in disseminating the outreach of Yoga in India and abroad.


The award to be conferred on Media Houses would be given under the following categories: Thirty awards under three categories will be conferred.


8 Sammans to be conferred under the category Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Newspapers. 


8 Sammans to be conferred under the category Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Television.


11 awards will be given under the category Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Radio.

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