Daily GK Update: 19th January 2022

By Stuti Mishra|Updated : January 19th, 2022

 National & International Appointments

1. Roberta Metsola becomes youngest President of EU Parliament

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  • Centre-right Maltese lawmaker Roberta Metsola (43 years) has been chosen as youngest President of European Union (EU) Parliament
  • She is the only 3rd woman to head European Parliament, despite controversy over anti-abortion stance
  • She is a member of the largest bloc, European People’s Party, who won large majority with 458 votes
  • She first elected to as a Member of European Parliament in 2013, representing Malta, and became First VP of European Parliament in Nov 2020

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 National & International Organizations

2. OxFam India releases new study report ‘Inequality kills’

  • Oxfam India has released report titled as ‘Inequality Kills’, which reveals that COVID-19 pandemic has heightened economic inequalities across the world.
  • Key highlights:
    • Wealth of world’s 10 richest men doubled since COVID began.
    • Collective wealth of India’s 100 richest people hit a record high of Rs 57.3 lakh crore ($ 775 billion) in 2021.
    • Number of Indian billionaires grew from 102 to 142 during COVID.
    • 84% of households suffered a decline in their income in a year.

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 National & International Appointments

3. Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma re-elected as National People’s Party Chief

  • Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma has been re-elected as the Chief of National People’s Party (NPP) in the party’s main office in Shillong.
  • Election was held for three positions in the party: National President, National General Secretary and National Party Treasurer.
  • Conrad K Sangma was re-elected as the Party Chief and Thomas A. Sangma was elected as National General Secretary for 2022-2025 unopposed.
  • There was no application for the post of treasurer.

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 Obituaries

4. Legendary Collarwali Tigress passes away in Pench Tiger Reserve

  • India’s Supermom tigress, popularly known as ‘Collarwali’ (16 years) passed away at Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Madhya Pradesh
  • She was known for giving birth to 29 cubs during her lifetime, which is believed to be a world record.
  • Official name given to the tigress by forest department was T-15 but she was fondly called ‘Collarwali’ by the native people
  • She became the first tigress in the park to be fitted with a radio collar in 2008.

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 Obituaries

5. Cartoonist Narayan Debnath passes away in Kolkata

  • Cartoonist Narayan Debnath (98 years) passed away at a private hospital in Kolkata.
  • He was the creator of Bengali comic strips of Handa Bhonda (1962), Bantul the Great (1965) and Nonte Phonte (1969).
  • He holds the record of longest running comics by an individual artiste for Handa Bhonda comics series.
  • Awards: Padma Shri (2021), Sahitya Academy Award, President's Special Recognition Award (2007), Banga Bibhushan (2013), D. Litt. by Rabindra Bharati University (2015).

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 Books & Authors

6. JK Lt Governor releases book titled ‘Prakrtik, Vaidik avem Jaivik Kheti’

  • Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha has released a book titled ‘Prakrtik, Vaidik avem Jaivik Kheti- Graameen Udyamita Ka Naya Swaroop’ at the Raj Bhavan, Jammu.
  • The book was published by Chudamani Sanskrit Sansthan, Basohli, Kathua
  • It was released as a souvenir after the successful conduct of the Annual Festival and foundation day celebrations
  • In this research-oriented souvenir, scholars of Sanskrit-agricultural science, young researchers have written their research papers

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 Banking & Finance

7. MobiKwik launches ‘ClickPay’ in collaboration with NBBL for faster payment

  • MobiKwik in collaboration with NPCI Bharat BillPay Ltd (NBBL) has launched a new facility titled ‘ClickPay’
  • Aim: to enable its customers pay recurring online bills, such as mobile, gas, water, electricity, DTH, insurance, and loan EMIs, with ease
  • It eliminates the need to remember individual bill details and due dates.
  • It is a two-step payment feature wherein billers generate a unique payment link within the bill-pay message, so that customers can make payments directly 

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 Honours & Awards

8. Winners of Best FIFA Football Awards 2021 announced

  • Best FIFA Football Awards 2021 ceremony has been held virtually in Zurich to crown outstanding players for excellent achievement in football.
  • List of Winners:
    • Best FIFA Men’s Player: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Poland)
    • Best FIFA Women’s Player: Alexia Putellas (Barcelona, Spain)
    • Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper: Édouard Mendy 
    • Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper: Christiane Endler 
    • FIFA Fair Play Award: Denmark national football team and medical staff

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 National & International Appointments

9. Shashank Goel appointed as Additional Secretary in Employment Ministry

  • Shashank Goel (1990 batch IAS officer) has been appointed as the Additional Secretary in Ministry of Labor and Employment.
  • Prior to this, he was serving as the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Telangana
  • Apart from him, Shailesh Kumar Singh (IAS of 1991 batch) has been appointed as Additional Secretary and Development Commissioner, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
  • Manish Kumar Gupta has been appointed as Vice-Chairman, Delhi Development Authority 

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 National Affairs

10. Fifth edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha to be held in February

  • Fifth edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha will be held in February 2020
  • Pariksha Pe Charcha contest has been launched from 28th December 2021 till 20th January at MyGov portal
  • Winners of this contest are likely to be called in person to participate in Pariksha Pe Charcha
  • Participants: Teachers, Parents, Students
  • Pariksha pe Charcha: programme in which the Prime Minister interacts with the cross-section of Students and Teachers from India and abroad to beat exam stress.

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 Summits & Conferences

11. India-UK meet on Sustaining Food Production under Environmental Stress

  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh has virtually addressed joint India-UK meet on ‘Sustaining Food Production under Environmental Stress’ in New Delhi.
  • Joint collaboration may include events like students exchange, basic research, technology and product development, process demonstration, among others.
  • It is being jointly organized by National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute, Mohali, and University of Birmingham, UK and supported by Newton Bhabha Fund and British Council.

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 National Affairs

12. ICAAP and NCDC jointly release Handbook on Good Practices for Cooperatives

  • ICAAP and NCDC has jointly released a policy recommendation handbook on SAHAKAR PRAGYA Good Practices for Cooperatives based on ‘Brain Storming Session on International Good Practices Platform for Cooperatives’.
  • It is a Compendium of Guidelines, Resources, Methodologies, Key Learning, and Case Studies of Best Performing Cooperatives in India and abroad
  • It will help Cooperatives to Innovate and Adopt Best Models for Competitive and Successful Commercial Entities

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 Agreement

13. MSDE sign MoU with IGNOU to link vocational education with higher education

  • Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship has signed MoU with Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU) to further strengthen the vocational and technical training framework
  • Aim: to link vocational education and training with higher education, making India’s youth employable by creating avenues for them to access better work opportunities.
  • The trainees attached to National Skill Training Institutes (NSTI), Industrial Training Institutes (ITI), PMKK and JSS

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Daily GK Update: 19th January 2022

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