1.Smart Cities Campaign launches Smart Cities and Education-SAAR program for action and research
Smart Cities Campaign has launched Smart Cities and Education-SAAR (SAAR) program for action and research . It is affiliated to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs , National Institute of Urban Affairs and leading Indian educational institutions of the country.It is a joint initiative of Under this programme, 15 leading architectural and planning institutions of the country will document the landmark projects undertaken by Smart Cities Campaign in collaboration with Smart Cities. The document will provide opportunities for students to engage with urban development projects. The first activity of this program is aimed at creating a compendium of 75 historic urban projects in India under the Smart Cities Campaign. These 75 urban projects are innovative, multi-sectoral and have been implemented across geographies. The event marks the 75th anniversary of India’s independence. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has said that a collection of 75 urban projects will be released by June this year.
2.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled public meeting in Punjab’s Ferozepur canceled due to security lapse
Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘s proposed rally at Ferozepur in Punjab was canceled due to security lapses . home MinistryTaking this cognizance, has sought a detailed report from the Punjab Government. The ministry has also asked to fix the responsibility of this lapse and take strict action against the culprits. The Prime Minister reached Bathinda from where he was to go by helicopter to the National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala, but due to rain and inclement weather, the Prime Minister had to wait for the weather to clear up for about 20 minutes. After necessary confirmation of security arrangements by the Director General of Punjab Police, he left for the rally venue by road. The ministry said that when Mr Modi’s convoy reached a flyover about 30 km from the memorial, So there some protesters blocked the road due to which the Prime Minister was stuck on the flyover for 15 to 20 minutes which was a huge security lapse. The Ministry of Home Affairs said that Mr. Modi’s schedule and travel plan had been communicated to the Punjab Government in advance and as per protocol the State Government should have prepared a security as well as a contingency plan. Also, keeping in view the contingency plan, the Punjab government should have deployed additional security arrangements to prevent any movement by road. The ministry said that the prime minister was forced to go back to the Bathinda airport due to non-clearance of the road.
3.Union Minister Anurag Thakur and the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry jointly released the official logo as part of the 25th National Youth Festival
Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister of Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur and Puducherry to Lt. doctor Tmilisai Sunderrrajn jointly by the 25th National Youth Festival released sign official symbol under. The theme of the festival is ” Saksham Yuva: Strong Youth ” i.e. ” Able Youth and Strong Youth”.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 25th National Youth Festival at the Pondicherry Central University campus in the Union Territory of Puducherry on January 12. It will start on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. About seven thousand youth from across India and five hundred youths from Puducherry in the age group of 18 to 22 are expected to participate. The festival is being organized under the Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav on the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
4.30 MoUs were signed at the International Conference of Educational Institutions-2022 in Gujarat
Gujarat ‘s Ahmedabad in International Conference -2022 academic institutions in Memoranda 30 agreement was signed. Vibrant Gujarat Summit-2022Before the two-day conference began in Gujarat Science City, Ahmedabad. All these MoUs have been signed in the field of higher and technical education. According to official sources, British Council of India, UNESCO, MGIEP, Cambridge University, IIT Gandhinagar, NHS RCL, Chandigarh University, Adani Foundation, Silver Oak University, Indo-German Tool Room, Kaushalya The MoU was signed by Skill University, Pidilite Industries Ltd., Vedantu Innovation Pvt Ltd, Oteman Gaikun University Japan, UNICEF, Indian-American Education Committee, GATE Project, Gujarat State Yoga Board, St. Xavier’s College Mumbai among others.
5.Unnat Jyoti Affordable LED for All-Ujala program completes 7 years
Prime Minister Jan 2015 the advanced light by Frdebl LEDs for All (light – Advanced Light) by cheap LED for all was launched. Within a short span of time, the program became the world’s largest non-subsidised indigenous lighting program, addressing the problems of high emissions due to costly electricity and inefficient lighting. So far more than 36.78 crore LED lights have been distributed across the country. In the year 2014, the UJALA scheme was successful in bringing down the retail price of LED bulbs. The price of LED bulbs was reduced from Rs 300-350 per bulb to Rs 70-80 per bulb.
6.Dr. Jitendra Singh launches the theme of National Science Day-2022
Dr. Jitendra Singh , Union Minister of Science and Technology launched the theme of National Science Day-2022 . This year’s theme is a holistic discussion on science and technology for a sustainable future . National Science Day is celebrated every year on 28 February to commemorate the discovery of the Raman Effect . Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Singh said that this topic has become more relevant in the time of covid, as the awareness of science is increasing.
7.Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari launched various development projects in Uttar Pradesh
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said they Lucknow-Kanpur Express laid the foundations. Four thousand two hundred crore rupees will be spent on this project . Once completed, the journey between the two cities will be completed in just 40 minutes. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh also inaugurated several development projects worth more than ten thousand crores in his parliamentary constituency Lucknow . Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari also at various places in the state 26 thousand 778 crore cost of highway projectsInaugurated. Shri Gadkari inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of eight National Highway projects in Kanpur. Shri Gadkari laid the foundation stone of Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway and National Highway Amritsar-Ghoman Tanda project through video conference. Later, Shri Gadkari laid the foundation stone of 16 National Highway projects at Amosi, Lucknow. 7 thousand 410 crores will be spent on this.
8.5G Microwave Absorber
Recently a scientific group in Kerala has developed ‘ 5G Microwave Absorber ‘, which is an effective protective shield against electromagnetic radiation.can work as It is noteworthy that the increasing search for smart and advanced electronic devices has put the world in the inevitable danger of ‘electromagnetic pollution’. In addition to affecting high-end equipment, ‘electromagnetic interference’ (EMI) is also known to be harmful to the health of living organisms. Addressing the problems caused by electromagnetic pollution in the current era of 5G technology and Internet of Things (IoT) when routine work has become difficult without the help of electronic devices and the Internet and most of the work is being done around electromagnetic waves. becomes important. This ‘5G microwave absorber’, a ‘Maynite electride’, developed by researchers from Kerala, which is chemically stable. It has demonstrated exceptional microwave absorption capability in the high frequency region, especially in the 5G band. The presence of ionic (chemical substances that contain negatively charged ions) electrons provides high conductivity, which is responsible for its property of high electromagnetic wave attenuation.
9.Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration
Recently the Central Government has launched a web portal for registration of ‘ Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration ‘ . It is worth mentioning that in the year 2006 , the ‘Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration’ was instituted by the Government of India with the objective of acknowledging, recognizing and rewarding the extraordinary and innovative work done by the districts/organizations of the Central and State Governments. Was. The scheme was restructured in the year 2014 to recognize the priority programmes, innovations and work of district collectors in aspirational districts.it was done. Subsequently, the award has been revamped with a new approach in the year 2021 with an aim to encourage creative competition, innovation, replication and best practices. Recently some new changes have been made for the awards for the year 2022 as well, according to the new approach, the focus will be on the entire district rather than the work of the district collectors for the awards during the evaluation.
10.AYUSH Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal lays foundation stone of Heartfulness International Yoga Academy
Union Minister of AYUSH Shri Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated Heartfulness International Yoga Academy in Hyderabad .laid the foundation stone of The academy will set new benchmarks in yoga training. Heartfulness International Yoga Academy has yoga halls that can accommodate up to 100 students studying yoga in each room. Yoga rooms for medical consultations, separate training spaces for each student or small group classes; room for prenatal yoga; a lecture hall with a seating capacity of 200 people; All-in-one recording studio with editing facilities for pre-recorded health programs; A fully equipped recording yoga room for online live broadcast of yoga classes; A yoga library where one can get yoga research articles along with books from all yoga institutes.
11.Apple becomes first company in the world to hit $3 trillion M-Cap
Apple Inc. Its stock market value reached $3 trillion and became the first company in the world to do so . Apple’s market cap reached $182.86 per share, making it the first company in the world to touch the $3 trillion mark. However soon after hitting the mark, the stock price fell below it and did not rise again until the market closed. The iPhone maker made $2 trillion in 2020 and over $1 trillion in 2018.
12.Six Brands of One District One Product launched under PMFME scheme of Ministry of Food Processing Industries
Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Shri Pashupati Kumar Paras and Minister of State, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel and senior officers of NAFED at Panchsheel Bhawan, New Delhi under the Prime Minister’s Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PMFME) Scheme , One District One Product (ODOP) . Six brands were launched. Ministry of Food Processing Industries has signed an agreement with Nafed to develop 10 brands of selected one district one product-ODOP under the branding and marketing component of PMFME scheme. Out of these , six brands namely Amrut Phal, Kori Gold, Kashmiri Mantra, Madhu Mantra, Somdana and Delhi Bakes Whole Wheat Cookies were launched.
13.India exported goods worth $ 37.29 billion in December 2021
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry recently released the country’s monthly merchandise export report . According to this report, in December 2021, India exported goods worth $ 37.29 billion . Petroleum Products, Engineering Products, Gems & JeweleryAs such the export demand for goods was highest in December 2021. Exports grew by 48.9% between April and December. Cumulative services exports reached USD 179 billion in the first nine months (April to December). This will reach USD 230 billion by the end of the financial year. The main reason behind the increase in exports is the expansion of the export basket. The country’s merchandise exports stood at USD 300 billion between April and December 2021. This was 26% higher than the same period in 2019. At this rate, India’s exports will touch USD 400 billion in 2021-22. The country’s exports stood at US$ 290 billion in 2020-21. Imports stood at USD 59.27 billion in December 2021. It increased by 38 percent. Oil imports stood at USD 15.9 billion in December 2021. It increased by 65.17%.
14.China’s construction activities on Pangong Tso
In the past two months, it has been observed that China is building a bridge connecting the northern and southern banks of Pangong Lake . The construction of this bridge is being done on the Chinese side. However, it is 25-30 km away from India’s claim of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) . The bridge connects the north and south shores of Pangong Lake, giving the Chinese military quick access to both sides. In August 2020, India had captured major heights on the Kailash Range on the southern coast. This provided a strategic advantage to the troops. “ mutual pullback plan ” to reduce stressAfter that India had retreated from the heights. The construction of this bridge is important, as this bridge will facilitate quick induction as it will reduce the distance and time taken to reach the disputed areas on Pangong Lake. This would connect the two sides and thus allow the Chinese army to have easy access from both sides to counter any threat.
15.RBI releases framework on offline digital payments
On January 3, 2022, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released a framework for small value offline transactions in digital mode . As per this framework, offline payments can be made using any channel or means such as wallet, mobile device or card . However, they can be done in close proximity, or only in face-to-face mode. Authorized Payment System Operators (PSOs) and Payment System Participants (PSPs)Banks and non-banks, who wish to offer payments in offline mode, will have to comply with the requirements under the prescribed framework. Offline payment transactions may be offered without the Additional Factor of Authentication (AFA). The payment instrument will be enabled for offline transactions based on the explicit consent of the customer. Such transactions through the card will be permitted without the need to switch to a contactless transaction channel. The upper limit for offline payment transactions should be 200. The bank or non-bank issuer has been mandated to send transaction alerts to the user as soon as the transaction details are received. However, there is no compulsion to send alerts for every transaction. The payment instruments will be enabled for offline transactions only after obtaining the explicit consent of the customer.
16.SEBI reconstitutes its primary market advisory committee
Capital markets regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India has reconstituted its primary market advisory committee on data . The purpose of the committee is to make measurements related to areas such as securities market data access and privacy. SEBI has appointed S Sahoo, a professor and former chairperson, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India, National Law University, Delhi, as the panel head. Earlier this panel was headed by Madhabi Puri Buch, a former whole-time member of SEBI.
17.Government of India keeps interest rates on small savings schemes unchanged
The interest rates on small savings schemes for the fourth quarter of 2021-2022 (January-February-March 2022) will remain the same as in the third quarter of 2021-22 (October-December 2021). It should be noted that West Bengal is the largest contributor to small savings schemes while Uttar Pradesh is the second top contributor. Also remember, the government notifies interest rates for small savings schemes on a quarterly basis. Various Interest Rates for Quarter-4 (January-March) of 2021-22:
|No.||small savings scheme||Rate of interest|
|1||post office savings account||4%|
|2||5 Year Post Office Recurring Deposit (RD) Account||5.8%|
|3||Post Office Fixed Deposit (TD) Account – One Year||5.5%|
|4||Post Office Fixed Deposit Account (TD) – Two Years||5.5%|
|5||Post Office Fixed Deposit Account (TD) – Three Years||5.5%|
|6||Post Office Fixed Deposit Account (TD) – Five Years||6.7%|
|7||Post Office Monthly Income Scheme Account (MIS)||6.6%|
|8||Senior Citizen Savings Scheme (SCSS)||7.4%|
|9||15 Year Public Provident Fund Account (PPF)||7.1%|
|10||National Savings Certificate (NSC)||6.8%|
|11||Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP)||6.9%|
|12||Sukanya Samriddhi Account||7.6%|
18.Sri Lanka’s financial crisis
According to the World Bank ‘s Sri Lanka Development Update (SLDU) , Sri Lanka is facing an acute economic crisis due to job and earnings losses and high food inflation . Inflation has increased due to foreign bonuses and the printing of money by the government to pay off domestic debt. According to the World Bank, the share of people living below the poverty line is expected to increase by 11.7% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Its influence on industry was disproportionately large among people working in more urbanized areas such as the Western Province.
19.India sends humanitarian aid to Afghanistan
On January 2, 2021, India sent 5,00,000 doses of Kovid-19 vaccines to Afghanistanand will send another 500,000 doses in the coming days as part of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. This dose was donated to Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Kabul. The vaccines were sent via a flight of Mahan Air, Iran, as there is currently no direct flight between India and Afghanistan. India also sent 1.6 tonnes of life-saving medicines to a hospital in Kabul on December 11, 2021. These drugs were routed through the World Health Organization. India had also offered to provide 50,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan through land routes to Pakistan. However, it has been put on hold due to the conditions provided by Pakistan. On 3 December, Pakistan said it would allow the supply of wheat and medicines in Afghan trucks through the Wagah land border crossing. But the modalities have not been finalized yet.
20.France takes over the presidency of the European Union for six months
France has assumed the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union with effect from 1 January 2022 . The country will continue to preside over the European Union for the next six months until June 30, 2022 . This is the 13th time that France has taken over as president. The motto of France as President of the European Union is ” Recovery, Strength, Belonging “. France will work to put the continent’s digitization and climate protection at the forefront. The presidency of the European Union takes place every six months between the member states of the 27-nation bloc. Upon completion of the six-month presidency, France would be replaced by the Czech Republic.
21.Government postpones 27th Kolkata International Film Festival
Government 27th Kolkata International Film Festival to suspend have. This decision has been taken due to several film personalities associated with the festival committee getting infected with Kovid. The film festival was to be held from January 7 to 14. The next date of the film festival will be announced later.
22.New Delhi World Book Fair – 2022 postponed
New Delhi World Book Fair – 2022 has been postponed. The fair was scheduled to be held from January 08 to 16, 2022 at the new International Exhibition Center at Pragati Maidan , New Delhi . In view of the new guidelines of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority and requests made by various stakeholders, it has been decided to postpone the fair.
23.Board of Control for Cricket in India postpones Ranji Trophy, Col CK Nayudu Trophy and Senior Women’s T20 tournaments
Board of Control for Cricket in India Ranji Trophy , C.K. Naidu Trophy and women’s senior Twenty20 cricket tournament have been postponed. Due to the rising Kovid infection in the country, the board has decided that it will continue to review the situation and consider starting the competitions. Ranji Trophy and C.K. The Naidu Trophy was to begin this month, while the women’s Twenty20 event was to be played in February.
24.Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez announces retirement from cricket
Pakistani all-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez has announced his retirement from international cricket on January 03, 2022, to end his career spanning more than 18 years . 41-year-old Hafeez retired from Test cricket in December 2018. He has played 55 Tests, 218 ODIs and 119 T20Is for Pakistan in which he has scored 12,780 runs across all formats. He is nicknamed ” The Professor “.
25.Indian Navy’s 1971 war veteran Vice Admiral SH Sarma passes away
Indian Navy in 1971 the Indo-Pak war veteran Vice Admiral SH Sarma has passed away at the age of 100. He was the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet during the 1971 war. India defeated Pakistan in the 1971 war, from which Bangladesh was created. Vice Admiral Sarma celebrated his 100th birthday on 1 December last year. He also participated in the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations in Delhi recently.
26.Bollywood filmmaker Vijay Galani passes away
Bollywood filmmaker Vijay Galani has passed away. He was suffering from blood cancer and was in London for treatment. He has been seen in films like Salman Khan’s Sooryavanshi (1992) , Govinda and Manisha Koirala ‘s Achanak (1998) , Akshay Kumar’s Ajnabee (2001) , Paresh Rawal and Mallika Sherawat’s Bachke Rehna Re Baba (2005) , Salman Khan’s Veer (2010) . Known for manufacturing His last production venture was Vidyut Jammwal and Shruti Haasan’s The Power (2021) .