Daily Current Affairs Jan 12th, 2021

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  1. National Youth Day – January 12
  2. BHEL secures Rs 450 cr order for steam and power plant from NALCO
  3. 24th National Youth Festival
  4. “Making of a General – A Himalayan Echo” book released by Governor, Dr. Najma Heptulla
  5. Union minister Nitin Gadkari to launch eco-friendly, non-toxic ‘Vedic paint’ developed by KVIC
  6. India’s GDP to record 10.1% expansion year-on-year in FY22, monetary policy to be neutra from accommodative in August 2021: ICRA
  7. Indian Navy to coordinate 2nd edition of largest coastal defence exercise Sea Vigil-21 covering entire 7,516 kms of coastline
  8. Indian Railways bags 13 awards in 3 categories at ‘National Energy Conservation awards 2020’,organized by BEE
  9. After UK PM Boris Johnson’s withdrawal; Suriname’s Indian-origin President to be Republic Day chief guest
  10. Javadekar releases Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries
  11. RBI cancels the licence of Osmanabad’s Vasantdada Nagari Sahakari Bank; 99% depositors to get full deposits back
  12. NSE launches futures & options contracts for Nifty Financial Services index,third index which has its own equity derivatives.
  13. First direct flight between Kalaburagi to Tirupati flagged off under UDAN
  14. ISRO to adopt 100 Atal Tinkering Labs to promote education in the field of space technology, STEM.
  15. CM N Biren Singh Virtually Inaugurated Cherry Blossom Festival at Mao,Senapati district of Manipur.
  16. First time in history, Union Budget 2021 to be paperless
  17. AYUSH Ministry’s webinar on Nidra and Yoga highlights the role of sleep in promoting good health
  18. Modi India Calling-2021: New book chronicling PM’s foreign tours, released
  19. National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), Airtel team up to drive digital transformation of MSMEs

National Youth Day – January 12

National Youth Day has been celebrated annually on 12 January since 1985.It marks the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.One of the main objectives of day is to promote rational thinking among the youth, who are the future of the nation.

Did you Know

National Youth Festival is celebrated from 12-16 Jan every year.

BHEL secures Rs 450 cr order for steam and power plant from NALCO

It is for NALCO’s 5th Stream Alumina Refinery Expansion Project at Damanjodi, Odisha.With this order, BHEL has maintained its track record of supplying all of NALCO’s power plants.

Did you Know

BHEL is largest manufacturer of power generation equipment.

24th National Youth Festival

National Youth Festival is celebrated every year from 12th to 16th January to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.Objective is to bring youth of country together to showcase talents.‘YUVAAH – Utsah Naye Bharat Ka’ is theme of this year.

Did you Know

Organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports

“Making of a General – A Himalayan Echo” book released by Governor, Dr. Najma Heptulla

It is the memoir of Lt Gen (Dr) Konsam Himalay Singh who has traced his journey from a small village in Manipur to becoming the first person from North East India to hold the rank of a Three Star General of the Indian Army.

Did you Know

It has also highlighted about Manipur, the “Land of Emeralds”.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari to launch eco-friendly, non-toxic ‘Vedic paint’ developed by KVIC

Called “Khadi Prakritik Paint” is a first-of-its-kind product, with anti-fungal & anti-bacterial properties,free from heavy metals.Based on cow dung as its main ingredient,it is cost-effective,odorless & is certified by Bureau of Indian Standards.

Did you Know

Will help farmers keeping cows make extra income.

India’s GDP to record 10.1% expansion year-on-year in FY22, monetary policy to be neutra from accommodative in August 2021: ICRA

FY22’s value of GDP will only mildly surpass the 2019-20 level. It also sees inflation exceeding the mid-point of MPC’s medium target of 4% for third consecutive year. ICRA pegged the GDP fall at 7.8% this financial year.

Did you Know

ICRA:
HQ: Gurugram;
CEO:N.Sivaraman.

Indian Navy to coordinate 2nd edition of largest coastal defence exercise Sea Vigil-21 covering entire 7,516 kms of coastline

2-day biennial pan-India exercise will include Exclusive Economic Zone &involves all 13 coastal States,UTs along with other maritime stakeholders.Organised to check efficacy of measures initiated to plug gaps in coastal security following Mumbai attack.

Did you Know

2-day drill is a build-up towards TROPEX.

Indian Railways bags 13 awards in 3 categories at ‘National Energy Conservation awards 2020’,organized by BEE

Awards are given by Bureau of Energy Efficiency to those organisations that put in special efforts to reduce energy consumption.13 prizes were awarded to multiple zones & workshops of railways. In the ”transport category”,Western Railway got 1st prize.

Did you Know

BEE is an agency of the GoI under Ministry of Power.

After UK PM Boris Johnson’s withdrawal; Suriname’s Indian-origin President to be Republic Day chief guest

Chandrikapersad Santokhi, will be the chief guest of India’s Republic Day parade on January 26.Santokhi was sworn-in as the President of Suriname in July, 2020 after his party-Progressive Reform Party won the elections & ended dictatorship of Dési Bouterse

Did you Know

Suriname:
Capital: Paramaribo;
Currency:Surinamese Dollar

Javadekar releases Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries

India has a network of 903 Protected Areas in covering about 5% of the total geographic area. In order to assess the efficacy of Protected Areas, evaluation of management effectiveness is required.MEE score of 62.01% which is higher than global mean of 56%

Did you Know

MEE of Indian Zoos framework was also released.

RBI cancels the licence of Osmanabad’s Vasantdada Nagari Sahakari Bank; 99% depositors to get full deposits back

Continuance of bank is prejudicial to the interests of its depositors & it would be unable to pay its present depositors in full. It is now prohibited from conducting business of ‘banking’ as defined in Section 5(b) read with Section 56 of BRA,1949.

Did you Know

Every depositor will get deposits up to Rs.5 lakh from DICGC.

NSE launches futures & options contracts for Nifty Financial Services index,third index which has its own equity derivatives.

Index consists of 20 stocks & is designed to reflect behaviour & performance of Indian financial market, which includes banks, financial institutions, etc.This is the 1st time that the exchange has made available weekly futures for stock index derivatives.

Did you Know

Currently NSE offers only Nifty 50 & Nifty Bank Index.

First direct flight between Kalaburagi to Tirupati flagged off under UDAN

Taking another step in boosting regional aerial connectivity in India,Star Air today commenced direct daily flight operations from Kalaburagi, Karnataka to Tirupati,AP under the RCS-UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme.

Did you Know

305 UDAN routes &53 airports have been operationalized till date

ISRO to adopt 100 Atal Tinkering Labs to promote education in the field of space technology, STEM.

ISRO will facilitate coaching and mentoring of students in advanced 21st century cutting-edge technologies, including those related to space.Atal Innovation Mission and NITI Aayog have established over 7,000 ATLs across the country so far.

Did you Know

ISRO Chairman Dr K. Sivan;
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.

CM N Biren Singh Virtually Inaugurated Cherry Blossom Festival at Mao,Senapati district of Manipur.

Launched in Nov 2017 as part of Manipur Sangai Festival,Cherry Blossom Festival Mao was introduced under theme ‘Celebrating Nature’s Abundance’.Popularly known as Sakura in Japan,the flowers are considered as symbol of peace & prosperity.

Did you Know

The festival is annually celebrated at Mao Gate, a hill station.

First time in history, Union Budget 2021 to be paperless

The decision has been taken as several people (approximately 100) would be required to stay at the printing press for around a fortnight amid the COVID-19 fear.Budget papers are usually printed at the ministry’s in-house printing press in the North Block.

Did you Know

The traditional ‘Halwa’ ceremony is not likely to take place.

AYUSH Ministry’s webinar on Nidra and Yoga highlights the role of sleep in promoting good health

“NIDRA- A webinar on Yoga and Sleep” hosted by Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN), an Autonomous Body under the Ministry of AYUSH succeeded in focussing attention on a critical, but often neglected factor of health, namely, sleep.

Did you Know

Union AYUSH Minister: Shripad Yesso Naik

Modi India Calling-2021: New book chronicling PM’s foreign tours, released

A coffee table book filled with over hundreds of photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from his “107 overseas and bilateral visits” was released here on the eve of the 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD).

Did you Know

The 450-page book has been published by Maneesh Media.

National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), Airtel team up to drive digital transformation of MSMEs

Airtel’s solutions for MSMEs include connectivity,landline,mobile,conferencing, cloud,security solutions for businesses,IoT & cloud communication suite to transform customer engagement.Alliance with NSIC would give it a much deeper distribution reach.

Did you Know

NSIC,Mini Ratna PSU:
HQ: Delhi;
CMD:Vijayendra.

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