1. PM inaugurates National Youth Festival in Hubballi, Karnataka
The Prime Minister , Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the 26th National Youth Festival in Hubli , Karnataka . This program is being organized to honor and cherish the ideals, teachings and contributions of Swami Vivekananda on National Youth Day, which is celebrated on his birth anniversary. The theme of this festival is ‘ Developed Youth – Developed India ‘‘ and it brings together diverse cultures from all parts of the country on one platform and unites the participants with the spirit of Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat. This festival is being organized from 12 to 16 January in Hubli-Dharwad, Karnataka. Five themes from the G-20 and Y-20 events will be discussed during the Youth Summit at the festival. These include future job prospects, industry and innovation and the future of skills in the 21st century, climate change and disaster risk reduction, peace building and reconciliation, a shared future – youth in democracy and governance, and health and well-being. . More than 60 eminent experts will participate in the conference.
2. Henley Passport Index 2023, Japan retains its top position
Henley Passport Index has released a new ranking. It shows the power of passports of countries around the world. This includes 199 passports. But many countries are on the same rank, so the ranking has been released till 109 . India was at number 87 last year. But this time its ranking has improved and it is at number 85 . Indian passport allows travel to 59 countries visa free or visa on arrival . Henley & Partners is a global citizenship and advisory firm based in London . According to its report, Japan ‘s passport is the most powerful in the world. People holding this passport can visit 193 countries visa free or visa on arrivalCan travel via According to the new ranking, Pakistan has the fourth worst passport in the world. There has been no change in the position of Pakistan in the 2022 rankings. Last year also it was ranked as the fourth worst passport in the world. This year Pakistan’s ranking is 106. Below Pakistan are Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan . Here are the top 5 strongest passports in the world –
- Japan (193 Destinations)
- Singapore, South Korea (192 Destinations)
- Germany, Spain (190 Destinations)
- Finland, Italy, Luxembourg (189 Destinations)
- Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden (188 Destinations)
3. FSSAI notifies comprehensive regulatory standards for Basmati rice for the first time
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India-FSSAI has approved basmati rice for the first time.have notified broad regulatory standards for These standards will come into effect from August 1 this year. The health ministry has said that the objective is to promote fair practices in trade of basmati rice and to protect consumer interest both domestically and globally. As per these standards, basmati rice should have natural aroma and should be free from artificial colours, polishing agents and artificial fragrances. The quality of basmati rice has also been fixed under the standards, under which its average size, maximum limit of moisture and uric acid and condition of spoilage have been fixed. Basmati rice is an improved variety of rice grown in the foothills of the Himalayan region of the Indian sub-continent and has a wide domestic and global consumption. India accounts for two-thirds of the global supply of basmati rice.
4. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari formally inaugurated the 16th edition of the Auto Expo
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari formally inaugurated the 16th edition of the Auto Expo . Union Heavy Industries Minister Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey was also present on the occasion. In this expo, many renowned companies of the country and the world have displayed their vehicles. The Auto Expo has been organized at two places. Auto Expo Component Show at Pragati Maidan in the capital New Delhi and Auto Expo Motor Show at Greater Noida .
5. India is launching an expedition to explore resources like minerals under Samudrayan mission
India is launching an expedition to explore resources like minerals under the Samudrayaan mission. In this , three people will go to the depth of 6 thousand meters in the sea and do research . Earth Sciences Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh said that submarine fishing 6000Will take three people to sea. This mission is expected to be realized in the next three years. He informed that the Samudraayan has been developed by the National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai. It has the capacity to run for 12 hours in normal operation and 96 hours for human safety in case of emergency. Dr. Singh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned the Deep Ocean Mission in his Independence Day address in 2021 and 2022. The Center had approved a budget of over Rs 4,000 crore for the Deep Ocean Mission for five years.
6. Over 1,000 Indian peacekeepers serving in UNMISS honored with UN medal
More than a thousand Indian peacekeepers serving in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan – UNMISS have been awarded the United Nations Medal for Exceptional Service . In a tweet, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan said that 1171 Indians have been awarded the UN Medal for their significant work in Upper Nile, South Sudan. The mission said that the Indian military contingent is known for its efforts in the repair and construction of critical infrastructure. Apart from this, the Indian Army also protects the civilians.
7. Russia will send a new spacecraft to bring the crew members of its space station back to Earth
Russia will send a new spacecraft to bring three crew members of the International Space Station back to Earth. These members are stranded in space due to the damage of the vehicle. Last month, there was a coolant leak in the Soyuz MS-22 vehicle . Russian space agency Roscosmos has told that there is no major damage to the crew due to this incident. According to the agency, Russian cosmonauts Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin and US space agency NASA astronaut Frank Rubio will be brought back. Earlier there was a plan to send this vehicle in March but now the Soyuz MS-23 vehicle will be sent on 20 February.
8. First Health Working Group meeting under the chairmanship of G20 in Kerala from 18 to 20 January
The first Health Working Group meeting under the G20 chairmanship of India will be held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala from January 18 to 20 . The central government plans to promote Indian traditional medicine such as herbal tea and recipes based on Ayurveda during various G20 events. Before the meeting, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha said that there will be yoga sessions in all the meetings and experts of traditional medicine will teach the foreign delegates the tricks of staying healthy.
9. MoU on establishment of a Hindi Chair at Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka
On the occasion of World Hindi Day , the High Commission of India signed an MoU to establish a Hindi Chair at Sabaragamuwa University , Sri Lanka . Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay and University Vice-Chancellor Professor Uday Ratnayake have signed this agreement with the aim of cultural engagement between the two countries through the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Through Hindi Peeth, students will be aware of India and its history and culture. On this occasion Mr. Baglay also gave away prizes to the winners of the Hindi poetry competition organized in the university.
10. Cultural program Sur Sarita Symphony of Ganga organized in Varanasi on the eve of launch of world’s longest river cruise service Ganga Vilas
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the world’s longest river cruise service MV Ganga Vilas from Varanasi. During its 50-day journey, the luxury cruise will not only showcase India’s cruise tourism potential to the world, but also showcase the country’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and spiritual brilliance. The Ministry of Culture will organize a cultural program Sur Sarita Symphony of Ganga this evening on the eve of the launch of this cruise service.
11. Gujarat and Rajasthan emerge as top investment destinations in India
According to data from the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) , Gujarat has outpaced all other Indian states in attracting new investments from corporations, both domestic and foreign . New investments worth Rs 3.98 trillion were announced for Gujarat during the fiscal year (FY) 2022, a 273 per cent increase over the FY21 figure of Rs 2.91 trillion. On the other hand, Rajasthan emerged as the second most attractive destination for investment in India in FY22. Interestingly, the state witnessed the highest rate of growth during this period, growing by nearly 535 per cent and attracting new investments worth Rs 2.37 trillion .
12. Ayyanur Ammanur Festival : Tamil Nadu
Ayyanur Ammanur is a festival celebrated by the Kota tribe of the Nilgiris . The Kota tribe is a tribe living in the Nilgiri Hills of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu . These are called ‘ cove ‘ and ‘ kotar ‘‘ also say. They have always been a small group, never exceeding 1,500 in number. During this festival, this tribe collects clay to make pottery. After making an earthen pot, they open their temple and then prepare food in this earthen pot and serve it to the whole village. After the worship is over in the temple, men and women wear their traditional clothes and perform different dances during the day and night. The festival ends with this dance. This pot-making ceremony is held once in two years.
13. Worst Ebola outbreak in Uganda over: WHO
The latest Ebola epidemic (the worst in 2 decades) in Uganda has been declared ended by the WHO after 4 months and 55 deaths . The outbreak was caused by the Sudan strain of the virus. ebola virus disease a hemorrhagic fevertransmitted through body-to-body contact with sick or dead people or animals (“viral hemorrhagic fever” is a condition that damages the overall cardiovascular system and impairs the body’s ability to function automatically) . Symptoms include fever, fatigue, and headache, followed by vomiting, diarrhea, and internal and external bleeding, among other symptoms. The Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in the DRC. While the current Ebola vaccine is the Ervebo vaccine, it does not protect against the Sudan strain.
14. Kumarakom and Beypore find place in Centre’s Swadesh Darshan 2.0
Beypore and Kumarakom are two tourist destinations that Kerala has included in the Detailed Project Report (DPR) to be submitted to the Center for Phase-II of the Swadesh Darshan project . Beypore has historical significance as a port city . It is world famous for its Beypore Uru (boats) and beautiful beach, which can give a big boost to the tourism sector. The Swadesh Darshan scheme was first launched in the year 2014-15 by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture for the integrated development of theme-based tourist circuits. Swadesh Darshan 2.0 focuses on revitalizing destination tourism by moving away from theme-based tourism circuits. The government has identified 15 states under the scheme that will be promoted as part of India’s new domestic tourism policy.
15. Researchers discover white tufted royal butterfly in Kerala’s Kannur
Recently a team of butterfly observers and researchers has discovered a rare butterfly species White Tufted Royal Butterfly in Kannur, Kerala , which was first seen in the year 2017 in Agasthyakoodam and in the year 2018 in Shendurni Wildlife Sanctuary. This butterfly is protected under Schedule 2 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 . Butterflies are insects belonging to the order Lepidoptera of the Arthropoda phylum, which also includes moths. Adult butterflies have large and often brightly colored wings. Recently a Himalayan butterfly popularly known as ‘Golden Birdwing’ (Troides aix) has been discovered as the largest butterfly of India after 88 years.
16. The Godavari estuary in Andhra Pradesh is a prime and safe haven for Indian skimmers
According to the recently launched Asian Waterfowl Census, 2023 (recommended period 7- 22 January for AWC), the Godavari estuary in Andhra Pradesh has become a major and protected habitat for the Indian skimmer (Rynchops albicollis). About 250 Indian skimmers were sighted in the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary . Another common name for Indian skimmer is Indian Scissors Bill. Indian skimmers are found along the western and eastern coastal estuaries of India. They spread over vast areas in winter. This species can be seen in central India near the Chambal River, parts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
17. CMPDIL invents new dust control technology
In order to reduce and control fugitive dust in mining areas, Central Mine Planning and Design Institute Limited (CMPDIL), Ranchi (a consultant subsidiary of Coal India Limited) has developed systems for generation and control of fugitive dust. Invented the method and got the patent in December, 2022 (Patent No. 416055). This system can be used in mines, thermal power plants, railway sidings, ports, construction sites where coal and other minerals and fugitive materials are stored in the open. This system will reduce noise in addition to reducing dust generation from open sources. Present invention to reduce the production and dispersion of airborne dustRelates to synchronized application of Windbreak (WB) and Vertical Greenery System (VGS) . The WB and VGS are drawn in the upward and downward directions with respect to the sources of airborne dust, respectively. The WB reduces the speed of the oncoming wind towards the source and hence reduces the intensity of the ambient wind to lift the dust over the source. The VGS acts like a filter and reduces the amount of residual dust carried along with the air towards the receptors in the downward direction. Hence there is a reduction in the dust deposition in the ambient air as well as on the various receptors located in the downwind direction.
18. School of Logistics, Waterways and Communication inaugurated in Agartala
Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal along with Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha inaugurated the School of Logistics, Waterways and Communication in Agartala which will help businessmen and entrepreneurs of the North Eastern region in studies, research, training etc. It has been established under the State Institute of Public Administration and Rural Development (SIPARD). This Institute (SIPARD) is an autonomous body funded partly by the Government of Tripura and partly by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.
19. Meta partners with Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) to upskill auto dealers
Meta (formerly Facebook) announced a partnership with Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) to enable over 3,000 auto dealers across the country to create a social presence and digitize using its various platforms . The ‘ Move with Meta ‘ skills and enablement programme, announced during Auto Expo 2023 , will provide easy and low-cost access to best-in-class digital expertise to auto dealers across the country. FADA currently represents 15,000 auto dealers across the country.
20. UK and Japan sign defense deal allowing troop deployments in each other’s countries and increased security co-operation
The leaders of Britain and Japan are signing a defense deal that would allow each other’s troops to be stationed in the two countries . The two countries are strengthening military ties amid concerns over China’s increasingly aggressive approach to Taiwan. The UK government said the defense deal reinforces ‘our commitment to the Indo-Pacific region’. Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak are likely to sign it during a meeting.
21. Herbalife Nutrition India signs Smriti Mandhana as sponsored sports athlete
Nutrition company Herbalife Nutrition India Pvt Ltd is partnering with international women cricketer Smriti Mandhana as the ‘ nutrition sponsor ‘. Herbalife Nutrition has signed over 100 sponsorship deals with various world-class athletes, teams and events. Many renowned Indian athletes like Virat Kohli, Mary Kom, Lakshya Sen and Manika Batra have partnered with Herbalife Nutrition.
22. India’s fastest payment app PayRup launched
India’s fastest payment app PayRup launched in India. PayRup is built with the best of Web 3.0 technology. PayRup provides an advanced digital payment experience with an excellent user experience. PayRup users can pay utility bills and landline bills, recharge their mobile, broadband, DTH and buy gift cards.
23. Aparna Sen honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at Jaipur Film Festival
The five-day Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF) began with the Lifetime Achievement Award being presented to film actress, director and screenwriter Aparna Sen. Grammy Award winner Ricky Kej, film screenwriter Kamlesh Pandey, screenwriter-filmmaker Haider Halle and others were present during the opening ceremony. Aparna Sen made her debut in 1961 with Satyajit Ray’s Teen Kanya. He has worked in famous films like Akash Kusum (1965), Aranyar Din Ratri (1970), Baksho Badal (1970), Basant Bilap (1973), and Pikur Diary (1981). , He has also directed acclaimed films such as 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981), Paroma (1985), Paromitra Ek Din (2000), Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002) and The Japanese Director (2010).
24. Axis Bank to increase 7% stake in Max Life
Private sector giant Axis Bank has entered into a deal to buy seven per cent stake in insurance sector giant Max Life Insurance . Axis Bank has done this deal under the guidelines of insurance regulator IRDA . Earlier Axis Bank had 12.99 per cent stake in Max Life i.e. after the completion of the new deal, Axis Bank will hold 20 per cent stake in Max Life Insurance .
25. KKCL partners with BCCI as Official Sponsor of Indian Cricket Team
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has banned ‘ Killer ‘ , the flagship brand of Kewal Kiran Clothing Limited (KKCL) , the owner of brands like Killer, Integrity, LawmanPG3, Ease and Desi Belle , from the Indian cricket team for five months (till May 31, 2023) . has signed on as an official partner of Only Kiran Clothing, which also owns brands like Lawman and Integrity, has replaced gaming firm MPL. Under this deal, the flagship brand (Killer) will be displayed on the right upper chest of Team India’s jersey.
26. ‘Hockey Wali Sarpanch’ ties up with NABARD to empower farmers in Rajasthan village
Neeru Yadav aka “ Hockey Wali Sarpanch ” has started a new initiative to support the farmers of Lambi Ahir village . Yadav and NABARD have signed an agreement to start Farmer Producer Organization (FPO) with the help of SIIRD (Society of Indian Institute of Rural Development) . FPO is a company which was formally established by the farmers. Producers including farmers, milk producers, fishermen, weavers, rural artisans and craftsmen can set up businesses on the basis of equity shares. The 15th FPO of this type offered by NABARD in Rajasthan is “ Sachhi Saheli Mahila Agro Producer Company Limited ”, where Yadav is on the board of directors of the company.
27. Bihar government launched caste survey in the state
Bihar government has started caste survey in different parts of the state on 7th January . Chief Minister Nitish Kumar clarified that castes will be listed along with the economic status of each family and not sub-castes. The economic status of each family will be duly mentioned in the survey. This caste survey will help in taking necessary measures for the upliftment of the deprived classes. In the first phase, the number of all the families of the state will be counted and recorded. In the second phase of the survey to be held from April 1 to 30, data will be collected regarding the people living in the houses, their caste and socio-economic status. Survey ends 31 May 2023Will happen. About five lakh people have been employed to carry out this entire process. The state government will spend Rs 500 crore from its contingency fund for this exercise .
28. ICC Player of the Month Award announced
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the ICC Player of the Month award for December 2022 on 11 January , in which England ‘s rising star batsman Harry Brook and Australia ‘s Ashleigh Gardner have been named ‘ICC Player of the Month’ respectively. Men’s and Women’s Player of the Month Award’. The 23-year-old Brook scored 468 runs in three matches in the recently concluded Test series against Pakistan. England won the series 3–0 in which Brook made a significant contribution. Gardner won the award after his impressive individual performance in the series against India in December 2022.
29. Khelo India National Women’s Kho Kho League to be held in three phases
Khelo India Senior Women’s National Kho Kho League is scheduled to be held from 10th to 13th January at Chandigarh University, Punjab . The league, to be organized in three phases, is being organized by the Kho Kho Federation of India with full financial support from the Union Sports Ministry. The Ministry has sanctioned the tournament at a total cost of Rs 32.25 Lakhs in three phases, which includes a total of Rs 18 Lakhs as prize money for the top 4 positions in the 3 phases. A total of 12 teams will participate in the tournament and around 200 players will participate. In addition, the Kho Kho Women’s League for junior and sub-junior age groups has been scheduled from January 16 to 19 at the Alberta Ekka Kho Kho Stadium in Hotwar, Ranchi.
30. Swami Vivekananda’s 160th Birth Anniversary
The 160th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda was celebrated as National Youth Day across the country. Every year 12 January is celebrated as National Youth Day to mark the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda . It was announced by the Government of India in the year 1984 . Its motto for the year 2023 is- ‘ Developed Youth-Developed India ‘, Swami Vivekananda was a key figure in introducing the Hindu philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world, he is credited with raising Hinduism to the status of a major world religion in the late 19th century. He was also a strong supporter of social justice and worked to improve the status of women and lower castes in Indian society. He was a chief disciple of the 19th-century mystic saint Ramakrishna Paramahansa and founded the Ramakrishna Mission in 1897.
31. Former Union Minister Sharad Yadav passed away
Former Union Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav has passed away. He was seventy years old. President Draupadi Murmu has expressed grief over the demise of former Union Minister Sharad Yadav.
32. Kashmir’s first Jnanpith award winning writer Rehman Rahi passed away
Renowned poet and Jnanpith awardee Professor Rahman Rahi , Kashmir’s first writer passed away. He was 98 years old. Rahman Rahi was born on May 6, 1925. He wrote several poetry collections and translated the works of some famous poets into Kashmiri. Rahi received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1961 for her poetry collection Navroz-e-Saba , and the country’s highest literary award, the Jnanpith Award , in 2007 for her collection Siyah Rud Zareen Manz (In Black Drizzle). was awarded. In the year 2000, he was awarded the Padma Shri for his works.The prize was awarded.