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Daily Current Affairs Jan 11th, 2021

Air India creates a record, Longest direct flight with all-woman cockpit crew lands in Bengaluru

Air India’s inaugural San Francisco-Bengaluru flight, with an all-women cockpit crew at the helm, landed in India on January 11.Crew:Capt Zoya Aggarwal, Capt Papagari Thanmai, Capt Akansha Sonaware & Capt Shivani.

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The 17-hour flight is AI’s longest direct route.

Universal Sompo General Insurance Company Ltd partners with Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh State Finance Corporation

It is to provide comprehensive insurance covers at competitive prices.J&K and L SFC provides financial assistance to various MSMEs besides others.Sompo General:JV of Indian Bank, IOB, Karnataka Bank,Dabur Investment Corp & Sompo Japan

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SFC MD: Rajesh Kumar Shavan;
Sompo MD,CEO:Sharad Mathur

Newmai launched Community-based Sustainable Forest Management for Water Resource Conservation in Manipur(COSFOM) website.

COSFOM is a component under Indo-German Programme ‘Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalaya’ with a focus on sustainable community forestry, soil & water conservation. It is supported by Government of Germany through KfW,a development bank in Frankfurt.

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Forest,Environment and Climate Change Minister Awangbow Newmai

Indian Railways to operate trains at speed of 130 Kmph along the Golden Quadrilateral and Golden Diagonal sections

1,280 km length out of 1,612 Km in GQ-GD route enhanced.This covers the entire GQ-GD route over South Central Railway, except Vijayawada – Duvvada section, where signaling up-gradation work is in progress.

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GQ-GD connects 4 major metros Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai & Chennai

Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of the Ecosystem Services (NCAVES) India Forum-2021

Organised by MoSPI, to advance knowledge on environmental-economic accounting,particularly ecosystem accounting.NCAVES Project, funded by EU, has been jointly implemented by UN Statistics Division,UNEP & Secretariat of Convention of Biological Diversity.

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5 countries taking part:Brazil, India, China,S.Africa and Mexico

Dhaka Marathon 2021: Jigmet Dolma from Ladakh wins 4th position

The marathon was organized to commemorate the return of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from Pakistan jail to Bangladesh in 1972.Jigmet Dolma is an SPO of Ladakh police.

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Among SAARC & local runners, Bahadur Singh of India won in men’s

India to chair 3 key UNSC committees

India will chair three important subsidiary bodies of the Security Council – the Taliban sanctions committee, the counter-terrorism committee and the Libya sanctions committee.The move follows India joining the UNSC as a non-permanent member for 2021-22.

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Ambassador of India to UN TS Tirumurti

India’s ‘Institutions Of Eminence’ Can Now Set Up Campuses Overseas.

The new UGC guidelines have been issued in line with the new National Education Policy (NEP) as per which foreign universities will be allowed to set up campuses in India and top Indian institutes in foreign countries.

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Education Ministry had launched the IoE scheme in 2018

Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) dedicates to nation Indigenous Retractable Landing Gear Systems

CVRDE, a lab of DRDO, handed over indigenous retractable landing gears to Aeronautical Development Establishment(ADE is another lab of DRDO) for Tapas & Swift UAVs and 18 types of filters for P-75 submarines to Indian Navy.

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CVRDE: Avadi,Chennai;
ADE: Bengaluru.

Bangladesh to be Country in Focus of 51st International Film Festival

Country in Focus is a special segment that recognizes the cinematic excellence & contributions of the country. 51st IFFI will showcase four films in this section: Jibondhuli,Meghmallar,Under Construction and Sincerely Yours, Dhaka

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IFFI founded in 1952, is a significant film festival in Asia.

PM to address valedictory function of 2nd National Youth Parliament Festival.

Objective of NYPF is to hear the voice of youth between 18 & 25 years of age, who are allowed to vote & will join various careers in coming years, including public services.First NYPF was organised from from 12 January to 27 February 2019

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The finals of 2nd NYPF is held in Central Hall of Parliament.

Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) completes stake sale in PKTCL to India Grid for Rs 900 cr

RInfra has completed sale of its entire 74% stake in Parbati Koldam Transmission Company Limited to India Grid Trust.With this acquisition, IndiGrid owns 12 operating power transmission assets with a total AUM of over Rs.14500 crore.

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IndiGrid:India’s 1st listed powersector infra investment trust.

Suriname President, Curacao PM, NZ minister among 30 Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awardees

Suriname President Chandrikapersad Santokhi, Curacao Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath and New Zealand minister Priyanca Radhakrishnan were among 30 NRIs, and Indian-origin people and organisations that were conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award.

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Highest honour conferred by President as part of PBD conventions

Home Minister Amit Shah to launch ‘Single Window Clearance System’ for coal mines

It will be an online platform to obtain clearances for smooth operationalization of coal mines.

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Union Minister of Coal Pralhad Joshi.

NHAI ties up with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), to set up EV charging network in India

EESL,a venture under power ministry will set up EV charging infrastructure works at toll plazas and buildings, and provisioning of electric vehicles to NHAI.EESL is world’s largest public energy service company.

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Chairman: Rajeev Sharma
HQ: New Delhi

‘Sagar Anveshika’: Harsh Vardhan dedicates new coastal research vessel to nation at Chennai Port.

Sagar Avneshika is a research vessel that is equipped with advanced navigation systems as well as research and exploration apparatus.Can accommodate about 15-20 scientists for research purposes & has labs similar to research vessel ‘Sagar Thara’.

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Union Science and Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

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