National & International Appointments
1. Dileep Sanghani elected as IFFCO chairman
- Dileep Sanghani has been elected as chairman (17th) of the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO).
- He succeeds Balvinder Singh Nakai.
- Sanghani was elected as the vice-chairman of IFFCO in the year 2019.
- IFFCO is a multi-state cooperative society engaged in the business of manufacturing and marketing fertilisers.
- IFFCO Headquarters: New Delhi.
2. India successfully test fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile
- BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with increased indigenous content and improved performance was successfully testfired from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha
- The launch was conducted by Brahmos Aerospace in close coordination with the teams of the Defence Research and Development Organisation
- The missile was equipped with advanced indigenous technologies and followed a modified optimal trajectory for enhanced efficiency and improved performance
3. Bangladesh to make Unique Business ID mandatory for e-commerce entities
- The Bangladesh government will make the Unique Business ID (UBID) mandatory for all e-commerce entities in the country
- According to Zunaid Ahmed Palak(State Minister for IT),all digital commerce operators in the country will be required to register with the government using the UBID.
- The use of these mechanisms to regulate the e-commerce sector will restore public confidence in the digital business
- Prime minister: Sheikh Hasina
- Currency: Bangladeshi taka
4. Saturnino de la Fuente, the world's oldest man passes away at 112
- The oldest person living (male) Saturnino de la Fuente García (112 years & 341 days) has passed away at home in León, a city in northwest Spain,
- Saturnino claimed the record as the oldest person living (male) in September 2021 when he was exactly 112 years and 211 days.
- De la Fuente was a cobbler by trade and started working in a shoe factory at age 13.
- He was born in the Puente Castro neighbourhood of León on Feb. 11, 1909.
5. Amar Jawan Jyoti to merge with War Memorial flame
- According to defence officials, the Amar Jawan Jyoti flame at India Gate will be merged with the flame at the newly constructed National War Memorial in the same complex.
- The Amar Jawan Jyoti was erected as a memorial to fallen soldiers of the 1971 operations that led to the freedom of Bangladesh.
- It is housed inside the India Gate, a British era memorial to soldiers who lost their lives in pre-independence operations.
6. Over 76500 ‘Agri Nutri Gardens’ established under Agri Nutri Garden Week
- Over 76 thousand 500 ‘Agri Nutri Gardens’ have been established under the Agri Nutri Garden Week’ as against the target of 7500.
- Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana - National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) observed this week from 10th to 17th of this month.
- It is the Mission’s agenda to support every rural poor household to have Agri Nutri Garden to fulfil the family’s nutritional needs.
- Excess production can also be sold for income generation.
7. M Modi inaugurates newly built Circuit House building near Somnath Temple
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the newly built Circuit House building near Somnath Temple in Gujarat through video conferencing.
- The new circuit house building has been constructed by the Gujarat government at a cost of more than 30 crore rupees.
- The historic Somnath Temple is visited by lakhs of devotees from India and abroad every year.
- The landscaping of the circuit house has been done in such a way that sea view is available from every room.
8. India, Sri Lanka extend existing Science & Technology cooperation for three
- India and Sri Lanka have extended the existing Science and Technology cooperation for three more years.
- Now, the countries focus on new areas like waste-water technologies, sustainable agriculture, aerospace engineering, robotics and artificial intelligence.
- The decision was taken during the 5th Joint Committee meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation between India and Sri Lanka.
9. Babar Azam named captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of Year 2021
- According to the global cricket body, Pakistan captain Babar Azam has been named as the captain of the ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year.
- He was also named the skipper of the Men's Team of the Year for 2021.
- There were no Indians in the ICC T20I Men's Team of the Year but Smriti Mandhana found a spot in the Women's T20I Team of the Year.
10. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's grand statue to be installed at India Gate
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that a grand statue of iconic freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chand Bose will be installed at India Gate.
- He said, till the grand statue of Netaji Bose is completed, a hologram statue of his would be present at the same place.
- Mr. Modi will unveil the hologram statue on 23rd January, Netaji’s birth anniversary.
Honours & Awards
11. Albert Bourla wins $1 million Genesis Prize for development of COVID-19 vac
- Albert Bourla was awarded the prestigious Genesis Prize for his efforts in leading the development of a COVID-19 vaccine
- He is the chairman and chief executive of global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc.,
- The $1 million awards are granted each year to a person for their professional achievements, contributions to humanity and commitment to Jewish values
- Bourla had received the largest number of votes in an online campaign (200,000 people in 71 countries participated).
Arts & Culture
12. Suriya's Tamil socio-drama 'Jai Bhim' nominated for Best Featured Film
- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the list of 276 films that is eligible for consideration at the 94th Oscars.
- Suriya's hard-hitting Tamil socio-drama Jai Bhim is India's entry into The Academy.
- Jai Bhim is the fourth Indian film to get nominated for Oscars after Mother India, Salaam Bombay, and Lagaan
- Malayalam superstar Mohanlal’s latest period drama Marakkar Arabikadalinte Simham has also officially made it to the Oscars 2021 list.