12th January 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of twelfth January 2021 masking the next information headlines: Khadi Prakritik Paint, ICRA Projects, Sea Vigil 21, Dhaka Marathon 2021, International Cricket Council.

National News

1. Nitin Gadkari to launch “Khadi Prakritik Paint” developed by KVIC

  • Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari might be launching an revolutionary new paint developed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission.
  • The eco-friendly, non-toxic paint, referred to as “Khadi Prakritik Paint” is a first-of-its-kind product, with anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties.
  • Based on cow dung as its important ingredient, the paint is cost-effective and odourless and has been licensed by the Bureau of Indian Standards.
  • Khadi Prakritik Paint is offered in two varieties – distemper paint and plastic emulsion paint.
  • Production of Khadi Prakritik Paint is aligned with Prime Minister’s imaginative and prescient of accelerating farmers’ earnings.

Economy News

2. ICRA Projects India’s actual GDP to broaden by 10.1% in FY22

  • Domestic ranking company ICRA Ratings expects the true gross home product (GDP) of India to develop by 10.1% within the monetary 12 months 2021-22 (FY2022).
  • The ranking company ICRA had earlier projected a contraction of 7.8% for the continuing fiscal 2020-21.
  • The seemingly-sharp growth might be led by the continued normalisation in financial actions because the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines gathers traction and the low base.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • ICRA Headquarters: Gurgaon, Haryana.
  • ICRA Non-Executive Chairman and Director: Arun Duggal.

Appointments News

3. RS Sharma to move empowered panel for Covid-19 vaccine

  • The Union authorities has appointed RS Sharma, former Trai chief, because the chairperson of an empowered committee for the administration of Covid-19 vaccine. A ten-member staff has been constituted to be headed by Sharma.
  • This has come days forward of the mega vaccination drive is to begin in India. He has additionally been included as a member of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration of Covid-19 that was shaped in August 2020.
  • RS Sharma was the primary particular person to formally provoke a dialogue on vaccination supply within the authorities in the summertime of 2020 when Covid-19 instances peaked.
  • The prime well being ministry and UIDAI officers are a part of the empowered committee.
  • The panel can invite eminent individuals as and when required to make sure supply of the vaccine via the Co-Win expertise platform.

Defence News

4. Coastal defence train “Sea Vigil 21” kicks off

  • A serious train to check army readiness at sea alongside the shoreline of the nation begins. This is the second version of the biennial pan-India coastal defence train “Sea Vigil-21” might be carried out on January 12 and 13.
  • The two-day train involving all stakeholders, states and Central authorities businesses will set the tempo of operations, together with “transition from peace to conflict”. 
  • The train, inaugural version of which was carried out in January 2019, might be undertaken alongside your complete 7,516-km shoreline and Exclusive Economic Zone of India.
  • It will contain all 13 coastal states and Union Territories together with different maritime stakeholders, together with the fishing and coastal communities.
  • Exercise ‘Sea Vigil-21’ is predicted to supply a practical evaluation of our strengths and weaknesses and thus will assist in additional strengthening maritime and nationwide safety. The train is being coordinated by the Indian Navy.
  • The complete coastal safety arrange was re-organised after the 26/11 terror assault at Mumbai which was launched utilizing the ocean route.
  • Assets of the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Customs and different maritime businesses will take part within the train.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh.
  • Indian Navy Founded: 26 January 1950.

Sports News

5. Dhaka Marathon 2021: Jigmet Dolma from Ladakh wins 4th place

  • Jigmet Dolma from India secured the fourth place within the Dhaka Marathon 2021. Jigmet Dolma is an SPO of Ladakh police. In the marathon, Hicham Lakohi of Morocco got here first within the elite competitors of the marathon in males’s class whereas Angela Jim Asunde from Kenya gained the ladies’s class in the identical occasion.
  • In the total marathon, among the many SAARC and native runners, Bahadur Singh of India turned the champion within the males’s class and Pushpa Bhandari of Nepal turned the champion within the girls’s class.
  • The marathon was organized to commemorate the return of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from Pakistan jail to Bangladesh in 1972.

6. Jay Shah named BCCI’s Official Representative on ICC Board

  • Jay Shah has been named because the official consultant of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board conferences.
  • Shah is the Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
  • He will change BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who was at present representing India on the ICC Board, however he suffered a coronary heart situation not too long ago and needed to be admitted to hospital the place he underwent major angioplasty.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • President of BCCI: Sourav Ganguly.
  • Headquarters of BCCI: Mumbai, Maharashtra; Founded: December 1928.

Important News

7. National Youth Day: 12 January

  • National Youth Day is well known in India yearly on 12 January to commemorate the delivery anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
  • The day was declared by the Government of India in 1984 whereas the occasion was first celebrated in 1985. 
  • The important purpose behind that is to be sure that the scholars throughout the nation may be inspired to be taught concerning the life, the concepts and philosophy of Swami Vivekananda and apply them of their lives.
  • In 2021, we’re observing 158th delivery anniversary of Swami Vivekanand (12 January 1863). The theme for National Youth Day 2021 is ‘Channelizing Youth Power for Nation Building‘.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Swami Vivekananda based the Ramakrishna Math and Mission on 1 May 1897.
  • In 1898, he established Belur Math.

8. National Road Safety Month 2021: 18 January – 17 February

  • The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways observes the National Road Safety Week yearly within the second week of January.
  • However, in 2021, the Government has determined to watch National Road Safety Month as a substitute of National Road Safety Week.
  • Accordingly, the National Road Safety Month might be noticed from 18th January, 2021′ to seventeenth February’ 2021.
  • During this era nation-wide varied actions might be carried out all through the nation in affiliation with the Central/ State Governments/ UT administrations, and different stakeholders.

Obituaries News

9. Padma Shri Awardee Telugu Journalist Turlapati Kutumba Rao passes away

  • Veteran journalist and orator (public speaker) Sri Turlapati Kutumba Rao has handed away. He is thought for his service to journalism within the Telugu language.
  • He has written over 4000 biographies and delivered over 16000 public speeches which have been recorded by the Telugu Book of Records as a world file.
  • Rao has obtained quite a lot of honour for his discipline of labor, together with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri, in 2002, making him the primary journalist from the state of Andhra Pradesh to obtain the award.

10. Pulitzer Prize-winning creator & journalist Neil Sheehan passes away

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning creator & journalist Neil Sheehan handed away. He coated the Vietnam War for United Press International and the Times from 1962 to 1966.
  • He gained a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award in 1989 for “A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam.”

Miscellaneous News

11. Bangladesh declared as ‘Country in Focus’ for 51st IFFI

  • Bangladesh has been chosen because the ‘Country in Focus’ for the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
  • The competition might be held at Goa from January 16 to January 24, 2021. The Country in Focus is a particular section that acknowledges the cinematic excellence and contributions of the nation.
  • This part on the 51st IFFI will showcase 4 movies from Bangladesh.
  • The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), is being held yearly since 1952, in Goa.
  • The occasion is organised collectively by the Directorate of Film Festivals (below Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) and the state Government of Goa.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Prime Minister of Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina; Capital: Dhaka; Currency: Taka.
  • President of Bangladesh: Abdul Hamid.

12. Oldest residing Olympic champion Agnes Keleti turns 100

  • The oldest surviving Olympic champion, Ágnes Keleti, celebrates her one hundredth birthday. She is one in every of her nation’s most profitable Olympians, having gained 10 medals for Hungary in gymnastics, on the Olympic Games Helsinki 1952 and Melbourne 1956.
  • Her haul included 5 golds. Keleti gained the ground occasion in Finland earlier than producing an astonishing show in Australia, successful 4 golds – within the uneven bars, stability beam, ground, and staff occasion. At 35, she turned the oldest feminine gymnast to win an Olympic title.