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29 Jan 2022 Current Affairs Updates in English

National

India pays $29.9 million in UN regular budget assessments for 2022 

India has paid USD 29.9 million in UN regular budget assessments for the year 2022. As of January 21, 2022, 24 Member States have paid their regular budget assessments in full.

India is currently a non-permanent member of the 15-nation Security Council and its two-year term will end on December 31, 2022.

“India proud to pay again in full! India joins the 2022 Honour Roll of 24 Member States out of 193 that have paid their RegularBudget Assessments in full,” India’s Permanent Mission to the UN tweeted.

India’s first graphene innovation center to be established in Kerala

India’s first innovation center for graphene will be set up in Kerala by the Digital University Kerala (DUK), along with the Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET) in Thrissur, for Rs 86.41 crore.

This will be the first graphene Research and Development (R&D) incubation center in the country. Tata Steel Limited is set to be the industrial partner of the center.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, has given approval for the project. The project, which will be implemented with the support of the Kerala government, is expected to accelerate the state’s growth in the knowledge industry sector.

J&K Police Bags Highest 115 Police Medals For Gallantry

Jammu and Kashmir Police have bagged 115 Police Medals for Gallantry (PMG), out of a total of 189 awarded this year. They more than doubled their last year’s tally of 52 PMGs.

J&K Police won awards for conducting several counter-insurgency operations in 2019-20. Police personnel from Jammu and Kashmir have been awarded 115 Police Medals for Gallantry, the highest number from any police force this year, followed by CRPF with 30, Chhattisgarh Police with 10, Odisha Police with nine, and Maharashtra Police with seven. 

Business

Pencilton Launches Teen-Focused Debit and Travel Card

A teen-focused Fintech startup based in India, Pencilton has recently launched PencilCard, a debit card that is compliant with National Common Mobility Card standards. It has been launched in partnership with Transcorp.

The National Common Mobility Card was developed by India’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in early 2019. It allows the user to pay for travel, toll duties, retail shopping and withdraw money.

Air India formally handed over to Tata Group

The government of India officially handed over India’s flag carrier, Air India to the Tata Group on January 27, 2022, almost 69 years after acquiring the conglomerate. The total value of the deal is Rs 18,000 crore (US$2.4 billion).

The strategic disinvestment transaction of Air India includes the transfer of a 100 percent stake of GoI in Air India to Tata Sons, along with management control.

The transaction covers three entities namely, Air India, Air India Express, and Air India SATS (AI SATS). Under the deal, the Tata group will also be handed over Air India Express and a 50 percent stake in ground handling arm AI SATS.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Tata Group Founder: Jamsetji Tata;
  • Tata Group Founded: 1868, Mumbai;
  • Tata Group Headquarters: Mumbai.

Awards

Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve bags TX2 award

Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (Erode district, Tamil Nadu) has been given the prestigious TX2 award after its tiger numbers doubled to 80 since 2010. Apart from the STR, the Bardia National Park in Nepal has won this year’s TX2 award for doubling the population of wild tigers.

Sathyamangalam wildlife sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 2013 and the reserve that spread across 1,411.60 sq km is an important link between the Nilgiris and the Eastern Ghats landscape.

The Nilgiri biosphere landscape that this reserve is part of is currently the home to the largest tiger population in the world. It is connected to other well-established tiger habitats like Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Bandipur Tiger Reserve and BR Hills Tiger Reserve.

The award acknowledges the efforts by the State governments and the local communities which have played one of the most important roles to turn a relatively new tiger reserve into one of the source populations of tigers in India.

Books and Authors

Meenakshi Lekhi launches pictorial comic book ‘India’s Women Unsung Heroes’

Union Minister of State for Culture, Meenakshi Lekhi has released a pictorial comic book titled ‘India’s Women Unsung Heroes’, as a tribute to the forgotten women freedom fighters of the country.

The book has been prepared by the Ministry of Culture in partnership with Amar Chitra Katha, an Indian publisher of Indian comics and graphic novels. India will be celebrating 75 years of independence this August 15.

And so, the book celebrates the lives of 75 unsung women freedom fighters of India, including Chakali Ilamma, Padmaja Naidu, Durgabhai Deshmukh, among others.

The book is a fitting tribute to the forgotten heroes of our freedom struggle as it celebrates the lives of women who led the charge and lit the flame of rebellion throughout the country. It contains stories of queens who battled imperialism and dedicated their lives to Maa Bharati.

Obituary

Veteran Marathi author and social activist Anil Awachat passes away

Renowned Marathi author and social activist Anil Awachat has passed away. Awachat was the founder of a de-addiction center called Muktangan Rehabilitation Center in Pune in 1986. He was known for his several Marathi books like “Manasa”, Swatahavishayi, “Gard”, “Karyarat”, “Karyamagna” and “Kutuhalapoti”.

In the early 1970s, he edited a popular Marathi journal called Sadhana which featured his trenchant writings on social issues, notably in his reportage of the 1972 drought that ravaged Maharashtra. His many books include ‘Kondmara’ (1985) on Dalit atrocities and ‘Dharmik’ (1989), a penetrating expose on the cult of false godmen in Maharashtra.

Noted Kathakali dancer and Padma Shri Recipient Milena Salvini Passes Away

Noted Kathakali dancer Milena Salvini of France has passed away. Italian-born Salvini was a regular visitor to India, especially Kerala where she learned Kathakali and ran ‘Centre Mandapa’, a school for Indian dance forms, in Paris.

The Government of India conferred the Padma Shri award on Salvini in 2019 for her contribution to the field of performing arts.

Former Indian Hockey Team Captain Charanjit Singh Passes Away

Former Hockey mid-fielder Charanjit Singh has passed away, after suffering a cardiac arrest and prolonged age-related illnesses. He was 90. He was the Captain of the Indian hockey team which won gold in the Tokyo Olympics of 1964.

He was also a member of the Indian team which won silver medals in the 1960 Games in Rome, and in the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta.


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