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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day- Jan 11

  • National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11 raises awareness of the persistent issue of human trafficking.
  • Though the entire month of January has already been recognized as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, this day is specifically dedicated to awareness and prevention of the illegal practice.
  • This holiday is also separate from the World Day Against Trafficking Persons, as established by the United Nations.
  • Since the Senate established this day of observance in 2007, it has drawn massive public support from individual donations to government-organized events.
  • In 2010, President Obama dedicated the entire month of January to awareness and prevention of human trafficking.
  • There are over 50 established organizations that globally combat this illegal practice, and more awareness has been raised than ever before.

National Youth Day- 12th Jan:

  • National Youth Day is observed to honour the ideals and thoughts of Swamiji Vivekananda who had tremendous faith in youth.
  • In India, the National Youth Day is celebrated on 12 January annually to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
  • Vivekananda always highlighted the role of youth in the process of nation-building and inspired them to have a confident attitude.
  • In 2022, we are observing the 159th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand (12 January 1863).
  • The theme for National Youth Day 2022 is “It’s all in the mind.”
  • The decision to celebrate Vivekananda’s birthday as National Youth Day was taken in 1984, and it was first marked on January 12, 1985.
  • The government had then said that the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked “could be a great source of inspiration” for the Indian youth.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

UNESCO agrees to publish Hindi descriptions of India’s World Heritage Sites on its website:

  • UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre has agreed to publish Hindi descriptions of India’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites on its website.
  • The permanent delegation of India to UNESCO announced.
  • Education and Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan welcomed the decision.
  • Hindi is a matter of pride for every Indian and Hindi lover.
  • The popularity of Indian languages on the global stage is encouraging.

About UNESCO:

  • Headquarters: Paris, France
  • Director-General; Audrey Azoulay
  • Founded: 16 November 1945, London, United Kingdom

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL

India, South Korea agree to impart ‘fresh momentum’ in CEPA up-gradation talks:

  • India stressed the need for fast-tracking the upgradation process of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with South Korea and raised issues of concern such as the large trade deficit and industry’s demand for greater market access and lower non-tariff barriers.
  • India’s exports from South Korea in 2020-21 were at $4.2 billion while imports from the country were at $9.5 billion.
  • New Delhi has been complaining about Indian businesses gaining far less from the CEPA than their South Korean counterparts and the need for up-gradation of the pact in a way that favours India and reduces the trade gap.

About South Korea:

  • Capital: Seoul
  • Currency: South Korean won
  • President: Moon Jae-in

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

Haryana team wins 11 awards in India Skill – 2021 National Competition:

  • In India Skill – 2021 National Competition, the Haryana team has won 11 awards.
  • The state won three Gold, four Silver, one bronze medal as well as 3 medals for excellence.
  • Haryana will also represent the country in the upcoming World Skill Competition 2022 to be held in China.
  • Chief Minister Manohar Lal, the performance of winners proves the efforts made by the state government towards skill development.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND ECONOMY

Indian economy to grow at 8.3 percent during current financial year and 8.7 percent in next fiscal: World Bank

  • World Bank: Indian economy is expected to grow at 8.3 percent in the current financial year.
  • It has upgraded India’s GDP growth for the next fiscal to 8.7 percent, reflecting higher investment from the private sector and in infrastructure, and dividends from ongoing reforms.
  • In its latest Global Economic Prospects, World Bank, the growth outlook will also be supported by ongoing structural reforms, a better-than-expected financial sector recovery, and measures to resolve financial sector challenges despite ongoing risks.
  • Global economic growth will dip to 4.1 percent in current financial year and 3.2 percent in the next fiscal.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOUS AND AGREEMENT

IEPFA signs MoU with IGNOU for promoting Investor Education and Financial literacy through Gyan Darshan channel:

  • Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority, IEPFA, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with Indira Gandhi National Open University to propagate Investor Education, Awareness and Protection among a large group of present and prospective stakeholders by utilizing the tele-lecturing facility of Gyan Darshan Channel.
  • Signing of the MoU took place virtually in New Delhi.
  • The proposed lecture series of 75 episodes will be a live tele-lecturing series on 24×7 Gyan Darshan TV channel.
  • Experts for the lecture series would come from renowned professional institutions and senior officials from IEPFA, Ministry of Corporate Affairs and other regulators would also deliver lectures on various investment-related topics.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOUR

NIRAMAI, InnAccel receive World Bank and Consumer Technology Association’s Global Women’s Health Tech Awards:

  • Two start-ups supported by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council have received the World Bank Group and the Consumer Technology Association’s Global Women’s Health Tech Awards.
  • The start-ups are NIRAMAI Health AnalytixPvt. Ltd. and InnAccel Technologies Pvt.
  • These awards recognise innovative startups that leverage technology to improve women’s health and safety in emerging markets.
  • Department of Biotechnology’s Secretary Rajesh Gokhale, that as a funding agency, these success stories are a validation about the impact the department has created.
  • NIRAMAI Health AnalytixPvt. Ltd was selected for its novel software-based medical device that detects early-stage breast cancer in a simple and private way on women of all age groups and breast densities.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS

Vodafone Idea board approves 35.8% equity allotment to Government 

  • The Board of Directors of Vodafone Idea Ltd, has decided to convert interest on deferred spectrum and adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues into equity.
  • The Net Present Value (NPV) of this [spectrum auction installments and AGR dues] interest is expected to be about 16,000 crore as per the company’s best estimates, subject to confirmation by the DoT.
  • The Indian government will hold around 35.8 percent of the total outstanding shares of the company and the promoter shareholders would hold around 28.5 per cent (Vodafone Group) and around 17.8 per cent (Aditya Birla group) respectively.
  • Vodafone Idea Ltd accepted a four year moratorium on spectrum and AGR dues.

About Vodafone Idea :

  • Chairman : Himanshu Kapania
  • CEO: Ravinder Takkar
  • Founder: Kumar Mangalam Birla
  • Headquarters : Mumbai and Gandhinagar
  • Founded: 31 August 2018

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

India Successfully Test Fires BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

  • India successfully test-fired an extended range sea-to-sea variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Indian Navy’s INS Visakhapatnam warship.
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) announced the missile hit the designated target “precisely”.

About BrahMos supersonic cruise missile :

  • BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture between India and Russia.
  • The aerospace company produces the supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or from land platforms.
  • This version of the missile has been designed to launch either in a vertical or a horizontal mode from moving/stationary assets to target both land and sea targets.
  • BrahMos missile flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach or almost three times the speed of sound.
  • BrahMos, deployed by the Navy on its warships first in 2005, has the capability to hit sea-based targets beyond radar horizon.
  • The naval variant was originally tested in October and December 2020 from the Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai and Rajput-class destroyer INS Ranvijay, respectively.

About Indian Navy :

  • Founded: 26 January 1950
  • Headquarters : New Delhi
  • Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind
  • Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee : General Manoj Mukund Naravane
  • Chief of the Naval Staff :  R. Hari Kumar
  • Vice Chief of the Naval Staff : Vice Admiral Satish Namdeo Ghormade
  • Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff : Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh

About DRDO :

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Founded: 1958
  • Defence Minister : Rajnath Singh
  • Chairman : Dr G. Satheesh Reddy

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BOOKS & AUTHORS

HarperCollins Publish Autobiography of Arundhati Bhattacharya – Indomitable: A Working Woman’s Notes on Life, Work and Leadership

  • Autobiography of Arundhati Bhattacharya titled Indomitable: A Working Woman’s Notes on Life, Work and Leadership is set to Published by HarperCollins.
  • The book will be published by Harper Business, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

About the Book :

  • The book is the story of Arundhati’s life as a banker and the challenges she faced in a male-dominated bastion.
  • It deals with her early education in the 1960s, getting to Kolkata for her college education and then her occupation into the State Bank of India.

About Arundhati Bhattacharya :

  • Arundhati Bhattacharya was born on 18 March 1956, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
  • Bhattacharya is a retired Indian banker and former Chairperson of the State Bank of India.
  • She is the first woman to chair the State Bank of India (SBI), a 210-year-old institution, India’s largest bank and a Fortune 500 company.
  • In 2016, she was listed as the 25th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
  • She is the chairperson and CEO of Salesforce India, a cloud-based SaaS company, listed in the USA and headquartered in San Francisco.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

Karnataka to host Khelo India Games in 2023

  • Minister for Youth Empowerment and Sports K.C. Narayana Gowda informed that Karnataka will host the next Khelo India Games in 2023.
  • As many as 75 sports students are being groomed in the State to take part in the next Olympics.
  • Khelo India is an initiative taken by the government to improve the level of sport in the country.
  • This program will help to improve the level of sport from the grassroots level.

About Karnataka :

  • Governor: Thawar Chand Gehlot
  • Chief minister: Basavaraj Bommai
  • Capital: Bengaluru
  • National Parks : Bandipur National Park, Bannerghatta National Park, Kudremukh National Park, Anshi National Park
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries : Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary, Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary

South Africa All-Rounder Chris Morris Announces Retirement From All Forms Of Cricket

  • South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris announced retirement from all forms of cricket and is set to take up a coaching role with domestic side Titans.

About Chris Morris :

  • The 34-year-old Chris Morris,  who made his international debut in 2012.
  • Morris, who represented Proteas in 69 games across all formats last played for his country in an ODI against Australia in 2019.
  • He played first-class and List A cricket for Titans and played for South Africa national cricket team.
  • He represented South Africa in four Tests, 42 ODIs and 23 T20 Internationals, picking up 48 and 34 wickets respectively.
  • Morris played for Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings franchises in the IPL.
  • He became the costliest player at the IPL auction after Rajasthan Royals doled out INR 16.25 crores to avail his services in 2021.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : OBITUARIES

European Parliament President David Sassoli Passes away                   

  • The president of the European parliament David Sassoli Passed away at the age of 65.

About David Sassoli :

  • David Sassoli born on 30 May 1956 in Florence, Italy.
  • Sassoli was a member of the chamber’s Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, the second-biggest grouping after the center-right European People’s party (EPP).
  • Mr Sassoli left a three-decade career in journalism & he was first elected as a member of the European Parliament (MEP) in 2009 and speaker in 2019.
  • He served as the president of the European Parliament from 3 July 2019 until his death in January 2022.
  • He was the second Italian president since the assembly was elected by universal suffrage.

Daily CA On Jan 13:

  • National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11 raises awareness of the persistent issue of human trafficking.
  • In India, the National Youth Day is celebrated on 12 January annually to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
  • UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre has agreed to publish Hindi descriptions of India’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites on its website.
  • India stressed the need for fast-tracking the upgradation process of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with South Korea and raised issues of concern such as the large trade deficit and industry’s demand for greater market access and lower non-tariff barriers.
  • In India Skill – 2021 National Competition, the Haryana team has won 11 awards.
  • World Bank: Indian economy is expected to grow at 3 percent in the current financial year.
  • Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority, IEPFA, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with Indira Gandhi National Open University to propagate Investor Education, Awareness and Protection among a large group of present and prospective stakeholders by utilizing the tele-lecturing facility of Gyan Darshan Channel.
  • Two start-ups supported by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council have received the World Bank Group and the Consumer Technology Association’s Global Women’s Health Tech Awards.
  • The Board of Directors of Vodafone Idea Ltd, has decided to convert interest on deferred spectrum and adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues into equity.
  • India successfully test-fired an extended range sea-to-sea variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Indian Navy’s INS Visakhapatnam warship.
  • Autobiography of Arundhati Bhattacharya titled Indomitable: A Working Woman’s Notes on Life, Work and Leadership is set to Published by HarperCollins.
  • Minister for Youth Empowerment and Sports K.C. Narayana Gowda informed that Karnataka will host the next Khelo India Games in
  • South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris announced retirement from all forms of cricket and is set to take up a coaching role with domestic side Titans.
  • The president of the European parliament David Sassoli Passed away at the age of 65.

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