1. India’s largest EV charging station inaugurated at Gurgaon
- 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.
National & International Appointments
2. Govt appoints Anantha Nageshwaran as new CEA
- 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
3. PM Modi launches Pandit Jasraj Cultural Foundation
- 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.
4. Ashleigh Barty wins drought-breaking Australian Open women’s title
- 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.
5. India Innovation Centre for Graphene (IICG) to come up in Thrissur, Kerala
- 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.
6. Netherlands unveils 'world's-largest' canal lock
- 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.
Banking & Finance
7. Google to invest $1 billion in Bharti Airtel
- 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.
8. Parliament launches Digital Sansad App to make live proceedings accessible
- 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
Books & Authors
9. Subhash Garg pens book titled "The $10 Trillion Dream"
- 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).
Honours & Awards
10. Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve wins TX2 Award for doubling tiger population
- 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).
Banking & Finance
11. SBI lists maiden issue of $300-mn Formosa bonds on India INX
- 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
12. Israel to help India convert 150 villages into ‘Villages of Excellence’
- 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.