23rd January 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of twenty third January 2021 protecting the next information headlines: Parakram diwas, Thaltej-Shilaj-Rancharda railway overbridge, Toshali National Crafts Mela, Shramshakti.

National News

1. Amit Shah inaugurates new 4-lane Thaltej-Shilaj-Rancharda railway overbridge

  • Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah has inaugurated the brand new 4-lane Thaltej-Shilaj-Rancharda railway overbridge in Ahmedabad metropolis of Gujarat via video conferencing. The new overbridge has been constructed at a price of Rs 55 crore.
  • There was a giant drawback of site visitors on a couple of lakh railway crossings within the nation. Railway gates would open and shut greater than 100 occasions a day, as a result of which the pricey gas and treasured time was wasted.
  • In view of this, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi determined and below the management of Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal, an enormous marketing campaign was began through which the work of establishing overbridges or underbridges at these one lakh railway crossings was began. Today, this overbridge has been inaugurated below the identical scheme.

State News

2. Odisha’s well-known ‘Toshali National Crafts Mela’ begins

  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated the annual Toshali National Crafts Mela in Bhubaneswar.
  • The Crafts Mela was inaugurated just about. The Toshali Crafts Mela has turn into one of the vital well-liked handlooms and handicrafts gala’s in Eastern India.
  • Three artisans have been additionally offered with the State Handicrafts Award-2019 within the occasion. Three winners are- Dilip Kumar Swain (palm leaf engraving), Divyajyoti Behera (stone sculpting), and Priyanka Patra (terracotta).
  • A complete variety of 250 stalls have been arrange on the Janata Maidan venue displaying the perfect handloom and handicrafts from throughout the nation. Out of the overall, 170 stalls characterize Odisha textiles and crafts and 80 stalls are of different states.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik.
  • Odisha Capital: Bhubaneswar.
  • Odisha Governor: Ganeshi Lal.

Schemes and Committee News

3. Arjun Munda Virtually Launches “Shramshakti” Portal

  • The Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Arjun Munda has launched a National Migration Support Portal “ShramShakti”, throughout a digital programme organised at Panjim, Goa.
  • The portal will assist the federal government in easy formulation of state and nationwide stage packages for migrant employees.
  • Shram Shakti portal will deal with the knowledge hole and empower migrant employees who usually migrate seeking employment and revenue era. The authorities would additionally have the ability to hyperlink the migrant inhabitants with current Welfare Scheme- below Atam Nirbhar Bharat.

Defence News

4. DRDO Successfully Test Flights indigenously developed “SAAW”

  • The DRDO efficiently carried out captive and launch trial of indigenously developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from Hawk-I plane of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) off the Odisha coast.
  • This was the ninth profitable mission of SAAW carried out by DRDO until now and the primary take a look at carried out from the Hawk-i plane.
  • The 125 Kg class good weapon SAAW was efficiently test-fired from Indian Hawk-Mk132 of HAL.
  • SAAW is indigenously designed and developed by DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI) Hyderabad.
  • It is able to partaking floor enemy airfield belongings resembling radars, bunkers, taxi tracks, and runways amongst others, as much as a variety of 100 km.

Summits and Conferences News

5. Harsh Vardhan inaugurates seventh Edition of MASCRADE 2021

  • The seventh version of ‘MASCRADE 2021 – Movement against Smuggled & Counterfeit Trade’ was inaugurated by Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister of Health and Family welfare.
  • The two-day programme was organized by FICCI CASCADE (Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy), to fight illicit commerce, particularly in a put up COVID period.
  • The occasion supplied a platform to deliberate and talk about actionable, revolutionary coverage options that may reverse the rising incidences of counterfeit, smuggled and spurious merchandise, inflicting important injury to the economic system of the nation, well being and security of individuals worldwide.

Awards News

6. Nikhil Srivastava named joint winner of Michael and Sheila Held Prize

  • Nikhil Srivastava, a younger Indian mathematician, has been named winner of the distinguished 2021 Michael and Sheila Held Prize together with two others for fixing long-standing questions on the Kadison-Singer drawback and on Ramanujan graphs. Srivastava is presently Associate Professor of Mathematics on the University of California.
  • Srivastava from the University of California, Berkeley, Adam Marcus, the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Daniel Alan Spielman from Yale University will obtain the 2021 Michael and Sheila Held Prize.

7. Shyam Srinivasan is Business Standard Banker of the Year

  • Shyam Srinivasan, managing director and chief govt officer (CEO) of Federal Bank, is the Business Standard Banker of the Year for 2019-20.
  • The award was given for his financial institution’s constant wholesome efficiency at a time when most of its friends witnessed massive stress on asset high quality, registered losses, and even invited regulatory actions.
  • The unanimous choice was taken by a high-profile jury of 5, chaired by former RBI deputy governor S S Mundra. He was chosen for his financial institution’s constant wholesome efficiency at a time when most of its friends witnessed losses or different points.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Federal Bank Founder: K.P Hormis.
  • Federal Bank Founded: 23 April 1931.

Sports News

8. ITBP wins IHAI National Ice Hockey Championship

  • The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has gained the Ice Hockey Association of India (IHAI) tenth National Ice Hockey Championship trophy after a win over Ladakh within the finals in Gulmarg.
  • The match was held at Gulmarg Ice Rink. Ladakh has been thought-about because the capital of ice hockey in India the place native women and men play this recreation with nice enthusiasm.
  • The championship was held at an altitude of 8,694-feet and temperatures beneath freezing level. Top eight groups of ice hockey in India participated within the occasion. Top groups of Ice Hockey in India participated within the Championship organized from January 16 to 22, 2021.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • ITBP Founded: 24 October 1962.
  • ITBP Headquarters: New Delhi, India.
  • ITBP DG: S S Deswal.
  • Ice Hockey Association of India president: K. L. Kumar.
  • Ice Hockey Association of India membership: 27 April 1989.

Important Days

9. Parakram diwas is widely known on 23 January

  • Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s, one hundred and twenty fifth delivery anniversary on 23 January 2021 is noticed as Parakram Diwas. The day is widely known to honour and bear in mind Netaji’s indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation.
  • Netaji’ was born on January 23, 1897, in Cuttack in Odisha. He graduated from Kolkata and proved his mettle by turning into an Indian Civil Services (ICS) officer. But he left the consolation and facilities that got here along with his job and determined to be a part of the liberty wrestle.
  • With the slogan “Give me blood and I will give you freedom”, he woke up the nation in the direction of preventing in opposition to the British.
  • Netaji constructed a power often known as the Azad Hind Fauj (Indian National Army) giving the slogan of “Dilli Chalo”. Thousands of troopers of his 60,000-strong military sacrificed their lives for the nation.

Obituaries News

10. Popular Bhajan Singer Narendra Chanchal passes away

  • The iconic Indian Bhajan singer Narendra Chanchal, who specialised in spiritual songs and hymns, has handed away. He sang a Bollywood tune Beshak Mandir Masjid for the 1973 movie Bobby and gained Filmfare Best Male Playback Award.
  • Some of his ever-popular bhajans embody Chalo Bulawa Aaya Hai, Tune Mujhe Bulaya Sherawaliye, Ambe Tu Hai Jagadambe Kali, Hanuman Chalisa, Sankat Mochan Naam Tiharo, Ram Se Bada Ram Ka Naam amongst others. Besides a number of bhajans, Chanchal had additionally given voice in a number of Hindi movies as properly.

Miscellaneous News

11. India’s longest Road Arch Bridge inaugurated in Meghalaya

  • Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K. Sangma has inaugurated India’s longest street arch bridge “Wahrew Bridge” at Sohbar in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya on 22 January 2021.
  • The challenge was sanctioned in 2013 and, the work began in 2014. The development of the bridge was accomplished in December 2018.
  • The arch bridge has been constructed at an estimated price of Rs 49.395 crore below the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) of the Ministry of Development of North East Region (DoNER). The iconic construction is anticipated to spice up the tourism sector within the State.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Meghalaya Capital: Shillong.
  • Meghalaya Governor: Satya Pal Malik.
  • Meghalaya Chief minister: Conrad Sangma.