19th January 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of nineteenth January 2021 protecting the next information headlines: Parakram Diwas, National Road Safety Month, Uganda, Motor Bike Ambulance Rakshita.

National News

1. GoI decides to have fun January 23 as Parakram Diwas

  • The start anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, on January 23, as ‘Parakram Diwas’ yearly, the Ministry of Culture introduced.
  • The day is well known to honour and bear in mind Netaji’s indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation.
  • Earlier this month, the Ministry of Culture held a high-level committee, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to commemorate the a hundred and twenty fifth start anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in a befitting method.
  •  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is predicted to go to West Bengal on January 23 to attend Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s start anniversary celebrations at the Victorial Memorial in Kolkata. The PM can also be more likely to go to National Library situated in Belvedere Estate, Alipore.

2. Nitin Gadkari inaugurates National Road Safety Month 2021

  • The first-ever National Road Safety Month was inaugurated by Union Minister for Defence Shri Rajnath Singh and Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways & MSME Nitin Gadkari.
  • It is the inaugural version of the National Road Safety Month and is being held instead of National Road Safety Week, which was being noticed because the previous few years.
  • The goal of the month-long programme is to construct consciousness about street security and cut back street accidents in India. It will probably be held until 17 February 2021.
  • During this era, nation-wide actions can be carried out all through the nation in affiliation with State Govt./Union Territory administrations, NHAI, NHIDCL, OEMs and NGOs.
  • The centre can also be taking a number of measures to cut back street accidents by Restructuring and Strengthening 4E’s of Road security, that are: Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Emergency care Services.

International News

3. Yoweri Museveni wins the sixth time period as Uganda’s President

  • Uganda’s incumbent President Yoweri Museveni has been declared because the winner of the nation’s presidential election for 2021.
  • Museveni secured 58.64 per cent of the entire votes solid, to win the sixth time period because the President. The 76-year-old chief is serving because the President of the Republic of Uganda since 1986 and is one in every of Africa’s longest-serving presidents.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Uganda Capital: Kampala; Currency: Ugandan shilling.

Defence News

4. DRDO arms over Motor Bike Ambulance Rakshita to CRPF

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation has handed over Motor Bike Ambulance Rakshita to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The bike ambulance will assist in overcoming the issues confronted by Indian safety forces and emergency well being care suppliers.
  • The bike ambulances will present life-saving assist for the evacuation of injured sufferers from low-intensity battle areas.
  • Rakshita is fitted with a custom-made reclining Casualty Evacuation Seat (CES), which might be fitted in and brought out as per requirement.
  • Other main options are the pinnacle immobilizer, security harness jacket, hand and foot straps for security, adjustable footrest, physiological parameter measuring tools with wi-fi monitoring functionality and auto warning system for the motive force.
  • The bike ambulance will assist in overcoming the issues confronted by Indian safety forces and emergency well being care suppliers. The bike ambulances will present life-saving assist for the evacuation of injured sufferers from low-intensity battle areas.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Director-General of CRPF: Dr A P Maheshwari.
  • Secretary Department of Defence Research and Development  & Chairman DRDO: Dr G Satheesh Reddy.
  • DRDO Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • DRDO Established: 1958.

Agreements News

5. India and Japan inks MoC to advertise motion of expert employees

  • India and Japan signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) a Basic Framework for Partnership for Proper Operation of the System Pertaining to Specified Skilled Worker (SSW), to advertise the motion of expert employees from India to Japan.
  • The MoC was signed between Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Ambassador of Japan to India Suzuki Satoshi. 
  • The MoC covers 14 classes of specified abilities. The expert employees from India who meet these abilities requirement and Japanese language checks can be eligible for employment in Japan on a contractual foundation.
  • These employees can be granted the standing of Specified Skilled Worker by Japan.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Japan Capital: Tokyo.
  • Japan Currency: Japanese yen.
  • Japan Prime minister: Yoshihide Suga.

Summits and Conferences News

6. Harsh Vardhan chairs 148th session of WHO Executive Board

  • Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare digitally chaired the 148th session of WHO Executive Board, by Video Conference.
  • The 148th session of the Executive Board has been organised from 18-26 January 2021.
  • The assembly supplies a platform to carry collectively all member states to set the instructions and agenda and proceed striving for the target of Health as a state of full bodily, psychological and social well-being and never merely the absence of illness or infirmity.
  • Also, the WHO has declared the Year 2021 because the Year of Global Solidarity and Survival.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Headquarters of WHO: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Director-general of WHO: Tedros Adhanom.

Appointments News

7. Vishwavir Ahuja re-appointed as RBL Bank chief

  • The board of administrators of RBL Bank has authorized the re-appointment of Vishwavir Ahuja because the Managing Director and CEO of the financial institution for 3 years.
  • The re-appointment is with impact from June 30, 2021, to June 29, 2024, and the identical is being advisable to the Reserve Bank of India and shall be topic to their approval, the financial institution mentioned in a regulatory submitting. He has been MD & CEO of RBL Bank since June 30, 2010.
  • Prior to becoming a member of RBL Bank, he was the MD & CEO of Bank of America, India, from 2001 to 2009. As per the regulatory submitting, beneath Ahuja’s management, the deposits of the financial institution have grown nearly 40 occasions, whereas advances have grown greater than 45 occasions since 2011.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • RBL Bank Ltd Incorporated: 1943, beneath the Indian Companies Act, 1913
  • RBL Bank Ltd Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • RBL Bank Ltd Tagline: Apno Ka Bank.

Sports News

8. Khelo India Zanskar Winter Sport & Youth competition 2021 begins

  • In Ladakh, the inaugural version of the Khelo India Zanskar Winter Sport & Youth Festival 2021 kicked off on 18th January 2021.
  • The 13- Day Zanskar Winter Sports Festival goals to open a brand new area in Ladakh for journey and Nature loving vacationers and a lift for native Youth to hone up their abilities in winter sports activities to symbolize India.
  • A sequence of snow-based actions will probably be held for the subsequent 13 days to advertise tourism and financial actions within the Snowbound, picturesque Zanskar.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh: Radha Krishna Mathur.

9. Carolina Marin wins Yonex Thailand Open badminton match 2021

  • Reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin bolstered her possibilities of defending her title in Tokyo later this yr after claiming the Thailand Open in Bangkok over high seed Tai Tzu-Ying.
  • The Yonex Thailand Open Super 1000 badminton match was held from 12 January 2021 to 17 January 2021. It was the primary badminton match of 2021 by Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Winners of Singles Title:

  • Men’s Category: Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) defeated Angus Long (Hong Kong) to clinch the Men’s Singles Title.
  • Women’s Category: Carolina Marin (Spain) defeated Tai Tzu-Ying (Taiwan) to bag the Women’s Singles Title.

Winners of Doubles Title:

  • In the Men’s Doubles, Taiwan’s Lee Yang & Wang Chi-Lin beat Malaysia’s Goh V Shem & Tan Wee Kiong to bag the Doubles Title.
  • In the Women’s Doubles, Indonesia’s Greysia Polii & Apriyani Rahayu defeated Thailand’s Jongkolphan Kititharakul & Rawinda Prajongjai to clinch the Doubles Title.

Winners of Mixed Doubles:

  • Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai defeated Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan & Melati Daeva Oktavianti to clinch the combined doubles title.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Badminton World Federation President: Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen.
  • Badminton World Federation  Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Obituaries News

10. Former Union Minister and Industrialist Kamal Morarka passes away

  • Former Union minister and famous industrialist Kamal Morarka has handed away. He served because the Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office beneath Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar from 1990 to 1991.
  • The 74-year-old chief, a businessman who was additionally a former BCCI vice chairman. He was incumbent president of Samajwadi Janata Party (Chandra Shekhar). He was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1988. 

Miscellaneous News

11. PM Modi appointed chairman of Somnath Temple Trust

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi was appointed the brand new chairman of the belief which manages the world-famous Somnath Temple at Prabhas Patan city in Gujarat’s Gir-Somnath district, changing into the second PM to carry the put up.
  • After former PM Morarji Desai, Narendra Modi is the second Prime Minister who has been appointed the chairman of the temple belief. As per belief information, PM Modi has grow to be the eighth chairman of the belief. As per the information, Desai had served because the chairman between 1967 and 1995.
  • The put up of the Somnath Trust’s chairman fell vacant after the dying of the incumbent, former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, in October final yr.
  • Patel had served because the chairman for 16 years (2004-2020). Other trustees embrace BJP chief LK Advani, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Gujarat-based scholar JD Parmar and businessman Harshvardhan Neotia.