Daily GK Update: 13th January 2022

By Stuti Mishra|Updated : January 13th, 2022

 National & International Appointments

1. Eminent scientist S Somanath appointed new chairman of ISRO

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  • Eminent rocket scientist S Somanath has been appointed the 10th chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) as well as the Space Secretary
  • He will succeed K Sivan who completed his extended tenure as ISRO chief.
  • His tenure will be of three years.
  • The post of the ISRO chairman, Space Secretary and Space Commission chief is usually held by one person only.
  • He is currently holding the post of Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC).
  • ISRO HQs: Bangalore
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 National & International Appointments

2. Alikhan Smailov appointed as new Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

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  • Alikhan Smailov (49 years) has been appointed unanimously as the new Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
  • His name was nominated by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on 11th January, 2022.
  • Prior to this, he served as finance minister of Kazakhstan from 2018 to 2020
  • He became the first deputy prime minister in the Cabinet in 2019.
  • Kazakhstan is Central Asian country, extends from Caspian Sea to the Altai Mountains.
  • Capital of Kazakhstan: Nur-Sultan.
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 Honours & Awards

3. Subhas Sarkar launches Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2021-22

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  • Minister of State for Education Subhas Sarkar has virtually launched Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar (SVP) 2021-2022
  • These awards recognize and inspire those schools, which have undertaken exemplary work in the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • At National level, 40 schools will be selected for awards.
  • Award money has been enhanced from 50,000 to 60,000 per school under Samagra Shiksha scheme
  • It was first instituted by Dept of School Education and Literacy in 2016-17
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 National Affairs

4. India Ranks 83rd in Q1 Henley Passport Index 2022

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  • India has been ranked 83rd among 111 countries in the latest Henley Passport Index, released for Q1 of 2022
  • India improved its position by seven places from 90th in Q4 of 2021 in October.
  • Indian passport has visa-free access to 60 countries worldwide in Q1 2022
  • Top performers: Japan and Singapore, followed by Germany and South Korea
  • Least Performer: Afghanistan with score of 26
  • Index is based on exclusive data from International Air Transport Association (IATA)
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 State Affairs

5. PM Modi inaugurates 11 new government Medical Colleges across Tamil Nadu

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  • PM Narendra Modi has virtually inaugurated 11 New Government Medical Colleges across Tamil Nadu and new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai (Fully Govt funded).
  • New medical colleges have been established at a cost of Rs 4,000 crores
  • Districts in which new Medical Colleges were inaugurated: Virudhunagar, Namakkal, The Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Thiruvallur, Nagapattinam, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Ariyalur, Ramanathapuram and Krishnagiri.
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 Science & Technology

6. ISRO successfully conducts tests of Cryogenic Engine for Gaganyaan

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  • ISRO has successfully conducted qualification tests of Cryogenic Engine for Gaganyaan human space programme
  • It is conducted by ISRO Propulsion Complex in Tamil Nadu for 720 seconds duration and met the test objectives.
  • Successful test has ensured reliability and robustness of the cryogenic engine for induction into Gaganyaan
  • Gaganyaan programme will use 2 cryogenic engines and will be launched by Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III launched vehicle
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 National Affairs

7. Atal Innovation Mission declares results of ‘ATL Space Challenge 2021’

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  • NITI Aayog's Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has declared the results of ‘ATL Space Challenge 2021’, after successful completion and overwhelming participation from young innovators
  • It was launched in collaboration with ISRO and CBSE
  • The challenge was designed for all the school students, mentors and teachers across the country
  • It witnessed over 2500 submissions from both ATL and Non-ATL students across the country from which 75 top innovators were selected and announced.
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 National Affairs

8. Prime Minister inaugurates MSME Technology Centre at Puducherry

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  • PM Modi has inaugurated Technology Centre of MSME Ministry at Puducherry on National youth day
  • It is a World Class Technology Centre set up with an investment of Rs. 122 crore
  • It is spread across 10 acres and will train 20,000 youth, support 2000 MSMEs and incubate 200 Start Ups, propelling local economy to great heights
  • It will boost skill development and inculcate entrepreneurial spirit among youth
  • It is developed under flagship Technology Centre Systems Program
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 Obituaries

9. India’s oldest sloth bear ‘Gulabo’ passes away at Van Vihar National Park

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  • India’s oldest sloth bear, named as Gulabo (40 years) passed away at the Van Vihar National Park and Zoo, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh due to failure of internal organs.
  • She was the oldest sloth bear of the country and was one of the star attractions in the park
  • She was rescued from a street performer (Madaari) in May 2006.
  • Van Vihar National Park was declared a national park in 1979 and covers an area of about 4.45 km2
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 Agreement

10. IEPFA signs MoU with IGNOU for promoting Investor Education in Delhi

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  • Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority (IEPFA) has signed MoU with Indira Gandhi National Open University to propagate Investor Education, Awareness and Protection by utilizing the tele-lecturing facility of Gyan Darshan Channel.
  • Proposed lecture series of 75 episodes will be a live tele-lecturing series on 24x7 Gyan Darshan TV channel.
  • The repository of the tele-lectures is available on IEPFA’s official YouTube channel.
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 National Affairs

11. Union Minister proposed single application for all Scientific Fellowship

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  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh has proposed Common Single Application for all Scientific Fellowships, Grants and Scholarships.
  • It will not only save cost and time but will provide a level playing field to all the students 
  • He has also constituted Committee for streamlining Fellowships and Research Grants under the Chairmanship of Dr Shekhar C. Mande.
  • After its implementation, students need not to submit multiple applications and different portals.
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 Honours & Awards

12. DBT-BIRAC supported start-ups receives Global Women's HealthTech Awards

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  • DBT-BIRAC supported start-ups, NIRAMAI Health AnalytixPvt. Ltd. and InnAccel Technologies Pvt. Ltd. have received World Bank Group and Consumer Technology Association's Global Women's Health Tech Awards
  • The award recognizes innovative startups that leverage tech to improve women's health and safety
  • NIRAMAI Health Analytix was selected for early-stage breast cancer medical device
  • InnAccel was selected for Fetal Lite, AI-powered fetal heart rate (FHR) monitor
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 National Affairs

13. SC appoints high-level committee to investigate PM's security breach

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  • Supreme Court has appointed high-level committee to look into the alleged security breach of Prime Minister's Punjab
  • Chairperson of the committee: former SC Judge, Indu Malhotra,.
  • look into the alleged security breach of Prime Minister's Punjab visit on 5th January this year.
  • Three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana and comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, have passed the order for the same
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Daily GK Update: 13th January 2022

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