Daily GK Update: 29th January 2022

By Md Mansur Alam|Updated : January 29th, 2022

 National Affairs

1. India’s largest EV charging station inaugurated at Gurgaon

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  • India’s largest 100-point electric vehicle charging station for four-wheelers was inaugurated in Gurugram.
  •  The station is bound to attract city residents to switch to electric vehicles in the near future
  •  The project was launched by the National Highway for Electric Vehicle. 
  • It is a private entity which has expertise in carrying out pilot projects and is working with government agencies and the NITI Aayog.
  • The station will be able to charge 576 vehicles in a single day.
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 National & International Appointments

2. Govt appoints Anantha Nageshwaran as new CEA

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  • The central government has appointed Dr V Anantha Nageswaran as its Chief Economic Advisor (CEA).
  • Prior to his appointment, Nageswaran has also been a part-time member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India from 2019 to 2021. 
  • He has replaced Krishnamurthy Subramanian, who returned to academia in December after a three-year tenure as CEA. 
  • CEA in the finance ministry is a key contributor to the govt's overall strategy in managing the economy
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 National Affairs

3. PM Modi launches Pandit Jasraj Cultural Foundation

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  • Prime Miniter Narendra Modi launched Pandit Jasraj Cultural Foundation on the 92nd birth anniversary of legendary classical vocalist late Pandit Jasraj.
  • During the launch PM called for the globalization of Indian Music.
  • He also urged people to take Indian music to the world and said that people should be setting up startups based on music.
  • Pandit Jasraj was an Indian classical vocalist. He belonged the Mewati gharana.
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 Sports

4. Ashleigh Barty wins drought-breaking Australian Open women’s title

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  • Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty won 2022 Australian Open women's singles title. 
  • She defeated Danielle Collins of US.
  • Barty ended a 44-year drought for Australian women at their home Grand Slam tournament. 
  • Barty is the first Australian women’s singles champion since Chris O’Neil in 1978.
  • The title is Barty's third Grand Slam crown, and second out of the last three, following Roland Garros 2019 and Wimbledon 2021.
  • It is World No 1 Barty's 15th title overall.
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 National Affairs

5. India Innovation Centre for Graphene (IICG) to come up in Thrissur, Kerala

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  • India’s first innovation centre for graphene will be set up in Thrissur, Kerala. 
  • This will be a joint venture between Pune-headquartered Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (CMET), Digital University Kerala (DUK), Tata Steel Limited and other industries.
  • Earlier this week, the MeitY gave IICG an ‘in-principle’ approval.
  • This will be implemented with the support of the Kerala govt
  • It is expected to accelerate the state’s growth in the knowledge industry sector.
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 International Affairs

6. Netherlands unveils 'world's-largest' canal lock

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  • World’s-largest canal lock unveiled in Netherlands.
  • canal lock was inaugurated by Dutch King Willen-Alexander. 
  • The 500-meter long and 70-meter wide sluice replaces a smaller, nearly 100-year-old one at Ijmuiden.
  • Ijmuiden is a small port city connecting the North Sea Canal to the port of Amsterdam
  • The overall cost of constructing the project is $338 million.
  • The Ijmuiden lock was designed to allow large, modern cargo ships to reach the port of Amsterdam.
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 Banking & Finance

7. Google to invest $1 billion in Bharti Airtel

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  • Indian telecom operator, Bharti Airtel announced that  Google will invest $1 billion in the company as part of its India Digitization Fund.
  • Google and Bharti Airtel will partner on a long-term, multi-year agreement to accelerate the growth of India's digital ecosystem.
  • Google will make an equity investment of $700 million for a 1.28% stake in Bharti Airtel at a price of Rs 734 per share.
  • Meanwhile, $300 million will go towards implementing commercial agreements.
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 National Affairs

8. Parliament launches Digital Sansad App to make live proceedings accessible

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  • The Lok Sabha secretariat has launched Digital Sansad app, that will make it easier for people to follow proceedings in the Parliament.
  • In addition, it will also help members of parliament access services such as checking personal updates like status of their notices, House bulletins, etc. 
  • In future, the MPs can log in for attendance, give questions for the Question Hour or submit notices for debates or adjournment motions.
  • Lok Sabha Speaker: Om Birla
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 Books & Authors

9. Subhash Garg pens book titled "The $10 Trillion Dream"

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  • Former finance secretary Subhash Chandra Garg will soon make his debut as an author with upcoming book, “The $10 Trillion Dream”.
  • The book claims to explore the critical policy issues that India faces today and suggests reforms for it to become a USD 10 trillion economy by the mid-2030s.
  • The book scheduled to publish by end of Feb 2022.
  • It is published by Penguin Random House India (PRHI). 
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 Honours & Awards

10. Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve wins TX2 Award for doubling tiger population

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  • The Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu awarded the prestigious international TX2 Award for doubling its tiger population since 2010.
  • It is presented by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). 
  • The Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve is located in Erode district, TN and now houses 80 tigers in its 1408 sq. km campus.
  • Its area is contiguous with the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Bandipur Tiger Reserve (Karnataka) and BR Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary (Karnataka).
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 Banking & Finance

11. SBI lists maiden issue of $300-mn Formosa bonds on India INX

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  • State Bank of India (SBI) has issued $300 million Formosa bonds and listed the issuance on India INX GIFT IFSC.
  • The lender is the first Indian entity to raise money through Formosa Bond, which is a bond issued in Taiwan.
  • SBI was the first issuer whose Green bonds were dually listed in November 2021 on Luxembourg Stock Exchange through a MOU that has been entered into by both Exchanges.
  • Chairman, SBI: Dinesh Kumar Khara 
  • Chairman, India INX: Ashishkumar Chauhan
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 National Affairs

12. Israel to help India convert 150 villages into ‘Villages of Excellence’

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  • The Centre has decided to convert as many as 150 villages into 'Villages of Excellence' in 12 states with technical assistance from the Israeli government.
  • Already, the Israeli government has established 29 Centre of Excellence (CoEs) in 12 states.
  • The 150 villages that are located around CoEs will be converted into 'Villages of Excellence.'
  • Out of which, 75 villages are being taken up in the first year to commemorate the 75th year of India's independence. 
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Daily GK Update: 29th January 2022

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